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October 22, 2015 - Industry News

ConMet Names New Marketing and Strategy Executive

Truck component supplier Consolidated Metco has named Beto Dantas as its new vice president of marketing, strategy and innovation, the company announced.

Tags: People, ConMet, Marketing, Suppliers

October 22, 2015 - Industry News

KLLM Driving School Offers 18-Day Training Program

The new KLLM Driving Academy in Lancaster, Texas. Photo: KLLM

Temperature-controlled truckload carrier KLLM Transport Services has partnered with Cedar Valley College to open a new KLLM Driving Academy in Lancaster, Texas, for state residents.

Tags: Texas, Frozen Food Express, Truck Driving Schools, Driver Training, CDL

October 22, 2015 - Industry News

USPS Requests Vehicle Prototypes for Testing

Photo by Paul Clinton.

The U.S. Postal Service has requested prototypes from 15 qualified suppliers for a purpose-built delivery vehicle that would replace its aging fleet of Long Life Vehicles (LLVs).

Tags: Vehicle Purchasing, USPS, Delivery Fleets, Vehicle Testing

October 22, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Werner, Knight, Ryder, Forward Air

Two large trucking fleets reported big increases in profits for the third quarter of the year. A fleet management and related services conglomerate also saw a hike, but things slipped for a niche trucking provider.

Tags: Economy, Ryder System, Werner Enterprises, Forward Air, Knight Transportation, Fleet Earnings

October 22, 2015 - Product News

Odyne's Hybrid System Receives CARB Exemption

Photo: Odyne Systems

Aftermarket hybrid system manufacturer, Odyne Systems, has received an exemption from the California Air Resources Board permitting the installation of the company’s hybrid systems on certain medium- and heavy-duty diesel powered vehicles.

Tags: CARB, Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Hybrid Trucks, Odyne Systems

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

Agility Fuel Systems Opens Manufacturing Facility in N.C.

Agility executives, Board of Director members and company founders cut the ribbon that officially opens the new Salisbury, N.C. facility. Photo: Agility Fuel Systems

Agility Fuel Systems has opened a new manufacturing plant in Salisbury, N.C., celebrating the occasion with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Tags: New Facility, Natural Gas Vehicles, Agility Fuel Systems

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt Joins Other OEMs in Skipping MATS 2016

Image via truckingshow.com

Like the other Class 8 OEMs, Peterbilt will return to the Mid-America Trucking Show in 2017, and will alternate its presence with the biennial IAA Commercial Vehicle show in Hannover, Germany.

Tags: Peterbilt, Mid-America Trucking Show, MATS

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Scores High with Americans, Poll Shows

New poll reveals that 81% of Americans believe truckers are safer drivers. Photo courtesy Haldex

A new nationwide poll indicates Americans look favorably on how truckers drive and how trucking supports the economy.

Tags: ATA, Truck Drivers, ATA MC&E

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Move Toward More Sustainable Pace

There were 19,400 Class 8 truck orders booked in September, slightly down from August but coming closer to a “more sustainable pace," according to ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

SMC³ Buys Cost-Modeling Software Company

Data solutions provider SMC³ has acquired Maryland-based fleet management software companyTransportation Costing Group.

Tags: Software, Mergers & Acquisitions, Truckload, Big Data, Less Than Truckload

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Rates Post Another Weekly Drop

There seems to be no let-up when it comes to weekly declines for rates on spot truckload freight market, as the amount of available cargo has also moved lower.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

IMI Launches Facebook Campaign for Truckers in Need

IMI has launched a Facebook campaign to donate to drivers who face health problems and financial difficulty by trading in “Likes” for dollars.

Tags: Facebook, Donations, IMI, Awareness Campaign, St. Christopher Fund

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

Graves to Step Down from ATA Post in 2016

Gov. Bill Graves, president of ATA, at the trucking lobby's 2015 annual meeting and expo in Philadelphia. Photo: David Cullen

The American Trucking Associations has confirmed a published report that Bill Graves has advised the truck lobby that he will leave his post as president of ATA when his contract expires at the end of next year.

