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July 25, 2017 - Industry News

TMAF Holds Online Poll to Name New Mascot

TMAF is holding an online vote to determine the name of its mascot. Photo: TMAF

Advocacy group Trucking Moves America Forward has narrowed thousands of submissions down to five finalists, with the winner to be announced next month.

Tags: Trucking Moves America Forward, Public Relations, Industry Events

July 24, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Werner Rises 27%

Trucking and logistics provider Werner Enterprises has reported that its earnings climbed 27% for the second quarter, compared to the same period a year ago.

Tags: Werner Enterprises, Earnings

July 24, 2017 - Industry News

V3 Matches Driver’s Donation to St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund

Robert Burton with the Expediter of the Year award. Photo: V3 Transportation

V3 Transportation has announced that it will make a donation to the St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund in honor of Robert Burton, an owner-operator with V3 who won Expediter of the Year at the Expedite Expo.

Tags: Awards, St. Christopher Fund, Donations, Owner Operators, Expedited Carriers

July 24, 2017 - Product News

ALK’s CoPilot Truck Navigation Joins Geotab Marketplace

Photo via ALK

Geotab has announced that ALK’s CoPilot Truck navigation is now available on the Geotab Marketplace.

Tags: ALK Technologies, Fleet Management Software, Geotab, Navigation

July 24, 2017 - Industry News

'LEAD ATA' Class Attending Key Congressional Meetings

The American Trucking Associations welcomed the 2016-17 class of LEAD ATA to the nation’s capital for a round of key congressional meetings.

Tags: Legislation, ATA, Leadership, U.S. Congress

July 24, 2017 - Industry News

Texas Utility Starts Drone Pilot Program

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The pilot program will cost $35,000 and is expected to take about a week to complete. Video from the drone will be analyzed to identify loose connections, leaking oil, rust and deterioration, and any hot spots.

Tags: Pilot Program, Utility Fleets, Drones

July 24, 2017 - Industry News

Kenworth: Vocational Truck Market to Stay Strong Through End of 2017

Photo:Jim Park.

The first half of 2017 has been good to the trucking industry, and to the vocational market in particular, according to Kenworth. And going into the second half of the year, the OEM sees the underlying economic fundamentals as equally promising.

Tags: Kenworth, Truck Sales, Truck Orders, Vocational Trucks

July 21, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Speed-Limiter Rule Stalls in Trump’s Washington

Photo: FMCSA

The drive to mandate speed-limiters on trucks has sputtered out— at least for now— courtesy of the Trump administration's push to cut federal regulations

Tags: Speed Limiter, NHTSA, FMCSA, Donald Trump

July 21, 2017 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Reaches Out to Truckers in Need

All proceeds from TravelCenters of America SCF drive go directly to help trucks suffering from financial troubles brougtht on by medical costs. Photo: Truckinginfo.com

The campaign for the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund, a nonprofit that helps truck drivers suffering financial hardship due to medical problems, kicks off Aug. 1 and runs through August 31.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Driver Health, TravelCenters of America, Healthcare Costs

July 21, 2017 - Industry News

TRALA Awards Vo-Tech Scholarships

Photo: Paccar Parts

The Truck Renting and Leasing Association has announced the latest recipients of its Industry Scholarship Program.

Tags: TRALA, Technicians, Vo-Tech

July 21, 2017 - Industry News

Engineers Eye Adaptive Cruise Control as Platooning Enabler

A new study found that adaptive cruise control systems can help maintian mobility, safety, driver comfort, and fuel consumption in platooning operations. Photo: Peloton

According to a new research paper published by the Transportation Research Board, adaptive cruise control has proven to be the best method of maintaining longitudinal vehicle control in platooning applications.

Tags: Vehicle Platooning, Truck Platooning, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

July 20, 2017 - Industry News

Marten Transport Pushes Second Quarter Profit Higher

Marten Transport Ltd. on July 20 reported its second quarter net income increased 7.2% from a year earlier to $9.1 million, or 17 cents per share, which is 2 cents better than analysts' expectations.

