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July 14, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Turnover Falls 12 Percentage Points in First Quarter

Turnover rates at large and small truckload fleets fell by 12 percentage points in the first quarter of 2015, though it is uncertain if this trend will continue in the months ahead.

Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Conference: Leader Behavior Drives Safety Culture

Shell Global Road Safety Manager Mike Watson addresses the 2015 Fleet Safety Conference. Photo by Chris Wolski.

In his opening keynote address at the 2015 Fleet Safety Conference, Shell Global Road Safety Manager Mike Watson describes the controls and leadership necessary to foster a successful corporate safety culture.

Tags: Shell, Fleet Safety Conference, Leadership

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

Dana Names New President/CEO

Dana Names James Kamsickas new president and chief executive officer. Photo courtesy of Dana

Dana Holdings Corp. named James K. Kamsickas president and chief executive officer, succeeding the retiring Roger J. Wood.

Tags: Leadership, Dana Holding Corp., People

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

Retail Sales Drop Surprises Analysts

Economic Watch: Retail sales in the U.S. eased up in June, according to a new Commerce Department report, while previous month's figures were revised lower.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

C.R. England Rewards Drivers With Western Star Trucks

C.R. England is adding nearly 200 Western Star 5700 XE tractors to it's fleet this year. Photo courtesy of C.R. England

C.R. England is adding nearly 200 Western Star 5700 XE tractors to its fleet over the next few months, with tenured solo and team drivers and million miler drivers receiving the trucks first.

Tags: Western Star, C.R. England, Automated Manual Transmissions, Detroit DT12, Driver Retention

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

Short-Term Highway Patch, Trucking Issues on The Hill

HDT file photo

The House of Representatives unveils a short-term funding patch to keep the highway program running for the next six months, as a Senate committee prepares to consider a comprehensive highway safety bill Wednesday that addresses trucking issues such as CSA reforms, younger drivers and hair testing.

Tags: Highway Funding, CSA, Hair Testing, Legislation

July 13, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Drops, Environment Still Positive

The index has fallen since January and except for April, has been lower than in 2014.

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index measure for May dropped to a three-year low of 4.91 due to softer capacity, pricing, and fuel prices. The index is expected to move into significantly more positive territory as the anticipated regulatory drag in 2016 and 2017 dramatically tightens capacity.

Tags: Trucking Conditions Index, Economy, FTR

July 13, 2015 - Industry News

Gasoline Bucks Trend of Dropping Diesel, Oil Prices

Diesel fuel prices continue to drop as crude oil futures continue to reflect a worldwide glut. Gasoline prices, however, jumped nearly 30 cents a gallon in California.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices

July 13, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Conference Kicks Off

The Fleet Safety Conference kicked off Monday evening in Schaumburg, Ill., and will offer sessions over the next two days about creating a positive safety culture at the corporate and fleet level.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Fleet Events

July 13, 2015 - Industry News

TMC's Tech Talk to Celebrate 500th Broadcast

Dave Nemo

The weekly program covers issues involving maintenance, inspection and specification of brakes, on-board vehicle electronics and electrical systems, engines, seating, tires and more.

Tags: Technicians, Satellite Radio, Technology & Maintenance Council, Sirius XM

July 13, 2015 - Industry News

Truck-Mounted Instruments to Measure Pavement Friction

A specially equipped Volvo VHD 430 totes a Sideway-force Coefficient Routine Investigation Machine (SCRIM) – to evaluate friction on roadways to determine whether highway improvements could reduce crashes.  Photo: Volvo Trucks

The project will help states develop pavement friction management programs and demonstrate measuring equipment.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Safety, Pavement Research, Highways

July 13, 2015 - Industry News

Thinwall Iron Castings May Help Reduce Vehicle Weight

A metals industry group is exploring lightweight ferrous products as an alternative to more expensive materials in the quest for cutting weight from trucks and other transport vehicles, says Grede Holdings, an iron castings supplier that’s involved in the project.

Tags: lightweighting

July 13, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Bill Calls for Hourly Pay for Truck Drivers

Among other things, the bill calls for a look at the safety effect of long commutes before a driver even starts his day.

