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December 15, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Industry Transports Wreaths Across America

Photo via Wreaths Across America

Several companies, associations and fleets in the trucking industry are once again participating in the Wreaths Across America cause, honoring veterans who have died by placing a wreath on their graves.

Tags: Veterans, TCA, Wreaths Across America, Christmas

December 15, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Again Delays Rollout of Online DOT Registration System

Image: U.S. Department of Transportation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has again delayed implementation of the final stage of its Unified Registration System for new motor carriers.

Tags: FMCSA

December 14, 2016 - Industry News

Fed Hikes Interest Rates for Second Time in Decade

Policy makers at the Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced an increase in interest rates for the first time this year and only the second time since the depths of the Great Recession and there are expected to be at least some repercussions for trucking.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Interest Rates, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Federal Reserve

December 14, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Helps For-Hire Freight Movements Bounce Back

Freight Transportation Services Index, October 2011-October 2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of for-hire freight moved in the U.S. increased following two months of declines, according to new Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

December 14, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates, Loads Ease Following November Gains

The November Freight Index reflects a continued pattern of unseasonably strong freight volumes in the spot market starting in July. Graphic: DAT

The amount of freight available to haul from the spot truckload market surged in November as rates generally moved higher, according to newly released figures from DAT Solutions and its network of load boards, while both slowed a little during the first full week in December.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions, DAT North American Freight Index

December 13, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Proposes V2V Rule for Cars; Could One for Trucks Be Far Behind?

Artist rendering of connected vehicles on the road Image: U.S. Department of Transportation

While the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission issued a proposed rule on Dec. 13 aimed at getting vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology on all new light-duty vehicles, NHTSA confirmed for HDT that there is “no [similar] rulemaking as of yet” in the works for commercial vehicles.

Tags: ATA, V2V, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles

December 13, 2016 - Industry News

FedEx CEO Warns Trump Attack on Trade Could Be 'Catastrophic'

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FedEx Chairman and CEO Fred Smith warned that President-elect Trump's campaign promises to pull back on international trade agreements could be “catastrophic.”

Tags: NAFTA, Free Trade Agreement, FedEx, Donald Trump, Economic Conditions

December 13, 2016 - Industry News

TransComply Launches Carrier Food-Safety Compliance Tool

The Uniform Food Safety Transportation Protocol is available now for use by motor carriers to comply with mandates from shippers and their broker agents under the new Food and Drug Administration rule for sanitary transportation of human and animal food, according to TransComply.

Tags: FDA, Food and Beverage Fleets, TransComply, Refrigerated Trailers

December 12, 2016 - Industry News

FTR: Conditions Point to Tightening Capacity

Chart: FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for October, while currently in low positive territory, remains on course to reflect improving conditions for carriers as capacity tightens from regulations being implemented.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity

December 12, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Taps 10 Carrier Execs for Highway-Funding Task Force

Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

The American Trucking Associations has formed a panel consisting of 10 top executives of major motor carriers and the president of a state motor carrier association that its has charged with evaluating approaches to financing highway-infrastructure improvements.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Highway Funding

December 9, 2016 - Industry News

Michigan Law Opens a Door for Platooning

Screenshot via Peloton

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed S.B. 995 into law on Dec. 9, authorizing electronically coordinated truck platooning on Michigan roads by creating an exception to the state’s minimum following distance for commercial vehicles.

Tags: Michigan, Connected Vehicle Technology, Vehicle Platooning, Peloton Technology, Autonomous Vehicles

December 9, 2016 - Industry News

Turnover Hits 5-Year Low at Large Truckload Fleets

Turnover at truckload fleets with more than $30 million in annual revenue dropped two points to 81% in the third quarter of 2016, according to American Trucking Associations.

