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April 7, 2016 - Product News

FourKites Load Tracking Integrates with McLeod's PowerBroker

The load tracking platform FourKites has been integrated with McLeod Software’s PowerBroker, adding tracking capabilities for users of the brokerage management software.

Tags: Vehicle Tracking, McLeod Software, Asset Tracking, FourKites

April 7, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Fleet Care Replaces Quality Fleet Care Billing Tool

Ford Fleet Care replaced Quality Fleet Care as the company's consolidated parts and service billing tool on April 1, according to Ford.

Tags: Ford, Parts and Service, Billing

April 6, 2016 - Industry News

International Offers Side Roll Protection on ProStar

Photo via International Truck

International Truck will now offer IMMI’s RollTek seat with side-roll protection as an option for the ProStar truck.

Tags: Driver Safety, International Trucks, ProStar, Air Bags

April 6, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Ends First Quarter on Up Note

Spot truckload volume increased 11% during the week ending April 2 as shippers moved freight out the door to close the first quarter on a high note, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 6, 2016 - Industry News

Roush CleanTech Offers Propane Fuel System for Ford F-750

Photo courtesy of Roush CleanTech

The system meets a demand for heavier chassis for autogas-fueled bobtail applications, cylinder delivery trucks, and larger tank setters and box trucks.

Tags: Propane AutoGas, ROUSH CleanTech, Ford, Alternative Fuels, Ford F-750

April 6, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Inks 5-Year UAW Contract

Volvo Trucks North America has ratified a new five-year agreement with the United Auto Workers covering about 2,000 union workers at its New River Valley, Va., plant.

Tags: Vehicle Manufacturing, UAW, Labor Unions, Volvo Trucks North America

April 6, 2016 - Industry News

CleanFUEL USA Files for Bankruptcy

Photo courtesy of CleanFUEL USA.

CleanFUEL USA, a manufacturer of alternative fuel equipment for propane autogas, announced that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to seek the restructure of its debts.

Tags: CleanFUEL USA, Propane AutoGas, Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Texas

April 6, 2016 - Industry News

Truckstop.com Names LoadPay General Manager

Farid Zaffar Photo courtesy of Truckstop.com

Truckstop.com has named Farid Zaffar the new general manager of the company’s load payment network, LoadPay. Zaffar has experience in payment processing from his work in Silicon Valley.

Tags: Leadership, People, Truckstop.com, Electronic Payments

April 5, 2016 - Industry News

Class 8 Demand Weak in March, Medium-Duty On the Rise

Class 8 truck orders are projected to fall once again in March, down as much as 12% compared to February, according to the latest numbers from ACT Research and FTR.

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

April 5, 2016 - Industry News

NGVAmerica Urges Oklahoma to Retain Natural Gas Incentives

Godlewski. Photo courtesy of NGVAmerica.

Matthew Godlewski, president of NGVAmerica, asked Oklahoma legislators not to pass a bill that would cut a number of tax incentives for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) and fueling stations.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Natural Gas Vehicles, Oklahoma, CNG Fueling Stations

April 5, 2016 - Industry News

FDA Reveals Final Rule for Hauling Food Safely

Final FDA Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food rule differs in numerous ways from the agency's original proposal.

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Feb. 5 that it has finalized a rule that will require certain shippers, loaders, carriers by motor or rail vehicle, and receivers involved in transporting human and animal food to use sanitary practices to ensure the safety of that food.

Tags: FDA, Food and Beverage Fleets, Refrigerated Trailers

April 5, 2016 - Industry News

IdleAir Responds to Challenge of Lower Diesel Prices

IdleAir installation at the Transportadora EGOBA terminal in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Photo: IdleAir

With diesel prices hovering around $2 per gallon, a near 50% drop since mid-2014, the idle-reduction industry has faced a challenging economic environment, causing IdleAir to streamline its services.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Idle Reduction, IdleAir, MATS

April 5, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Exports Increase, Service Sector Expands

While the U.S. trade deficit increased to a six-month high in February, U.S. exports seem to finally be turning around for the better. Meanwhile, the nation’s service sector improved again last month, and a final report on manufacturing offers hope for this freight-significant indicator.

