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May 3, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Adds Gaseous Prep Package to 2016 F-150

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford is re-introducing a gaseous prep package for its 2016 F-150 to enable bi-fuel or dedicated CNG and propane autogas use. The package was last offered with the 2014-MY F-150.

Tags: Ford F-150, Light-Duty Trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford, 2016-MY

May 1, 2015 - Industry News

Trail King Acquires Grain Trailer Manufacturer

Image via Trail King

Trail King Industries has acquired aluminum grain trailer maker Dakota Trailer Manufacturing expanding the company’s agricultural product line.

Tags: Trailers, Trail King, Mergers & Acquisitions, Agricultural Fleets

May 1, 2015 - Industry News

Bakery Fleet Boosts Safety with SmartDrive Video System

Diagram of feedback loop for video-based safety program. Image: SmartDrive Systems

Within the first three weeks after it deployed the SmartDrive Systems video-based driver safety program, Mid South Baking Company boosted its internal safety score by 68%.

Tags: Driver Safety, Technology, In-Vehicle Video, SmartDrive Systems

May 1, 2015 - Industry News

Striking Port Truckers Return to Work

Drivers at four port trucking companies had been on strike since April 27. Photo via Justice for Port Drivers

After a week of striking at port terminals and businesses across southern California, truckers from all of the affected companies have returned to work.

Tags: Ports, Teamsters, Strikes, Independent Contractors

May 1, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Launches 2016 F-650/F-750 Configurator

Screenshot via Ford.

Ford has unveiled a configurator for its F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks that have been redesigned for the 2016 model year.

Tags: Ford F-650, Ford F-750, 2016-MY, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford

May 1, 2015 - Industry News

NTSB Report Finds Value in On-Board Video Systems

Photo via MiX Telematics

An NTSB report has concluded that on-board video systems can “provide valuable information for evaluating the circumstances leading to a crash,” if the cameras are positioned properly and if the systems are adequate for recording in low light.

Tags: Technology, Safety, Video Event Recorders, In-Vehicle Video, NTSB

May 1, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Growth Slows, Consumers Optimistic

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

The level of manufacturing in the U.S. was unchanged in April compared to the month before, according to a new survey of the nation’s purchasing managers.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Manufacturing, Consumer Spending, Construction Spending

May 1, 2015 - Industry News

YRC Worldwide Reduces First Quarter Loss

Photo via YRC

Trucking operator YRC Worldwide Inc. cut some of its losses the first quarter of the year, but was still $21.6 million in the red.

Tags: YRC Worldwide, Economy, Quarterly Earnings

April 30, 2015 - Product News

Mack mDrive HD Made to Handle Most Vocational Duties

The mDrive will be available on Titan extra heavy duty models, where it is rated for up to 120,000 lbs GCW. This rig weighed about 105,000 pounds. Photo: Tom Berg

Mack’s mDrive HD automated manual transmission will handle most vocational duties with three programmable operating modes – Easy Shift, Enhanced Construction and Heavy Haul -- when it goes into full production in mid-May.

Tags: Vocational, Mack, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions

April 30, 2015 - Industry News

California Cities Lead Worst Air Pollution List

Photo via Chang'r/Flickr.

California cities rank at the top of the list of the areas with the worst air pollution, according to the American Lung Association's "State of the Air" report for 2015.

Tags: American Lung Association, Air Pollution, Trends

April 30, 2015 - Industry News

Paul Ryan: Highway Bill Takes Backseat to Tax Reform

Rep. Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Photo: speaker.gov

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, has strongly indicated that there’s no way around applying another short-term patch to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, 34-Hour Restart, Restart Study

April 30, 2015 - Industry News

HDA Truck Pride Names Truck Service Expert of the Year

Photo left to right: Mark Willis – HDA Truck Pride, Bobby Willingham & Alan Davenport – owners of Davenport and Willingham, Edward Neeley – Truck Supply Company of South Carolina – sponsoring member. Photo: HDA Truck Pride

HDA Truck Pride named Davenport and Willingham the 2014 Truck Service expert of the year at the HDTA Truck Pride Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Awards, HDA Truck Pride, Technicians

