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October 7, 2016 - Industry News

New York to Automate Tolling to Cut Congestion

Governor Cuomo announced a transformational plan to reimagine New York City-area crossings for the 21st century. Photo via office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled a plan to reduce traffic congestion in the New York City are by automating tolling of eight bridges and two tunnels.

Tags: New York, Tolls, Traffic Congestion, Electronic Tolls

October 7, 2016 - Industry News

Will New GHG Emissions Prompt a Pre-Buy?

Unlike previous emissions regulations that actually cut fuel economy, new GHG regs are making trucks more fuel efficient than ever. Photo: Daimler Trucks North America

A new report says the industry will likely see a pre-emission boom in Class 8 truck sales in 2019 and 2020, before a sharp drop into 2021 — but others say this time around is different.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Sales, GHG Phase 2

October 7, 2016 - Product News

Rand McNally Launches Next Generation E-Log and Fleet Management Device

The DC 200 comes in both matte silver and champagne gold colors. The light on top changes color to indicate different functions. Green means it's connected to the app. Blue indicates an over-the-air software update is happening. It flashes red and green when booting up. Photo: Deborah Lockridge.

Rand McNally unveiled a sleek, new electronic logging and fleet management device with cellular connectivity designed for small- and medium-sized fleets using Android smartphones or tablets.

Tags: telematics, Information Technology, Rand McNally, ELDs, ATA MC&E

October 6, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Honors SmartWay and TAEC Award Winners at MC&E

ATA members are honored for excellence in the EPA's Smartway program. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ATA recognized award recipients at the Management Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, honoring winners of the EPA SmartWay Excellence Award and the President's Trucking Association Executives Council Leadership Award.

Tags: ATA, SmartWay, Leadership, EPA, Iowa, Awards, ATA MC&E

October 6, 2016 - Industry News

Kenworth Offers 52-Inch Mid-Roof Sleeper on T680 Advantage

Kenworth now offers the Kenworth T680 Advantage Package with 52-inch mid-roof sleeper for regional haul and less-than truckload operations. Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth has introduced the fuel-efficient T680 Advantage Package with 52-inch mid-roof sleeper for regional haul and less-than-truckload operations.

Tags: Kenworth, Fuel Efficiency, Sleepers, T680 Advantage

October 6, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Website Previews Proposed CSA Changes

Screenshot of FMCSA's preview site for proposed SMS changes.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a set of proposed changes to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program and is seeking comment on the proposals via a special website it's set up to show motor carriers how the changes would affect their safety ratings.

Tags: FMCSA, Vehicle Safety, CSA, CSA score

October 6, 2016 - Product News

TMW Systems Creates ConnectedDock App for TruckMate TMS

ConnectedDock is a new Android App from TMW Systems for TruckMate TMS users designed to help streamline dock operations, minimize shipping errors and reduce lost revenue from incorrect weights, dimensions and OS&D.

Tags: TruckMate, TMW Systems, TMS, Mobile Apps

October 6, 2016 - Product News

SmartDrive Expands Transportation Intelligence Suite

Screenshot via SmartDrive

SmartIQ Segmentation is an expansion of its SmartDrive's Transportation Intelligence Suite that enables fleets to optimize strategies based on relevant and predictive performances differences across driver and vehicle segments

Tags: Fleet Management Software, SmartDrive Systems, Driver Coaching

October 6, 2016 - Industry News

As Hurricane Matthew Approaches, States Prepare for Emergency

Source: National Weather Service

With Hurricane Matthew strengthening to a Category 4 storm before making landfall, states from Florida through North Carolina are preparing for the worst with road closures, evacuations and suspensions of certain transportation rules.

Tags: Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Hurricane, South Carolina, Road Closure, Weather

October 5, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Integrates Advanced Collision Mitigation Into Dash Display

Volvo Active Driver Assist uses the Bendix Wingman Fusion system, combining camera and radar for accurate object detection. Photo: Volvo Trucks North America

System readouts are integrated into the driver information display on the dash, so no additional display units or prep kits are needed.

Tags: Bendix, Collision Avoidance, ATA MC&E, Volvo Trucks North America, driver safety, Vehicle Safety

October 5, 2016 - Industry News

Stoughton Trailers Names New VP of Purchasing

John Payne Photo courtesy of Stoughton Trailers

John Payne is the new vice president of purchasing and member of the trailer manufacturer's executive team, the company announced.

Tags: Sales, People, Stoughton Trailers

October 5, 2016 - Industry News

Park My Truck App Helps Drivers Find Available Parking

Representatives from the FMCSA, ATA, ATRI and the truck stop group NATSO unveiled a new app designed to help truck drivers find available parking spaces. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Trucking and travel plaza leaders have launched the smart phone application to help solve the parking shortage for professional drivers..

