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December 5, 2016 - Industry News

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December 7, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Load Availability Soars, Rates Inch Higher Over Past Week

The number of available loads on the spot truckload freight market surged last week compared to the previous week as expected, following the Thanksgiving holiday, while rates moved to their best levels out of the last four weeks, according to DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

Fix for HOS Glitch in the Works

Image: Haldex

Special legislation, in the form of a Continuing Resolution, introduced in Congress in hopes of averting a year-end government shutdown contains language that would permanently fix the glitch in previous legislation that threatened the use of a 34-hour restart as part of the hours-of-service rule for truck drivers.

Tags: Hours of Service, HOS, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Finally Establishes Entry-Level Driver-Training Standards

Photo: FMCSA

A very long-awaited final rule on national minimum training standards for entry-level applicants seeking to obtain a commercial driver’s license or certain endorsements was announced on Dec. 7 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Driver Training, Commercial Vehicle Training Association

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

HDT Opens Nominations for 2017 Truck Fleet Innovators

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine is seeking nominations for the 2017 Truck Fleet Innovators award. We are looking for fleet executives who are leading with innovative ideas and solutions to serious problems in the trucking industry.

Tags: Awards, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

Mascot Opens Driveshaft Repair Facility Near Indianapolis

Mascot Truck Parts has opened a full service driveshaft repair facility in Plainfield, Ind., the remanufacturing company announced.

Tags: New Facility, Aftermarket Parts, Drive Shaft

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress Agrees to Join Trucking Alliance

Photo: Jack Roberts

U.S. Xpress has accepted an invitation to join the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, also known as The Trucking Alliance, beginning in 2017.

Tags: U.S. Xpress, The Trucking Alliance

December 6, 2016 - Industry News

Zonar Names McKerlich President & CEO

McKerlich

Ian McKerlich has taken over as president and CEO of Zonar Systems as the successor to co-founder Brett Brinton, the company announced.

Tags: Zonar, C-Suite, Promotions

December 6, 2016 - Industry News

Medium-Duty Orders Fall 18% in November

Logo: Armie Bautista

Orders of Classes 5 to 7 vehicles fell 18% in November from October and 10% from a year ago, according to ACT Research.

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

December 6, 2016 - Industry News

Report: Fund Freight Infrastructure Beyond Highway Trust Fund

Image: U.S. DOT

A new research report strongly advocates for greater funding of transportation infrastructure investments what is now covered by Highway Trust Fund allocations. It also stresses the value of projects designed to support multiple transportation modes.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, AASHTO, AAPA

December 6, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel, Oil Prices Expected to Jump Around 17% Next Year

Final government forecasts for diesel, gasoline and oil prices before 2017 gets underway are in with two of the three calling for double-digit percentage hikes compared to this year.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, U.S. Department of Energy, Crude Oil Prices, Economy, Fuel Prices, Forecast

December 6, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Image Campaign Reports Positive Impact in 2016

The TMAF raffle at MATS 2016 in front of a wrapped trailer. Photo: Trucking Moves America Forward

Trucking Moves America Forward, a trucking education and image campaign, discussed the successes it had in 2016, including an expanded member base, engagement with the public, and influence on legislation.

Tags: Legislation, Community Outreach, Trucking Moves America Forward, Public Relations

December 6, 2016 - Product News

Swift Adopts FlowBelow Kits for Existing and New Tractors

Swift will retrofit 40% of its 65,000 existing tractors with FlowBelow AeroKits and install them on new purchases. Photo: FlowBelow Aero Inc.

Aerokits improve fuel economy on Swift’s tractors by a “solid 1.5%,” the procurement VP said. The payback comes in 24 to 26 months.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Aerodynamics, Swift Transportation, FlowBelow

December 6, 2016 - Industry News

Shuster Returning as House Transportation Chairman

Rep. Bill Shuster Photo: Evan Lockridge

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) has been selected by the House Republican Conference to again serve as Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Tags: Bill Shuster, Elected Leaders, U.S. Congress, U.S. DOT

December 5, 2016 - Industry News

Nikola Vehicles to Replace Cat Trucks for Thompson Machinery

During the Nikola One unveiling last week, Trevor Milton, Nikola Motor's founder and CEO, announced that Thompson Machinery would be a distributor for the hydrogen-electric tractor. Photo: Tom Berg

Investment to support Cat's discontinued on/off-road trucks can be shifted to Nikola's hydrogen-electric vehicles when they become available.

