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March 12, 2018 - Industry News

PrePass Customers Can Now Bypass Stations in the NorPass System

A new agreement allows drivers can carry just one transponder — NorPass or PrePass — because the devices are now fully interoperable. WSDOT will continue to sell transponders. Photo: WSDOT

A partnership with the Washington State Department of Transportation has allowed PrePass customers to bypass weigh stations that are part of the NorPass system.

Tags: Weigh Stations, PrePass, Weigh-Station Bypass, Washington DOT

March 12, 2018 - Industry News

FTR: 'Capacity Crisis' Boosting Truck and Trailer Order Forecasts

FTR has increased its Class 8 and trailer order forecasts as a result of increased demand for equipment caused by what the research firm calls a "capacity crisis."

Tags: Truck Orders, FTR, Capacity, Trailer Orders, ELD Mandate

March 12, 2018 - Industry News

Hyliion HE Drive Axle Wins Technical Achievement Award

From left to right: Chris Langley, VP of Fleet Relations, Hyliion; Jim Park, award committee chair; and Thomas Healy, founder and CEO, Hyliion. Photo courtesy: Jim Winsor Award committee

A powered auxiliary axle for road tractors from Hyliion has won the 2018 Jim Winsor Memorial Technical Achievement Award, the awards committee has announced.

Tags: TMC, Awards, Axles, Hybrid Trucks, Hyliion

March 9, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA Administrator to Speak at TCA Annual Convention

The 2018 TCA Annual Convention is taking place from March 25-58 in Kissimmee, Fla.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Ray Martinez will give an address at the 80th Truckload Carriers Association Annual Convention in March.

Tags: FMCSA, Keynote Speaker, Events, TCA, ELDs

March 9, 2018 - Industry News

ATRI Wants to Examine the Impact of E-Commerce on Trucking

The American Transportation Research Institute is asking ,motor carriers to participate in a survey to assess the impact of e-commerce on the trucking industry.

Tags: Survey, E-commerce, ATRI, Last Mile Delivery

March 9, 2018 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Trucking Named Finalist for 3 ASPBE Journalism Awards

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine is a finalist for three journalism awards presented by the American Society for Business Publication Editors, nicknamed the Azbee awards, for its online and print coverage of the trucking industry.

Tags: Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

March 9, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Jobs Booming, Manufacturing Throttles Back

Employers in the U.S. added far more jobs in February than analysts were expecting, but there are some concerns about the nation’s manufacturing sector as consumer credit slowed and the trade deficit hit a near 10-year high.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Unemployment, Manufacturing, Employment, Federal Reserve, International Trade

March 9, 2018 - Industry News

Old Dominion Freight Line Announces Leadership Transition

Greg Gantt (center) has been named CEO of Old Dominion Freight Line, succeeding David Congdon (left)  who will replace Earl Congdon (right) as the executive chairman of the board. Photo: ODFL

Greg Gantt is succeeding David Congdon as CEO of Old Dominion Freight Line as of May 16 as part of the less-than-truckload company’s designed succession plan.

Tags: Leadership, Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL

March 8, 2018 - Product News

Knapheide Unveils Two Aluminum Truck Bodies

Knapheide's Aluminum Service Body Photo: Knapheide

Knapheide Manufacturing has introduced a new aluminum service body and aluminum platform body at the 2018 Work Truck Show.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Knapheide, Truck Bodies, Aluminum

March 8, 2018 - Industry News

Navistar International Begins Year with ‘Strong Start’ Despite Wider Loss

Truck and engine manufacturer Navistar International Corp. on Thursday reported its net loss grew during its fiscal first quarter compared to a year ago, but one top official insisted the company is headed in a positive direction.

Tags: Navistar, Quarterly Earnings, Navistar International

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

Ram to Offer 1500 Tradesman for 2019

Photo of 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman courtesy of FCA.

Fiat Chrysler will offer a 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman model with its redesign of its top-selling pickup that's aimed at commercial fleets, small businesses, and contractors, the company announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Ram Truck, Ram 1500, Large Pickups, 2019-MY

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

ATA Urges Action from Congress on Infrastructure Plan

ATA president and CEO Chris Spear spoke before Congress about the importance of a strong plan for infrastructure funding. Photo: U.S. DOT

ATA president and CEO Chris Spear appeared before Congress, urging the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to act quickly and intelligently on the infrastructure funding plan.

Tags: Legislation, ATA, Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

Spot Freight Availability Jumps, Capacity Tightens Over Past Week

The number of loads on the spot truckload freight market surged 7.6% during the week ending March 3 as rates appear poised to rebound, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

Ram to Offer Verizon Connect-Powered Factory Telematics

Photo courtesy of FCA.

