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October 18, 2015 - Product News

Omnitracs Focuses on 'Data Publishing' With New Navigation Solution

Using the new tool, the navigation team vets feedback and updates maps. Photo: Omnitracs

PHILADELPHIA – As it repositions itself as a company offering software and solutions vs. a hardware provider, Omnitracs unveiled Omnitracs Navigation at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Information Technology, Navigation, Omnitracs, ATA MC&E

October 18, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Chief: Safety Benefits when Agency Partners with Trucking

FMCSA's Darling addressing annual ATA meeting in Philadelphia on Oct. 18. Photo: Evan Lockridge

The acting chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration committed the agency to working even more closely with trucking’s stakeholders to further improve highway safety.

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

October 18, 2015 - Industry News

Graves Cites Carriers’ Health, Decries Congressional ‘Disarray’

Bill Graves speaks at ATA MC&E in Philadelphia. Photo: Evan Lockridge

PHILADELPHIA – “Most motor carriers have had a pretty good year – not great – but pretty good for 2015,” said Bill Graves, president of the American Trucking Associations, in his annual report on the state of the industry.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Congress, Politics, Bill Graves, ATA MC&E

October 18, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Fundamentals Better Than They Appear

Norman Behravesh, chief economist for IHS Inc. Photo: Evan Lockridge

PHILADELPHIA — Freight volumes and GDP growth have not been as high as many hoped this year, but trucking companies should be ready for growth to return to higher levels, according to a presentation by two economists at the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Economy, ATA MC&E

October 18, 2015 - Industry News

Fastport’s Military Veteran-Hiring Effort Expands to Retention

Service men and women who are transitioning to civilian life attending a "hiring fair" at Fort Drum, New York, sponsored by Fastport. Photo: Fastport

PHILADELPHIA -- Fastport Inc., a job placement service active in an industry effort to hire military veterans for driver positions, has embarked on a retention campaign,

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Truck Drivers, Driver Shortage, OOIDA, TCA

October 18, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Honors Mike Russell Trucking Industry Image Award Winners

PHILADELPHIA -- The American Trucking Associations honored its ninth annual Mike Russell Trucking Industry Image Award winners.

Tags: Image, ATA MC&E

October 18, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Names Third Class to LEAD ATA Program

PHILADELPHIA – The American Trucking Associations Sunday named its third class to the LEAD ATA industry leadership program, and announced the graduation of the second class, during the annual ATA Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, ATA MC&E

October 17, 2015 - Industry News

Kenworth Lists New Products, Services, Won’t Exhibit at MATS 2016

T880 is newly available with a compact 40-inch sleeper that provides legal bunk time for drivers of vocational trucks.

PHILADELPHIA -- Lighter sleepers to serve more segments; PremierCare Gold to speed diagnostics and repairs at certified dealers.

Tags: Maintenance, Kenworth, Dealers, MX-11, ATA MC&E

October 17, 2015 - Product News

Help Inc. Expands PrePass Plus, Electronic Toll Payment

HELP Inc. President and CEO Karen Rasmussen shows off the new bypass-and-toll transponder. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

PHILADELPHIA – HELP Inc., the non-profit public/private partnership that provides PrePass weigh station bypass, announced its new ElitePass transponder, which expands PrePass Plus electronic toll payment services to California and Kansas, with Oklahoma, Texas and others coming soon.

Tags: Tolls, Help Inc., PrePass, ATA MC&E, Weigh-Station Bypass

October 17, 2015 - Product News

SmartTruck Introduces LeadEdge Trailer Fairing to Manage the ‘Gap’

Aerodynamic provider SmartTruck announced its new LeadEdge Top Fairing, designed to manipulate and manage the disruptive airflow created in the gap between cab and trailer, or between two tandem trailers.

Tags: Trailers, SmartTruck, Aerodynamics, ATA MC&E

October 16, 2015 - Press Release

CEI Talks Managing and Preventing Accidents at ATA Conference

The CEI Group will at the ATA's Management Conference and Exhibition showing ways that it helps vocational fleets prevent and manage accidents.

Tags: Driver Safety, Accident Management, CEI Group, ATA MC&E

October 16, 2015 - Industry News

DOT Considers Mandating Crash Mitigation on Class 3-8 Trucks

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said it will consider requiring new trucks to be equipped with forward-collision-mitigation systems that incorporate automatic emergency braking.

