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January 20, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Core Consumer Prices Up, Homebuilding Brisk

Inflation at the retail level is anything but a threat to the health of the U.S. economy with newly released figures showing a drop in the final month of 2015 while the housing market is expected to continue improving.

Tags: Economy, Home Starts, Consumer Prices, Home Building

January 19, 2016 - Product News

SmartDrive: Software Suite Actuates Big Data in Real Time

Image: SmartDrive Systems

The SmartIQ Transportation Intelligence Suite is designed to take large volumes of data generated by commercial fleets and turn it into real-time actionable data, predictive analysis and prescriptive actions.

Tags: Telematics, Fleet Management Software, SmartDrive Systems, Analytics

January 19, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Index Ends 2015 on a Strong Note

American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1% in December, ending 2015 on a strong note despite an overall slow year.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

January 19, 2016 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Return to Normal at Year's End

Trailer net orders in the U.S. for December were down 35%, returning to a more reasonable range after robust activity the month before.

Tags: Trailers, Dry Vans, Reefers, Trailer Orders, Dump Trailers

January 19, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Point to Potential 2016 Improvements

Source: FTR

The November FTR Trucking Conditions Index jumped by more than three points to a reading of 8.64, possibly pointing to improvements for truckers in 2016, according to FTR.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity

January 19, 2016 - Industry News

Roadrunner Transportation Hires Curtis Stoelting as President & COO

Photo: Roadranger Transportation

Roadrunner Transportation Systems has hired Curtis Stoelting as president and COO. Stoelting also has been appointed to the Cudahy, Wis.-based trucking company’s board of directors.

January 19, 2016 - Industry News

Union Leasing Acquires Walser Leasing and Fleet Services

The sale did not include Walser Specialized Services, which provides acquisition services to car rental companies and commercial fleets.

Tags: Union Leasing, Fleet Management Companies, Mergers & Acquisitions, Walser Automotive Group

January 19, 2016 - Industry News

USA Truck Names Second CEO in 6 Months

 John R. Rogers Photo via USA Truck

USA Truck has appointed John R. Rogers as president and chief executive officer. He replaces Thomas Glaser, who will remain on the board and was appointed vice chairman.

Tags: Leadership, People, USA Truck

January 18, 2016 - Industry News

TWNA Names 2015 Tech Achievement Award Finalists

Finalists include safety and driveline products and a converter dolly. The truck writers group gave its first tech award in 1991 for a then-novel LED marker light.

Tags: TMC, Truck Writers of North America, Technology & Maintenance Council, TWNA Technical Achievement Award

January 18, 2016 - Industry News

In Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Photo: Public Domain

In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Heavy Duty Trucking presents some of the significant content that our editorial staff has posted recently.

Tags: Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

January 15, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Latest Indicators Lagging but Consumers Upbeat

The latest numbers about the state of the American economy show activity has slowed in key sectors, including one of the biggest drivers, with retail sales turning in its weakest improvement since 2009.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Consumer Confidence, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Wholesale Prices, Producer Prices

January 15, 2016 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress Bases Driver Pay Hike on Safety Record

U.S. Xpress has announced a pay raise for solo truck drivers who have remained accident- and ticket-free with no CSA violations for at least 12 months as part of an effort to focus on driver safety.

Tags: Driver Safety, CSA, Driver Shortage, U.S. Xpress, Driver Pay

January 15, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Issuing Proposed Safety Fitness Rule

Photo: U.S. DOT

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced on Jan. 15 that it is formally initiating a Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking that will “enhance the agency’s ability to identify non-compliant motor carriers.”

Tags: FMCSA, Safety Fitness Determination

January 15, 2016 - Industry News

Truckload Rates Improve, Intermodal Continues to Weaken

Truckload linehaul rates turned in their best month-over-month improvement of last year during December, while intermodal rates continued falling from year-ago levels, according to just-released figures.

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

January 14, 2016 - Industry News

Obama Aims to Invest $4B in Automated Vehicle Technology

Transportation Secretary Foxx announcing autonomous vehicle proposal at auto show in Detroit. Photo: DOT

The Obama administration wants to spend nearly $4 billion over ten years to fund pilot to projects aimed at accelerating the development of connected and automated vehicles.

Tags: DOT, Autonomous Vehicles, General Motors

January 14, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA’s Darling to Have Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 20

T.F. Scott Darling III Photo: Dept. of Transportation

T.F. Scott Darling III has been called by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to provide testimony on his nomination as FMCSA Administrator on Wednesday, January 20.

January 14, 2016 - Industry News

NTSB: Cut Impaired, Distracted, Fatigued Driving

Image: NTSB

NTSB's new “Most Wanted List” of safety improvements stresses the continuing need to reduce accidents caused by drivers who are impaired by alcohol and/or drugs as well as those who are distracted or fatigued.

Tags: Driver Safety, Highway Safety, NTSB

January 14, 2016 - Product News

Bestpass Toll Volume Surpasses $1 Million in Two Key States

In the past 9 months, Bestpass users in Florida and Kansas have run over 256,000 toll transactions, making for a total toll volume of over $1.3 million.

Tags: Florida, Tolls, Kansas, Bestpass, Toll Management

January 14, 2016 - Industry News

Dana Corp. Releases Preliminary Financials

Dana Holding Corp. preliminary financial results for 2015 show sales are comparable with a year earlier, but earnings are slightly lower.

January 14, 2016 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Movements See Biggest Drop in Nearly a Year

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

The amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation sector moved lower in a government index that it says is an indicator of economic cycles.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

January 13, 2016 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Supply Outstrips Demand in December

The supply of Class 8 trucks has continued to rise faster than demand, according to the ACT For-Hire Trucking Index.

Tags: Truck Sales, Freight, Freight Capacity, Freight Index

January 13, 2016 - Industry News

Driver-Coercion Rule Takes Effect on Jan. 29

Image: Seeing Machines

The new rule prohibiting acts of coercion aimed at compelling truck drivers to violate federal safety regulations takes effect on Jan. 29.

Tags: FMCSA, Truck Drivers, Driver Coercion

January 13, 2016 - Industry News

Not So Fast: Truck Groups Contend Safety Fitness Proposal Violates FAST Act

The validity of a rule proposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that would increase the use of inspection data in making Safety Fitness Determinations for motor carriers has been challenged by a coalition of eight associations representing trucking interests.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Safety Fitness Determination

January 13, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates, Activity up with Start of 2016

Spot truckload freight activity increased sharply during the first full week of 2016, as rates also improved or held steady – while a separate report shows December was better than the month before.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

January 13, 2016 - Industry News

Freight Spending, Shipments Continue Decline

Both the number of shipments and expenditures on freight transportation by shippers continued their downward slide in December, according to latest Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Cass Freight Index, Economy, Freight Index, Freight Rates

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