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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

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

Uber Fires Self-Driving Head at Center of Legal Battle

Anthony Levandowski speaking about the future of self-driving trucks at last year's ATA Managment Conference & Exhibition. Photo: Evan Lockridge

In the latest fallout from the legal battle between Waymo and Uber, Anthony Levandowski, who headed Uber's self-driving technology group, has been fired.

Tags: Lawsuits, Google, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Lidar, Otto, Waymo

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

Choptank Transport Expands Training and Development Department

Christina Parent (left) and Kailyn Mister Photo: Choptank Transport

Choptank Transport has announced that it is expanding its training and development department, promoting Christina Parent and Kaitlyn Mister to top training roles at the company.

Tags: People, Promotions, Training & Education

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Spartan Motors Names President, Fleet Vehicles and Services

NINNEMAN

Spartan Motors, Inc., announced the appointment of Tom Ninneman as president of Fleet Vehicles and Services (FVS), which includes the Utilimaster and Spartan Upfit Services brands,

Tags: Upfitting, Utilimaster, Leadership, Spartan Motors, New Hire, Spartan Upfit Services

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Uber Retires Otto Brand Name

The retirement of the Otto brand name comes on the heels of a tough year for the autonomous truck company. Photo: Otto

Uber has quietly retired the Otto brand name with no word on a future branding for the autonomous truck developer.

Tags: Google, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto, Waymo

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Second Annual Natural Gas Road Rally Planned

NGVAmerica, the American Public Gas Association, and the American Gas Association announced their Second Annual From Sea-to-Shining-Sea NGV Road Rally Across America.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Natural Gas Vehicles, Road Rally

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Stoughton Names Kachidurian, McMaster to Leadership Positions

Luke McMaster Photo: Stoughton Trailers

STI Holdings and Stoughton Trailers recently named Jim Kachidurian as STI Holdings senior vice president of sales and marketing and Luke McMaster as vice president of sales and marketing, dealer for Stoughton Trailers.

Tags: Leadership, People, Stoughton Trailers

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Mack Honors Fallen Military Members at Ride for Freedom Rally

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks employees will participate in the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom rally during Memorial Day weekend to pay tribute to America’s fallen military members.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Veterans, Events

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Automakers Fear NAFTA Changes

Photo: Ford Motor Co.

U.S. automakers are pushing President Trump not to make any significant changes that will affect their cross-border manufacturing operations.

Tags: NAFTA, Donald Trump, Automobile Makers

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Growth: GDP Not as Weak as First Estimated; Factory Activity Slows

Growth in the U.S. economy during the first quarter didn’t slow as much as first estimated, according to government numbers released Friday, while separate reports showed weaker factory activity but continued high consumer sentiment.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Factory Orders, Consumer Sentiment, Factory Shipments, Gross Domestic Product

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Fleets Bear the Pain in Glut Market for Used Trucks

A classic glut has created a buyer's market for good quality, low-mileage Class 8 tractors. Photo: Ritchie Bros.

Industry experts say a glut of used trucks remains on the market and, in extreme cases, some fleets actually owe more for equipment than it is now worth on the secondary market.

Tags: Fleet Management, Used Vehicle Sales, Equipment Issues, Used Truck Sales

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

Trump’s Budget Slashes Vehicle Technology Funding

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President Trump’s 2018 proposed budget slashes the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technology program funding, reducing it by nearly 74%. The cuts include terminating funding for the Clean Cities program.

Tags: Research, Alternative Fuels, Federal Grants, Donald Trump, Clean Cities

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Reminds Drivers to Stay Safe for Memorial Day

Screenshot via Share the Road video

American Trucking Associations and its Share the Road highway safety program are urging Memorial Day travelers to focus on safe driving habits throughout the holiday weekend.

Tags: Driver Safety, ATA, Share the Road

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

XPO Opens Logistics Hub to Support Lifestyle Beauty Brand

Photo courtesy XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics announced the opening of a third regional distribution center in Camp Hill, Penn., to support specialty retailer European Wax Center.

Tags: New Facility, 3PL, XPO Logistics, Distribution Centers

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

GM Calls Diesel Manipulation Claim 'Baseless'

Photo of the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.

General Motors has responded to a civil lawsuit claiming that it included a defeat device in its diesel-powered vehicles by saying the claim is baseless, according to a company statement.

Tags: Diesel Engines, General Motors, Lawsuits, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

Memorial Day Brings Rise in Cargo Theft, Reminds CargoNet

CargoNet has issued its annual reminder that cargo theft activity often increases around Memorial Day weekend and is once again offering common sense tips to avoid becoming a victim.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, CargoNet

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

House Bills Seek to Ease Veterans’ Path into Trucking

Photo: United States Navy

Acting in bipartisan fashion, as it often does, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved two bills on May 24 intended to make it easier for military personnel and veterans to obtain Commercial Driver Licenses.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Veterans, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

USA Truck Brings on New Chief Technology Officer

USA Truck has announced another leadership change, naming Kim Littlejohn as a vice president and chief technology officer.

Tags: Leadership, People, USA Truck

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

XPO Logistics Offers Free Tuition and Income via Driving Schools

XPO veteran LTL driver Antoine Seegars is one of the company’s driving school instructors.  XPO’s LTL unit operates the schools at over 80 locations in the U.S. Photo: XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics is offering prospective truck drivers free tuition, part-time work and an opportunity for a full-time job with the company through its network of commercial driving schools.

Tags: CDL, Driver Training, Recruiting, XPO Logistics, Truck Driving Schools

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Van, Flatbed Freight Rates Rebound Slightly

National average spot truckload rates for van and flatbed freight rose during the week ending May 20 while the refrigerated freight rate remained at its highest mark since January, reported freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Pickups, SUVs for Seat Back Weld

Photo of Ford Super Duty courtesy of Ford.

The recall involves 2,195 2017-model year Ford F-150 pickups, Explorer SUVs and Super Duty pickups in the U.S.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford Explorer, Recalls, Ford, Mid-Size SUVs, Large Pickups, 2017-MY, Ford Super Duty, Safety

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

Federal Court Rules Against XPO in Driver Misclassification Case

Photo: Port of Long Beach

A federal district court judge has issued a judgment in favor of five port and rail truck drivers against XPO Cartage in a driver misclassification lawsuit, awarding the drivers nearly $1 million in reimbursement and legal fees.

Tags: Lawsuits, Department of Labor, Ports, Driver Pay, Legal, Independent Contractors

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