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December 13, 2016 - Industry News

FedEx CEO Warns Trump Attack on Trade Could Be 'Catastrophic'

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FedEx Chairman and CEO Fred Smith warned that President-elect Trump's campaign promises to pull back on international trade agreements could be “catastrophic.”

Tags: NAFTA, Free Trade Agreement, FedEx, Donald Trump, Economic Conditions

December 13, 2016 - Industry News

TransComply Launches Carrier Food-Safety Compliance Tool

The Uniform Food Safety Transportation Protocol is available now for use by motor carriers to comply with mandates from shippers and their broker agents under the new Food and Drug Administration rule for sanitary transportation of human and animal food, according to TransComply.

Tags: FDA, Food and Beverage Fleets, TransComply, Refrigerated Trailers

December 12, 2016 - Product News

IdleAir, eNow Agreement Means Discounts for Fleets

“The advantage here for the trucking world is that they get a mutual 25% discount off of eNow and IdleAir retail list prices,” said a spokesman.

Tags: Idle Reduction, IdleAir, eNow, Solar Panel

December 12, 2016 - Industry News

Rush Dealer Technicians to Compete in Growing Annual Rodeo

Prizes on display. Photo: Jack Roberts

San Antonio plays host to 165 technicians from Rush dealerships testing their skills against each other at the Rush Service Center Technician Rodeo.

Tags: Rush Enterprises, Technicians, Truck Dealers

December 12, 2016 - Industry News

Navistar Centralizes Used-Truck Reconditioning

Navistar has officially opened its new Used Truck Reconditioning Center in Melrose Park, Illinois, designed to be the new home for the Diamond Renewed 180-plus point inspection and serving pre-owned truck reconditioning program for used International trucks.

Tags: Navistar, Used Trucks

December 12, 2016 - Industry News

FTR: Conditions Point to Tightening Capacity

Chart: FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for October, while currently in low positive territory, remains on course to reflect improving conditions for carriers as capacity tightens from regulations being implemented.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity

December 12, 2016 - Industry News

Congress Completes Hours-of-Service Fix

Photo: Haldex

Special legislation that contains language to fix the legislative glitch that threatened use of a 34-hour restart as part of the hours-of-service rule for truck drivers passed the Senate late Friday night, Dec. 9.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

December 12, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Taps 10 Carrier Execs for Highway-Funding Task Force

Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

The American Trucking Associations has formed a panel consisting of 10 top executives of major motor carriers and the president of a state motor carrier association that its has charged with evaluating approaches to financing highway-infrastructure improvements.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Highway Funding

December 9, 2016 - Industry News

Michigan Law Opens a Door for Platooning

Screenshot via Peloton

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed S.B. 995 into law on Dec. 9, authorizing electronically coordinated truck platooning on Michigan roads by creating an exception to the state’s minimum following distance for commercial vehicles.

Tags: Michigan, Connected Vehicle Technology, Vehicle Platooning, Peloton Technology, Autonomous Vehicles

December 9, 2016 - Industry News

Colorado Announces Energy-Transfer Highway Project

Nikola recently introduced the hydrogen fueled, electric-powered Class 8 Nikola One. Photo: Tom Berg

The Colorado State Department of Transportation is working with private partners to explore the development of an energy-transfer highway segment.

Tags: Colorado, West Coast Electric Highway, Electric Vehicles

December 9, 2016 - Industry News

East Manufacturing Names Dump Trailer Product Manager

Chris Cooler Photo: East Manufacturing

East Manufacturing appointed Chris Cooler as its product manager for dump trailers in addition to his role as Mid-South regional manager.

Tags: Leadership, People, East Manufacturing, Trailers, Dump Trailers

December 9, 2016 - Industry News

Turnover Hits 5-Year Low at Large Truckload Fleets

Turnover at truckload fleets with more than $30 million in annual revenue dropped two points to 81% in the third quarter of 2016, according to American Trucking Associations.

Tags: ATA, Driver Turnover, Truckload

December 9, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler: Mexico a 'Land of Opportunity'

Daimler Trucks North America sees opportunity in Mexico -- but challenges include new emissions standards and volatile currency. Credit: Mexico Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes

Daimler Trucks North America sees opportunity in Mexico – but challenges include new emissions standards and volatile currency.

