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November 30, 2017 - Product News

Geotab Offers Roadside-Assistance Management System

Screenshot via Geotab

Geotab has announced the availability of Geotab Roadside, which offers roadside-assistance management to customers in the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: GPS, Roadside Assistance, Geotab, Uptime

November 29, 2017 - Industry News

Freightliner Aims to Stay on Top in Mexico

Rollout on Nov. 15 of new Freightliner 360 2528, a Mexico-specific Class 8 truck. Photo: David Cullen<br />

Freightliner is maintaining an impressive 39% share of the Mexican commercial truck market as 2017 draws to a close — and is looking to build on that standing in 2018. HDT's Jack Roberts reports from Puerto Vallarta.

Tags: Freightliner, Mexico, NAFTA, Daimler Trucks North America, Global

November 29, 2017 - Industry News

Western Star 5700XE Delivers Tree to Mich. State Capital

Image of 5700XE being loaded up with the Michigan state capital Christmas tree courtesy of Western Star.

The 2018 Western Star 5700XE, which was showcased at the North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) show in September, traveled from Atlanta to Stephenson, Mich., so a 61-foot white spruce Christmas Tree could be loaded onto a flatbed trailer and delivered to the Michigan state capital.

Tags: Michigan, Western Star, Christmas, 5700XE

November 29, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Growth Revised to Highest Level in 3 Years, Consumers Upbeat

Total U.S. economic activity in this year's third quarter increased more than originally estimated, according to revised numbers issued Wednesday by the Commerce Department.

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

November 28, 2017 - Industry News

Testimony: Fuel Rebate Fraud Was Open Secret at Pilot Flying J

In the ongoing trial of four former Pilot Flying J executives for their participation in a fuel rebate scam, recent witness testimony suggests a culture of openness existed about the fraud that appeared to be encouraged by top executives.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Trial

November 28, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Reefer Rate Hits 3-Year High, Van Lanes Surge

While the short Thanksgiving workweek meant fewer loads and trucks posted on the spot truckload freight market demand for capacity boosted van and refrigerated freight rates, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

November 28, 2017 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Considers Drone Test Program a Success

Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz recently concluded a three-week test program in Zurich, Switzerland, that used drones and Mercedes Benz vans to make on-demand deliveries, calling the pilot a success according to a recent Bloomberg report.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, E-commerce, Europe, Last Mile Delivery, Drones, Vans

November 28, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Cyber Monday Sets Online Shopping Records

The Monday after Thanksgiving, nicknamed Cyber Monday, was the largest online shopping day in history for U.S. retailers, with $6.59 billion worth of goods sold – a 16.8% increase from the year before.

Tags: Economy, E-commerce

November 28, 2017 - Industry News

Blockchain Group Expands to Include All Transportation Types

The group formerly known as the Blockchain in Trucking Alliance has expanded its mission and been renamed the Blockchain in Transport Alliance, reflecting its widened focus on all forms of transportation.

Tags: Information Technology, Freight, Logistics, Big Data, Blockchain, Blockchain in Trucking Alliance, Blockchain in Transport Alliance

November 27, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA to Study 'Excessive Commuting' by Truck Drivers

Photo: FMCSA<br />

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking comment on a proposed survey of “excessive commuting” by truck drivers. The agency is defining as excessive any commuting to work that exceeds 150 minutes.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Fatigue

November 27, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Sales Hit 10-Year High, Manufacturing Eases a Bit

Sales of new homes rose last month while two separate reports show the nation’s manufacturing sector is nearly as strong this month as it was during October.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Manufacturing, Home Sales

November 27, 2017 - Industry News

Cross-Border Freight Value Posts 11th Straight Monthly Increase

U.S.-NAFTA Freight Value Percent Change from Previous Year, September 2017. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners increased for the 11th straight month during September, according to new Transportation Department figures, but it's the smallest gain since April.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA, Railroads

November 24, 2017 - Press Release

Geotab Joins TRALA

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Geotab is the newest Associate Member of the Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA), the nonprofit national trade association for the truck renting and leasing industry.

