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April 6, 2017 - Industry News

Supreme Court Won’t Review Truck Driver’s Apnea-Test Lawsuit

Photo: Safety First Sleep Solutions

The Supreme Court has decided not to hear a truck driver’s appeal against a lower-court decision that found a motor carrier had the right to screen certain drivers for obstructive sleep apnea.

Tags: Sleep Apnea, Crete Carrier Corp., U.S. Supreme Court

April 6, 2017 - Industry News

Survey: Driver Recruiting Getting More Tech-Savvy

Photo: FMCSA

A new benchmark survey finds that the importance of developing innovative recruitment and retention strategies is becoming paramount and more technology-based.

Tags: Drivers, Recruiting, HireRight

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Enhances Connectivity Support For Older Truck Models

Owners of legacy Volvo trucks can purchase Geotab telematics devices and sign up for Remote Diagnostics subscriptions through the Volvo Trucks dealer network beginning May 1. Photo: Jack Roberts

A new partnership with telematics supplier Geotab will allow owners of Volvo vehicles with EPA 2010 or newer Volvo engines to access the same suite of uptime services available for newer Volvo trucks.

Tags: Telematics, Volvo Trucks, Retrofit, Geotab, Uptime, Remote Diagnostics

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

Chiefs of FedEx Freight, Werner Urge Congress to Up Highway Funding

Congestion on a California freeway. Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

FedEx Freight President and CEO Mike Ducker and Werner Enterprises President and CEO Derek Leathers both testified before a Senate panel on April 4 that the U.S. must invest more in highway infrastructure.

Tags: ATA, Highway Funding, Werner Enterprises, U.S. Senate, FedEx

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

FTR, ACT Report Steady Growth for Class 5-8 Sales in March

Class 8 truck orders for March have beat expectations for the third month in a row, according to FTR. While relatively flat compared to last month, they're up over last year.

Tags: Truck Sales, FTR, ACT Research

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

Dana Breaks Ground on Gear Plant in Hungary

Image: Dana Inc.

Dana Inc. broke ground April 5 on a new gear manufacturing facility in Győr, Hungary, intended to support new vehicle programs in Europe.

Tags: Europe, Dana Spicer

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Names Knapheide Ship-Thru Installer of PHEV Pickups

Knapheide will begin XLP PHEV upfits on Ford F-150’s in its Kansas City, Mo., facility starting in fourth quarter 2017. (Photo courtesy of XL Hybrid)

XL Hybrids, Inc. announced that The Knapheide Manufacturing Company will become a ship-thru installer of XL Hybrids’ XLP plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) upfits on Ford F-150 pickup trucks.

Tags: Ford F-150, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, XL Hybrids, Ship-Thru, Knapheide

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

Georgia DOT Plans to Reopen I-85 by June 15

Image: Georgia Dept. of Transportation

Georgia’s Department of Transportation is aiming to complete rebuilding of the stretch of I-85 that collapsed last week — slicing one of the main arteries through metropolitan Atlanta — by June 15, which would be roughly 10 weeks since the collapse.

Tags: NTSB, Atlanta, I-85, Georgia DOT, Georgia, Highways

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Private Employment Jumps, Service Sector Growth Slows

Private sector employers in the U.S. added the most jobs during March in more than two years, according to figures released Wednesday, while a separate reported showed economic activity in the service sector has eased a bit.

Tags: Economy, Non-Manufacturing, Employment

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Freight Availability Increases, Rates Stable Versus Past Week

Spot freight rates over the past four weeks. Graphic: DAT

The number of available loads on the spot market jumped 7.1% during the week ending April 1 as shippers worked to finish Q1 on a high note, according to DAT Solutions and based on its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

Virginia Trucking Companies, Execs Indicted for Hours of Service Conspiracy

Two Virginia-based trucking companies and their executives have been charged with conspiracy, falsifying records, false statements, wire fraud, wire fraud conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy related to hours of service and labor violations.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud

April 4, 2017 - Industry News

One20 Calls its ELD ‘Antidote to Government Mandate’

One20, a company that aims to make drivers’ lives better via an online community and various affordable and free products and services, introduced an electronic logging device designed to meet the federal ELD mandate, designed with drivers in mind.

