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November 12, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Declines, Further Drops Expected

Source: FTR

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index declined from the previous month’s number to a reading of 8.46 in September. The reading in August was the highest of 2015 so far.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

November 11, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Motion Urges No Twin 33s in Highway Bill

Image: U.S. Senate

The Senate has approved a bipartisan motion that instructs Senate conferees to the highway bill to oppose the inclusion of a provision that would allow 33-foot long double trailers to operate on highways regardless of state laws.

Tags: U.S. Senate, Highway Bill, Truck Size/Weight

November 11, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Meritor Reports Loss, Westport Sees More Red Ink

One truck component supplier moved from a profit to a loss in the third quarter of the year while a natural gas engine provider took on more red ink.

Tags: Economy, Meritor, Earnings, Cummins Westport, Westport Innovations

November 11, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Volume Grows for Reefers, Vans

Signaling the movement of holiday goods, the number of posted van and refrigerated loads on the spot truckload market increased as the rate in one of the three major sectors moved slightly higher for a change.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

November 10, 2015 - Industry News

Crashing Against Common Sense

ATRI's latest CSA Research Piece found that excluding “non-preventable crashes” from data decreased the Crash Indicator BASIC by nearly 15% among over a dozen carriers studied.


November 9, 2015 - Product News

Bestpass to Implement Full Toll Coverage in Texas

Toll payment and management company for commercial fleets, Bestpass, will provide its customers with full tolling coverage in the state of Texas, the company announced.

Tags: Texas, Tolls, Toll Management Program, Bestpass

November 9, 2015 - Industry News

XPO Appoints New President of LTL Business

Tony Brooks Photo courtesy of XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics has appointed Tony Brooks as president of its less-than-truckload business, effective Nov. 11.

Tags: Leadership, LTL, People, Con-Way, XPO Logistics

November 9, 2015 - Industry News

Expedited Industry Veteran Joins V3 as a Senior Advisor

Craig Amato Photo: V3 Transportation

Expedited services provider V3 Transportation is gaining former Panther II Transportation CEO Craig Amato as a senior advisor and investor, the company has announced.

Tags: Leadership, People, Shippers, Panther, Small Fleets, Investors

November 6, 2015 - Industry News

Highway Bill in Home Stretch

Image: Penske

The highway bill passed by the House on Nov. 5 and the highway bill passed by the Senate in July are headed to a conference committee charged with working out any differences between the two measures.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Bill, U.S. Congress

November 6, 2015 - Product News

Oakley Transport to Equip Bendix Safety Systems on 300 Trucks

Photo: Oakley Transport

Oakley Transport is adding Bendix collision-mitigation, full-stability, and side-object detection systems on around 300 new Volvo tractors, the carrier has announced.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix

November 6, 2015 - Industry News

Nominations Open for HDT's 2016 Truck Fleet Innovators

It's that time of year again - to nominate yourself or someone you know for HDT's 2016 Truck Fleet Innovators. The award recognizes the most innovative leaders in the trucking industry. The deadline is Dec. 1, 2015.

Tags: Awards, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

November 5, 2015 - Industry News

Effort Continues to Remove Hiring Threat to Smaller Carriers

File Photo

Although Rep. Jimmy Duncan (R-TN) pulled an amendment he crafted to fix language regarded as detrimental to smaller carriers before the House passed its highway bill, the lawmaker told HDT that he will “continue to work” to correct the wording during the conferencing process.

November 5, 2015 - Product News

OnTerra’s Software Optimizes Routes for Deliveries and Service Calls

Web mapping and routing provider OnTerra Systems has introduced its RouteSavvy Premium API, a new version of its route optimization for software vendors and software development teams.

Tags: Mapping, Software, OnTerra, Routing, Delivery Fleets

November 5, 2015 - Industry News

Ohio Farm Creates Giant F-150 Corn Maze

The corn maze can take an hour or more to complete. (PHOTO: Ford Motor Co.)

