July 14, 2015 - Industry News
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
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
Dana Holdings Corp. named James K. Kamsickas president and chief executive officer, succeeding the retiring Roger J. Wood.
Tags: Leadership, Dana Holding Corp., People
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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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