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April 18, 2018 - Industry News

CARB Fines Fleets for Hiring Trucks Not Meeting California Emissions Standards

The California Truck and Bus emissions regulation requires fleets to verify that all hired or dispatched trucks are compliant air pollution standards. Photo: Jim Park

The California Air Resources Board has fined Marten Logistics and Roadrunner Transportation Systems for failing to verify that trucks hired or dispatched were compliant with the state’s truck emissions regulations.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, California, Fines, Roadrunner Transportation, Marten Transport, Freight Brokers

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

Truck Dealerships Employed 12% More People Last Year

Employment was up at truck dealers across the U.S. and so were truck sales, according to data compiled by American Truck Dealers. Photo: ATD

Employment at the nation’s medium- and heavy-duty truck dealership was up 12.3% last year, according to a report released by the American Truck Dealers.

Tags: Technician Shortage, American Truck Dealers, Truck Sales, Technicians, Employment, Truck Dealers, Dealers

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

J.D. Power: Used Truck Prices Drop in February

International ProStar tractors are "edging" closer to average used truck prices, a report by J.D. Power & Associates has found. Photo: Jack Roberts

According to J.D. Power and Associates, higher volumes of both heavy- and medium-duty used trucks caused prices to fall off "substantially" in February.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Used Trucks, Used Truck Sales

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

Puget Sound Energy Adds 40 XL Hybrid Transit Vans

The utility worked with XL to upfit each van with an electric motor and advanced lithium-ion battery pack. Photo courtesy of XL

Puget Sound Energy has added 40 new Ford Transit utility vans equipped with a hybrid electric drive system from XL.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Utility Fleets, Ford Transit, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, XL, Hybrid Trucks

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA Now Recording ELD Violations in SMS

Violations of the ELD rule found during roadside inspections since full enforcement kicked in are now being used in the Safety Measurement System. Image: FMCSA

Violations of the electronic logging device rule found during roadside inspections since full enforcement kicked in on April 1 are now being used in the Safety Measurement System that drives the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Carrier, Safety, Accountability enforcement program.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Hours of Service, ELD Mandate

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

FHWA Clarifies Weight Allowance for Natural Gas Trucks

A new memo issued by the FHWA clarifies current weight allowances for natural gas powered trucks nationwide. Photo: Freightliner

The Federal Highway Administration has issued a new memorandum to help clarify weight allowances for natural gas powered trucks.

Tags: Federal Highway Administration, Natural Gas Vehicles, Compressed Natural Gas, Truck Size/Weight

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

Study Shows Lighting Key to Maintenance Shop Safety

The four-post lift has impact-resistant LED lights illuminating truck undercarriages. Photo: Stertil-Koni

The stakes are high and the payoffs big when it comes to worker safety, notably in reducing accidents, minimizing eyestrain, and increasing overall efficiency and productivity. Stertil-Koni says professional lighting is one of the keys to enhancing overall shop safety and performance.

Tags: Stertil-Koni, LED Lighting, Truck Lifts

April 17, 2018 - Industry News

Autocar Trucks to Receive First Cummins X12 Engines

The Cummins X12 diesel engine will be offered in ACX refuse trucks beginning in October. Photo: Autocar

Autocar Trucks is the first North American OEM to introduce Cummins' new X12 engine to the refuse market. Autocar claims the engine will enable customers to haul more than 700 pounds additional payload while delivering almost $11,000 in fuel savings over the life of a truck.

Tags: Cummins, Diesel Engines, Autocar, Engines, Refuse Fleets

April 17, 2018 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Trucking Announces 2018 Truck Fleet Innovators

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine has announced the 2018 HDT Truck Fleet Innovators. From top left: Andreea Crisan, Sergio Rojas, Tom Schilli, David Myers, Joel Morrow.

The editors of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine have announced the 2018 HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, five fleet executives being recognized for their forward-thinking leadership.

Tags: Awards, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, HDTX

April 17, 2018 - Industry News

Maverick Offers Driver Pay Increase for Temperature Control Division

Maverick is offering its OTR temperature control division drivers a 5-cent per mile increase. Screenshot via Maverick Transportation

Maverick Transportation announced another pay raise for its drivers, this time offering a 5-cent-per-mile increase for its over the road temperature control division drivers.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Maverick, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

April 17, 2018 - Industry News

Wabco Building New American Headquarters in Michigan

Wabco's new Americas headquarters is located in Auburn Hills, Mich. Image: Wabco

Wabco Holdings announced that it will locate its new Americas headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and is currently building the facility to house it.

Tags: New Facility, Aftermarket Parts, Manufacturing, Wabco

April 17, 2018 - Industry News

Spartan to Reveal Ford Transit for Utility Fleets

Photo of Ford Transit Utility exterior courtesy of Spartan Motors.

