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August 8, 2016 - Industry News

Can Big Trucks be Hacked?

Photo by Jim Park

Recent research proves it is possible to take partial control of some truck systems via direct connection to a truck's on-board diagnostic port, or data port. Whether or not remote control is possible remains to be proven.

Tags: Vehicle Hacking

August 8, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Groups Take Issue with California Sustainable Freight Plan

Image: California State Transportation Agency

The release of the final version of California’s Sustainable Freight Action Plan has been met with harsh criticism by two groups representing Golden State’s truck-fleet operators.

Tags: CARB, California, Emissions Reduction, Zero-Emission Vehicles

August 8, 2016 - Industry News

Average Diesel Prices Slide, Crude Oil Gains

The average price of diesel fuel in the United States fell again last week, dropping to levels last seen in mid-May, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

August 8, 2016 - Industry News

HDT is Looking for Emerging Industry Leaders

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine is seeking nominations for the HDT Emerging Leaders honors, a group of young trucking industry leaders already making a difference in his or her fields.

Tags: Leadership, Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, People

August 8, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Report Breaks Down Trucking's Big 2015

The American Trucking Associations has released the latest edition of its almanac of trucking, ATA American Trucking Trends 2016, which showcases industry trends over the last decade.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Revenues, Industry Trends

August 8, 2016 - Product News

Carrier Transicold Develops Telematics System for Reefer Units

Photo: Carrier Transicold

Carrier Transicold will offer a customized telematics solution for its transport refrigeration units to help fleets manage refrigerated assets remotely.

Tags: telematics, Asset Management, Reefers, Carrier Transicold, Refrigerated Trailers

August 5, 2016 - Industry News

Expedited Carrier V3 Transportation Aiming for More Growth

Expedited carrier V3 Transportation has bveen enjoying rapid growth since launching in the first quarter of 2013.

V3 Transportation launched with “two laptops and two cell phones” in the first quarter of 2013. Now, according to founding partners Bob Poulos, CEO, and John Sliter, president, the expedited carrier ranks among the fastest-growing operations in its field and is poised for further growth.

Tags: Expedited Carriers, V3 Transportation

August 5, 2016 - Industry News

VW Diesel Trust Prioritizes Government Over Commercial Fleets

The $2.7 billion trust fund set up under the proposed settlement between Volkswagen and environmental regulators would likely give priority to government fleets over their commercial brethren to eliminate diesel vehicles, according to a leading diesel group.

August 5, 2016 - Industry News

National Truck Driving Championships Start August 10th

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is sponsoring the Grand Champion Award at the American Trucking Associations’ National Truck Driving Championships for the sixth consecutive year.

Tags: National Truck Driving Championships, Awards, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

August 5, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Falls, Trade Deficit Jumps

Both trucking and the wider economy added jobs in July, according to new Commerce Department figures, while separate reports show the U.S. trade deficit grew in June to a one-year high and new factory orders fell again.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Unemployment, Factory Orders, Employment, Factory Shipments, Gross Domestic Product

August 5, 2016 - Industry News

Frito-Lay Fleet Reaches CNG Milestone

Frito-Lay's fleet of compressed natural gas-fueled trucks and vans have logged more than 100 million miles in the past five years, the PepsiCo division has announced.

Tags: Frito-Lay, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, CNG

August 5, 2016 - Industry News

CAGTC: Critical Freight Infrastructure Ignored by DOT Grants

The advocacy group Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors is calling out the Department of Transportation for not granting enough funding money to critical freight-hub projects.

Tags: Grant Funding, U.S. Department of Transportation, Freight, Infrastructure Funding

August 5, 2016 - Industry News

Quarterly Intermodal Growth Streak Ends

Graphic: IANA

Overall intermodal traffic recorded its first volume decline in the second quarter of the year following 25 consecutive quarters of growth, according to a new report from the Intermodal Association of North America.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal

August 5, 2016 - Industry News

Postal Fleet Services Leases 20 CNG Trucks from Ryder

Postal Fleet Services has signed a Ryder ChoiceLease Full Service agreement for 20 compressed natural gas heavy-duty trucks to support its mail-delivery operations in four states.

Tags: Leasing, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ryder System, CNG

August 5, 2016 - Industry News

Kottke Trucking Buys Florida-Based OTR Business

Photo: Kottke Trucking

Kottke Trucking has purchased Walbon & Company’s over-the-road operations, including Walbon’s routes, trucks, trailers and Wildwood, Fla.- based terminal.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Kottke Trucking, Over-the-Road

August 4, 2016 - Industry News

2016 Operation Safe Driver Week is Set for Oct. 16-22

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Operation Safe Driver Week has been set for the week of Oct.16-22, taking place across North America.

Tags: driver safety, Operation Safe Driver, CVSA

August 4, 2016 - Industry News

ZF Ups Bid to Buy Haldex

The board of directors of Haldex Aktiebolag, the Sweden-based brake system manufacturer, announced on August 4 it has unanimously decided to recommend that Haldex shareholders accept a 4.4-billion SEK ($516 million) cash bid by Germany-based ZF.

Tags: SAF-Holland, Haldex, ZF

August 4, 2016 - Press Release

Yokohama Tire Names Senior Director of Commercial Sales

Funkhouser

Yokohama Tire Corporation has promoted Dan Funkhouser to senior director of commercial sales. His responsibilities will include all business segments in the commercial division.

Tags: Yokohama, Automotive Executives, Promotions

August 4, 2016 - Product News

Mascot Truck Parts Launches Online Inventory Portal

Canadian wholesale remanufacturer of truck parts and components Mascot Truck Parts Canada has launched a secure customer portal, allowing customers to search inventory online.

Tags: Parts Inventory, Online Tool, Parts and Service

August 3, 2016 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Expands Sprinter Worker Lineup

Photo of Sprinter Worker courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz is expanding its Sprinter Worker lineup with additional chassis, engine, and body configurations geared toward the contracting, delivery and transportation service industries.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans

August 3, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: XPO Swings Into the Black, USA Reports Loss

Two trucking operations reported their second-quarter financials on Wednesday, with one reporting its first profit since purchasing LTL carrier Con-way last year, while the other reported a loss that was attributed to falling rates and freight volume.

Tags: Economy, USA Truck, Con-way Inc., XPO Logistics, Fleet Earnings

August 3, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks to Lay Off 115 Workers at Carolina Facility

Daimler Trucks North America plans to lay off an additional 115 workers at its Gastonia, N.C., components and logistics facility.

Tags: DTNA, Layoffs, Truck Orders, Daimler Trucks North America, Manufacturing

August 3, 2016 - Industry News

Natural Gas Fuel Approved to be Sold as DGE Standard

The National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) has voted to approve the diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) standard as a legally authorized method of sale for natural gas that is sold as fuel for vehicles.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Taxation, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, LNG

August 3, 2016 - Industry News

High Cancellations Hurt July Class 8 Truck Orders

Photo: Tom Berg

It looks like July was another off month for Class 8 truck orders as industry analysts are predicting some of the lowest numbers since 2010.

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

August 3, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Warns of Hazards of E-Smoking and Trucks

Electronic nicotine-delivery system products Image: FDA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a safety advisory warning of the hazards of using battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices in and around commercial motor vehicles.

Tags: FMCSA, E-cigarettes, Vaping

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