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December 3, 2015 - Industry News

House Passes FAST Act Highway Bill

House T&I Chair Bill Shuster (l.) and T&I Ranking Member Peter DeFazio

The House of Representatives on Dec. 3 approved by a wide bipartisan margin the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the compromise highway bill legislation that emerged Dec. 1 from the House-Senate Conference Committee.

December 3, 2015 - Industry News

Ram ProMaster Vans Recalled for Ignition Contacts

Photo of Ram ProMaster van courtesy of FCA US.

The action affects more than 16,000 2015-MY full-size vans in the U.S.

Tags: Recalls, Full-Size Vans, Ram ProMaster, FCA, 2015-MY

December 3, 2015 - Industry News

TCA and Rolling Strong Announces Driver Wellness Program

Photo: Melton Truck Lines

The Truckload Carriers Association is partnering with Rolling Strong to offer a driver wellness program for carriers called TCA Wellness that will launch in January 2016.

Tags: Driver Health, TCA, Driver Wellness, Rolling Strong

December 3, 2015 - Press Release

Paragon Introduces Route Planning Software

Photo courtesy of Paragon.

The routing and scheduling software company announced Paragon Route Control – a new program that allows transportation planners to use a calendar to create routes that comply with time and day-related local, state, and national regulations, and road closures resulting from major public events.

Tags: Software, Route Management, Route Optimization, Paragon Software

December 2, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks to Lay Off 734 Employees at Virginia Plant

Volvo VNLs on the assembly line at the New River Valley plant: Photo: Volvo Trucks.

Volvo Trucks has announced to its employees that the company will be laying off 734 people in February at its New River Valley assembly plant in Virginia.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Layoffs, Vehicle Manufacturing, Truck Orders, Assembly Plants

December 2, 2015 - Industry News

Omnitracs Adds Drivewyze Weigh Station Bypass Service

Omnitracs and Drivewyze are partnering to equip Omnitracs mobile computing platforms with the Drivewyze PreClear Weigh Station Bypass service.

Tags: Drivewyze, Weigh Stations, Omnitracs, Weigh-Station Bypass

December 2, 2015 - Industry News

New Highway Bill Scores High Marks

Photo: U.S. DOT

Reaction of industry stakeholder groups to the highway bill compromise forged by Congress is mixed, but decidedly more positive than negative.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Highway Bill

December 2, 2015 - Industry News

Titan XD Pickup’s a New Weight Segment, Nissan Says

Ride quality on- and off-road is better than ¾-ton pickups because the XD’s spring and shock rates can be softer. Much development was done at Nissan’s Arizona proving grounds.

The XD is what amounts to a 5/8-ton truck that retains the maneuverability and ride of a half-tonner yet adds cargo hauling capacity without the bulk and expense of a three-quarter-tonner, Nissan people said.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Nissan, Nissan Titan XD

December 1, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Invests $1.3B in Super Duty Truck Plant

Photo: Ford Motor Co.

Ford Motor Company said it is creating 2,000 new jobs and investing $1.3 billion in its Kentucky Truck Plant to support the launch of the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty truck.

Tags: F-Series, Kentucky, Ford Super Duty, Ford

December 1, 2015 - Industry News

Submit Your Ideas for the 2016 Fleet Safety Conference

If you have a stellar idea about how to make fleet operations safer and would like to be a presenter at the 2016 Fleet Safety Conference, the conference planning committee wants to hear from you.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Fleet Safety Conference, Events

December 1, 2015 - Industry News

Shell and TA Open Central California LNG Station

The Shell LNG lanes in Santa Nella, California. Photo courtesy of Shell

Shell has expanded its LNG truck fueling with the opening of new LNG lanes at a TravelCenters of America fueling station in Santa Nella, Calif.

