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December 16, 2016 - Industry News

Dry Van Surge Powers Trailer Orders Past Expectations

Photo: Tom Berg

Trailer orders in November beat expectations by a wide margin due in part to large orders placed by large fleets, according to the latest trailer numbers from analysts at FTR and ACT Research.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, FTR, Trailer Orders

December 16, 2016 - Industry News

State, Local Violations Top List of Citations in Safe Driver Week

State and local moving violations were the most common citations given to commercial vehicle drivers during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Operation Safe Driver Week.

Tags: Driver Behavior, Traffic Violations, Citation, Operation Safe Driver, CVSA

December 16, 2016 - Industry News

Maverick USA Acquires Michigan-Based Marine Transport

Photo via Marine Transport

Maverick USA has announced the acquisition of the Au Gres, Mich.-based Marine Transport, expanding the company’s dedicated service offerings and service footprint in the boat and marine business.

Tags: Maverick, Mergers & Acquisitions, Dedicated Fleets, Boats

December 16, 2016 - Product News

Bendix Wingman Advanced Available to Order on Kenworth T270, T370

The Bendix Wingman Advanced system is now available for order as an option for the Kenworth T370 medium duty truck in certain vocational applications such as aggregate hauling. Photo: Kenworth

The Bendix Wingman Advanced system is now available for order as an option on Kenworth T270 and T370 medium-duty trucks.

Tags: Kenworth, Medium-Duty Trucks, T270, T370, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix

December 16, 2016 - Industry News

Report: Overall Freight Shipping Levels, Rates Better than They First Look

Graphic: Cass Information Systems

While a measure of total U.S. freight shipments in October broke a string of being in negative territory for 20 months, November fell back while separate reports for the month show an improvement in intermodal rates for the second consecutive month while truckload linehaul rates turned lower.

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

December 16, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing at 21-Month High, Other Indicators Strong

U.S. manufacturers reported a strong end to 2016, with business conditions improving at the fastest pace since March 2015. And separate reports show consumer prices are rising and housing remains strong, despite a pullback from a multi-year high.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Manufacturing, Consumer Prices, Housing Starts, Federal Reserve

December 15, 2016 - Industry News

Parking Searches Can Cost Drivers $4,600 Annually

Truck parking availability is a top concern of the trucking industry and ATRI highlighted the anxiety that truckers feel through its Truck Parking Diary research findings.

Tags: Parking, Survey, ATRI, Truck Parking

December 15, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Industry Transports Wreaths Across America

Photo via Wreaths Across America

Several companies, associations and fleets in the trucking industry are once again participating in the Wreaths Across America cause, honoring veterans who have died by placing a wreath on their graves.

Tags: Veterans, TCA, Wreaths Across America, Christmas

December 15, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Again Delays Rollout of Online DOT Registration System

Image: U.S. Department of Transportation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has again delayed implementation of the final stage of its Unified Registration System for new motor carriers.

Tags: FMCSA

December 15, 2016 - Industry News

OOIDA Wants Rehearing on ELD Mandate Lawsuit

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association wants the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit to rehear a court decision regarding its lawsuit against the ELD mandate.

Tags: Regulations, Lawsuits, OOIDA, ELDs, ELD Mandate

December 15, 2016 - Industry News

America’s Road Team Captains Take on Weight Loss Challenge

Photo: ATA

Five of the American Trucking Associations' America’s Road Team Captains have been selected to participate in the Healthy Fleet 10 Pound Challenge to promote truck driver health and wellness.

Tags: ATA, Driver Health, America's Road Team, Driver Wellness

December 14, 2016 - Industry News

Dana to Supply Axles, Driveshafts for 2018 Isuzu FTR

Dana - Spicer E-Series Steer Axle Photo: Dana

Dana Incorporated announced that it will begin supplying axles and driveshafts for the 2018 Isuzu FTR Class 6 medium-duty truck.