Tags: Mexico, Global, Daimler Trucks North America, Emissions Standards

December 8, 2016 - Industry News

Bimbo Bakeries Adds Propane Autogas Vehicles

PHOTO: Bimbo Bakeries

Bimbo Bakeries USA added a new fleet of delivery vehicles powered by propane autogas at its Elkridge, Md., facility with the help of a grant from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA).

Tags: Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Bimbo Bakeries, Delivery Fleets, Ford F-59

December 8, 2016 - Industry News

Westport Gains EPA Certification to Modify 2017 Ford Trucks

Westport has gained approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to equip 2017-model-year Ford vehicles with its WiNG Power System that enables the vehicles to run compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquid propane gas (LPG), also known as propane autogas.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Vehicle Modifiers, Westport

December 8, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Assembly Plant Donates Truck to Local High Schools

New River Valley Assembly Plant is awarding a 2009 Volvo highway tractor to Pulaski County High Schools for the creation of curriculum for high school students to learn fundamental truck systems, assembly and repair techniques. Photo: Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks New River Valley Assembly Plant is awarding a 2009 Volvo highway tractor to Pulaski County High Schools for the creation of a curriculum for students.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Awards, Donations, Assembly Plants

December 8, 2016 - Product News

FourKites Platform Available on Geotab Marketplace

Photo: FourKites

FourKites, a real-time tracking platform provider, has announced that its platform is available on the Geotab Marketplace.

Tags: Geotab, Asset Tracking, FourKites

December 8, 2016 - Product News

Grand Island Express Finds Video Helps CSA Scores

Photo: Lytx

Grand Island Express, a Grand Island, Neb.-based 140-vehicle for-hire trucking company, deployed Lytx’s video-based telematics system DriveCam throughout its fleet; a move that it says has improved the fleet’s safety record.

Tags: DriveCam, CSA, Video Event Recorders, Lytx, Driver Coaching

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Load Availability Soars, Rates Inch Higher Over Past Week

The number of available loads on the spot truckload freight market surged last week compared to the previous week as expected, following the Thanksgiving holiday, while rates moved to their best levels out of the last four weeks, according to DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

Updated: Fix for Hours-of-Service Glitch in the Works

Image: Haldex

Special legislation, in the form of a Continuing Resolution, introduced in Congress in hopes of averting a year-end government shutdown contains language that would permanently fix the glitch in previous legislation that threatened the use of a 34-hour restart as part of the hours-of-service rule for truck drivers.

Tags: Hours of Service, HOS, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Finally Issues Final Rule on Driver-Training Standards

Photo: FMCSA

A very long-awaited final rule on national minimum training standards for entry-level applicants seeking to obtain a commercial driver’s license or certain endorsements was announced on Dec. 7 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Driver Training, Commercial Vehicle Training Association

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

HDT Opens Nominations for 2017 Truck Fleet Innovators

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine is seeking nominations for the 2017 Truck Fleet Innovators award. We are looking for fleet executives who are leading with innovative ideas and solutions to serious problems in the trucking industry.

Tags: Awards, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Releases Autonomous Vehicle Recommendations

A Freightliner demo driver demonstrates autonomous mode for Daimler Trucks North America's Inspiration Truck, the first autonomous truck to have a license to legally operate on U.S. public highways. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Pennsylvania’s Autonomous Vehicles Testing Policy Task Force has delivered recommended guidance to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to help develop policies for testing highly automated vehicles.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

Mascot Opens Driveshaft Repair Facility Near Indianapolis

Mascot Truck Parts has opened a full service driveshaft repair facility in Plainfield, Ind., the remanufacturing company announced.

Tags: New Facility, Aftermarket Parts, Drive Shaft

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress Agrees to Join Trucking Alliance

Photo: Jack Roberts

U.S. Xpress has accepted an invitation to join the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, also known as The Trucking Alliance, beginning in 2017.

Tags: U.S. Xpress, The Trucking Alliance

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