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June 10, 2016 - Industry News

Kentucky Aims to Form Freight Advisory Committee

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has released its 2016 Statewide Freight Plan for public comment and is seeking recommendations to establish a freight advisory committee to enhance communications between the Cabinet and the freight industry.

Tags: Department of Transportation, Kentucky, Freight

June 10, 2016 - Industry News

States Agree to Remove 'Friction' From I-10 Corridor

Photo: Arizona DOT

Transportation leaders from California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico have created a coalition supporting innovation along the Interstate 10 corridor to improve the safety and efficiency of the vital transportation route.

Tags: Infrastructure, California, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, I-10

June 10, 2016 - Product News

Purkeys Adds Accessory to Liftgate Double Check

Screenshot via Purkeys

Purkeys has announced that the 20 Amp Applied Load Module comes with the Purkeys' Liftgate Double Check as a free accessory to the testing tool.

Tags: Batteries, Purkey's Fleet Electric, Liftgates

June 9, 2016 - Product News

SAF-Holland: New P89 Air Disc Brakes to Cost Little More than Drums

Base P89 air disc brake weighs about the same and costs not much more than trailer drum brakes, company executives say. P89 Plus includes a beefier rotor that resists heat distortion, and should be maintenance-free for seven years. Photos: SAF-Holland.

CORRECTED -- SAF-Holland says a new P89 air disc brake for trailers will reduce the price premium compared to drum brakes, and an upgraded P89 Plus will virtually eliminate brake maintenance for seven years.

Tags: Maintenance, Trailers, SAF-Holland, Air Disc Brakes

June 9, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Below Year Earlier Levels Despite Monthly Gains

The DAT North American Freight Index increased 5% in May from the month before but remains below the level from a year ago. Graphic: DAT

While spot truckload freight rates showed some improvements in May from the month before, they remain below levels from a year earlier, according to new figures released by the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 9, 2016 - Industry News

N.J. Trucking Company Defrauded of Over $900K

Four people have been arrested and charged with stealing more than $900,000 from a New Jersey-based trucking company by issuing fraudulent checks to nonexistent employees.

Tags: New Jersey, Crime & Fraud, Fraud, Legal

June 9, 2016 - Product News

Boss Truck Shops Offers Yokohama Truck Tires

Image via Boss Shops

Boss Truck Shops has announced that it will carry the full line of commercial tires from Yokohama Tire Corporation at all 44 of its locations in the U.S.

Tags: Yokohama, Commercial Tires, Service Center

June 9, 2016 - Industry News

OSHA Backs Driver Fired for Refusing to Violate Safety Regs

OSHA is ordering NFI Interactive Logistics to reinstate and pay upwards of $276,000 to a driver who was fired after refusing to violate hours of service regulations to complete a delivery.

Tags: Driver Safety, OSHA, HOS, Employment

June 9, 2016 - Press Release

American Natural Gas Opens Public CNG Station in Ky.

Bestway Service Station in Georgetown, Ky. (PHOTO: ANG)

American Natural Gas (ANG), a distributor of alternative motor fuels, announced the opening of the first public compressed natural gas (CNG) station in Georgetown, Ky.

Tags: American Natural Gas, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

June 9, 2016 - Industry News

Navistar to Build GM's Cutaway Vans

Photo of the 2016 Chevrolet Express cutaway courtesy of GM.

Navistar, Inc. has reached an agreement with General Motors to manufacture GM's Express and Savana cutaway vans at its Springfield, Ohio, plant starting in the first half of 2017.

Tags: Navistar, Partnership, General Motors, Cutaway Vans, Vehicle Production, Full-Size Vans

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

Spireon Names Company’s Next CEO

Kevin Weiss Photo via Spireon

GPS-based telematics provider Spireon announced that Kevin Weiss has been named as the company’s next chief executive officer.

