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April 20, 2018 - Industry News

Lack of Research Keeps Lid on Federal Truck GVW Limit

An advisory panel of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine has issued an interim report on the research it will recommend be completed before consideration is given to raising the federal 80,000-pound weight limit for trucks.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Truck Size/Weight, National Academies of Sciences

April 20, 2018 - Industry News

Intermodal Cartage Truck Drivers Receive 30% Pay Raise

Intermodal Cartage Company is offering truck drivers a 30% pay raise in order to recruit and retain drivers. Photo via IMCC

Memphis-based Intermodal Cartage Company has announced a 30% pay raise for its drivers to proactively reach out to more prospective employees at the drayage carrier.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

April 20, 2018 - Industry News

First Quarter 2018 Truck Orders Hit 12-Year High

In 2018 through March, truck orders have hit the second highest level ever, beaten only by the pre- EPA 07 regulation ordering boom in 2006.

Truck orders in the first quarter of 2018 hit the second highest mark in history and mark the best period for orders since 2006, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Economy, Truck Sales, ACT Research, Truck Orders

April 20, 2018 - Industry News

2019 Ram 1500 Goes on Sale

Photo of 2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn with 5.7L V-8 by Paul Clinton.

The 2019 Ram 1500, which is entering its 15th generation, will include a combination of three engines and three powertrains, including a 5.7-liter V-8, V-8 mild hybrid, 3.6-liter V-6 mild hybrid, and 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel.

Tags: Ram 1500, 2019-MY, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Large Pickups, FCA, Order to Delivery

April 20, 2018 - Press Release

FleetUp Names VP of Sales, Business Development

FleetUp named Ken McCann, formerly with Drivewyze, vice president of sales and business development, effective immediately

Tags: HOS, Safety & Compliance, ELD, New Hire, FleetUp

April 19, 2018 - Industry News

Volvo Celebrates 35 Years of Innovative Truck Design in North America

The 1983 introduction of the Integral Sleeper inspired a design revolution for conventional model trucks. It was also colloquially known as the conventional-cabover. Photo: Volvo Trucks

This year marks the 35th anniversary of Volvo’s introduction of the Integral Sleeper, the first North American conventional truck model to offer a modern, streamlined design and a fully integrated sleeper compartment.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Aerodynamics, Sleepers, Anniversaries

April 19, 2018 - Industry News

Stemco Strips the Risk from TrailerTail Ownership

Stemco's new TrailerTail Automatic opens and closes automatically to improve driver convenience while eliminating damage risk and ensuring fuel efficiency. Photo: Stemco

Stemco's new TrailerTail Automatic opens and closes automatically to improve driver convenience while eliminating damage risk and ensuring fuel efficiency.

Tags: Stemco, Trailer Aerodynamics, TrailerTails

April 19, 2018 - Industry News

Safety Groups Seek End to Roadway Fatalities

Photo via Minesweeper/Wikimedia.

A coalition of safety groups has released an ambitious plan to eliminate roadway deaths by 2050 in response to rising fatalities in recent years that have reversed the progress of earlier decades.

Tags: National Safety Council, Road Deaths, Research, Safety

April 19, 2018 - Industry News

SAE Offers Professional Development Training Programs

SAE International is offering professinonal evelopment courses on a vaerity of engineering, technical, and business oriented topics. Screencap via SAE International

SAE International will be offering a portfolio of training programs aimed at supporting engineering, technical, and business professionals.

Tags: Training, SAE International, Continuing Education, Education, Professional Development

April 19, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Werner, Marten 1st Quarter Profits Move Higher

Two trucking fleets on Thursday reported increases in their first quarter net income compared to the same time a year earlier.

Tags: Werner Enterprises, Marten Transport, Fleet Earnings

April 19, 2018 - Industry News

Despite Full ELD Enforcement, Truck Capacity Increased

It's hard to deny that electronic logging devices have had an effect on the trucking industry in the short time since they were mandated, but it might not be in the ways you'd expect. HDT File Image

It's hard to deny that electronic logging devices have had an effect on the trucking industry in the short time since they were mandated, but it might not be in the ways you'd expect.

Tags: Hours of Service, Owner-Operators, Capacity, DAT Solutions, ELD Mandate, ELDs

April 19, 2018 - Industry News

OOIDA Leading Fight Against House Bills to Allow Younger Truck Drivers

Trucking is not of one mind as to whether CDL holders under the age of 21 should be allowed to operate trucks across state lines. Photo: FMCSA

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, along with other groups, is opposing two bills before the House of Representatives that would allow for lowering the age requirement for obtaining an interstate commercial driver’s license.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, OOIDA, Younger Drivers

April 19, 2018 - Industry News

Volkswagen Clarifies Position on Navistar Takeover in SEC Filing

VW Truck & Bus CEO Andreas Renschler. Photo: Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen AG cooled expectations that it is moving to take over Navistar International in an April 18 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. However, in the same statement, the Germany-based OEM left the door open for its Volkswagen Truck & Bus GMbH subsidiary to possibly acquire U.S.-based Navistar at some later date.

