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October 22, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Home Market Booming, Leading Indicators Mixed

Existing home sales rebounded strongly in September following an August decline, according to the National Association of Realtors. That's not the only good news when it comes to an improving home market, and a separate report shows the overall economy isn't as bad as you may think.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators, Home Building

October 22, 2015 - Industry News

House Committee Approves Long-Term Highway Bill

House T&I Committee Chair Bill Shuster (left) and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio at markup of long-term highway bill on Oct. 22. Photo: House T&I Committee

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unanimously approved its version of a long-term highway bill, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform (STRR) Act of 2015 (H.R. 3763).

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Legislation, Infrastructure Funding

October 22, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Daimler, Dana and Rush Enterprises

Daimler AG, Dana and Rush Enterprises all saw weaker third-quarter financials compared to a year ago, thanks in part to the recession in Brazil and the downturn in the North American oil and gas industry.

Tags: Economy, Daimler Trucks, Daimler AG, Dana Holding Corp., Rush Enterprises, Earnings, Daimler Trucks North America

October 22, 2015 - Industry News

USPS Requests Vehicle Prototypes for Testing

Photo by Paul Clinton.

The U.S. Postal Service has requested prototypes from 15 qualified suppliers for a purpose-built delivery vehicle that would replace its aging fleet of Long Life Vehicles (LLVs).

Tags: Vehicle Purchasing, USPS, Delivery Fleets, Vehicle Testing

October 22, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Werner, Knight, Ryder, Forward Air

Two large trucking fleets reported big increases in profits for the third quarter of the year. A fleet management and related services conglomerate also saw a hike, but things slipped for a niche trucking provider.

Tags: Economy, Ryder, Werner Enterprises, Forward Air, Knight Transportation, Fleet Earnings

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt Joins Other OEMs in Skipping MATS 2016

Image via truckingshow.com

Like the other Class 8 OEMs, Peterbilt will return to the Mid-America Trucking Show in 2017, and will alternate its presence with the biennial IAA Commercial Vehicle show in Hannover, Germany.

Tags: Peterbilt Motors Company, Mid-America Trucking Show, MATS

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Scores High with Americans, Poll Shows

New poll reveals that 81% of Americans believe truckers are safer drivers. Photo courtesy Haldex

A new nationwide poll indicates Americans look favorably on how truckers drive and how trucking supports the economy.

Tags: ATA, Truck Drivers, ATA MC&E

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

SMC³ Buys Cost-Modeling Software Company

Data solutions provider SMC³ has acquired Maryland-based fleet management software companyTransportation Costing Group.

Tags: Software, Mergers & Acquisitions, Truckload, Big Data, Less Than Truckload

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Rates Post Another Weekly Drop

There seems to be no let-up when it comes to weekly declines for rates on spot truckload freight market, as the amount of available cargo has also moved lower.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

Graves to Step Down from ATA Post in 2016

Gov. Bill Graves, president of ATA, at the trucking lobby's 2015 annual meeting and expo in Philadelphia. Photo: David Cullen

The American Trucking Associations has confirmed a published report that Bill Graves has advised the truck lobby that he will leave his post as president of ATA when his contract expires at the end of next year.

Tags: ATA, ATA MC&E, Leadership, American Trucking Associations, Associations

October 20, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Names UPS Exec its 71st Chairman

Pat Thomas Photo via ATA

The American Trucking Associations board of directors elected Pat Thomas as the federation’s 71st chairman, the association announced. Thomas is the Sr. VP of state government affairs for UPS.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, People

October 20, 2015 - Industry News

Canadian PIT Group Opens U.S. Offices

Photo: PIT Group

The Canada-based trucking industry engineering and research firm, PIT Group, will open a U.S. office to increase its presence in the country.

Tags: Canada, Research, Vehicle Testing, PIT

October 20, 2015 - Product News

Vigillo's 'Just' Promises Corrections to Unfair CSA Scores

'Just' creates an alternate method of scoring based on findings of independent enforcement experts and it makes the results available to fleets.

