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September 14, 2017 - Industry News

FHWA Tests Three-Truck Platoon on Virginia Interstate

The Federal Highway Adminstration has begun testing three-truck platoons on Interstate 66 in Virginia, in addition to track testing like this. Photo: FHWA

The latest series of platoon tests will evaluate Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control technology, which adds vehicle-to-vehicle communications to the adaptive cruise control capability now available in new vehicles and allows trucks to operate more smoothly as a unit, reducing and controlling the gaps between trucks.

Tags: Fuel Economy, FHWA, NACFE, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Truck Platooning

September 13, 2017 - Industry News

Senate Panel Hears Pros and Cons of Autonomous Trucks

ATA chief Chris Spear testifying on autonomous truck technology to Senate panel on Sept. 13. Photo: ATA, via Twitter

While the House has already passed a bill that could help bring self-driving cars to market faster, a Senate panel is taking a more deliberative approach by considering whether such legislation should also help foster the development of autonomous truck technologies.

Tags: U.S. Senate, Autonomous Vehicles

September 11, 2017 - Industry News

Florida Truck Driver Helps Save Unresponsive Man

David Miller has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) for his help in saving a man's life. Photo courtesy of TCA.

David Miller saw a man fall on the floor, unresponsive. The driver performed CPR until emergency medical services arrived, helping save the man's life.

Tags: Florida, Tennessee, TCA, Celadon, TCA Highway Angel, EpicVue, Image

September 11, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Celebrates National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Screenshot via Trucking Moves America Forward

American Trucking Associations kicked off National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, a week-long celebration of the trucking industry’s 3.5 million professional truck drivers.

Tags: ATA, Truck Drivers, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Community Outreach, Drivers, Image

September 7, 2017 - Product News

Blue Tree’s Anticipation Feature Tracks Braking Efficiency

The Anticipation feature measures the gap in time between lifting off an accelerator and applying the brakes. Image via Blue Tree Systems

Blue Tree Systems introduced a new feature called Anticipation, which tracks and measures the gap between acceleration and brake usage in normal driving.

Tags: Brakes, Brake Safety Week, Blue Tree Systems, Driver Coaching, Telematics, Fuel Efficiency, Drivers

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

House Rejects One of Two Anti-ELD Measures

Photo: J.J. Keller

Late in the evening of Sept. 6, the amendment sponsored by Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX)-- which sought to prevent funding of the electronic logging device rule for almost one year-- was voted down on the House floor, 246-173.

Tags: FMCSA, ELD Mandate, ELDs, OOIDA, U.S. Congress, Proposed Legislation

September 6, 2017 - Product News

Uber Freight Says it Can Get Drivers Home

‘Get Home’ shown in the ‘For You’ load recommendations. Photo: Uber Freight

Uber Freight announced a new feature, called “Take Me Home,” designed to highlight loads that can help drivers return home.

Tags: Freight, Load Board, Uber, Uber for Trucking, Mobile Apps

September 6, 2017 - Product News

Hub Group Adopts SmartDrive Video Safety Platform

Screenshot via SmartDrive

Hub Group has adopted the SmartDrive video-based safety platform for its fleet of more than 2,600 tractors, with the aim of improving driver safety and fuel economy.

Tags: Driver Safety, Video Event Recorders, SmartDrive, Hub Group, Drivers, Safety

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Report: Countries Should Act Now to Avoid Social Disruption from Autonomous Trucks

Countries should begin working together now to ensure smooth adoption of autonomous truck technologies, says a new report. Photo: Freightliner

A newly released report by the International Transport Forum says as many as 4.4 million truck driving jobs could vanish by 2030 as a result of autonomous truck technology.

Tags: Fleet Drivers, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Disruptive Technology, Truck Drivers, Global

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Nominations Open for 10th Annual Best Fleets to Drive For Contest

Photo: TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge are once again seeking nominations for the 10th annual Best Fleets to Drive For, a list of companies that are honored for focusing on workplace culture and commitment to drivers.

Tags: Driver Shortage, TCA, Best Fleets to Drive For, Driver Retention, CarriersEdge

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA: Agency Will Reply to Anti-ELD Petition Filed by OOIDA

Queried by HDT as to whether or not the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration holds that states cannot enforce the new electronic logging device rule until they too have passed into law specific ELD rules, the agency told HDT that it is “presently preparing a fact-based response.”

