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August 20, 2014 - Industry News

Researchers Working to Bring Road Signs into Vehicles

Photo: VTTI

Researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute are in the early stages of an idea to move stop and yield signs from the side of the road into the car itself, where a dashboard screen will automatically alert the driver of what actions to take, if any.

Tags: Safety, Information Technology, Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications, Connected Vehicle Technology

August 20, 2014 - Industry News

Eaton Shifting Clutch Production From North Carolina

Eaton is closing its clutch-assembly operation in Charlotte, N.C., but that doesn't reflect any slowdown in its clutch business, according to the company.

Tags: Eaton, Clutches

August 20, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Availability Increases, Rates Stabilize

Spot market freight availability has increased nicely in the most recent period while rates appear to have ended their recent decline, according to the freight matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

August 20, 2014 - Industry News

Ground Broken for Future Intermodal Port of East St. Louis

Ground has been broken on a new $7 million multi-modal transportation project that will service the future Port of East St. Louis.

Tags: Intermodal, Ports, Port Trucking

August 20, 2014 - Industry News

Federal Maritime Commission Hosting Port Congestion Forums

The goal is to promote dialogue on the causes and implications of congestion at U.S. ports, according to the commission.

Tags: Events, Ports, Port Trucking

August 20, 2014 - Industry News

Gaines Motor Lines Agrees to $262,500 Settlement Over Fired Drivers

The U.S. Department of Labor has reached a settlement with Gaines Motor Lines and its owners that includes paying more than a quarter of a million dollars to resolve findings made by the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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

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

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