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May 4, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Drop 11% in April

Photo: Evan Lockridge

April Class 8 truck orders were down compared to March as well as to the previous year, according to preliminary data, but the drop was not unexpected.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Orders, FTR, ACT Research

May 4, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Survey Predicts Improved Second Quarter

The CKCVR Buying Index Graph via CK Commercial Vehicle Research

A recent fleet survey predicts that both Class 8 and trailer orders will improve in the second quarter over the January-March time frame. The survey was conducted by CK Commercial Vehicle Research.

Tags: Class 8, CK Commercial Vehicle Research, Trailer Orders, Heavy-Duty Trucks

May 4, 2015 - Industry News

Proposed Rule Would Simplify Insulin Exemption for Drivers

Proposed rule would replace individual exemptions for insulin-treated drivers with annual medical certification. Image: FMCSA

The FMCSA has proposed that drivers with controlled insulin-treated diabetes mellitus be permitted to operate commercial motor vehicles without first obtaining an individual exemption.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Safety, Medical Examiners

May 4, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Factory Orders Increases Most in 8 Months

Photo: Evan Lockridge

New orders and shipments of factory made goods turned around in March, according to a new Commerce Department Report released Monday.

Tags: Economy, Factory Orders, Factory Shipments

May 4, 2015 - Industry News

States Spent $1.1B Maintaining Roads This Winter

Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Fuso

Twenty-three States spent around $1.1 billion from October 2014 to mid-April 2015 to pre-treat, plow, or spread chemicals and other materials on roads to keep them open and safe this winter.

Tags: Road Salt, Snow Plow, Highway Funding, Winter

May 4, 2015 - Industry News

ArcBest Reports Best First Quarter in Years

ArcBest Corp. on Monday announced it was back in the black during the first quarter for the first time in seven years, reporting first quarter net income of $700,000 or 3 cents per share.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Panther, ABF, ArcBest Corp.

May 1, 2015 - Industry News

Bakery Fleet Boosts Safety with SmartDrive Video System

Diagram of feedback loop for video-based safety program. Image: SmartDrive Systems

Within the first three weeks after it deployed the SmartDrive Systems video-based driver safety program, Mid South Baking Company boosted its internal safety score by 68%.

Tags: Driver Safety, Technology, In-Vehicle Video, SmartDrive Systems

May 1, 2015 - Industry News

NTSB Report Finds Value in On-Board Video Systems

Photo via MiX Telematics

An NTSB report has concluded that on-board video systems can “provide valuable information for evaluating the circumstances leading to a crash,” if the cameras are positioned properly and if the systems are adequate for recording in low light.

Tags: Technology, Safety, Video Event Recorders, In-Vehicle Video, NTSB

May 1, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Growth Slows, Consumers Optimistic

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The level of manufacturing in the U.S. was unchanged in April compared to the month before, according to a new survey of the nation’s purchasing managers.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Manufacturing, Consumer Spending, Construction Spending

May 1, 2015 - Industry News

YRC Worldwide Reduces First Quarter Loss

Photo via YRC

Trucking operator YRC Worldwide Inc. cut some of its losses the first quarter of the year, but was still $21.6 million in the red.

Tags: YRC Worldwide, Economy, Quarterly Earnings

April 30, 2015 - Industry News

Paul Ryan: Highway Bill Takes Backseat to Tax Reform

Rep. Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Photo: speaker.gov

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, has strongly indicated that there’s no way around applying another short-term patch to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, 34-Hour Restart, Restart Study

April 30, 2015 - Product News

Seeing Machines Launches Vision-Based Accident Avoidance

The moment an accident threat is detected, new system alerts the driver and monitoring staff through in-vehicle alarms and seat vibrations. Image: Seeing Machines

Seeing Machines has announced the U.S. launch of Seeing Machines Fleet, an accident-avoidance solution that helps truck drivers and fleet operators better manage fatigue and distraction events in real time

