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August 15, 2016 - Industry News

American Central Transport Names Next President

Phil Wilt Photo: American Central Transport

American Central Transport COO Phil Wilt will take on the title of president, replacing Tom Kretsinger, who's moving up to chairman of the board and CEO.

Tags: Leadership, People, American Central Transport

August 15, 2016 - Industry News

Bendix Offers Remedy for Recalled Parking Brake Valve

Photo: Bendix

Bendix has released a repair solution for the voluntary recall of about 200,000 of its SR-5 trailer spring brake valves.

Tags: Trailers, Recalls, Bendix, Brakes

August 15, 2016 - Industry News

AT&T Launches Telematics Solution for Commercial Fleets

Photo courtesy of AT&T Partner Exchange.

AT&T is rolling out a GPS-based fleet, asset and mobile workforce solution designed to help commercial fleets and other business customers track and manage vehicles, high-value assets, and mobile workers.

Tags: AT&T, AT&T Fleet Complete, Asset Tracking, Mobile Worker

August 15, 2016 - Industry News

OOIDA Fires Back on ELD Rule Ahead of September Court Hearing

Photo: Omnitracs

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a reply brief to the government's arguments defending its controversial electronic logging mandate in the association's lawsuit, scheduled to be heard by a federal court next month.

Tags: OOIDA, Litigation, ELDs

August 15, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Improve, Freight Availability Matches Year Earlier

July spot market freight availability caught up with 2015 levels for the first time this year, due to an increase in volume for dry and refrigerated van trailers, and despite a year-over-year flatbed freight volume decline. Graphic: DAT

Average spot truckload dry van rates increased in July from June for the first time in six years, while July spot market freight availability caught up with 2015 levels for the first time this year.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

August 12, 2016 - Industry News

Kenworth Prepares to Launch Fuel-Economy Spec'ed Day Cab T680

Kenworth now offers the fuel-efficient Kenworth T680 Advantage Day Cab for pickup and delivery and regional haul operators.

Kenworth will extend its T680 fuel economy Advantage package into vocational applications soon with the launch of two new, T680 Advantage Day Cab models,, but will cut production of the T660 by the end of the year.

Tags: Kenworth, California, Fuel Economy, Kenworth T680, Hybrid Trucks, Day Cabs

August 12, 2016 - Industry News

Morgan Plans to Build Midwest Truck Body Plant

Photo: Morgan Corporation

Medium-duty truck body manufacturer Morgan Corporation has announced plans to expand its manufacturing footprint in the Midwest.

Tags: Morgan Corporation, New Facility, Truck Bodies, Manufacturing

August 11, 2016 - Industry News

Sacramento County Adopts Renewable Diesel

Photo courtesy of Sacramento County.

Sacramento County, Calif. has begun using renewable diesel to fuel many of its heavy-duty vehicles, including more than 400 municipal public works trucks and specialty vehicles.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Renewable Diesel, Sacramento County

August 11, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Shows Drivers How to Share the Road with Trucks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has launched Our Roads, Our Responsibility, a safety-focused campaign to raise public awareness about how to operate safely around large commercial vehicles.

Tags: FMCSA, Pedestrian Safety, Public Safety, Passenger Cars, Share the Road, Image

August 11, 2016 - Industry News

Court Rules NY Truck Tolls Can’t Fund Canal System

Photo: Bill Blevins via Flickr

A federal court has ruled against New York State’s practice of using tolls paid by interstate truckers to finance the unrelated tourism and recreation projects that make up the New York Canal System.

Tags: ATA, Tolls, Infrastructure Funding, Court Ruling, New York State

August 11, 2016 - Industry News

Mack Refreshes FleetPreferred Parts & Service Platform

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has launched the Mack FleetPreferred parts and service purchasing platform, formerly known as MVPreferred or simply Preferred.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Mack Trucks, Parts and Service

August 11, 2016 - Industry News

Used Truck Market Stable, NADA Guide Says

So far in 2016, auction prices have decreased less than 3% per month compared to nearly 5% per month in the second half of 2015.

Tags: Used Vehicle Sales, NADA Used Car Guide, Used Truck Sales, Used Trucks

August 11, 2016 - Industry News

Ram Heavy Duty Trucks Recalled for Power Loss

Photo of Ram 3500 courtesy of FCA US.

