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July 26, 2017 - Industry News

Truckload Rates Remain Strong Amid Slight Demand Downturn

Among the bright spots mentioned in DAT Solutions' Truckload Rate report are a boost in activity and rates out of the Midwest. Photo: Truckinginfo.com

According to a report by DAT Solutions, the number of available loads on the spot truckload market slipped just 3% during the week ending July 22, better than expected for the middle of July.

Tags: Freight Rates, Spot Freight, DAT Solutions

July 26, 2017 - Industry News

Duke Energy Tackles Truck Idling at N.C. Distribution Facility

Photo via Duke Energy

Duke Energy will be heading a $320,000 project to install a total of 36 electric power outlets for heavy trucks at a distribution center for Merchants Distributors in Hickory, N.C.

Tags: EPA, Duke Energy, Idle Reduction, IdleAir, Shorepower Technologies

July 26, 2017 - Industry News

Trailer Production up Through June

Photo: Tom Berg

Total trailer production was more than 27,000 units in June, and it has increased month over month and year over year, according to an ACT Research report.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

July 25, 2017 - Product News

J.J. Kane Sets Online Auction Record on Proxibid

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J.J. Kane Auctioneers’ timed, online only auction of power line, utility, and construction fleet equipment has surpassed previous such online sales records on Proxibid. The auction topped $4.1 million with nearly 850 online bidders participating.

Tags: Online Auctions, Auctions, J.J. Kane, Heavy Equipment

July 25, 2017 - Industry News

Paper Transport Safety Director Wins HDT's Safety & Compliance Award

Rich Wilson (left), Omnitracs' senior sales manager; Ken Marvenko, director of safety and driver development at Paper Transport, with his Safety and Compliance Award; and Stephane Babcock, managing editor of Heavy Duty Trucking at the Fleet Safety Conference. Photo: Andy Lundin

Paper Transport’s director of safety and driver development, Ken Marvenko, was awarded Heavy Duty Trucking’s 2017 Safety & Compliance award during a ceremony on July 25 at the Fleet Safety Conference.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Awards, Safety & Compliance, Safety

July 25, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Driver Charged in Fatal Human Smuggling Operation

A truck driver has been charged for his alleged part in a fatal incident involving a trailer filled with illegal immigrants that was discovered in the parking lot of a Walmart in San Antonio.

Tags: Mexico, Texas, Crime & Fraud, Human Trafficking, Immigration

July 25, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Industry Debates Driver-Assistance Technologies

HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park addresses the panel at the NSC and NTSB's roundtable discussion on ADAS. Photo: Stephane Babcock

The National Safety Council and The National Transportation Safety Board hosted a roundtable discussion prior to this week's Fleet Safety Conference about the future of advanced driver assistance systems in trucking.

Tags: NSC, NTSB, Collision Avoidance Technology, Fleet Safety Conference, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

July 25, 2017 - Industry News

Paccar Reports ‘Strong’ Q2 Revenues and Profits

Paccar, parent of Kenworth and Peterbilt, has announced that for the second quarter of 2017, it achieved net sales and financial services revenues of $4.70 billion-- compared to $4.41 billion in the same period a year ago.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Peterbilt, Earnings, Global, DAF

July 25, 2017 - Industry News

Former Pilot Flying J Execs Take Plea Bargain in Fuel Skimming Scandal

Pilot Flying J paid $85 million to settle with customers affected by a fuel rebate scandal and an additional $92 million in fines. Photo: TruckingInfo.com

Four former Pilot Flying J executives accused in a diesel fuel rebate scandal have agreed to cooperate with federal investigators.

Tags: Fleet Fuel Cards, Fuel Management, Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J

July 25, 2017 - Industry News

TMAF Holds Online Poll to Name New Mascot

TMAF is holding an online vote to determine the name of its mascot. Photo: TMAF

Advocacy group Trucking Moves America Forward has narrowed thousands of submissions down to five finalists, with the winner to be announced next month.

Tags: Trucking Moves America Forward, Public Relations, Industry Events

July 24, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Werner Rises 27%

Trucking and logistics provider Werner Enterprises has reported that its earnings climbed 27% for the second quarter, compared to the same period a year ago.

Tags: Werner Enterprises, Earnings

July 24, 2017 - Industry News

V3 Matches Driver’s Donation to St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund

Robert Burton with the Expediter of the Year award. Photo: V3 Transportation

V3 Transportation has announced that it will make a donation to the St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund in honor of Robert Burton, an owner-operator with V3 who won Expediter of the Year at the Expedite Expo.

