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March 30, 2016 - Industry News

It's All About People Power for HDT's Truck Fleet Innovators

From left, Jim Park, Randy McGregor, Gerry Mead, Joyce Brenny and Bob Poulos. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

LOUISVILLE, KY — When you think of innovation, you may automatically think of technology. But a panel of HDT’s Truck Fleet Innovators Wednesday revealed that in many cases, it’s really all about people.

Tags: Fleet Forum, Driver Shortage, Fleet Innovators, Technicians, MATS

March 30, 2016 - Product News

DAT to Debut New Version of Trucker App at MATS

Photo: DAT Solutions

DAT Solutions is debuting a new version of its DAT Trucker mobile app, a driver trip planner with features like the locations of safe Walmart parking and CAT scales, and a loadboard.

Tags: Parking, Mid-America Trucking Show, CAT Scale, DAT Solutions, MATS, Mobile Apps

March 30, 2016 - Press Release

DPL Telematics Launches Plug-In OBDII GPS Tracking System

DPL Telematics, a provider of advanced asset monitoring and telemetry technologies, announced the release of internal backup battery and anti-tamper features for the next generation Trackall OBDII Vehicle Tracking System.

Tags: PTO, OBDII Device, Trackall

March 30, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employers Adding Jobs, Consumers Relatively Happy

Private sector employment increased by 200,000 jobs from February to March, according to the latest National Employment Report from payroll processor ADP, while the mood of consumers has improved, with spending and incomes seeing modest gains.

Tags: Consumer Confidence, Employment, Personal Income, Personal Spending

March 30, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Lose Momentum

A rally for spot truckload rates and load-to-truck ratios seen the week before turned out to be short lived with overall lower freight volume moving lower for the week ending March 26, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

March 29, 2016 - Industry News

Iowa 80 Truckstop Announces Truckers Jamboree Concert Lineup

Country music artist Clare Dunn. Photo courtesy of Iowa 80 Truckstop

The Iowa 80 Truckstop is announced a slate of musical performances for its 37th annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree with a variety of country music artists.

Tags: Events, Walcott Trucker Jamboree, Iowa 80 Truckstop

March 28, 2016 - Industry News

Report: CNG Competitive Against $2 Diesel

Trucks at CNG fuel station.

Despite the plunge in oil prices that has driven down the pump price of diesel, two of the three means of fueling trucks with compressed natural have remained competitive, according to consultant Jon T. Gabrielsen.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, CNG

March 28, 2016 - Industry News

FMSCA Denies Oil-Patch HOS Exemption Request

Photo: U.S. Ppeline Hazardous Material Safety Administration

FMCSA has denied an application for an exemption from the 14-hour provision of the hours-of-service rules that would have let truck drivers serving oil and natural gas fields to exclude waiting time from their calculations of on-duty time.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service

March 28, 2016 - Press Release

MiX Telematics Launches MiX Fleet Manager

MiX Telematics, a global provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions, has introduced an ELD-ready solution for U.S. Oil and Gas companies.

Tags: MiX Telematics, Oil & Gas Fleets

March 28, 2016 - Industry News

MATS Brings Trucking to Kentucky This Week

The Mid-America Trucking Show will kick-off on March 31 and run through April 2, at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky., featuring a variety of educational sessions, the country's largest trucking expo, and a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration listening session.

Tags: Events, Mid-America Trucking Show, MATS

March 25, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Growth Revised Upward, Durable Goods Fall Again

Growth in the overall American economy in the final quarter of last year improved by double the government's initial estimate, according to a U.S. Commerce Department report released Friday. A separate reports shows the country’s manufacturing sector is still sluggish but housing continues to do well.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Durable Goods, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Gross Domestic Product

March 25, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Posts Smallest Drop in Cross Border Freight Movements

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode: January 2015-2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Trucking posted the smallest decrease of the five major transportation modes when it came to the amount of freight moved between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade agreement partners of Canada and Mexico in January, according to new Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Canada, Mexico, Cross-Border Trucking

March 24, 2016 - Industry News

EPA Not Backing off GHG Rules for Trailers, Glider Kits

Photo: Utility Trailer Manufacturing

EPA and NHTSA have again indicated they intend to regulate truck trailers and glider kits under their Phase 2 proposal for limiting the GHG emissions and fuel consumption of on-highway trucks.

