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June 9, 2017 - Industry News

XPO Logistics Cracks Top 200 in Fortune 500 List

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XPO Logistics has moved up to number 191 on the Fortune 500 list, jumping from the 353rd spot last year when it was named the fastest growing company.

Tags: Fortune magazine, Revenues, XPO Logistics

June 9, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA: Two New Rules Would Help Ease Truck Driver Shortage

Photo: U.S. DOT

Two new rules that seek to streamline CDL licensing and cut its costs were proposed on June 9 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Truck Drivers, Hiring Veterans

June 9, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Launches Genuine Painted Parts Program

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Volvo Trucks North America has announced it is offering a Genuine Painted Parts Program, delivering genuine, factory-built replacement parts, custom painted for pre-order or quick turnaround.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Parts, Replacement Parts

June 8, 2017 - Industry News

Beemac Opens New Terminal In Pennsylvania

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Flatbed hauler Beemac Trucking has announced opening a new terminal in Franklin, Penn., to expand its operations in western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio.

Tags: Green Fleets, New Facility, Flatbeds

June 8, 2017 - Product News

TMW Offers Business Intelligence Solution to FinalMile Users

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TMW Systems’ Reveal Series cloud-based business intelligence and data analytics platform is now available as an add-on for users of the company’s Appian FinalMile solutions.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, TMW Systems, Analytics, Data Analysis

June 8, 2017 - Industry News

Isuzu FTR Test Drive Addresses 4-Cylinder Engine Questions

Photo: Chris Brown

Isuzu unveiled the 2018 Isuzu FTR Class 6 cabover truck for closed track test drives this week. The company also disclosed the results of comparison road tests conducted by a third party.

Tags: Isuzu, Class 6, Ride and Drive, Isuzu FTR

June 8, 2017 - Product News

Roadnet Anywhere Update Offers Advanced Fleet Overview Options

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Omnitracs announced the availability of Roadnet Anywhere version 4.5, incorporating advanced vehicle overview features to allow fleet managers to view the status of their entire fleet while also improving workflow on the ground.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Omnitracs, Roadnet Anywhere

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Visual Awareness Slows During Conversations

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Research from the University of Iowa finds that even a simple conversation creates an "attention disengagement" lag that affects a driver’s reaction time.

Tags: Toyota, Research, Distracted Driving, National Science Foundation, Safety, University of Iowa

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

California Carrier Doubles CNG-Powered Fleet Size

Matheson Trucking has announced it will add 27 new CNG-powered tractors to its fleet this year. Photo: Matheson Trucking

Despite the fall-off in interest in natural gas fuel with the return of cheaper diesel prices, Sacramento's Matheson Trucking remains committed to increasing the use of clean energy fuels.

Tags: Emissions, Environmentally Friendly, Alternative Fuels, CNG

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

DOL Withdraws Controversial Obama-Era Independent Contractor Guidance

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Trucking companies that use independent contractors could be breathing a sigh of relief after the Department of Labor Wednesday withdrew an Obama-era guidance that some viewed as an attack on the owner-operator model used in trucking.

Tags: Department of Labor, Independent Contractors

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

Los Angeles Completes Battery-Electric Refuse Truck Demo

Photo courtesy of LA Sanitation

The City of Los Angeles Sanitation has completed its battery-electric refuse truck demonstration project with BYD and Wayne Engineering. This demo vehicle logged more than 5,200 miles and drove up to 108 miles per day.

Tags: BYD, Los Angeles, Alternative Fuels, Refuse Fleets, Battery-Electric Vehicles

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Pins Q2 Loss on New Vehicle Sales, Used Trucks

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Navistar International reported a second quarter 2017 net loss of $80 million on revenues of $2.1 billion. The truck and engine maker attributed those results to lower U.S. and Canada sales of its trucks and buses and to heightened used-truck losses.

