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August 30, 2017 - Product News

Geotab Integrates Service with McLeod Software's LoadMaster

LoadMaster integration grants users access to continuous, automated retrieval of each driver’s Hours of Service data along with the availability of the driver and their on-duty hours.

Tags: Hours of Service, Geotab, LoadMaster, McLeod Software, Software, Fleet Management Software

August 30, 2017 - Industry News

Harvey Nearly Halts Commercial Fleet Activity in Houston

Photo of a flooded Houston on Aug. 27 Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard.

Heavy flooding from what is now Tropical Storm Harvey has disrupted commercial fleets in the Houston area, as corporations and fleet management companies have begun reaching out to their employees and fleet drivers to ensure their safety and assess damage to fleet vehicles.

Tags: Telematics, Geotab, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricanes, Natural Disaster, American Red Cross, Element Fleet Management

August 30, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Best in 2 Years as Employment and Consumer Confidence Remain High

The widest measure of the health of the American economy was revised higher for the second quarter of the year, hitting its best pace in two years, while separate reports show hiring and consumers' feeling about the economy remain strong.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Confidence, Employment, Gross Domestic Product, Hurricane Harvey

August 30, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Posts Inch Higher, Effects of Harvey Still to Come

While Hurricane Harvey hit on Friday, Aug. 25, its effect on supply chains and spot truckload rates won’t be fully reflected until a week later, according to freight matching service provider DAT Solutions, which reported spot truckload rates were stable for the seven day period ending Aug. 26.

Tags: Hurricane Harvey

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

Clinic Owner Given 5 Years Probation for Invalid Trucker Medical Exams

The owner of a medical clinic was sentenced for his role in a fraud scheme involving false medical examinations of truckers and veterans.

Tags: FMCSA, Crime & Fraud, Medical Examiners

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

California Gears up for Stricter Diesel Truck Emissions Regulations

California legislators may soon target older diesel trucks in a new round of tough state emissions regulations. Photo: Jim Park

Diesel-powered trucks appear to be in the crosshairs once again as California legislators, citing overwhelming public support, call for even tougher emissions regulations.

Tags: California, CALSTART, Diesel Technology Forum, CARB, Emissions Reduction, Diesel Emissions, Electric Vehicles, Regulations

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

OOIDA: States Must Pass Rules Before Federal ELD Mandate Is Enforced

Photo: FMCSA

Just when you thought further action to halt or delay the ELD rule was beyond unlikley, OOIDA has petitioned FMCSA anew.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, ELD, ELD Mandate, ELDs, CVSA

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

UPS, FedEx Pledge $1 Million to Harvey Recovery Effort

Photo via UPS

UPS and FedEx have both pledged $1 million through charitable foundations in support of recovery efforts in Texas and Louisiana following the devastation from Hurricane Harvey.

Tags: UPS, Charity, Natural Disaster, Hurricanes, Disaster Relief, Hurricane Harvey

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Unveils Class 7 All-Electric Daycab Tractor

The Cummins Urban Hauler EV is an all-electric, Class 7 day cab tractor designed for urban delivery, drayage and port facility applications. Photo: Jim Park

Cummins has beaten Tesla to the punch with its unveiling of a new, all-electric truck, dubbed the Urban Hauler EV.

Tags: Cummins, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Advanced Technology, Zero-Emission Vehicles

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

Kar Joins Fleet Complete as Chief Strategy Officer

Sandeep Kar Photo: Fleet Complete

Toronto-based telematics provider Fleet Complete has announced that Sandeep Kar, an industry expert and influencer, has joined the company as the chief strategy officer to spur the company’s advancement internationally.

Tags: Leadership, People, Internet of Things, Fleet Complete

August 28, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Sammy is Official Name of TMAF Mascot

Trucking Moves America officially named its new mascot Safety Sammy after fierce competition from over 2,000 other possible entries. Photo: TMAF

After a months' long contest to name its official mascot, Trucking Moves America Forward has finally announced that the cartoon truck will be known as Safety Sammy.

Tags: Image, Trucking Moves America Forward, Lobbying

August 28, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Slates Public Meeting on CSA-Scoring Action Plan

Image: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has scheduled a public meeting for Sept. 8 to solicit comments on recommendations on reforming the agency’s Carrier, Safety, Accountability enforcement regime made by the National Academies of Science.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, National Academy of Sciences

August 28, 2017 - Industry News

Truckers Probably Pulled Over to Watch the Eclipse

Photo via Lytx

Video-based telematics provider Lytx found that truck drivers seemed to join in with the rest of the country last week to catch a glimpse of the eclipse, according to data from trucks equipped with its DriveCam system.

