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September 6, 2017 - Industry News

House Rejects One of Two Anti-ELD Measures

Photo: J.J. Keller

Late in the evening of Sept. 6, the amendment sponsored by Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX)-- which sought to prevent funding of the electronic logging device rule for almost one year-- was voted down on the House floor, 246-173.

Tags: FMCSA, ELD Mandate, ELDs, OOIDA, U.S. Congress, Proposed Legislation

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

CRST Asks Court to Dismiss Service Dog Accommodation Case

Are employees who use emotional support dogs entitlted to the same ADA protections as other service dogs? DoD photo by EJ Hersom

CRST has asked a Florida court to either dismiss or transfer a lawsuit from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that alleged the carrier failed to accommodate a prospective employee with a service dog.

Tags: Lawsuits, CRST, EEOC, Employment, Drivers

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Jump as Harvey Disrupts Supply Chains

In Hurricane Harvey's wake, the rearrangement of supply chains, the difficulty of shipping in the flooded region, and a tightening spot market pushed spot freight rates higher on 78 of the top 100 van lanes in the country.

Tags: DAT Solutions, Hurricane Harvey, Spot Freight, Freight Rates

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Rebounds with $37 Million Quarterly Profit

Navistar International Corp. on Sept. 6 that it rolled back into the black during its fiscal third quarter with a profit of $37 million, although it would have been higher had it not been involved in litigation over its earlier model engines.

Tags: Navistar, Quarterly Earnings, Navistar International

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

FCA Updates Ram Vans for 2018

Photo of 2018 Ram ProMaster courtesy of FCA.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Ram Commercial has added several safety and convenience features to its ProMaster full-size van and ProMaster City compact van for the 2018 model year.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ram ProMaster, Ram ProMaster City, 2018-MY, FCA

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Hundreds of Chassis Sent to Houston as Replacements

Photo: Port Houston

Chassis provider CIMC Intermodal Equipment is sending up to 600 40-foot gooseneck chassis to the Houston area this week as replacements for equipment damaged by Hurricane Harvey flooding.

Tags: Ports, Chassis, Houston, CIMC, Hurricane Harvey, Intermodal

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Report: Countries Should Act Now to Avoid Social Disruption from Autonomous Trucks

Countries should begin working together now to ensure smooth adoption of autonomous truck technologies, says a new report. Photo: Freightliner

A newly released report by the International Transport Forum says as many as 4.4 million truck driving jobs could vanish by 2030 as a result of autonomous truck technology.

Tags: Fleet Drivers, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Disruptive Technology, Truck Drivers, Global

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Carlyle Group Acquires United Road Vehicle Transporter

Photo of United Road transporter courtesy of Charlesbank.

Private equity investors The Carlyle Group have acquired United Road Services, a vehicle logistics company based in Romulus, Mich., from Charlesbank Capital Partners, the firm has announced.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Vehicle Logistics, United Road

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Daseke Merges with Arms Transporter R&R Trucking

R&R Trucking transports specialty cargo requiring unique training and security clearances and is a leading specialized transporter of defense and commercial AA&E (arms, ammunitions and explosives) cargo. Photo: R&R Trucking

Daseke has announced a merger with R&R Trucking, a specialized transporter of defense and commercial arms, ammunitions, and explosives cargo – the fourth company addition for Daseke in the past four months.

Tags: Flatbeds, Mergers & Acquisitions, Daseke Inc.

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Capital Goods Orders Spike

An indicator of business spending surged in July despite a big drop in total factory orders, according to final numbers released Tuesday by the Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Factory Orders, Factory Shipments

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA: Agency Will Reply to Anti-ELD Petition Filed by OOIDA

Queried by HDT as to whether or not the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration holds that states cannot enforce the new electronic logging device rule until they too have passed into law specific ELD rules, the agency told HDT that it is “presently preparing a fact-based response.”

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, CVSA, ELD, ELDs, ELD Mandate

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

Christopher Burruss, Former TCA President, Joins Blue Tree Systems

Photo via Blue Tree Systems

Transportation telematics provider Blue Tree Systems has appointed Christopher Burruss, former president of the Truckload Carriers Association, to its North American sales team.

Tags: Telematics, Sales, People, TCA, Blue Tree Systems

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Suspends Rules in 26 States to Help Fuel, Supplies Flow after Harvey

FMCSA is suspending certain trucking regulations in 26 states and the District of Columbia to aide in the recovery effort from Hurricane Harvey. Image: FMCSA

To aid in the effort to bring supplies and fuel to areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the State of Texas have lifted several trucking regulations to cut down on red tape and smooth the flow of goods.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Texas, Hours of Service, Disaster Relief, Hurricane Harvey

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Gives Generously to Help Houston Recover from Harvey

Photo via JMS Transportation Facebook Page

Trucking industry companies across the nation are pledging charitable support for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and the long recovery effort ahead.