Ram Commercial will offer a comprehensive telematics package from Verizon Connect on select Ram commercial vehicles as part of a partnership with the connected vehicle provider announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Telematics, Ram Truck, Verizon, Verizon Connect

March 6, 2018 - Industry News

Ford's Transit Connect Adds Diesel, Fleet Model

Photo of 2019 Transit Connect courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2019 Transit Connect compact cargo van is adding a diesel engine option, fleet model that can be easily converted to run on gaseous fuel, and array of driver-assisting features to reduce accidents for commercial users, Ford announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Work Truck Show, Ford Transit Connect, Compact Vans, 2019-MY, Ford, Diesel Engines

March 6, 2018 - Industry News

Uber Highlights Self-Driving Truck Hauling Goods Cross Country

Uber sees its self-driving trucks taking over many of the long-haul cross country routes while traditionally driven trucks transfer the goods in regional settings. Photo: Uber ATG

Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group released a video showcasing how its Autonomous Truck technologies can be used to haul goods across the country.

Tags: Uber, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

March 6, 2018 - Industry News

UPS Head: Don’t Let Fear of Unknown Hold Back Future Excellence

Fear of the unknown discourages investment in new trucking technologies, such as electric trucks, said UPS' Carlton Rose. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Sitting still and worrying about all the new technology coming at us is not an option, said Carlton Rose, UPS president, global fleet maintenance and engineering, at the kickoff breakfast for the ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council Annual Meeting in Atlanta.

Tags: UPS, TMC, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Disruptive Technology

March 5, 2018 - Industry News

ATA's Spear: Trucking Deserves a Stronger Role in Policy

Spear wants trucking to take its rightful seat at the negotiating table and make certain it was not cut out of the picture in the legislative, policy and technology issues both today and in the future. Photo: Jack Roberts

At the TMC Annual meeting, ATA president Chris Spear said that the time was right for trucking to take its rightful seat at the negotiating table, tell its story and make certain it was not cut out of the picture in the legislative, policy and technology issues both today and in the future.

Tags: Legislation, ATA, TMC, Driver Shortage

March 4, 2018 - Industry News

Phillips Offers Update on Ultimate Connected Smart Trailer

Phillips Connect Technologies provided the update today during a press conference held in conjunction with the 2018 Technology and Maintenance Council Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibit. Photos: Jim Park

Phillips Connect Technologies provided the update today during a press conference held in conjunction with the 2018 Technology and Maintenance Council Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibit.

Tags: Telematics, Trailers, TMC, Phillips Industries

March 4, 2018 - Product News

Cengage Partners with S/P2 on Transportation Training Programs

Education and technology company Cengage has partnered with S/P2, an online training provider for businesses and career tech schools, to integrate safety pollution prevention and soft skills training within its MindTap digital learning platform.

Tags: Training, TMC, Online Training, Technician Training

March 1, 2018 - Press Release

ARI to Discuss Amazon Alexa Integration at Work Truck Show

Photo of Echo via Amazon.

ARI will be detailing the integration of its services to the Amazon Alexa and will discuss how to enhance fleet decisions with newfound data streams at NTEA’s Work Truck Show held March 6 to 9.

Tags: Work Truck Show, ARI, Fleet Management Companies, Amazon Alexa

March 1, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Spending, Income Jump; Construction Flat but Strong

Manufacturing in the U.S. continued its hot streak in February, but there are questions following other data released earlier about the sector. Personal incomes and expenditures were up, and construction spending remained robust despite little change from the month before.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Personal Income, Personal Spending

February 28, 2018 - Industry News

Daimler Names Head of Truck Connectivity Strategy

Sanjiv Khurana

Daimler Trucks North America announced that Sanjiv Khurana has been appointed to the position of general manager of Trucks Connectivity.

Tags: Leadership, People, Daimler Trucks North America, Connected Vehicles

February 28, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Revised Lower, Consumers Remain Very Upbeat

The U.S. economy didn’t expand as much as originally estimated in the final quarter of 2017, but it still turned in a solid performance, according to a new Commerce Department report, while a separate report on consumer confidence showed it was at its highest level in more than a decade.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Confidence, Gross Domestic Product

February 28, 2018 - Industry News

Spot Flatbed Rate Rises Again, Van and Reefers Continue Decline

The national average rate for spot flatbed loads increased for the third straight week and the flatbed load-to-truck ratio topped 70 to 1 during the week ending Feb. 24, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

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