Tags: Navistar, Global, Volkswagen

April 19, 2018 - Product News

Points of Interest Feature Added to TMW FinalMile

The FinalMile points of interest feature allows users to pin locations on a map that don't have an address. Photo: TMW

TMW announced a new feature for its FinalMile DRTrack solution that allows users to identify and save points of interest not associated with an address on a map for routing purposes.

Tags: Routing, TMW Systems, Navigation, Last Mile Delivery

April 19, 2018 - Industry News

Rainier Truck & Chassis Offers Online Ordering

Rainier offers a number of cab-over-engine (COE) models, including the RT2600 Class 6 model. (Photo courtest of Rainier)

Rainier dealers and customers can now use the company's factory website to order trucks anytime and anywhere.

Tags: Class 6, Truck Sales, Online Vehicle Ordering, Cabovers, Rainier Truck

April 19, 2018 - Press Release

Navistar Appoints New Board of Directors Member

Navistar International Corporation announced Raymond Miller has been named to the company's board of directors, effective immediately.

Tags: Navistar, Board of Directors

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

Diesel F-150 Reaches 30 MPG Highway

Photo of 2018 Ford F-150, which achieves up to 25 mpg combined, courtesy of Ford.

The 2018 Ford F-150 fitted with its first 3.0L Power Stroke diesel engine will deliver EPA-estimated ratings of 30 mpg on the highway, 22 mpg in the city, and 25 mpg combined.

Tags: Ford F-150, Fuel Economy, Ford, Large Pickups, 2018-MY, Diesel Engines

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

CARB Fines Fleets for Hiring Trucks Not Meeting California Emissions Standards

The California Truck and Bus emissions regulation requires fleets to verify that all hired or dispatched trucks are compliant air pollution standards. Photo: Jim Park

The California Air Resources Board has fined Marten Logistics and Roadrunner Transportation Systems for failing to verify that trucks hired or dispatched were compliant with the state’s truck emissions regulations.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, California, Fines, Roadrunner Transportation, Marten Transport, Freight Brokers

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

Truck Dealerships Employed 12% More People Last Year

Employment was up at truck dealers across the U.S. and so were truck sales, according to data compiled by American Truck Dealers. Photo: ATD

Employment at the nation’s medium- and heavy-duty truck dealership was up 12.3% last year, according to a report released by the American Truck Dealers.

Tags: Technician Shortage, American Truck Dealers, Truck Sales, Technicians, Employment, Truck Dealers, Dealers

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

J.D. Power: Used Truck Prices Drop in February

International ProStar tractors are "edging" closer to average used truck prices, a report by J.D. Power & Associates has found. Photo: Jack Roberts

According to J.D. Power and Associates, higher volumes of both heavy- and medium-duty used trucks caused prices to fall off "substantially" in February.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Used Trucks, Used Truck Sales

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

Puget Sound Energy Adds 40 XL Hybrid Transit Vans

The utility worked with XL to upfit each van with an electric motor and advanced lithium-ion battery pack. Photo courtesy of XL

Puget Sound Energy has added 40 new Ford Transit utility vans equipped with a hybrid electric drive system from XL.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Utility Fleets, Ford Transit, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, XL, Hybrid Trucks

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA Now Recording ELD Violations in SMS

Violations of the ELD rule found during roadside inspections since full enforcement kicked in are now being used in the Safety Measurement System. Image: FMCSA

Violations of the electronic logging device rule found during roadside inspections since full enforcement kicked in on April 1 are now being used in the Safety Measurement System that drives the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Carrier, Safety, Accountability enforcement program.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Hours of Service, ELD Mandate

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

FHWA Clarifies Weight Allowance for Natural Gas Trucks

A new memo issued by the FHWA clarifies current weight allowances for natural gas powered trucks nationwide. Photo: Freightliner

The Federal Highway Administration has issued a new memorandum to help clarify weight allowances for natural gas powered trucks.

Tags: Federal Highway Administration, Natural Gas Vehicles, Compressed Natural Gas, Truck Size/Weight

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

Study Shows Lighting Key to Maintenance Shop Safety

The four-post lift has impact-resistant LED lights illuminating truck undercarriages. Photo: Stertil-Koni

The stakes are high and the payoffs big when it comes to worker safety, notably in reducing accidents, minimizing eyestrain, and increasing overall efficiency and productivity. Stertil-Koni says professional lighting is one of the keys to enhancing overall shop safety and performance.

Tags: Stertil-Koni, LED Lighting, Truck Lifts

April 17, 2018 - Industry News

Autocar Trucks to Receive First Cummins X12 Engines

The Cummins X12 diesel engine will be offered in ACX refuse trucks beginning in October. Photo: Autocar

Autocar Trucks is the first North American OEM to introduce Cummins' new X12 engine to the refuse market. Autocar claims the engine will enable customers to haul more than 700 pounds additional payload while delivering almost $11,000 in fuel savings over the life of a truck.

Tags: Cummins, Diesel Engines, Autocar, Engines, Refuse Fleets


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