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November 3, 2017 - Industry News

Medium-Duty Orders Cool in October

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Orders of classes 5-7 vehicles fell 1.5% to 19,500 units in October compared to a year ago, as the medium-duty truck market has remained steady since the fourth quarter of 2015 with about 20,000 units per month, according to ACT Research.

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

November 3, 2017 - Product News

Road Ready Telematics Available on Wabash Trailers

Photo: Truck-Lite

The Truck-Lite Road Ready smart trailer system is now available as an option on Wabash dry and refrigerated van trailers.

Tags: LED Lighting, Telematics, Truck-Lite, Wabash, Trailers

November 3, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment Recovers from Previous Month, Factory Orders Strong

Employers added another 261,000 non-farm jobs to the nation’s payrolls in October, but none were from trucking, according to a Labor Department report. A separate report showed another good month for the nation’s factories.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Factory Orders, Employment, Factory Shipments

November 3, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: ArcBest Rises, YRC Plummets, USA Ekes Out Profit

Trucking and logistics provider ArcBest reported third quarter numbers showing net income improved a little more than 14.5% to $14.8 million, or 56 cents per share, 2 cents below Wall Street expectations.

Tags: USA Truck, ABF, YRC Worldwide, YRC Freight, ArcBest Corp., Fleet Earnings

November 2, 2017 - Industry News

Clean Air Action Plan Approved by SoCal Ports

Photo: Port of Long Beach

The Clean Air Action Plan, which seeks to aggressively reduce emissions at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, has been approved by the harbor commissions of both ports.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports

November 2, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Surged in October

Class 8 truck orders in October surged significantly from the previous month as the Fall ordering push began, according to preliminary numbers from ACT Research and FTR.

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

November 2, 2017 - Industry News

Ryder Taking Delivery of 125 Chanje Electric Vans

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Ryder System has started to take delivery of 125 medium-duty electric-powered panel vans as part of the company’s exclusive sales and service partnership with Chanje Energy, which was announced in August.

Tags: Vans, Leased Vehicles, Ryder System, Electric Vehicles, Chanje

November 2, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA to Tap Louisiana's Gautreaux as Deputy Administrator

Cathy Gautreaux Photo: Louisiana Motor Transport Association

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is expected to soon name Louisiana Motor Transport Association Executive Director Cathy Gautreaux as the agency’s next deputy administrator, according to an industry source.

Tags: FMCSA, Louisiana Motor Transport Association, People

November 2, 2017 - Industry News

UPS to Retrofit Class 8 Trucks with Collision-Mitigation Technology

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UPS has announced that it is equipping more than 5,700 of its existing Class 8 tractors with advanced collision mitigation technology that can alert drivers to moving and stationary objects around the vehicle.

Tags: Driver Safety, UPS, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Collision Mitigation Technology

November 2, 2017 - Industry News

Whitewood Transport Selected to Haul Capitol Christmas Tree

Kenworth T680 Advantage with U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Truck decal design. Image: Kenworth

Whitewood Transport of Billings, Mont., has been selected to transport the 2017 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree using a specially designed Kenworth T680 Advantage.

Tags: Kenworth, Montana, T680, Capitol Christmas Tree, Christmas

November 2, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: XPO Sets Record High; C.H. Robinson, Hub Group Post Declines

Trucking and logistics provider XPO Logistics Inc. on Wednesday reported income and revenue hit a record-high of any quarter during the third quarter of 2017. C.H. Robinson and Hub Group, however, did not fare as well.

Tags: XPO Logistics, C.H. Robinson, Hub Group, Fleet Earnings

November 2, 2017 - Industry News

TRALA Affirms Effort to Prevent Truck Attacks

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In the wake of a terrorist aiming a rented pickup truck down a bike path in an attack that killed 8 persons and injured another 12 in Manhattan on Halloween, the Truck Rental and Leasing Association has stated that it continues to “stand with all law enforcement in doing everything we can to prevent the misuse of trucks to do harm.”

