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October 12, 2016 - Industry News

Bridgestone Names Commercial Truck and Bus Tire President

Joseph Saoud Photo: Bridgestone Americas

Bridgestone Americas has announced that Joseph Saoud has joined the company as president of the truck and bus radial business at Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations.

Tags: Leadership, People, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations

October 12, 2016 - Product News

VehicleDowntimeView Helps Measure and Manage Downtime

Image via ARI

Fleet services provider ARI has developed a technology called VehicleDowntimeView that measures how long a vehicle is out of service and provides data to manage the reduction of a fleet’s total downtime.

Tags: Vehicle Maintenance, ARI, Vehicle Tracking, Downtime

October 12, 2016 - Industry News

DOC Miscalculation Raises Tariffs on Truck Tires From China

The U.S. Department of Commerce has admitted to a miscalculation in its preliminary anti-dumping tariff rate for truck tires imported from China, raising the rates of every manufacturer and importer to 30.36% - nearly 10 points higher than the initial calculation.

Tags: China, Tires, Tariffs, U.S. Department of Commerce

October 12, 2016 - Industry News

ATRI Appoints Congdon, Low to Board of Directors

Image via ATRI

The American Transportation Research Institute has appointed David S. Congdon, vice chairman and CEO of Old Dominion Freight Line, and Robert E. Lowt, president and CEO of Prime, to its board of directors.

Tags: Leadership, Old Dominion Freight Line, ATRI, People, Prime Inc.

October 12, 2016 - Industry News

Registration Open for 2017 Work Truck Show

Registration is now open for the Work Truck Show 2017 and Green Truck Summit, to be held March 14-17 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Green Truck Summit, WTS, Show Registration, Events, Medium-Duty Trucks, Work Trucks

October 12, 2016 - Industry News

Freightliner Offers FlowBelow AeroKit on Cascadia

FlowBelow's AeroKit as a factory installed option on the next-gen Cascadia. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

FlowBelow Aero will have its complete Tractor AeroKit system offered as a factory installed option on the most fuel efficient Freightliner Cascadia Evolution equipment package.

Tags: Freightliner Cascadia, Aerodynamics, Daimler Trucks North America, FlowBelow, Wheel Covers

October 12, 2016 - Industry News

Isuzu Details All-New Class 6 FTR

Isuzu's new Class 6 entry to the medium-duty truck market, the FTR. (Photo courtesy of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America).

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. announced key specifications of its all-new entry in the Class 6 medium-duty truck segment, the 2018 Isuzu FTR

Tags: ICTA, Isuzu FTR, Class 6, New Trucks, Isuzu

October 12, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA: New Final Rule Eases Way to CDLs for Military Vets

Image: U.S. Department of Transportation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a final rule that simplifies for current and former military personnel the process for obtaining a Commercial Learner’s Permit or Commercial Driver’s License.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Hiring Veterans

October 11, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices See First Significant Increase in Nearly 2 Months

After holding nearly flat for more than a month and a half, the price of diesel fuel increased by more than 5 cents last week, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

October 11, 2016 - Industry News

New Jersey to Hike Diesel Fuel Tax by 27 Cents

Gov. Christie speaking at announcement of fuel-tax deal with Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (left) and State Senate President Steve Sweeney (right) looking on. Photo: New Jersey Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen

New Jersey lawmakers have approved a bipartisan deal that not only raises fuel taxes in the Garden State for the first time in three decades, it substantially hikes them— by 23 cents per gallon for gasoline and by 27 cents for diesel.

Tags: New Jersey, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding

October 11, 2016 - Industry News

Acquisition to Bring Automatic Truck-Loading Tech to U.S.

Photo: Ancra Systems

The Heico Companies has acquired Dutch firm Ancra Systems B.V. with plans to bring the company’s automatic truck loading/unloading system to North American markets.

Tags: Cargo Management, Trailers

October 11, 2016 - Industry News

Scania Awarded 2017 International Truck of the Year

Photo: Sven-Erik Lindstrand

Scania's new R- and S-series trucks have been awarded the 2017 International Truck of the Year award by a jury of 25 European commercial vehicle industry journalists.

Tags: IAA, International Truck of the Year, Awards, Scania

October 11, 2016 - Industry News

ARI to Demonstrate Ways to Improve ROI

Fleet services provider ARI will demonstrate and discuss ways to improve a fleet’s return on investment at the upcoming Fleet Technology Expo, taking place Oct. 17-19 in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: ARI, Return On Investment, Fleet Technology Expo, Speakers, Fleet Events

October 11, 2016 - Product News

Oliver Rubber Website Includes Redesigned Retread Selector

Screenshot via Oliver Rubber

Oliver Rubber Company has redesigned its website,, based on customer feedback, adding features like a retread selector and dealer locator to help users better manage their business.

