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December 30, 2015 - Industry News

Flooding Closes Over 200 Roads in Missouri

Heavy rains and flooding have closed more than 225 roads in Missouri. Image via MoDOT

Massive flooding caused by heavy rains in Northeastern Missouri has closed more than 225 roads in the state as the Mississippi River overruns its banks and threatens to break levees in several areas.

Tags: Missouri Department of Transportation, Flooding, Missouri, Road Closure

December 30, 2015 - Industry News

Last-Minute Spot Freight Boosts Pre-Christmas Volume

Refrigerated freight volume showed unexpected strength on the spot market as the number of posted reefer loads fell just 1% for the week ending Dec. 26 compared to a 20% drop that’s typical during a holiday week, according to the latest numbers from DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 30, 2015 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Trucking's Top 5 Videos of 2015

Photos: Jim Park

With the Ultimate Test Drive series, featuring tests of 2015's newest trucks, and our Focus On... Series, HDT produced original videos made for the people who live and breathe trucking.

Tags: Video Series, Ultimate Test Drive, Test Drive

December 29, 2015 - Industry News

Rick Perry to Give Keynote at Omnitracs User Conference

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry. Photo via Omnitracs

Former Texas Governor and 2012 Republican presidential primary candidate Rick Perry will deliver the keynote address at the Omnitracs Outlook 2016 user conference.

Tags: Conference, Keynote Speech, Events, Omnitracs

December 28, 2015 - Industry News

CTA Elects Insurance Exec as San Francisco Chairman

Owen Oakley Photo via Heffernan Insurance Brokers

The California Trucking Association has elected Owen Oakley as the chairman for the San Francisco Trucking Association.

Tags: Leadership, California Trucking Association, People, Associations, California

December 28, 2015 - Industry News

Federal Spending Bill Includes Increase to Idaho Truck Weight Limit

Idaho will be allowed to increase its truck weight limit on interstate highways as a result of a provision attached to the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed

Tags: Idaho, U.S. Congress, Agricultural Fleets, Truck Size/Weight

December 23, 2015 - Industry News

Used Market Falters in November, Flat for the Year

Used Class 8 truck sales were mixed in November, decreasing 23% from the previous month but gaining slightly for the year.

Tags: ACT Research, Used Trucks, Used Truck Sales

December 23, 2015 - Industry News

Port Drivers Awarded $6.9 Million in Back Pay

Photo via Teamsters Union

The California Labor Commissioner’s office has awarded 38 truck drivers $6.9 million in back pay after ruling that the drivers had been improperly classified as independent contractors.

Tags: California, Ports, Teamsters, Strikes, Port Trucking, Labor Unions, Independent Contractors

December 23, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Three Reports Show Underlying Strength

Two days before Christmas, the Commerce Department released three reports on the U.S. economy. When put together, they show a solid performance, though not as strong as it has been or some would like.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Home Starts, Home Building, Personal Spending

December 23, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Rates Slip for Vans, Reefers; Surge May be Ahead

Image: DAT

Rates on the spot freight market slipped in two of the three main sectors for the week ending Dec. 19 as the amount of cargo to move fell slightly, according to DAT Solutions per its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 23, 2015 - Industry News

Element Financial Closes $4.8B in Funding

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Toronto-based Element Financial Corp. has closed $4.8 billion in rated asset-backed security funding that will fuel the company's aggressive move into the U.S. fleet management business.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Equity Markets, Element Financial

December 22, 2015 - Industry News

Rising Supply Chain Inventories Slow Truck Tonnage Index

Source: ATA

American Trucking Associations’ seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index declined 0.9% in November, erasing half of the 1.8% gain from October.

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

December 22, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Stable, Existing Home Sales Drop

The latest measure of strength in the overall U.S. economy shows it maintained its momentum in the third quarter of the year. A separate report shows a big decline in existing home sales for the second straight month.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Home Sales, Gross Domestic Product

December 22, 2015 - Industry News

Nissan's 2016 NV Cargo Van Starts at $27,735

The 2016 NV Cargo Van, photo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan has increased the retail price of its base model NV Cargo van with a standard roof and 4.0L V-6 engine by $500 to $27,735 for the 2016 model year, Nissan has announced.

Tags: Nissan, Vehicle Pricing, Nissan NV, 2016-MY, Full-Size Vans, Warranty

December 21, 2015 - Product News

SkyBitz Offers Fleet Management Solutions For Delivery Fleets

Telematics provider SkyBitz has added a fleet management solution for sales, service and delivery vehicles with the launch of SkyBitz Local Fleets.

Tags: telematics, SkyBitz, Delivery Fleets, Service Fleets, Information Technology

December 17, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Launches Improved Online DOT Registration

Image: U.S. DOT

The Implementation of the Unified Registration System will streamline the DOT registration process and make it more difficult for unsafe truck companies to avoid enforcement actions, per the agency.

Tags: FMCSA, Fleet Safety, Vehicle Registration, U.S. DOT

December 17, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Navistar Trims Losses, FedEx Profit Increases

It's looking like a good Christmas for Navistar and FedEx. The truck and engine maker managed to cut back on its losses in its most recent fiscal quarter and likely no longer will have an SEC investigation hanging over its head. Meanwhile, FedEx saw better earnings due to record holiday business.

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

December 17, 2015 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul Rates Improve, Intermodal Rate Drop Continues

A measure of truckload linehaul rates shows some improvement from the same time a year ago, while a separate report shows intermodal rates continue to sink.

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

December 17, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Lose Momentum Following Recent Improvements

A rally in spot truckload freight rates appears to have fizzled last week, as truck capacity jumped 21% while available freight fell 18% compared to the previous week, according to DAT Solutions.

Tags: Freight Rates, Spot Freight, DAT Solutions

December 16, 2015 - Industry News

Bill Aims to Strengthen Restart Suspension; Slams Brakes on Twin 33s

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

Congress is expected to further nail down the suspension of two restrictions placed on the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rules — and to bar the door to legalizing twin 33-foot trailers on highways nationwide.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, 34-Hour Restart, Truck Size/Weight

December 16, 2015 - Product News

Cargomatic Expands Freight Matching Service to San Francisco

Image via Cargomatic

After several months of beta testing Cargomatic has officially launched service in the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.

Tags: Freight, Shippers, Load Board, Mobile Apps, Cargomatic, California

December 16, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: What's Behind Fed Interest Rate Hike?

The U.S. Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee on Wednesday decided to push short-term interest rates higher for the first time since 2006.

Tags: Federal Reserve, Interest Rates, Economy

December 16, 2015 - Product News

McLeod Partners with Teletrac for HOS Platform

Photo: McLeod Software

McLeod Software’s fleet management platform LoadMaster will now connect with the Teletrac Fleet Director hours of service platform.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Teletrac, HOS, LoadMaster, McLeod Software, ELDs, telematics

December 16, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Mixed Numbers Ahead of Fed Announcement

Economic reports Wednesday morning ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee didn't offer a clear picture on the state of the economy, with slower manufacturing growth but a boost in housing numbers.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Consumer Prices, Housing Starts, Federal Reserve

December 16, 2015 - Industry News

Jack Cooper Transport Hires Maintenance Manager

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Lou Wall was named maintenance manager at Jack Cooper Transport, one of the nation's largest car-hauling fleets.

Tags: New Hire, Auto Haulers, Ryder System Inc.

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