The recall covers 889 Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 trucks in the 2016 model year.

Tags: Recalls, Ram 5500, Ram 3500, Ram 4500, NHTSA, Large Pickups, 2016-MY, FCA

August 11, 2016 - Industry News

Great Dane AdvantEdge Adds San Antonio Service Provider

JTM Truck & Trailer Service of San Antonio, Texas, has signed on as an authorized service provider for Great Dane’s AdvantEdge National Aftermarket Parts & Service program.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Great Dane, Parts and Service

August 11, 2016 - Industry News

255 U.S. Firms Involved in Clean Transport, CalStart Map Shows

Suppliers of high-efficiency, low-carbon transport vehicles and equipment are listed on the map at www.calstart.org. Image: CalStart

New report says U.S. heavy-duty truck suppliers and the nation benefit from strong efficiency and emissions rules.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Vehicle Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Manufacturing, Green, CALSTART

August 10, 2016 - Press Release

Stertil-Koni to Provide Briefings, Demos at National Lift Week

Vehicle lift maker Stertil-Koni will continue to sponsor National Lift Week, a event highlighting the best practices in vehicle lifting safety, efficiency, durability and environmental friendliness.

Tags: Vehicle Lifts, Safety Technology, Stertil-Koni, National Lift Week

August 10, 2016 - Industry News

ATRI Offers Strategies to Fight Congestion

Photo: U.S. DOT

Trucking industry research organization ATRI recently led the development of two primers for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Integrated Corridor Management program.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, ATRI, Freight

August 10, 2016 - Product News

Impact Training to Use CarriersEdge Approach to Online Learning

Image: Impact Training Solutions

Impact Training Solutions has announced that CarriersEdge will be used as the foundation for the company’s newly launched Ignite eLearning driving training courses.

Tags: Driver Training, Online Training, CarriersEdge

August 10, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Pushes For-Hire Shipments Higher for Third Straight Month

Freight Transportation Services Index, June 2011 - June 2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT<br />

A new U.S. Transportation Department report shows the amount of freight carried by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry rose 0.6% in June from the month before, due in part to increased trucking shipments, and is up 0.4% from the same time

Tags: Economy, Freight Index

August 10, 2016 - Product News

Truckstop.com and CargoNet Partner to Stop Cargo Theft

Transportation management provider Truckstop.com has partnered with CargoNet to help combat cargo theft in the trucking industry.

Tags: CargoNet, Truckstop.com, Cargo Theft

August 10, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Generally Stable Over Past Week

The number of available loads on the spot truckload market fell 3.9% for the week ending August 6 compared to the week before while rates held steady despite a reduction in the average fuel surcharge, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

August 10, 2016 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Touts Ford Transit MPG Improvement

Ford Transit equipped with an XL3 Hybrid system (Photo courtsey of XL Hybrids)

XL Hybrids announced vehicle testing results that validate a 26% improvement in mpg on the EPA UDDS (Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule) drive cycle for Ford Transit vans upfitted with XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive Systems.

Tags: XL Hybrids, Ford Transit, XL3 Hybrid System, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Cargo Vans

August 9, 2016 - Industry News

New Report Sounds Wakeup Call on Dangers of Drowsy Driving

Images: GHSA

A report issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association on the “extreme danger posed by tired drivers” includes a new NHTSA estimate that pegs the annual societal cost of fatigue-related fatal and injury crashes at $109 billion— and that does not include property damage.

Tags: Drowsy Driving, Driver Fatigue, NHTSA

August 9, 2016 - Industry News

Denso Appoints Remanufacturing General Manager

Denso Products and Services Americas has named Yijun “Henry” Peng manager of its remanufacturing operations in Murrieta and Long Beach, Calif.

Tags: Leadership, Aftermarket Parts, Remanufactured Parts, Denso, People

August 9, 2016 - Industry News

Dealership Tool Allows Mack Buyers to Spec for Fuel Efficiency

Image courtesy of Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has created a new online fuel economy tool that allows Mack customers to configure Pinnacle trucks and evaluate fuel efficiency potential on specific routes.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Truck Sales, Mack Trucks, Dealers

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