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April 20, 2018 - Industry News

Lack of Research Keeps Lid on Federal Truck GVW Limit

An advisory panel of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine has issued an interim report on the research it will recommend be completed before consideration is given to raising the federal 80,000-pound weight limit for trucks.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Truck Size/Weight, National Academies of Sciences

April 20, 2018 - Industry News

Intermodal Cartage Truck Drivers Receive 30% Pay Raise

Intermodal Cartage Company is offering truck drivers a 30% pay raise in order to recruit and retain drivers. Photo via IMCC

Memphis-based Intermodal Cartage Company has announced a 30% pay raise for its drivers to proactively reach out to more prospective employees at the drayage carrier.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

April 20, 2018 - Industry News

First Quarter 2018 Truck Orders Hit 12-Year High

In 2018 through March, truck orders have hit the second highest level ever, beaten only by the pre- EPA 07 regulation ordering boom in 2006.

Truck orders in the first quarter of 2018 hit the second highest mark in history and mark the best period for orders since 2006, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Economy, Truck Sales, ACT Research, Truck Orders

April 20, 2018 - Industry News

2019 Ram 1500 Goes on Sale

Photo of 2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn with 5.7L V-8 by Paul Clinton.

The 2019 Ram 1500, which is entering its 15th generation, will include a combination of three engines and three powertrains, including a 5.7-liter V-8, V-8 mild hybrid, 3.6-liter V-6 mild hybrid, and 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel.

Tags: Ram 1500, 2019-MY, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Large Pickups, FCA, Order to Delivery

April 20, 2018 - Press Release

FleetUp Names VP of Sales, Business Development

FleetUp named Ken McCann, formerly with Drivewyze, vice president of sales and business development, effective immediately

Tags: HOS, Safety & Compliance, ELD, New Hire, FleetUp

April 19, 2018 - Industry News

Safety Groups Seek End to Roadway Fatalities

Photo via Minesweeper/Wikimedia.

A coalition of safety groups has released an ambitious plan to eliminate roadway deaths by 2050 in response to rising fatalities in recent years that have reversed the progress of earlier decades.

Tags: National Safety Council, Road Deaths, Research, Safety

April 19, 2018 - Industry News

SAE Offers Professional Development Training Programs

SAE International is offering professinonal evelopment courses on a vaerity of engineering, technical, and business oriented topics. Screencap via SAE International

SAE International will be offering a portfolio of training programs aimed at supporting engineering, technical, and business professionals.

Tags: Training, SAE International, Continuing Education, Education, Professional Development

April 19, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Werner, Marten 1st Quarter Profits Move Higher

Two trucking fleets on Thursday reported increases in their first quarter net income compared to the same time a year earlier.

Tags: Werner Enterprises, Marten Transport, Fleet Earnings

April 19, 2018 - Industry News

Despite Full ELD Enforcement, Truck Capacity Increased

It's hard to deny that electronic logging devices have had an effect on the trucking industry in the short time since they were mandated, but it might not be in the ways you'd expect. HDT File Image

It's hard to deny that electronic logging devices have had an effect on the trucking industry in the short time since they were mandated, but it might not be in the ways you'd expect.

Tags: Hours of Service, Owner-Operators, Capacity, DAT Solutions, ELD Mandate, ELDs

April 19, 2018 - Industry News

OOIDA Leading Fight Against House Bills to Allow Younger Truck Drivers

Trucking is not of one mind as to whether CDL holders under the age of 21 should be allowed to operate trucks across state lines. Photo: FMCSA

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, along with other groups, is opposing two bills before the House of Representatives that would allow for lowering the age requirement for obtaining an interstate commercial driver’s license.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, OOIDA, Younger Drivers

April 19, 2018 - Industry News

Volkswagen Clarifies Position on Navistar Takeover in SEC Filing

VW Truck & Bus CEO Andreas Renschler. Photo: Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen AG cooled expectations that it is moving to take over Navistar International in an April 18 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. However, in the same statement, the Germany-based OEM left the door open for its Volkswagen Truck & Bus GMbH subsidiary to possibly acquire U.S.-based Navistar at some later date.

Tags: Navistar, Global, Volkswagen

April 19, 2018 - Product News

Points of Interest Feature Added to TMW FinalMile

The FinalMile points of interest feature allows users to pin locations on a map that don't have an address. Photo: TMW

TMW announced a new feature for its FinalMile DRTrack solution that allows users to identify and save points of interest not associated with an address on a map for routing purposes.