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate, One20

April 4, 2017 - Industry News

Public Meeting to Discuss ELD Technical Specifications

Photo: ERoad

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced it will hold a public meeting May 9 to discuss technical specifications for electronic logging devices that are scheduled to become mandatory for trucking fleets this December.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, ELD Mandate

April 4, 2017 - Industry News

Healthy Fleet Offers App for Weight Loss Challenge

Photo: Healthy Fleet

Healthy Fleet announced that its next weight loss challenge in May will be run through a new free mobile app to help participants keep track of weight loss progress.

Tags: Driver Health, Driver Wellness, Mobile Apps

April 4, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Factory Orders, Trade Deficit Improve; Auto Sales Drop

Despite a possible sign auto sales may have plateaued, several economic reports this week continue to look strong, including factory-made goods and the U.S. trade deficit.

Tags: Economy, Factory Orders, Auto Sales, Factory Shipments, U.S. Trade

April 4, 2017 - Industry News

Tri-States Automotive Joins HDA Truck Pride

Tri-States Automotive Warehouse from Marianna, Florida, is the newest member of the independent parts and service provider HDA Truck Pride.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, HDA Truck Pride, Parts and Service

April 4, 2017 - Industry News

Hino Names More Certified Ultimate Dealers

Image via Hino Trucks

Hino Trucks named five more Certified Ultimate dealers, with locations in New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, and Texas.

Tags: Hino, Customer Service, Dealers

April 3, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Applauds Proposed TWIC Driver-Credential Reform Measure

TWIC check at Port of Tacoma. Photo: Port of Tacoma

A bipartisan measure that aims to make the federal Transportation Worker Identification Credential program more effective by ensuring “a risk-based security model for surface transportation facilities” was reintroduced in the Senate on March 30.

Tags: TWIC, U.S. Senate

April 3, 2017 - Industry News

Saia, TST Overland Express Partner on Cross-Border LTL

Photo: Saia

Saia and TST Overland Express announced an exclusive partnership to serve both companies’ U.S.-Canada cross-border less-than-truckload customers.

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, LTL, Saia

April 3, 2017 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Increase to Start the Month

The price of diesel fuel in the U.S. increased for the first time in a month, ending a streak of three straight weeks of price drops, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department

Tags: Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices, Gasoline Prices, Fuel

April 3, 2017 - Industry News

EPA Certifies Landi Renzo's CNG Medium-Duty Ford Trucks

Photo courtesy of Landi Renzo.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has certified Landi's Renzo's dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) versions of six medium-duty Ford trucks from the 2017 model year.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford F-450, Ford F-650, EPA Certification, Vehicle Modifiers, Landi Renzo, Ford F-59, CNG Conversions, CNG

April 3, 2017 - Industry News

Peterbilt to Offer FlowBelow Fairing System on Model 579

Peterbilt is offering the FlowBelow Tractor AeroKit aerodynamic rear fairing system for the Model 579, beginning in the second quarter of 2017.

Tags: Peterbilt, Fuel Efficiency, Aerodynamics, FlowBelow

April 3, 2017 - Industry News

Grand Island Express, Bison Transport Win TCA Best Fleets to Drive For

Photo via Best Fleets to Drive For Twitter

Grand Island Express and Bison Transport were the overall winners of the Truckload Carriers Association’s 2017 Best Fleets to Drive For contest and survey in the small and large fleet categories, respectively.

Tags: TCA, Best Fleets to Drive For, Bison Transport

April 3, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Growth Slows; Construction Hits 11-Year High

Two indicators show that while the manufacturing sector of the economy continued to grow in March, its rate of growth was slower than the month before. Meanwhile, a separate report showed construction spending rebounded to a level that’s the highest in more than a decade.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending

March 31, 2017 - Industry News

CK-4 and FA-4 Engine Oils on Store Shelves Now, API Says

The organization has licensed about 400 CK-4 oils and more than 60 FA-4 oils submitted by marketers, making the robust new classifications available to operators of new and older diesels.

Tags: Maintenance, Diesel Engines, Engine Oil, API

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