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January 3, 2018 - Industry News

TransForce Acquires Truckdrivingjobs.com Parent Firm

TransForce has acquired the assets of Trucking Unlimited, which operates Truckdrivingjobs.com, a job board that matches motor carriers with truck drivers.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Mergers & Acquisitions, TransForce, Employment

January 3, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Surges, Construction Scores Record High

Two readings of the nation’s manufacturing sector showed solid increases in December with one showing the strongest growth in nearly three years while another report showed construction spending hit a record high.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, GDP, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Federal Reserve, Gross Domestic Product

January 2, 2018 - Industry News

House Transpo Chair Shuster Not Running in 2018

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) Photo: Evan Lockridge

Rep. Bill Shuster, chairman of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has announced that he will not seek reelection this year.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Infrastructure, People, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

January 2, 2018 - Industry News

Daseke Company Adds Washington Glass Hauler

Belmont Enterprises has joined Smokey Point Distributing, a Daseke company. The Olympia, Wash.,-based Belmont Enterprises is a dedicated glass hauler. Photo: Daseke

Smokey Point Distributing, a Daseke company, has announced that Olympia, Wash.-based dedicated glass hauler Belmont Enterprises has joined the company.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Daseke Inc.

January 2, 2018 - Industry News

Isuzu FTR Scores Strongly in Independent Testing

Photo: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America

The new four-cylinder Isuzu FTR truck achieved a strong all-around showing in independent testing, according to results announced by Isuzu commercial Truck of America.

Tags: Isuzu, Class 6, Medium-Duty Trucks, Vehicle Testing, FTR

January 2, 2018 - Industry News

Online Retailers Averaged 1 Million Returns in December

Photo: UPS

UPS is expecting a record 1.4 million returns on Jan. 3 after averaging more than 1 million returns every day before Christmas in December.

Tags: UPS, Retail Sales, E-commerce, Amazon.com, Delivery Fleets

January 2, 2018 - Product News

Solution Analyzes Applications and Prequalifies Truck Drivers

Conversion Interactive Agency and DriverFacts have partnered on a new solution to prequalify drivers for employment by pulling applicant’s data and connecting prospective employees with recruiters.

Tags: Recruiting, Background Checks, Driver Shortage, Employment

January 2, 2018 - Industry News

Langley Named President of Dart Holding, Highway Sales, and Logistics

James Langley Photo: Dart Transit

James Langley has been promoted to president of the Dart Holding Company, Highway Sales, and Logistics companies, according to a press release from Dart Network Chairman Donald Oren.

Tags: Leadership, People, Dart Transit

December 29, 2017 - Global News

China-Based Renren Buys Trucker Path

The Truckloads App from Trucker Path. Photo: Trucker Path

Renren, which operates a social networking service and internet finance business in China, has entered into an agreement to buy the trucking industry social platform Trucker Path.

Tags: China, Social Media, Mobile Apps, Trucker Path, Uber for Trucking

December 29, 2017 - Industry News

Transportation Accidents Most Common Work Fatality

Photo of car crash by CGP Grey via Wikimedia Commons.

Work deaths climbed 7% in 2016, and transportation incidents accounted for 40% of those fatalities, according to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Tags: National Safety Council, Road Deaths, Safety, Bureau of Labor Statistics

December 29, 2017 - Industry News

USA Today Finds Drivers Being Overworked at Ports

Photo: Volvo Group

Drivers may be working shifts of up to 20 hours per day for six days a week at two major Southern California ports, sometimes contributing to fatal accidents, according to a report in USA Today – but port trucking companies say the story is misleading.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Hours of Service, Port of Long Beach, Driver Fatigue, Fatal Accidents, Ports

December 29, 2017 - Global News

European Fleets to Test Electric Volkswagen Crafter Van

Photo courtesy of Volkswagen.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered battery-electric versions of its Crafter cargo van to an international group of major customers for testing before it is released in September 2018.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Volkswagen, Germany, Global

December 29, 2017 - Industry News

Ferguson Names Fleet Manager

Edmondson

Chad Edmondson provides strategic management and oversight of nearly 10,000 assets nationwide.

Tags: New Hire, Service Fleets

December 28, 2017 - Industry News

Michelin Sells TCi Stores, Retread Shop to Independent Dealers

Michelin North America Inc. has sold four Tire Centers stores and a TCi retread plant to two independent commercial tire dealers.

