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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

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

J.D. Power Revises May Used Truck Numbers

According to J.D. Powers’ latest Used Commercial Vehicle Report, the Peterbilt Model 579 is the market leader, due to a larger-than-normal number of 2015 models entering the market. Photo: Jim Park

Initial weak sales figures in May prompted a weak forecast – but increased sales later delivered a strong showing as the month ended.

Tags: Used Truck Sales, Used Trucks, J.D. Power

July 17, 2017 - Product News

Geotab Brings J.J. Keller, TMW Software to Marketplace

Screenshot via Geotab

Geotab has announced the launch of Driver DataSense from J.J. Keller & Associates and integrations to TMW Suite and TMW TruckMate from TMW Systems, through its online Marketplace.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Fleet Management Software, Geotab, TMW Systems

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

Swift Creates Leadership Development Program

Edge, the name of Swift's new leadership development program, stands for education, discipline, guidance, and experience. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Swift Transportation has launched the Edge program, a proprietary leadership development program designed to incubate Swift leaders.

Tags: Leadership, Swift Transportation, Emerging Leaders

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

GAO Slams FMSCA for Sluggish IT Effort

Image: FMCSA

The watchdog agency of Congress has roundly criticized the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for not yet modernizing its information technology systems and for failing to fully establish an “investment management framework” for IT.

Tags: FMCSA, GAO, Unified Registration System, Safety & Compliance, Information Technology

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: J.B. Hunt Second Quarter Profit Falls

The second quarter earnings season for trucking kicked off on Monday morning with J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. reporting a small decline in profitability.

Tags: J.B. Hunt, Fleet Earnings

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

Monthly Spot Truckload Market Gauge at Highest Level in 3 Years

Spot truckload freight activity in June rallied to record highs for the number of available loads while rates rose to their highest points in nearly two years, according to the DAT North American Freight Index.

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts ELD File-Checker Tool Online

One of the bugaboos to the quick adoption by fleets of electronic logging devices compliant to the new rule has been the question of how—or when— users can be certain that the mandated devices will be able to electronically transfer data files of records of duty status for review by law enforcement officials who use portable computers.

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate, Hours of Service

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

CVSA Releases Results from Unannounced Brake Safety Day

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Administration has revealed that results from its unannounced Brake Safety Day inspection event shows that the majority of vehicles (79%) inspected did not have any critical item vehicle violations.

Tags: Inspections, Brakes, ABS, CVSA

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

ATD Show Returns to Las Vegas for 2018

The American Truck Dealers association has announced that the ATD Show 2018 will be returning to Las Vegas next year for four days, from March 22-25.

Tags: ATD, NADA, Events, Truck Dealers

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

How the Amazon-Whole Foods Deal Could Change Trucking

New market trends, including the recent Amazon acquistion of Whole Foods, are creating opportunites for fleets willing to rethink pickup and last-mile delivery. Photo: Tiger Cool Express

Opportunities are on the horizon for fleets willing to embrace new market trends and rethink some aspects of their operations, according to logistics experts Tom Finkbiner and Ted Prince, founders of Tiger Cool Express.

Tags: Refrigerated Truck, Retail Sales, Amazon.com, Intermodal, ELDs, Food and Beverage Fleets, Last Mile Delivery, Tiger Cool Express, FSMA

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

Celadon Names New CEO, Chairman of the Board

Paul Svindland Photo via LinkedIn

Celadon Group has announced the appointment of Paul C. Svindland as chief executive officer, effective on or about July 24, succeeding Paul Will who will retire as CEO and chairman of the board.

Tags: Leadership, Celadon Group, People

July 13, 2017 - Product News

Telogis Updates WorkPlan App to Further Automate HOS

Photo: Telogis

Telogis has updated its WorkPlan hours of service module, allowing drivers to select the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's 150-air-mile non-CDL short-haul exemption upon login.

Tags: Hours of Service, Telogis, ELDs, Mobile Apps

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Issues Upbeat Truck Forecast Heading into Fall

Volvo executives (left to right) John Mies, Rikard Orell, Jason Spence, Magnus Koeck and Göran Nyberg celebrate the launch of the new VNL tractor in New River, VA, on July 12, 2017. Photo: Jack Roberts

Citing positive North American market trends, Volvo is predicting a Class 8 market of approximately 215,000 units by year's end.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Truck Sales, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Safety, Volvo VNL

July 13, 2017 - Product News

Navistar OnCommand Telematics Now Available for Purchase

Navistar announced availability of its OnCommand Connection Telematics solution at the Walcott Truckers Jamboree. Photo: Navistar

Navistar has made its integrated OnCommand Connection Telematics solution available for purchase. It includes OnCommand Connection Telematics, Advanced Remote Diagnostics, and Electronic Driver Log.

Tags: Telematics, Navistar, ELDs, Remote Diagnostics, Navistar OnCommand

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Accused of Tampering with Diesel Emissions

Mercedes-Benz Sales Germany building, Berlin. Photo: Daimler.

Germany’s federal minister of transport is investigating whether Daimler's exhaust-gas treatment systems of certain diesel-powered cars and vans have been manipulated by illegal software that eliminates emission measurements taken during testing and on the road.

Tags: Emissions, Daimler, Global

July 13, 2017 - Product News

Sygic Truck Navigation App Reaches 1M Installs

Photo of HUD courtesy of Sygic.

More than 1 million users have downloaded the Sygic Truck Navigation app on Android to use the navigation platform that's designed for trucks.

Tags: Route Optimization, Navigation, Sygic, Mobile Apps

July 12, 2017 - Industry News

ATRI Updates Online Guide to Sustainable Freight Practices

Source: ATRI

The American Transportation Research Institute has updated the compendium of sustainable freight practices on its website.

Tags: Sustainability, Online Tool, ATRI

July 12, 2017 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Rebounds, Hits New Record High

Freight Transportation Services Index, May 2012 - May 2017. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The level of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transporters rebounded in May following a two-month decline, according to the U.S. Transportation Department.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

July 12, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Jump as Freight Activity Eases

Spot truckload freight rates surged for the week ending July 8 as the number of posted loads decreased 34% and truck posts slipped 19%, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

Global Self-Driving Market Expected to Grow 40% by 2027

Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor used to demonstrate Daimler’s Highway Pilot Connect autonomous technology on German roads. Photo: David Cullen

The global autonomous vehicle market revenue is expected to grow at a compound average growth rate of 39.6% over the next 10 years - resulting in a $126.8 billion market by 2027, according to Infoholic Research.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Future Trucks, Safety, Global, Research

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

House THUD Bill Boasts Trucking Reform Riders

Image: Office of the Architect of the Capitol

The subcommittee draft for the next House transportation appropriations bill features several riders favored by trucking interests, including a long-sought measure that would preempt states from enacting laws dictating meal and rest break requirements for truckers.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. DOT

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

Forecast Calls for Continued Low Oil, Fuel Prices

Average diesel prices are forecast to rise only a little this year and into 2018. Graphic: U.S. DOE

Lower than earlier forecast crude oil prices are expected to translate into continued low prices at the pumps for both diesel and gasoline, according to a new U.S. Energy Department report.

Tags: Economy, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices

July 10, 2017 - Industry News

DOT Report Rounds Up Truck Parking Solutions

A report on the first year’s activities of the public-private National Coalition on Truck Parking presents suggestions from trucking stakeholders from several regional meetings held in 2016 on how best to address truck-parking problems across the country.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Truck Parking

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