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October 25, 2016 - Industry News

GHG Phase 2 Rule Published

Photo: Jim Park

The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have officially published the Phase 2 greenhouse gas/ fuel efficiency rule for commercial vehicles in the Federal Register.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, EPA, Greenhouse Gas, Phase 2 GHG Proposals

October 25, 2016 - Industry News

Otto, Budweiser Announce First Shipment Using Autonomous Truck

The driver monitored the 120-mile trip on I-25 from the sleeper. Photo courtesy Otto.

Otto and Budweiser announced Tuesday that they have reached a major milestone on the road to autonomous trucking with the completion of the world’s first shipment using a self-driving truck.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

October 25, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Swift Profit Up 4.7%, Paccar Down Nearly 20%

At a time when many trucking companies are reporting lower third quarter earnings, Swift Transportation bucked the trend, but truck and engine maker Paccar saw its earnings fall.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Peterbilt, Earnings, Paccar Financial, Swift Transportation, DAF, Fleet Earnings

October 24, 2016 - Industry News

HDT Emerging Leaders Nominations Extended Through Friday

The deadline has been extended for the HDT Emerging Leaders honor. We're looking for young trucking industry leaders who are making a difference.

Tags: Leadership, Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, People

October 24, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Taper Off After Surge

After two straight weeks of price increases, diesel prices have tapered off with a slight decline last week, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices

October 24, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Demos Active Driver Assist, Available on VN Series

Car ahead slowed and stopped, but Volvo's ADA, aka Bendix Wingman Fusion Advanced, avoided a collision without driver input except steering.

Called Wingman Fusion by Bendix, the system uses radar and a forward-facing camera to detect and identify obstacles ahead, then warn the driver and soon apply the brakes.

Tags: driver safety, Volvo Trucks, Bendix, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Collision Mitigation

October 24, 2016 - Industry News

Tighter Utilization Boosts Intermodal Competitive Index

FTR’s Intermodal Competitive Index rebounded in August to a reading of 2.16, easing some of the concerns of the previous month’s weak reading, according to FTR.

Tags: Intermodal, Freight, FTR

October 24, 2016 - Product News

CarriersEdge Offering Vehicle Inspection Training Course

Photo via CarriersEdge

CarriersEdge has released a full suite of online vehicle inspection training courses for transportation companies and their drivers.

Tags: Training, Inspections, Online Tool, CarriersEdge, DVIR, Driver Training

October 24, 2016 - Industry News

Woman Indicted for Impersonating CDL Medical Examiner

A federal grand jury in Harrisburg, Penn., has indicted Joann Wingate for wire fraud, submitting false documents and aggravated identity theft for impersonating a commercial driver’s license medical examiner.

Tags: CDL, U.S. DOT, Fraud, Medical Examiners

October 24, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Leading Indicators Rebound

New preliminary numbers suggest U.S. manufacturers started the fourth quarter in a strong fashion, and other numbers point to an improving overall economy in the final three months of the year -- with manufacturing and housing, two key areas related to truck freight, helping lead the way.

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

October 21, 2016 - Product News

Purkeys Partners with AutoMeter on Electrical Repair Tools

Photo: Purkeys

Purkeys has announced a new partnership with AutoMeter aimed at supplying fleets and technicians with the necessary tools to diagnose and repair electrical issues.

Tags: Tools, Battery Charger, Electrical System, Purkey's Fleet Electric

October 21, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Warns Drivers About Defective Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Image via FMCSA

The FMCSA has issued a safety advisory to drivers and passengers of commercial vehicles, warning them of the risks and regulations associated with transporting damaged or defective lithium batteries and the recently recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device.

Tags: FMCSA, Recalls, Hazardous Materials, Samsung

October 21, 2016 - Industry News

Two Charged with Impersonating Transportation Agencies

Two individuals have been charged for allegedly tricking small trucking companies into paying them for federal and state motor carrier registrations by impersonating government transportation agencies.