Tags: Website, Tires, Retreads, Oliver Rubber

October 11, 2016 - Industry News

UPS Adding 200 Hybrid Delivery Trucks

Photo courtesy of UPS.

The vehicles feature a 2-cylinder engine and E-GENTM chassis and deliver approximately four times the fuel economy of a gasoline powered vehicle.

Tags: UPS, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Delivery Fleets

October 11, 2016 - Industry News

ATRI Still Seeking Carrier and Driver Input for Mayo Clinic Survey

ATRI is still looking for carrier and driver participation in a set of surveys it launched with the Mayo Clinic on the impact that the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners has had on the DOT medical exam process.

Tags: Survey, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, ATRI, Medical Examiners

October 10, 2016 - Industry News

Stoughton Parts Sales Begins Warehouse Expansion

Photo: Stoughton Parts Sales

Stoughton Parts Sales, a division of Stoughton Trailers, broke ground on a new 15,000 square-foot warehouse expansion of its facility in Stoughton, Wis.

Tags: Trailers, Distributors, Stoughton Trailers, Facility Renovations

October 10, 2016 - Industry News

Vipar Focuses on Future at Young Leaders Forum

John Egan is the headline speaker at this year's Young Leaders Forum. Photo courtesy of Vipar Heavy Duty

Vipar Heavy Duty will host its fourth Young Leaders Forum and Lunch during the 2016 Vipar Heavy Duty Annual Business Conference, Oct. 16-21, 2016 in Orlando, Fla.

Tags: Vipar Heavy Duty, Keynote Speaker, Events, Annual Conference

October 10, 2016 - Industry News

Schneider Planning to Go Public

Photo: Schneider

Schneider intends to pursue an initial public offering of common stock next year, according to a statement.

Tags: IPO, Schneider

October 10, 2016 - Industry News

Kenworth Offers Several New Options for T680 and T880

Kenworth now offers the FlowBelow Tractor AeroKit as a T680 option. Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth is offering a few new options for its heavy-duty trucks, including a new natural gas engine and bunk heater system for the T680 and T880 and a FlowBelow AeroKit for the T680.

Tags: Kenworth, Natural Gas Engines, Espar, T880, T680, Heaters, FlowBelow

October 10, 2016 - Industry News

Parts of I-95 in North Carolina Still Closed

Clearing a road of debris from Hurricane Matthew. Photo: South Carolina Dept. of Transportation

Interstate 95 is closed in multiple locations between Exit 77 (Dunn, N.C.) and the South Carolina state line due to flooding in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, according to the latest update issued by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. In addition, I-40 West is closed between Exit 341, NC-55 to Exit 334, NC-96 between Newton Grove and Benson, also due to flooding.

Tags: Hurricane Matthew

October 10, 2016 - Product News

Navistar and Meritor to Co-Brand Fleetrite Brake Shoe Line

Navistar has agreed with Meritor to co-brand brake shoe kits offered through the Fleetrite heavy duty parts brand.

Tags: Navistar, Meritor, Brake Shoes, Aftermarket

October 7, 2016 - Global News

Mexican Telematics Market is Fragmented but Growing


C.J. Driscoll & Associates has released its 148-page “2016-17 Mexican Telematics Market Study,” a comprehensive report details the state of telematics use in Mexico, including market penetration, types of fleets using telematics, and the major players.

Tags: Mexico, CJ Driscoll, Report

October 7, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Again Questions How Rhode Island Will Police Truck-Toll Dodgers

Map shows most of the originally proposed truck-only toll locations in Rhode Island. Image: RI DOT

Continuing to battle Rhode Island’s truck-only tolling plan, the American Trucking Associations is again questioning how the Ocean State will restrict trucks from avoiding its planned new automated tolls.

Tags: ATA, Tolls, Rhode Island

October 7, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Trucking Employment Sinks, Manufacturing Gains

Trucking employment in the U.S. slipped in September despite overall non-farm job growth moving higher for the 72nd straight month, according to a new Labor Department report. But other reports indicate manufacturing is regaining some steam, fueling speculation over an interest rate hike.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Unemployment, Manufacturing, Employment, Federal Reserve


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