Tags: Trailers, EPA, Glider Kits, NHTSA, Phase 2 GHG Proposals

March 24, 2016 - Product News

Omnitracs Updates Roadnet Transportation Suite

Image via Omnitracs

Omnitracs has released Roadnet Transportation Suite version 3.7.4, with added functionality, new features and enhancements to the suite’s FleetLoader, MobileCast and Roadnet products.

Tags: Fleet Management, Routing, Roadnet Technologies, Omnitracs

March 24, 2016 - Industry News

Nissan Announces Pricing for Gasoline TITAN XD

V8 gasoline-powered TITAN XD. Photo: Nissan

Nissan announced pricing for the new 2016 V-8 gasoline engine-equipped TITAN XD crew cab models. It has starting manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $35,290 for the base trim.

Tags: Vehicle Pricing, Nissan Titan, Nissan Titan XD, Gasoline Engines

March 23, 2016 - Product News

Vigillo Adds BASIC Measure Analyzer to Carrier Select

Transportation data mining and analysis provider Vigillo announced the BASIC Measure Analyzer as a new feature of Carrier Select that gives more context to CSA data.

Tags: CSA, BASIC, Vigillo, Highway Bill

March 23, 2016 - Industry News

Supermarket Driver is First Woman to Win Maryland Trucking Award

Photo: Maryland Motor Truck Association

The Maryland Motor Truck Association named Annette Womack, a driver for Giant Food, the association's 2015 Driver of the Year.

Tags: Awards, Maryland Motor Truck Association, Women Drivers, Grocery Fleets

March 23, 2016 - Industry News

Increased Regional Activity Pushes Spot Freight Rates Higher

Led by strong regional demand, spot truckload rates rose across all three equipment types during the week ending March 19, hitting their highest levels in at least a month, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

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

March 22, 2016 - Industry News

February Tonnage Makes Up for Weak Previous Month

Source: ATA

American Trucking Associations’ For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose by 7.2% in February, hitting an all-time high reading of 144.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage, Truck Tonnage Index

March 22, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Subdued but Growing, Home Sales Fizzle

The first reading on the U.S. manufacturing sector for this month shows a slight uptick in activity, but growth remains weak as it has since the start of the year, and existing home sales slumped.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales

March 21, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler Blueprints the Connected Truck

Wolfgang Bernhard speaking on connected trucks. Photo: Daimler AG

Daimler Trucks sees connectivity as the means to leverage the data generated and shared by trucks to radically transform transportation logistics. Executive Editor David Cullen has more on the truck maker's connected vision, reporting from Dusseldorf, Germany.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Daimler Trucks, Connected Vehicle Technology

March 21, 2016 - Product News

PeopleNet Announces Tire Pressure Monitoring Integration

Fleet mobility technology company PeopleNet has announced the integration of a tire pressure monitoring system from Wabco.

Tags: PeopleNet, Wabco, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

March 18, 2016 - Industry News

Lawsuits Push Port Trucking Company Into Bankruptcy

Premium Transportation Services, also known as Total Transportation Services, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing its financial troubles related to driver misclassification lawsuits and legal costs.

Tags: Bankruptcy, Ports, Port Trucking, Total Transportation Services, Independent Contractors, Intermodal, Drayage, Teamsters, Labor Unions

March 18, 2016 - Industry News

Cross-Border Freight Posts 7.2% Annual Decline

U.S.-NAFTA Merchandise trade by mode: 2011-2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

All five major transportation modes, including trucking, carried less freight between the U.S. and its neighbors of Canada and Mexico last year than in 2014, but big-rigs continue to dominate such cargo movements, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Mexico, Canada, Cross-Border Trucking

March 17, 2016 - Industry News

Fatal Crash, False Logs Trigger Shutdown of Massachusetts Trucking Company

FMCSA has ordered the immediate shutdown of trucking company J and J Transportation after an investigation revealed a continued lack of compliance with or understanding of safety regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Compliance, Out-of-service, Imminent Hazard

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