Tags: TRALA, Membership, Geotab

November 22, 2017 - Industry News

Highway Deaths Responsible for Rise in Transportation Fatalities

Source: NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board has released data showing that 2,030 more people died in transportation accidents in 2016 than in 2015, with highway deaths accounting for 95% of all transportation fatalities.

Tags: NTSB, Highway Fatalities, Holiday Travel, Road Deaths

November 22, 2017 - Industry News

Holiday Travel Projected to be a Nightmare

Happy Holidays! Photo: U.S. DOT

AAA is projecting that 50.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more for the Thanksgiving holiday, marking the highest level in a dozen years.

Tags: AAA, Gas Prices, Traffic Congestion, Holiday Travel, Thanksgiving

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Surges 9.9% Year over Year

The American Trucking Associations&amp;rsquo; advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 3.3% in October, following a 1.9% decline during September. In October, the index equaled 147.6 (2000=100), up from 142.9 in September. Graph: ATA

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 3.3% in October, following a 1.9% decline during September.

Tags: ATA, Truck Tonnage Index, Leading Economic Indicators

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

OOIDA Seeks to Exempt ‘Small-Business Truckers’ from ELD Rule

Photo: FMCSA

With the new electronic logging device mandate set to take effect in less than four weeks, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to issue a temporary but lengthy exemption to the new safety rule for “small-business truckers.”

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, ELD Mandate

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

Report: Autonomous Vehicles Could Save Trucking $300 Billion in Labor Costs

Autonomous technology could offer trucking net savings between $100 billion and $125 billion, according to a report by Wall Street analysts. Photo: Jack Roberts

A report by a Wall Street analyst firm says the potential savings from autonomous technology are huge, but notes that new costs will be created as it takes hold in trucking.

Tags: Operating Costs, Fleet Management, Tesla, Driver Pay, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Tesla Semi

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

Eroad Tapped for Major Mileage-Based User Fee Pilot

Photo: I95Coalition.org

Eroad has been selected to take part in the first multi-state truck pilot to explore the feasibility of instituting a Mileage-Based User Fee along I-95, the East Coast's main north-south Interstate highway.

Tags: Fuel Tax, I-95, ERoad, Mileage-Based User Fee

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales, Leading Indicators Jump

Existing-home sales increased in October to their strongest pace since earlier this summer, according to a new report, while a separate one showed the overall U.S. economy continued growing at a strong pace last month.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul Rates Hit Record High, Intermodal Continues Surge

A measure of truckload linehaul rates hit an all-time high last month, according to one latest measure, while a separate report showed another gain when it comes to intermodal rates.

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

November 20, 2017 - Product News

Pro-Tread Releases Mobile Training App for Drivers

A new new mobile platform from ITI allows employees to meet training, safety and compliance needs with the tools fleets are already providing for ELD, routing, inventory and other fleet management needs. Photo: ITI

Instructional Technologies Inc., providers of training solutions for the transportation industry, has introduced the new Pro-Tread Mobile App, giving drivers options on when, where and how they can complete required training.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Safety, Driver Training, Mobile Apps

November 20, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA to Issue 90-Day ELD Waiver to Ag Haulers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will be issuing to haulers of agricultural commodities a 90-day temporary waiver of the new electronic logging device mandate, and also is clarifying how ELDs will work with the personal conveyance provision and the 150 air miles hours-of-service exemption of the hours of service regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, ELD Mandate, Drivers, Hours of Service

November 20, 2017 - Industry News

CFI Offers New Compensation Package for Experienced Drivers

CFI also recently announced it&#39;s bringing back its viper-red trucks. Photo: Screen shot from CFI YouTube video

The Experienced Driver package is designed to reward professional drivers working with CFI or another over-the-road trucking company.

Tags: Driver Pay, Driver Retention, CFI, Drivers

November 17, 2017 - Industry News

Georgia DOT Moves Forward on Commercial Vehicle Only Lanes Project

Photo via Georgia DOT

The Georgia Department of Transportation had decided to move forward on a project that would create commercial vehicle only lanes on Interstate 75.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Road Construction, Congestion, Georgia DOT

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