Tags: Economy, Factory Orders, Non-Manufacturing, Factory Shipments, Trade

April 5, 2016 - Industry News

Drivewyze Calculates Money Saved by Bypassing Weigh Stations

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Drivewyze, which offers weigh station bypass via an app on a smartphone or tablet, says it’s now able to do some interesting analytics of all the data collected from three years’ worth of operation, including how much fleets save by bypassing weigh stations.

Tags: Drivewyze, Analytics, Weigh Stations, MATS

April 5, 2016 - Product News

Wabco-SmartDrive System Uses Video Analytics

Wabco’s next generation OnLane lane departure warning system features a new, high-resolution camera integrated with a SmartDrive video-based driver performance management system to reduce instances of wandering and unsafe maneuvers.

Tags: Lane Departure Warning, Meritor Wabco, Wabco, Collision Mitigation, MATS, SmartDrive

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

Tom Bertolino Named 2016 Truck Dealer of the Year

Tom Bertolino

LAS VEGAS – Tom Bertolino, vice president of NorCal Kenworth, a multi-store truck dealer in California, was named the 2016 Truck Dealer of the year by the American Truck Dealers (ATD), Heavy Duty Trucking magazine and Procede Software.

Tags: ATD, Truck Dealer of the Year, Dealers

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Announces TA Truck Service Brand

Photo: TA

TravelCenters of America hjas announced that its TA Truck Service, Petro: Lube, RoadSquad Connect, RoadSquad OnSite and eShop will all now fall under the single-brand umbrella of TA Truck Service.

Tags: Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Repairs, Petro, TravelCenters of America

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Fall for First Time Since February

The average price of diesel fuel finally fell last week, breaking a streak of steady increases that started in late February when the price of oil began to rally.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

Truckstop.com LoadPay Offers Control Over Load Payments

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Truckstop.com is offering its customers an app designed to simplify the load payment process, giving owner-operators and small fleets a secure way to organize and control their payments.

Tags: Brokers, Truckstop.com

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

Automatic Braking Could Take Longer to Develop for Big Trucks

Automatic emergency braking could take longer to develop in large commercial trucks because of the unique challenges in vehicles that are larger in size and heavier in weight.

Tags: Collision Avoidance Technology, Automatic Braking, NHTSA

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Firms Pledge Support for Guard, Reserve Employees

Employer reps sign their statements near the conclusion of the event. Photo: Bud Smith

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Scores of trucking company representatives joined counterparts from associations and service providers in affirming their backing of the reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces by signing a pledge at a meeting during the Mid-America Trucking Show last week.

Tags: Veterans, Employee Morale, Hiring our Heroes, Hiring Veterans, MATS

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

Reactions: Mid-America Trucking Show Without the Truck Makers

While the truck makers were not at Mid-America this year, there were still quite a few trucks, including in this dealer showcase in the South Hall where the truck makers have traditionally had their booths. Photo by Tom Berg.

What did exhibitors and attendees think of the Mid-America Trucking Show with the truck original equipment manufacturers not being there? We asked a number of them what they thought and how this year’s show was going for them:

Tags: Events, MATS

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

Driver With History of Alcohol Violations Placed Out of Service

The FMCSA ordered truck driver Yakov Zaverukha off the road after he was pulled over in his truck with a blood alcohol level seven times over the legal limit.

Tags: FMCSA, Alcohol, Out-of-service, Imminent Hazard

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

Great Dane Expands AdvantEdge Road Service Through Love’s

Screenshot via Great Dane YoutTube.

In a partnership with Love’s Travel Stops, Great Dane will offer AdvantEdge emergency roadside service at Love’s locations.

Tags: Roadside Assistance, Love's Travel Stops, Great Dane

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

Ram 1500 Trucks Recalled for Power Steering

Photo of Ram 1500 courtesy of FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles).

The recall, tied to contamination on the electric power steering control circuit board, affects 442 pickup trucks in the 2015 and 2016 model years.

Tags: Recalls, Ram Truck, Ram 1500, 2015-MY, NHTSA, 2016-MY, FCA US, Pickup Trucks

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