Spartan Motors will show a Ford Transit concept van that has been tailor-made for utility fleets with a more customized cargo area and remote workstation at an upcoming fleet trade show.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Utilimaster, NAFA Institute & Expo, Spartan Motors, Ford Transit, Concept Vehicles, Utility Fleets, Vehicle Modifiers

April 17, 2018 - Industry News

Spot Rates Fall as Available Truck Capacity Rises

Spot truckload rates moderated during the week ending April 14 as more trucks returned to the marketplace. The number of trucks posted to the DAT Solutions network of load boards jumped 11% compared to the previous week while the number of loads fell almost 1%.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 17, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production, New Homes, Retail Sales Move Higher

The latest numbers about the health of the U.S. economy showed continued growth when it comes to industrial production, housing starts, and retail sales, indicating increasing energy for the first part of the second quarter.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, GDP, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Home Starts

April 16, 2018 - Industry News

FedEx Freight Head Ducker to Retire in August

Michael Ducker will retire from his position as Fedex Freight president and chief executive in August. Photo: FedEx

Fedex Freight president and chief executive officer Michael L. Ducker will retire effective Aug. 15, 2018, concluding a decades-long career with the company.

Tags: Leadership, People, FedEx, FedEx Freight

April 16, 2018 - Industry News

FTR: February Freight Environment for Carriers Scores Highest Ever

The February TCI reading of 15.41 was the highest since FTR began tracking conditions in1992-- and it jumped four points from January’s reading. Source: FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for February hit its highest reading ever, reflecting an unmatched positive environment for carriers.

Tags: Economy, Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Freight Rates, Freight Capacity

April 16, 2018 - Industry News

Overall Freight, Spending Post Double-Digit Gains in March; Truckload, Intermodal Rates Jump

Newly released figures on the health of the North American freight marketplace as well as on U.S. truckload linehaul and intermodal rates show all are at or near record highs.

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

April 16, 2018 - Industry News

Penske Exec Named Truck Renting and Leasing Association Board Chairman

Penske Truck Leasing's Michael Duff has been named chairman of the board of TRALA. Photo: TRALA

The Truck Renting and Leasing Association named Penske's Michael Duff its 2018-19 Chairman of the Board at its annual meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Tags: Leasing, TRALA, Leadership, Penske Truck Leasing, People

April 16, 2018 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Details 2019 Sprinter's Telematics Offering

Photo of 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans by Paul Clinton.

Mercedes-Benz will offer eight factory telematics packages with its third-generation 2019 Sprinter that allow fleet managers to better track preventive maintenance, routing, and driver behavior with the full-size van, the company has announced.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, 2019-MY

April 16, 2018 - Industry News

VW Truck Signals Interest in Acquiring All of Navistar

Navistar CEO Troy Clarke, VW Truck & Bus CEO Andreas Renschler, and Navistar CFO Walter Borst field queries from the press during the IAA Show in Germany in 2016. Photo: David Cullen

News reports out of Germany indicate that Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH is open to taking over Navistar International Corp.. VW already holds a 16.9% share in the U.S. company via a “wide-ranging strategic alliance," which was announced back in 2016.

Tags: Global, Navistar International, Vocational Trucks, Volkswagen

April 16, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: J.B. Hunt Grows First Quarter Profit to $118.1 Million

The first quarter 2018 earnings reporting season for trucking began on Monday as J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. said its profit moved higher compared to the same time a year ago.

Tags: J.B. Hunt, Fleet Earnings

April 13, 2018 - Industry News

Webinar to Explore Potential of Blockchain in Trucking

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Heavy Duty Trucking magazine and TMW Systems are offering a free webinar on the topic of blockchain to help fleets understand the potential of this transformative technology.

Tags: IBM, Webinar, TMW Systems, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Blockchain

April 13, 2018 - Industry News

March Maintains Trailer Order Momentum

Trailer orders fell in March but remained at the highest levels recorded since 2014. Photo: Stoughton Trailers

Early reports from FTR on trailer order activity for March show that while orders declined by 16% from the month before, they remain historically strong.

Tags: Economy, FTR, Freight Capacity, Trailer Orders

April 13, 2018 - Industry News

Colorado Law Requires Human Trafficking Education for Truckers

A new Colorado law will require CDL applicants in the state to take a course on human trafficking before receiving a license. Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

A new law passed by the Colorado legislature will require applicants for commercial drivers licenses in the state to go through a course educating them on how to spot signs of human traffickers and their victims.

Tags: CDL, Colorado, Human Trafficking, Truckers Against Trafficking

April 13, 2018 - Industry News

Bill Would Hold Retailers Liable for Trucking Company Labor Violations

A new bill in California would punish retailers for working with port trucking companies that have been found in violation of labor and employement laws. Photo: Port of Long Beach

California state Sen. Ricardo Lara introduced a bill that would hold major retailers liable when trucking companies break labor laws, sparked by allegations of misconduct by some port drayage companies.

Tags: California, Driver Shortage, Ports, Driver Pay, Port Trucking, Employment, Independent Contractors

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