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April 26, 2016 - Industry News

USA Truck Renames Asset-Light Business

Signaling an increased strategic focus on logistics, USA Truck has re-branded its asset-light logistics business, formerly known as Strategic Capacity Solutions, to USAT Logistics.

Tags: USA Truck, Logistics, Rebranding

April 26, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Key Manufacturing Indicator Fails to Improve, Home Sales Slide

Orders for durable goods recovered only somewhat in March following a big decline, and a key economic indicator within the measure failed to improve, adding to recent indications a slump in manufacturing is far from over.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Home Sales

April 25, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Regulations in the Pipeline: Update from NPTC

On the NPTC show floor in Cincinnati. Photo: David Cullen

It took him all of an hour and a half, but Rick Schweitzer, general counsel for the National Private Truck Council, gamely managed to get across the key elements of the sweep of regulatory changes coming down the pike for trucking.

Tags: CSA, NPTC, HOS, FMCSA, Regulations, Private Fleets

April 25, 2016 - Industry News

GPS Insight Integrates with Fleetio

PHOTO: GPS Insight

The data integration allows customers who use both systems to receive automated odometer readings and Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) Alerts from GPS Insight inside the Fleetio software application.

Tags: Vehicle Diagnostics, GPS Insight, Fleetio, Telematics

April 25, 2016 - Industry News

Tanker Association Recognizes Carrier Safety Performance

Photo: Carbon Express

National Tank Truck Carriers recently honored Carbon Express and Miller Transporters with its Outstanding Safety Performance Award for their commitment to safety.

Tags: Fleet Safety, Awards, NTTC, Tankers, Carbon Express

April 25, 2016 - Industry News

Truckload Carriers Association Drops Higher Truck Weights from Policy

Wabash National showed off a 33-foot-pup, one of the size/weight proposals debated in Washington last year, at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s 2014 annual meeting. Photo: Tom Berg

After five years of presenting an official united front on the issue of truck sizes and weights, American Trucking Associations and the Truckload Carriers Association are going their separate ways.

Tags: ATA, TCA, Truck Size/Weight

April 22, 2016 - Industry News

Service Fleets Registering Most Vans

Photo of Transit courtesy of Ford.

Service fleets added the most commercial vans among non-rental entities in 2015 for parcel delivery, HVAC, heath services and other sectors, according to new data from Ford and IHS Automotive.

Tags: Ford, Full-Size Vans, Compact Vans, IHS Automotive

April 22, 2016 - Industry News

Meritor Executive Chairman Steps Down

Ivor J. Evans Photo: Meritor

Ivor J. Evans has informed Meritor that he intends to step down from his position as executive chairman of the board, effective immediately, as part of a transition to new leadership.

Tags: Leadership, Meritor, People

April 22, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Fails to Improve, Other Indicators Look Better

The first look at April business conditions in the nation’s sluggish manufacturing sector shows the situation is improving little. Other readings are slightly more encouraging.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators

April 21, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Swift Profits Fall, Forward Air and Marten Improve

UPDATED -- Truckload carrier Swift Transportation Co. saw its net income decline in the first quarter of the year while profit for the time definite surface transportation and logistics provider Forward Air Corp. more than doubled as refrigerated hauler Marten Transport Ltd. reported a boost in two ways.

Tags: Economy, Earnings, Forward Air, Swift Transportation, Fleet Earnings, Marten Transport

April 21, 2016 - Industry News

Senate Bill Includes Hours-of-Service Fix; Demands Speed-Limiter Rule

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

The transportation spending bill advanced by the Senate Appropriations Committee fixes wording in earlier legislation that muddied what the status of the 34-hour restart would be if a study by the Department of Transportation cannot show that controversial restart changes benefit drivers.

Tags: Hours of Service, Speed Limiter, U.S. Senate, Legislation, 34-Hour Restart

April 21, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Lower Truck Sales Hit Dana, Rush Enterprises' Profits

A truck component manufacturer and one of the nation’s largest truck dealer networks continue the trend of many businesses reporting lower first quarter earnings as truck sales are down from a year ago.

Tags: Economy, Truck Sales, Aftermarket, Dana Holding Corp., Rush Enterprises, Dana Spicer

April 20, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Knight, Landstar and Werner Profits Decline

UPDATED – Three large publicly held trucking fleets reported first quarter earnings on Wednesday with all showing a decline in profits from a year earlier.

Tags: Earnings, Knight Transportation, Landstar System, Fleet Earnings, Werner Enterprises

April 20, 2016 - Industry News

Missouri Wants Exemptions to Help Turn Veterans into Truckers

Vets taking part in classroom job training. Photo: U.S. DOT

The Show-Me State is showing how the federal government could make it easier for vets to become truckers.

Tags: FMCSA, Hiring Veterans

April 20, 2016 - Product News

Teletrac Navman Drive App Suite Added to Garmin Device

Photo: Teletrac Navman

The Garmin 670 will now support the Teletrac Navman Drive suite of apps with routing, fleet management and compliance features for drivers.

Tags: GPS, Garmin, Fleet Management Software, Teletrac, Mobile Devices, Mobile Apps

April 20, 2016 - Industry News

March Truck Tonnage Index Down But Still Solid

Source: ATA

After a surge in February, the American Trucking Associations' For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index decreased in March, taking away about half of the gains made the month before.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

April 20, 2016 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Come in Well Below Expectations

U.S. trailer net order numbers in March missed analyst projections, coming in well below expectations, according to FTR report.

Tags: Trailers, Dry Vans, FTR, Trailer Orders, Dump Trailers

April 20, 2016 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Names New VP, Service Operations

COYLE

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (MFTA) has promoted Scott Coyle to vice president, service operations for North America.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, New Hire/Promotion

April 20, 2016 - Industry News

U.S. Spot Freight Rates Decline, Canadian Spot Market Improves

A decline in available freight and an increase in truck capacity pushed spot truckload rates down across all three equipment types during the week ending April 16, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, TransCore, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

Congested Roads Run Up Trucking Costs Almost $50 Billion

Congestion on California freeways Photo: U.S. DOT

Traffic congestion on highways drove operational costs for trucking up by more than $49.6 billion in 2014, according to the American Transportation Research Institute.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, ATRI, Congestion

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul Rates Drop, Intermodal Continues Decline

A measure of truckload linehaul rates moved lower last month compared to a year earlier for the first time since May 2010 as intermodal freight rates continued their downward slide.

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

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeks Input on Beyond Compliance Recognition Program

Photo: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is requesting public input on its Beyond Compliance carrier safety-recognition program.

Tags: FMCSA, Beyond Compliance

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Starts Drop, Builders Still Upbeat

The number of housing starts in the U.S. fell more than expected in March, but home builder confidence in the market remains strong, according to two new reports.

Tags: Economy, Housing Starts, Home Building

April 18, 2016 - Industry News

Quakes Halt Toyota, Hino Production

Aerial view of the Tsutsumi Plant, where Toyota assembles the Prius hybrid, courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota will shut down most of its production of Toyota, Lexus, and Hino vehicles over the coming week, after a pair of deadly earthquakes rocked Japan and caused parts shortages for the automaker.

Tags: Toyota, Assembly Plants, Natural Disaster, Japan

April 18, 2016 - Industry News

Freight Shipments Ease as Spending Declines

Growth in freight shipments slowed in March, according to the latest Cass Freight Index Report, while freight spending turned negative – but a longer-term view of cargo movements and the overall economy appears at least somewhat brighter.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

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