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February 23, 2017 - Industry News

Central Freight Lines to Buy Virginia-Based Wilson Trucking

Photo: Central Freight Lines

Central Freight Lines has signed a letter of intent to buy certain assets of Virginia-based Wilson Trucking, a 91-year-old less-than-truckload carrier with 29 terminals in the Southeast.

Tags: LTL, Central Freight Lines, Mergers & Acquisitions

February 23, 2017 - Industry News

Commission Ends Tariffs on Truck Tires From China

Photo: Jim Park

The International Trade Commission upended the Chinese tire tariff investigation by voting against imposing tariffs on the products.

Tags: China, Tires, Tariffs, Tires and Wheels

February 23, 2017 - Industry News

Peterbilt Announces Annual Dealer Award Winners

The Peterbilt Store's president and CEO John Ascott accepted the North American Dealer of the year with his two sons Jeff and Greg Arscott. Photos: Peterbilt

Peterbilt announced the winners of its Dealer of the Year awards at its Dealer Meeting in Palm Springs, Calif.

Tags: Peterbilt, Awards, Dealers, Truck Dealers

February 23, 2017 - Industry News

U.S. Cross-Border Freight Value Inches Higher, Trucking’s Share Falls

U.S.-NAFTA freight value percent change from previous year over the last 24 months. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its border neighbors increased in December for the third time in five months following a string of declines, according to new figures released Thursday by the Transportation Department.

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

February 23, 2017 - Industry News

SambaSafety Acquires Vigillo

Steve Bryan, Vigillo CEO Photo: Evan Lockridge

SambaSafety has acquired Vigillo, enhancing the company’s driver risk management platform for U.S. Department of Transportation regulated fleets.

Tags: MVR, CSA, Mergers & Acquisitions, Vigillo, SambaSafety

February 22, 2017 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Trucking Named Finalist for Two Journalism Awards

Heavy Duty Trucking has been named a finalist in two categories for the 63rd Jesse H. Neal Awards, which honors excellence in business journalism.

Tags: Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

February 22, 2017 - Industry News

UPS Tests Drone Launched From Atop Truck

Photo: UPS

UPS has successfully tested a drone that launches from atop one of its package cars, the company announced. The system is designed to autonomously deliver a package while the truck is driven on a route.

Tags: UPS, Workhorse, Delivery Fleets, Drones, Battery-Electric Vehicles

February 22, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Level Off Following Gains, Declines

Spot truckload freight rates appear to have stabilized after flatbeds trended slightly higher the past few weeks while vans and reefers moved downward, according to new figures from the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 22, 2017 - Industry News

International Truck Receives NJPA Contract

Photo: International Truck

International Truck has been awarded a contract by the National Joint Powers Alliance that will offer new International Class 6, 7, and 8 chassis to more than 50,000 NJPA members in the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: NJPA, International Trucks, Purchasing Contract

February 22, 2017 - Industry News

Sprinter Vans Recalled for Air Bag Control Unit

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

The recall affects more than 15,000 Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans in the 2013-2016 model years.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, Recalls, 2013-MY, 2014-MY, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Daimler, Air Bags, 2015-MY, NHTSA, 2016-MY, Safety

February 22, 2017 - Industry News

Truck-Lite Names Vice President of Sales

John Cecco Photo: Truck-Lite

Commercial vehicle lighting company Truck-Lite has named John Cecco the new vice president of sales at the company.

Tags: Sales, Leadership, Vehicle Lights, Truck-Lite, People

February 22, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Supports North American Commercial Vehicle Show

American Trucking Associations has agreed to be a supporter of the North American Commercial Vehicle Show, a new biennial truck show to be held in Atlanta later this year.

Tags: ATA, Industry Event, North American Commercial Vehicle Show

February 22, 2017 - Industry News

Goodyear's Raw Material Costs Increase $300M in 3 Weeks

Tire makers worldwide are citing rising raw material costs as the driver of their price increases. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. painted a picture of just how extreme the increases have been so far — using words like “volatile” and “unpredictable."

Tags: Goodyear, Global, Tires, Economic Conditions

February 21, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: XPO Logistics Reports Annual Profit of $69 Million

XPO Logistics moved well into the black for the fourth quarter and full year 2016, with a number of fourth-quarter metrics setting company records as strong e-commerce offset weak intermodal numbers.

Tags: XPO Logistics, Fleet Earnings

February 21, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Groups Ask Chao to Kill Safety Fitness Determination Proposal

Image: FMCSA

A large coalition of groups representing property and passenger carriers is requesting that Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao rescind the Carrier Safety Fitness Determination notice of proposed rulemaking issued over a year ago by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Elaine Chao, Regulations

February 21, 2017 - Industry News

Freight Shows Signs of Life in ATA Truck Tonnage Index

Source: ATA

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 2.9% in January, offsetting some of the decline noted in December.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

February 21, 2017 - Industry News

Global Congestion Costing Commercial Drivers

Photo via Wikimedia.

The cost of traffic congestion increased in 2016 to an average of $1,400 for U.S. drivers, as congestion worsened in Los Angeles, which has become the most congested city in the world, according to the Inrix Traffic Scorecard.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Los Angeles, Inrix, Russia

February 21, 2017 - Product News

Fleets Increasingly Adding Video Telematics From Lytx

Photo courtesy of Lytx.

Lytx has increased subscriptions for its video-based telematics system by more than 25% in global markets in the past year since being acquired by private equity firm GTCR, the company announced.

Tags: Telematics, Video Event Recorders, Lytx, In-Vehicle Video, Safety

February 21, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar President and CEO Named Board Chairman

Troy A. Clarke Photo: Navistar

Following Navistar International’s annual shareholder meeting on Feb. 14, the board of directors has elected company president and CEO Troy A. Clarke as its chairman.

Tags: Navistar, Leadership, People, C-Suite

February 21, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Orders Reflect Rebounding Market

Class 8 truck orders hit a 13-month high in January at 22,188 units, rebounding from poor 2016 numbers for the second and third quarter, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

February 21, 2017 - Industry News

January Trailer Orders Indicate Rise in Fleet Confidence

Photo: Stoughton Trailers

Trailer orders in January increased 92% compared to the same month of 2016 but were down slightly from December's orders, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

February 21, 2017 - Industry News

Intermodal Freight Rates Jump, Truckload Linehaul Slips

Intermodal rates rose in January by the largest amount in more than two years, while truckload linehaul rates retreated, according to one measure.

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

February 21, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Pace of Manufacturing Expansion Slows

A preliminary look at economic conditions in the U.S. manufacturing sector during February shows they improved at a slightly slower pace than the 22-month peak seen during January.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing

February 17, 2017 - Industry News

Rush Truck Centers Opens Third New Mexico Dealership

Photo via Rush Enterprises

Dealer group Rush Enterprises opened a Rush Truck Center in Farmington, New Mexico, to strength the company’s service capabilities in the region.

Tags: New Locations, Dealers, Rush Truck Center

February 17, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Alliance Pulls Hard for Hair-Testing

J.B Hunt is among the member companies of the Trucking Alliance seeking an exemption to let them conduct hair-testing for pre-employment drug testing of driver applicants. Photo: Drivewyze

The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security (a.k.a. “Trucking Alliance”) has submitted a set of comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to support a petition calling for motor carriers to be exempt from having to use urinalysis to test for drug use by CDL driver applicants.

Tags: FMCSA, The Trucking Alliance, Hair Testing, Drug Testing

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