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December 20, 2016 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Rebound

Class 8 net orders increased in November following heavy cancellations in the previous month, according to final numbers from ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

December 20, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Index Shows Significant Increase

Source: ATA

The American Truck Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index spiked 8.2% in November, recovering from a slight 0.3% dip in the month before.

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

December 20, 2016 - Press Release

Noregon Names VP of Sales, COO

Gilliam

Noregon has promoted Shane Gilliam to vice president of sales and Tim Bigwood to chief operating officer, Noregon founder and CEO Bill Hathaway has announced.

Tags: Noregon Systems, C-Suite, Promotions

December 20, 2016 - Industry News

Love’s Set Company Record Opening Stores in 2016

Photo: Love's Travel Stops

Love’s Travel Stops set a company store-opening record in 2016 by adding 47 new stores to its network of locations in 40 states.

Tags: New Facility, Love's Travel Stops, Truck Stops

December 16, 2016 - Industry News

Dry Van Surge Powers Trailer Orders Past Expectations

Photo: Tom Berg

Trailer orders in November beat expectations by a wide margin due in part to large orders placed by large fleets, according to the latest trailer numbers from analysts at FTR and ACT Research.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, FTR, Trailer Orders

December 16, 2016 - Industry News

State, Local Violations Top List of Citations in Safe Driver Week

State and local moving violations were the most common citations given to commercial vehicle drivers during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Operation Safe Driver Week.

Tags: Driver Behavior, Traffic Violations, Citation, Operation Safe Driver, CVSA

December 16, 2016 - Industry News

Maverick USA Acquires Michigan-Based Marine Transport

Photo via Marine Transport

Maverick USA has announced the acquisition of the Au Gres, Mich.-based Marine Transport, expanding the company’s dedicated service offerings and service footprint in the boat and marine business.

Tags: Maverick, Mergers & Acquisitions, Dedicated Fleets, Boats

December 16, 2016 - Industry News

Report: Overall Freight Shipping Levels, Rates Better than They First Look

Graphic: Cass Information Systems

While a measure of total U.S. freight shipments in October broke a string of being in negative territory for 20 months, November fell back while separate reports for the month show an improvement in intermodal rates for the second consecutive month while truckload linehaul rates turned lower.

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

December 16, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing at 21-Month High, Other Indicators Strong

U.S. manufacturers reported a strong end to 2016, with business conditions improving at the fastest pace since March 2015. And separate reports show consumer prices are rising and housing remains strong, despite a pullback from a multi-year high.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Manufacturing, Consumer Prices, Housing Starts, Federal Reserve

December 15, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Industry Transports Wreaths Across America

Photo via Wreaths Across America

Several companies, associations and fleets in the trucking industry are once again participating in the Wreaths Across America cause, honoring veterans who have died by placing a wreath on their graves.

Tags: Veterans, TCA, Wreaths Across America, Christmas

December 15, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Again Delays Rollout of Online DOT Registration System

Image: U.S. Department of Transportation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has again delayed implementation of the final stage of its Unified Registration System for new motor carriers.

Tags: FMCSA

December 14, 2016 - Industry News

Fed Hikes Interest Rates for Second Time in Decade

Policy makers at the Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced an increase in interest rates for the first time this year and only the second time since the depths of the Great Recession and there are expected to be at least some repercussions for trucking.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Interest Rates, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Federal Reserve

December 14, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Helps For-Hire Freight Movements Bounce Back

Freight Transportation Services Index, October 2011-October 2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of for-hire freight moved in the U.S. increased following two months of declines, according to new Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

December 14, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates, Loads Ease Following November Gains

The November Freight Index reflects a continued pattern of unseasonably strong freight volumes in the spot market starting in July. Graphic: DAT

The amount of freight available to haul from the spot truckload market surged in November as rates generally moved higher, according to newly released figures from DAT Solutions and its network of load boards, while both slowed a little during the first full week in December.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions, DAT North American Freight Index

December 13, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Proposes V2V Rule for Cars; Could One for Trucks Be Far Behind?

Artist rendering of connected vehicles on the road Image: U.S. Department of Transportation

While the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission issued a proposed rule on Dec. 13 aimed at getting vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology on all new light-duty vehicles, NHTSA confirmed for HDT that there is “no [similar] rulemaking as of yet” in the works for commercial vehicles.

Tags: ATA, V2V, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles

December 13, 2016 - Industry News

FedEx CEO Warns Trump Attack on Trade Could Be 'Catastrophic'

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FedEx Chairman and CEO Fred Smith warned that President-elect Trump's campaign promises to pull back on international trade agreements could be “catastrophic.”

Tags: NAFTA, Free Trade Agreement, FedEx, Donald Trump, Economic Conditions

December 13, 2016 - Industry News

TransComply Launches Carrier Food-Safety Compliance Tool

The Uniform Food Safety Transportation Protocol is available now for use by motor carriers to comply with mandates from shippers and their broker agents under the new Food and Drug Administration rule for sanitary transportation of human and animal food, according to TransComply.

Tags: FDA, Food and Beverage Fleets, TransComply, Refrigerated Trailers

December 12, 2016 - Industry News

FTR: Conditions Point to Tightening Capacity

Chart: FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for October, while currently in low positive territory, remains on course to reflect improving conditions for carriers as capacity tightens from regulations being implemented.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity

December 12, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Taps 10 Carrier Execs for Highway-Funding Task Force

Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

The American Trucking Associations has formed a panel consisting of 10 top executives of major motor carriers and the president of a state motor carrier association that its has charged with evaluating approaches to financing highway-infrastructure improvements.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Highway Funding

December 9, 2016 - Industry News

Michigan Law Opens a Door for Platooning

Screenshot via Peloton

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed S.B. 995 into law on Dec. 9, authorizing electronically coordinated truck platooning on Michigan roads by creating an exception to the state’s minimum following distance for commercial vehicles.

Tags: Michigan, Connected Vehicle Technology, Vehicle Platooning, Peloton Technology, Autonomous Vehicles

December 9, 2016 - Industry News

Turnover Hits 5-Year Low at Large Truckload Fleets

Turnover at truckload fleets with more than $30 million in annual revenue dropped two points to 81% in the third quarter of 2016, according to American Trucking Associations.

Tags: ATA, Driver Turnover, Truckload

December 8, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Assembly Plant Donates Truck to Local High Schools

New River Valley Assembly Plant is awarding a 2009 Volvo highway tractor to Pulaski County High Schools for the creation of curriculum for high school students to learn fundamental truck systems, assembly and repair techniques. Photo: Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks New River Valley Assembly Plant is awarding a 2009 Volvo highway tractor to Pulaski County High Schools for the creation of a curriculum for students.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Awards, Donations, Assembly Plants

December 8, 2016 - Product News

FourKites Platform Available on Geotab Marketplace

Photo: FourKites

FourKites, a real-time tracking platform provider, has announced that its platform is available on the Geotab Marketplace.

Tags: Geotab, Asset Tracking, FourKites

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Load Availability Soars, Rates Inch Higher Over Past Week

The number of available loads on the spot truckload freight market surged last week compared to the previous week as expected, following the Thanksgiving holiday, while rates moved to their best levels out of the last four weeks, according to DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

Updated: Fix for Hours-of-Service Glitch in the Works

Image: Haldex

Special legislation, in the form of a Continuing Resolution, introduced in Congress in hopes of averting a year-end government shutdown contains language that would permanently fix the glitch in previous legislation that threatened the use of a 34-hour restart as part of the hours-of-service rule for truck drivers.

Tags: Hours of Service, HOS, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

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