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December 8, 2017 - Industry News

Large Truckload Turnover Increased in Third Quarter

The driver turnover rate at large truckload fleets rose five percentage points in the third quarter to an annualized rate of 95%, according to American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello.

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

December 8, 2017 - Industry News

California Fires: Impact on Freight Movement Remains Uncertain

Map of wildfires burning in Los Angeles and Ventura counties Source: CalFire

Despite several wildfires breaking out across Southern California in recent days, the impact on trucking spot rates is not expected to exceed levels seen during the October wildfires in Northern California.

Tags: California, Fire, Natural Disaster, FTR, Spot Freight, Spot Rates

December 8, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Updates SMS Website with November Results

Screenshot via FMCSA.gov

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has updated the CSA SMS website with the Nov. 17, 2017, results.

Tags: FMCSA, Website, CSA, SMS, Crash Accountability

December 8, 2017 - Industry News

Mythbusters' Hyneman Fights for Clean Air

Former Mythbusters star and clean air advocate Jamie Hyneman (image courtesy of Cummins Westport)<br />

Former Mythbusters' star Jamie Hyneman is stepping back in front of the camera to support the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach’s Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP). As part of his support, Hyneman is partnering with Cummins Westport to promote CAAP and the company’s efforts to reduce emissions on its own.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Mythbusters, Cummins Westport, CAAP, Clean Air Action Plan

December 8, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Trucking Helps With Most Recent Job Gains, Consumer Sentiment Cools

The U.S. economy added another 228,000 non-farm jobs in November, aided by job gains in the trucking industry, according to a Labor Department report released Friday.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Consumer Sentiment, Employment

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

Meritor Invests in TransPower to Accelerate Electric Platform Development

Meritor announced a strategic investment in TransPower, an electrification technology for large commercial vehicles, to help speed the development of its electric vehicle platforms.

Tags: Investment, Meritor, Drivetrains, Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, TransPower

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

House Committee Hears Testimony on Autonomous Truck Tech

House members listen to Greer Woodruff, senior vice president of safety, security and driver personnel at J.B. Hunt. Photo via ATA Twitter feed.

During a House subcommittee hearing on emerging transportation technology Thursday, representatives found themselves pondering the societal impact autonomous vehicles may have on American workers.

Tags: Truck Drivers, U.S. House of Representatives, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Autonomous Vehicles, Drivers

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

OOIDA: States Should Review Pitfalls of ELD Rule

Photo: JJ Keller<br />

Inspired perhaps by a recent action taken by the Attorney General of Indiana, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has requested that “top officials from each state seriously review potential problems anticipated with enforcement” of the electronic logging device mandate.

Tags: Truck Drivers, OOIDA, Indiana, ELDs, ELD Mandate

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

Allison Transmission Promotes Szalavari to Lead Global Marketing

Otto Szalavari Photo: Allison Transmission

Allison Transmission has announced the promotion of Otto Szalavari to managing director of global marketing, a position the company said is instrumental in driving its growth strategy.

Tags: Leadership, Allison Transmission, People, Marketing, Global

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Challenges Rhode Island Truck Toll Environmental Report

The American Trucking Associations and its state affiliate, the Rhode Island Trucking Association, have called on the Federal Highway Administration to reject the Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s environmental impact assessment of the proposed RhodeWorks truck-only toll plan.

Tags: Environment, ATA, Federal Highway Administration, Tolls, Rhode Island, Truck Tolls

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

Scania Rolls Out Future-Oriented Urban Hauler

The L-series truck Photo: Scania

Scania has introduced its new regional truck in two versions for the European market, both designed for fuel efficient, low carbon operation in urban use.

Tags: Europe, Scania, Refuse Fleets, Delivery Fleets, New Vehicles, Regional Haul

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

Verizon Switches New York Van Fleet to Hybrid Electric

Photo: XL Hybrids.

Verizon has replaced 234 of its gas-powered vans in New York City with hybrid- electric vans using XL Hybrids technology, to support the city's clean energy goal to cut greennhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030.

Tags: New York, XL Hybrids, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Verizon

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

Defense: Code Words Prove that Fraud Was Secret at Pilot Flying J

The defense in the Pilot Flying J fuel rebate fraud trial has attacked the notion that wrongdoing was an open secret at the company, pointing to the frequent use of code words between members of the sales staff, according to a report in the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Trial

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

First FedEx Ground Provider Adds Workhorse Electric Van

Image of E-GEN courtesy of Workhorse

Workhorse Group Inc. has announced that Colonial Routes, Inc. in Farmington, N.Y., is the first FedEx independent service provider (ISP) in the country to participate in Workhorse's new nationwide program for FedEx Ground delivery vehicles.