Tags: ATA, ATA MC&E, Leadership, American Trucking Associations, Associations

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

DHL Express Receives Award for Green Initiatives

Photo courtesy of DHL.

DHL Express has received a SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which recognizes the global delivery fleet as an industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency.

Tags: EPA SmartWay, EPA, DHL Express, Clean Diesel Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, LPG

October 20, 2015 - Industry News

ATA: Automatic Braking Should be Standard on Trucks and Cars

The American Trucking Associations has decided to “urge” both truck and car manufacturers to equip all new vehicles with automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems and that ATA has “offered its support for a potential regulation” addressing this type of collision-mitigation safety technology.

Tags: Collision Avoidance Technology, NHTSA, ATA MC&E

October 20, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Names UPS Exec its 71st Chairman

Pat Thomas Photo via ATA

The American Trucking Associations board of directors elected Pat Thomas as the federation’s 71st chairman, the association announced. Thomas is the Sr. VP of state government affairs for UPS.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, People

October 20, 2015 - Industry News

Canadian PIT Group Opens U.S. Offices

Photo: PIT Group

The Canada-based trucking industry engineering and research firm, PIT Group, will open a U.S. office to increase its presence in the country.

Tags: Canada, Research, Vehicle Testing, PIT

October 20, 2015 - Industry News

Kenworth Offers Two-Hour Truck Repair Diagnosis

Photo courtesy of Kenworth.

Kenworth is rolling out a service program for its trucks at certified dealers that would provide a full diagnostic analysis and repair estimate within two hours, the company announced at the American Trucking Associations' (ATA) Management Conference and Exhibition in Philadelphia.

Tags: Kenworth, Truck Dealers

October 20, 2015 - Product News

Vigillo's 'Just' Promises Corrections to Unfair CSA Scores

'Just' creates an alternate method of scoring based on findings of independent enforcement experts and it makes the results available to fleets.

Tags: FMCSA, Vigillo, CSA score, CSA, ATA MC&E

October 20, 2015 - Industry News

‘See-Saw’ Truck Tonnage Index Shows Increase

After decreasing in August, the ATA's Truck Tonnage Index rose again in September, though the gain didn't quite make up for the losses.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

October 20, 2015 - Product News

Bestpass Exclusion Zone Alerts Track Unplanned Toll Use

Bestpass has introduced an exclusion zones feature that sends alerts to fleet managers to allow them to catch instances of unplanned toll usage or company policy breaches.

Tags: Tolls, Toll Management Program, Fleet Managers, Bestpass

October 20, 2015 - Industry News

Hours of Service: Trucking’s Top Concern – Again

Image: ATRI

For the third year in a row, a survey of carriers and drivers has found that Hours of Service rules stand out as the biggest concern facing trucking in the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: CSA, Hours of Service, ATA MC&E

October 20, 2015 - Product News

Cooper Announces Roadmaster Fleet Service Network

Cooper Tire's Gary Schroeder by the Roadmaster display at the ATA's Management Conference and Exhibition. Photo: David Cullen

Cooper Tire and Rubber announced its Roadmaster Fleet Service Network that offers 24/7 emergency roadside tire replacement and repair for eligible commercial trucking fleets.

Tags: Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Roadside Assistance, Customer Service, Tires, ATA MC&E

October 20, 2015 - Industry News

Marten Transport Profit Improves Nearly 10 Percent

Marten Transport reported a 9.9% increase in third quarter net income from a year earlier, due in part to increased dedicated business.

Tags: Economy, Marten Transport, Fleet Earnings

October 19, 2015 - Industry News

Shuster Maps Passage of Highway Bill

Rep. Bill Shuster addressing ATA meeting in Philadelphia on Oct. 19. Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure laid out the long and winding road ahead for passage of a multi-year highway bill by both chambers of Congress.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, ATA MC&E

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