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March 25, 2015 - Industry News

Drivers Key Focus of HDT Truck Fleet Innovators Panel

HDT's Truck Fleet Innovators panel at the MATS Fleet Forum. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Spontaneous applause broke out following an impassioned answer to a question by HDT Truck Fleet Innovator Steve Rush during a panel discussion Wednesday.

Tags: Drivers, Fleet Forum, Mid-America Trucking Show, MATS

March 25, 2015 - Industry News

Cummins Appoints Engine Business Vice President

Photo of Amy Boerger by Evan Lockridge.

Cummins has appointed Amy Boerger as vice president of its North American Engine Business unit. Boerger was a finalist for the 2014 Most Influential Woman in Trucking.

Tags: Cummins, People, Women in Trucking, Promotions

March 25, 2015 - Product News

More Powerful Radar in Wabco’s OnGuardActive

OnGuardActive uses a longer-range radar antenna to provide advanced warning of slow-moving vehicles and other obstructions and is effective in all seasons and all weather conditions, says Wabco.

Tags: Technology, Collision Avoidance Technology, Wabco, MATS

March 25, 2015 - Product News

Bendix Launches Wingman Fusion Driver Assistance System

A display showing the various safety technologies Bendix offers. Photo: David Cullen

Bendix has launched Wingman Fusion, the company’s new flagship driver assistance system that combines several safety technologies in a single package, the company announced this week at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Lane Departure Warning, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix, Speed Limiter, Driver Assistance Systems

March 24, 2015 - Product News

International’s OnCommand Truck Diagnostics Now Standard

International Truck announced improvements to its OnCommand Connection remote diagnostics system at the Mid-America Trucking Show at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky.

Tags: Telematics, Vehicle Diagnostics, Information Technology, International Trucks

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

Winter Weather Impacts Truck Tonnage

Graph via ATA Truck Tonnage Index

The For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index decreased 3.1% in February to 131.6, the lowest level since September of last year. Winter weather, slow retail sales, and other industries were to blame for the slow month.

Tags: ATA, Truck Tonnage Index, Economic Conditions

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

Eaton Enhances Roadranger Service Network

Eaton added a series of initiatives to the company’s Roadranger service network to better meet the needs of North American heavy-duty trucking fleets.

Tags: Eaton, Roadranger, Transmissions, Parts and Service, Customer Service

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville This Week

The Mid-America Trucking Show is on this week from March 26-28 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky.

Tags: Fleet Forum, Mid-America Trucking Show, MATS, Events

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

Truckload Rates Improving, Intermodal Falling

A measure of freight rates in one trucking sector improved in February over the past year, but declined from the month before.

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

March 23, 2015 - Product News

PeopleNet Gains Dispatch Tools through ALK Maps

PeopleNet upgraded its web-based interface mapping technology with the ALK Maps interactive mapping platform, giving fleet managers access to several of ALK’s mapping features.

Tags: ALK Technologies, Information Technology, PeopleNet, Routing, Dispatch

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

Mack Increases Service Intervals

MackTrucks said it has extended service intervals for diesel particulate filters and diesel engine oil and filter changes on all model year 2011 and newer Mack diesel engines. Photo: Mack

Mack Trucks has announced extended service intervals for diesel particulate filters and diesel engine oil and filter changes on all model year 2011 and newer Mack trucks with an MP7, MP8 or MP10 engine.

Tags: Engine Oil, Mack Trucks, DPF, Filters, Parts and Service

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales Increase Slightly

Existing-home sales in the U.S. increased modestly in February, but constrained inventory levels pushed price growth to its fastest pace in a year, according to the National Association of Realtors on Monday.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales

March 20, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Construction Starts up 34% in First Two Months of 2015

Graphic: Dodge Data and Analytics

Construction starts in the U.S. posted healthy gains in February compared to the month before and the same time in 2014, according to a new report from the construction industry data provider Dodge Data and Analytics.

Tags: Economy, Construction Spending

March 19, 2015 - Industry News

Bill Aims to Give Hair-Testing Equal Footing

Photo via Pixabay

Bipartisan legislation was introduced in Congress today that would allow the Department of Transportation to recognize hair testing as an alternative option to give companies greater flexibility when conducting drug and alcohol testing.

Tags: Drug Testing, Driver Alcohol Detection Systems, Alcohol Testing, Hair Testing

March 19, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Orders Robust Despite Hitting 5-Month Low

February truck order volume hit a five-month low but still maintained a high level, according to ACT Research. The Class 8 segment posted the ninth consecutive month of more than 28,000 units ordered.

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

March 19, 2015 - Industry News

House Rep. Shuster Declares Fuel-Tax Hike DOA

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA)<br />Photo: House T&amp;amp;I Committee

Speaking to reporters yesterday, House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster argued that both Congress and President Obama lack the political will to increase federal fuel taxes to pay for funding the next highway bill.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund

March 19, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Leading Indicators Rise, Interest Rates Staying Put

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Common

A look at where the U.S. economy is headed in the next three to six months showed another rise, according to a new report from the private research group The Conference Board.

Tags: Economy, Leading Economic Indicators, Federal Reserve

March 18, 2015 - Industry News

States Grapple with Fuel Taxation

As state governments seek the best avenues to fund their highway infrastructure spending this year, many governors and legislators are looking closely at where making changes to motor-vehicle fuel taxation may get them.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Highway Funding

March 18, 2015 - Industry News

MCSAC Public Meeting on Awarding Credit for Safety Programs

The Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee will hold a two-day public meeting later this month on how to “credit carriers and drivers who initiate and establish programs that promote safety beyond the standards established in FMCSA regulations."

Tags: Driver Safety, Fleet Safety, FMSCA

March 18, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. Freight Movements with Canada, Mexico Increase 4.5% Last Year

U.S.-NAFTA trade by mode: 2010-2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its North America neighbors increased 4.5% in 2014 compared to a year earlier, while over the longer term trucking has some lost market share to other transportation modes.

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

March 18, 2015 - Industry News

Flatbeds Post Only Increase in Spot Market Rates Over Past Week

The average flatbed rate on the spot market picked up a little more steam while rates in the other two sectors remained stable as both the number of loads to move and truck capacity increased.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

March 18, 2015 - Industry News

FedEx Profit Leaps More Than 50%

Photo: FedEx Corp.

FedEx Corp. on Wednesday reported a 4% increase in revenue while profit jumped more than 50% in its most recent fiscal quarter.

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

March 17, 2015 - Industry News

House Highway Committee Hears from Beyond the Beltway

Photo: U.S. House T&amp;amp;I Committee

Roads and bridges may be local projects, but there’s no getting around their funding being planned and executed on a national scale. That message was driven home today in testimony by three representatives of key stakeholder groups before the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Surface Transportation, Highway Bill, Devolution

March 17, 2015 - Industry News

Registration Open for FTR Virtual Conference

Photo: FTR

FTR has announced that registration is open for its first "virtual conference." The event is scheduled for April 7th and will include discussions and question-and-answer sessions on important topics in trucking.

Tags: Webinar, Events, FTR, Fuel Prices, Regulations

March 17, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Housing Starts Post Largest Drop in 4 Years

Nationwide housing starts dropped 17% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 897,000 units in February, according to newly released data from the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Housing Starts

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