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February 21, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: XPO Logistics Reports Annual Profit of $69 Million

XPO Logistics moved well into the black for the fourth quarter and full year 2016, with a number of fourth-quarter metrics setting company records as strong e-commerce offset weak intermodal numbers.

Tags: XPO Logistics, Fleet Earnings

February 21, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Groups Ask Chao to Kill Safety Fitness Determination Proposal

Image: FMCSA

A large coalition of groups representing property and passenger carriers is requesting that Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao rescind the Carrier Safety Fitness Determination notice of proposed rulemaking issued over a year ago by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Elaine Chao, Regulations

February 21, 2017 - Industry News

Freight Shows Signs of Life in ATA Truck Tonnage Index

Source: ATA

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 2.9% in January, offsetting some of the decline noted in December.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

February 21, 2017 - Industry News

Global Congestion Costing Commercial Drivers

Photo via Wikimedia.

The cost of traffic congestion increased in 2016 to an average of $1,400 for U.S. drivers, as congestion worsened in Los Angeles, which has become the most congested city in the world, according to the Inrix Traffic Scorecard.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Los Angeles, Inrix, Russia

February 21, 2017 - Product News

Fleets Increasingly Adding Video Telematics From Lytx

Photo courtesy of Lytx.

Lytx has increased subscriptions for its video-based telematics system by more than 25% in global markets in the past year since being acquired by private equity firm GTCR, the company announced.

Tags: Telematics, Video Event Recorders, Lytx, In-Vehicle Video, Safety

February 21, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar President and CEO Named Board Chairman

Troy A. Clarke Photo: Navistar

Following Navistar International’s annual shareholder meeting on Feb. 14, the board of directors has elected company president and CEO Troy A. Clarke as its chairman.

Tags: Navistar, Leadership, People, C-Suite

February 21, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Orders Reflect Rebounding Market

Class 8 truck orders hit a 13-month high in January at 22,188 units, rebounding from poor 2016 numbers for the second and third quarter, according to ACT Research.

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

February 21, 2017 - Industry News

January Trailer Orders Indicate Rise in Fleet Confidence

Photo: Stoughton Trailers

Trailer orders in January increased 92% compared to the same month of 2016 but were down slightly from December's orders, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

February 21, 2017 - Industry News

Intermodal Freight Rates Jump, Truckload Linehaul Slips

Intermodal rates rose in January by the largest amount in more than two years, while truckload linehaul rates retreated, according to one measure.

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

February 21, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Pace of Manufacturing Expansion Slows

A preliminary look at economic conditions in the U.S. manufacturing sector during February shows they improved at a slightly slower pace than the 22-month peak seen during January.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing

February 17, 2017 - Industry News

Rush Truck Centers Opens Third New Mexico Dealership

Photo via Rush Enterprises

Dealer group Rush Enterprises opened a Rush Truck Center in Farmington, New Mexico, to strength the company’s service capabilities in the region.

Tags: New Locations, Dealers, Rush Truck Center

February 17, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Alliance Pulls Hard for Hair-Testing

J.B Hunt is among the member companies of the Trucking Alliance seeking an exemption to let them conduct hair-testing for pre-employment drug testing of driver applicants. Photo: Drivewyze

The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security (a.k.a. “Trucking Alliance”) has submitted a set of comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to support a petition calling for motor carriers to be exempt from having to use urinalysis to test for drug use by CDL driver applicants.

Tags: FMCSA, The Trucking Alliance, Hair Testing, Drug Testing

February 17, 2017 - Industry News

Mack Names Vision Truck Group Dealer of the Year

John Slotegraaf, president of Vision Truck Group (center right), accepts the award from Dayle Wetherell, Mack regional vice president, Canada (left), Jonathan Randall, senior vice president of sales, Mack Trucks North America (center left), and Dennis Slagle, president, Mack Trucks (right). Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has named the Vision Truck Group of Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, its 2016 North American Dealer of the Year.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Awards, Truck Dealers, Canada

February 17, 2017 - Industry News

PeopleNet Names Vice President of Product Management

Eric Witty Photo: PeopleNet

PeopleNet has appointed Eric Witty to the role of vice president of product management, overseeing product lines and setting the product vision and direction for the company.

