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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.

December 15, 2015 - Industry News

Preventive Maintenance Can Improve Fuel Economy, Report Says

Image: Carbon War Room

Research found fleets that saw MPG gains of 5% to 10% with rigorous PMs, Trucking Efficiency's confidence report says.

Tags: Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, Fleet Maintenance, Fuel Economy

December 15, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Makes Progress on Safety Fitness Rulemaking

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Notice of a proposed rule that would increase the use of inspection data in making Safety Fitness Determinations for motor carriers is expected to be published by Dec. 29

Tags: FMCSA, Highway Bill, CSA, Inspections

December 15, 2015 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index: Stable Shipments but Spending Drops

A measure of North America freight volume shows shipments did not fall in November from the month before for the first time in five years while freight expenditures declined slightly.

December 14, 2015 - Industry News

Colorado Adds Corrosion Inhibitors to De-icers This Winter

The Colorado Department of Transportation is adding a bio-based corrosion inhibitor to the salt brines used for de-icing to reduce the potential damage to vehicles and roads this winter.

Tags: Colorado, Corrosion, Winter, De-Icing

December 14, 2015 - Product News

Bestpass Hits Company Milestones During 2015 Expansion

Bestpass Toll Coverage Map Image via Bestpass

Bestpass reached several company milestones in 2015, including processing over $350 million in tolls, increasing users by nearly 50% and expanding to four new states.

Tags: Tolls, Toll Management Program, Weigh Stations, Bestpass

December 14, 2015 - Industry News

Texas Plumber Sues Over Truck Used by Syrian Extremists

Screenshot via KHOU

The black Ford F-250 started life as a truck for a Texas-based plumbing company, carrying pipes, toilets and other ilk. Until, that is, it appeared as the focal point of a tweet from a supposed extremist last December.

Tags: Ford F-250, Dealers, Lawsuits, Syria

December 11, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales, Producer Prices Jump

Both retail sales and prices at the wholesale level rose the most in months during November, according to two separate economic reports released on Friday. These will join other numbers that will be considered in a few days when the Federal Reserve considers an interest rate hike.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Wholesale Prices, Federal Reserve, Producer Prices

December 11, 2015 - Industry News

Classes 3, 8 Leading Strong Used Truck Market

Photo of 2015 F-450 courtesy of Ford.

Heavy and certain light and medium trucks make up the largest share of transactions for first three quarters of 2015, says IHS Automotive.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, Used Trucks, IHS Automotive, Class 3, Used Truck Sales

December 11, 2015 - Industry News

Monthly Spot Freight Measure Falls, Rates Tick Higher

Following an established seasonal pattern, spot market freight volume declined 15% in November from the month before, largely due to a drop in demand for flatbed trucks, but there were slight improvements in rates including into this month.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt to Expand HQ and Add Over 1,000 Jobs

The huge fleet says it is increasing its workforce and expanding its corporate headquarters in Lowell, Ark.

Tags: Arkansas, J.B. Hunt, Employment

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

HorseFly Drone Gets Commercial Waiver from FAA

Photo: AMP

The HorseFly octocopter works with a modified WorkHorse walk-in electric van, which acts as a mobile base for the aircraft, to deliver packages.

Tags: Workhorse, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Commercial Drones, Delivery Fleets

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Expected to Improve in 2016

Source: FTR

The October FTR index fell by more than three points from September to a reading of 5.06, in line with previous predications from FTR.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

PeopleNet, TMW to Hold Joint User Conference

Telematics and fleet management companies PeopleNet and TMW Systems will combine their separate annual user meetings into a single event called IN.SIGHT this September.

Tags: telematics, Fleet Management Software, PeopleNet, TMW Systems, Events

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

Element Beefs Up Truck Fleet Sales Team

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Element Financial Corp. has appointed nine executives to its fleet sales team with the bulk of the appointments specializing in fleet management sales for commercial trucks. The appointments bring together personnel from the recent acquisition of GE Capital's fleet business, Element announced.

Tags: New Hire, Fleet Management Companies, Element Fleet Management, Fleet Executives, Element Financial

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Rates Rebounding as Dry Vans Jump

Rates on the spot truckload market may finally be showing signs of rebounding as a 45% increase in the number of available loads greatly outweighed the 12% hike in truck capacity last week.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 9, 2015 - Industry News

Mesilla Valley to Use SmartDrive on 1,300 Trucks

Photo: Mesilla Valley Transportation

Mesilla Valley Transportation says it has selected SmartDrive’s video-based safety device for its fleet of more than 1,300 tractors.

Tags: Collision Prevention, Driver Training, Fleet Safety, SmartDrive Systems, Driver Monitoring Systems

December 9, 2015 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Shipments Hit Highest Level of 2015

Freight Transportation Services Index, October 2010 - October 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

A measure of the amount of freight moved by for-hire transportation in the U.S. rebounded following a one-month decline, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

December 8, 2015 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Seeks Nominations for Logistics Award

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The deadline for the 2016 Women In Trucking Distinguished Woman in Logistics award has been set for Dec. 31, and the organization is still seeking nominations.

Tags: Awards, Women in Trucking, Logistics, Women

December 7, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Industry Pledges Support for Wreaths Across America

Photo via Wreaths Across America

Several trucking associations, businesses and fleets have pledged support this holiday season for Wreaths Across America, a non-profit organization that lays wreaths on the graves of veterans at locations around the nation.

Tags: ATA, Charity, Veterans, TCA, Wreaths Across America, Christmas

December 7, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Innovators Nominations Deadline Extended to Dec. 11

Nominations for Heavy Duty Trucking’s 2016 Truck Fleet Innovators have been extended to Dec. 11.

Tags: Leadership, Awards, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

December 7, 2015 - Product News

Vigillo Keeping CSA Scores Available via Carrier Select

Image via Vigillo

Vigillo has announced that Carrier Select, the company’s carrier selection tool for freight brokers, shippers and insurance providers, will continue to provide CSA scores that its carrier customers can opt-in to share.

Tags: FMCSA, Fleet Safety, CSA, Freight, Vigillo, Highway Bill

December 4, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Removes CSA Data from Public View

Image: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced that, as of Dec. 4, it has removed "much of" the CSA data that had previously been visible to the public on the FMCSA website.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Highway Bill

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