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, CVSA, ELD, ELDs, ELD Mandate

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

Get Ready for Brake Safety Day on Sept. 7

Photo: J.J. Keller & Associates

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Brake Safety Day is set to take place on Thursday, Sept. 7 across North America.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Bendix, Brakes, Brake Safety Week, CVSA

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Suspends Rules in 26 States to Help Fuel, Supplies Flow after Harvey

FMCSA is suspending certain trucking regulations in 26 states and the District of Columbia to aide in the recovery effort from Hurricane Harvey. Image: FMCSA

To aid in the effort to bring supplies and fuel to areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the State of Texas have lifted several trucking regulations to cut down on red tape and smooth the flow of goods.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Texas, Hours of Service, Disaster Relief, Hurricane Harvey

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

Costco Drops California Fleet Accused of Abusive Labor Practices

Costco has dropped a California fleet accused labor abuses in the wake of a USA Today report on the trucking industry. Photo: Costco

In the wake of a report in June by USA Today showcasing extreme examples of alleged labor abuse,Costco said it will no longer do business with Pacific 9 Transport, a fleet based in Southern California.

Tags: Drivers, Intermodal, In the Media, Labor Unions, California

August 31, 2017 - Industry News

Will Future Tech Have a Domino Effect on Fleets?

Although the use of electric trucks will likely rise in the coming years, diesel will remain the fuel of choice for fleets, said analyst Rick Mihelic. Photo: Mercedes Benz

Transportation analyst Rick Mihelic says electric powertrains and autonomous vehicles will only be the beginning of the changes fleets will have to deal with in the near-term future.

Tags: Fleet Management, Technology, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Batteries, Electric Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks

August 30, 2017 - Product News

ITI Offers Online Urban Driving Courses

Photo: ITI

Instructional Technologies has announced a series of online Urban Driving courses, designed to teach urban driving techniques for a variety of vehicle configurations, including light-, medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Training, Online Training, Pro-Tread, Instructional Technologies, Safety & Compliance

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

Clinic Owner Given 5 Years Probation for Invalid Trucker Medical Exams

The owner of a medical clinic was sentenced for his role in a fraud scheme involving false medical examinations of truckers and veterans.

Tags: FMCSA, Crime & Fraud, Medical Examiners

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

OOIDA: States Must Pass Rules Before Federal ELD Mandate Is Enforced

Photo: FMCSA

Just when you thought further action to halt or delay the ELD rule was beyond unlikley, OOIDA has petitioned FMCSA anew.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, ELD, ELD Mandate, ELDs, CVSA

August 28, 2017 - Industry News

UK Announces Series of Truck Platoon Tests

The British government has awarded a grant of €8.1 million to test truck platooning on public roadways. Photo: Scania

The British government has awarded funding that will enable a series of truck platoon tests on public roadways in the United Kingdom beginning next year.

Tags: United Kingdom, Europe, England, Scania, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles

August 28, 2017 - Industry News

Truckers Probably Pulled Over to Watch the Eclipse

Photo via Lytx

Video-based telematics provider Lytx found that truck drivers seemed to join in with the rest of the country last week to catch a glimpse of the eclipse, according to data from trucks equipped with its DriveCam system.

Tags: DriveCam, Video Event Recorders, Lytx, Solar Eclipse, Drivers, Driver Safety

August 28, 2017 - Industry News

CVSA to Take Phased-In Approach to ELD Mandate

Are enforcement personnel ready for Dec. 18 ELD deadline? Photo: Kentucky State Police

The nation’s commercial vehicle enforcement officials say there’s no reason to delay the December start date for the electronic logging device mandate – but they will delay implementing out-of-service criteria related to ELDs until April 1, 2018.

Tags: CVSA, Enforcement, ELD Mandate

August 25, 2017 - Industry News

Travel Advisories in Effect as Hurricane Harvey Nears Texas

The National Hurricane Center is advising against all but essential local travel on roadways affected by Hurricane Harvey. Photo: National Hurricane Center

Meteorologists say the storm could dump up to 30 inches of water on the Texas and Louisiana coasts and are urging drivers to stay off of roads.

Tags: Hurricanes, Louisiana, Storm Response, Texas DOT, Hurricane Harvey

August 24, 2017 - Industry News

Love's Opens North Carolina and Texas Locations

Photo: Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores

New locations in Newton, North Carolina, and Beaumont, Texas, will add a combined 200 truck parking spaces.

Tags: Oil Change, Truckstops, Truck Parking, Love's Travel Stops

August 23, 2017 - Industry News

CRST Expedited Boosts New Driver Pay 15%

CRST Expedited has announced a 15% pay increase for new contract student drivers, who have received commercial driver’s license training through the company’s sponsored training program.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, CRST, Driver Pay

August 23, 2017 - Product News

Peterbilt Pairs Column-Mounted Shifter with Paccar Automated Transmission

Photo: Jim Park

Peterbilt has announced that its ergonomically designed column-mounted shifter will be standard equipment on Model 579 and 567 trucks equipped with the new Paccar Automated Transmission.

Tags: Paccar, Peterbilt, Transmissions, Model 579, Automated Manual Transmissions, Model 567

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