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August 9, 2017 - Industry News

PIT Group Assesses Real-World Platooning Operations

The PIT Group is working with Volvo and other interested parties to evaluate potential platooning operations in North America. Photo: PIT Group

Canada's PIT engineering research group is overseeing a month-long series of truck platoon tests in order to evaluate how the new technology will perform in real-world fleet operations.

Tags: Vehicle Testing, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles, PIT Group, Canada, Active Safety Systems, Volvo Trucks

August 9, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Rebound, Freight Volume Unusually High

We’re supposed to be in the dog days of summer but spot market truckload freight volumes are still higher than any month except June while August had a stronger start than any month in more than a year and a half, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

August 9, 2017 - Industry News

Wabash National to Buy Truck Body Maker Supreme

Photo: Wabash National

Impact that rising tide of e-commerce shipping is having on the need for more “final mile” deliveries cited as driving factor behind acquisition.

Tags: Wabash National, Mergers & Acquisitions, Trailers, Truck Bodies

August 8, 2017 - Industry News

HDT Wants Your Top Green Fleets Nominations

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine is looking for fleets that have made a commitment to sustainability, alternative fuels and lowering greenhouse gas emissions for its 2017 Top Green Fleets.

Tags: Sustainability, Green Fleets, Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

August 8, 2017 - Global News

Are European Truck Makers Poised for Big Gains in China?

Helping fuel a strong drive toward European trucks is a new emphasis on total ownership costs, the Bain study found. Photo: Scania

A new report from Bain Insights indicates that 20% of Chinese fleets plan to upgrade to European-built trucks within three years.

Tags: China, Global, TCO, Scania, Joint Venture

August 7, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Freight Growth up Nearly 38% Since End of Great Recession

Freight TSI modal data, January 2000-December 2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Newly released U.S. Transportation Department figures show all but one of the major freight modes have grown since the end of the Great Recession, with trucking posting the second-highest increase.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight Index

August 7, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Moving Toward Dropping Diabetic Exemption Requirement

Image: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration is seeking public comment on whether it should eliminate the requirement that drivers with insulin-treated diabetes seek a formal exemption from the agency to be allowed to operate a commercial vehicle.

Tags: FMCSA, Diabetes, Drivers, Driver Health

August 7, 2017 - Product News

ISE Adds Electronic Logging Solution to FMCSA ELD List

Photo: ISE

ISE announced that its eFleetSuite electronic logging device solution was self-certified and listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s ELD online registry.

Tags: FMCSA, Trimble, ELDs, ELD Mandate

August 7, 2017 - Product News

Telogis Self-Certifies ELD Solution

Image courtesy of Telogis.

Verizon-owned Telogis has been included on a list of registered providers of Electronic Logging Device (ELD) solutions by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Tags: Telogis, Safety & Compliance, ELDs, ELD Mandate

August 4, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment Surges, Exports Highest in 2+ Years

Employers in the U.S. continued adding a strong number of jobs in July, while separate reports show better exports and factory orders.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Factory Orders, Employment, International Trade

August 4, 2017 - Global News

No Cab? No Driver? No Problem

The T-Pod is an all-electric autonomous truck capable of running 124 miles on a single battery charge. Photo: Einride

A Swedish startup has unveiled a prototype electric truck that doesn't require a driver. In fact, there's not even a cab for a driver to sit in.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Fully Autonomous, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Sweden

August 4, 2017 - Industry News

Feds Withdraw Sleep Apnea Pre-Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration have withdrawn their advance notice of proposed rulemaking on obstructive sleep apnea.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Driver Fatigue, Sleep Apnea

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: YRC Worldwide Profit Falls, Heartland Profit Slips

Profit for less-than-truckload provider YRC Worldwide Inc. fell nearly 30% in the second quarter from a year earlier, despite increased tonnage per day moved at both its national and regional operations. Heartland Express saw profit and revenue drop, though its operating ratio was the best in two years.

Tags: YRC Worldwide, Heartland Express, Fleet Earnings

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Clarifies Issuance of Commercial Learner’s Permits

Photo: FMCSA

Guidance just issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration clarifies that a state may accept applications for commercial learner’s permits and administer the general knowledge test to individuals who are not domiciled there.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Driver Training, Hiring Veterans

August 3, 2017 - Product News

Cummins Launches Smartphone-Based ELD Solution

Photo: Zed Connect

Cummins has launched a new fleet software company called Zed Connect and announced its first product, Zed ELD – a smartphone based electronic logging solution.

Tags: Cummins, ELDs, ELD Mandate

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Rebound in July

Class 8 truck orders are expected to increase in July compared to the previous month and previous year, according to preliminary numbers from ACT Research and FTR.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Intermodal Recovery Strengthens During Second Quarter

Intermodal service providers again demonstrated clear gains in the intermodal sector. Photo: Jim Park

Total intermodal freight volumes gained 4.5% in the second quarter of the year, the strongest growth in nearly three years, according to new figures from the Intermodal Association of North America.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Freight

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Uber Freight Expands Reach of Truck Load-Matching App

A new ‘For You’ pack will show personalized recommendations. Photo: Uber Freight

Uber Freight is expanding the geography served beyond its initial focus on Texas and adding personalized load matching to its instant load booking/fast payment system.

Tags: 3PL, Uber, Mobile Apps, Uber for Trucking

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

XPO Profit Jumps As It Mulls More Acquisitions, USA Truck Losses Grow

XPO Logistics' profit during the second quarter was 11.7% higher than a year ago, as a separate report said the company is looking to greatly expand its business in the next year or two. In contrast, USA Truck saw its second quarter loss more than double as revenue declined.

Tags: XPO Logistics, Fleet Earnings

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Freight Volumes Rise in Late July Push, Rates Move Little

An unusual surge of truckload freight led to higher-than-normal volume on the spot market for the week ending July 29, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards, but it failed to turn into any substantial rate increases.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

House Bill Aims to Clarify Independent Contractor Status

Image: FMCSA

A bill newly proposed in the House would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to change the classification of employers and employees. “Currently, it is difficult and overly complicated for businesses to use independent contractors, which limits companies’ growth and individuals’ work,” said Rep. Erik Paulsen, who introduced H.R. 3396.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Independent Contractors, Legislation, Drivers

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

ATRI Announces New Focus on Web

The American Transportation Research Institute has a new web address, www.truckingresearch.org, and says it will focus on improving its online presence and promotion of its research efforts.

Tags: Website, Research, ATRI

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

Capitol Hill Aide to Lead Intermodal Motor Carrier Conference

American Trucking Associations has named Tyler Rushforth as executive director of the Intermodal Motor Carrier Conference.

Tags: ATA, Intermodal, People, Lobbying

August 1, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Solid, Construction Disappoints

U.S. manufacturing activity in July remained solid, according to two reports issued Tuesday while separate ones showed overall construction activity in the U.S. eased as consumer spending and personal incomes barely improved.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Federal Reserve, Personal Income, Personal Spending, Gross Domestic Product

August 1, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Schneider Profit Rises 5.2%

Trucking, intermodal and logistics services provider Schneider National Inc. on Tuesday reported its second quarter profit increased 5.2% from a year earlier while revenue improved 8.1%.

Tags: Schneider National, Fleet Earnings

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