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November 30, 2016 - Industry News

Arizona to Test Work Zone Notification, Quicker Safety Inspections

Safety at work zones and streamlined inspections at the Mexican border are involved in the Arizona programs.

The Arizona Department of Transportation will use federal funding next year to testing technology to improve commercial transportation safety and efficiency.

Tags: Inspections, Grants, Road Safety, Arizona Department of Transportation

November 30, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeks Comment on Alternative Medical Certification for VA Physicians

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking public comment on a proposal that would establish an alternative certification process for Department of Veteran’s Affairs physicians to be added it its list of certified medical examiners.

Tags: FMCSA, Department of Veterans Affairs, Medical Examiners

November 30, 2016 - Industry News

CNG Supplier Hopes to Spur Adoption in Southeast

Since opening this CNG fueling station in Anderson, S.C., last year, Piedmont has reduced the price of its fuel to $1.37 per GGE. Photo courtesy of Piedmont Natural Gas

Fuel supplier Piedmont Natural Gas hopes to expand compressed natural gas adoption with lowered fuel prices and contracts with government and commercial fleets in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Tags: CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Piedmont Natural Gas

November 29, 2016 - Industry News

EPA Approves Modest Renewable Fuel Increase for 2017

Chart courtesy of EPA.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a 6% increase in the level of biofuels that producers must blend with gasoline and diesel in 2017 that falls significantly short of amount required by the Renewable Fuel Standard by 2022.

Tags: EPA, Biofuels, Regulations, Renewable Fuels Standard

November 29, 2016 - Industry News

Professional Truck Driver Institute Breaks From TCA

The board of directors of the Professional Truck Driver Institute has voted to move the organization’s headquarters to Denver, Colorado, where it will be managed by Leading Associations, leaving its previous association with the Truckload Carriers Association.

Tags: TCA, Professional Truck Driver Institute, Driver Training

November 29, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler Truck Financial Names U.S. VP of Sales, Marketing and Remarketing

Tobias Waldeck Photo: Daimler Truck Financial

Daimler Truck Financial has appointed Tobias Waldeck vice president of sales, marketing, and remarketing, effective immediately.

Tags: Leadership, People, Daimler Truck Financial

November 29, 2016 - Industry News

Trump Picks Chao to Head DOT

Image via Elainelchao.com.

President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Elaine Chao to serve as secretary of transportation. She served as secretary of labor throughout President George W. Bush’s two terms and as deputy secretary of transportation under President George H. W. Bush.

Tags: Donald Trump, U.S. DOT

November 29, 2016 - Industry News

North American Commercial Vehicle Show Announces Adjusted Schedule

The North American Commercial Vehicle Show announced that it has adjusted the trade show's original dates to allow a more fluid schedule to benefit exhibitors.

Tags: Industry Event, Suppliers, North American Commercial Vehicle Show

November 29, 2016 - Industry News

AmeriPride Adds Hybrid Ford Super Duty Trucks

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids.

AmeriPride Services has taken delivery of 21 Ford F-59 trucks powered by hybrid-electric powertrains for the company's uniform rental and linen supply delivery fleet.

Tags: XL Hybrids, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Ford F-59, AmeriPride

November 29, 2016 - Industry News

Walmart Ordered to Pay $54 Million in Driver Pay Lawsuit

Walmart was ordered to pay $54 million by a California court in a driver wage lawsuit alleging that the company was not paying drivers for all required time and work.

Tags: Lawsuit, Walmart, Driver Pay, Western States Trucking Association

November 29, 2016 - Industry News

Value of Cross-Border Freight Falls Following One-Month Gain

U.S.-NAFTA freight value percent change from previous year over the last 24 months. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of freight movements between the U.S. and its two next door neighbors moved back into negative territory following the first year-over-year increase since late 2014.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Canada, Economy, Railroads, Surface Trade

November 29, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Posts Biggest Jump in 2 Years, Consumer Confidence Soars

Overall U.S. economic growth increased more in the third quarter of the year than first projected, according to a new Commerce Department report, and will likely pave the way for an interest rate hike in December.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Confidence, Consumer Sentiment, Gross Domestic Product

