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January 8, 2018 - Industry News

Los Angeles Sues 3 Port Companies for Driver Misclassification

Los Angeles City Hall Photo: City of Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles filed lawsuits against three port trucking companies, alleging that each avoided paying drivers proper wages and benefits by intentionally misclassifying hundreds of truckers as independent contractors.

Tags: Drivers, Ports, Driver Pay, Port Trucking, Employment, Independent Contractors, Wages

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

Environmental Group, State Attorneys Urge EPA to Keep Glider Kit GHG Rules

Photo: Tom Berg

Environmental advocates, state attorneys general, and others are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to maintain the Obama administration’s ruling on glider kits under the Greenhouse Gas Phase 2 rules, calling the current efforts to reverse the rule at odds with the Clean Air Act.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, EPA, Environmental Defense Fund, Glider Kits, GHG Phase 2, Donald Trump, Barack Obama

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

Chevrolet to Unveil Class 4/5 Silverado

Photo courtesy of Chevrolet.

Chevrolet will reveal its all-new Silverado Class 4 and 5 chassis cab trucks at The Work Truck Show 2018 in Indianapolis.

Tags: Chevrolet, Work Truck Show, Chevrolet Silverado, Class 5, Class 4, Chassis Cab Trucks

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Gets Latest CARB Approval

Image of converted Ford F-150 courtesy of XL Hybrids.

XL Hybrids has received approval for plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) Ford F-150 pickup trucks in the Golden State of California.

Tags: Ford F-150, CARB, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, PHEV, Pickup Trucks, XL Hybrids

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Imports Show 7% Annual Growth

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports grew 7% during 2017 over 2016 as retail sales continued to increase and the industry wrapped up the year with a strong holiday season, according to new Global Port Tracker figures released by the National Retail Federation, a retail trade association, and Hackett Associates, an international maritime consulting, research and advisory firm.

Tags: Economy, Imports, Port Trucking

January 7, 2018 - Industry News

Ford's Diesel F-150: 30 MPG on the Highway

Photo of diesel-powered 2018 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford's first diesel-powered 2018 F-150 pickup can deliver an EPA-rated 30 mpg in highway driving, which would put it among the most fuel-efficient pickups available when it goes on sale in the spring.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Large Pickups, 2018-MY, Diesel Engines, Fuel Economy

January 5, 2018 - Industry News

Vehicle Tracking Solutions, Bestpass Partner for Toll Management Platform

Photo: VXLA/Flickr

Within one platform, this partnership will offer companies full visibility nationwide into all fleet, driver, and toll management operations.

Tags: Fleet Management, Tolls, Bestpass, Vehicle Tracking Solutions, Toll Management

January 5, 2018 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Reports Record Van Sales; Teases Rollout of Next Sprinter

European-model Mercedes-Benz Vito electric van. The Vito is sold on this side of the Atlantic as the Metris. Photo: Mercedes-Benz Vans

Mercedes-Benz Vans has announced it set a new record for unit sales in 2017 and for the first time passed the 40,000-vehicles sold mark. The division also again gave a taste of what its next-generation Sprinter will offer.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Mercedes-Benz Vans

January 5, 2018 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Updates Vehicle Repair App

Express WriteUp now offers several new features to enhance the driver experience and improve efficiency. Photo: Daimler

Express WriteUp now offers several new features to enhance the driver experience and improve efficiency.

Tags: Drivers, Daimler Trucks North America, Mobile Apps, Repairs

January 5, 2018 - Industry News

ATA Applauds DOL Employment Insurance Proposal

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta Photo: Department of Labor

A Department of Labor proposed rule that would “expand the opportunity” to offer employment-based health insurance to small businesses through Small Business Health Plans, also known as Association Health Plans, is being lauded by the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: ATA, Department of Labor

January 5, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA Cuts UCR Fees for Motor Carriers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a final rule that reduces annual registration fees collected the Unified Carrier Registration Plan and Agreement for the 2018, 2019, and subsequent registration years.

Tags: Unified Carrier Registration; FMCSA

January 5, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment, Factory Activity, and a Possible Drag on GDP

The number of overall job additions in the U.S. slowed in December as the trucking industry shed some positions, while separate reports show a bit of softening in the factory sector, amid a new concern about the overall economic performance in the final part of 2017.

