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March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Two Carriers Win Fleet Safety and Best Fleets to Drive For Awards

FTC Transportation representatives recieving the award. Photos: TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association has named FTC Transportation and Bison Transport the overall winners of its Fleet Safety and Best Fleets to Drive For awards.

Tags: Awards, Driver Turnover, TCA, Best Fleets to Drive For, Fleet Safety Award

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Altec Wins Work Truck Show Green Award

The Green Award recognizes the product at the Show that best improves work truck fuel utilization, as determined by a panel of trade media editors and truck fleet managers. (PHOTO: PR Newswire)

Altec Inc. won The Work Truck Show 2016 Green Award for its JEMS 4 Series (Jobsite Energy Management System) hybrid-electric system.

Tags: Work Truck Show, JEMS, Awards, Altec

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Last Year’s Trailer Registrations 3rd Highest in 15 Years

New registrations of commercial trailers in the U.S. hit 254,700 units in 2015, representing the third highest volume of new trailer registrations since 2000.

Tags: Trailers, Vehicle Registration, Reefers, IHS Automotive, Dry Van, Dump Body

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Freight Shipments, Spending Rebound Somewhat

The number of North American freight shipments and the amount of expenditures both posted strong increases in February from the month before, according to newly released Cass Freight Index figures.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Eye-Opener Report: FMCSA Should Boost Driver-Fatigue Research

Photo: Volvo Group

A new report prepared by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine advises the FMCSA to improve data and research methods “to support a more comprehensive understanding of the relationships between operator fatigue and highway safety and between fatigue and long-term health.”

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, Driver Health, Fatigue

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Nitrogen Cooling System Offers Alternative to Traditional Reefer Trailers

After extensive testing with a grocery fleet in California, a nitrogen trailer cooling system is available that offers an alternative to traditional diesel-powered refrigeration systems.

Tags: Trailers, TMC, Transport Refrigeration

March 9, 2016 - Industry News

Hendrickson Parent Company Head John Boler, Dead at 81

John M. Boler Photo: Hendrickson

John M. Boler, chairman of the board and founder of Hendrickson parent company, The Boler Company, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2016 at the age of 81.

Tags: Leadership, Obituary, People, Suspensions, Hendrickson

March 9, 2016 - Industry News

Mid-America Trucking Show Kicks Off End of March

The Mid-America Trucking Show will be held from March 31-April 2, at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky., with several new features this year even as truck makers skip this year's show.

Tags: Fleet Forum, Events, Fleet Innovators, Mid-America Trucking Show, MATS

March 9, 2016 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Up Two Months Straight, Near Record High

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

Intermodal and pipeline transportation helped drive the DOT's Freight Transportation Services Index to near a record high in January.

Tags: Freight Index

March 9, 2016 - Product News

PeopleNet Partners With Samsung on Mobile Solutions

Photo: PeopleNet

PeopleNet has launched Managed Mobility Solutions as part of its ConnectedFleet Platform, to support customers with a company-owned, personally enabled communications device strategy.

Tags: telematics, PeopleNet, Mobile Devices, Samsung

March 9, 2016 - Product News

J.J. Keller Offers ELD Ordering Online

Photo: J.J. Keller

J.J. Keller & Associates has made its electronic logging devices and accessories available for order online through the company’s website.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Hours of Service, Mobile Devices, ELDs

March 9, 2016 - Product News

Drive Spotter Offers Video-Based Analytics Program

Drive Spotter president and CEO, Chris Augeri. Photo: Drive Spotter

Analytics startup company Drive Spotter has announced plans to scale its video analytics program, which is designed to improve commercial fleet vehicle and driver performance.

Tags: telematics, In-Vehicle Video, Dash Cam

March 9, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Rates Move Higher Following Bleak February

Following a dismal February performance, Spring has sprung on the spot freight market, with rates moving higher in all three trucking categories for the first time in several weeks.

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

March 9, 2016 - Industry News

Biodiesel Producer Fined $138M for Fraud

The owner of a Texas biodiesel company has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and to pay a $138 million fine in restitution and forfeiture for biofuels fraud.

Tags: Texas, Crime & Fraud, Biofuels, Renewable Fuels Standard

March 9, 2016 - Industry News

HDT, Work Truck, Bobit Business Media Host Work Truck Exchange

Heavy Duty Trucking, along with Automotive Fleet and Work Truck, will be hosting the Work Truck Exchange, an intimate event that pairs a select group of commercial fleet managers with industry suppliers at an all-inclusive, networking retreat designed to accelerate the achievement of each participant's unique business goals.

Tags: Work Truck Exchange, Fleet Events, Bobit Business Media

March 8, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Seeking Sleep Apnea Input

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration jointly announced on March 8 that the agencies are seeking public comment during the next 90 days on the impacts of screening, evaluating, and treating CMV drivers and rail workers for obstructive sleep apnea.

March 8, 2016 - Industry News

Government Revises Diesel, Gasoline Price Forecast Lower

Average prices for trucking’s main fuel along with those for gasoline and crude oil are all expected to remain low this year, according to the latest U.S. Energy Department Short-Term Energy Outlook, and aren’t expect to rise significantly next year.

Tags: Economy, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices

March 8, 2016 - Industry News

FMSCA Extends Safety-Fitness Rulemaking Comment Period

Photo: U.S. DOT

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended the public comment period for its proposed rule on safety fitness determinations for motor carriers.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety Fitness Determination

March 8, 2016 - Product News

Trucking Insider Offers Video-Based Tech Consulting Service

Mike Nalepka Photo: VideoProtects

Veteran trucking technology consultant Mike Nalepka has launched VideoProtects, an advocacy and consulting company focused on the transportation video technology market

Tags: telematics, People, Consultants, In-Vehicle Video

March 8, 2016 - Product News

PeopleNet Selects Vigillo as CSA Data Provider

Image via PeopleNet

Fleet management software provider PeopleNet has chosen Vigillo to provide CSA data for its new safety analytics dashboard.

Tags: CSA, PeopleNet, Analytics, Vigillo, Driver Risk Management

March 8, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Navistar Losses Decline, Hit $33 Million

Truck and engine manufacturer Navistar International Corp. on Tuesday surprised many analysts with its announcement that it narrowed its losses more than expected during its most recent fiscal quarter.

Tags: Economy, Navistar, International Trucks, Earnings

March 7, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Jumps Above $2 Per Gallon Again

The price of a gallon of diesel fuel increased for the third straight week, once again rising above $2 per gallon.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices

March 7, 2016 - Industry News

TranSource Acquires North And South Carolina Dealers

Commercial truck dealer group TranSource has entered into an agreement with Advantage Truck Centers to purchase certain assets from the Rocky Mount and St. Pauls, N.C. locations.

Tags: Hino, Volvo Trucks, Dealers, Mergers & Acquisitions

March 7, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Redefining High Risk Motor Carrier

Photo: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is adopting a new “High Risk” motor carrier definition along with investigative procedural changes aimed at enabling investigators “to take more immediate action against carriers with the highest crash risk.”

March 7, 2016 - Industry News

Peterbilt Begins Denton Plant Expansion

Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt recently broke ground on a 102,000-square-foot expansion to its heavy-duty truck manufacturing facility in Denton, Texas.

Tags: Peterbilt, Vehicle Manufacturing, Facility Renovations

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