Tags: Marten Transport, Fleet Earnings

July 20, 2017 - Industry News

Canadian Trucking Lobby Submits Wish List for NAFTA Talks

Image: Global Affairs Canada

The Canadian Trucking Alliance has officially submitted comments on cross-border trade to Global Affairs Canada, as governments prepare to renegotiate aspects of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Tags: Canada, NAFTA, Canadian Trucking Alliance

July 20, 2017 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul Rates Firm Up, Intermodal Rate Momentum Slows

Truckload linehaul rates appear to be stabilizing, while intermodal rates continue moving higher but at a slower pace, according to two new reports.

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

July 20, 2017 - Industry News

Bendix-Based Safety System Standard on Volvo VNL and VNR Models

Bendix Wingman Fusion-based safety system is now standard on Volvo VNR and VNL trucks. Photo via Bendix

Bendix has announced that for the first time in North America, the camera- and radar-based collision mitigation technology of its Wingman Fusion vehicle safety system is now standard equipment on certain heavy-duty trucks.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Radar, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Safety

July 19, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: C.H. Robinson Earnings Fall 22.4% from Year Earlier

Multi-modal freight transportation services and third-party logistics provider C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. reported its second quarter net income fell 22.4% from a year ago despite a 12.4% hike in total revenue.

Tags: C.H. Robinson, Fleet Earnings

July 19, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Forecasts Steady Rise in Truck Tonnage Over Next Decade

Image via ATA

The ATA Freight Transportation Forecast is projecting steadily increasing freight tonnage overall and for the trucking industry for the next ten years.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Freight, Tonnage, Economic Forecast

July 19, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Concerns Remain Despite Housing Rebound

Housing starts in the U.S. bounced back, according to a new Commerce Department report, but concerns remain about the future of the housing market as well as the wider economy.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, GDP, Housing Starts, Consumer Sentiment, Gross Domestic Product

July 19, 2017 - Industry News

Another House Bill Aims to Delay ELD Rule

Photo: Paccar Financial

Another Hail Mary Pass has been flung to try and slow the advance of the electronic logging device rule. Rep. Brian Babin has introduced the ELD Extension Act of 2017, which seeks to extend the current initial implementation date for the ELD mandate.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, ELD, ELD Mandate, Legislation

July 19, 2017 - Industry News

Increased Truck Orders Push Volvo Profit Higher

The parent company of Volvo Trucks and Mack Trucks on Wednesday reported both increased sales and profitability during the second quarter of the year.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Volvo Group, Quarterly Earnings

July 19, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Freight Market Returns to Normal Following Holiday Surge

The spot truckload freight market returned to seasonal norms during the week ending July 15 as the number of posted loads increased 35% and truck posts added 28%, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

July 18, 2017 - Industry News

Truckstop.com Taps Perry as Chief Economist

Noël Perry Photo via FTR

FTR and Truckstop.com have announced that Noël Perry, a partner at FTR, will lead the economic analysis for Truckstop.com, assuming the role of chief economist for the load board and technology company.

Tags: People, FTR, Truckstop.com, Market Analysis

July 18, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Falls 4.3%

Source: ATA

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 4.3% in June. That's in contrast to a 6.9% gain the month prior.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage, Truck Tonnage Index

July 18, 2017 - Product News

Omnitracs Self-Certifies its ELD Solution

Screenshot via Omnitracs

Omnitracs has completed testing the Intelligent Vehicle Gateway electronic logging device solution that meets the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s ELD Mandate, which is scheduled to go into effect on Dec. 18, 2017.

Tags: Omnitracs, ELDs, ELD Mandate

July 18, 2017 - Industry News

Could House Bill Slow or Even Stop ELD Rule?

Photo: FMCSA

The House Transportation Committee has attached a directive to this year’s Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill that could end up delaying or repealing the electronic logging device mandate set to go into effect on Dec. 18.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, ELD, ELD Mandate, DOT

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