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

January 5, 2018 - Press Release

Kinedyne Certified by Women's Business Council

Kinedyne LLC, a business specializing in the design, manufacture, and distribution of cargo securement products to the transportation industry for nearly 50 years, announced national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women President’s Educational Organization-NY.

Tags: Kinedyne, Recognition, Women in Fleet, Women's Business Enterprises

January 4, 2018 - Industry News

Truck Orders Hit 3-Month High in December

Heavy- and medium-duty truck orders are expected to total 58,800 units in December, hitting a 3-month high to end the year, according to early numbers from ACT Research.

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

January 4, 2018 - Industry News

Yokohama Tire Announces Major Corporate Changes

Jeff Barna Photo: YTC

Yokohama Tire Corporation announced three major organizational promotions effective immediately, bringing in new leadership for different divisions of the tiremaker.

Tags: Yokohama, Leadership, Tires, People

January 4, 2018 - Industry News

Harbor Trucking Association Promotes LaBar to CEO

The Harbor Trucking Association has promoted Executive Director Weston LaBar to the position of Chief Executive Officer, which is a new position for the organization.

Tags: Leadership, People, Ports, Port Trucking, Drayage, HTA

January 4, 2018 - Product News

FleetUp Partners with Navistar on Vehicle Diagnostics Solution

Image via FleetUp

FleetUp, a provider of electronic logging device and hours of service compliance solutions, has partnered with Navistar International to create a comprehensive vehicle diagnostics and preventive maintenance solution.

Tags: Vehicle Diagnostics, Navistar, ELDs, Navistar OnCommand, Maintenance Management, FleetUp

January 4, 2018 - Industry News

Sprinter 3500 Vans Recalled for Crosswind Assist

Screen shot via YouTube.

The recall covers 2,177 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 and Freightliner Sprinter 3500 vans.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Freightliner, Recalls, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Daimler, NHTSA, Safety

January 4, 2018 - Industry News

Trucking Helps U.S.-NAFTA Freight Value Post 12th Straight Monthly Gain

U.S.-NAFTA freight value percent change from previous year, October 2017. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners posted its 12th consecutive year-over-year increase in October, according to newly released Transportation Department figures.

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

January 4, 2018 - Global News

Wabco Expands Africa Offerings

Photo courtesy of Wacbo.

Wabco will expand its services and technological offerings for commercial vehicles in Africa after acquiring the remaining interest of its partnership with Sturrock and Robson Industries.

Tags: Sub-Saharan Africa, Global, Wabco

January 4, 2018 - Industry News

Storm Blasts East Coast with Blizzard Conditions

Winter Storm Grayson Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

A massive winter storm known as a Bomb Cyclone has slammed the East Coast from Florida to Maine, bringing with it snow, high winds, and frigid temperatures that are creating difficult traveling conditions across a wide swath of the Northeast.

Tags: Winter Driving, Winter, Weather, Snowstorm

January 3, 2018 - Industry News

Spot Van, Refrigerated Rates End 2017 at Highs for the Year

National average spot van and refrigerated truckload rates ended 2017 at their highest point of the year as capacity tightened during the week ending Dec. 30. That’s according to newly released figures from DAT Solutions, based on its network of load boards, as the freight matching service provider also released its list of the top 10 hottest spot freight markets last year.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

January 3, 2018 - Industry News

Michelin, Sumitomo Strike Commercial Tire Deal

Logo: Michelin

Michelin North America Inc. and Sumitomo Corporation of Americas (SCOA) have agreed to combine their respective North American replacement tire distribution and related service operations in a 50-50 joint venture.

Tags: Michelin, Truck Tires, Tires, Sumitomo, Joint Venture

January 3, 2018 - Industry News

CVSA Still Accepting Nominations for International Driver Excellence Award

Image via CVSA

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is still accepting nominations for the International Driver Excellence Award, but nomination packets must be received by Jan. 12 to be eligible.

Tags: Driver Safety, Awards, CVSA

January 3, 2018 - Industry News

Covenant Offers Up to $40,000 in Team Driver Bonuses

Covenant Transport has announced a new Teaming Bonus program with incentives of up to $40,000 that is aimed at driving teams and single drivers willing to convert to teaming.

Tags: Recruiting, Employee Incentives, Driver Shortage, Covenant Transport, Driver Pay, Employment

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