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March 16, 2018 - Industry News

ACOFAS Presentation to Teach Technicians About DOT Inspections

ACOFAS is offering training for technicians on DOT vehicle inspection compliance. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ACOFAS is offering a presentation demonstrating and educating technicians on how to properly inspect a vehicle.

Tags: Technician Training, U.S. DOT, Technicians, Vehicle Inspections

March 16, 2018 - Industry News

Scania Inks Historic Platooning Agreement

Scania cabover tractor-trailers conduct a platooning test on a track in Europe. Photo: Scania

European truck OEM Scania has inked what it calls a "landmark" agreement to begin testing platooning operations on Scandinavian highways.

Tags: Scania, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Truck Platooning, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Semi-Autonomous

March 16, 2018 - Industry News

Kenworth Offers New Standard Track Front Axle Options

The Paccar front axle comes in wide track configurations rated at 20,000 pounds and 22,800 pounds. Photo: Paccar

Kenworth is offering new standard track options for its Paccar proprietary front axle lineup available for Class 8 vocational models.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Class 8, New Website, Axles, Certified Pre-Owned

March 16, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA: A Driver Found Lacking Required ELD May Finish Trip

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has advised how the electronic logging device mandate will be enforced beginning April 1, 2018, when the period of “soft enforcement” ends.

Tags: FMCSA, J.J. Keller, ELD, ELD Mandate

March 16, 2018 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Fall but Remain Historically High

February was the fifth consecutive month that trailer orders broke the 30,000 unit mark. Photo: Stoughton

Trailer orders are expected to hit 32,000 units in February, a number that, if it holds true, would be a record for that month, according to preliminary reports from FTR.

Tags: Economy, Trailers, FTR, Capacity, Trailer Orders

March 16, 2018 - Industry News

Trucking’s Share of Cross Border Freight Value Declines But Still Tops

The value U.S.-North American freight by mode in billions: 2016-2017. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Trucking posted the biggest loss of the five major transportation modes when it came to the value of U.S. freight moved between Canada and Mexico last year, according to new Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Michigan, Mexico, Texas, Railroads, Surface Trade

March 16, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production, Consumer Sentiment Up; New Homes Mixed

Industrial production in the U.S. rebounded from a drop at the start of the year, as consumer sentiment is the best in more than a decade – but there's a decline reported in parts of the new-home-building market.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Housing Starts, Consumer Sentiment

March 16, 2018 - Industry News

DHL Getting into U.S. E-Commerce/Last Mile Delivery Market

Parcel Metro uses customized software that allows DHL eCommerce to create a “virtual delivery network” of local and regional contract couriers and crowd-sourced providers. Image: DHL

DHL is getting back into the domestic delivery market in the U.S. with its new DHL Parcel Metro service in major cities, backed by increasing use of high-tech solutions in the delivery process and the warehouse.

Tags: DHL, E-commerce, Parcel Delivery Service, Last Mile Delivery

March 15, 2018 - Industry News

ATA Expands Mid-Year Management Event

ATA has rebranded its annual May Leadership Meeting to offer a more inclusive experience on the trucking industry calendar, dubbed the Mid-Year Management Session.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, Events, Mid-Year Managment Session

March 15, 2018 - Industry News

TRALA Requests ELD Exemption Extension Through December

Short-term truck rental operators are asking for more time from FMCSA to figure out a way to stay compliant with the ELD mandate. Photo: TRALA

The Truck Rental and Leasing Association has petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for an extension to its current 90-day ELD rule waiver for short-term rental trucks that would extend through the end of the year.

Tags: FMCSA, TRALA, Hours of Service, ELDs, ELD Mandate

March 15, 2018 - Industry News

Kenworth Donates T680 to Award Honoring Veterans Who Become Truckers

Last year's Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence award winner Gregg Softy, who served 28 years in the Army before beginning his second career at  Stevens Transport. Photo courtesy of Kenworth

For the third consecutive year, Kenworth has donated a T680 Advantage to the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence program recognizing top rookie military veteran truck drivers.

Tags: Kenworth, Veterans, Awards, Hiring our Heroes, T680, Military Friendly Employer, Hiring Veterans, Fastport

March 15, 2018 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Projects 'Very Strong' Class 8 Truck Sales

Volvo Trucks' Magnus Koeck talks truck sales. Photo: Today's Trucking

Volvo Trucks is expecting North American Class 8 truck sales this year to significantly exceed its current official projection of 280,000.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Sales, Volvo Trucks North America

March 14, 2018 - Industry News

NTSB: Fatigue Factor in Truck Crash, Collision Avoidance Could Have Helped

The truck after the crash. The NTSB said the driver may have been fatigued, and that collision avoidance/collision mitigation technology could have prevented or reduced the severity of the crash. Photo: NTSB

A collision avoidance system might have prevented or lessened the severity of a 2016 crash between a tractor-trailer and an SUV that killed six people and injured five, according to a new report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Tags: NTSB, Collision Avoidance Technology, Collision Mitigation Technology

March 14, 2018 - Industry News

Kenworth T680 Available with MX-11 and Paccar Automated Transmission

The Kenworth T680 on-highway flagship is now available for order for the first time with the combination of the Paccar MX-11 engine and the Paccar Automated Transmission.  Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth has made the T680 available for order with a combination of the Paccar MX-11 engine and the new Paccar Automated Transmission, designed for linehaul and regional haul applications up to 110,000 pounds GVWR.