Tags: Charity, Disaster Relief, Donations, Hurricane Harvey

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

Costco Drops California Fleet Accused of Abusive Labor Practices

Costco has dropped a California fleet accused labor abuses in the wake of a USA Today report on the trucking industry. Photo: Costco

In the wake of a report in June by USA Today showcasing extreme examples of alleged labor abuse,Costco said it will no longer do business with Pacific 9 Transport, a fleet based in Southern California.

Tags: Drivers, Intermodal, In the Media, Labor Unions, California

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Jumps as Employment, Construction Slow

Job growth slowed in August, according to government numbers released Friday, while other economic reports showed manufacturing hitting a six-year high as total construction spending unexpectedly slowed – and consumers are in the best mood since 2000.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Manufacturing, Consumer Sentiment, Construction Spending, Employment

August 31, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Ready for Harvey Recovery, Spot Market Data Suggests

Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Public Affairs - Visual Communications Division

Noel Perry with FTR and Truckstop.com explores what spot freight data can tell us about Hurricane Harvey’s impact to the trucking industry, examining how the market is predicting conditions on the ground.

Tags: Flooding, Spot Market Freight Volume, Truckstop.com, Hurricane Harvey

August 31, 2017 - Industry News

Will Future Tech Have a Domino Effect on Fleets?

Although the use of electric trucks will likely rise in the coming years, diesel will remain the fuel of choice for fleets, said analyst Rick Mihelic. Photo: Mercedes Benz

Transportation analyst Rick Mihelic says electric powertrains and autonomous vehicles will only be the beginning of the changes fleets will have to deal with in the near-term future.

Tags: Fleet Management, Technology, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Batteries, Electric Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks

August 30, 2017 - Product News

Geotab Integrates Service with McLeod Software's LoadMaster

LoadMaster integration grants users access to continuous, automated retrieval of each driver’s Hours of Service data along with the availability of the driver and their on-duty hours.

Tags: Hours of Service, Geotab, LoadMaster, McLeod Software, Software, Fleet Management Software

August 30, 2017 - Industry News

Harvey Nearly Halts Commercial Fleet Activity in Houston

Photo of a flooded Houston on Aug. 27 Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard.

Heavy flooding from what is now Tropical Storm Harvey has disrupted commercial fleets in the Houston area, as corporations and fleet management companies have begun reaching out to their employees and fleet drivers to ensure their safety and assess damage to fleet vehicles.

Tags: Telematics, Geotab, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricanes, Natural Disaster, American Red Cross, Element Fleet Management

August 30, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Best in 2 Years as Employment and Consumer Confidence Remain High

The widest measure of the health of the American economy was revised higher for the second quarter of the year, hitting its best pace in two years, while separate reports show hiring and consumers' feeling about the economy remain strong.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Confidence, Employment, Gross Domestic Product, Hurricane Harvey

August 30, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Posts Inch Higher, Effects of Harvey Still to Come

While Hurricane Harvey hit on Friday, Aug. 25, its effect on supply chains and spot truckload rates won’t be fully reflected until a week later, according to freight matching service provider DAT Solutions, which reported spot truckload rates were stable for the seven day period ending Aug. 26.

Tags: Hurricane Harvey

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

Clinic Owner Given 5 Years Probation for Invalid Trucker Medical Exams

The owner of a medical clinic was sentenced for his role in a fraud scheme involving false medical examinations of truckers and veterans.

Tags: FMCSA, Crime & Fraud, Medical Examiners

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

California Gears up for Stricter Diesel Truck Emissions Regulations

California legislators may soon target older diesel trucks in a new round of tough state emissions regulations. Photo: Jim Park

Diesel-powered trucks appear to be in the crosshairs once again as California legislators, citing overwhelming public support, call for even tougher emissions regulations.

Tags: California, CALSTART, Diesel Technology Forum, CARB, Emissions Reduction, Diesel Emissions, Electric Vehicles, Regulations

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

OOIDA: States Must Pass Rules Before Federal ELD Mandate Is Enforced

Photo: FMCSA

Just when you thought further action to halt or delay the ELD rule was beyond unlikley, OOIDA has petitioned FMCSA anew.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, ELD, ELD Mandate, ELDs, CVSA

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