Tags: ATA, Driver Turnover, Truckload

December 8, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Assembly Plant Donates Truck to Local High Schools

New River Valley Assembly Plant is awarding a 2009 Volvo highway tractor to Pulaski County High Schools for the creation of curriculum for high school students to learn fundamental truck systems, assembly and repair techniques. Photo: Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks New River Valley Assembly Plant is awarding a 2009 Volvo highway tractor to Pulaski County High Schools for the creation of a curriculum for students.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Awards, Donations, Assembly Plants

December 8, 2016 - Product News

FourKites Platform Available on Geotab Marketplace

Photo: FourKites

FourKites, a real-time tracking platform provider, has announced that its platform is available on the Geotab Marketplace.

Tags: Geotab, Asset Tracking, FourKites

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Load Availability Soars, Rates Inch Higher Over Past Week

The number of available loads on the spot truckload freight market surged last week compared to the previous week as expected, following the Thanksgiving holiday, while rates moved to their best levels out of the last four weeks, according to DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

Updated: Fix for Hours-of-Service Glitch in the Works

Image: Haldex

Special legislation, in the form of a Continuing Resolution, introduced in Congress in hopes of averting a year-end government shutdown contains language that would permanently fix the glitch in previous legislation that threatened the use of a 34-hour restart as part of the hours-of-service rule for truck drivers.

Tags: Hours of Service, HOS, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Finally Issues Final Rule on Driver-Training Standards

Photo: FMCSA

A very long-awaited final rule on national minimum training standards for entry-level applicants seeking to obtain a commercial driver’s license or certain endorsements was announced on Dec. 7 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Driver Training, Commercial Vehicle Training Association

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

HDT Opens Nominations for 2017 Truck Fleet Innovators

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine is seeking nominations for the 2017 Truck Fleet Innovators award. We are looking for fleet executives who are leading with innovative ideas and solutions to serious problems in the trucking industry.

Tags: Awards, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Releases Autonomous Vehicle Recommendations

A Freightliner demo driver demonstrates autonomous mode for Daimler Trucks North America's Inspiration Truck, the first autonomous truck to have a license to legally operate on U.S. public highways. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Pennsylvania’s Autonomous Vehicles Testing Policy Task Force has delivered recommended guidance to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to help develop policies for testing highly automated vehicles.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress Agrees to Join Trucking Alliance

Photo: Jack Roberts

U.S. Xpress has accepted an invitation to join the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, also known as The Trucking Alliance, beginning in 2017.

Tags: U.S. Xpress, The Trucking Alliance

December 6, 2016 - Industry News

Zonar Names McKerlich President & CEO

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Ian McKerlich has taken over as president and CEO of Zonar Systems as the successor to co-founder Brett Brinton, the company announced.

Tags: Zonar, C-Suite, Promotions

December 6, 2016 - Industry News

Report: Fund Freight Infrastructure Beyond Highway Trust Fund

Image: U.S. DOT

A new research report strongly advocates for greater funding of transportation infrastructure investments what is now covered by Highway Trust Fund allocations. It also stresses the value of projects designed to support multiple transportation modes.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, AASHTO, AAPA

December 6, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel, Oil Prices Expected to Jump Around 17% Next Year

Final government forecasts for diesel, gasoline and oil prices before 2017 gets underway are in with two of the three calling for double-digit percentage hikes compared to this year.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, U.S. Department of Energy, Crude Oil Prices, Economy, Fuel Prices, Forecast

December 6, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Image Campaign Reports Positive Impact in 2016

The TMAF raffle at MATS 2016 in front of a wrapped trailer. Photo: Trucking Moves America Forward

Trucking Moves America Forward, a trucking education and image campaign, discussed the successes it had in 2016, including an expanded member base, engagement with the public, and influence on legislation.

Tags: Legislation, Community Outreach, Trucking Moves America Forward, Public Relations

December 6, 2016 - Industry News

Shuster Returning as House Transportation Chairman

Rep. Bill Shuster Photo: Evan Lockridge

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) has been selected by the House Republican Conference to again serve as Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Tags: Bill Shuster, Elected Leaders, U.S. Congress, U.S. DOT

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