Tags: Isuzu, Cabovers, Dana Incorporated, Isuzu FTR

December 14, 2016 - Industry News

Fed Hikes Interest Rates for Second Time in Decade

Policy makers at the Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced an increase in interest rates for the first time this year and only the second time since the depths of the Great Recession and there are expected to be at least some repercussions for trucking.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Interest Rates, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Federal Reserve

December 14, 2016 - Product News

Kenworth Makes 52-inch Mid-Roof Option Available for T680 Advantage

Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth’s more fuel efficient 52-inch mid-roof sleeper Advantage Package for regional haul and less-than-truckload applications is available for order.

Tags: Kenworth, Sleepers, T680 Advantage

December 14, 2016 - Industry News

XL Hybrids to Offer Plug-In Hybrid Half-Ton Pickup

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids

XL Hybrids will offer a plug-in hybrid electric half-ton pickup truck that's expected to increase range by 50% and offer a significant reduction of carbon-dioxide emissions, the vehicle modifier announced.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, XL Hybrids, Hybrid Electric Powertrain, Light-Duty Trucks, Hybrid-Electric Truck

December 14, 2016 - Industry News

Arconic Signs $450 Million in Supply Deals for its Alcoa Wheels

Photo via Alcoa Wheels

Manufacturing company Arconic has signed more than $450 million in long-term agreements, including a major deal with Paccar, to supply its forged aluminum Alcoa wheels to makers of commercial vehicles serving global markets.

Tags: Wheels, Aluminum, Alcoa, Arconic

December 14, 2016 - Industry News

PIT Group to Hold its First U.S. Fuel Economy Trials

Photo: PIT Group

Montreal-based research and engineering firm PIT Group has announced it will hold its first set of Energotest fuel-economy trials in the U.S. at Uvalde, Tex., from Feb. 13-17, 2017.

Tags: Vehicle Testing, Fuel Economy, Emissions Testing, PIT

December 14, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Helps For-Hire Freight Movements Bounce Back

Freight Transportation Services Index, October 2011-October 2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of for-hire freight moved in the U.S. increased following two months of declines, according to new Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

December 14, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates, Loads Ease Following November Gains

The November Freight Index reflects a continued pattern of unseasonably strong freight volumes in the spot market starting in July. Graphic: DAT

The amount of freight available to haul from the spot truckload market surged in November as rates generally moved higher, according to newly released figures from DAT Solutions and its network of load boards, while both slowed a little during the first full week in December.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions, DAT North American Freight Index

December 14, 2016 - Industry News

Third Time the Charm for Rush Tech Rodeo Champ

Photo courtesy Rush

Rush Truck Technician Rodeo names winners, hands out more than $250,000 in cash and prizes as mega-dealer emphasizes the importance of service.

Tags: Rush Truck Centers, Technicians, Rush Tech Skills Rodeo

December 13, 2016 - Industry News

Rush Truck Center CEO Predicts Mixed Year for Truck Sales

Rusty Rush talks about the importance of service during the Rush Tech Rodeo. Photo courtesy Rush.

Rush Truck Center CEO Rusty Rush said he expects to see a flat year in Class 8 over-the-road sales in 2017, but predicts that certain market segments and medium duty sales will remain strong.

Tags: Truck Sales, Rush Truck Centers, Used Trucks

December 13, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Proposes V2V Rule for Cars; Could One for Trucks Be Far Behind?

Artist rendering of connected vehicles on the road Image: U.S. Department of Transportation

While the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission issued a proposed rule on Dec. 13 aimed at getting vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology on all new light-duty vehicles, NHTSA confirmed for HDT that there is “no [similar] rulemaking as of yet” in the works for commercial vehicles.

Tags: ATA, V2V, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles

December 13, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Keeps Controlled Substance Random Testing Rate

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced that the controlled substances random testing rate for regulated motor carriers will remain at 25% for 2017.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Drug Testing, Alcohol Testing

December 13, 2016 - Product News

Noregon Releases Updated JPro Training Videos

Image: Noregon

Noregon has released an updated training video series online for the company’s JPro Professional diagnostic software.

Tags: Technicians, JPRO, Noregon Systems, Repairs, Vehicle Diagnostics, Technician Training

December 13, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Fuel Prices Continue to Trend Higher

Diesel and gasoline prices were higher for the second week in a row, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

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