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December 6, 2016 - Product News

Swift Adopts FlowBelow Kits for Existing and New Tractors

Swift will retrofit 40% of its 65,000 existing tractors with FlowBelow AeroKits and install them on new purchases. Photo: FlowBelow Aero Inc.

Aerokits improve fuel economy on Swift’s tractors by a “solid 1.5%,” the procurement VP said. The payback comes in 24 to 26 months.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Aerodynamics, Swift Transportation, FlowBelow

December 6, 2016 - Industry News

Shuster Returning as House Transportation Chairman

Rep. Bill Shuster Photo: Evan Lockridge

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) has been selected by the House Republican Conference to again serve as Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Tags: House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Bill Shuster

December 5, 2016 - Industry News

OPEC Deal Sends Diesel, Crude Oil Prices Upward

On the heels of a major agreement between oil producing countries to cut oil production, diesel fuel prices saw a significant increase last week.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

December 5, 2016 - Industry News

Morrison Express Expands Cross-Border Services in El Paso

Logistics, transportation and supply chain management provider Morrison Express is expanding its offering in El Paso, Texas, providing improved cross-border capabilities and logistics.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Logistics

December 5, 2016 - Industry News

November Class 8 Truck Orders Indicate Stabilized Market

There was a significant and expected increase in Class 8 truck order activity during the month of November, according to preliminary numbers from FTR.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Orders, FTR

December 5, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Taps Cammisa to Head Safety & Connectivity Efforts

Michael Cammisa Photo via LinkedIn

The American Trucking Associations has hired Michael Cammisa as the lobby’s new vice president of safety policy and connectivity.

Tags: ATA, People, Leadership

December 2, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Lowest Since Great Recession

Unemployment in the U.S. continued falling in November, hitting its lowest level since 2007, according to Labor Department figures issued Friday, as the trucking industry also contributed to some of the job additions.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Unemployment, Employment, Federal Reserve

December 2, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Finalizes Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Rule

Image: FMCSA

The long-anticipated final rule to establish a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse for commercial truck and bus drivers has at last been released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The rule goes into effect on January 4, 2017, with a compliance date of January 2020.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Regulations

December 1, 2016 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Seeks Nominations for Logistics Award

Women In Trucking and Truckstop.com are seeking nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award, which recognizes the achievements and leadership of women in logistics in North America.

Tags: Awards, Women in Trucking Association, WIT, Women in Trucking, Logistics

December 1, 2016 - Industry News

KLLM to Join the Trucking Alliance

KLLM Transport Services has accepted an invitation to join the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, also known as the Trucking Alliance, beginning in 2017.

Tags: Refrigerated Truck, The Trucking Alliance

December 1, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Construction Post Impressive Gains

In another sign the U.S. economy is gathering more steam, two reports released Thursday morning showed a strong rebound in the nation’s manufacturing sector while another indicated construction remains strong following earlier positive indicators.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending

November 30, 2016 - Industry News

Ohio DOT, Otto Initiate 'Smart Mobility Corridor'

Otto's self-driving tractor pulls an Ohio DOT-owned tanker along U.S. 33 northwest of Columbus. The state will install sensors and fiber-optic cable along the route to support further autonomous and connected-vehicle testing. Photos: Ohio DOT

The State of Ohio is investing $15 million to install advanced highway technology along its the 35‑mile stretch of U.S. 33 northwest of Columbus.

Tags: Connected Vehicle Technology, Ohio Department of Transportation, Smart Highway, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

November 30, 2016 - Industry News

TransForce Changing Name to Reflect Expansion

Transportation and logistics company TransForce announced that it intends to change its corporate name to TFI International to reflect the increased geographic scope of its operations.

Tags: TransForce, CFI

November 30, 2016 - Industry News

Omnitracs and Noregon Ink Software Integration Partnership

Fleet management software provider Omnitracs has formed a strategic partnership with Noregon to integrate vehicle diagnostic information into the company’s software.

Tags: Noregon Systems, Omnitracs, Software Integration

November 30, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Move Little; Van, Flatbed Ratios Rise

Spot market truckload freight rates during the Thanksgiving holiday week remained in the same fairly narrow range they have been for the past month, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

November 30, 2016 - Industry News

Arizona to Test Work Zone Notification, Quicker Safety Inspections

Safety at work zones and streamlined inspections at the Mexican border are involved in the Arizona programs.

The Arizona Department of Transportation will use federal funding next year to testing technology to improve commercial transportation safety and efficiency.

Tags: Inspections, Grants, Road Safety, Arizona Department of Transportation

November 30, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeks Comment on Alternative Medical Certification for VA Physicians

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking public comment on a proposal that would establish an alternative certification process for Department of Veteran’s Affairs physicians to be added it its list of certified medical examiners.

Tags: FMCSA, Department of Veterans Affairs, Medical Examiners

November 29, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler Truck Financial Names U.S. VP of Sales, Marketing and Remarketing

Tobias Waldeck Photo: Daimler Truck Financial

Daimler Truck Financial has appointed Tobias Waldeck vice president of sales, marketing, and remarketing, effective immediately.

Tags: Leadership, People, Daimler Truck Financial

November 29, 2016 - Industry News

Trump Picks Chao to Head DOT

Image via Elainelchao.com.

President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Elaine Chao to serve as secretary of transportation. She served as secretary of labor throughout President George W. Bush’s two terms and as deputy secretary of transportation under President George H. W. Bush.

Tags: Donald Trump, U.S. DOT

November 29, 2016 - Industry News

North American Commercial Vehicle Show Announces Adjusted Schedule

The North American Commercial Vehicle Show announced that it has adjusted the trade show's original dates to allow a more fluid schedule to benefit exhibitors.

Tags: Industry Event, Suppliers, North American Commercial Vehicle Show

November 29, 2016 - Industry News

Value of Cross-Border Freight Falls Following One-Month Gain

U.S.-NAFTA freight value percent change from previous year over the last 24 months. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of freight movements between the U.S. and its two next door neighbors moved back into negative territory following the first year-over-year increase since late 2014.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Canada, Economy, Railroads, Surface Trade

November 29, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Posts Biggest Jump in 2 Years, Consumer Confidence Soars

Overall U.S. economic growth increased more in the third quarter of the year than first projected, according to a new Commerce Department report, and will likely pave the way for an interest rate hike in December.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Confidence, Consumer Sentiment, Gross Domestic Product

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

HDT Launches the Heavy Duty Trucking eXchange

HDT will be hosting the Heavy Duty Trucking Exchange, an intimate event that pairs a select group of innovators in the Class 8 market together with the suppliers, giving them an intimate environment in which to engage in discussions on topics that affect the entire industry.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Events

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

Otto to Test Autonomous Rig in Ohio

Otto has tested its self-driving rigs in western states, and this week will begin demonstrations amid midwestern terrain in Ohio. Photo: Otto

A demonstration on Monday, using a 35-mile stretch of U.S. 33 northwest of Columbus, was postponed, but may be rescheduled. Next week, the Otto truck will run on the Ohio Turnpike.

Tags: Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Turnpike, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

2017 Fleet Safety Conference Seeks Presenters

Logo courtesy of Bobit Business Media.

The Fleet Safety Conference planning committee is looking for presenters for the 2017 show to fill out the conference schedule.

Tags: Industry Event, Fleet Safety Conference, Fleet Events

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