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October 20, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Issues Two Narrow ELD Exemptions to All Carriers

Having decided to grant part of a United Parcel Service request for a limited 5-year exemption from some provisions of the electronic logging device mandate, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will now allow all motor carriers — not just UPS — and drivers to make use of two new temporary exemptions from the ELD rule.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, UPS, ELD Mandate, ELDs

October 20, 2017 - Industry News

Pay Hikes Abound as Fleets Try to Retain Drivers

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Several fleets have announced pay and benefit increases for drivers as the industry keeps trying to address the driver shortage.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

October 20, 2017 - Product News

Wabco Offers Blind-Spot Detection System

Wabco OnSide alerts drivers to a moving vehicle in a truck’s blind spot and provides a side collision warning to help reduce the risk of accidents. Image: Wabco

Wabco has introduced the OnSide advanced blind-spot detection system for commercial trucks and trailers, which alerts drivers to any vehicle in a blind spot and provides a side collision warning to reduce accidents.

Tags: Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Keeping System, Wabco, ATA MC&E

October 20, 2017 - Industry News

Ryder Adds DriveCam to 4,400 Trucks

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Ryder System, Inc. announced its partnership with Lytx and the implementation of DriveCam into 4,400 Ryder vehicles supporting its Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) and Dedicated Transportation Solutions (DTS) business divisions.

Tags: DriveCam, Accident Management, LYTX, Ryder

October 20, 2017 - Industry News

Automotive Lift Institute Moves, Opens LiftLab

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The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) officially opened its new headquarters and LiftLab

Tags: Automotive Lift Institute, ALI, Truck Lifts, LiftLab

October 19, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Werner, Covenant See Double-Digit Gains; Marten Nearly Unchanged

Three trucking fleets issued their third quarter earnings reports on Thursday, with two showing profits increasing significantly from the same time a year earlier, while the third was healthy but nearly the same as it was a year earlier.

Tags: Werner Enterprises, Covenant Transport, Marten Transport, Covenant Transportation Group, Fleet Earnings, Southern Refrigerated Transport

October 19, 2017 - Global News

Foton, Cummins Cooperating on China Super Truck Program

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China’s Foton Motor and Cummins have signed a memorandum of cooperation around the launch of the second stage of the China Super Truck program.

Tags: Global, China, Cummins, Foton Motor

October 19, 2017 - Product News

QuikQ Launches Fuel Card Platform at Major Truckstops

QuikQ has secured merchant agreements for its Fuel Card platform with Love’s Travel Stops, TravelCenters of America, and Pilot Flying J.

Tags: Fuel Management, Truckstops, Payment Cards

October 19, 2017 - Industry News

Survey: Fleets Investing in Technology to Cut Costs

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In a recent survey of the transportation industry by Teletrac Navman, 39% of fleets named reducing costs as a top business goal in 2017.

Tags: Operating Costs, Telematics, Fleet Management Software, Survey, ELDs, Teletrac Navman

October 19, 2017 - Industry News

Omnitracs, Samsung Partner on ELD Solution

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The partnership drives the creation of a fully-integrated joint solution, combining Samsung mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) and security solutions with Omnitracs’ XRS fleet management software to improve safety, data security, and productivity for U.S.-based fleets.

Tags: Omnitracs, ELDs, Samsung

October 19, 2017 - Industry News

Drivers Cost Fleets More than Fuel Does for Second Year in A Row

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The American Transportation Research Institute has found that increases to driver wages and benefits outpaced declines in fuel costs in 2016. The findings were published in the 2017 update of ATRI’s An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking.

Tags: Operating Costs, Fuel Costs, ATRI, Driver Pay, Benefits

October 18, 2017 - Industry News

Strong Production Reduces Class 8 Backlogs

Strong Class 8 production in the Month of September has impacted the backlog and build rate, according to an ACT Research report.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Class 8, ACT Research, Truck Orders

October 18, 2017 - Industry News

Electric Axle for Trucks Saves Up to 15% in Fuel, Hyliion Says

Green-painted Hyliion 6X4HE components include the motorized rear axle, lithium-ion battery pack, electronic controls, and electric APU.

