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October 13, 2015 - Industry News

Ryder is Latest to Revise Earnings Outlook

Ryder System Inc. has become the latest trucking operation to revise downward expectations for its upcoming third quarter earnings.

Tags: Ryder System Inc., Fleet Earnings

October 12, 2015 - Industry News

Kenworth T680 to Haul the Capitol Christmas Tree

A specially decaled Kenworth T680 undertakes an important mission this fall – transporting this year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree some 3,000 miles to 10 community celebrations en route to the tree-lighting event in Washington, D.C. Image: Kenworth

A Kenworth T680 will be transporting the 51st U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree this year, stopping at 10 community celebrations en route to the tree-lighting event in Washington D.C.

Tags: Kenworth, T680, Capitol Christmas Tree, Christmas

October 12, 2015 - Industry News

Large Carriers Lead in Rates, Revenue and Retention

Large carriers lead the trucking industry on several key metrics including per-mile rates, driver retention, and revenue-per-driver, according to a recent survey conducted by transportation consultation firm Katz, Sapper & Miller.

Tags: Survey, Revenues, Driver Retention, Freight Rates, KSM

October 12, 2015 - Industry News

Maverick President to Retire, Successor Named

John Culp Photo: Maverick

Maverick president and chief operating officer, Stephen Selig has announced his retirement and the company has named executive vice president and chief financial officer, John Culp, his successor.

Tags: Retirement, Leadership, People, Maverick Transportation

October 12, 2015 - Industry News

Arrow Trucking CEO Sentenced to 7.5 Years for Tax Fraud

The former head of the defunct carrier Arrow Trucking, James Douglas Pielsticker, has been sentenced to 7 ½ years in prison for tax evasion and fraud.

Tags: Taxes, Leadership, Arrow Trucking, Crime & Fraud, People

October 12, 2015 - Industry News

Accuracy of Truck Fuel Usage Data Called Into Question

The data coming from a truck's engine computer may not be the most accurate gauge of fuel economy according to a new report.

Tags: Fuel Economy, FPInnovations, Big Data

October 9, 2015 - Industry News

PG&E Drivers Travel Over 100K Miles to Deliver LNG/CNG

Photo courtesy of PGE Currents. The drivers and loaders operated five portable compressors, 32 tankers, and three vaporizers, according to the company.

In order to provide uninterrupted service during the several weeks it took to complete pipeline testing, PG&E used trailers to deliver LNG and CNG to the injection sites.

Tags: Natural Gas, CNG, LNG, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

October 9, 2015 - Industry News

Thermo King Acquires Long-Time Telematics Partner

Temperature control products company, Thermo King, has acquired the its long-time vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions partner Celtrak.

Tags: Telematics, Thermo King, Asset Tracking

October 9, 2015 - Industry News

Private Fleets Back Higher Truck Weight Limit

A House bill would let states set a 91,000-pound weight limit on highway rigs fitted with a sixth axle, similar to this truck built for operation in Maine.

The National Private Truck Council is now throwing its own weight behind the legislative effort to allow individual states to increase the federal vehicle weight limit to 91,000 pounds for tractor-trailers that are equipped with a sixth axle.

Tags: National Private Truck Council, U.S. House of Representatives, Truck Weight, Truck Size/Weight, Private Fleets, Legislation

October 9, 2015 - Industry News

EPA Fines Estes Express $100,000 for California Violations

Image via Estes YouTube

EPA has fined Estes Express Lines $100,000 for failing to install diesel particulate filters on 15% of its California fleet.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, California, EPA, Fines, Truck and Bus Regulation

October 9, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Market Steady, Rates Down

Spot market freight volume remained relatively stable in September, edging down only 0.6% month over month as rates declined from both the month before and a year earlier, according to monthly numbers from DAT.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

October 8, 2015 - Product News

Eaton Offers Warranty Deal for Aftermarket Clutches

Eaton is offering expanded warranty coverage for the company’s aftermarket transmissions and clutches.

Tags: Eaton, Aftermarket Parts, Transmissions, Extended Warranty, Clutches

October 8, 2015 - Industry News

Slow Economic Growth Likely to Continue; Fed Policy Big Unknown

One economist is predicting continued slow growth for the economy, but believes our current economic models aren’t working when it comes to federal fiscal policy.