Tags: Awards, St. Christopher Fund, Donations, Owner Operators, Expedited Carriers

July 24, 2017 - Product News

ALK’s CoPilot Truck Navigation Joins Geotab Marketplace

Photo via ALK

Geotab has announced that ALK’s CoPilot Truck navigation is now available on the Geotab Marketplace.

Tags: ALK Technologies, Fleet Management Software, Geotab, Navigation

July 24, 2017 - Industry News

'LEAD ATA' Class Attending Key Congressional Meetings

The American Trucking Associations welcomed the 2016-17 class of LEAD ATA to the nation’s capital for a round of key congressional meetings.

Tags: Legislation, ATA, Leadership, U.S. Congress

July 24, 2017 - Industry News

Texas Utility Starts Drone Pilot Program

Photo via Pixabay

The pilot program will cost $35,000 and is expected to take about a week to complete. Video from the drone will be analyzed to identify loose connections, leaking oil, rust and deterioration, and any hot spots.

Tags: Pilot Program, Utility Fleets, Drones

July 24, 2017 - Industry News

Kenworth: Vocational Truck Market to Stay Strong Through End of 2017

Photo:Jim Park.

The first half of 2017 has been good to the trucking industry, and to the vocational market in particular, according to Kenworth. And going into the second half of the year, the OEM sees the underlying economic fundamentals as equally promising.

Tags: Kenworth, Truck Sales, Truck Orders, Vocational Trucks

July 21, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Speed-Limiter Rule Stalls in Trump’s Washington

Photo: FMCSA

The drive to mandate speed-limiters on trucks has sputtered out— at least for now— courtesy of the Trump administration's push to cut federal regulations

Tags: Speed Limiter, NHTSA, Donald Trump, FMCSA

July 21, 2017 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Reaches Out to Truckers in Need

All proceeds from TravelCenters of America SCF drive go directly to help trucks suffering from financial troubles brougtht on by medical costs. Photo: Truckinginfo.com

The campaign for the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund, a nonprofit that helps truck drivers suffering financial hardship due to medical problems, kicks off Aug. 1 and runs through August 31.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Driver Health, TravelCenters of America, Healthcare Costs

July 21, 2017 - Industry News

TRALA Awards Vo-Tech Scholarships

Photo: Paccar Parts

The Truck Renting and Leasing Association has announced the latest recipients of its Industry Scholarship Program.

Tags: TRALA, Technicians, Vo-Tech

July 21, 2017 - Industry News

Engineers Eye Adaptive Cruise Control as Platooning Enabler

A new study found that adaptive cruise control systems can help maintian mobility, safety, driver comfort, and fuel consumption in platooning operations. Photo: Peloton

According to a new research paper published by the Transportation Research Board, adaptive cruise control has proven to be the best method of maintaining longitudinal vehicle control in platooning applications.

Tags: Vehicle Platooning, Truck Platooning, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

July 20, 2017 - Industry News

Marten Transport Pushes Second Quarter Profit Higher

Marten Transport Ltd. on July 20 reported its second quarter net income increased 7.2% from a year earlier to $9.1 million, or 17 cents per share, which is 2 cents better than analysts' expectations.

Tags: Marten Transport, Fleet Earnings

July 20, 2017 - Industry News

Canadian Trucking Lobby Submits Wish List for NAFTA Talks

Image: Global Affairs Canada

The Canadian Trucking Alliance has officially submitted comments on cross-border trade to Global Affairs Canada, as governments prepare to renegotiate aspects of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Tags: Canada, NAFTA, Canadian Trucking Alliance

July 20, 2017 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul Rates Firm Up, Intermodal Rate Momentum Slows

Truckload linehaul rates appear to be stabilizing, while intermodal rates continue moving higher but at a slower pace, according to two new reports.

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

July 20, 2017 - Industry News

Bendix-Based Safety System Standard on Volvo VNL and VNR Models

Bendix Wingman Fusion-based safety system is now standard on Volvo VNR and VNL trucks. Photo via Bendix

Bendix has announced that for the first time in North America, the camera- and radar-based collision mitigation technology of its Wingman Fusion vehicle safety system is now standard equipment on certain heavy-duty trucks.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Radar, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Safety

July 19, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: C.H. Robinson Earnings Fall 22.4% from Year Earlier

Multi-modal freight transportation services and third-party logistics provider C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. reported its second quarter net income fell 22.4% from a year ago despite a 12.4% hike in total revenue.

Tags: C.H. Robinson, Fleet Earnings

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