The Hyliion 6X4HE system, which includes an electric APU that saves another 12% in fuel, is being tested by three major fleets.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Electric APU, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks, APUs, Hyliion

October 18, 2017 - Product News

Driver iQ Offers Training Records for New Drivers

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Background screening provider Driver iQ has announced that it is offering access to Truck Driving School Records, allowing carriers to access driving school records as part of the pre-employment process.

Tags: Driver Training, Recruiting, Background Checks, Hiring, Screening, Driver iQ

October 18, 2017 - Industry News

Landi Renzo to Offer Natural Gas 2018 Ford Trucks by April

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Landi Renzo is expecting certification from the California Air Resource Board (CARB) to sell natural gas-powered models of several 2018 Ford vehicles, including the E-350 and F-250/F-350 by April 1.

Tags: CARB, CARB Certification, Vehicle Modifiers, Ford E-Series, Ford F-350, Ford F-250, Natural Gas Vehicles

October 18, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Recalls 1.3M Trucks for Door Latches

Photo of Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford.

The recall affects more than 1.3 million 2015-2017 trucks in North America, including 1.1 million in the U.S.

Tags: Ford, 2015-MY, Large Pickups, 2016-MY, 2017-MY, Ford Super Duty, Safety, Ford F-150, Recalls

October 18, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Hurricanes Hit Housing, Industrial Production

Home building in the U.S. slowed in September, according to a new report, while a separate one showed that the total amount of output from the nation’s factories, mines and utilities moved higher during the month. Results of both reports would have been better had it not been for two hurricanes.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Housing Starts

October 18, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Market Van, Reefer Rates Ease as Flatbeds Hit Two-Year High

The availability of spot truckload freight fell 10% while the number of trucks posted gained 7% during the week ending Oct. 14, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

October 17, 2017 - Industry News

Marangoni Names Armstrong VP of Business Development

Clif Armstrong Photo: Marangoni Tread North America

Marangoni Tread North America named Clif Armstrong vice president of business development.

Tags: Leadership, Tires, People, Retreads, Marangoni

October 17, 2017 - Industry News

W.B. Mason Adds Workhorse Hybrid-Electric Step Van to Fleet

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Office products dealer W.B. Mason has taken delivery of its first Workhorse electric, range-extended step van, leased through Ryder System.

Tags: Workhorse, Delivery Fleets, Hybrid Trucks, Step Vans

October 17, 2017 - Industry News

Gerry Mead Joins Phillips Industries

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Gerald "Gerry" Mead, formerly executive vice president of maintenance at U.S. Xpress and a recent HDT Truck Fleet Innovator, has joined Phillips Industries as the executive director of innovations.

Tags: Leadership, Phillips Industries, Awards, People, U.S. Xpress, Truck Fleet Innovators

October 17, 2017 - Industry News

Anheuser-Busch Partners With Convoy Freight Matching Service

Budweiser producer Anheuser-Busch will use Convoy's network to transport truckloads like these from its facilities. Photo: Business Wire

Anheuser-Busch has signed a multi-year partnership agreement with the Convoy freight matching network, a move some observers say gives Convoy a leg up in the race to see who will win in the "Uber for Trucking" space.

Tags: Load Board, Freight Market, Anheuser-Busch, Convoy, Uber for Trucking, Big Data, Data Analysis

October 16, 2017 - Product News

Geotab Registers ELD Solution with FMCSA

Geotab's electronic logging device (ELD) solution, Geotab Cloud ELD, is now registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the telematics provider announced.

Tags: Geotab, ELDs, FMCSA

October 16, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler AG Aiming to Get More Nimble at Selling Trucks and Cars

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Germany’s Daimler AG has announced that it is considering a new corporate structure that it expects would make the company more responsive to rapidly changing marketplace developments.

Tags: Daimler, Global, Germany, Vehicle Production

October 16, 2017 - Product News

ITI Launches Sentix Automated Training Platform

Image: Instructional Technologies

Instructional Technologies has announced an automated web-based learning management system called Sentix designed for scheduling, tracking, verifying, and managing training.

Tags: Training, Fleet Management Software, Online Training, Instructional Technologies

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