Tags: ATA, NATSO, Truck Parking, Mobile App

October 5, 2016 - Product News

Navistar Names Holland as its Standard Fifth Wheel Supplier

Photo: SAF Holland

The Holland FW17 was given the position as the standard fifth wheel on Navistar’s International LT, a series of linehaul tractors that were just unveiled.

Tags: Navistar, International Trucks, Fifth Wheels, SAF Holland, LT Series

October 5, 2016 - Industry News

Minnesota Judge Upholds State's Biodiesel Mandate

An effort to block a state requirement for all diesel fuel sold at the pump to be at least 10% biofuel has been blocked by a District Court judge.

Tags: Biodiesel, Minnesota, Lawsuits, Clean Air Act, Court Ruling

October 5, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Elects Kevin Burch its 72nd Chairman

Kevin Burch, new ATA chairman, addresses attendees at an awards luncheon. Photo: Evan Lockridge

American Trucking Associations’ board of directors elected Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express from Dayton, Ohio as the federation’s 72nd chairman.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, People, American Trucking Associations

October 5, 2016 - Industry News

Fatigue, Drug Use Blamed in Truck Crash That Killed 6

The NTSB determined that a fatigued and meth-impaired truck driver slow down for traffic in a Tennessee work zone, starting a multi-vehicle crash that killed six people and injured four.

Tags: Fatal Accidents, NTSB, Fatigue, Drugged Driving

October 5, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Aims for Zero Traffic Deaths Within 30 Years

The NHTSA held a conference to introduce its Road to Zero campaign and to address the increase in traffic deaths over the past year. Screenshot via NHTSA

Three DOT agencies and the National Safety Council have teamed up to launch a new initiative with the goal of eliminating traffic deaths on U.S. roads within the next 30 years, and truck safety is one of the targeted areas of the effort.

Tags: DOT, Vehicle Safety, Highway Fatalities, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles

October 4, 2016 - Industry News

ATA’s Spear Slams Proposed Speed-Limiter Rule

Chris Spear speaking to the press on ATA's stance on proposed speed-limiter rule. Photo: David Cullen

The president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations has bluntly assessed as “dangerous” the key provisions of the proposed federal speed-limiter rule for heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

Tags: FMCSA, Speed Limiter, NHTSA, ATA MC&E

October 4, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Orders Mostly Hold Steady in September

Net orders of Class 8 trucks were in line with expectations, falling only slightly from the previous month’s numbers, according to preliminary numbers from FTR and ACT Research.

Tags: ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

October 4, 2016 - Industry News

PIT Group to Conduct Fuel Efficiency Testing for U.S. Xpress

PIT Group, an engineering and research group for the trucking industry, plans to conduct its first In-Service Fuel Testing on powertrain combinations for U.S. Xpress.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Vehicle Testing, U.S. Xpress, PIT

October 4, 2016 - Product News

Mack Releases Asist Mobile App for Service Management

Officials from Mack Trucks made several announcement to the trucking press Monday afternoon during the American Trucking Associations' annual Management Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Mack Trucks has announced its Mack Asist mobile app that allows customers to manage service and unplanned events from any location on a mobile device.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Mack Trucks, Connected Vehicle Technology, Mobile Apps, Repairs

October 4, 2016 - Product News

Volvo, Mack Sign Deal With Geotab for Connected Vehicle Services

Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks have entered into a memorandum of understanding with telematics provider Geotab.

Tags: Geotab, Mack Trucks, Connected Vehicle Technology, Volvo Trucks North America

October 4, 2016 - Industry News

Continental Buys A Majority Stake in Zonar

Illustration courtesy of Continental

The Continental Corporation has acquired a majority stake in Zonar Systems, a company specializing in fleet management solutions for commercial vehicles.

Tags: telematics, Continental, Zonar, Mergers & Acquisitions

October 4, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Chief Spear Pushes Bold Agenda for Trucking

Chris Spear emphatically making a point in address to ATA members. Photo: Evan Lockridge

In a fast-paced and wide-ranging address, new American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear introduced himself to ATA members and asserted that under his stewardship, the industry’s biggest lobby will “get in the game” to advance an array of trucking’s interests in Washington D.C. and on the state level.

Tags: ATA, ATA MC&E

October 3, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Up Slightly, Crude Oil Hits 3-Month High

The price of diesel fuel gained less than a cent last week continuing the trend of nearly flat fuel prices that has lasted for the past month and a half, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

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