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April 15, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Upgrading 2017 Super Duty's Brakes, Suspension

Screenshot via Ford.

Ford has beefed up the axles, brakes, hitch, and suspension of its 2017 Super Duty pickups, after removing 350 pounds in weight-saving aluminum body panels, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Ford, Lightweighting, Large Pickups, 2017-MY, Ford Super Duty

April 15, 2016 - Industry News

DOT: Study Too Limited to Impact Truck Size/Weight Policy

Construction on the Tappan Zee Bridge that spans the Hudson River noth of New York City. Photo: U.S. DOT

"Much Ado About Nothing" might also serve as the subtitle of the long-awaited Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study that the Department of Transportation has finally released to Congress, almost four years after it was mandated to do so by the MAP-21 highway bill.

Tags: Truck Size/Weight

April 15, 2016 - Industry News

Class 8 Natural-Gas Truck Sales Bump Up

Retail sales of U.S. and Canadian natural-gas powered Class 8 trucks improved modestly in February after getting off to a slow start in 2016, says ACT Research.

Tags: ACT Research, Natural Gas Vehicles

April 15, 2016 - Industry News

Paragon Updates PC*Miler Interface

Image: Paragon Software

In response to demand from clients that use its de facto mileage calculations for paying truck drivers, Paragon Software Systems has updated its system interface with ALK’s PC*Miler routing, mileage, and mapping software.

Tags: Paragon Software Systems, PC*Miler, Information Technology, Software Integration

April 15, 2016 - Industry News

Celadon’s Steve Russell Dies at 76

Steve Russell Photo: Celadon Group

Steve Russell, the founder of Celadon Group Inc. died on April 15 at 76 years of age. The company he launched over 30 years ago to haul automotive freight from Michigan to Mexico has since grown into a truckload and logistics powerhouse.

Tags: Celadon Group, Obituary

April 15, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Tumbles, Consumer Mood Falls

Industrial production decreased for the second month in a row during March, adding another sign the economy sputtered in the first quarter of the year.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Consumer Sentiment

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

How Automation, Technology Will Change Trucking in the Next Decade

The changes currently happening in technology and automation are likely to change trucking as profoundly as the development of the Interstate Highway System, predicted Noel Perry Thursday in FTR’s monthly State of Freight webinar.

Tags: FTR, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

Sen. Boxer Opposes Resurrecting Trucker Rest-Break Reform

Sen. Barbara Boxer visiting a bridge project in Los Angeles. Photo: boxer.senate.gov

An effort appears under way to insert a pro-trucking reform twice shot down by this Congress in the Fiscal Year 2017 THUD bill. However, if Sen. Barbara Boxer, the Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, has her way, the proposal will die yet a third death on Capitol Hill.

Tags: Hours of Service, U.S. Senate, Driver Pay

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

“Inventory Overhang” Helping Sustain Rise in Class 8 Truck Supply

Image: TRALA

The supply of Class 8 trucks continues to rise faster than the demand for those trucks, according to ACT Research Co.’s most recent ACT For-Hire Trucking Index.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

TMC Adds Small-Fleet Category

TMC officials open the 2016 TMC annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. File photo: Deborah Lockridge

The Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations has just made it more affordable for smaller carriers to join the association and benefit from the group's information resources on spec'ing and maintenance issues.

Tags: TMC, Associations, Small Fleets

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

Trucker Sleep-Apnea Study Launched by ATRI

CPAP machine for treating sleep apnea Image: Safety First Sleep Solutions

The American Transportation Research Institute on April 15 launched an online survey of truck drivers on issues related to sleep apnea

Tags: Sleep Apnea, ATRI

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Prices Tame, Beige Book Shows Improvements

A rebound in fuel prices helped push overall retail prices higher in March,, but inflation remains about as far from a threat as possible to the U.S. economy, according to a new Commerce Department report.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices, Federal Reserve, Beige Book

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

New North American Commercial Vehicle Show Slated for September 2017

(UPDATED) A new, bi-annual North American trucking trade show has been scheduled for September 2017 in Atlanta.

Tags: Events

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Movements Decline Slightly

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

Following two straight months of growth, the amount of freight moved by for-hire operations in the U.S. fell in February from the month before, due in part to a substantial decline in trucking, according to new Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Economy, Freight Index

April 13, 2016 - Product News

Omnitracs Adds Tracking To Sylectus Mobile App

Sylectus Mobile App via Google Play

Omnitracs has made vehicle location tracking available through the Sylectus Mobile On Demand feature of the Sylectus Mobile app for iOS and Android mobile devices.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Sylectus, TMS, Omnitracs, Mobile Apps

April 13, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Decline, Keeping Inventories High; PPI Drops

Retail sales in the U.S. disappointed once again last month, causing high inventory levels to fall only marginally while wholesales prices declined, according to three separate reports released on Wednesday.

Tags: Retail Sales, Business Inventories, Producer Prices, Wholesale Prices, Economy

April 13, 2016 - Industry News

TxDOT Reduces Truck Tolls for Congestion-Relief Effort

The Texas Transportation Commission voted to give trucks a break on the cost of tolls on a portion of State Highway 130 and State Highway 45SE as part of the Truck Toll Discount Program approved by the 84th Legislature.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, TxDOT, Truck Tolls

April 13, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Give Back Most of Recent Gains

Spot freight rates eased off the gas as spot truckload volume dipped 1% and the number of posted trucks increased 6.2% for the week ending April 9, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

200 Drivers Honored in Salute to Women Behind the Wheel

Photo: Women In Trucking

Women In Trucking honored nearly 200 female professional drivers with its 7th annual Salute to Women Behind the Wheel at this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Awards, Women in Trucking Association, Events, Women Drivers

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

Walmart Announces Carrier of the Year Honorees

Photo: Walmart

Walmart Transportation has named 12 trucking and transportation partners as its 2015 Carriers of the Year.

Tags: Partnership, Awards, Walmart

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Groups Slam FMCSA Approach to Safety-Fitness Rule

A roadside safety inspection. Photo: U.S. DOT

A coalition of trucking interests has come out bluntly critical of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s efforts to put in place its proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety Fitness Determination

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

Super Rigs Contest Set for June in Joplin, Mo.

A parade on Friday night is part of the festivities. This year it'll be on June 10. Judging will be June 9-11.

Owner-operator truckers from across the United States and Canada compete for cash and prizes, and for a chance at being featured in the 2017 Super Rigs Calendar.

Tags: Shell Rotella, Owner-Operators, Shell SuperRigs, Events

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

DHL Drivers Compete in Safe Driving Rodeo

DHL Express' drivers will be taking part in a Safe Driving Rodeo from April 4 to Sept. 30 operating in Mercedes-Benz Sprinters, similar to the European version shown here. Photo: DHL Express

DHL Express has begun its first Safe Driving Rodeo competition that puts 180 of its U.S. couriers to the test for 112 workdays to promote DHL’s safety culture by having drivers engage in friendly head-to-head competition.

Tags: DHL, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Safe Driving Competition, Delivery Fleets

April 11, 2016 - Industry News

West Virginia City Loses Appeal to Regulate Heavy Truck Traffic

The Morgantown, W. Va., city council has lost an appeal to regulate traffic along Route 7 in its jurisdiction based on size and weight.

Tags: Regulations, West Virginia, Truck Weight, Court Ruling

April 11, 2016 - Industry News

CP Drops Norfolk Southern Merger Bid

Image: Canadian Pacific Railway

Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. has announced it has terminated efforts to merge with Norfolk Southern Corp.

Tags: Railroads, Norfolk Southern, CP

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