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August 19, 2014 - Industry News

PeopleNet Recognizes Innovators of the Year

PeopleNet executives, Rick Ochsendorf, senior vice president of operations (far left), Brian McLaughlin, president (center), and Mark Botticelli, chief technology officer (far right) awarded Old Dominion Freight Line the Tier 3 Innovator of the Year Award. Photo: Stephane Babcock

As part of its 2014 User Conference, PeopleNet spent Tuesday evening recognizing the top innovators among its client base, fleets that have demonstrated exceptional leadership over the past year by using PeopleNet products and services to create unique solutions that accelerate and drive return on investment.

Tags: PeopleNet, Industry Event, Awards, Fleets, Telematics

August 19, 2014 - Industry News

PeopleNet Celebrates 20 Years, Looks to the Future

Famed ESPN sportscaster Dick Vitale closed out the 2014 PeopleNet User Conference opening session. Photo: Stephane Babcock

ESPN sportscaster Dick Vitale closed out the conference's opening session, which was filled with looking back on the company's 20-year history and looking forward to what it has to offer clients now and in the near future.

Tags: Conference, Video Event Recorders, PeopleNet, Events, Information Technology

August 19, 2014 - Industry News

Chrysler Appoints New Head of Ram Trucks

Robert Hegbloom, Head of Ram Truck Brand

Chrysler Group has appointed Robert Hegbloom as the new Head of Ram Truck Brand.

Tags: Ram, People, Chrysler

August 19, 2014 - Industry News

NHTSA to Begin Rulemaking on V2V Technology

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking on vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology for light-duty vehicles, a move many believe is a precursor to a similar rule for heavy-duty vehicles.

Tags: Regulations, Information Technology, Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications, Connected Vehicle Technology, NHTSA

August 19, 2014 - Industry News

'SOLD' Event Designed to Improve Service Businesses

The American Council of Frame and Alignment Specialists has announced SOLD ’15, a two-day program focused on building better truck service businesses.

Tags: Technician Training, ACOFAS, HDAW, Technicians

August 19, 2014 - Industry News

Trimble Invests in Shipping Software Provider 3GTMS

A strategic alliance between Trimble Navigation Limited and 3GTMS Inc. will help TMW customers manage complex 3PL challenges.

Tags: Fleet Management, Information Technology, Trimble, 3PL, TMW Systems

August 19, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo, Mack Training Programs Receive CASE Accreditation

Photo via Volvo Trucks.

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence has awarded CASE accreditation to the Volvo Trucks Academy and the Mack Trucks Academy training programs.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, ASE, Mack Trucks, Technician Training

August 19, 2014 - Industry News

Southern California Import Container Volume Stagnates, Contract Talks Blamed

Port of Los Angeles. Credit: Port of L.A.

Import cargo volume at the nation’s busiest port complex barely increased, if at all in July, due to shipper concerns about contract talks involving longshoremen working at West Coast ports.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking

August 19, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Increases 1.3% in July, Near Record High

Graphic: ATA

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 1.3% in July, following a decrease of 0.8% the previous month, according to newly released figures.

Tags: Economy, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Truck Tonnage

August 19, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Inflation Lowest in Five Months, Housing Best Since January

UPDATED -- Consumer prices increased as the slowest pace in five months during July, increasing just 0.1% from the month before, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Home Starts, Consumer Prices

August 19, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes to Negotiate Driver Training Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is taking another swing at a driver training rule, this time suggesting negotiations to resolve details that sidelined an earlier proposal.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training, Drivers, Regulations, Safety & Compliance

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

Deadline Extended for Top 50 Green Fleets Nominations

The deadline to nominate a fleet for Heavy Duty Trucking's Top 50 Green Fleets has been extended through the end of the month to Friday, August 29.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Top 50 Green Fleets, Alternative Fuels, Fuel Efficiency, Sustainability, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Falls for Seventh Straight Week to $3.835

The average cost of on-highway diesel in the U.S. continues slowly moving lower, posting its seventh consecutive weekly drop, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

Shippers Air Concerns about Driver Coercion Proposal

Federal truck safety regulations are venturing into new territory with a proposal to protect drivers from coercion, igniting concerns among shippers and others about how the rule will affect them.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Coercion, Drivers, Regulations, ATA, TIA, OOIDA, Shippers, NITL, Brokers, Owner-Operators

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

Company Fined Nearly $1 Million for Hours of Service Violations, Firings

OSHA says an asphalt paving company wrongfully terminated an unnamed foreman plus two unnamed truck drivers for raising safety concerns after being told to violate trucker hours of service regulations.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, OSHA, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

P&S Transportation Parent Purchases Logistics Provider TA Services

The combined companies will go forward under the ownership of P&S Holdings and continue to operate under their respective, independent names, according to a news release.

Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

ACOFAS to Hold Electrical Diagnostics Clinic

AFOCAS conducts technician education clinics twice a year. Photo via AFOCAS.

The American Council of Frame and Alignment Specialists will be holding a clinic and educational program for technicians on understanding electricity.

Tags: Technician Training, ACOFAS, Electrical System

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

Celadon Adds 1,500 New Tractors to Fleet

Celadon Trucking Services has purchased more than 1,500 new tractors to add to its overall fleet.

Tags: Kenworth, LoneStar, ProStar, International Trucks, Celadon, Fleets

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Homebuilder Confidence Up Amid Bearish Expectations

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose two points to 55, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index for August, released Monday.

Tags: Economy, Home Building

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

Judge Rules Against Prime’s Same-Sex Driver Training Program

A federal court last week issued a ruling against the trucking company Prime Inc. and its same-sex training program for newly hired truck drivers.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Prime Inc., Litigation, EEOC

August 17, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Freight’s Langenhahn Named National Truck Driving Grand Champion

Jeffrey Langenhahn, the 2014 Bendix Grand Champion, 77th annual National Truck Driving Championships. Photo: ATA Facebook page

Jeffrey Langenhahn, a Con-way Freight truck driver based in Plover, Wisc., was named the 2014 Bendix Grand Champion at the 77th annual National Truck Driving Championships in Pittsburgh on Saturday..

Tags: Drivers, ATA, American Trucking Associations, National Truck Driving Championships, Competition

August 15, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. DOE Awards $55M for EV Development

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $55 million to projects expected to advance battery-electric vehicle technology and adaption for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Chrysler, Ford, Transmissions, U.S. Department of Energy, Battery-Electric Vehicles

August 15, 2014 - Industry News

Melton Truck Lines Raises Driver Pay

Melton Truck Lines, a flatbed carrier based in Tulsa, Okla., announced a driver pay increase; all company drivers will receive at least 2 cents per mile increase.

Tags: Fleets, Driver Pay, Flatbed, Melton Truck Lines

August 15, 2014 - Industry News

Blu Launches Innovative Gas Recapture System

Photo via Blu.

Blu has launched a new gas recapture system for its LNG fueling station in Nampa, Idaho.

Tags: Liquefied Natural Gas, Blu, LNG Fueling Station, Natural Gas, Idaho

August 15, 2014 - Industry News

Cummins Says it's First to Meet CARB Low-Emission Standards in Medium-Duty Vehicle

Cummins announced that it has received certification for its 6.7L Turbo Diesel from the California Air Resources Board, meeting the Low-Emission Vehicle III standards.

Tags: Emissions, Cummins, Medium-Duty Trucks, California, Ram, California Air Resources Board, Engines

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