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February 6, 2018 - Industry News

Boyd Bros. Offers More Predictable Truck Driving Schedule

Boyd Bros. is offering experienced drivers $1,300 weekly salary and guaranteed 48 hours of home time each week between Friday and Sunday. Photo: Boyd Bros. Transportation

Boyd Bros. Transportation unveiled a new type of truck driving position that it says overhauls traditional irregular route, flatbed, over the road trucking in order to give experienced flatbed drivers a more predictable driving job.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Boyd Group, Flatbeds, Driver Pay, Employment

February 6, 2018 - Industry News

Detroit's New DD8 Diesel Engine Completes Medium-Duty Power Offerings

The dual-stage turbocharger-equipped version of Detroit’s new DD8 Diesel engine is ideal for trucks like this Freightliner SD plow/dump, which need more owner for tough vocational work. Photo: Jack Roberts

The newest Detroit diesel engine from Daimler Trucks North America gives medium-duty fleets a higher-horsepower option for tough vocational applications.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Medium-Duty Trucks, Daimler Trucks North America, Vocational Trucks, DD8, Test Drive, Engines

February 6, 2018 - Industry News

Seattle's Independent Port Drivers Get More Time to Buy Clean Trucks

Independent truck drivers at the Port of Tacoma say that regulations requiring new, clearner trucks, are too costly for them to comply with. Photo: Port of Tacoma

The Ports of Seattle and Tacoma in Washington reached a compromise with independent truckers who threatened a walk-out over a program that would ban trucks that don’t meet 2007 emissions standards from the ports.

Tags: Emissions Reduction, Ports, Independent Contractors, Truck Drivers, Clean Truck Program, Intermodal, Drayage

February 6, 2018 - Industry News

CarriersEdge Now Offers Vehicle Inspection Courses in Spanish

Offering training in multiple languages (the company also has courses in French and Punjabi) is not only of benefit to drivers but can also be an effective way to new drivers. (Image: CarriersEdge)

CarriersEdge, a provider of online driver training for the trucking industry, is now offering Vehicle Inspection training courses in Spanish.

Tags: Training, Driver Training, CVSA, CarriersEdge, Spanish, Vehicle Inspections

February 6, 2018 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Unveils Next-Gen Sprinter Van

Photo of the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter by Paul Clinton.

Mercedes-Benz unveiled its third-generation Sprinter today in Duisburg, Germany, at the junction of the Rhine and Ruhr rivers, as a versatile full-size van with a factory telematics service that will arrive in the U.S. later this year.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, Telematics, Global

February 5, 2018 - Industry News

DOT Digs into Data on Driver Detention

DOT has taken issue with how FMSCA plans to collect data on driver detention. Photo: Dept.of Transportation

An audit slams the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s plan to collect data on driver detention, noting that the data collected “may not accurately describe how the diverse trucking industry experiences driver detention, which would limit any further analysis of [detention’s] impacts.”

Tags: HOS, Driver Detention, FMCSA, U.S. DOT, Driver Fatigue

February 5, 2018 - Industry News

David Hartzel Named Head of Mack Defense

David Hartzell has been named president and CEO of Mack Defense - a position he had filled on an interim basis since September 2017. Photo: Mack Trucks

David Hartzell has been named president and chief executive officer of Mack Defense, three years after joining the Mack Trucks subsidiary.

Tags: Leadership, Military, Mack Trucks, People, Military Vehicles

February 5, 2018 - Industry News

Uber: Self-Driving Trucks Could Help Alleviate Driver Shortage

Uber stated in a blog post that it expects self-driving trucks to help the industry deal with higher demand. Photo via Uber

Mixed fleets with self-driving long-haul trucks and traditional human-driven regional routes could help the trucking industry address the problem of an aging driver workforce, said Uber in a recent company blog post.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Uber for Trucking, Regional Haul, Drivers, Truck Drivers

February 5, 2018 - Industry News

Heavy-Duty Truck Orders Hit Highest Level in 14 Years

Class 8 truck orders soared in January to their highest level since 2006, according to early reports from transportation analysts at ACT Research and FTR.

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

February 5, 2018 - Industry News

Women in Trucking Designs Plush Trucking Doll

Clare is a female trucker doll designed by the Women in Trucking association. Photo: WIT

When Women in Trucking's Ellen Voie ran into the president of a toy maker in an airport lounge, it was the genesis for a new plush doll depicting a female truck driver.

Tags: Women in Trucking Association, Image, Women in Trucking, Trucking's image

February 2, 2018 - Industry News

UPS to Spend $7B to Upgrade Delivery Network

Photo courtesy of UPS.

UPS will invest $7 billion over the next three years to upgrade its delivery network, including acquiring fleet vehicles and aircraft, to better manage heavier holiday activity.

Tags: UPS, Procurement, Delivery Fleets

February 2, 2018 - Industry News

Fleet Survey Shows Business is Great, Drivers are Scarce

Business is good, so fleets are planning to buy equipment – but many would buy more if they had the truck drivers to put in them. Courtesy CKCVR

How’s business? Better than ever, according to CK Commercial Vehicle Research’s first-quarter Fleet Sentiment Report survey of trucking fleets.

