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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

April 11, 2016 - Industry News

YRC Freight Adds Accelerated Shipping Service

Photo: YRC Freight

YRC Freight is offering a new accelerated service with shipment times that are one or two days faster than standard shipment times.

Tags: LTL, Freight, YRC Freight

April 11, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Freight Market Measure Remains Low Despite Improvement

Seasonal freight volumes got a 38% boost from seasonal freight in March according to the DAT North American Freight index. Compared to February, van freight availability increased 25%, flatbed volume rose 64% and reefer volume added 16%. Graphic: DAT Solutions

Spot market freight volume got a 38% percent boost from seasonal freight in March, but the DAT North American Freight Index remains at one of its lowest levels in years, according to newly released figures.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 8, 2016 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Executive Wins Distinguished Women In Logistics Award

Shelley Simpson, chief marketing officer, executive vice president and president, integrated capacity solutions and truck, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. Photo via WIT

Shelley Simpson of J.B. Hunt has received the 2016 Women In Trucking Association’s Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award.

Tags: Leadership, Awards, J.B. Hunt, Women in Trucking Association, People, Women in Trucking, Logistics

April 7, 2016 - Industry News

European Platooning Challenge Delivers 'Promising' Results

Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks driving in a connected convoy (truck platoon) using the Highway Pilot Connect system. Photo: Daimler

Volvo, Daimler Trucks, DAF Trucks, Iveco, MAN Truck & Bus and Scania all participated in the challenge, driving platooned convoys thousands of miles across multiple borders in countries that included Sweden, Germany and Belgium.

Tags: European Union, Global, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles

April 7, 2016 - Product News

FourKites Load Tracking Integrates with McLeod's PowerBroker

The load tracking platform FourKites has been integrated with McLeod Software’s PowerBroker, adding tracking capabilities for users of the brokerage management software.

Tags: Vehicle Tracking, McLeod Software, Asset Tracking, FourKites

April 7, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Fleet Care Replaces Quality Fleet Care Billing Tool

Ford Fleet Care replaced Quality Fleet Care as the company's consolidated parts and service billing tool on April 1, according to Ford.

Tags: Ford, Parts and Service, Billing

April 6, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Ends First Quarter on Up Note

Spot truckload volume increased 11% during the week ending April 2 as shippers moved freight out the door to close the first quarter on a high note, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 6, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Inks 5-Year UAW Contract

Volvo Trucks North America has ratified a new five-year agreement with the United Auto Workers covering about 2,000 union workers at its New River Valley, Va., plant.

Tags: Vehicle Manufacturing, UAW, Labor Unions, Volvo Trucks North America

April 5, 2016 - Industry News

FDA Reveals Final Rule for Hauling Food Safely

Final FDA Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food rule differs in numerous ways from the agency's original proposal.

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Feb. 5 that it has finalized a rule that will require certain shippers, loaders, carriers by motor or rail vehicle, and receivers involved in transporting human and animal food to use sanitary practices to ensure the safety of that food.

Tags: FDA, Food and Beverage Fleets, Refrigerated Trailers

April 5, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Exports Increase, Service Sector Expands

While the U.S. trade deficit increased to a six-month high in February, U.S. exports seem to finally be turning around for the better. Meanwhile, the nation’s service sector improved again last month, and a final report on manufacturing offers hope for this freight-significant indicator.

Tags: Economy, Factory Orders, Non-Manufacturing, Factory Shipments, Trade

April 5, 2016 - Industry News

Drivewyze Calculates Money Saved by Bypassing Weigh Stations

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Drivewyze, which offers weigh station bypass via an app on a smartphone or tablet, says it’s now able to do some interesting analytics of all the data collected from three years’ worth of operation, including how much fleets save by bypassing weigh stations.

Tags: Drivewyze, Analytics, Weigh Stations, MATS

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

Truckstop.com LoadPay Offers Control Over Load Payments

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Truckstop.com is offering its customers an app designed to simplify the load payment process, giving owner-operators and small fleets a secure way to organize and control their payments.

