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August 7, 2017 - Industry News

Food Transporter Group Launches Food Safety Compliance Tool

Photo via ATA

American Trucking Associations’ Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference has launched an online self-assessment tool to help fleets stay compliant with new Food Safety Modernization Act rules for food handling and safety.

Tags: ATA, Online Tool, Food and Beverage Fleets, FSMA

August 7, 2017 - Industry News

VW CEO: Tesla Among Our Top Competitors

In an interview with VW's Inside magazine, CEO Herbert Diess said Tesla is the company's main competitor today. Photo: Volkswagen

In the "old world," VW CEO Herbert Diess watched and worried about Toyota and Hyundai. Today he's keeping an eye on a new American automaker.

Tags: Volkswagen, Connected Vehicle Technology, Tesla, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles

August 7, 2017 - Product News

ISE Adds Electronic Logging Solution to FMCSA ELD List

Photo: ISE

ISE announced that its eFleetSuite electronic logging device solution was self-certified and listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s ELD online registry.

Tags: FMCSA, Trimble, ELDs, ELD Mandate

August 7, 2017 - Product News

Telogis Self-Certifies ELD Solution

Image courtesy of Telogis.

Verizon-owned Telogis has been included on a list of registered providers of Electronic Logging Device (ELD) solutions by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Tags: Telogis, Safety & Compliance, ELDs, ELD Mandate

August 7, 2017 - Industry News

State Truck Fleet Benefits from Clean Diesel

Image courtesy of Diesel Technology Forum

The introduction of new technology clean diesel truck engines and emissions control systems into Pennsylvania's trucking fleet over the last five years is now at a 35% level, yielding significant emission reductions and substantial fuel savings, according to new research commissioned by the Diesel Technology Forum.

Tags: Diesel Technology Forum, Clean Diesel, Diesel Trucks

August 5, 2017 - Industry News

GM Recalls 2014 Pickup Trucks for Steering

Photo of 2014-MY Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.

The recall covers more than 690,000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks in the 2014 model year.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Recalls, GMC Sierra, General Motors, GMC, 2014-MY, NHTSA, Large Pickups, Safety, Steering

August 4, 2017 - Industry News

Heil Trailer's Radish to Head Sister Operation Kalyn Siebert

Photo: Kalyn Siebert

Heil Trailer International sister company Kalyn Siebert has appointed Jake Radish as its new president.

Tags: Leadership, Trailers, People, Heil Trailer

August 4, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment Surges, Exports Highest in 2+ Years

Employers in the U.S. continued adding a strong number of jobs in July, while separate reports show better exports and factory orders.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Factory Orders, Employment, International Trade

August 4, 2017 - Global News

No Cab? No Driver? No Problem

The T-Pod is an all-electric autonomous truck capable of running 124 miles on a single battery charge. Photo: Einride

A Swedish startup has unveiled a prototype electric truck that doesn't require a driver. In fact, there's not even a cab for a driver to sit in.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Fully Autonomous, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Sweden

August 4, 2017 - Industry News

Feds Withdraw Sleep Apnea Pre-Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration have withdrawn their advance notice of proposed rulemaking on obstructive sleep apnea.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Driver Fatigue, Sleep Apnea

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Volkswagen Acquires More Navistar Shares in Series of July Trades

Volkswagen has been a major shareholder in International since purchasing a $250 million stake in the company last year. Photo: International

Volkswagen quietly invested approximately $11,263,489 in Navistar International stock last month.

Tags: International, Volkswagen, Navistar

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: YRC Worldwide Profit Falls, Heartland Profit Slips

Profit for less-than-truckload provider YRC Worldwide Inc. fell nearly 30% in the second quarter from a year earlier, despite increased tonnage per day moved at both its national and regional operations. Heartland Express saw profit and revenue drop, though its operating ratio was the best in two years.