Tags: Shell, TravelCenters of America, LNG Fueling Station, LNG

December 1, 2015 - Industry News

Congress Forges 5-Year Highway Bill Compromise

Photo: David Cullen

The House-Senate conference committee charged with writing a compromise highway bill announced completion today of the FAST Act, a "fully funded five-year plan for surface transportation reauthorization.”

Tags: Highway Bill, U.S. Congress, Elected Leaders

December 1, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Activity Contracts, Construction Booms

A closely watched gauge of activity within the nation’s manufacturing sector shows it not only declined for the fifth straight month, but also that activity contracted during November for the first time in three years, according to the nation’s supply executives.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Industrial Production, Durable Goods, Manufacturing

December 1, 2015 - Industry News

CarrierWeb Launches FMSA Information Site for Food Haulers

via CarrierWeb

CarrierWeb, has launched a website dedicated to providing food haulers with information and analysis about the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Tags: FDA, Food and Beverage Fleets, CarrierWeb

December 1, 2015 - Product News

ALK Adds More Traffic and Routing Overlays to Maps

Image via ALK

ALK Technologies has added new map overlays to its ALK Maps mapping platform that provide visual information for better route planning and data insight.

Tags: ALK Technologies, Mapping, Routing, Big Data

December 1, 2015 - Industry News

Werner Increases Pay for Company Solo-Van Drivers

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Truckload and logistics provider Werner Enterprises is increasing pay for its 48-state solo-van company drivers, effective Jan. 1, 2016, the company has announced.

Tags: Werner Enterprises, Owner-Operators, Truckload, Driver Pay

November 30, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Continue Sliding Toward Lows

With diesel and gasoline prices consistently falling all year, there is no sign of a permanent rebound as prices approach new lows.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

November 30, 2015 - Industry News

Truckload Carriers Association Names New President

Lyboldt Photo via NADA

The Truckload Carriers Association's executive committee has selected John Lyboldt to be TCA's new president, effective Dec. 21, 2015, the association has announced.

Tags: Leadership, People, Truckload Carriers Association

November 30, 2015 - Product News

Hino to Offer Custom Paint Options for Conventional Trucks

Hino 238 conventional truck Photo: Hino

Hino Trucks will be offering custom color paint options for all of its conventional trucks beginning with the 2017 model year, the company has announced.

Tags: Hino, Medium-Duty Trucks, Paint

November 30, 2015 - Industry News

Monthly Used Truck Market Mixed; Stable for the Year

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Used Class 8 truck sales were mixed in October with volumes shrinking 3% from the previous month, per the latest report from ACT Research.

Tags: ACT Research, Used Trucks, Used Truck Sales

November 30, 2015 - Press Release

Mitsubishi Fuso Adds to Shantz's Responsibilites

SHANTZ

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. announced that Brian Shantz, its current general manager, Canadian Operations, has also been appointed the company’s new director, Dealer Network Development and Operations, effective immediately.

November 30, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Coercion Final Rule Goes into Effect Jan. 29

Photo: Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

A final rule prohibiting acts of coercion aimed at compelling truck drivers to violate federal safety regulations has been published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and becomes effective on Jan. 29, 2016.

Tags: FMSCA, Driver Coercion, Regulations

November 30, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Generally Hold, Demand for Capacity Rises

Pre-Thanksgiving shipping boosted demand for vans and refrigerated capacity on the spot truckload market during the week ending Nov. 21, but it barely had a positive result on rates.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

November 30, 2015 - Press Release

Harrison Truck Centers Expand Operations

Harrison Truck Centers has completed the acquisition of Westman Freightliner, a heavy- and medium-duty truck dealership group with operations in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Tags: Freightliner, Medium-Duty Trucks

November 27, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Tests 2017 Super Duty with Aftermarket Equipment

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford has tested the 2017 F-Series Super Duty truck to ensure that it can perform while equipped with popular aftermarket equipment fitted to its cargo box.

Tags: Ford F-Series, Ford, 2017-MY, Ford Super Duty, Truck Equipment

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