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March 24, 2016 - Industry News

EPA Not Backing off GHG Rules for Trailers, Glider Kits

Photo: Utility Trailer Manufacturing

EPA and NHTSA have again indicated they intend to regulate truck trailers and glider kits under their Phase 2 proposal for limiting the GHG emissions and fuel consumption of on-highway trucks.

Tags: Trailers, EPA, Glider Kits, NHTSA, Phase 2 GHG Proposals

March 24, 2016 - Product News

Omnitracs Updates Roadnet Transportation Suite

Image via Omnitracs

Omnitracs has released Roadnet Transportation Suite version 3.7.4, with added functionality, new features and enhancements to the suite’s FleetLoader, MobileCast and Roadnet products.

Tags: Fleet Management, Routing, Roadnet Technologies, Omnitracs

March 24, 2016 - Industry News

Nissan Announces Pricing for Gasoline TITAN XD

V8 gasoline-powered TITAN XD. Photo: Nissan

Nissan announced pricing for the new 2016 V-8 gasoline engine-equipped TITAN XD crew cab models. It has starting manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $35,290 for the base trim.

Tags: Vehicle Pricing, Nissan Titan, Nissan Titan XD, Gasoline Engines

March 23, 2016 - Product News

Vigillo Adds BASIC Measure Analyzer to Carrier Select

Transportation data mining and analysis provider Vigillo announced the BASIC Measure Analyzer as a new feature of Carrier Select that gives more context to CSA data.

Tags: CSA, BASIC, Vigillo, Highway Bill

March 23, 2016 - Industry News

Supermarket Driver is First Woman to Win Maryland Trucking Award

Photo: Maryland Motor Truck Association

The Maryland Motor Truck Association named Annette Womack, a driver for Giant Food, the association's 2015 Driver of the Year.

Tags: Awards, Maryland Motor Truck Association, Women Drivers, Grocery Fleets

March 23, 2016 - Industry News

Increased Regional Activity Pushes Spot Freight Rates Higher

Led by strong regional demand, spot truckload rates rose across all three equipment types during the week ending March 19, hitting their highest levels in at least a month, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

March 22, 2016 - Industry News

February Tonnage Makes Up for Weak Previous Month

Source: ATA

American Trucking Associations’ For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose by 7.2% in February, hitting an all-time high reading of 144.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage, Truck Tonnage Index

March 22, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Subdued but Growing, Home Sales Fizzle

The first reading on the U.S. manufacturing sector for this month shows a slight uptick in activity, but growth remains weak as it has since the start of the year, and existing home sales slumped.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales

March 21, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler Blueprints the Connected Truck

Wolfgang Bernhard speaking on connected trucks. Photo: Daimler AG

Daimler Trucks sees connectivity as the means to leverage the data generated and shared by trucks to radically transform transportation logistics. Executive Editor David Cullen has more on the truck maker's connected vision, reporting from Dusseldorf, Germany.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Daimler Trucks, Connected Vehicle Technology

March 21, 2016 - Product News

PeopleNet Announces Tire Pressure Monitoring Integration

Fleet mobility technology company PeopleNet has announced the integration of a tire pressure monitoring system from Wabco.

Tags: PeopleNet, Wabco, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

March 18, 2016 - Industry News

Lawsuits Push Port Trucking Company Into Bankruptcy

Premium Transportation Services, also known as Total Transportation Services, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing its financial troubles related to driver misclassification lawsuits and legal costs.