Tags: Routing, TMW Systems, Navigation, Last Mile Delivery

April 19, 2018 - Press Release

Navistar Appoints New Board of Directors Member

Navistar International Corporation announced Raymond Miller has been named to the company's board of directors, effective immediately.

Tags: Navistar, Board of Directors

April 17, 2018 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Trucking Announces 2018 Truck Fleet Innovators

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine has announced the 2018 HDT Truck Fleet Innovators. From top left: Andreea Crisan, Sergio Rojas, Tom Schilli, David Myers, Joel Morrow.

The editors of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine have announced the 2018 HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, five fleet executives being recognized for their forward-thinking leadership.

Tags: Awards, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, HDTX

April 17, 2018 - Industry News

Spartan to Reveal Ford Transit for Utility Fleets

Photo of Ford Transit Utility exterior courtesy of Spartan Motors.

Spartan Motors will show a Ford Transit concept van that has been tailor-made for utility fleets with a more customized cargo area and remote workstation at an upcoming fleet trade show.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Utilimaster, NAFA Institute & Expo, Spartan Motors, Ford Transit, Concept Vehicles, Utility Fleets, Vehicle Modifiers

April 17, 2018 - Industry News

Spot Rates Fall as Available Truck Capacity Rises

Spot truckload rates moderated during the week ending April 14 as more trucks returned to the marketplace. The number of trucks posted to the DAT Solutions network of load boards jumped 11% compared to the previous week while the number of loads fell almost 1%.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 17, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production, New Homes, Retail Sales Move Higher

The latest numbers about the health of the U.S. economy showed continued growth when it comes to industrial production, housing starts, and retail sales, indicating increasing energy for the first part of the second quarter.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, GDP, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Home Starts

April 16, 2018 - Industry News

FedEx Freight Head Ducker to Retire in August

Michael Ducker will retire from his position as Fedex Freight president and chief executive in August. Photo: FedEx

Fedex Freight president and chief executive officer Michael L. Ducker will retire effective Aug. 15, 2018, concluding a decades-long career with the company.

Tags: Leadership, People, FedEx, FedEx Freight

April 16, 2018 - Industry News

FTR: February Freight Environment for Carriers Scores Highest Ever

The February TCI reading of 15.41 was the highest since FTR began tracking conditions in1992-- and it jumped four points from January’s reading. Source: FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for February hit its highest reading ever, reflecting an unmatched positive environment for carriers.

Tags: Economy, Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Freight Rates, Freight Capacity

April 16, 2018 - Industry News

Overall Freight, Spending Post Double-Digit Gains in March; Truckload, Intermodal Rates Jump

Newly released figures on the health of the North American freight marketplace as well as on U.S. truckload linehaul and intermodal rates show all are at or near record highs.

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

April 16, 2018 - Industry News

Penske Exec Named Truck Renting and Leasing Association Board Chairman

Penske Truck Leasing's Michael Duff has been named chairman of the board of TRALA. Photo: TRALA

The Truck Renting and Leasing Association named Penske's Michael Duff its 2018-19 Chairman of the Board at its annual meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Tags: Leasing, TRALA, Leadership, Penske Truck Leasing, People

April 16, 2018 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Details 2019 Sprinter's Telematics Offering

Photo of 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans by Paul Clinton.

Mercedes-Benz will offer eight factory telematics packages with its third-generation 2019 Sprinter that allow fleet managers to better track preventive maintenance, routing, and driver behavior with the full-size van, the company has announced.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, 2019-MY

April 16, 2018 - Industry News

VW Truck Signals Interest in Acquiring All of Navistar

Navistar CEO Troy Clarke, VW Truck & Bus CEO Andreas Renschler, and Navistar CFO Walter Borst field queries from the press during the IAA Show in Germany in 2016. Photo: David Cullen

News reports out of Germany indicate that Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH is open to taking over Navistar International Corp.. VW already holds a 16.9% share in the U.S. company via a “wide-ranging strategic alliance," which was announced back in 2016.

Tags: Global, Navistar International, Vocational Trucks, Volkswagen

April 16, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: J.B. Hunt Grows First Quarter Profit to $118.1 Million

The first quarter 2018 earnings reporting season for trucking began on Monday as J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. said its profit moved higher compared to the same time a year ago.

Tags: J.B. Hunt, Fleet Earnings

April 13, 2018 - Industry News

Webinar to Explore Potential of Blockchain in Trucking

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Heavy Duty Trucking magazine and TMW Systems are offering a free webinar on the topic of blockchain to help fleets understand the potential of this transformative technology.

Tags: IBM, Webinar, TMW Systems, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Blockchain

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