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June 5, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Split Sleeper Berth Pilot Program

Photo: FMCSA

Hoping to develop “statistically reliable evidence” on whether split-sleeper-berth time affects driver safety performance and fatigue, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing a pilot program that would give a limited number of CDL holders temporary relief from the existing sleeper-berth regulation of the hours of service rule.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Split Sleeper Berth, Hours of Service

June 5, 2017 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Opens Nominations for Citizen Driver Award

Photo: TravelCenters of Amerca

Travel Centers of America is accepting nominations for the 2018 Citizen Driver award, recognizing truck drivers who practice good citizenship, safety, community involvement, health and wellness, and leadership.

Tags: Driver Safety, Truck Drivers, Awards, TravelCenters of America

June 5, 2017 - Industry News

CVSA 2017 International Roadcheck Kicks off this Week

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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s three-day International Roadcheck inspection event kicks off this week, running from June 6-8 across the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: Inspections, CVSA, International Roadcheck, Cargo Securement

June 5, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Hit 7-Month Low

Heavy- and medium-duty truck orders are projected at 38,100 units combined in May, dropping 11% from the previous month, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

June 5, 2017 - Press Release

Workhorse to Exhibit Plug-In Pickup at EUFMC

Workhorse will exhibit the new W-15 range-extended electric pickup truck at the 2017 Electric Utilities Fleet Managers Conference in Williamsburg, Va., June 4-7.

Tags: Workhorse, EUFMC, Workhorse W-15, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

June 2, 2017 - Industry News

Federal Signal Completes $270 Million Acquisition of TBEI

Federal Signal has completed its acquisition of Truck Bodies and Equipment International, a manufacturer of dump bodies and trailers, for a purchase price of $270 million.

Tags: Truck Bodies, Mergers & Acquisitions, Federal Signal, TBEI, Trailers, Truck Equipment, Upfitters

June 2, 2017 - Industry News

Pit Group to Evaluate Fuel Efficiency of 5 Tire Brands

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Pit Group's Spring Energotest in Blainville, Quebec, Canada, will focus on the fuel economy of tires, evaluating the efficiency of five brands.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Tires, PIT Group

June 2, 2017 - Industry News

Waymo Exploring Self-Driving Trucks

Waymo's fully self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan. Photo: Waymo

Alphabet Inc.'s autonomous-driving unit Waymo is now also developing self-driving trucks, per published reports.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Waymo

June 2, 2017 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul Rates Stabilize, Intermodal Rates Continue Strength

Truckload line haul rates may finally be ready to turn around for the better following recent declines while intermodal rates continue their recent improvements, according to two new reports.

Tags: Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

June 2, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Lowest in 16 Years as Trucking Jobs Dip

U.S. job growth continued in May with unemployment hitting its lowest level in 16 years, likely paving the way for the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates again in a couple of weeks.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Unemployment, Employment, Federal Reserve

June 2, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Yanks Minimum Insurance Rulemaking

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More than three years after launching a rulemaking to increase minimum insurance requirements for trucking, the FMCSA is dropping the effort because it says it has not collected enough information to warrant going forward-- at least for now.

Tags: FMCSA, Insurance, The Trucking Alliance, Truckload Carriers Association, OOIDA, ATA

June 1, 2017 - Industry News

Webinar Explores Benefits of Outsourcing Fleet Maintenance

Source: Ryder System, Inc.

Listen in as fleet managers discuss their experience with outsourcing and how it has affected their cost control, quality of service, and vehicle uptime.

Tags: Maintenance, Outsourcing, Webinar

June 1, 2017 - Global News

UPS Inks Joint Venture with a Top Chinese Courier

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UPS has announced that it will join with one of the leading courier delivery services in China to develop and provide international delivery services initially from China to the U.S., but with expansion plans for other destinations.

Tags: UPS, China, Global

June 1, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Companies Offer Advice Ahead of Roadcheck 2017

Image via Instructional Technologies Inc.

With the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s International Roadcheck around the corner, several trucking safety brands are offering free training and advice to help fleets prepare for inspections.

Tags: Inspections, Cargo Securement, CVSA, International Roadcheck

June 1, 2017 - Industry News

NYC Renews Contract with XPO for Emergency Response Programs

Products in the warehouse that are part of the Emergency Supply Stockpile that XPO manages for NYCEM. Photo: XPO Logistics

The City of New York has renewed a contract with XPO Logistics, positioning the company as the logistics manager for NYC's Logistics Shelter Support and Commodity Distribution programs.

Tags: New York City, Emergency Planning, Weather, Logistics, XPO Logistics

June 1, 2017 - Industry News

Senators Reintroduce Bipartisan Vehicle Technology Bill

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U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) have announced that they are reintroducing the Vehicle Innovation Act, which is aimed at encouraging investment, research, and development in clean vehicle and advanced safety technologies.

Tags: Legislation, Department of Energy, Fuel Efficiency, Advanced Technology

June 1, 2017 - Global News

Report: Autonomous Trucks Could Kill Millions of Jobs by 2030

Photo via International Transport Forum report.

A new report out of Europe is projecting that 50-70% of truck driving jobs could become redundant by 2030 as a result of self-driving truck technology.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Europe, Autonomous Vehicles

June 1, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Firms, Construction Down as Personal Spending Jumps

Results from two surveys of the nation’s purchasing executives indicate manufacturing activity in the U.S. during May was nearly unchanged from the month before. Meanwhile, separate reports show construction spending eased, but consumer spending increased, resulting in hopes that the current quarter will be stronger for the overall economy than the previous one.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Consumer Spending, Construction Spending, Gross Domestic Product

May 31, 2017 - Industry News

Nonpartisan Group Gives Feedback on Infrastructure Reform

In a detailed report, the Committee for Economic Development of the Conference Board made recommendations for improving America’s roads and bridges, including private investment, user fees, technology and more.

Tags: Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding, Bridges, Roads, Highways

May 31, 2017 - Industry News

ATRI Seeks Carrier Input for Operational Costs Survey

The American Transportation Research Institute is seeking carrier input for the annual update to its Operational Costs of Trucking report.

Tags: Operating Costs, Survey, ATRI

May 31, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Approves Renewable Diesel for Medium-Duty Engines

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Cummins announced that its B4.5, B6.7 and L9 engine platforms are compatible with certain kinds of renewable diesel fuels.

Tags: Cummins, Diesel Engines, Renewable Diesel

May 31, 2017 - Industry News

USA Truck Names Rick Hainlen VP of Revenue Operations

USA Truck has added another new executive to its leadership team, bringing on Rick Hainlen as its vice president of revenue operations.

Tags: Leadership, People, USA Truck

May 31, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Van Volume Jumps as Reefer, Flatbed Rates Inch Higher

National average spot truckload rates for refrigerated and flatbed freight increased during the week ending May 27 while the rate for van freight slipped due to a lower fuel surcharge, despite strong freight volumes.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

May 31, 2017 - Industry News

Petition Seeks White House Review of Truck Tire Tariff Decision

Despite the U.S. Department of Commerce last year finding that low-price Chinese truck tires being dumped on the U.S. market should be subject to tariffs, the International Trade Commission voted earlier this year against imposing tariffs. One retread company is leading the charge to petition the White House to address the issue.

Tags: Tires, Retreads, Marangoni, Tariffs

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

DOT Formalizes Regulatory Reform Effort

Image: Whitehouse.gov

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced that Deputy Secretary Jeffrey Rosen will serve as DOT’s Regulatory Reform Officer and chairman of the department’s Regulatory Reform Task Force.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. DOT, The Trucking Alliance, Donald Trump

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