Tags: Bankruptcy, Ports, Port Trucking, Total Transportation Services, Independent Contractors, Intermodal, Drayage, Teamsters, Labor Unions

March 18, 2016 - Industry News

Cross-Border Freight Posts 7.2% Annual Decline

U.S.-NAFTA Merchandise trade by mode: 2011-2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

All five major transportation modes, including trucking, carried less freight between the U.S. and its neighbors of Canada and Mexico last year than in 2014, but big-rigs continue to dominate such cargo movements, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Mexico, Canada, Cross-Border Trucking

March 17, 2016 - Industry News

Fatal Crash, False Logs Trigger Shutdown of Massachusetts Trucking Company

FMCSA has ordered the immediate shutdown of trucking company J and J Transportation after an investigation revealed a continued lack of compliance with or understanding of safety regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Compliance, Out-of-service, Imminent Hazard

March 17, 2016 - Industry News

Truckload, Intermodal Rates Drop Again

Truckload linehaul freight rates have fallen again and are barely higher than a year ago, while rates for intermodal shipments have dropped for the 14th straight month, according to the latest Cass indexes.

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

March 17, 2016 - Product News

Paragon’s Routing Software Updated With Improved Mapping

Photo courtesy of Paragon Software Systems

Paragon Software Systems has added new capabilities to its routing and scheduling solutions that brings in real world data about street-level mapping, road speeds, and truck attributes.

Tags: Mapping, Routing, Paragon Software Systems, Delivery Fleets

March 17, 2016 - Product News

Risk Management Solution Aimed at Oil and Gas Industry

MiX Telematics has launched MiX Journey Management, a risk management solution for U.S. oil and gas companies that is integrated with the company’s fleet management platform.

Tags: Risk Management, Fleet Management Software, MiX Telematics, Information Technology

March 16, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Offers 7 Trailer Cameras With 2017 Super Duty

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford is offering a seven-camera system with its 2017 Super Duty trucks that gives a driver additional views around the side of the truck and behind the trailer, Ford has announced.

Tags: Ford, Ford Super Duty, Towing, Rear-View Cameras, Camera System, 2017-MY

March 16, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: FedEx Profit Falls, Adjusted Earnings Up

Trucking and parcel delivery company FedEx Corp. on Wednesday reported lower quarterly profits, but adjusted earnings were better than expectations.

Tags: FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, Fleet Earnings, Economy, FedEx

March 16, 2016 - Industry News

Chevrolet Silverado Adds Camera System, Tow-Prep Package

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD courtesy of GM.

Fleets will be able to acquire a 2014-2016 model year Chevrolet Silverado with a new camera system for trailering and a fifth-wheel prep package.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Towing, General Motors

March 16, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Reefer Rates Push Higher for Second Week; Van, Flatbeds Dip

Spot rates for refrigerated truckload freight are trending higher in the key produce states of California, Texas and Florida, while cargo volume posted a 10% increase over the past week, according to DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Solutions, Freight Rates

March 15, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeks to Ease the Way for Vets to Become Truckers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wants to make it easier for military veterans to transition into civilian careers in the truck and bus industry by simplifying the process of getting a Commercial Learner’s Permit or Commercial Driver’s License.

Tags: FMCSA, Veterans, Hiring Veterans, Driver Shortage

March 15, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Shows Slow Growth in Freight

Source: FTR

The Trucking Conditions Index measure fell to a reading of 9.05 for January, indicating slowing growth patterns for truck freight.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Spot Freight, Freight Rates

March 15, 2016 - Industry News

Port Traffic Expected to Return to Normal Patterns

Photo courtesy the Port of Long Beach

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports should see its traditional buildup toward the summer, despite difficult comparisons with last year’s unusual patterns, according to one report.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, Ports

March 15, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Slip Again, Key Price Indicator Rises

Retail sales in the U.S. fell for the second consecutive month during February, according to a new preliminary Commerce Department report, raising some concerns about overall economic growth this year.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Interest Rates, Ports, Wholesale Prices, Port Trucking, Federal Reserve, Producer Prices

March 14, 2016 - Product News

Omnitracs Updates Roadnet Anywhere Platform

One of the biggest additions to the new version of Roadnet Anywhere is the ability to create and optimize multi-day routes. (PHOTO: Roadnet Technologies)

Updates to the Roadnet Anywhere platform consolidates views of routing, dispatching, proof of delivery, telematics, customer notifications, and business analytics into one place.

Tags: Routing, Roadnet Technologies, Omnitracs, Roadnet Anywhere

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