Tags: Vehicle Registration, FTC, U.S. DOT, Fraud, Crime

October 21, 2016 - Industry News

Lukewarm Class 8 Orders See Trivial Increase

Net Class 8 truck orders in September increased modestly from the previous month, possibly signaling that a historically weak season for orders was ending.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Truck Orders

October 21, 2016 - Industry News

Revised CARB Plan Includes $150 Million For Heavy Duty Vehicles

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CARB recently approved a revised $363 million funding plan that includes $150 million for heavy-duty vehicles and off-road equipment, aimed at putting more clean vehicles in disadvantaged communities.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Grant Funding, Emissions Reduction

October 21, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Volvo Profit Falls While Daimler Gains

Earnings for two of the world’s biggest truck makers varied greatly in the third quarter, according to figures released on Friday, and both had a dim view of upcoming sales in the North American market.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Freightliner, Western Star, Mack Trucks, Daimler Trucks, Daimler AG, Earnings, Daimler Trucks North America, Volvo Trucks North America, Dana Incorporated

October 20, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Heartland, Werner, Forward Air Profits Fall, Marten Stable

UPDATED -- The third quarter earnings season continued on Thursday with the release of reports showing more trucking companies had lower earnings compared to a year ago, with another held on.

Tags: Economy, Werner Enterprises, Heartland Express, Forward Air, Fleet Earnings, Marten Transport

October 20, 2016 - Product News

MacroPoint Freight Tracking Added to GlobalTranz TMS

MacroPoint’s load tracking solution has been fully integrated into the GlobalTranz proprietary transportation management system platform, allowing users to automate track and trace capabilities

Tags: Macropoint, TMS, Asset Tracking, Software Integration

October 20, 2016 - Industry News

Roadcheck 2016 Scores Record Low in Out of Service Violations

Photo via CVSA

For the second year in a row, out-of-service violations were issued at record-low levels by inspectors during the 2016 Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance International Roadcheck.

Tags: Inspections, CVSA, Roadcheck, Out of Service Violations

October 20, 2016 - Industry News

Have Pickup Sales Peaked?

Photo of 2017 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford's decision to idle production of its F-150 pickup this week has followed several months of slowing demand in retail and fleet channels and may point to a larger trend in pickup sales.

Tags: Ford, General Motors, Ram Truck, Large Pickups, Vehicle Production

October 20, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Committee to Offer Autonomous Vehicle Advice

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced plans to establish an Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation to help frame federal policy on the development and deployment of autonomous cars and trucks.

Tags: DOT, Tesla, Self-Driving Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles

October 19, 2016 - Product News

Magellan Rolls Out Trio of Fleet Management Solutions

GPS navigation vendor Magellan has rolled out three fleet management solutions, including a rugged navigation device, hours of service compliance solution, and routing solution aimed at municipal fleets.

Tags: Municipal Fleets, Hours of Service, Routing, Magellan, ELDs, Fleet Technology Expo

October 19, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Covenant Profit Plunges 62%, Landstar Slips 7.6%

Profit for the Tennessee-based parent to Covenant Transport plummeted in the third quarter, while Landstar System recorded only a 7.6% decline, according to numbers released late Wednesday afternoon.

Tags: Economy, Covenant Transport, Landstar System, Covenant Transportation Group, Fleet Earnings, Southern Refrigerated Transport

October 19, 2016 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Fleets Honored for Sustainability and Efficiency at FTX

James Cade of Ruan Transportation Managment at the awards ceremony for the Heavy Duty Sustainability category. Photo: Jim Park

Several heavy duty fleets were recognized and six took the top honors for sustainability and efficiency at the 2016 Fleet Technology Expo at an Oct. 19 ceremony in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: Sustainability, Awards, Fleet Technology Expo, Efficiency

October 19, 2016 - Industry News

Fyda Freightliner Offers Mobile Diagnosis of Repairs

Fyda Freightliner Cincinnati has announced the Mobile Express Assessment Program, which offers a mobile assessment of repairs to customers in the greater Cincinnati area.

Tags: Vehicle Repairs, Diagnostics, Repair Shops, Fyda Freightliner



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