Tags: Caterpillar, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, Vocational Trucks, Nikola Motor Company

December 5, 2016 - Industry News

Denso Names Director of Sales, Marketing, Strategic Planning for Americas

Denso Products and Services Americas has promoted David Williams to director of original equipment sales, marketing, and strategic planning, the Denso Corp., affiliate announced.

Tags: Sales, Leadership, Denso, People, Marketing

December 5, 2016 - Industry News

Morrison Express Expands Cross-Border Services in El Paso

Logistics, transportation and supply chain management provider Morrison Express is expanding its offering in El Paso, Texas, providing improved cross-border capabilities and logistics.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Logistics

December 5, 2016 - Industry News

November Class 8 Truck Orders Indicate Stabilized Market

There was a significant and expected increase in Class 8 truck order activity during the month of November, according to preliminary numbers from FTR.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Orders, FTR

December 5, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Taps Cammisa to Head Safety & Connectivity Efforts

Michael Cammisa Photo via LinkedIn

The American Trucking Associations has hired Michael Cammisa as the lobby’s new vice president of safety policy and connectivity.

Tags: ATA, People, Leadership

December 5, 2016 - Product News

Great Dane Adds 2 Options to Freedom XP Trailer

Photo: Great Dane

Great Dane has added the Jost AX150 Alumilight landing gear and a sliding suspension option to its Freedom XP all-aluminum flatbed trailers.

Tags: Trailers, Aluminum, Flatbeds, Great Dane

December 2, 2016 - Industry News

Daycabs, Vocational Trucks Are Priorities for Nikola

Photo: Nikola Motor

A daycab version of Nikola Motor Co.’s hydrogen-electric heavy-duty tractor will probably be the first one to enter production, said the firm’s founder and CEO, Trevor Milton.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, Day Cabs, Nikola Motor Company

December 2, 2016 - Industry News

SmartDrive Enhances Driver-Safety Video Solution

An event view captured for saefty analysis and driver coaching. Image: SmartDrive

The latest release of SmartDrive’s video-based analytics platform and safety program includes new capabilities for capturing and delivering videos, improving the video-coaching process and driver-performance analytics as well as custom policy configurations.

Tags: SmartDrive Systems, video-based safety

December 2, 2016 - Product News

Optronics Reveals New Exterior Lighting Options

The Light Guide technology can guide and project LED in complex shapes and patterns. Photos: Optronics

Using a newly developed technology similar to fiber optics, Optronics has created unique 4-inch round and 6-inch oval LED stop, tail, and turn lamps that can display complex shapes and patterns.

Tags: Optronics, LED Lighting, Vehicle Lighting, Taillights

December 2, 2016 - Global News

Four Global Cities to Ban Diesel Vehicles by 2025

Photo via Flickr/Dan O'Shea

The mayors of Paris, Mexico City, Madrid, and Athens have pledged to ban diesel vehicles from their cities by 2025 in an effort to improve air quality.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, Elected Leaders, Air Pollution, Global

December 2, 2016 - Product News

Purkeys, AutoMeter Offer New Preventive Maintenance Products

The 6-Station Battery Charger is part of Purkeys' line of dual-branded products with AutoMeter. Photo: Purkeys

Purkeys has partnered with AutoMeter, a heavy-duty electrical system testing and battery maintenance solutions provider, on a line of dual-branded preventive maintenance products.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Tools, Batteries, Electrical System, Purkey's Fleet Electric

December 2, 2016 - Product News

SelecTrucks Revives SelectLease Program

SelecTrucks has reintroduced its SelectLease manufacturer-backed fair market value leasing program, the company announced.

Tags: Leasing, Daimler Truck Financial, SelecTrucks

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