Tags: Driver Safety, Accident Prevention, Distracted Driving, Fatigue

April 30, 2015 - Industry News

Old Dominion Reports $62.5 Million First Quarter Profit

Photo courtesy ODFL

Old Dominion Freight Line saw first quarter net income increase 36.3% from a year earlier, totaling $62.5 million, driven by expansion in its market share and a new record in first-quarter operating ratio for the LTL carrier.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Fleets, Earnings

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

Con-way Profit Jumps to Nearly $22 Million

Con-way Inc. on Wednesday announced first-quarter 2015 net income surged to $21.8 million, or 37 cents per diluted share, from $12.9 million, or 22 cents per diluted share a year earlier.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Fleets, Earnings, Con-way Truckload, Con-way Inc.

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

ATRI: Restart Rule Unintentionally Raised Crash Risk

HDT File Photo

The 34-hour restart provisions for truck drivers, which currently remain under suspension, had a negative impact on motor-carrier safety when they were in effect by driving up crash risk, per a new ATRI research study.

Tags: HOS, ATRI, 34-Hour Restart, Crash Risk, Hours of Service

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

Quality Carriers Opts for PeopleNet Telematics for Bulk Fleet

Quality Carriers has integrated PeopleNet technology platforms into approximately 2,500 of its tank trucks.The company is a subsidiary of Quality Distribution, Inc., which is a provider of bulk transportation services in North America.

Tags: telematics, PeopleNet, Bulk Tank

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Growth Slows Dramatically

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

The pace of economic growth in the U.S. slowed dramatically in the first quarter of the year, according to the first estimate from the Commerce Department. Economists disagree whether bad weather and port problems are largely to blame.

Tags: Economy, GDP

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

Saia Profit Up Despite Lower Revenues

File photo by Evan Lockridge

The mainly less-than-truckload carrier Saia Inc. saw its first quarter profit move higher, according to its earnings report released Wednesday.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Saia, LTL

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Weaken as Capacity Increases

The number of available loads on the spot truckload market decreased 2.4% while capacity increased 4.5% during the week of April 25 compared to the previous week, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 28, 2015 - Industry News

Vieth: Private Fleets Sitting Pretty

As ACT Research's Kenny Vieth sees it, private fleets in this economy are clearly in scoring position.

At the National Private Truck Council annual meeting, economist Kenny Vieth declared private fleets are now “sitting in the catbird seat” because they are “poised for growth” as the economy keeps gaining speed and freight volumes keep rising.

Tags: Economy, National Private Truck Council, ACT Research, NPTC, Freight, Private Fleets, Driver Shortage, Information Technology

April 28, 2015 - Industry News

Port Truckers Picket As Far South As Mexico Border

Photo via Justice for Port Drivers

Port truck drivers from four trucking companies continued picketing at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, disrupting cargo operations across Southern California as far south as the border.

Tags: Ports, Teamsters, Strikes, Port Trucking, Independent Contractors, Intermodal, Labor Unions

April 28, 2015 - Industry News

Celadon Group More Than Doubles First Quarter Profit

Truckload carrier Celadon Group Inc., reported its profit in the first quarter of the year more than doubled from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Celadon Trucking Services, Fleets, Earnings

April 28, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence Lowest Since December

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A measure of U.S. consumer confidence fell in April, its biggest drop since October 2013 and the lowest level in four months.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence

April 28, 2015 - Industry News

UPS First Quarter Profit Tops $1 Billion

U.S. domestic package first quarter revenue increased 3.8% as daily package volume improved 2.4%. Photo: UPS

Profit for package delivery and trucking giant UPS Inc. increased 12.6% in the first quarter from the same time in 2014.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, UPS Freight, UPS, LTL

April 27, 2015 - Industry News

Swift Transportation Triples First Quarter Profit

Photo by Evan Lockridge

Swift Transportation Co. tripled its net income in the first quarter of the year, totaling $37.8 million, or diluted earnings per share of 26 cents, compared to $12.3 million, or 9 cents per share a year earlier.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Swift Transportation

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