Tags: Navistar, Truck Sales, Used Trucks

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

Bridgestone Follows Goodyear in Second Round of Tire Price Increases

Bridgestone has followed Goodyear in announcing a second price increase on its truck and bus tires this year.

Tags: Goodyear, Bridgestone, Tires, Tire Prices

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

New Economic Indicators for Truck Freight Use DAT Truckload Data

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Broughton Capital, an independent financial research firm, has unveiled a set of tools for truckload industry market watchers called DAT Freight Barometers.

Tags: Economy, Spot Freight, DAT Solutions, TransFX, Truckload

June 6, 2017 - Product News

Drivewyze to Operate Weigh Station Bypass Service in California

The U.S. Interstate 80 eastbound Cordelia weigh station now offers Drivewyze weigh station bypass service. Photo: Drivewyze

Drivewyze has announced that it has been awarded the contract to operate its Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass service in California.

Tags: Drivewyze, Drivewyze PreClear, Weigh Stations, Weigh-Station Bypass

June 6, 2017 - Industry News

Natural Gas Road Rally Kicks Off In Long Beach

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The Natural Gas Road Rally Across America has kicked off in Long Beach, Calif., sending several heavy-duty trucks and other vehicles powered by natural gas on a coast-to-coast road trip to Washington, D.C.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ports, CNG, LNG

June 6, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Finally Releases Entry-Level Driver Training Rule

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A final rule on minimum entry-level CDL training requirements-- issued in December year-- has at last gone into effect, having been delayed several times due to having been placed under a “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review” in January by the Trump administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training

June 6, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA to Hold Live ELD Q&A Sessions in July

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced that in July, it will hold two live question-and-answer sessions about electronic logging devices.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Q&A, ELD Mandate

June 6, 2017 - Product News

CarriersEdge Course Instructs Truck Drivers on Accident Reporting

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CarriersEdge has announced a course on accident reporting to help truck drivers deal with an accident scene and handle the stressful situation.

Tags: Accidents, Driver Training, Accident Management, CarriersEdge

June 6, 2017 - Product News

International Truck Offers Fabco Axle on WorkStar Models

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International Truck has announced the availability of the heavy-duty Fabco FSD-20K axle option on its WorkStar lineup.

Tags: WorkStar, Severe Duty, International Trucks, Axles

June 6, 2017 - Industry News

Last Legs for Long-Haul Trucking?

Volvo's Magnus Koeck says a new industry emphasis on regional haul routes was a prime design driver for the OEM's new VNR tractor. Photo: Volvo

A move away from long-haul to regional and super-regional routes has been predicted for years. Volvo's Magnus Koeck says that shift may already be underway.

Tags: Drivers, Volvo Trucks, Ports, Panama Canal, Long-Haul Trucks, Regional Haul, Volvo VNR

June 5, 2017 - Industry News

New Report Highlights Truck Driver Preferences on the Road

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One20 has released its inaugural TopOne20 report highlighting data about drivers, their travel center preferences, and other industry trends.

Tags: Driver Behavior, TravelCenters of America, Truckstops, One20

June 5, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Split Sleeper Berth Pilot Program

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Hoping to develop “statistically reliable evidence” on whether split-sleeper-berth time affects driver safety performance and fatigue, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing a pilot program that would give a limited number of CDL holders temporary relief from the existing sleeper-berth regulation of the hours of service rule.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Split Sleeper Berth, Hours of Service

June 5, 2017 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Opens Nominations for Citizen Driver Award

Photo: TravelCenters of Amerca

Travel Centers of America is accepting nominations for the 2018 Citizen Driver award, recognizing truck drivers who practice good citizenship, safety, community involvement, health and wellness, and leadership.

Tags: Driver Safety, Truck Drivers, Awards, TravelCenters of America

June 5, 2017 - Industry News

CVSA 2017 International Roadcheck Kicks off this Week

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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s three-day International Roadcheck inspection event kicks off this week, running from June 6-8 across the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: Inspections, CVSA, International Roadcheck, Cargo Securement

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