Tags: Collision Avoidance Technology

October 16, 2015 - Product News

Service Shows Michelin Dealers Along a Specific Route

Image: Michelin Americas Truck Tires

Michelin has launched the Track My Route feature as part of its Michelin truck dealer and service locator, allowing fleets and owner-operators to locate dealers along their specific route.

Tags: Tires, Michelin Americas Truck Tires, Routing, Mobile Apps

October 16, 2015 - Industry News

Trucker Violated HOS Limits on Day of Fatal Crash

Image: FMCSA

A truck driver was declared an imminent hazard by FMCSA after it was found that he had violated hours-of-service the day of an accident that killed three persons.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Fatal Accidents, Imminent Hazard

October 16, 2015 - Industry News

PG&E to Invest $100M in EVs, PHEVs

Photo of Class 5 PHEV courtesy of PG&E.

Pacific Gas & Electric will invest $100 million to purchase battery-electric vehicles and gasoline-electric hybrids over the next five years to reduce fuel costs and lower emissions, the nation's largest utility announced Oct. 15.

Tags: Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles, PG&E, Vehicle Purchasing, Emissions Reduction

October 16, 2015 - Industry News

Eberspaecher North America Names New President

Brian Covello Photo: Eberspaecher

Eberspaecher Climate Control Systems North America has named Brian Covello its new president.

Tags: Leadership, People, Espar Heater Systems, Eberspaecher

October 16, 2015 - Industry News

FAA Approves Testing of Workhorse Drone Delivery System

Horsefly drone teams with E-Gen van, but roof support equipment can be installed on any walk-in van, Workhorse says. Photo: Workhorse Group

Workhorse Group says it has obtained permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to test its Horsefly delivery drone, an eight-motor, eight-rotor “octocopter” designed to work with a specially equipped E-Gen electric walk-in van.

Tags: UPS, Workhorse, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Drones, Delivery Fleets, USPS

October 15, 2015 - Industry News

Driving Independent Can Pay Off in California, Study Shows

California is the Golden State for earning a living by driving a truck independently vs. doing so as a company employee, new study finds. Photo: VTTI

California owner-operators can earn substantially more than company drivers in the Golden State, per a new study released by the California Trucking Association.

Tags: Port Trucking, Owner-Operators, California

October 15, 2015 - Industry News

Data Analysis is Lowering Fleet Costs

Source: Fleet Advantage

Over a quarter of large fleets say data analysis is reducing operating costs by at least $4,000 annually per truck, according to a recent survey by Fleet Advantage.

Tags: Operating Costs, Survey, Fleet Advantage, Analytics, Big Data

October 15, 2015 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Shipments Hit New Record in August

Freight Transportation Services Index, August 2010 - August 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of for-hire freight increased for the second consecutive month, hitting a new record high, due in large part to a jump in truck shipments, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Freight, Freight Index, Economy

October 15, 2015 - Industry News

House to Mark Up Highway Bill — At Last

Rep. Bill Shuster, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee File Photo

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has finally scheduled a hearing to mark up its version of a long-term highway funding bill for Oct. 22 – seven days before the current short-term patch authorizing spending on transportation runs out.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Bill, U.S. House of Representatives

October 15, 2015 - Industry News

Falling Debris Sparks Controversy Over Detroit's Ambassador Bridge

Photo: Jim Park

Debris falling from the 85-year-old Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor has ignited controversy over who should be held responsible.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, Ambassador Bridge, Bridges, Canada, Cross-Border Trucking

October 15, 2015 - Industry News

GM, Telogis Ramping Up Factory Telematics Offering

Photo courtesy of Telogis.

Fleets have increasingly been opting for a factory-installed Telogis solution when purchasing General Motors vehicles, especially Chevrolet Silverado trucks, which will enter the 2016 model year with additional connectivity.

Tags: Telogis, General Motors, Chevrolet Silverado, Wireless Services

October 15, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Overall Inflation Absent, Core Prices Jump

Overall inflation is posing no threat to the U.S. economy, with a new report showing retail prices fell in September, the biggest drop in eight months. However, a key measure inside this moved higher, leading to more guessing about whether the Fed will raise interest rates.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices, Federal Reserve

October 15, 2015 - Press Release

Public-Access CNG Station Opens in Jacksonville

Photo courtesy of amp Trillium.

Compressed natural gas fuel supplier ampCNG has opened a second public-access fuel station in Jacksonville, Fla., near the Port of Jacksonville at the GATE station along I-295, the company has announced.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG Fueling Stations

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