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June 6, 2017 - Industry News

Last Legs for Long-Haul Trucking?

Volvo's Magnus Koeck says a new industry emphasis on regional haul routes was a prime design driver for the OEM's new VNR tractor. Photo: Volvo

A move away from long-haul to regional and super-regional routes has been predicted for years. Volvo's Magnus Koeck says that shift may already be underway.

Tags: Drivers, Volvo Trucks, Ports, Panama Canal, Long-Haul Trucks, Regional Haul, Volvo VNR

June 5, 2017 - Industry News

New Report Highlights Truck Driver Preferences on the Road

Graphic via One20

One20 has released its inaugural TopOne20 report highlighting data about drivers, their travel center preferences, and other industry trends.

Tags: Driver Behavior, TravelCenters of America, Truckstops, One20

June 5, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Split Sleeper Berth Pilot Program

Photo: FMCSA

Hoping to develop “statistically reliable evidence” on whether split-sleeper-berth time affects driver safety performance and fatigue, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing a pilot program that would give a limited number of CDL holders temporary relief from the existing sleeper-berth regulation of the hours of service rule.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Split Sleeper Berth, Hours of Service

June 2, 2017 - Industry News

Waymo Exploring Self-Driving Trucks

Waymo's fully self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan. Photo: Waymo

Alphabet Inc.'s autonomous-driving unit Waymo is now also developing self-driving trucks, per published reports.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Waymo

June 2, 2017 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul Rates Stabilize, Intermodal Rates Continue Strength

Truckload line haul rates may finally be ready to turn around for the better following recent declines while intermodal rates continue their recent improvements, according to two new reports.

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

June 2, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Lowest in 16 Years as Trucking Jobs Dip

U.S. job growth continued in May with unemployment hitting its lowest level in 16 years, likely paving the way for the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates again in a couple of weeks.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Unemployment, Employment, Federal Reserve

June 2, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Yanks Minimum Insurance Rulemaking

Photo: FMCSA

More than three years after launching a rulemaking to increase minimum insurance requirements for trucking, the FMCSA is dropping the effort because it says it has not collected enough information to warrant going forward-- at least for now.

Tags: FMCSA, Insurance, The Trucking Alliance, Truckload Carriers Association, OOIDA, ATA

June 1, 2017 - Industry News

Webinar Explores Benefits of Outsourcing Fleet Maintenance

Source: Ryder System, Inc.

Listen in as fleet managers discuss their experience with outsourcing and how it has affected their cost control, quality of service, and vehicle uptime.

Tags: Maintenance, Outsourcing, Webinar

June 1, 2017 - Global News

UPS Inks Joint Venture with a Top Chinese Courier

Photo: www.sf-express.com

UPS has announced that it will join with one of the leading courier delivery services in China to develop and provide international delivery services initially from China to the U.S., but with expansion plans for other destinations.

Tags: UPS, China, Global

June 1, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Companies Offer Advice Ahead of Roadcheck 2017

Image via Instructional Technologies Inc.

With the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s International Roadcheck around the corner, several trucking safety brands are offering free training and advice to help fleets prepare for inspections.

Tags: Inspections, Cargo Securement, CVSA, International Roadcheck

June 1, 2017 - Industry News

NYC Renews Contract with XPO for Emergency Response Programs

Products in the warehouse that are part of the Emergency Supply Stockpile that XPO manages for NYCEM. Photo: XPO Logistics

The City of New York has renewed a contract with XPO Logistics, positioning the company as the logistics manager for NYC's Logistics Shelter Support and Commodity Distribution programs.

Tags: New York City, Emergency Planning, Weather, Logistics, XPO Logistics

June 1, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Firms, Construction Down as Personal Spending Jumps

Results from two surveys of the nation’s purchasing executives indicate manufacturing activity in the U.S. during May was nearly unchanged from the month before. Meanwhile, separate reports show construction spending eased, but consumer spending increased, resulting in hopes that the current quarter will be stronger for the overall economy than the previous one.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Consumer Spending, Construction Spending, Gross Domestic Product

May 31, 2017 - Industry News

Nonpartisan Group Gives Feedback on Infrastructure Reform

In a detailed report, the Committee for Economic Development of the Conference Board made recommendations for improving America’s roads and bridges, including private investment, user fees, technology and more.

