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December 27, 2017 - Industry News

FHWA Approves 2 Rhode Island Truck Tolling Stations

A truck-tolling project in Rhode Island, fought by the trucking industry, has received a federal go-ahead. It's expected construction of the first two electronic truck-only tolling locations on Interstate 95 will begin in January.

Tags: Environment, ATA, Tolls, Electronic Tolls, Rhode Island, FHWA

December 27, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence Slips, Overall Expectations Still High

Uncertainty about tax reform was the likely culprit as a measure of consumer confidence retreated this month after hitting a 17-year high. However, expectations are the current quarter will show solid overall economic performance once more numbers start rolling in.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Confidence, Durable Goods, Home Sales, Gross Domestic Product

December 22, 2017 - Industry News

Albany XPO Drivers File for Teamsters Representation

Photo via Teamsters

Thirty-four drivers at the XPO Logistics facility in Albany, N.Y., have filed for representation with the Local 294 chapter of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the union has announced.

Tags: Teamsters, XPO Logistics, Labor Unions, Unionization

December 21, 2017 - Product News

Uber Freight Adds Personalized Load-Matching Features

The Post My Truck feature allows drivers to plan ahead based on when their truck is expected have available capacity for loads. Image via Uber Freight

Uber Freight has announced two additions to its suite of personalized load-matching features aimed at improving the user experience.

Tags: Load Board, Uber, Mobile Apps, Uber for Trucking

December 21, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Van, Reefer Rates Retreat from Record Highs as Flatbeds Inch Higher

National average spot truckload rates for van and refrigerated freight eased down from record highs during the week ending Dec. 16, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 20, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales, New Home Building Surge

Existing-home sales moved higher for the third straight month in November and reached their strongest pace in almost 11 years, while new construction of single family homes surged to a 10-year high, according to two new reports.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Housing Starts

December 19, 2017 - Press Release

Ford Expands Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico

Ford Motor Company Fund is investing more than $1.2 million for expanded disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico and collaborating with nonprofits to bring much-needed vehicles, supplies and services to hurricane-devastated communities on the island, according to the company.

Tags: Hurricanes, Ford, Disaster Relief, Puerto Rico

December 19, 2017 - Industry News

FedEx Quarterly Profit Jumps to $775 Million

Trucking and parcel delivery company FedEx Corp. released on Tuesday its fiscal second quarter numbers showing significant hikes in both earnings and revenue.

Tags: FedEx, FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, Fleet Earnings

December 19, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Looking at How it Defines Personal Conveyance

Photo: Virginia Tech Transportation Institute<br />

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing to revise its regulatory guidance on commercial-vehicle drivers legally using trucks as “personal conveyance” while off duty.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, ELD Mandate

December 19, 2017 - Industry News

Canada Unveils Plan for its Own ELD Mandate

Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada. Photo via Wikimedia Commons<br />

Canada’s federal government has unveiled plans to mandate electronic logging devices in trucks, largely echoing rules that officially took hold in the U.S. on Dec. 18.

Tags: Canada, Hours of Service, ELDs, ELD Mandate

December 19, 2017 - Industry News

Freightliner Trucks Deliver Wreaths Across America

In 1992, Worcester donated remembrance wreaths to be placed on the graves of veterans at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. as a way to honor heroes during the holidays. Little did he imagine that 25 years later, the program would have expanded worldwide with an estimated 1.5 million volunteers arranging wreath-laying ceremonies in their hometowns.

Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, president and CEO of Garner Trucking Inc. and vice chairman of the American Trucking Association (ATA), has donated the use of patriotic, custom-painted Freightliner trucks and their drivers to volunteer with Wreaths Across America for five years.

Tags: Freightliner, Veterans, Wreaths Across America

December 19, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Alliance Applauds Trump for Sticking with ELD Rule

The Trucking Alliance is applauding the Trump Administration for not delaying the ELD mandate deadline, calling it a victory for highway safety.

Tags: Driver Safety, Highway Safety, ELDs, The Trucking Alliance, ELD Mandate

December 19, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Returns to Profitability, Expects Strong 2018

Navistar International Corp. reported on Tuesday that it returned to profitability as it wrapped up its 2017 fiscal year and final quarter.