Tags: DriveCam, Video Event Recorders, Lytx, Solar Eclipse, Drivers, Driver Safety, Advanced Safety Technology

August 28, 2017 - Industry News

Hurricane Harvey Could Disrupt Trucking for Some Time

Photo: Texas Army National Guard/ Lt. Zachary West

Hurricane Harvey, whose heavy rains brought devastating flooding to Houston and much of south Texas, may yet cause more trouble for the region-- the National Weather Service predicting an additional 25 inches of rain through the end of the week in certain areas.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Hurricanes, Flooding, Congestion, Houston, Hurricane Harvey

August 27, 2017 - Industry News

Harvey Causing Historic Flooding in South Texas

Screenshot from KHOU 11 News

With the National Weather Service calling Hurricane Harvey "unprecedented" and "beyond anything experienced," hundreds of highways are closed, trucking is already mobilizing relief, and at least one trucker was among the thousands who had to be rescued over the weekend.

Tags: Hurricanes, Disaster Relief, FEMA, Texas, Natural Disaster, Hurricane Harvey

August 25, 2017 - Industry News

More Details Emerge on Tesla Electric Big Rig

The Reuters News Agency is reporting that Tesla's electric truck will be a day cab model without a sleeper. Photo: Tesla

Tesla's soon-to-be-unveiled all-electric truck will be a day cab model with a 200- to 300-mile daily operating range, according to a report by Reuters.

Tags: Elon Musk, Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles, Day Cabs

August 25, 2017 - Industry News

Travel Advisories in Effect as Hurricane Harvey Nears Texas

The National Hurricane Center is advising against all but essential local travel on roadways affected by Hurricane Harvey. Photo: National Hurricane Center

Meteorologists say the storm could dump up to 30 inches of water on the Texas and Louisiana coasts and are urging drivers to stay off of roads.

Tags: Hurricanes, Louisiana, Storm Response, Texas DOT, Hurricane Harvey

August 25, 2017 - Industry News

Analysis: Industrial Activity Points to a Mixed Picture

Recent reports on industrial activity have done little to change FTR's viewpoint on the strength of the U.S. economy or freight demand.

Tags: Economy, FTR, Manufacturing

August 25, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Core Capital Goods Orders Soar, Existing Home Sales Slip

New orders for big-ticket durable goods fell in July by the most in nearly three years, while the market for existing home sales cooled following a drop in new home sales.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Home Sales

August 25, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Fall for Second Straight Week

Spot truckload freight rates moved slightly lower for the second week in a row as freight volume remained strong, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

August 24, 2017 - Industry News

Upcoming NACV Show Sells Out Exhibition Space

The North American Commercial Vehicle Show 2017 announced that it has officially sold out its 365,000 square feet of net exhibition space. The inaugural edition of the commercial vehicle industry trade show takes place from Sept. 25-28 in Atlanta.

Tags: Events, OEMs, Suppliers, NACV Show

August 24, 2017 - Industry News

Cross-Border Freight Increases for 8 Straight Months

U.S.-NAFTA freight value percent change from previous year over the last 24 months. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico increased in June for the eighth consecutive month, according to new Transportation Department figures, though the hike for trucking was less than most other modes.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Railroads, Surface Trade, Freight

August 23, 2017 - Product News

Arizona Adds Drivewyze Weigh Station Bypass Service

The Arizona Department of Transportation has added Drivewyze weigh station bypass service at eight ports of entry near the state’s borders with California, New Mexico, and Utah.

Tags: Arizona, Drivewyze, Drivewyze PreClear, Weigh-Station Bypass

August 23, 2017 - Industry News

CRST Expedited Boosts New Driver Pay 15%

CRST Expedited has announced a 15% pay increase for new contract student drivers, who have received commercial driver’s license training through the company’s sponsored training program.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, CRST, Driver Pay

August 23, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Still Expanding, New Home Sales Drop

A first look at business conditions in the U.S. manufacturing sector for August showed it continued to improve, though at a slightly weaker pace, while a separate report shows the volatility of the new home market.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales

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