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December 11, 2017 - Industry News

ELD Face-off: Two Sides of the Looming Mandate

Photo: FMCSA

With just a week to go until the much-debated electronic logging device rule kicks in on Dec. 18, HDT asked top officials of two trucking associations that have been outspoken in their support or criticism of the far-reaching mandate to weigh in on several key aspects.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, The Trucking Alliance, ELD Mandate, ELDs

December 8, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Turnover up at Large Truckload Fleets

The driver turnover rate at large truckload fleets rose five percentage points in the third quarter to an annualized rate of 95%, according to American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello.

Tags: ATA, Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover, Driver Retention

December 8, 2017 - Industry News

California Fires: Impact on Freight Movement Remains Uncertain

Map of wildfires burning in Los Angeles and Ventura counties Source: CalFire

Despite several wildfires breaking out across Southern California in recent days, the impact on trucking spot rates is not expected to exceed levels seen during the October wildfires in Northern California.

Tags: California, Fire, Natural Disaster, FTR, Spot Freight, Spot Rates

December 8, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Trucking Helps With Most Recent Job Gains, Consumer Sentiment Cools

The U.S. economy added another 228,000 non-farm jobs in November, aided by job gains in the trucking industry, according to a Labor Department report released Friday.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Consumer Sentiment, Employment

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

House Committee Hears Testimony on Autonomous Truck Tech

House members listen to Greer Woodruff, senior vice president of safety, security and driver personnel at J.B. Hunt. Photo via ATA Twitter feed.

During a House subcommittee hearing on emerging transportation technology Thursday, representatives found themselves pondering the societal impact autonomous vehicles may have on American workers.

Tags: Truck Drivers, U.S. House of Representatives, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Autonomous Vehicles, Drivers

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

OOIDA: States Should Review Pitfalls of ELD Rule

Photo: JJ Keller<br />

Inspired perhaps by a recent action taken by the Attorney General of Indiana, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has requested that “top officials from each state seriously review potential problems anticipated with enforcement” of the electronic logging device mandate.

Tags: Truck Drivers, OOIDA, Indiana, ELDs, ELD Mandate

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Challenges Rhode Island Truck Toll Environmental Report

The American Trucking Associations and its state affiliate, the Rhode Island Trucking Association, have called on the Federal Highway Administration to reject the Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s environmental impact assessment of the proposed RhodeWorks truck-only toll plan.

Tags: Environment, ATA, Federal Highway Administration, Tolls, Rhode Island, Truck Tolls

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

Defense: Code Words Prove that Fraud Was Secret at Pilot Flying J

The defense in the Pilot Flying J fuel rebate fraud trial has attacked the notion that wrongdoing was an open secret at the company, pointing to the frequent use of code words between members of the sales staff, according to a report in the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Trial

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

Anheuser-Busch Orders 40 Tesla Semi Tractors

Anhesuer-Busch has ordered 40 Tesla Semi trucks as part of its ongoing sustainable transportion strategy. Photo: Jack Roberts

Anheuser-Busch said 40 new Tesla Semi tractors will help the company meet its sustainable transportation goal to reduce its carbon footprint by 30% by 2025.

Tags: Emissions Reduction, Tesla, Fleet Sustainability, Suspensions, Electric Vehicles, Anheuser-Busch

December 6, 2017 - Industry News

Survey: Three Quarters of Small Fleets Now ELD-Compliant

California and Texas remain in the bottom third of states when it comes to ELD compliance, despite representing a large portion of all trucking companies. Graphics and analytics sourced from CarrierLists and Kenco Group

With less than two weeks left until the electronic logging device rule kicks in, CarrierLists has published its latest survey of small fleets, finding that compliance has increased to 75%.

Tags: FMCSA, Survey, ELDs, ELD Mandate

December 5, 2017 - Industry News

Daseke Adds Three More Flatbed and Specialized Carriers

TSH &amp;amp; Co. is one of three companies that recently joined Daske. It is a large flatbed hauler, primarily moving steel and industrial materials. Photo:Daseke

Tennessee Steel Haulers & Co., The Roadmaster Group, and Moore Freight Service have all joined flatbed and specialized transportation company Daseke, the company announced.

Tags: Flatbeds, Mergers & Acquisitions, Daseke Inc.