Tags: FMCSA, Vigillo, CSA score, CSA, ATA MC&E

October 20, 2015 - Industry News

‘See-Saw’ Truck Tonnage Index Shows Increase

After decreasing in August, the ATA's Truck Tonnage Index rose again in September, though the gain didn't quite make up for the losses.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

October 20, 2015 - Product News

Bestpass Exclusion Zone Alerts Track Unplanned Toll Use

Bestpass has introduced an exclusion zones feature that sends alerts to fleet managers to allow them to catch instances of unplanned toll usage or company policy breaches.

Tags: Tolls, Toll Management Program, Fleet Managers, Bestpass

October 20, 2015 - Industry News

Hours of Service: Trucking’s Top Concern – Again

Image: ATRI

For the third year in a row, a survey of carriers and drivers has found that Hours of Service rules stand out as the biggest concern facing trucking in the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: CSA, Hours of Service, ATA MC&E

October 20, 2015 - Industry News

Marten Transport Profit Improves Nearly 10 Percent

Marten Transport reported a 9.9% increase in third quarter net income from a year earlier, due in part to increased dedicated business.

Tags: Economy, Marten Transport, Fleet Earnings

October 19, 2015 - Industry News

Shuster Maps Passage of Highway Bill

Rep. Bill Shuster addressing ATA meeting in Philadelphia on Oct. 19. Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure laid out the long and winding road ahead for passage of a multi-year highway bill by both chambers of Congress.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, ATA MC&E

October 19, 2015 - Industry News

House Highway Bill Promises Trucking Reforms

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

New long-term measure would hide CSA scores, launch an under-21 CDL pilot program and allow hair-testing for drug-testing truck drivers.

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

October 19, 2015 - Product News

Detroit Connect Adds Over-the-Air Maintenance Updates

Detroit Connect has introduced new features for its Virtual Technician remote diagnostic system, including a new portal that lets users dig deeper into the data, and for some 2017 models the ability to "flash" software updates and parameter changes to the truck over the air.

Tags: Engines, Daimler Trucks North America, ATA MC&E, Detroit Connect, Telematics, Freightliner

October 19, 2015 - Product News

PeopleNet and Samsung Partner on Mobility Solutions

Partnering with Samsung is part of PeopleNet’s broader Company-owned, Personally Enabled (COPE) mobile device strategy. Photo: PeopleNet

PeopleNet and Samsung have partnered to offer the company’s software solutions off-the-shelf on Samsung devices.

Tags: Telematics, PeopleNet, Mobile Devices, Mobility, Samsung, ATA MC&E

October 19, 2015 - Industry News

DTNA's Daum: Reduced Truck Orders Actually Benefit Customers

DTNA CEO Martin Daum talks to reporters in Philadelphia. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

PHILADELPHIA — Don’t expect truck sales in the fourth quarter and next year to be like the “monster” numbers of a year earlier, says Martin Daum, CEO of Daimler Trucks North America — and that’s a good thing.

Tags: Truck Orders, Daimler Trucks North America, ATA MC&E

October 19, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Recognizes Trucking Champions at Annual Conference

Photo via ATA

American Trucking Associations recognized the winners of some of the industry’s top competitions and safety awards as part of its annual Management Conference and Exhibition.

Tags: ATA, National Truck Driving Championships, TMCSuperTech, ATA MC&E

October 19, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Falls, Consumers Optimistic

A report released Friday shows industrial production in the U.S. fell for the second consecutive month, the latest confirmation the economy lost some ground in the third quarter of the year.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Industrial Production, Consumer Sentiment

October 19, 2015 - Industry News

Covenant Transport Reports Strong Earnings Increase

Covenant Transportation Group reported a big gain in third quarter profit. Revenue slipped 2.3% but freight revenue moved higher.

Tags: Economy, Covenant Transport, Fleet Earnings


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