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October 7, 2014 - Industry News

Prime Inc. Orders 2,500 Reefer Trailers

Prime truck with a 3000R Reefer Trailer. Photo via Prime Inc.

Utility Trailers announced that Prime Inc. placed an order for 2,500 trailers, the largest single trailer order in the company’s history.

Tags: Trailers, Reefers, Prime Inc., Utility Trailer Manufacturing

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Continue to Fall

Continuing the downward trend, diesel and regular unleaded gasoline prices fell by a few cents this week according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Oil Prices

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

ATA MC&E: Economy Improves, Driver Shortage Continues

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello, center, was joined by (left to right) John Felmy of the American Petroleum Institute, Jack Kleinhenz of the National Retail Federation and Chad Moutray of the National Association of Manufacturers, to discuss the current status of the economy and its effect on the industry. Photo by Evan Lockridge

SAN DIEGO -- American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello discussed the current freight levels, highlighting the fact that the ATA truck tonnage index hit a record high in August, before posing questions to this year's economic panel.

Tags: Economy, Bob Costello, Driver Retention, Driver Recruitment, ATA MC&E

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

Kansas Court Rules FedEx Drivers Are Employees

FedEx Ground says since 2011, it has only contracted with incorporated businesses that treat their drivers as employees. Photo: FedEx Ground

The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that a group of about 500 drivers working for FedEx Ground had been misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees.

Tags: Kansas, Litigation, Independent Contractors, FedEx, FedEx Ground

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Honors 2014 Safety Award Winners

(L-R): Mike Cain, Michelin vice president of original equipment; Mark Seymour, president of Kriska Holdings; Denise Elliot, safety manager, Kriska Holdings; Senta Brookshire, director of safety and driver development, Britton Transport; Jim Stockeland, president of Britton Transport; and Gӧran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North American sales and marketing. Photo by Stephane Babcock

SAN DIEGO -- Volvo Trucks announced its 2014 Safety Awards winners on the exhibit hall floor of this year’s American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Driver Safety, Volvo Trucks, ATA MC&E

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Bullish on North American Truck Market

Martin Daum, DTNA president and CEO

SAN DIEGO – Daimler Trucks North America expects steady growth in truck sales over the next couple of years, projecting this year will end up with 374,000 Class 6-8 units sold in North America and 411,000 for 2015 – and it's getting ready to ramp up its production to accommodate.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Sales, Transmissions, Daimler Trucks North America, Automated Manual Transmissions, ATA MC&E

October 6, 2014 - Product News

Mack Makes AMT Standard on Pinnacle

Mack mDrive automated manual transmission.

SAN DIEGO -- Mack Trucks is making its mDrive automated manual transmission standard equipment on its Pinnacle on-highway truck model.

Tags: Mack, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions, ATA MC&E, Fuel Economy

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Chrysler Recalls Ram ProMaster Vans

Photo of Ram ProMaster courtesy of Chrysler Group.

The vans were assembled with head restraints that may exceed the allowable gap between an occupant’s head and the restraint.

Tags: Chrysler, Recalls, 2014-MY, Full-Size Vans, Ram ProMaster

October 6, 2014 - Product News

Medium-Duty Engines Coming from Detroit

SAN DIEGO -- Daimler Trucks North America announced that it will offer Detroit medium-duty engines beginning in 2016, and that itss entire product line-up, including vehicles equipped with the DD5 and DD8, will meet GHG17 standards early.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Engines, Daimler Trucks North America, ATA MC&E, Medium-Duty Trucks, Emissions Reduction

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Donates Truck to ATA’s Safety Outreach Program

The Volvo VNL 780 being donated America's Road Team. Photo: Volvo Trucks

SAN DIEGO -- Volvo is donating a VNL 780 truck to the ATA’s America’s Road Team and will continue as the sole sponsor of the trucking industry safety outreach program.

Tags: ATA, Volvo Trucks, America's Road Team, ATA MC&E, Image

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Poll Gauges American Attitudes Toward Trucking Image, Infrastructure Funding

Pollster Neil Newhouse talks about survey results. Photo by Evan Lockridge.

SAN DIEGO – It looks like the trucking industry's efforts to educate the general public about the safety and vital nature of trucking may be working, based on results of a new national poll released Monday at the American Trucking Associations' Management Conference and Exhibition.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Hours of Service, Survey, Image, Infrastructure Funding, ATA MC&E

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Engineers Hires Marketing VP

Ken Griswold, VP of Sales and Marketing at Fleet Engineers. Photo via Fleet Engineers

Fleet Engineers hired Kenneth D. Griswold as the company’s vice president of sales and marketing, a veteran with decades in the transportation marketing industry.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, People, Fleet Engineers

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Dealing With Hail Storms

Here is some advice on what steps drivers can take to stay safe and protect their vehicle in a major hail storm.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Hail Damage

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Shows Hours of Service Top Trucking Concern

ATRI President, COO Rebecca Brewster. Photo: Evan Lockridge

SAN DIEGO -- The American Transportation Research Institute on Monday unveiled its list of the top ten critical issues facing the North American trucking industry, during the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.