December 5, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Volumes Surge, Rates Remain Strong

Spot truckload freight volumes surged after Thanksgiving, as the number of loads posted on the DAT network of load boards jumped 64% for the week ending Dec. 2, according to newly release figures.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 5, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Upgrades Super Duty for 2018

The 2018 Super Duty F-450 4x2 dual-rear-wheel pickup will be available this winter in XL, XLT, Lariat, and Platinum series offerings. (Photo courtesy of Ford.)

Ford has made upgrades across the board for its 2018 Super Duty, and now claims best-in-class horsepower, torque, towing, and payload.

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, Ford F-450, Ford, Ford Super Duty

December 5, 2017 - Industry News

FCCC Head Carson Named to Lead Western Star Trucks

David Carson Photo: Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler Trucks North America has announced that David Carson, current president of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, has been appointed president of Western Star Trucks and chief diversity officer of DTNA.

Tags: China, Leadership, Western Star, People, Daimler Trucks North America, Freightliner Custom Chassis

December 5, 2017 - Industry News

FTR Appoints Vise as VP in Charge of Trucking Reports

Avery Vise Photo courtesy of FTR

FTR has appointed Avery Vise as its vice president, trucking research, responsible for the content of all trucking oriented reports, publications, and analyses.

Tags: Leadership, People, FTR, Market Analysis

December 4, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Still Hearty Despite Small Declines, Construction Jumps

Manufacturing activity in the U.S. remains strong, despite small declines recorded in three reports, while the construction sector posted its biggest gain in nearly half a year.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Construction Spending

December 3, 2017 - Industry News

Mack Eyes Bigger Bite of the West

A Mack Anthem on a western highway. Photo:Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has thrown down a gauntlet, declaring it is now “well positioned” with products and services to command a bigger slice of the Class 8 pie in the Western United States.

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, Mack Trucks

December 1, 2017 - Industry News

Former Mail Hauler Ordered to Pay $3 Million in Fraud Judgement

A Mount Crawford, Va.-based trucking company that hauled United States mail and its holding company have been ordered to pay more than 3 million in owed money and driver pay restitution for a fraud scheme that lasted for 18 years.

Tags: Hours of Service, USPS, Crime & Fraud, Driver Pay, Trial

December 1, 2017 - Industry News

Old Dominion Delivers Vice President Pence’s Christmas Trees

Karen Pence (right) poses with Old Dominion driver Preston after taking delivery of the official Christmas trees for the Vice President&#39;s residence.

Old Dominion has delivered the official Christmas trees to the Vice President’s residence at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington D.C.

Tags: Old Dominion, Holiday Driving, Christmas

December 1, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Westport Names New President, Makes Board Changes

Bart van Aerle has been appointed president of CWI, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Photo via LinkedIn.

Bart van Aerle has been appointed president of Cummins Westport Inc. The company has also appointed a new board chair and elected new members to the board.

Tags: Cummins, Leadership, Natural Gas Engines, People, Cummins Westport, Westport

December 1, 2017 - Industry News

Enterprise Launches Telematics Product for Truck Rental Customers

Photo: Enterprise Truck Rental.

Enterprise Truck Rental is now offering Enterprise Telematics. Powered by Geotab, the telematics solution provides real-time tracking data for monitoring vehicle and driver performance.

Tags: Telematics, Geotab, Enterprise Holdings, ELD Mandate, ELDs

December 1, 2017 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Taps Palmer as New Chief

Photo: Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America

Justin Palmer has been named president and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, effective immediately, according to the company.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Leadership, People, Promotions

November 30, 2017 - Industry News

Celadon Issues Update on Refinancing Effort

Financially embattled Celadon Group announced that it has made another step toward refinancing the company, as it continues to restructure while under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Tags: Leadership, SEC, Celadon Group, People, Refinancing

November 30, 2017 - Industry News

HDT Opens Nominations for 2018 Truck Fleet Innovators

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine is looking for the trucking industry's most innovative leaders. Learn how to nominate a fleet executive for the annual HDT Truck Fleet Innovators award.

Tags: HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, HDTX

November 30, 2017 - Industry News

Indiana Wants ELD Rule Delayed

In an 11th-hour request, the attorney general of Indiana has proposed that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration delay implementation of the electronic logging device rule set for Dec. 18 — less than 3 weeks away.

Tags: FMCSA, Indiana, ELD, ELD Mandate

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