April 30, 2015 - Product News

Seeing Machines Launches Vision-Based Accident Avoidance

The moment an accident threat is detected, new system alerts the driver and monitoring staff through in-vehicle alarms and seat vibrations. Image: Seeing Machines

Seeing Machines has announced the U.S. launch of Seeing Machines Fleet, an accident-avoidance solution that helps truck drivers and fleet operators better manage fatigue and distraction events in real time

Tags: Driver Safety, Accident Prevention, Distracted Driving, Fatigue

April 30, 2015 - Industry News

Old Dominion Reports $62.5 Million First Quarter Profit

Photo courtesy ODFL

Old Dominion Freight Line saw first quarter net income increase 36.3% from a year earlier, totaling $62.5 million, driven by expansion in its market share and a new record in first-quarter operating ratio for the LTL carrier.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Fleets, Earnings

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Heavy Truck Marketer Jeff Kahn Dies

Jeff Kahn Photo via Havas Formula

Jeff Kahn, probably best known in the industry for his work at Ford Heavy Truck introducing the Ford Aeromax, has died at age 74.

Tags: Obituary, Ford, People, Marketing

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

Con-way Profit Jumps to Nearly $22 Million

Con-way Inc. on Wednesday announced first-quarter 2015 net income surged to $21.8 million, or 37 cents per diluted share, from $12.9 million, or 22 cents per diluted share a year earlier.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Fleets, Earnings, Con-way Truckload, Con-way Inc.

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Outlines Truck Safety Recommendations to Congress

Tom Kretsinger testifies before Congress on behalf of ATA. Photo via Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

American Trucking Associations outlined three strategies to improve truck related traffic accidents in testimony before Congress.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Speed Limiter, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, ELDs

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

ATRI: Restart Rule Unintentionally Raised Crash Risk

HDT File Photo

The 34-hour restart provisions for truck drivers, which currently remain under suspension, had a negative impact on motor-carrier safety when they were in effect by driving up crash risk, per a new ATRI research study.

Tags: HOS, ATRI, 34-Hour Restart, Crash Risk, Hours of Service

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

Daimler Ramps Up Plans for N.C. Plant

Daimler's Mt. Holly, N.C. truck manufacturing plant Photo via Daimler

Daimler Trucks North America announced plans to increase production and employment at its Mt. Holly, N.C., truck manufacturing plant over the next three months.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Severe Duty, Daimler Trucks North America, Freightliner

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

Quality Carriers Opts for PeopleNet Telematics for Bulk Fleet

Quality Carriers has integrated PeopleNet technology platforms into approximately 2,500 of its tank trucks.The company is a subsidiary of Quality Distribution, Inc., which is a provider of bulk transportation services in North America.

Tags: Telematics, PeopleNet, Bulk Tank

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

Meritor Shuffles Executives and Names New CEO

Jeffrey A. Craig, Meritor's new CEO Photo: Meritor

Meritor named President and Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey A. Craig the company's new CEO, succeeding Ivor J. Evans.

Tags: Meritor, People, CEO

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

Universal LNG Rolls Out Long-Range Natural Gas Trucks

Photo courtesy of Universal LNG Solutions.

Houston-based Universal LNG Solutions Inc. unveiled four long-range Freightliner Cascadia heavy-duty trucks powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) that will be used by at least two national logistics fleets, the company announced.

Tags: Texas, Heavy-Duty Trucks, LNG, Freightliner Cascadia, Cummins Westport, Natural Gas Vehicles

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

Wabash National Signs Aurora Parts to Exclusive Deal

Wabash National announced a five-year agreement with Aurora Parts & Accessories to be the exclusive supplier of aftermarket parts the company's trailers and brands.

Tags: Trailers, Aftermarket Parts, Supplier, Wabash National

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Growth Slows Dramatically

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

The pace of economic growth in the U.S. slowed dramatically in the first quarter of the year, according to the first estimate from the Commerce Department. Economists disagree whether bad weather and port problems are largely to blame.

Tags: Economy, GDP

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

Saia Profit Up Despite Lower Revenues

File photo by Evan Lockridge

The mainly less-than-truckload carrier Saia Inc. saw its first quarter profit move higher, according to its earnings report released Wednesday.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Saia, LTL

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