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December 10, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking (Mostly) Welcomes Electronic Log Rule

Photo: Omnitracs

Given how much industry feedback — dating back five years — informed the writing of the electronic logging device mandate announced Thursday, it’s not surprising that stakeholder reaction right out of the gate is mostly positive, with owner-operators marking the exception.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Hours of Service, Regulations

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

HorseFly Drone Gets Commercial Waiver from FAA

Photo: AMP

The HorseFly octocopter works with a modified WorkHorse walk-in electric van, which acts as a mobile base for the aircraft, to deliver packages.

Tags: Workhorse, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Drones, Delivery Fleets

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Expected to Improve in 2016

Source: FTR

The October FTR index fell by more than three points from September to a reading of 5.06, in line with previous predications from FTR.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

PeopleNet, TMW to Hold Joint User Conference

Telematics and fleet management companies PeopleNet and TMW Systems will combine their separate annual user meetings into a single event called IN.SIGHT this September.

Tags: Telematics, Fleet Management Software, PeopleNet, TMW Systems, Events

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

Element Beefs Up Truck Fleet Sales Team

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Element Financial Corp. has appointed nine executives to its fleet sales team with the bulk of the appointments specializing in fleet management sales for commercial trucks. The appointments bring together personnel from the recent acquisition of GE Capital's fleet business, Element announced.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, Element Fleet Management, New Hire, Fleet Executives

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

Crysteel Manufacturing Founder Eldon Jones Dies

Photo: TBEI

Inventor, engineer, and businessman Eldon D. Jones has passed away at the age of 90. Jones was the founder of dump body and hoist manufacturer Crysteel Manufacturing in Lake Crystal, Minn.

Tags: TBEI, Crysteel Manufacturing, Hoists, Dump Bodies

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Rates Rebounding as Dry Vans Jump

Rates on the spot truckload market may finally be showing signs of rebounding as a 45% increase in the number of available loads greatly outweighed the 12% hike in truck capacity last week.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Announces Electronic Logs Mandate

Photo courtesy J.J. Keller

By early December 2017, an estimated 3 million commercial drivers will have thrown out their paper logbooks. A long-anticipated rule requiring electronic logging devices (ELDs) for truck and bus driver hours of service was announced Thursday morning.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Hours of Service, ELDs, Medium-Duty Trucks

December 9, 2015 - Industry News

Honda-Hauling Fleet Receives Custom CNG Trucks

Two side-mounted Type IV CNG saddle tanks are compact enough to allow allow fitting of the car-carrier on the Peterbilt chassis. Photo: Mainstay Fuel Technologies

The natural gas-powered fleet is part of a collaboration between Virginia Transportation and American Honda Motor Co. in Alabama.

Tags: Honda, Peterbilt, Alabama, Fontaine Modification, CNG Conversions, CNG

December 9, 2015 - Industry News

Amazon Buys Trailers to Improve Shipping Capacity

Photo: Amazon

Amazon has purchased thousands of trailers to keep up with shipping demand. They'll be pulled by "third party" trucking companies.

Tags: Trailers, E-commerce, Amazon.com, Shipping Service

December 9, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel, Gasoline Prices Forecast to Remain Low into Next Year

Expectations for diesel and gasoline prices for next year have been revised lower, according to the latest Short Term Energy Outlook issued this week by the U.S. Energy Department.

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

December 9, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo OKs Renewable Diesel for Its Engines

Photo: Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks North America has approved the use of renewable biodiesel fuel for all of its engines after lab and road testing, the company announced.

Tags: Emissions, Volvo Trucks, Alternative Fuels, Renewable Diesel

December 9, 2015 - Industry News

Mesilla Valley to Use SmartDrive on 1,300 Trucks

Photo: Mesilla Valley Transportation

Mesilla Valley Transportation says it has selected SmartDrive’s video-based safety device for its fleet of more than 1,300 tractors.

