March 24, 2015 - Product News
International Truck announced improvements to its OnCommand Connection remote diagnostics system at the Mid-America Trucking Show at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky.
Tags: Telematics, Vehicle Diagnostics, Information Technology, International Trucks
March 24, 2015 - Industry News
The For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index decreased 3.1% in February to 131.6, the lowest level since September of last year. Winter weather, slow retail sales, and other industries were to blame for the slow month.
Tags: ATA, Truck Tonnage Index, Economic Conditions
Eaton added a series of initiatives to the company’s Roadranger service network to better meet the needs of North American heavy-duty trucking fleets.
Tags: Eaton, Roadranger, Transmissions, Parts and Service, customer service
March 23, 2015 - Industry News
The Mid-America Trucking Show is on this week from March 26-28 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky.
Tags: Fleet Forum, Mid-America Trucking Show, MATS, Events
A measure of freight rates in one trucking sector improved in February over the past year, but declined from the month before.
Tags: Economy, Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates
March 23, 2015 - Product News
PeopleNet upgraded its web-based interface mapping technology with the ALK Maps interactive mapping platform, giving fleet managers access to several of ALK’s mapping features.
Tags: ALK Technologies, Information Technology, PeopleNet, Routing, Dispatch
Mack Trucks has announced extended service intervals for diesel particulate filters and diesel engine oil and filter changes on all model year 2011 and newer Mack trucks with an MP7, MP8 or MP10 engine.
Tags: Engine Oil, Mack Trucks, DPF, Filters, Parts and Service
Existing-home sales in the U.S. increased modestly in February, but constrained inventory levels pushed price growth to its fastest pace in a year, according to the National Association of Realtors on Monday.
Tags: Economy, Home Sales
March 20, 2015 - Industry News
Construction starts in the U.S. posted healthy gains in February compared to the month before and the same time in 2014, according to a new report from the construction industry data provider Dodge Data and Analytics.
Tags: Economy, Construction Spending
March 19, 2015 - Industry News
Bipartisan legislation was introduced in Congress today that would allow the Department of Transportation to recognize hair testing as an alternative option to give companies greater flexibility when conducting drug and alcohol testing.
Tags: Drug Testing, Driver Alcohol Detection Systems, Alcohol Testing, Hair Testing
February truck order volume hit a five-month low but still maintained a high level, according to ACT Research. The Class 8 segment posted the ninth consecutive month of more than 28,000 units ordered.
Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders
Speaking to reporters yesterday, House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster argued that both Congress and President Obama lack the political will to increase federal fuel taxes to pay for funding the next highway bill.
Tags: Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund
A look at where the U.S. economy is headed in the next three to six months showed another rise, according to a new report from the private research group The Conference Board.
Tags: Economy, Leading Economic Indicators, Federal Reserve
March 18, 2015 - Industry News
As state governments seek the best avenues to fund their highway infrastructure spending this year, many governors and legislators are looking closely at where making changes to motor-vehicle fuel taxation may get them.
Tags: Fuel Tax, Highway Funding
The Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee will hold a two-day public meeting later this month on how to “credit carriers and drivers who initiate and establish programs that promote safety beyond the standards established in FMCSA regulations."
Tags: driver safety, Fleet Safety, FMSCA
The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its North America neighbors increased 4.5% in 2014 compared to a year earlier, while over the longer term trucking has some lost market share to other transportation modes.
Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Railroads, Surface Trade
The average flatbed rate on the spot market picked up a little more steam while rates in the other two sectors remained stable as both the number of loads to move and truck capacity increased.
Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates
FedEx Corp. on Wednesday reported a 4% increase in revenue while profit jumped more than 50% in its most recent fiscal quarter.
Tags: Earnings, FedEx, FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express
March 17, 2015 - Industry News
Roads and bridges may be local projects, but there’s no getting around their funding being planned and executed on a national scale. That message was driven home today in testimony by three representatives of key stakeholder groups before the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.
Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Surface Transportation, Highway Bill, Devolution
FTR has announced that registration is open for its first "virtual conference." The event is scheduled for April 7th and will include discussions and question-and-answer sessions on important topics in trucking.
Tags: Webinar, Events, FTR, Fuel Prices, Regulations
Nationwide housing starts dropped 17% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 897,000 units in February, according to newly released data from the U.S. Commerce Department.
Tags: Economy, Housing Starts
March 16, 2015 - Industry News
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems surpassed $1 billion in sales during 2014, marking a first for the company.
Tags: Sales, Bendix, Brakes, Wheel Ends, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake
UPDATED -- Industrial production in the U.S. increased 0.1% in February from the month before, but is 3.5% higher than the same time a year ago.
Tags: Industrial Production, Economy
The U.S. and Canada have agreed to allow trucks going into the U.S. from Canada to clear customs on the Canadian side of the border, according to a report from The Buffalo News.
Tags: Canada, Legislation, Cross-Border Trucking, Department of Homeland Security
March 13, 2015 - Industry News
Ford has begun offering a heavy payload package with its 2015 F-150 pickup that increases the payload and towing capabilities for fleet and other commercial users.
Tags: Ford F-150, Towing, Payload, Ford, 2015-MY, Large Pickups
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