Tags: Economy, FTR Associates

October 8, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Driver Training Grants Aimed at Vets

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has awarded nearly $2.3 million in grants to train veterans and their families as truck and bus drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Veterans, Grants, Hiring Veterans

October 8, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Defends Crash Data as ‘Clearly Sufficient’

Image: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released a report on Oct 8 that finds that “the amount of data used in the agency’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) is clearly sufficient to allow FMCSA to identify high-risk truck and bus companies.”


October 8, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Size/Weight Study Dinged by Outside Agency

TRB says DOT study is lacking in how it estimates impact of future changes in truck size/weight limits, such as to bridge structural costs. Photo: DOT

The Dept. of Transportation’s Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study “lacks a consistent and complete quantitative summary of the alternative configuration scenarios... and major categories of costs are not estimated,” contends a study review released by the Transportation Research Board.

Tags: DOT, Truck Size/Weight

October 8, 2015 - Industry News

Metris Brings Attention Assist, Park Assist to Smaller Vans

The 2016 Metris instrument cluster features indicators for Crosswind Assist and Attention Assist. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz is bringing several new standard safety features in the smaller van segment with its 2016 Metris, in addition to giving commercial fleets flexibility in upfitting and capacities found only in some of the larger vans on the market.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Metris, Safety Technology, 2016-MY, Cargo Vans, Passenger Vans

October 8, 2015 - Industry News

Faulty Fire Extinguishers Recalled in Some McNeilus Mixers, Refuse Trucks

Photo courtesy of McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing.

UPDATED -- More than 6,700 McNeilus trucks are equipped with Kidde fire extinguishers that may be defective.

Tags: Refuse Trucks, Recalls, 2013-MY, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, NHTSA, Concrete Mixer Trucks, McNeilus

October 8, 2015 - Industry News

Freight Slowdown Will Drive More Mergers & Acquisitions

Trucking companies are bracing for a slowdown in their business, with many looking to mergers and acquisitions for growth instead, according to reports this week in The Wall Street Journal.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Freight Rates

October 8, 2015 - Press Release

Aeris, Isotrak Announce Fleet Telematics Partnership

Aeris has partnered with Isotrak Ltd. to provide improved cellular connectivity and data analytics for Isotrak fleet telematics customers in the U.S. and other global markets.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Isotrak, Big Data, Broadband

October 7, 2015 - Product News

Daimler Covers Aftertreatment System with Warranty Options

Daimler Trucks North America has announced a warranty to cover the aftertreatment system on Detroit and Cummins engines available through its used-truck retail network, SelecTrucks.

Tags: Warranty, SCR, DEF, Used Trucks, Daimler Trucks North America

October 7, 2015 - Industry News

DOT Issues $5 Million in Emergency Relief for South Carolina Roads

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley delivering an update on the ongoing flood emergency. Image via Facebook/Nikki Haley

The Dept. of Transportation announced on Oct. 6 the “immediate availability” of $5 million in emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration to the South Carolina Dept. of Transportation to help repair roads and bridges damaged by the recent rain-driven flooding that has crippled the state.

Tags: Flooding, South Carolina, Department of Transportation

October 7, 2015 - Product News

Kenworth Adds New Options to Vocational Trucks

Kenworth T880 with new box bumper option. Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth has announced three new options, all aimed at the company’s lineup of vocational trucks-- a new transmission, a bumper and a fixed grille.

Tags: Kenworth, Vehicle Options, Transmissions, Bumper, Vocational Trucks

October 7, 2015 - Product News

Meritor Wabco Launches Remanufactured Air Dryer Line

Photo: Meritor Wabco

Meritor Wabco is offering a new line of remanufactured air dryers, starting with the System Saver 1200 family of products for heavy- and medium-duty trucks.

Tags: Recycling, Meritor Wabco, Remanufactured Parts

October 7, 2015 - Industry News

Rates Fail to Follow Increased Load Posts on Spot Market

The number of posted loads on the spot market jumped 5.7% for week ending Oct. 3, as shippers rushed to move inventory before the end of the quarter while available truck capacity fell 4.5%, but the changes were not enough to advance rates.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions



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