Tags: Leadership, Fleet Management Software, Software, Spireon, People, Internet of Things

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Seeing Seasonal Improvements

Rates on the spot truckload freight market turned higher over the past week amid optimism the usual seasonal bump in the spring and early summer has finally arrived, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

Fuel, Crude Oil Prices Expected to Rise Again

Recent increases in diesel and gasoline prices have translated once again into expectations that costs for both will move even higher the rest of this year and into 2017, according to the Energy Department’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

East Manufacturing Names Gulf Coast an Authorized Dealer

Photo: East Manufacturing

East Manufacturing has named Gulf Coast Truck and Equipment Co., as an authorized dealer carrying the full line of East trailers.

Tags: Trailers, Dealers, East Manufacturing

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Movements Rebound, Biggest Jump in 2 Years

Freight Transportation Services Index, April 2011 - April 2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Following two straight months of declines, the amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry turned around in April, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures, rising 1.3% from the month before, posting the largest increase since March 2014.

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Reflect Slow Freight Growth

Source: FTR

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index for April was up over the previous month, but still not significantly better-- reflecting soft market conditions affecting the trucking sector.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

ATRI Seeks Fleet Input on Heavy-Duty Truck MPG

The American Transportation Research Institute, in conjunction with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and ExxonMobil, has launched an online survey seeking the input of heavy-duty truck fleet managers on fuel economy and fuel usage.

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, Fuel Economy, ATRI

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

Carrier Installs Internal Electronic Trailer-Locking System

The Power In-Lock mounts to the inside of the trailer and is operated and tracked remotely by KLLM. Image via KLLM YouTube

Temperature-controlled truckload carrier KLLM Transport Services has announced that it is installing Power In-Lock internal locking systems on its fleet of trailers.

Tags: Security, Trailers, Cargo Theft, Food and Beverage Fleets, Refrigerated Trailers

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends Sleep-Apnea Comment Deadline

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended the public-comment period on the impact a sleep-apnea rule might have on CMV drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Telematics Offers Real-Time Diagnostics

Photo courtesy of Telogis.

Ford will begin offering the Telogis-powered Maintenance Connect this summer that will allow fleets to connect their vehicles to a Ford service center and provide real-time diagnostics and preventive maintenance information.

Tags: Telogis, Ford, Preventative Maintenance

June 7, 2016 - Industry News

Mack to Evaluate Electric Powertrain for Refuse Trucks

LR chassis has a retrofitted Wrightspeed Route turbine-electric system instead of a conventional diesel or natural gas engine and transmission. Photo: Mack Trucks Inc.

Designed as an alternative to conventional piston-engine powertrains, the Wrightspeed Route is a range-extending electric system that propels the truck and helps reduce fuel consumption and vehicle maintenance costs, the companies said.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Mack Trucks, Alternative Fuels, Wrightspeed, Refuse Trucks

June 7, 2016 - Industry News

HDMA Forms Commercial Vehicle Research Council

HDMA has announced the formation of the Commercial Vehicle Research Council, a dedicated research council to provide a forum for key trends and issues within the heavy-duty commercial vehicle industry.

Tags: HDMA, Trend Analysis, Aftermarket, OEMs

June 7, 2016 - Product News

Bendix Hits Milestone With ACom Diagnostics

Technicians use Bendix ACom Diagnostics software to diagnose, repair, troubleshoot, and recalibrate components that form Bendix’s antilock braking, stability, and tire pressure monitoring systems. Photo: Bendix

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems’ ACom Diagnostics software hit a milestone recently, scoring its 50,000th download.

Tags: Software, Diagnostics, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

June 7, 2016 - Industry News

TBC Brands Expands Field Sales Personnel

Tire distributor TBC Brands has expanded its commercial truck tire team, naming David Smothers its field sales engineer and Dave Dugan as regional sales manager for the Midwest region.

Tags: Sales, Tires, TBC, People, Distributors

June 7, 2016 - Industry News

Navistar Reports First Quarterly Profit in 3 Years

Orders for new HX vocational trucks and tractors are already at 70% of what was expected for the entire fiscal year, Navistar said. Photo: Navistar International

Strong parts sales offset slumps in other areas, but softening of the North American truck market will make continued profits doubtful, the company said.

Tags: Navistar, Financial Report, Earnings, Quarterly Report, Quarterly Earnings

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