Tags: Michelin, Tires, TCI, Mergers & Acquisitions, Parts and Service

December 28, 2017 - Industry News

Workhorse to Spin Off Aviation Business

The SureFly Octocopter Photo: Workhorse Group

Workhorse Group announced its intention to spin off its aviation division, which includes its SureFly personal helicopter, into a separate publicly traded company named SureFly Inc. – but it will hold on to the HorseFly drone designed for parcel deliveries.

Tags: Workhorse, Corporate Restructuring, Equity Markets

December 28, 2017 - Industry News

Roehl Transport to Increase Driver Pay Per Mile

Screenshot via Roehl Transport

Roehl Transport announced an increase in mileage pay for drivers operating under the company’s Your Choice Pay Plan, effective Feb. 4, 2018.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Roehl Transport

December 28, 2017 - Industry News

Peloton Logs Over 1,000 Miles in Florida Platooning Demonstration

Peloton says trucks equipped with its latest platooning technology logged more than 1,000 miles in a series of tests in Florida earlier this month. Photo: Peloton

A series of just-concluded demonstrations in Florida will help officials there prepare for platooning legislation in the future, Peloton says.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, Fuel Efficiency, Vehicle Platooning, Truck Platooning, Peloton Technology, Advanced Vehicle Technology

December 27, 2017 - Global News

China's Geely to Buy Stake in Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks North America executives pose with a VNL tractor at the truck's launch earlier this year. Photo: Jack Roberts

A $3.3 billion deal will give China's Geely Holding, which already owns the Volvo Automobile Group, an 8.2% stake in Volvo Trucks.

Tags: Volvo, China, Volvo Trucks North America, Geely, Private Equity

December 27, 2017 - Industry News

FHWA Approves 2 Rhode Island Truck Tolling Stations

A truck-tolling project in Rhode Island, fought by the trucking industry, has received a federal go-ahead. It's expected construction of the first two electronic truck-only tolling locations on Interstate 95 will begin in January.

Tags: Environment, ATA, Tolls, Electronic Tolls, Rhode Island, FHWA

December 27, 2017 - Industry News

Freightliner Recalls 3,000 Trucks for Brake Caliper Issue

The Freightliner 108SD was one of several models recalled by Daimler Trucks North America for an issue with improperly torqued brake caliper mounting bolts. Photo: Freightliner

Daimler Trucks North America is recalling certain 2018 Freightliner, Western Star and Freightliner Custom Chassis vehicles for an issue with improperly torqued brake caliper mounting bolts.

Tags: Freightliner, Western Star, Recalls, Brakes, Freightliner Custom Chassis

December 27, 2017 - Industry News

Retread Instead Launches Letter Campaign to Combat Cheap Foreign Tires

Marangoni Tread North America’s Retread Instead campaign to promote the use of retreads over cheaper foreign tires has launched what it calls an "aggressive" Senate letter-writing campaign to reach legislators.

Tags: Senate, Tires, Retreads, Marangoni, Tariffs

December 27, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence Slips, Overall Expectations Still High

Uncertainty about tax reform was the likely culprit as a measure of consumer confidence retreated this month after hitting a 17-year high. However, expectations are the current quarter will show solid overall economic performance once more numbers start rolling in.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Confidence, Durable Goods, Home Sales, Gross Domestic Product

December 27, 2017 - Global News

Westport Supplying Natural Gas Tech to China

Photo of a CNG-powered Ford F-150 courtesy of Westport.

Westport Fuel Systems will provide its high pressure direct injection technology, designed to enable heavy-duty trucks to operate on natural gas, to the Chinese market.

Tags: China, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Global, Westport

December 27, 2017 - Industry News

Tesla's Musk 'Dying to Build' Electric Pickup

Photo of Elon Musk via jdlasica/Flickr.

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is promising to produce a battery-electric pickup truck in the near future as the latest entry in his growing lineup of vehicles that has begun to include more commercial models.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Tesla, Battery-Electric Vehicles

December 22, 2017 - Industry News

Albany XPO Drivers File for Teamsters Representation

Photo via Teamsters

Thirty-four drivers at the XPO Logistics facility in Albany, N.Y., have filed for representation with the Local 294 chapter of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the union has announced.

Tags: Teamsters, XPO Logistics, Labor Unions, Unionization

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