Tags: Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding, Bridges, Roads, Highways

May 31, 2017 - Industry News

ATRI Seeks Carrier Input for Operational Costs Survey

The American Transportation Research Institute is seeking carrier input for the annual update to its Operational Costs of Trucking report.

Tags: Operating Costs, Survey, ATRI

May 31, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Van Volume Jumps as Reefer, Flatbed Rates Inch Higher

National average spot truckload rates for refrigerated and flatbed freight increased during the week ending May 27 while the rate for van freight slipped due to a lower fuel surcharge, despite strong freight volumes.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

DOT Formalizes Regulatory Reform Effort

Image: Whitehouse.gov

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced that Deputy Secretary Jeffrey Rosen will serve as DOT’s Regulatory Reform Officer and chairman of the department’s Regulatory Reform Task Force.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. DOT, The Trucking Alliance, Donald Trump

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

Uber Fires Self-Driving Head at Center of Legal Battle

Anthony Levandowski speaking about the future of self-driving trucks at last year's ATA Managment Conference & Exhibition. Photo: Evan Lockridge

In the latest fallout from the legal battle between Waymo and Uber, Anthony Levandowski, who headed Uber's self-driving technology group, has been fired.

Tags: Lawsuits, Google, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Lidar, Otto, Waymo

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

Choptank Transport Expands Training and Development Department

Christina Parent (left) and Kailyn Mister Photo: Choptank Transport

Choptank Transport has announced that it is expanding its training and development department, promoting Christina Parent and Kaitlyn Mister to top training roles at the company.

Tags: People, Promotions, Training & Education

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Spartan Motors Names President, Fleet Vehicles and Services

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Spartan Motors, Inc., announced the appointment of Tom Ninneman as president of Fleet Vehicles and Services (FVS), which includes the Utilimaster and Spartan Upfit Services brands,

Tags: Upfitting, Utilimaster, Leadership, Spartan Motors, New Hire, Spartan Upfit Services

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Uber Retires Otto Brand Name

The retirement of the Otto brand name comes on the heels of a tough year for the autonomous truck company. Photo: Otto

Uber has quietly retired the Otto brand name with no word on a future branding for the autonomous truck developer.

Tags: Google, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto, Waymo

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Stoughton Names Kachidurian, McMaster to Leadership Positions

Luke McMaster Photo: Stoughton Trailers

STI Holdings and Stoughton Trailers recently named Jim Kachidurian as STI Holdings senior vice president of sales and marketing and Luke McMaster as vice president of sales and marketing, dealer for Stoughton Trailers.

Tags: Leadership, People, Stoughton Trailers

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Mack Honors Fallen Military Members at Ride for Freedom Rally

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks employees will participate in the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom rally during Memorial Day weekend to pay tribute to America’s fallen military members.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Veterans, Events

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Automakers Fear NAFTA Changes

Photo: Ford Motor Co.

U.S. automakers are pushing President Trump not to make any significant changes that will affect their cross-border manufacturing operations.

Tags: NAFTA, Donald Trump, Automobile Makers

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Growth: GDP Not as Weak as First Estimated; Factory Activity Slows

Growth in the U.S. economy during the first quarter didn’t slow as much as first estimated, according to government numbers released Friday, while separate reports showed weaker factory activity but continued high consumer sentiment.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Factory Orders, Consumer Sentiment, Factory Shipments, Gross Domestic Product

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Fleets Bear the Pain in Glut Market for Used Trucks

A classic glut has created a buyer's market for good quality, low-mileage Class 8 tractors. Photo: Ritchie Bros.

Industry experts say a glut of used trucks remains on the market and, in extreme cases, some fleets actually owe more for equipment than it is now worth on the secondary market.

Tags: Fleet Management, Used Vehicle Sales, Equipment Issues, Used Truck Sales

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