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October 17, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Rise by More than 3 Cents

For the second straight week, the price of diesel fuel has increased after staying relatively flat for nearly two months, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

October 17, 2016 - Industry News

Kenworth, Peterbilt Return to MATS for 2017

Photo courtesy of Paccar

After a year in which none of the major Class 8 OEMs exhibited at the Mid-America Trucking Show, Kenworth and Peterbilt announced that they will return to the show for 2017.

Tags: Kenworth, Peterbilt, Industry Event, OEMs, MATS, Events

October 17, 2016 - Industry News

Monthly Trailer Orders Projected at One-Third of Last Year’s Levels

ACT Research released its preliminary U.S. net trailer orders for September 2016, showing a decline from the previous month and weaker than anticipated order pace.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

October 17, 2016 - Industry News

Used Truck Volumes Increase at Auctions

A summer lull in used auction volume ended this past September, according to findings in NADA Used Car Guide's recent Commercial Truck Guidelines report.

Tags: NADA, Auctions, Used Truck Sales

October 17, 2016 - Industry News

ATRI Survey Examines How Fleets are Saving Fuel

ATRI has conducted a survey of nearly 100 fleet managers and representing over 114,500 trucks to examine fuel economy and fuel usage among fleets of different sizes and needs.

Tags: Emissions, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Survey, ATRI

October 17, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Pushes Industrial Production Higher

The total output from the nation’s factories, mines and utilities rebounded last month, posting its best quarterly performance in a year, due in part to increased manufacturing, according to new Federal Reserve figures.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Federal Reserve

October 17, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Lower J.B. Hunt Numbers Kick off 3rd Quarter Reports

Third quarter earnings for the nation’s trucking companies began rolling in on Monday, following reports of lowered expectations as several negative factors weigh on the nation’s freight markets.

Tags: JB Hunt, Covenant Transportation Group, Fleet Earnings, Universal Logistics Holdings, Economy, Forward Air

October 17, 2016 - Industry News

Vipar Heavy Duty Names New President

Chris Baer is the new president of VIpar Heavy Duty.

Vipar Heavy Duty has named Chris Baer its new president, effective immediately, as part of a transition plan eventually leading to the retirement of the aftermarket parts distributor group's long-time head, Steve Crowley, who remains as CEO.

Tags: Leadership, Vipar Heavy Duty

October 14, 2016 - Product News

Pegasus TransTech Hires New Vice President of Integrated Solutions

Enterprise mobility, telematics and business process automation company Pegasus TransTech has named Mark Spicer its vice president of integrated solutions.

Tags: Sales, Leadership, People, Transflo, Pegasus TransTech

October 14, 2016 - Industry News

Cummins Starts Production of ISL G Natural Gas Engine

Photo by Cummins Westport.

Orders are being processed and production has started for Cummins Westport’s ISL G Near Zero NOx natural gas engine, the company announced.

Tags: Natural Gas Engines, Natural Gas Vehicles, Cummins Westport, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Emissions Reduction

October 14, 2016 - Industry News

Banned: Driver Who Crashed Truck a Day After Failing Drug Test

A Utah-licensed truck driver has been banned from interstate driving after crashing his truck a day after failing a pre-employment drug test.

Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, Drug Testing, Imminent Hazard

October 14, 2016 - Industry News

CVSA Targeting Unsafe Driving During Enforcement/Education Blitz

Law enforcement agencies throughout North America will engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement and education to combat unsafe driving behavior as part of CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week, taking place Oct. 16-22, 2016.

Tags: driver safety, Inspections, Traffic Violations, Operation Safe Driver, CVSA

October 14, 2016 - Industry News

States Still Dealing With Hurricane Matthew Damages

Flooding in Dare County, N.C. Photo: NCDOT

Hurricane Matthew may be little more than scattered clouds in the Atlantic Ocean at this point, but it left behind damage to highways and other property that could take a lot of time and money to clean up.