Tags: Driver Training, SmartDrive Systems, Collision Avoidance Technology, Driver Monitoring Systems, Safety

December 9, 2015 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Shipments Hit Highest Level of 2015

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

A measure of the amount of freight moved by for-hire transportation in the U.S. rebounded following a one-month decline, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

December 9, 2015 - Industry News

First Gaseous-Prep 2016 F-150 Rolls Off Assembly Line

Photo courtesy of Ford

This 2016 F-150 is powered by a 5.0L Ti-VCT V-8 engine that can be paired with a factory-installed, gaseous-fuel prep package that includes hardened valves, valve seats, pistons, and piston rings so it can operate on natural gas, propane autogas, or gasoline through separate fuel systems.

Tags: Ford F-150, Propane Autogas, Ford, CNG

December 9, 2015 - Industry News

Westport to Advance Natural Gas Tech With Grant

Photo courtesy of Westport

The work will feature Westport's enhanced spark ignited (ESI) natural gas engine technology and demonstrate "High Frequency Corona Discharge Ignition" on an OEM partner's engine.

Tags: California, California Energy Commission, CNG, Westport, Medium-Duty Trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, State Grants

December 9, 2015 - Industry News

Proposed Rule Would Require Seat Belts for Passengers in Commercial Trucks

HDT file photo

FMCSA is asking for public comment on a proposal to require passengers riding in property-carrying commercial motor vehicles to use safety belts.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Seat Belts

December 8, 2015 - Industry News

Nissan Executive Changes Aim for More Truck Sales

Nissan says it will use its new Titan XD pickup and other products to seek more commercial truck business. Photo by Tom Berg.

Nissan has consolidated its commercial vehicle sales efforts under Fred Diaz as it prepares to launch the Titan XD and other truck products to target "key opportunity areas," the company has announced.

Tags: Light-Duty Vehicles, Nissan Titan, Pickup Trucks, Nissan, People, Automotive Executives, Fleet Sales

December 8, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends Regulatory Exemption for Bendix Windshield Cam

Bendix’s two-year exemption ensures fleets and owner-operators are not in violation of windshield clearance regulations when using lane departure warning and collision mitigation safety technologies. Photo: Bendix

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has received a regulatory two-year exemption extension for the video camera component for two of its commercial vehicle safety systems from the FMCSA.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Lane Departure Warning, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

December 8, 2015 - Industry News

Memphis Tire Dealers Joins Marangoni Family of Retreaders

Photo: Quality Tire & Service

Quality Tire & Service of Munford, Tenn., has joined the Marangoni Tread North America family of independent retreaders, the company announced.

Tags: Dealers, Retreads, Marangoni, Tires and Wheels, Tires

December 8, 2015 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Seeks Nominations for Logistics Award

Photo: Women In Trucking

The deadline for the 2016 Women In Trucking Distinguished Woman in Logistics award has been set for Dec. 31, and the organization is still seeking nominations.

Tags: Awards, Women in Trucking, Logistics, Women

December 8, 2015 - Industry News

NHTSA Proposes More Effective Rear Impact Guards

The proposed rules would prevent "passenger compartment intrusion" of a car that rear-ends a trailer for 5 mph more than now.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed rules that would require “more robust” rear impact guards on trailers and semitrailers. The stronger guards would remain effective at up to 35 mph – compared to 30 mph for current guards.

Tags: Trailers, NHTSA, Safety, Underride Guard, Regulations

December 8, 2015 - Industry News

Fuel Prices Lowest of the Year

Diesel and gasoline prices dropped again in the first week of December, setting new lows for the year, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

December 7, 2015 - Industry News

ConMet Named Top Performer by Paccar

Image via ConMet

Consolidated Metco has been recognized as a top performer by Paccar as part of its Supplier Performance Management Program for 2015.

Tags: Paccar, Supplier, Awards, ConMet, Parts and Service

December 7, 2015 - Industry News

Fiat-Chrysler Invests Heavily in CNG Truck-Fleet Conversion

Photo: Agility Fuel Systems

Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles is investing $40 million in FCA Transport to convert its fleet of 179 parts-haulers to run on compressed natural gas.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG Conversions, Agility Fuel Systems, CNG, FCA

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