Tags: Leadership, PeopleNet, People, Trimble

February 17, 2017 - Industry News

SmartDrive Announces 94% Growth In 2016

The company has also reported a growth of almost 400 percent over the past three years.

Tags: SmartDrive Systems, Telematics

February 17, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Leading Indicators, E-Commerce Sales Post Impressive Gains

Three new economic reports add to increasing evidence the U.S. economy will have a better overall first quarter of the year than the final three months of 2016.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, E-commerce, Home Starts, Leading Economic Indicators

February 16, 2017 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stops Opens 14th Location in Illinois

Photo: Love's

Love’s Travel Stops has opened a new facility in Knoxville, Ill., along Interstate 74. It is the company's 14th location in the state.

Tags: New Locations, Love's Travel Stops, Truckstops, Truck Parking

February 16, 2017 - Industry News

Goodyear Announces Highway Hero Award Finalists

Last year's Goodyear Highway Hero Award winner, Julian Kaczor. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Goodyear Tire& Rubber has announced the finalists for its 34th Goodyear Highway Hero Award, honoring truck drivers who put themselves in harm’s way to help others.

Tags: Goodyear, Awards, Goodyear Highway Hero, MATS

February 16, 2017 - Industry News

Omnitracs Partners with Peloton on Truck Platooning Product

Photo: Peloton

Omnitracs and Peloton Technology announced a partnership that will bring Peloton’s truck platooning technology to Omnitracs fleet management solutions customers.

Tags: Omnitracs, Truck Platooning, Peloton Technology, Fuel Economy

February 15, 2017 - Industry News

Two Detroit DOT Workers Charged in CDL Fraud Scheme

Two employees of the City of Detroit Department of Transportation have been charged with forgery and bribery related to a commercial driver’s license fraud scheme.

Tags: CDL, Crime & Fraud, Michigan DOT

February 15, 2017 - Industry News

Arizona Uses Road Sensors to Spot Ice Before It Forms

Photo via Arizona Department of Transportation

Sensors installed at three locations along Interstate 40 west of Flagstaff, Ariz., are helping the Arizona Department of Transportation detect and address icy road conditions before they are present.

Tags: Winter Driving, Arizona DOT, Safety, Drivers

February 15, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Van, Reefer Rates Fall While Flatbeds Keep Climbing

The flatbed market continued to be the brightest of the three major spot truckload sectors last week, according to new numbers released by DAT Solutions, based on activity from its load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 15, 2017 - Industry News

PG&E Unveils Plug-In Electric Truck

Photo courtesy of PG&E

Pacific Gas & Electric Company has unveiled its first plug-in hybrid-electric Class 6 truck. The vehicle, developed by Efficient Drivetrains Incorporated, combines up to 50 miles of all-electric driving with 300 miles of driving range in hybrid mode.

Tags: PG&E, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Utility Fleets

February 15, 2017 - Industry News

Bridge Report Finds Nearly 56,000 Bridges Still Need Attention

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association published an  interactive map showing the states with the highest percentage of structurally deficient bridges. Source: ARTBA

The U.S. Department of Transportation has released the 2016 National Bridge Inventory, which indicates that 55,710 bridges are structurally compromised-- including 13,000 that need replacement, widening, or major reconstruction.

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. DOT, Bridges

February 15, 2017 - Industry News

Power Heavy Duty Network Adds 1 & 9 Chrome Shop

Power Heavy Duty has announced the addition of the 1 & 9 Chrome Shop based in Port Newark, N.J. as its newest member company.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Distributors, Power Heavy Duty

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