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July 12, 2017 - Industry News

Mack Names Winners of Mack Masters Competition

Members of team "Slackers" from CIT Trucks of Rockford, Ill., during the Mack Masters Competition. Photos: Mack Trucks

A team from truck dealer CIT Trucks in Rockford, Illinois, have proven themselves tops when it comes to their knowledge of Mack’s service systems and procedures, winning the biennial Mack Masters Competition.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Competition, Technicians, Parts and Service, Truck Dealers

July 12, 2017 - Industry News

Modagrafics Names VP of Sales

Michael Loizzo Photo: Modagrafics

Modagrafics has named Michael Loizzo vice president of sales following a national search.

Tags: Leadership, Blackberry, People, Modagrafics, Vehicle Graphics

July 12, 2017 - Industry News

SRT Ups Driver Pay, Paid Vacation Time

Photo: Southern Refrigerated Transport

Southern Refrigerated Transport announced a new compensation package for its drivers that includes new pay increases and increased paid vacation time.

Tags: Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Southern Refrigerated Transport

July 12, 2017 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Rebounds, Hits New Record High

Freight Transportation Services Index, May 2012 - May 2017. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The level of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transporters rebounded in May following a two-month decline, according to the U.S. Transportation Department.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

July 12, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Jump as Freight Activity Eases

Spot truckload freight rates surged for the week ending July 8 as the number of posted loads decreased 34% and truck posts slipped 19%, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

Global Self-Driving Market Expected to Grow 40% by 2027

Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor used to demonstrate Daimler’s Highway Pilot Connect autonomous technology on German roads. Photo: David Cullen

The global autonomous vehicle market revenue is expected to grow at a compound average growth rate of 39.6% over the next 10 years - resulting in a $126.8 billion market by 2027, according to Infoholic Research.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Future Trucks, Safety, Global, Research

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

House THUD Bill Boasts Trucking Reform Riders

Image: Office of the Architect of the Capitol

The subcommittee draft for the next House transportation appropriations bill features several riders favored by trucking interests, including a long-sought measure that would preempt states from enacting laws dictating meal and rest break requirements for truckers.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. DOT

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

NACFE Updates 6x2 Confidence Report

Third generation 6x2 systems feature liftable pusher axles, which are said to improve ROI by allowing for axle-up light-weight operation. Photo by Jim Park

NACFE offers an updated 6x2 Confidence Raport that reflects the lessons learned over the past 14 years. It also address advancing technology and how such improvements make 6x2 a more viable consideration than previous generations of the technology.

Tags: Tire Costs, Fuel Economy, NACFE, 6x2 axle

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

Fleet Engineers Names Montgomery VP of Sales and Marketing

Bob Montgomery Photo courtesy Fleet Engineers

Fleet Engineers has appointed Bob Montgomery as vice president of sales and marketing.

Tags: Leadership, People, Fleet Engineers, Marketing

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

Forecast Calls for Continued Low Oil, Fuel Prices

Average diesel prices are forecast to rise only a little this year and into 2018. Graphic: U.S. DOE

Lower than earlier forecast crude oil prices are expected to translate into continued low prices at the pumps for both diesel and gasoline, according to a new U.S. Energy Department report.

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

July 11, 2017 - Product News

Volvo Makes Active Driver Assist Standard on VNR, VNL

Volvo Active Driver Assist, which includes Bendix Wingman Fusion, a comprehensive, camera- and radar-based collision mitigation system, is now standard equipment on the new Volvo VNR and VNL series. Photo: Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks North America has announced that Volvo Active Driver Assist is now standard equipment on the new Volvo VNR and VNL series trucks, a system that includes Bendix’s Wingman Fusion collision mitigation system.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix, Volvo VNR, Volvo VNL

July 11, 2017 - Product News

U.S. Xpress to Install SmartTruck TopKit on All New Trailers

Image: SmartTruck

U.S. Xpress announced that it will include SmartTruck’s TopKit Aero System on all of its trailer builds in 2017.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Trailers, SmartTruck, U.S. Xpress, Trailer Aerodynamics

July 11, 2017 - Product News

Volvo Unveils Next-Generation VNL Highway Tractor

Volvo says it relied on feedback from nearly 2,000 driver interviews in designing the new VNL. Photo: Jack Roberts.