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

HDT Launches the Heavy Duty Trucking eXchange

HDT will be hosting the Heavy Duty Trucking Exchange, an intimate event that pairs a select group of innovators in the Class 8 market together with the suppliers, giving them an intimate environment in which to engage in discussions on topics that affect the entire industry.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Events

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Barely Changed Last Week

The average price of diesel fuel in the U.S. was nearly flat during the week of Thanksgiving, according to the latest numbers from the EIA.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

Stoughton Trailers Adds Ervin to Dealer Network

Toledo, Ill.-based transportation equipment dealer Ervin has been added to Stoughton Trailers’ network of North American dealers, the company announced.

Tags: Trailers, Dealership, Stoughton Trailers

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

Otto to Test Autonomous Rig in Ohio

Otto has tested its self-driving rigs in western states, and this week will begin demonstrations amid midwestern terrain in Ohio. Photo: Otto

A demonstration on Monday, using a 35-mile stretch of U.S. 33 northwest of Columbus, was postponed, but may be rescheduled. Next week, the Otto truck will run on the Ohio Turnpike.

Tags: Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Turnpike, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

2017 Fleet Safety Conference Seeks Presenters

Logo courtesy of Bobit Business Media.

The Fleet Safety Conference planning committee is looking for presenters for the 2017 show to fill out the conference schedule.

Tags: Industry Event, Fleet Safety Conference, Fleet Events

November 28, 2016 - Product News

McLeod Software Updates LoadMaster Enterprise and PowerBroker

McLeod Software is releasing version 16.2 of its Loadmaster Enterprise and PowerBroker products, introducing new automation solutions for carriers and brokers.

Tags: Software, LoadMaster, McLeod Software, PowerBroker

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

Cass Freight Measures Post First 2016 Gains

Two measures of freight shipping posted their first year-over-year improvements in more than 12 months, indicating there has been more than the usual fall surge in shipment volume.

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

November 28, 2016 - Product News

Carrier Logistics Offers Weighing and Measuring System

Carrier Logistics has partnered with Rice Lake Weighing Systems, a manufacturer and marketer of commercial weighing and measurement equipment, on a weight and measuring solution to help carriers reduce costs and provide accurate rates.

Tags: Carrier Logistics, Truck Weights, Weights and Measures

November 26, 2016 - Industry News

Nissan Recalls Titan XD Diesel Trucks for Fuel Gauge

Photo courtesy of Nissan.

The recall affects more than 12,000 2016-model year pickup trucks that are at a higher risk for running out of fuel.

Tags: Nissan, Recalls, NHTSA, Large Pickups, 2016-MY, Nissan Titan XD

November 24, 2016 - Industry News

East Manufacturing Names Platform Product Manager

East Manufacturing has named Bill Wallace as platform product manager, adding the duties to his current position as Northeast regional sales manager, the company announced.

Tags: Sales, Trailers, People, East Manufacturing

November 23, 2016 - Industry News

Clean Air Plan Encourages Cleaner Vehicles at SoCal Ports

Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have forced out many older, dirtier drayage trucks. Latest plan will encourage more use of newer, cleaner equipment. Photos by Tom Berg.

Operation of zero- and near-zero-emissions trucks, locomotives and container-handling equipment would expand beginning in 2019 and culminate with wide use of electric trucks by 2035, according to the latest San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan.

Tags: NOx, Drayage, Emissions Reduction, Regulations

November 23, 2016 - Industry News

Navistar Adds Collision Replacement Parts to Fleetrite Program

Navistar has introduced a new line of Fleetrite collision replacement products designed for a wide variety of heavy-duty truck applications.

Tags: Collision Repair, Navistar, Aftermarket Parts

November 23, 2016 - Industry News

10-4 Systems Licenses MacroPoint’s Tracking Technology

10-4 Systems, a firm that provides end-to-end shipment visibility of the supply chain for Fortune 500 companies, has licensed freight-tracking technology from MacroPoint.

Tags: Macropoint, Supply Chain Management, Asset Tracking

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