Tags: CKCVR, Fleet Purchasing Outlook

February 2, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Schneider, Saia, USA Truck, YRC Worldwide

While Schneider National Inc. and Saia Corp. reported better numbers, USA Truck Inc. returned to only partial profitability and YRC Worldwide Inc. reported losses in both time frames.

Tags: Economy, Earnings, USA Truck, YRC Worldwide, Saia

February 2, 2018 - Industry News

Intermodal Freight Numbers Finish the Year Strong

Intermodal freight volumes saw a growth rate of 5.8% year over year. Source: IANA

Intermodal freight volumes posted a strong fourth quarter that saw a growth rate of 5.8% year over year, according to an Intermodal Association of North America report.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, Freight, IANA, Freight Volume

February 2, 2018 - Industry News

PeopleNet Explains Need for AOBRD Waiver for ELD Rule

PeopleNet has issued an advisory on the need for an AOBRD waiver of the ELD rule for its customers. Photo: PeopleNet

With the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration having granted a waiver that gives PeopleNet customers that integrate existing AOBRDs with fleet management and safety systems until March 18 to continue installing ELD-compatible devices running AOBRD software, the supplier has put together material to help address the need for the waiver.

Tags: FMCSA, PeopleNet, ELD Mandate, AOBRD

February 2, 2018 - Industry News

Kenworth Names 2018 Service Council

The Kenworth T370 is just one of many vocationa trucks Kenworth offers fleets. (Image courtesy of Kenworth)

Kenworth Truck Company has named its 2018 Kenworth Service Council, which includes leading Kenworth service managers in the United States and Canada.

Tags: Kenworth, Service Council, Kenworth PremierCare

February 2, 2018 - Industry News

Old Dominion Teams with MLB for 2018 Moving Day

Old Dominion is partnering with three MLB teams for annual Moving Day events celebrating the beginning of baseball season. Photo: Old Dominion Freight Line

Working with the New York Mets, Los Angeles Angels, and Kansas City Royals, Old Dominion will celebrate the beginning of a new Major League Baseball season during the traditional Spring Training Moving Days.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Marketing

February 2, 2018 - Global News

States with Highest Cell Phone Road Deaths Identified

Graphic courtesy of the Expert Market.

One in 10 fatal car crashes in the U.S. each year are caused by distracted driving, and using cell phones while behind the wheel kills as many as 300 people annually in some states, according to a new report from Expert Market.

Tags: Texas, Cell Phone Use, Distracted Driving

February 2, 2018 - Product News

Descartes Buys Aljex Software for $32.4 Million

Descartes Systems Group has acquired Aljex Software, a transportation management solutions provider for freight brokers and carriers.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Aljex Software, Mergers & Acquisitions, Descartes

February 2, 2018 - Industry News

Dozens of Congressmen Go to Bat for OOIDA ELD Exemption Request

Twenty-five Congressmen have wriiten to FMCSA in support of OOIDA's request for a five-year ELD exemption for certain motor carriers.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has garnered the support of over two dozen Congressmen in the form of a letter from them to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that encourages the agency to grant OOIDA’s pending application for a 5-year exemption from the ELD rule.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, OOIDA, ELD Mandate

February 2, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment, Factory Orders Continue Growing

A sizeable gain in trucking employment helped the total number of job additions move higher in January, according to a new Labor Department report.

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

February 2, 2018 - Industry News

Details Emerge on Tesla's Planned Electric Truck Charging Network

According to a Reuters report, Tesla is working with several leading North American fleets to install a network of electric truck charging stations. Photo: Jack Roberts

A report by Reuters indicates Tesla is working with Anheuser-Busch, PepsiCo and UPS to put an electric truck charging network in place ahead of the truck's start of production next year.

Tags: Tesla, Electric Vehicles, UPS, PepsiCo, Anheuser-Busch, Future Trucks

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

5-Year Exemption Would 'Gut’ ELD Rule, Truck Safety Groups Say

The Trucking Alliance, which consists of motor carrier members, contends that granting a 5-year exemption to smaller carriers would 'gut' the ELD rule. Photo: Knight Transportation

Is there such a thing as too big an exemption to the electronic logging rule? That’s the gist of joint comments submitted to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration by a safety advocacy group composed of motor carriers and a highway-safety lobby.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, The Trucking Alliance, ELD Mandate

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

Argonne Lab Offers Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions Calculator

Photo via NGVAmerica.

This online resource was created to provide state officials and fleet managers with an accurate tool to gauge emissions reductions across various medium- and heavy-duty vehicle project options affiliated with the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Settlement.

Tags: Emissions, NGVAmerica, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Argonne National Laboratory, Online Tool

February 1, 2018 - Product News

Phillips Industries Components Made Standard on International Class 8 Trucks

The Phillips Industries 3-in-1 Electrical and Air Assemblies were one of the components that were made standard equipment on International Class 8 trucks. Photo: Phillips Industries

Navistar has chosen additional Phillips Industries products as standard equipment for International Class 8 trucks.

Tags: Navistar, Phillips Industries, International Trucks, OEMs

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