A new Senate bill calls for truck drivers to be paid by the hour and would increase minimum insurance levels, mandate collision avoidance systems and speed limiters, and study the effects on safety of truck drivers having to drive hours just to get to the start of their workday.

Tags: Legislation, Insurance, Collision Avoidance Technology, Speed Limiter, U.S. Senate, Driver Pay

July 13, 2015 - Industry News

Chevrolet Silverado Gets Facelift for 2016

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet's Silverado pickup will arrive for 2016 with a bolder look, including a reworked front end, General Motors has announced.

Tags: Chevrolet, 2016-MY, Chevrolet Silverado, Large Pickups

July 13, 2015 - Industry News

TMW to Hold User Conference In September

TMW Systems president David Wangler speaking at last year's TransForum.  Photo: Jim Beach

TMW Systems will hold its annual TransForum User Conference and Exhibition Sept. 13-16 in Orlando, Fla.

Tags: Information Technology, TMW Systems, Events

July 10, 2015 - Industry News

Navistar Latest Truck Maker to Skip MATS Exhibit

Navistar's booth at this year's MATS. Photo: Sven-Erik Lindstrand

Navistar is following in the footsteps of Daimler Trucks North America and Volvo Trucks in deciding to skip exhibiting at the 2016 Mid-America Trucking Show, with plans to return in 2017.

Tags: Navistar, Events, Mid-America Trucking Show

July 10, 2015 - Industry News

House Bill Would Up Fuel Tax By Over 10 Cents

Photo: Jim Park

Aiming to address both the lack of funding for the Highway Trust Fund and the lack of trust in finding a long-term solution for that, Rep. Tim Rice (R-SC) has introduced a bill that would hike federal motor-fuel taxes by 10.1 cents per gallon and index the new rate to inflation.

Tags: Fuel Tax, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund

July 10, 2015 - Industry News

Dispatcher Charged with Holding Cargo Hostage

Kentucky dispatcher Bryan Napier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud for his part in a scheme to defraud shippers.

Tags: FMCSA, FBI, Crime & Fraud, Dispatch, Shippers

July 10, 2015 - Industry News

Bill Could Be First Step to Younger Truck Drivers

Bill would let states jointly study lowering the CDL age requirement for interstate truckers. Photo: Haldex

A Senate bill would instruct FMCSA to conduct a pilot study of lowering the age at which Class A CDL holders can drive trucks across state lines.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Driver Shortage, U.S. Senate

July 10, 2015 - Global News

BMW Employs Fully Electric 40-Ton Truck

Photo courtesy of BMW Group

BMW Group says it will be the first auto manufacturer in Europe to use a large, fully-electric truck to transport materials on public roads.

Tags: Germany, BMW Group, Battery-Electric Vehicles

July 10, 2015 - Industry News

Goodyear Expands Commercial Tire & Service Center Network

The Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Network is expanding with the opening of three new locations.

Tags: Tires, Retreads, Service Center, Goodyear Tire & Rubber

July 9, 2015 - Industry News

Expedite Expo Focuses on Owner Operators

Via Expedite Expo

Expedite Expo 2015 is a trade show focused on the expedited trucking industry set to take place July 24-25 in Wilmington, Ohio.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, TravelCenters of America, Events, Owner-Operators

July 9, 2015 - Industry News

Shipping Execs Reveal Frustration with Hazmat Regs

Labelmaster has released the findings of a survey it conducted of shipping executives that reveals their frustrations with confusing hazardous materials regulations.

Tags: Regulations, Survey, Shippers, Hazmat

July 9, 2015 - Industry News

Fuel Price Forecast Calls for Small Increases

Photo via Freefoto.com.

The U.S. Energy Department this week revised its expectations for fuel prices this year, but they aren’t expected to go wildly higher.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, U.S. Department of Energy

July 9, 2015 - Industry News

CVSA Names International Driver Excellence Award Winner

IDEA winner Ross Reynolds. Courtesy of CVSA

The CVSA has named Con-way Freight driver Ross Reynolds the first winner of its International Driver Excellence Award.

Tags: Drivers, driver safety, Awards, CVSA

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