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November 23, 2017 - Press Release

Houston Truck Driver Wins International ProStar

Houston area driver Jim McCauley receives the keys to an International ProStar from Danny Thomas of Navistar as the winner of the OnCommand Connection Sweepstakes. (Photo courtesy of Navistar)

The sweepstakes, which was open to qualified truck drivers holding a CDL, celebrated the availability of OnCommand Connection Telematics.

Tags: Navistar, Truck Drivers, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Sweepstakes, International ProStar, Navistar OnCommand

November 22, 2017 - Industry News

Highway Deaths Responsible for Rise in Transportation Fatalities

Source: NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board has released data showing that 2,030 more people died in transportation accidents in 2016 than in 2015, with highway deaths accounting for 95% of all transportation fatalities.

Tags: NTSB, Highway Fatalities, Holiday Travel, Road Deaths

November 22, 2017 - Industry News

Holiday Travel Projected to be a Nightmare

Happy Holidays! Photo: U.S. DOT

AAA is projecting that 50.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more for the Thanksgiving holiday, marking the highest level in a dozen years.

Tags: AAA, Gas Prices, Traffic Congestion, Holiday Travel, Thanksgiving

November 22, 2017 - Industry News

Arizona Installs Signs to Prevent Wrong Way Driving

Photo: Arizona DOT

The Arizona Department of Transportation has added large “Wrong Way” signs along Interstate 17 on bridges and other structures to help prevent wrong-way drivers.

Tags: Highway Safety, Arizona, Arizona DOT

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

Ryder Expands Use of Natural Gas

Ryder operates a fleet of liquified natural gas (LNG) heavy-duty trucks and has now partnered with Clean Energy. (Image courtesy of Business Wire)

Clean Energy will open a station in Georgetown to fuel the trucks that are expected to consume approximately 380,000 gasoline gallon equivalents (GGEs) of liquified natural gas each year.

Tags: Clean Energy, Liquefied Natural Gas, LNG, Ryder

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Surges 9.9% Year over Year

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 3.3% in October, following a 1.9% decline during September. In October, the index equaled 147.6 (2000=100), up from 142.9 in September. Graph: ATA

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 3.3% in October, following a 1.9% decline during September.

Tags: ATA, Truck Tonnage Index, Leading Economic Indicators

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

OOIDA Seeks to Exempt ‘Small-Business Truckers’ from ELD Rule

Photo: FMCSA

With the new electronic logging device mandate set to take effect in less than four weeks, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to issue a temporary but lengthy exemption to the new safety rule for “small-business truckers.”

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, ELD Mandate

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

Report: Autonomous Vehicles Could Save Trucking $300 Billion in Labor Costs

Autonomous technology could offer trucking net savings between $100 billion and $125 billion, according to a report by Wall Street analysts. Photo: Jack Roberts

A report by a Wall Street analyst firm says the potential savings from autonomous technology are huge, but notes that new costs will be created as it takes hold in trucking.

Tags: Operating Costs, Fleet Management, Tesla, Driver Pay, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

Eroad Tapped for Major Mileage-Based User Fee Pilot

Photo: I95Coalition.org

Eroad has been selected to take part in the first multi-state truck pilot to explore the feasibility of instituting a Mileage-Based User Fee along I-95, the East Coast's main north-south Interstate highway.

Tags: Fuel Tax, I-95, ERoad, Mileage-Based User Fee

November 21, 2017 - Product News

Trimble Certifies ELD for Oil and Gas Services Fleets

Trimble’s eDriver Logs are designed specifically for fleets in the oil and gas industry.

Trimble has self-certified its eDriver Logs solution for oil and gas services fleets to comply with the federal Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate, which goes into effect Dec. 18.

Tags: Trimble, ELDs, ELD Mandate, Oilfield Services

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales, Leading Indicators Jump

Existing-home sales increased in October to their strongest pace since earlier this summer, according to a new report, while a separate one showed the overall U.S. economy continued growing at a strong pace last month.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul Rates Hit Record High, Intermodal Continues Surge

A measure of truckload linehaul rates hit an all-time high last month, according to one latest measure, while a separate report showed another gain when it comes to intermodal rates.

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

November 20, 2017 - Industry News

Amazon App Helps Get Drivers In and Out of Warehouses Faster

A new Amazon app called Relay allows drivers enter cargo information, allowing them to check in with a QR code and get through the security gate. Photo: Amazon

The new app, called Relay, is Amazon's first attempt at automating the truck delivery process.

