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March 22, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Leading Indicators, Existing Homes All Move Higher

Manufacturing activity this month hit a three-year high, while other reports showed healthy increases in where the economy is headed over the next several months.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Remain Firm

Spot truckload freight volume slipped 1.2% and truck posts increased 2% for the week ending March 17, according to DAT Solutions and its load boards, while load-to-truck ratios and rates were relatively even, although both are considerably higher compared to a year ago.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA Widens Stance on AOBRD Grandfather Clause

Photo: J.J. Keller & Associates

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has slightly liberalized its stance on the use automatic on-board recording devices by some fleets that are using those devices under the terms of the AOBRD grandfather clause within the electronic logging device rule.

Tags: FMCSA, ELD, ELD Mandate

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

Bill Would Create Pathway for Under-21 Truck Drivers

The International Foodservice Distributors Association supported the bill, which would set up a training path for younger truck drivers. Photo: IFDA

Two U.S. House representatives have introduced a bill that would create a training pathway for truck drivers between the ages of 18 and 21 to be able to operate in interstate commerce.

Tags: Driver Training, Driver Shortage, Younger Drivers, IFDA, Food and Beverage Fleets

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

Hendrickson Adds Brake Maintenance Videos to Online Training Portal

Hendrickson added new training videos to its online portal Image: Hendrickson

Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems has added more air disc brake maintenance training videos to its online training portal,

Tags: Hendrickson, MATS, Air Brakes, Disc Brakes, Technician Training, Maintenance, Brakes

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Remain High Despite Slip

Freight rates for truckload linehaul and intermodal movements continued showing great strength in February, according to figures released Wednesday from one freight payment processor.

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

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: What Higher Interest Rates May Mean for Trucking

The Federal Reserve signaled its confidence in the economy on Wednesday when raised a key interest rate for the sixth time since 2015 – but this also could lead to trucking companies needing to rethink how they are handling their loans.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Federal Reserve

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

Trucking Returns to Kentucky for 2018 MATS

The Mid-America Trucking Show takes place in Louisville, Kentucky from March 21-24, 2018.

The Mid-America Trucking Show this week at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky, features a variety of educational sessions, the country's largest trucking expo, and other trucking festivities aimed at drivers, owner-operators, small fleets and other trucking enthusiasts.

Tags: Mid-America Trucking Show, MATS, Industry Events

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

Cloud-Based TMS Promises 'Friction-Free' Connections Between Broker, Shipper, Carrier

This carrier sourcing screen is one example of how the EKA Omni-TMS cloud platform offers intuitive, graphic-based tools to brokers, carriers, and shippers. Screenshot courtesy EKA

Imagine an affordable, cloud-based software platform that would allow brokers, carriers, and shippers to easily assign and track loads, including back-end billing and financial functions. That’s the thinking behind the new EKA Omni-TMS cloud-based supply chain platform from EKA Solutions.

Tags: Cloud Computing, TMS, Freight Brokers

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

RoadCheck Inspections Will Focus on Hours of Service Compliance

This year's CVSA RoadCheck will focus on hours of service compliance in its roadside inspections. Photo: CVSA

With electronic logging device implementation a major topic for trucking in 2018, this year’s International RoadCheck inspection blitz will focus on hours of service compliance.

Tags: Hours of Service, CVSA, Roadcheck, ELDs, ELD Mandate

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

Fleet Advantage Leases 10,000th Truck


In 2017 alone, Fleet Advantage placed purchase orders on more than 1,800 new Class 8 Sleepers and Daycabs from various OEMs, valued at more than $225 million.

Tags: Class 8, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Truck Leasing, Fleet Advantage

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

Uber Freight Offers Discounts on Trucks, Fuel

The new Uber Freight Plus program offers discounts on items from fuel to new trucks. Photo: Uber Freight

“Book a load, reap the benefits.” That’s what Uber Freight is promising drivers, owner-operators and small fleets who use the Uber Freight app, with discounts on everything from a new or used International truck to fuel and tires through its new Uber Freight Plus program.

Tags: Uber, Uber for Trucking, Uber Freight

March 20, 2018 - Industry News

OOIDA Sues Pennsylvania Turnpike over Toll Hikes

Photo: Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a class-action lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission for what it claims are excessive toll increases.

Tags: Tolls, OOIDA, Pennsylvania DOT, Pennsylvania Turnpike

March 20, 2018 - Industry News

Schneider Completes Shift to Company-Owned Intermodal Chassis Network

Over a four-year period, Schneider purchased 15,000 intermodal chassis. Photo: Schneider

Trucking giant Schneider has completed its conversion to a company-owned and managed chassis fleet after buying 15,000 intermodal container chassis over the past four years.