Tags: Workhorse, E-GEN, E-100, Cargo Vans, Delivery Fleets, Package Delivery Fleet, Step Vans, FedEx

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

Anheuser-Busch Orders 40 Tesla Semi Tractors

Anhesuer-Busch has ordered 40 Tesla Semi trucks as part of its ongoing sustainable transportion strategy. Photo: Jack Roberts

Anheuser-Busch said 40 new Tesla Semi tractors will help the company meet its sustainable transportation goal to reduce its carbon footprint by 30% by 2025.

Tags: Emissions Reduction, Tesla, Fleet Sustainability, Suspensions, Electric Vehicles, Anheuser-Busch

December 6, 2017 - Industry News

ATD 2018 Truck Dealer of the Year Nominees Revealed

ATD Senior Director Barbara Robinson presents the trophy for the 2017 Truck Dealer of the Year to winner Robert Nuss. Photo: Bob Brown

The American Truck Dealers, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, and Procede Software have announced the nominees for the 2018 Truck Dealer of the Year – a national award that recognizes commercial-truck dealers for business performance, industry leadership, and community service.

Tags: American Truck Dealers, Truck Dealer of the Year, Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Procede Software, Truck Dealers

December 6, 2017 - Industry News

Mail Contractor Touts Low Carbon Footprint of ISL G Engine

Photo via Sheehy Mail Contractors

Sheehy Mail Contractors announced that it is testing the Cummins-Westport ISL G Near Zero natural gas engine using renewable natural gas, which the company said will produce the lowest carbon footprint of any modern-day fuel.

Tags: Emissions, Carbon Footprint, Natural Gas Engines, Cummins Westport ISL G, Cummins Westport, Renewable Natural Gas, CNG, LNG

December 6, 2017 - Industry News

New Speakers Lined Up for Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week

The organizers of the 13th annual Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week have announced three new speakers for the four-day conference at the Mirage in Las Vegas.

Tags: Aftermarket, Keynote Speaker, Events, HDAW, Speakers

December 6, 2017 - Industry News

Survey: Three Quarters of Small Fleets Now ELD-Compliant

California and Texas remain in the bottom third of states when it comes to ELD compliance, despite representing a large portion of all trucking companies. Graphics and analytics sourced from CarrierLists and Kenco Group

With less than two weeks left until the electronic logging device rule kicks in, CarrierLists has published its latest survey of small fleets, finding that compliance has increased to 75%.

Tags: FMCSA, Survey, ELDs, ELD Mandate

December 5, 2017 - Industry News

Rainier Truck Targets 2018 Launch

Image courtesy of Rainier Truck &amp;amp; Chassis LLC

Rainier Truck & Chassis LLC announced that it is set to reboot sales and products with a target production launch of summer 2018 for its Class 4-5 and Class 6-7 truck models.

Tags: Cabovers, Rainier Truck

December 5, 2017 - Industry News

Daseke Adds Three More Flatbed and Specialized Carriers

TSH &amp;amp; Co. is one of three companies that recently joined Daske. It is a large flatbed hauler, primarily moving steel and industrial materials. Photo:Daseke

Tennessee Steel Haulers & Co., The Roadmaster Group, and Moore Freight Service have all joined flatbed and specialized transportation company Daseke, the company announced.

Tags: Flatbeds, Mergers & Acquisitions, Daseke Inc.

December 5, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Volumes Surge, Rates Remain Strong

Spot truckload freight volumes surged after Thanksgiving, as the number of loads posted on the DAT network of load boards jumped 64% for the week ending Dec. 2, according to newly release figures.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 5, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Upgrades Super Duty for 2018

The 2018 Super Duty F-450 4x2 dual-rear-wheel pickup will be available this winter in XL, XLT, Lariat, and Platinum series offerings. (Photo courtesy of Ford.)

Ford has made upgrades across the board for its 2018 Super Duty, and now claims best-in-class horsepower, torque, towing, and payload.

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, Ford F-450, Ford, Ford Super Duty

December 5, 2017 - Industry News

FCCC Head Carson Named to Lead Western Star Trucks

David Carson Photo: Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler Trucks North America has announced that David Carson, current president of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, has been appointed president of Western Star Trucks and chief diversity officer of DTNA.

Tags: China, Leadership, Western Star, People, Daimler Trucks North America, Freightliner Custom Chassis

December 5, 2017 - Industry News

FTR Appoints Vise as VP in Charge of Trucking Reports

Avery Vise Photo courtesy of FTR

FTR has appointed Avery Vise as its vice president, trucking research, responsible for the content of all trucking oriented reports, publications, and analyses.

Tags: Leadership, People, FTR, Market Analysis

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