Inspired by the all-new Ford F-150, Leaders Farms near Napoleon, Ohio, created a seven-acre corn maze as a tribute to Ford’s latest 1/2-ton pickup.

Tags: Ford F-150, On the Lighter Side, Corn Maze

November 5, 2015 - Industry News

Intermodal Shipments Post Surprising Third Quarter Surge

Graphic: IANA

Despite month-to-month variations, third quarter intermodal freight traffic growth of 3.4% was in line with year-to-date results, according to new figures from the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA).

Tags: Canada, Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight

November 5, 2015 - Industry News

Cargo Theft Incidents Fall, Average Value Up

The most intensely shaded areas show where cargo thefts happened the most during the third quarter of 2015. Graphic: FWI

The number of cargo thefts in the U.S posted a significant decline in the third quarter of the year but the average value of each crime moved up slightly, as big-value heists jumped, according to logistics-security services provider FreightWatch International.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Crime

November 5, 2015 - Industry News

House Passes Highway Bill

Photo: David Cullen

The House of Representatives has passed its version of a highway bill— voting for it 363-64 in overwhelming bipartisan fashion.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Bill

November 5, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight, Rates Remain Mixed Proposition

Image: DAT

If you are looking to the spot market to move some freight, it remains a good news/bad news situation, based on recent numbers.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

November 4, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: XPO Losses, Revenue Grow; USA Truck Profit Falls

XPO Logistics, which closed this week on its purchase of Con-Way Inc., reported more revenue but a bigger loss in its third-quarter earnings report, while the mainly truckload fleet USA Truck showed a smaller profit.

Tags: Economy, USA Truck, Con-way Inc., XPO Logistics, Fleet Earnings

November 4, 2015 - Industry News

Navistar's International Launches Top Dealer Program

Photo courtesy of Navistar.

International Truck has announced the release of its Diamond Edge Certified Program to recognize dealers for their commitment to uptime and to drive awareness of the best performing dealers to customers.

Tags: International, Awards, Customer Service, Truck Dealers

November 4, 2015 - Industry News

NYC Fleet to Test Connected Vehicle Tech

Photo of NYC DOT T370 courtesy of Kenworth.

New York City will install vehicle-to-vehicle technology in 10,000 buses, taxis, limousines, and city fleet vehicles as part of a $23 million federally funded initiative designed to reduce future congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.

Tags: New York City, Connected Vehicle Technology, US DOT, Federal Grants

November 4, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Weight-Limit Hike Rejected by House

An amendment to the House highway bill that would have let states set a 91,000-pound weight limit on highway rigs fitted with a sixth axle, similar to this truck built for operation in Maine, was voted down on Nov. 3.

An amendment that would have liberalized truck-weight limits was rejected on Nov. 3 by a vote of 187-236 during floor consideration of the highway bill by the House of Representatives.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Bill, Truck Size/Weight

November 3, 2015 - Industry News

Amendment Aims to Thwart Threat to Smaller Carriers

File Photo

An amendment would allow motor carriers that have not been rated by FMCSA to meet safety-eligibility requirements spelled out by the “Interim Hiring Standard” within the proposed long-term highway bill.

Tags: FMCSA, Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Bill, Truck Size/Weight

November 3, 2015 - Industry News

Ryder Extends Beverage Fleet Lease to 10 Years

Photo of refridgerated Freightliner straight truck courtesy of Ryder.

Ryder System will begin offering 10-year full-service leases to beverage fleets to meet that industry's need for a longer lease term with trucks that accumulate less annual mileage, the company has announced.

Tags: Ryder, Truck Leasing, Food and Beverage Fleets

November 2, 2015 - Product News

500,000 Fleets to Purchase New Vehicle in 15 Months

Vehicle market analyst IHS Automotive has identified over 500,000 businesses operating fleets of up to 250 vehicles that are expected to purchase new commercial vehicle in the next 15 months.

Tags: Truck Orders, IHS Automotive, Small Fleets, Mid-Size Fleets


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