Tags: Hurricane, Flooding, Road Closure, Damage Recovery, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, I-95, I-40

October 14, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Rebound But Consumers Less Upbeat

Retail sales in the U.S. posted a solid gain in September, indicating consumers remain confident about the economy – but a separate report revealed that certainty is being hit by the race for White House.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Consumer Confidence, Wholesale Prices, Consumer Sentiment, Producer Prices, Business Inventories

October 13, 2016 - Industry News

USA Truck Boosts Pay for Independent Contractors

Screenshot via USA Truck

USA Truck is increased pay for independent contractors as part of the carrier’s Independent Contractor Compensation program.

Tags: USA Truck, Driver Pay, Owner Operators, Independent Contractors

October 13, 2016 - Industry News

Sen. Schumer Urges Finalizing Speed-Limiter Rule

Senator Chuck Schumer

Influential Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) lent his support to the proposed federal rule that would mandate electronic speed limiters on commercial vehicles during an Oct. 13 campaign stop on Long Island.

Tags: FMCSA, Speed Limiter, NHTSA, Chuck Schumer

October 13, 2016 - Product News

DAT Solutions Integrates Small Carrier-Focused Getloaded

Image via DAT Solutions

DAT Solutions has announced that Getloaded, a load board for smaller freight brokers and carriers, will be integrated into the DAT Network of load boards.

Tags: DAT Solutions, Load Board, Integration

October 13, 2016 - Industry News

Detroit Diesel to Pay $28.5 Million in Clean Air Act Settlement

Image: U.S. Department of Justice

Detroit Diesel Corp. will pay $28.5 million, in a combination of fines and funding for pollution-reduction projects, to settle alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, EPA, Department of Justice

October 13, 2016 - Industry News

BMW's Hybrid Tech to Power Workhorse Delivery Trucks

Photo of E-Gen step van courtesy of Workhorse Group.

BMW has signed a multiple-year supply agreement to integrate its i3 range extender (REx) units into the Workhorse step van to extend the range of the Class 3-5 delivery vehicles.

Tags: Workhorse, BMW i3, Delivery Fleets, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

October 13, 2016 - Product News

FourKites Receives $13 Million To Expand and Improve Platform

Photo: FourKites

Asset tracking software provider FourKites announced that it has raised $13 million in Series A funding led by Bain Capital Ventures, bringing total funding for the two-year-old company to $16.5 million.

Tags: Funding, Asset Tracking, Venture Capital, FourKites

October 13, 2016 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Slips Following Four Straight Monthly Gains

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

The amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry fell in August after rising four straight months, according to new Transportation Department figures, and reflecting trends in the overall economy.

Tags: Economy, Freight Index

October 13, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Post Weekly Gains

Fallout from Hurricane Matthew and the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy helped push spot market rates higher over the past week, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions, while a separate report shows rates in September were mixed when compared to the previous month and a year ago.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions, DAT North American Freight Index

October 13, 2016 - Industry News

Navistar: LT Truck Sales Already 'Great,' Joint GM Project 'On Schedule'

Navistar's platooning rigs stayed 15 to 30 meters apart during demonstration on the grounds' 3-mile oval track. Automated steering, also called "lateral control," is among the active features.

SuperTruck and a pair of platooning rigs were also demonstrated at the company's proving grounds in Indiana on Wednesday.

Tags: Navistar, International Trucks, SuperTruck, Truck Platooning, LT Series

October 13, 2016 - Product News

Aljex Integrates Truckstop.com Data Into TMS

Screenshot via Aljex

Aljex Software has integrated Truckstop.com data directly into its transportation management software system, the company announced.

Tags: TMS, Aljex Software, Truckstop.com, Software Integration

October 12, 2016 - Industry News

Bridgestone Names Commercial Truck and Bus Tire President

Joseph Saoud Photo: Bridgestone Americas

Bridgestone Americas has announced that Joseph Saoud has joined the company as president of the truck and bus radial business at Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations.

Tags: Leadership, People, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations

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