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October 6, 2014 - Product News

SmartDrive Introduces 360-Degree Camera View

Illustration courtesy of SmartDrive.

SAN DIEGO -- SmartDrive Systems announced the availability of its new SmartDrive Assurance product line, a video-based safety program which can be used to reduce risks on the road and improve overall fleet operating environments, according to the company.

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Falls; Manufacturing, Construction Slows

Both the trucking industry and the overall economy added jobs in September, pushing the unemployment rate down below 6% for the first time since July 2008 and hitting its lowest level in six years.

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

October 5, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Honors Mike Russell Trucking Industry Image Award Winners

SAN DIEGO – American Trucking Associations Sunday honored two individuals, a state trucking association and an allied company with the eighth annual Mike Russell Trucking Industry Image Award.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Image, ATA MC&E

October 5, 2014 - Industry News

Blunt: Regs Could Keep U.S. From Taking Advantage of Opportunity

Roy Blunt, R-Mo., talks regulations at ATA MC&E. Photo by Evan Lockridge.

SAN DIEGO -- The United States has exciting opportunities it can take advantage of, if the government shows a little common sense and doesn't allow over-regulation to stand in the way. That was the message of Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., speaking Sunday at the American Trucking Associations' Management Conference and Exhibition.

Tags: Regulations, U.S. Senate, ATA MC&E

October 5, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Chief Safety Officer Lays Out 2015 Priorities at ATA

FMCSA Chief Safety Officer Jack Van Steenberg talks about the agency's 2015 priorities. Photo by Evan Lockridge

SAN DIEGO – Even though next year is still about three months away, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set some priorities for 2015, including electronic logs and "inspection modernization."

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, ATA, CSA, ATA MC&E

October 5, 2014 - Product News

Spireon, Premier Trailer Leasing Present ROI Business Case

Spireon and Premier Trailer Leasing presented a case study showing return on investment for trailer and asset tracking and intelligence on the second day of this year’s ATA Management Conference and Exhibition.

Tags: Trailers, Spireon, Driver Retention, Asset Tracking

October 4, 2014 - Industry News

Acuity Insurance Hires Industry Veteran as Trucking Specialist

Cliff Johnson, Acuity trucking specialist. Photo: Evan Lockridge

SAN DIEGO -- The insurance company Acuity announced on Saturday, prior to the start of the American Trucking Associations Management Conference and Exhibition in San Diego, that it has hired a trucking industry veteran as a dedicated trucking specialist.

Tags: Insurance, People, ATA MC&E

October 4, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Leaders, Professional Drivers Take Healthy Trucker Challenge

SAN DIEGO -- Who's healthier? A group of trucking fleet executives or members of America's Road Team? The Health Trucker Challenge aims to find out during this week's American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Driver Health, ATA MC&E

October 3, 2014 - Industry News

Rudy Giuliani Speaking At Vipar Conference

Former N.Y. City mayor, Rudy Giuliani.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be the keynote speaker at Vipar Heavy Duty’s Annual Business Conference in Marco Island, Fla.

Tags: Florida, Mayor, Keynote Speech, Vipar Heavy Duty, Annual Conference

October 3, 2014 - Industry News

Healthy Demand Overall for Trucks in September

Demand for commercial vehicle sales in September was up 21% from a year ago according to the latest report from ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

October 3, 2014 - Industry News

House Ethics Committee Will Review Petri Allegations

Rep. Tom Petri

Following a finding by investigators that Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wisc., may have violated House rules, the Committee on Ethics decided to continue its review of charges that Petri improperly acted on behalf of companies in which he had a financial interest.

Tags: Congress, Rep. Tom Petri

October 2, 2014 - Industry News

ATA's MC&E Conference Kicks Off

The American Trucking Associations' Management Conference & Exposition will include a visit from the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, presentations covering the state of the industry, and educational sessions to help trucking executives better manage their fleets.