Tags: YRC Worldwide, Heartland Express, Fleet Earnings

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar to End 9/10L Engine Production by 2018

Navistar's N9 Engine Photo: Navistar

Navistar has announced that it will cease production of its medium-duty 9- and 10L engines at the company’s Melrose Park, Illinois, facility by the second quarter of 2018.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Navistar, Medium-Duty Trucks, International Trucks, Engines

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Clarifies Issuance of Commercial Learner’s Permits

Photo: FMCSA

Guidance just issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration clarifies that a state may accept applications for commercial learner’s permits and administer the general knowledge test to individuals who are not domiciled there.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Driver Training, Hiring Veterans

August 3, 2017 - Product News

Cummins Launches Smartphone-Based ELD Solution

Photo: Zed Connect

Cummins has launched a new fleet software company called Zed Connect and announced its first product, Zed ELD – a smartphone based electronic logging solution.

Tags: Cummins, ELDs, ELD Mandate

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Craftsmen Utility Trailer Opens Iowa Location

Photo: Craftsmen Utility Trailer

Craftsmen Utility Trailer, a Utility trailer dealership, has completed development its new facility in Davenport, Iowa.

Tags: Trailers, Dealership, Utility Trailer

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Produces its First 3D-Printed Metal Part

The view into the interior of the 3D printer shows the first printed thermostat covers, which are still connected to the work platform. After removal of the platform and support structure, the aluminium/silicon metallic powder is removed by suction, sieved, cleaned and ecologically fed back into the recycling system. Photo: Daimler

In Europe, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has printed its first spare part made of metal that has passed all stages of the company’s quality assurance process.

Tags: Europe, Daimler, Parts and Service, 3D Printing

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Rebound in July

Class 8 truck orders are expected to increase in July compared to the previous month and previous year, according to preliminary numbers from ACT Research and FTR.

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

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Intermodal Recovery Strengthens During Second Quarter

Intermodal service providers again demonstrated clear gains in the intermodal sector. Photo: Jim Park

Total intermodal freight volumes gained 4.5% in the second quarter of the year, the strongest growth in nearly three years, according to new figures from the Intermodal Association of North America.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Freight

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Uber Freight Expands Reach of Truck Load-Matching App

A new ‘For You’ pack will show personalized recommendations. Photo: Uber Freight

Uber Freight is expanding the geography served beyond its initial focus on Texas and adding personalized load matching to its instant load booking/fast payment system.

Tags: 3PL, Uber, Mobile Apps, Uber for Trucking

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

Mobility Conference Debuts for Fleets

Convening Nov. 7-8 at Miami Hilton Downtown, Fleet Forward Conference is designed to bring fleets, fleet suppliers, and technology providers together to provide education and networking on smart mobility concepts and end-user solutions.

Tags: Fleet Forward Conference, Mobility

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

XPO Profit Jumps As It Mulls More Acquisitions, USA Truck Losses Grow

XPO Logistics' profit during the second quarter was 11.7% higher than a year ago, as a separate report said the company is looking to greatly expand its business in the next year or two. In contrast, USA Truck saw its second quarter loss more than double as revenue declined.

Tags: XPO Logistics, Fleet Earnings

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Freight Volumes Rise in Late July Push, Rates Move Little

An unusual surge of truckload freight led to higher-than-normal volume on the spot market for the week ending July 29, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards, but it failed to turn into any substantial rate increases.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

House Bill Aims to Clarify Independent Contractor Status

Image: FMCSA

A bill newly proposed in the House would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to change the classification of employers and employees. “Currently, it is difficult and overly complicated for businesses to use independent contractors, which limits companies’ growth and individuals’ work,” said Rep. Erik Paulsen, who introduced H.R. 3396.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Independent Contractors, Legislation, Drivers

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

Frito-Lay Participates in CNG Station Ribbon-Cutting

Open 24-hours, the fast-fill Fayetteville station has three consumer-friendly dispensers equipped with NGV2 nozzles to optimize the experience for heavy-duty, high-capacity users, as well as NGV1 nozzles for light and medium-duty use.  (Photo courtesy of ANG)

American Natural Gas (ANG) held a ribbon cutting ceremony in collaboration with Tennessee Clean Fuels to unveil its new public compressed natural gas (CNG) station in Fayetteville, Tenn. PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division will be a major customer with its fleet of CNG tractor-trailers.

Tags: Frito-Lay, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Natural Gas Trucks, American Natural Gas, ANG

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