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January 6, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Up from Last Week, Way Down from Year Ago

Average rates for flatbeds and reefers on the spot freight market ticked slightly higher during the final week of 2015 and first two days of this year compared to the week before, according to DAT Solutions and its load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

January 5, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Pairs Drone Delivery System With F-150

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford has developed a drone delivery system that could be deployed from the rear of an F-150 truck that could be used for emergency response or commercial uses in agriculture, forestry, construction, bridge inspection or other surveying work.

Tags: Ford F-150, Emergency Response Vehicles, Ford, Commercial Drones

January 5, 2016 - Industry News

CRST Seeks Driver-In-Front-Seat Training Exemption

Image: CRST Expedited

FMCSA is seeking comment on an exemption sought by CRST from the rule that requires the holder of a commercial learner's permit to always be accompanied by a commercial driver's license holder seated in the front seat while the CLP holder performs behind-the-wheel training on the road.

January 5, 2016 - Industry News

Fyda Freightliner Dealer Group to Expand in Ohio

Truck dealer group Fyda Freightliner has started construction of a full-service Freightliner and Western Star dealership in Zanesville, Ohio, slated to open in April 2016.

Tags: Freightliner, Western Star, Ohio, Dealership

January 5, 2016 - Industry News

Land-Air Express of New England Put Out of Service by FMCSA

CORRECTED -- Land-Air Express of New England may reopen this week after being placed out of service by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Dec. 29. The out of service order apparently resulted from an unsatisfactory audit in early November. As of Tuesday, the less-than-truckload company was awaiting the go-ahead to resume operations.

Tags: FMCSA, LTL, Out of Service, Land-Air Express

January 4, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Shrinks Again; Construction Remains Strong

Activity in the nation’s manufacturing sector has contracted for the second month in a row, and at the fastest rate in six years. Meanwhile, construction spending unexpectedly fell, but remains a bright spot compared to a year ago.

December 31, 2015 - Industry News

The News That Mattered Most to You

It’s customary to look back at the year just ended and here we do so by presenting the daily news stories posted by Heavy Duty Trucking that most caught our readers’ eyes throughout 2015.

Tags: Regulations, HDT Magazine

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

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