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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

November 2, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Manufacturing Orders Jump, Construction Leaps

Economic activity in the nation’s manufacturing may finally be gaining some momentum after some declines, according to two new reports.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending

October 30, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Shows Support For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Photo: Mack Trucks

Several trucking industry companies showed their support for breast cancer awareness month by sporting bright pink trucks and shirts and making donations to the cause.

Tags: Charity, Mack, Wabash National, National Breast Cancer Foundation

October 30, 2015 - Global News

Turkish Logistics Fleet Adds 400 Actros Trucks

Photo: Mercedes-Benz

İmza Lojistik has updated its fleet with 400 Mercedes-Benz Actros 1844 LS trucks. The Turkish logistics company is using them to replace 300 vehicles from its existing fleet and also expand it by 100 new trucks.

Tags: Turkey, Logistics, Mercedes-Benz Actros

October 30, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Celadon, ODFL, YRC Worldwide, ArcBest, Hub Group

More trucking companies have released their third quarter financial earnings, showing improvements from a year earlier or at least maintaining their ground, despite complaints about the recent freight-hauling environment.

Tags: Celadon Trucking Services, Celadon Group, ABF, YRC Worldwide, YRC Freight, Hub Group, ArcBest Corp., Fleet Earnings, Economy, Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL

October 29, 2015 - Industry News

NACFE Shows Downspeeding Good for 2-3% Fuel Savings

A new report delves into the use of downspeeding, which is becoming a popular fuel saving strategy for fleets. The concept makes use of numerically lower rear-axle ratios to lower engine rpm at vehicle cruise speed.

Tags: GHG, Fuel Economy, NACFE, Downspeed

October 29, 2015 - Product News

Large Delivery Fleet Implements TMW Routing Solution

TMW Systems’ Appian vehicle routing and scheduling software is being implemented throughout roofing materials distributor Allied Building Products’ 2,800-vehicle delivery fleet.

Tags: Software, Routing, TMW Systems, Delivery Fleets

October 29, 2015 - Industry News

Cross-Border Freight Value Down More Than 8%

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode: August 2014 - 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its neighbors Canada and Mexico fell in August, totaling $92.4 billion, thanks largely to the drop in fuel and oil prices moved by pipeline and vessel.

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

October 29, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Rubber-Stamps Highway Bill Patch

Image: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Just a day before current funding was set to expire, the Senate on Oct. 28 approved by voice vote the short highway-bill extension that had been passed by the House a day earlier.

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

October 29, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Eases Back as Fed Looks to Rate Hike

Economic growth in the U.S. lost a good portion of its momentum in the third quarter of the year, but the performance still may still be strong enough for the Federal Reserve to push interest rates higher before the year is out.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Federal Reserve, Interest Rates, Inventories

October 28, 2015 - Product News

Amazon Founder Invests in Launch of On-Demand Trucking Service

Convoy has officially launched after it raised $2.5 million in seed funding from an investment group that included Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. The Seattle-based startup company provides an Uber-like service for booking on-demand shipments that also tracks location.

Tags: Information Technology, Amazon.com, Uber, On-Demand

October 28, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Saia, Heartland Report Lower Profits

One trucking company serving mainly the less-than-truckload market and another in the truckload sector have both reported lower third quarter earnings.

Tags: Economy, Heartland Express, Saia, Fleet Earnings

October 27, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Orders, Consumer Confidence Both Fall

A stretch of recently leaner times for at least one part of the nation’s manufacturing sector could be nearing an end, despite a new report showing lower new orders.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Manufacturing, Consumer Sentiment

October 27, 2015 - Industry News

House Approves Highway-Bill Patch

The House has passed a highway patch that will last until Nov. 20. Senate is expected to follow suit this week .Photo: David Cullen

Playing beat the clock, the House of Representatives today approved by voice vote a three-week extension of transportation funding.

Tags: Railroads, Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund

October 27, 2015 - Industry News

Hino Trucks Offering Standard Telematics in 2017

Hino Trucks vocational truck lineup. (Photo: Hino Trucks)

Hino has expanded its Insight factory telematics platform under a partnership with Telogis, and will offer the telematics, remote diagnostics, and case management as standard equipment on its 2017 model-year medium-duty trucks.

Tags: Telogis, Hino Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks, Telematics

October 27, 2015 - Industry News

Element Fleet Signs Telematics Deal with Telogis


Element Fleet Management has signed a strategic global agreement that brings Telogis' connected vehicle technologies and mobile apps to the fleet management company's commercial fleet customers.

Tags: Telogis, Mobile Apps, Element Fleet Management

October 26, 2015 - Industry News

Highway Bill Patch Could Derail Over Train Safety Measure

NTSB investigators at scene of Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia on May 12 that killed eight passengers and injured another 200. Photo: NTSB

The latest proposed extension of federal highway funding includes a provision to delay a mandate for automatic-braking equipment on trains that could turn passing the measure into a game of political football.

Tags: Railroads, Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund


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