Tags: Paccar, Transmissions, T680, Powertrains, MX-11

March 14, 2018 - Industry News

Trucking Moves America Forward Doubled Media Presence Last Year

Trucking Moves America Forward continued to expand its outreach in 2017, to help get the word out on trucking's importance in the U.S.

Trucking Moves America Forward has reached over a hundred million people through a combination of billboards, trailer wraps, industry events, and media appearances, the industry organization recently announced.

Tags: Community Outreach, Trucking Moves America Forward, Awareness Campaign, MATS, Lobbying

March 14, 2018 - Industry News

Spot Flatbed Rates Continue Increasing as Vans, Reefers Remain Stable

Flatbed load availability and rates made big gains and the flatbed load-to-truck ratio hit a new record during the week ending March 10, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards, while a separate report for last month showed a drop in rates but they remained above year-ago levels.

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

March 14, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Down Again, Inflation in Check

Retail sales in the U.S fell for the third straight month in February, according to new government numbers, pointing to slower economic growth in the first quarter. Separate reports about inflation showed it cooled at both the retail and wholesale levels.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Interest Rates, Consumer Prices, Federal Reserve, Producer Prices

March 14, 2018 - Product News

Volvo Trucks Unveils VNX Series for Heavy-Haul Trucking Applications

Available in 6x4 tandem, 8x4 tandem, and 8x6 tridem configurations, the Volvo VNX offers a wide range of heavy-haul components to ensure it’s properly spec’d for the job. Photo: Volvo Trucks

Volvo has debuted its new VNX series, built specifically for the needs of heavy-haul trucking operations such as logging, heavy equipment transport, and long combination vehicles.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Volvo Trucks North America, Volvo VNX

March 14, 2018 - Industry News

Roush CleanTech Promotes Mouw to President

Roush CleanTech promoted Todd Mouw to president.

Propane autogas vehicle modifier Roush CleanTech has promoted Todd Mouw to president and made several other personnel changes, the company announced.

Tags: ROUSH CleanTech, Promotions, Vehicle Modifiers, ROUSH Performance, Propane Autogas, Leadership

March 14, 2018 - Industry News

Fleet Forward Conference Announces Call for Speakers

Taking place Oct. 8-10 in San Francisco, Fleet Forward Conference is accepting proposals that will educate fleet operators on new mobility solutions to foster greater fleet efficiency.

Tags: Call for Papers, Mobility, Fleet Events, Autonomous Vehicles, Fleet Forward Conference

March 14, 2018 - Industry News

Finalists Named for Distinguished Woman in Logistics

The Women In Trucking Association announced the finalists for the fourth annual Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award, established to promote the achievements of women employed in the North American transportation industry.

Tags: 3PL, Women in Trucking Association, Women in Trucking, Logistics

March 13, 2018 - Product News

SmartDrive Launches Video Safety Platform With New Hardware

SmartDrive's SR4 hardware is more than 50% smaller than previous iterations to reduce the distraction to the driver, especially for dash- and windshield-mounted equipment. Photo: SmartDrive

SmartDrive Systems launched the SmartDrive Transportation Intelligence Platform and SR4 hardware for fleets, offering a comprehensive video- and sensor-based intelligence platform for fleets looking to improve driver habits and safety.

Tags: SmartDrive Systems, Video Event Recorders, Wabco, Drivers, In-Vehicle Video, Connected Vehicle Technology, Training, Safety, ADAS

March 13, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA Issues New 90-Day ELD Waiver for Ag Haulers

FMCSA is granting an additional 90-day temporary waiver from the ELD rule for “agriculture-related transportation.” Photo: J.J. Keller

The FMCSA is granting an additional 90-day temporary waiver from the electronic logging rule for “agriculture-related transportation.” During that time period, the agency says it will also publish "final guidance" on both the agricultural air-mile exemption within the hours of service rule and on the use of the personal conveyance adjustment by all motor carriers operating under the ELD rule.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Hours of Service, CVSA, ELDs, Agricultural Fleets, ELD Mandate, Personal Conveyance

March 13, 2018 - Industry News

2018 Fleet Forward Conference Dates, Location Announced

The 2018 Fleet Forward Conference — dedicated to mobility solutions for fleets — will take place Oct. 8-10 at The Pearl in San Francisco.

Tags: Mobility, Fleet Events, Autonomous Vehicles, Fleet Forward Conference

March 13, 2018 - Industry News

Least-Traveled Roads Named in Each State

Photo: Geotab

Alaska's Dalton Highway (State Route 11) has been named the most scenic and quiet route in the U.S., according to a new analysis from Geotab.

Tags: Alaska, Geotab, Traffic Congestion, Drivers, Safety


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