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April 1, 2015 - Industry News

WIT Names Finalists for Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award

Photo: WIT

Women In Trucking has announced the finalists for its inaugural Distinguished Woman in Logistics award, which aims to promote the achievements of women in the transportation industry.

Tags: Awards, People, Women in Trucking, Logistics

March 31, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA’s Darling Gets Title Upgrade

Photo: FMCSA

Acting Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Administration T.F. Scott Darling will continue in that role but will no longer be titled Acting Administrator.

Tags: FMCSA, People, Promotions

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Highway Bill Would Bolster NHTSA Funding, Authority

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind

The Obama administration's transportation bill, delivered to the U.S. Congress March 30, would triple funding for the federal safety agency's auto defect investigation office.

Tags: Legislation, Recalls, U.S. DOT, NHTSA, President Obama, U.S. Congress

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

DOT Unveils Its Long-Term Transpo Funding Bill

The Department of Transportation today officially announced its $478-billion, six-year transportation reauthorization proposal with just two months left until the current surface-transportation legislation expires.

Tags: DOT, Highway Funding, Highway Bill, Capitol Hill, Repatriation

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

OEMs Partner with PeopleNet and Omnitracs

PeopleNet and Omnitracs recently announced exclusive deals with original equipment manufacturers Peterbilt, Kenworth and Cummins to provide telematics and diagnostic tools for the companies.

Tags: Kenworth, Cummins, Technology, Paccar, Peterbilt, PeopleNet, Omnitracs, Remote Diagnostics, telematics, Connected Vehicle Technology

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Begins Drug and Alcohol Testing Survey

Photo: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration has begun notifying select truck and bus companies to submit drug and alcohol testing program results for its annual survey.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Survey, Alcohol Testing

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Manac Considering Ways to Increase Shareholder Value

Strategic alternatives may include, but are not limited to, a sale of the company, a merger with another company, or another business combination, the company said.

Tags: Trailers, Manac Inc., Shareholders

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Internet Truckstop is Now Truckstop.com

Freight-matching load board company Internet Truckstop has rebranded as Truckstop.com, the company's CEO announced.

Tags: Internet Truckstop, Load Board, Freight Market, Rebranding

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

BestPass Says it Can Cut Number of Transponders Needed for Tolls

A company that got its start as a way for New York State Motor Truck members to more easily manage their tolls says with a new transponder it will cover nearly all toll facilities nationwide by the end of the year and eliminate the need to have half a dozen transponders in a truck.

Tags: Tolls, Bestpass, MATS, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Technology's Promise Paying Off, Says Volvo Group CEO

Volvo CEO Olof Persson keynoting HDMA Briefing at MATS. Photo by Paul Hartley courtesy HDMA

In his keynote address at the annual HDMA Briefing Breakfast at the Mid-America Trucking Show Friday morning, Persson sketched out the top trends in transportation regarding highway safety, environmental sustainability, and technology.

Tags: Highway Safety, Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, GHG Emissions, Connected Vehicle Technology, Mid-America Trucking Show, Powertrain Integration

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Flatbed Demand Picks Up in Spot Market

In a mixed week for the spot market, Flatbeds saw the only gain again continuing the trend in demand for the trailer type.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

International First with New Bendix Advanced Safety System

Wingman Fusion will be available on the International ProStar. Photo: International

Navistar International Truck announced that beginning next month, the new Bendix Wingman Fusion integrated driver-safety system will be available on its International ProStar Class 8 truck models.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, Navistar, Bendix, International Trucks

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Thermo King Sets Up Network of Drop Yards

One of the 2,250 drop yards in Thermo King’s program is owned by the TK dealer in Kingman, Ariz., where 11 acres is devoted to parking. Regular customers include Artur Trucking, US Foods and local operators. Photo courtesy of Thermo Kiing

The yards can be used for a "nominal" fee by almost all truckers, whether or not they're TK customers.

Tags: Thermo King, Truck Parking, Driver Shortage, Trailers

March 25, 2015 - Industry News

Drivers Key Focus of HDT Truck Fleet Innovators Panel

HDT's Truck Fleet Innovators panel at the MATS Fleet Forum. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Spontaneous applause broke out following an impassioned answer to a question by HDT Truck Fleet Innovator Steve Rush during a panel discussion Wednesday.

Tags: Drivers, Fleet Forum, Mid-America Trucking Show, MATS

March 25, 2015 - Industry News

Cummins Appoints Engine Business Vice President

Photo of Amy Boerger by Evan Lockridge.

Cummins has appointed Amy Boerger as vice president of its North American Engine Business unit. Boerger was a finalist for the 2014 Most Influential Woman in Trucking.

Tags: Cummins, People, Women in Trucking, Promotions

March 25, 2015 - Product News

More Powerful Radar in Wabco’s OnGuardActive

OnGuardActive uses a longer-range radar antenna to provide advanced warning of slow-moving vehicles and other obstructions and is effective in all seasons and all weather conditions, says Wabco.

Tags: Technology, Collision Avoidance Technology, Wabco, MATS

March 25, 2015 - Product News

Bendix Launches Wingman Fusion Driver Assistance System

A display showing the various safety technologies Bendix offers. Photo: David Cullen

Bendix has launched Wingman Fusion, the company’s new flagship driver assistance system that combines several safety technologies in a single package, the company announced this week at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Lane Departure Warning, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix, Speed Limiter, Driver Assistance Systems

March 24, 2015 - Product News

International’s OnCommand Truck Diagnostics Now Standard

International Truck announced improvements to its OnCommand Connection remote diagnostics system at the Mid-America Trucking Show at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky.

Tags: telematics, Vehicle Diagnostics, Information Technology, International Trucks

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

Winter Weather Impacts Truck Tonnage

Graph via ATA Truck Tonnage Index

The For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index decreased 3.1% in February to 131.6, the lowest level since September of last year. Winter weather, slow retail sales, and other industries were to blame for the slow month.

Tags: ATA, Truck Tonnage Index, Economic Conditions

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

Eaton Enhances Roadranger Service Network

Eaton added a series of initiatives to the company’s Roadranger service network to better meet the needs of North American heavy-duty trucking fleets.

Tags: Eaton, Roadranger, Transmissions, Parts and Service, Customer Service

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville This Week

The Mid-America Trucking Show is on this week from March 26-28 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky.

Tags: Fleet Forum, Mid-America Trucking Show, MATS, Events

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

Truckload Rates Improving, Intermodal Falling

A measure of freight rates in one trucking sector improved in February over the past year, but declined from the month before.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

March 23, 2015 - Product News

PeopleNet Gains Dispatch Tools through ALK Maps

PeopleNet upgraded its web-based interface mapping technology with the ALK Maps interactive mapping platform, giving fleet managers access to several of ALK’s mapping features.

Tags: ALK Technologies, Information Technology, PeopleNet, Routing, Dispatch

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

Mack Increases Service Intervals

MackTrucks said it has extended service intervals for diesel particulate filters and diesel engine oil and filter changes on all model year 2011 and newer Mack diesel engines. Photo: Mack

Mack Trucks has announced extended service intervals for diesel particulate filters and diesel engine oil and filter changes on all model year 2011 and newer Mack trucks with an MP7, MP8 or MP10 engine.

Tags: Engine Oil, Mack Trucks, DPF, Filters, Parts and Service

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales Increase Slightly

Existing-home sales in the U.S. increased modestly in February, but constrained inventory levels pushed price growth to its fastest pace in a year, according to the National Association of Realtors on Monday.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales

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