Tags: Drivers, Amazon.com, Driver Assistance Systems, Mobile Apps, Delivery Fleets

November 20, 2017 - Industry News

UPS Inks Another Huge Contract for Renewable Natural Gas Fuel

Photo: UPS

Package-hauling giant UPS signed an agreement with Big Ox Energy to purchase 10 million gallon equivalents of renewable natural gas per year. UPS said this is the company’s largest investment in RNG to date.

Tags: UPS, Alternative Fuels, Renewable Diesel, Natural Gas Vehicles

November 20, 2017 - Product News

Pro-Tread Releases Mobile Training App for Drivers

A new new mobile platform from ITI allows employees to meet training, safety and compliance needs with the tools fleets are already providing for ELD, routing, inventory and other fleet management needs. Photo: ITI

Instructional Technologies Inc., providers of training solutions for the transportation industry, has introduced the new Pro-Tread Mobile App, giving drivers options on when, where and how they can complete required training.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Safety, Driver Training, Mobile Apps

November 20, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA to Issue 90-Day ELD Waiver to Ag Haulers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will be issuing to haulers of agricultural commodities a 90-day temporary waiver of the new electronic logging device mandate, and also is clarifying how ELDs will work with the personal conveyance provision and the 150 air miles hours-of-service exemption of the hours of service regulations.

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

November 20, 2017 - Industry News

CFI Offers New Compensation Package for Experienced Drivers

CFI also recently announced it's bringing back its viper-red trucks. Photo: Screen shot from CFI YouTube video

The Experienced Driver package is designed to reward professional drivers working with CFI or another over-the-road trucking company.

Tags: Driver Pay, Driver Retention, CFI, Drivers

November 20, 2017 - Industry News

Penske Offers Electronic Log App for Rented Trucks

Photo: Penske Truck Leasing

Penske Truck Leasing has introduced free to its commercial customers the new Penske Driver app to provide truck drivers with “easy Hours of Service functionality” to meet the electronic logging device mandate as well as other productivity tools.

Tags: Truck Rental, Penske Truck Leasing, HOS, ELD Mandate

November 17, 2017 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Reserves Multiple Tesla Semi Electric Trucks

Photo: Tesla

J.B. Hunt Transportation announced that it placed a reservation to purchase multiple Tesla Semi electric tractors that was unveiled on Nov. 16.

Tags: J.B. Hunt, Tesla, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, New Vehicles, Tesla Semi

November 17, 2017 - Industry News

Georgia DOT Moves Forward on Commercial Vehicle Only Lanes Project

Photo via Georgia DOT

The Georgia Department of Transportation had decided to move forward on a project that would create commercial vehicle only lanes on Interstate 75.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Road Construction, Congestion, Georgia DOT

November 17, 2017 - Industry News

Tesla Unveils All-Electric Class 8 Semi Truck

Tesla chief Elon Musk talks to a crowd during the Semi unveiling. Photo: Tesla

Tesla says its new, all-electric Class 8 Semi will feature a 500-mile range on a single battery charge, can go from 0 to 60 mph in 20 seconds when bobtail, and is actually cheaper to operate per mile than a comparable diesel truck.

Tags: Class 8, Tesla, Battery-Electric Vehicles

November 17, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Housing, Industrial Production, E-Commerce Sales Improve

The U.S. housing market improved in October following some ups and downs earlier in the year, while industrial production jumped in part due to increased manufacturing. And e-commerce retail sales continued booming in the third quarter.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, E-commerce, Industrial Production, Housing, Manufacturing, Housing Starts

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

First Look: Tesla's All-Electric Semi Truck

Screen shot from Tesla's live feed unveiling its electric semi.

Tesla’s new electric truck is a Class 8 daycab that features a highly aggressive aerodynamic design and all-electric drivetrain, and Elon Musk promises a 500-mile range. "You can go out to the middle of nowhere and come back." HDT's Jack Roberts is at the launch and has this report.

Tags: Class 8, Tesla, Battery-Electric Vehicles

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

Embark Transports Appliances Over 300 Miles with Autonomous Trucks

Photo: Embark

Autonomous vehicle technology company Embark has partnered with Ryder System and household appliance maker Frigidaire, on a pilot test program to transport goods on public highways in the Southwest.

Tags: Pilot Program, Vehicle Testing, Autonomous Vehicles

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Recognizes Top Safety Director and Driver of the Year

Curtis Carr, of Estes Express Lines, is the winner of the 2017 National Safety Director Award. Photo: ATA

American Trucking Associations’ Safety Management Council has named Curtis Carr, of Estes Express Lines, as the winner of the 2017 National Safety Director Award. ATA also recognized Gary Plant of Walmart Transportation as the National Driver of the Year.

Tags: ATA, Awards, Safe Driving, Safety

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