Tags: Brokers, Truckstop.com

April 1, 2016 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Trucking Wins a Neal Award for Driver Shortage Series

Executive Editor David Cullen was on hand to receive the Neal Award for the Driver Dilemma series of articles on the driver shortage. Photo: David Cullen

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine received a 2016 Jesse H. Neal Business Journalism Award for the 10-part Driver Dilemma series, covering the driver shortage.

Tags: Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Driver Dilemma

April 1, 2016 - Product News

Bestpass Revamps National Tolling Solution and Expands Coverage

Bestpass transponder works with almost all toll roads and toll bridges in the continental U.S. Photo: Tom Berg

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Bestpass, an automated toll-processing and -paying service, announced that it now covers almost all toll roads and tolled bridges in the continental United States, with the last one – the Oklahoma Turnpike – coming aboard by the middle of this month.

Tags: Tolls, Weigh Stations, Bestpass, Toll Management

April 1, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment Jumps, Manufacturing Awakens

The number of jobs added in March grew by another healthy pace, but not in trucking, while the nation’s manufacturing sector ended months of declining factory activity and overall construction fell slightly in February, according to the latest economic reports released Friday.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Employment

March 31, 2016 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Appoints New Product Support Managers

PHOTO: MFTA

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (MFTA) announced that Sean Phillips has joined the company as a product support manager. He joins Mike Sands, who was recently reassigned from his position as a district sales manager with MFTA to product support manager in the metro New York and northern New Jersey areas.

Tags: MFTA, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, New Hire/Promotion

March 31, 2016 - Product News

BlackBerry Offers Asset Tracking for Trucking

Screenshot via BlackBerry YouTube Channel

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Communications company BlackBerry has introduced an end-to-end tracking system for trucking companies and private fleet operators called BlackBerry Radar.

Tags: Asset Management, Blackberry, Asset Tracking, MATS

March 31, 2016 - Industry News

OOIDA Challenges ELD Mandate as Unconstitutional

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed a court appeal charging that electronic logging devices won’t improve safety and violate the 4th Amendment.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, OOIDA, Electronic Logging Devices, ELDs

March 31, 2016 - Product News

Rand McNally Introduces Low-Cost, Plug-and-Play ELD

The ELD 50 plugs easily into the port under the dash.

LOUISVILLE, KY — Saying it is a solution to many of the “cons” of electronic logging devices, Rand McNally Thursday introduced the ELD 50, a simple, low-cost electronic logging option, at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Rand McNally, ELDs, MATS

March 31, 2016 - Industry News

As MATS Begins, ATA, HDMA/MEMA Team Up for New Trucking Show

The American Trucking Associations, along with the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association division of the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association, announced on Thursday they are working with global event management and trade show firm Messe Frankfurt Inc. to develop a new, biennial North American-based truck and transportation event.

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, MEMA, HDMA, Industry Event, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 30, 2016 - Industry News

Freight Awaits Business Buying Big

FTR's Eric Starks laying out where he sees freight headed at Fleet Forum in Louisville, Ky. Photo: Jim Park

LOUISVILLE, KY -- The U.S. economy is "nowhere near” slipping into recession. But the economy is sending mixed signals, so what's going to happen to freight demand over the next several months? FTR's Eric Starks shared his insights at the MATS Fleet Forum Wednesday.

Tags: Fleet Forum, Freight, FTR, Economic Forecast, U.S. Economy

March 30, 2016 - Industry News

It's All About People Power for HDT's Truck Fleet Innovators

From left, Jim Park, Randy McGregor, Gerry Mead, Joyce Brenny and Bob Poulos. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

LOUISVILLE, KY — When you think of innovation, you may automatically think of technology. But a panel of HDT’s Truck Fleet Innovators Wednesday revealed that in many cases, it’s really all about people.

Tags: Fleet Forum, Driver Shortage, Fleet Innovators, Technicians, MATS

March 30, 2016 - Product News

DAT to Debut New Version of Trucker App at MATS

Photo: DAT Solutions

DAT Solutions is debuting a new version of its DAT Trucker mobile app, a driver trip planner with features like the locations of safe Walmart parking and CAT scales, and a loadboard.

Tags: Parking, Mid-America Trucking Show, CAT Scale, DAT Solutions, MATS, Mobile Apps

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