Tags: ATA, Research, CSA, Hours of Service, Driver Shortage, Electronic Logging Devices, ATRI, ELDs, ATA MC&E

October 6, 2014 - Product News

SmartDrive Introduces 360-Degree Camera View

Illustration courtesy of SmartDrive.

SAN DIEGO -- SmartDrive Systems announced the availability of its new SmartDrive Assurance product line, a video-based safety program which can be used to reduce risks on the road and improve overall fleet operating environments, according to the company.

October 6, 2014 - Global News

Asia-Pacific Strongest Market for Biofuel Growth

Photo courtesy of Frost & Sullivan.

The Asia-Pacific region will see the strongest growth in the use of ethanol and biodiesel by 2018, according to a report by London-based analyst Frost & Sullivan.

Tags: Biodiesel, Frost & Sullivan, Brazil, China

October 6, 2014 - Product News

Daimler Trucks North America to Offer Integrated Safety Systems

SAN DIEGO -- Daimler Trucks North America announced it will begin offering a proprietary suite of integrated safety systems next spring, building on technology used in the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025.

Tags: Lane Departure Warning, Collision Avoidance Technology, Daimler Trucks North America, ATA MC&E

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Falls; Manufacturing, Construction Slows

Both the trucking industry and the overall economy added jobs in September, pushing the unemployment rate down below 6% for the first time since July 2008 and hitting its lowest level in six years.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Manufacturing, Non-Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Employment

October 5, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Honors Mike Russell Trucking Industry Image Award Winners

SAN DIEGO – American Trucking Associations Sunday honored two individuals, a state trucking association and an allied company with the eighth annual Mike Russell Trucking Industry Image Award.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Image, ATA MC&E

October 5, 2014 - Industry News

Blunt: Regs Could Keep U.S. From Taking Advantage of Opportunity

Roy Blunt, R-Mo., talks regulations at ATA MC&E. Photo by Evan Lockridge.

SAN DIEGO -- The United States has exciting opportunities it can take advantage of, if the government shows a little common sense and doesn't allow over-regulation to stand in the way. That was the message of Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., speaking Sunday at the American Trucking Associations' Management Conference and Exhibition.

Tags: Regulations, U.S. Senate, ATA MC&E

October 5, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Chief Safety Officer Lays Out 2015 Priorities at ATA

FMCSA Chief Safety Officer Jack Van Steenberg talks about the agency's 2015 priorities. Photo by Evan Lockridge

SAN DIEGO – Even though next year is still about three months away, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set some priorities for 2015, including electronic logs and "inspection modernization."

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, ATA, CSA, ATA MC&E

October 5, 2014 - Product News

Spireon, Premier Trailer Leasing Present ROI Business Case

Spireon and Premier Trailer Leasing presented a case study showing return on investment for trailer and asset tracking and intelligence on the second day of this year’s ATA Management Conference and Exhibition.

Tags: Trailers, Spireon, Driver Retention, Asset Tracking

October 5, 2014 - Industry News

Trillium CNG's New Compressor May Double Refueling Rate

Trillium President Mary Boettcher is bullish on the future of CNG in trucking. Photo by Evan Lockridge

SAN DIEGO -- Trillium CNG announced a new compressor that has the potential to double the refueling rate for vehicles powered by compressed natural gas. This could allow more vehicles to fuel at one time and offer opportunities for future advances in CNG technology, according to the company.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Trillium CNG, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG Fueling Stations, ATA MC&E

October 4, 2014 - Industry News

Acuity Insurance Hires Industry Veteran as Trucking Specialist

Cliff Johnson, Acuity trucking specialist. Photo: Evan Lockridge

SAN DIEGO -- The insurance company Acuity announced on Saturday, prior to the start of the American Trucking Associations Management Conference and Exhibition in San Diego, that it has hired a trucking industry veteran as a dedicated trucking specialist.

Tags: Insurance, People, ATA MC&E

October 4, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Leaders, Professional Drivers Take Healthy Trucker Challenge

SAN DIEGO -- Who's healthier? A group of trucking fleet executives or members of America's Road Team? The Health Trucker Challenge aims to find out during this week's American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Driver Health, ATA MC&E

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