Tags: TRALA, Truck Rental, Terrorism, Security

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Alliance Adopts AAA Advanced Safety Tech Recommendations

Photo: Maverick Transportation

The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, commonly known as the Trucking Alliance, announced that its carrier members must use four truck-safety technologies that the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has concluded are critical to reducing large truck crashes and saving lives.

Tags: The Trucking Alliance, Safety, Air Disc Brakes, AAA, Hair Testing, In-Vehicle Video, Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Nominee Martinez Committed to ELD Rule

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President Trump’s nominee for Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said in Senate testimony that he will not delay implementation of the electronic logging device mandate that starts to kick in on Dec. 18, less than seven weeks from now.

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate, FMCSA, Donald Trump, Telematics

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Dejana Opens Underground Ship-Thru Facility

Dejana's new  ship-thru facility will be located entirely underground in the Hunt Midwest Automotive Alley Subtropolis. (Photo: Dejana)

Dejana Truck and Utility Equipment, a subsidiary of Douglas Dynamics, Inc., announced the opening of a new 90,000 square foot ship-thru facility in Kansas City, Mo. The new facility will be located entirely underground in the Hunt Midwest Automotive Alley Subtropolis.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford Transit, Ship Thru, Dejana Truck Equipment, Upfitters

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

TCA Program to Teach Carriers About Insurance

The Truckload Carriers Association and the Motor Carrier Insurance Education Foundation launched a certification program dedicated to improving insurance performance, called the Motor Carrier Insurance Risk Management Program.

Tags: Training, Insurance, TCA

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Maverick Raises Pay for Flatbed, Glass Division Drivers

Screenshot via Maverick Transportation

Maverick Transportation has announced a 5-cent per mile pay increase for drivers in its Flatbed and Glass over-the-road divisions. The pay increase is applicable to all drivers in both divisions, including student drivers.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Maverick, Driver Pay, Drivers

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

PIT Group Studies Effectiveness of Driver Training

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Driver fuel efficiency and safety training is only effective if it includes refresher courses, according to results from a recent PIT Group study on driver training.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Training, Fuel Efficiency, PIT Group, Driver Coaching, Drivers

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

TA Truck Service Turns Attention to Smaller Fleets

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While TA Truck Service has historically focused on large, national fleets, the company is now going after vocational fleets and multi-use construction companies.

Tags: TravelCenters of America, Construction Fleets, Vocational Fleets, TA Truck Service

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Slip But Stay High

Graphic: DAT

The availability of spot truckload freight dipped 1.8% while the number of trucks posted fell 2.4% during the week ending Oct. 28, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Keeps Expanding but Construction Uneven

The nation’s manufacturing sector continued growing over an array of industries last month, though there is a bit of disagreement as to how fast it is expanding, following the release of two reports.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Gross Domestic Product

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Intermodal Surges in Third Quarter, Volume Hits Record High

Graphic: IANA

Total intermodal freight volumes climbed 6.3% year-over-year in the third quarter for the strongest growth rate in over three years, according to new figures from the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA).

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Freight

October 31, 2017 - Industry News

EPA Aiming to Yank Glider Kits from GHG/MPG Rule

New glider kit fitted with pre-2002 engine. Photo: Tom Berg

The Environmental Protection Agency has begun the formal process to launch a rulemaking that would eliminate provisions affecting glider kits within the Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards, which start to take effect in January.

Tags: Emissions, EPA, Glider Kits, GHG Phase 2

October 31, 2017 - Industry News

HDA Truck Pride’s Tina Alread Honored by Northwood University

Tina Alread Photo: Northwood University

Tina Alread, vice president of marketing and communications for HDA Truck Pride, has been recognized by Northwood University, in partnership with the Auto Care Association, AWDA, and MEMA for her dedication to aftermarket education.

Tags: Leadership, Aftermarket, Awards, People, HDA Truck Pride

October 31, 2017 - Product News

Geotab Adds Trio of Solutions to Marketplace

Photo courtesy of Geotab.

Geotab has added three solutions geared to heavy-duty fleets to the Marketplace app platform, including Descartes MacroPoint, Welltrax by Vertrax, and HighJump Prophesy Dispatch TMS.

Tags: Geotab, Mobile Apps, 3PL, OBDII Device, Freight

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