Tags: ATA, Social Media, Trucking Executives, HDT Magazine, ATA MC&E

October 2, 2014 - Industry News

Truckers Ask for Transparency on Border Program

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is asking the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to be transparent about its findings and conclusions on a failed border crossing program that ended this year.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, OOIDA

October 2, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Bill: ‘Nowhere to Go But Up’

Public domain photo via FEMA.

Undaunted by the conventional political view that Congress will accomplish nothing in the upcoming lame duck session, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., insists there is a chance to pass and fund a six-year highway program.

Tags: Congress, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Bill

October 2, 2014 - Industry News

As Fuel Declines, Truckload Rates Remain Steady

Graphic via DAT.

As fuel costs fell last week, truckload rates remained steady across all major equipment types, according to a report by DAT.

Tags: Gas Prices, DAT, Truckload, Freight Rates

October 2, 2014 - Industry News

Little Caesars Hires New VP of Distribution

Little Caesars Pizza has hired industry veteran Vic Versino as the company’s new vice president of North American distribution for Blue Line Foodservice, a subsidiary of Little Caesars.

Tags: People, Distribution, Food & Beverage Fleet

October 1, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Ups Tuition Program to Fight Driver Shortage

Photo via Con-way Truckload.

Con-way Truckload is rolling out a new tuition reimbursement program to entice new drivers to attend a professional driving school and work for the company.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Commercial Driver's License, Con-way Truckload, Truck Driving Schools

October 1, 2014 - Industry News

Knight Buys Dry Van Carrier Barr-Nunn

Photo via Knight.

Truckload carrier Knight Transportation has acquired all of the outstanding stock of Barr-Nunn Transportation and certain affiliates effectively buying the company.

Tags: Fleets, Knight Transportation, Truckload, Acquisition, Dry Van

October 1, 2014 - Industry News

Landstar Names a New CEO

Landstar's newly appointed CEO James B. Gattoni. Photo via Landstar.

Landstar System has named James B. Gattoni to be the company’s new president and CEO succeeding Henry H. Gherkens.

Tags: People, CEO, Landstar System

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

BestPass Hosts Fundraiser for Veterans

Equipment on display at the Operation: Big Wheels for Heroes event: Photo via BestPass.

The Bestpass-organized "Operation: Big Wheels for Heroes" touch-a-truck fundraiser and public awareness event exceeded its goal of raising funds to help support Wreaths Across America.

Tags: TCA, Wreaths Across America, Bestpass, Charity Fundraiser

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

National Freight Plan Needs to Address Congestion, GAO Says

Truck and rail traffic are expected to grow, good news for the economy as well as the carriers -- but with growth comes congestion, and transportation planners need more information and better direction from Congress on how to manage the problem. That’s the message from the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: DOT, Congress, Freight, Highway Bill

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Mullen, Kriska Creating New Freight 'Powerhouse'

Two Canadian trucking operations, Mullen Group and Kriska Holdings, have signed a letter of intent to create Kriska Transportation Group Limited, a freight transportation and logistics company based in Ontario that is already being described as a "powerhouse."

Tags: Canada, Fleets

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Used Class 8 Sales Slow Down in August

Sales for used Class 8 trucks fell by 10% in August compared with the previous month and 6% compared to last year according to a report by ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Vehicle Sales, Used Truck Sales, Research, Truck Sales

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence Falls from Seven-Year High

Photo: Pen Waggner via Wikimedia Commons

The latest reading on the U.S. economy shows consumers have a dimmer view this month, according to one private research group.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence

September 29, 2014 - Product News

Mack, Telogis Activate New Compliance, Navigation Services Using Telemetry

Drivers can get continually updated road condition information through Telogis Navigation.

The new services enhance operations, reduce costs and increase safety for customers, and eliminate the need for aftermarket hardware purchases and installation costs for Macks built recently.

Tags: telematics, Navigation System, Telogis, Mack Trucks, Safety & Compliance, Information Technology

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