Tags: Intermodal, Schneider, Chassis

March 20, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: FedEx Surges, Daseke Rebounds

Parcel and trucking giant FedEx posted a big gain in profits during its most recent quarter, while Daseke, the owner of several flatbed and specialized carriers, moved from a loss to a profit in both the final quarter of 2017 and for all of last year.

Tags: FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, Fleet Earnings, Daseke Inc., FedEx

March 20, 2018 - Industry News

Cummins Rebrands as Cummins Integrated Power

Cummins highlighted the new name at its booth at the Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Cummins is repositioning itself as Cummins Integrated Power. The new name denotes both the company’s expertise in technology integration and its reach into different alternative fuel segments, including diesel, natural gas, hybrid and battery-electric.

Tags: Cummins, Diesel Engines, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Engines, Cummins Westport, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

March 20, 2018 - Industry News

Feds Offer Exclusion from Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum

American businesses may apply for an exclusion through the Commerce Department from the recently enacted tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Photo: Creative Commons

The Department of Commerce has outlined a process that would allow individual American businesses to apply for an exclusion from the tariffs on imported steel and aluminum recently enacted by the Trump administration.

Tags: China, MEMA, HDMA, Aluminum, Steel, Tariffs, Donald Trump

March 20, 2018 - Industry News

Used Truck Prices Holding Steady

The average sleeper tractor sold at auction in February 2018, J.D. Power found, was 74 months old with 458,697 miles. Photo: Jordon Truck Sales

Used truck prices are holding steady, with supply still dictating pricing. That’s the word from J.D. Power’s Commercial Truck Guidelines for March, which notes that February is the first month in any new year with a high enough volume of used truck auctions to allow analysts to identify market trends.

Tags: Used Trucks, Used Truck Sales, Used Vehicle Values, J.D. Power

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Knight Transportation Buys Abilene Motor Express

Abilene Motor Express is a Richmond, Va.-based carrier with nearly 400 trucks that operates throughout the U.S. and Canada. Photo via Abilene Motor Express

Knight Transportation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Knight-Swift Holdings, has acquired all of the assets of Abilene Motor Express and related entities, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Knight Transportation, Knight-Swift

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Service Accused of Coercing Fleets into Paying Fake Fees Agrees to Settle

The accused allegedly took more than $19 million from small trucking businesses by creating the false impression that they were affiliated with U.S. DOT, the UCR system, or another government agency.

The operators of an online registration service for carriers have agreed to settle with the FTC for $900,000 over charges that they impersonated and falsely claimed affiliation with government agencies to trick fleets into paying them for UCR registration.

Tags: Lawsuits, FTC, U.S. DOT, Fraud, Settlement

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Turnover Rate Declines but Driver Shortage Still a Concern

The driver turnover rate for truckload carriers fell in the fourt quarter of 2017, but the rate remained 14 points higher than for the previous year.

The driver turnover rate for truckload carriers fell in the final three months of 2017, but the rate remained 14 points higher than it was for the previous year.

Tags: ATA, Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover, Driver Retention, Employment

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Uber Suspends Self-Driving Tests After Vehicle Kills Pedestrian

Photo via Diablanco/Wikipedia.

Uber has shelved its self-driving vehicle program after one of its test vehicles struck and killed a female pedestrian in Tempe, Ariz. The accident marks the first known death of a pedestrian hit by an autonomous vehicle on public roads.

Tags: Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety, Pedestrians, Vehicle Testing

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Nissan Expands Full-Size Van Production

Photo of the 2018 NV Cargo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan North America has expanded production of its NV cargo and passenger vans by adding a second shift to its Canton, Ohio, assembly plant, where Nissan recently celebrated production of 4 million vehicles.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Nissan, Vehicle Production, Nissan NV, Passenger Vans, Milestones

March 19, 2018 - Global News

Fuso eCanter Hits Road in Great Britain Fleets

Photo of eCanter used by Hovis courtesy of Daimler Trucks.

Daimler Trucks handed over the first all-electric Fuso eCanter trucks to three fleets in Great Britain. This now brings the electric light-duty truck to a further major market following the market launches in New York, Tokyo, and Berlin.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Electric Trucks, eCanter, Great Britain, Global

March 16, 2018 - Industry News

ACOFAS Presentation to Teach Technicians About DOT Inspections

ACOFAS is offering training for technicians on DOT vehicle inspection compliance. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ACOFAS is offering a presentation demonstrating and educating technicians on how to properly inspect a vehicle.

Tags: Technician Training, U.S. DOT, Technicians, Vehicle Inspections


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