Tags: Navistar, Quarterly Earnings

December 18, 2017 - Product News

BlackBerry Offers Radar Asset-Tracking Solution with Pana-Pacific

Screenshot via Blackberry

Blackberry and Pana-Pacific have announced that Blackberry Radar, an asset-tracking solution, will be made available to more than 2,800 heavy-duty truck dealerships across North America.

Tags: Analytics, Asset Tracking, BlackBerry Limited, BlackBerry Radar

December 18, 2017 - Global News

Daimler Names GM of Connected Commercial Vehicle Unit

Hansen

Daimler has named Volker Hansen as the new general manager for Fleetboard GmbH where he will act as the head of digital solutions and services for commercial vehicles.

Tags: Germany, Daimler, Global, Connected Car

December 18, 2017 - Industry News

ELD Mandate Finally Arrives, to Growing Pains and Praise

The electronic logging device rule kicked in on Dec. 18 and enforcement has begun across the country.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, ATA, Hours of Service, CVSA, ELDs, ELD Mandate

December 18, 2017 - Industry News

Embark's New Road to Autonomous

Embark says its initial autonomous vehicle control system will focus on weather-friendly routes with high freight volumes. Photo: Embark

Embark COO Mike Reid says his company's approach to autonomous trucks will help resolve driver shortage issues while delivering immediate value for fleets.

Tags: Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-Drive, Embark

December 15, 2017 - Industry News

What ELD Enforcement Could Look Like on Day 1

The electronic logging device rule takes effect on Dec. 18, but many fleets and drivers may not be compliant with it in time. So, what will enforcement look like for them?

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Inspections, CVSA, ELDs, Out of Service Violations, ELD Mandate, TCA

December 15, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Gives 90-Day ELD Waiver to Ag and Livestock Haulers

Photo: J.J. Keller

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has officially issued a 90-day temporary waiver of the rule to carriers of agricultural commodities and livestock.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Agricultural Fleets, ELD Mandate

December 15, 2017 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Continue Year-Over-Year Gains

Newly released figures show truckload linehaul rates as well as those for intermodal shipments moved higher again in November, when compared to a year earlier. But they also showed declines from the month before.

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

December 15, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Retail Sales Post Solid Gains

The amount of output from the nation’s factories, mines, and utilities posted its third straight monthly increase in November, according to newly released figures, while separate reports showed manufacturing increasing even more last month while retail sales are surging.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Industrial Production, Manufacturing

December 14, 2017 - Industry News

SoCal Fires Having Minimal Impact on Freight

Source: FTR, Truckstop.com

Despite current fires in Southern California surpassing the size of October’s Sonoma County blaze, the impact on the freight market has been limited, according to a report by FTR.

Tags: California, Fire, FTR, Spot Freight, Freight Rates

December 13, 2017 - Industry News

Pam Transport Sends Custom Trucks to Deliver Wreaths

Photo via Pam Transport

Pam Transport has sent four military-themed custom wrapped Peterbilt trucks to deliver wreaths to the Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.

Tags: Veterans, Wreaths Across America, PAM Transport, Christmas

December 13, 2017 - Industry News

L.A. May Ban Port Companies that Misclassify Drivers

Photo: Port of Long Beach

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Dec. 12 to investigate a ban of trucking and warehousing companies that break local, state, and federal employment laws from operating on city property.

Tags: Driver Pay, Port Trucking, Employment, Los Angeles, Ports, California, Owner-Operators, Independent Contractors

December 13, 2017 - Industry News

Missouri Tech Named Grand Champion of Rush Rodeo

Euler on stage accepting his award for Grand Champion of the Rush Technician Rodeo. Photo: Rush Truck Centers

At Rush Truck Centers’ 12th annual Technician Rodeo in San Antonio, Justin Euler, from Rush Truck Center, St. Peters, Mo, was named this year’s Grand Champion. Euler has been a technician with Rush for six years.

Tags: Rush Truck Centers, Awards, Technicians, Rush Tech Skills Rodeo

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