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April 15, 2016 - Industry News

Paragon Updates PC*Miler Interface

Image: Paragon Software

In response to demand from clients that use its de facto mileage calculations for paying truck drivers, Paragon Software Systems has updated its system interface with ALK’s PC*Miler routing, mileage, and mapping software.

Tags: Paragon Software Systems, PC*Miler, Information Technology, Software Integration

April 15, 2016 - Industry News

Sonzala Tapped to Head CIMC Intermodal Equipment

Frank Sonzala Image: LinkedIn

CIMC Intermodal Equipment has named Frank Sonzala, formerly with San Antonio-based Pressure Systems International, as its president and CEO.

Tags: Intermodal Chassis, People

April 15, 2016 - Industry News

SoCalGas Opens CNG Station for California Fleets

Photo of the Murrieta CNG station courtesy of SoCalGas

SoCalGas has opened its 15th public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) station in western Riverside County, Calif., the utility has announced.

Tags: SoCalGas, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

April 15, 2016 - Industry News

Celadon’s Steve Russell Dies at 76

Steve Russell Photo: Celadon Group

Steve Russell, the founder of Celadon Group Inc. died on April 15 at 76 years of age. The company he launched over 30 years ago to haul automotive freight from Michigan to Mexico has since grown into a truckload and logistics powerhouse.

Tags: Celadon Group, Obituary

April 15, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Tumbles, Consumer Mood Falls

Industrial production decreased for the second month in a row during March, adding another sign the economy sputtered in the first quarter of the year.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Consumer Sentiment

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

FlowBelow Brings Aerokit to Canada

FlowBelow it's its first major deal with a Canadian carrier; says snow and ice proved not to be a problem when using the devices in winter.

Tags: FlowBelow, Aerodynamics, Canada, Truck World

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

How Automation, Technology Will Change Trucking in the Next Decade

The changes currently happening in technology and automation are likely to change trucking as profoundly as the development of the Interstate Highway System, predicted Noel Perry Thursday in FTR’s monthly State of Freight webinar.

Tags: FTR, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

Bergstrom Parksmart HVAC Units in Freightliners Recalled

An electrical defect in a cab/sleeper heater-air conditioner has prompted recalls by the supplier and by the truck manufacturer that installed the units. An electrical defect in the wiring harness can create heat and the potential for fires, the manufacturers' notices say.

Tags: DTNA, Freightliner, Recalls, Vehicle Fires, Bergstrom

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

Sen. Boxer Opposes Resurrecting Trucker Rest-Break Reform

Sen. Barbara Boxer visiting a bridge project in Los Angeles. Photo: boxer.senate.gov

An effort appears under way to insert a pro-trucking reform twice shot down by this Congress in the Fiscal Year 2017 THUD bill. However, if Sen. Barbara Boxer, the Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, has her way, the proposal will die yet a third death on Capitol Hill.

Tags: Hours of Service, U.S. Senate, Driver Pay

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

“Inventory Overhang” Helping Sustain Rise in Class 8 Truck Supply

Image: TRALA

The supply of Class 8 trucks continues to rise faster than the demand for those trucks, according to ACT Research Co.’s most recent ACT For-Hire Trucking Index.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

HDA Truck Pride, Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Team Up

HDA Truck Pride and the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance have created the Aftermarket Distributors Alliance, designed to help both groups meet the needs of fleets running a variety of equipment types.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, HDA Truck Pride

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

TMC Adds Small-Fleet Category

TMC officials open the 2016 TMC annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. File photo: Deborah Lockridge

The Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations has just made it more affordable for smaller carriers to join the association and benefit from the group's information resources on spec'ing and maintenance issues.

Tags: TMC, Associations, Small Fleets

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

Trucker Sleep-Apnea Study Launched by ATRI

CPAP machine for treating sleep apnea Image: Safety First Sleep Solutions

The American Transportation Research Institute on April 15 launched an online survey of truck drivers on issues related to sleep apnea

Tags: Sleep Apnea, ATRI

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA: Use New Driver Medical Forms Starting April 20

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is reminding Medical Examiners and commercial motor vehicle drivers that certified MEs performing physical exams of CMV drivers must use the revised versions of the Medical Examination Report (MER) Form (MCSA–5875) and the Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC) Form (MCSA–5876) as of April 20.

Tags: FMCSA

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Prices Tame, Beige Book Shows Improvements

A rebound in fuel prices helped push overall retail prices higher in March,, but inflation remains about as far from a threat as possible to the U.S. economy, according to a new Commerce Department report.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices, Federal Reserve, Beige Book

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

New North American Commercial Vehicle Show Slated for September 2017

(UPDATED) A new, bi-annual North American trucking trade show has been scheduled for September 2017 in Atlanta.

Tags: Events

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Movements Decline Slightly

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

Following two straight months of growth, the amount of freight moved by for-hire operations in the U.S. fell in February from the month before, due in part to a substantial decline in trucking, according to new Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Economy, Freight Index

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

Equipment Testing Models Meet Different Needs

Yves Provencher. Photo courtesy Today's Trucking

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Yves Provencher, manager of PIT Group by FP Innovations, is a clear believer in testing new vehicle technologies. But every test model has strengths and weaknesses, he told the audience at the inaugural Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit Wednesday.

Tags: Canada, Vehicle Testing, Aerodynamics, PIT, Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit

April 13, 2016 - Industry News

Freedom CNG Opens Fueling Station in Permian Basin

Photo: Freedom CNG

Freedom CNG has opened a compressed natural gas fueling station located between Midland and Odessa, Texas, serving the Permian Basin.

Tags: CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

April 13, 2016 - Product News

Omnitracs Adds Tracking To Sylectus Mobile App

Sylectus Mobile App via Google Play

Omnitracs has made vehicle location tracking available through the Sylectus Mobile On Demand feature of the Sylectus Mobile app for iOS and Android mobile devices.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Sylectus, TMS, Omnitracs, Mobile Apps

April 13, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Decline, Keeping Inventories High; PPI Drops

Retail sales in the U.S. disappointed once again last month, causing high inventory levels to fall only marginally while wholesales prices declined, according to three separate reports released on Wednesday.

Tags: Retail Sales, Business Inventories, Producer Prices, Wholesale Prices, Economy

April 13, 2016 - Industry News

East Opens High-Tech Trailer Facility

East's 73,000-square-foot facility. Photo: East Manufacturing

East Manufacturing has opened a new, highly automated manufacturing facility at the company’s headquarters in Randolph, Ohio, that will accelerate trailer production.

Tags: Trailers, New Facility, East Manufacturing, Manufacturing

April 13, 2016 - Industry News

TxDOT Reduces Truck Tolls for Congestion-Relief Effort

The Texas Transportation Commission voted to give trucks a break on the cost of tolls on a portion of State Highway 130 and State Highway 45SE as part of the Truck Toll Discount Program approved by the 84th Legislature.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, TxDOT, Truck Tolls

April 13, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Give Back Most of Recent Gains

Spot freight rates eased off the gas as spot truckload volume dipped 1% and the number of posted trucks increased 6.2% for the week ending April 9, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

Video: Ford F-150 Leads Pack in Latest Pickup Crash Tests

Source: IIHS

IIHS recently conducted a round of crash tests for large pickup trucks, and the results were mostly disappointing except for the Ford F-150 SuperCab.

Tags: Ford F-150, IIHS, Toyota Tundra, Chevrolet Silverado, Crash Tests, IIHS Top Safety Pick, Ram 1500, GMC Sierra, Large Pickups

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