Volvo Trucks North America Tuesday revealed its new Volvo VNL series highway tractor, available in several configurations, including an all-new, 70-inch sleeper. And for the first time, Volvo’s top-of-the-line Globetrotter trim levels will be available in North America. Jack Roberts was there for the unveiling and has this report.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Class 8, Volvo VNL

July 10, 2017 - Industry News

DOT Report Rounds Up Truck Parking Solutions

A report on the first year’s activities of the public-private National Coalition on Truck Parking presents suggestions from trucking stakeholders from several regional meetings held in 2016 on how best to address truck-parking problems across the country.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Truck Parking

July 10, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Driver Accepts Fault in Skagit Bridge Collapse

Photo: NTSB

Truck driver William Scott of Mullen Trucking has admitted liability for the 2013 over-height truck collision that caused the Skagit River Bridge on Interstate 5 to collapse in Mount Vernon, Washington.

Tags: Washington, Lawsuits, Skagit River Bridge, Oversize Loads

July 10, 2017 - Industry News

Report Warns States About Marijuana Legalization

Photo by Cannabis Training University/Wikimedia Commons.

A new government report explores the downstream effects of state laws legalizing marijuana use and offers advice to states likely to change their laws in the future.

Tags: GHSA, State Laws, Drugged Driving, NHTSA, Marijuana, Safety

July 10, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Imports Could Hit New Record High Following Big Gains

July and August should be two of the busiest months ever seen for imports at the nation’s major retail container ports, possibly setting a new record as merchants enter the back-to-school season and begin to stock up for the holiday season that will follow, according to a new forecast from the National Retail Federation, a retail trade association.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, Freight, Ports, Containers, Port Trucking

July 10, 2017 - Industry News

TSA Workshop to Examine Security Threats at Fleet Safety Conference

Screenshot via TSA

The Transportation Security Administration will be providing a hands-on workshop focusing on transportation security at the upcoming Fleet Safety Conference.

Tags: Security, Fleet Safety Conference, Bomb Threat, TSA

July 10, 2017 - Industry News

Fiat Chrysler Building Ram 1500 Diesels Again

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Fiat Chrysler has started assembling Ram 1500 pickups equipped with a diesel engine, even though the company must still resolve a dispute with regulators before it can sell the trucks, reports Automotive News.

Tags: FCA, Assembly Plants, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, FCA Diesel Scandal

July 10, 2017 - Product News

One20 Offers Roadside Assistance via RoadsideMasters.com

Photo: One20

One20 has announced a new program to give free roadside assistance to the 350,000 drivers who are members of the One20 community, offered through a partnership with RoadsideMasters.com.

Tags: Roadside Assistance, ELDs, One20

July 10, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Takes Driver ELD Education on the Road

Photo: ERoad

The FMCSA has announced a public education and outreach campaign to help commercial driver transition to electronic logging devices called the ELD Implementation Tour.

Tags: FMCSA, Education, ELDs, ELD Mandate

July 10, 2017 - Industry News

Wabco Wins ReMaTec’s Remanufacturer of the Year Award

Salvador Munoz Zarate (left), product line leader at Wabco Reman Solutions, and Peter Bartel, engineering director at Circular Economy Solutions, jointly received ReMaTec’s Remanufacturer of the Year 2017 award. Photo: Wabco Holdings

Wabco Reman Solutions was recently recognized by ReMaTec with the Remanufacturer of the Year Award for 2017.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Awards, Remanufacturing

July 7, 2017 - Industry News

Ryder Offers Preventive Maintenance for Pre-Owned Vehicles

A Ryder technician performing a scheduled preventive maintenance checkup on a Ryder pre-owned vehicle. Photo: Business Wire

Ryder System has launched a preventive maintenance program available for its pre-owned vehicle purchases.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Ryder System, Pre-Owned

July 7, 2017 - Industry News

Candi Coate Named to Chair NTTC Safety & Security Council

Photo: NTTC

Candi Coate, director of safety and regulatory compliance at K-Limited Carrier, has been elected chairwoman of the National Tank Truck Carriers’ Safety & Security Council.

Tags: Leadership, People, NTTC, Safety

July 7, 2017 - Industry News

TMW Executive Recognized as Data Visionary

Timothy Leonard Photo: TMW Systems

Timothy Leonard, executive vice president, operations and technology for TMW Systems, was recently recognized as a 2017 “Data Visionary” in the Americas Data Heroes Awards program.

Tags: Information Technology, Awards, TMW Systems, Big Data

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