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April 7, 2017 - Industry News

Bendix Supports Local High School Robotics Competition

Photo: FIRST Robotics Competition

The Huntington, Ind., campus of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has pledged $1,000 to local high school students in a statewide Robotics competition and an additional $2,000 to support the entire event.

Tags: Bendix, Education, Donations, Robots

April 7, 2017 - Industry News

Drug-Fueled Refuse Truck Driver Goes on Wrong-Way Rampage

A Kentucky-licensed truck driver arrested for driving the wrong way on a highway to avoid police while on drugs was declared an imminent hazard by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, Drugged Driving, Imminent Hazard

April 7, 2017 - Industry News

XPO Salutes 7 Drivers Who Exceeded 3 Million Safe Miles

Photo: XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics has recognized seven of its less-than-truckload drivers who have achieved 3 million consecutive miles of accident–free driving.

Tags: Drivers, Awards, Safe Driving, XPO Logistics

April 7, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Trucking Helps Push Unemployment to Near 10-Year Low

While the number of jobs added in the U.S. slowed dramatically during March, trucking supplied a big part of the gain, according to Labor Department figures released Friday, helping push the unemployment rate down to almost a 10-year low.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

April 7, 2017 - Industry News

California Strikes Deal with Truckers to Hike Fuel Tax

Congestion in California. Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

A bill to raise fuel taxes that could bring in $5.2 billion a year has advanced through the California legislature and needs only to be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown before going into effect.

Tags: California, Fuel Tax, Diesel Prices, Infrastructure Funding, Gasoline Prices

April 7, 2017 - Industry News

As Schneider Goes Public, Chief Exec Talks About Trucking Hot Topics

Chris Lofgren, president and CEO, talks about Schneider's $550 million IPO, infrastructure funding, autonomous vehicles, and the driver shortage.

Tags: IPO, Schneider

April 6, 2017 - Industry News

Grants Help Los Angeles County Pay for CNG Vehicles

Photo courtesy of Los Angeles County Public Works

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works recently purchased nine heavy-duty compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks as part of its ongoing effort to reduce pollution and improve air quality.

Tags: Grant Funding, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Alternative Fuels, Los Angeles County, CNG

April 6, 2017 - Product News

Program Trains Trucking Execs on Driver Retention

Photo: Risk Reward Consulting

Risk Reward Consulting is offering advanced executive leadership training programs called Drivers Are First, designed to help carrier companies build an intelligent driver retention system and reduce turnover.

Tags: Training, Leadership, Driver Retention

April 6, 2017 - Industry News

Real-World Fuel Economy Challenge to Hit the Road in September

Run on Less participants will begin the contest by running normal routes and end with a drive to the new NACV Show in Atlanta this September. Photo: Ryder System

In September, a contingent of trucks from fleets around the country will hit the road to see if their special blend of vehicles, technology and drivers can log the highest fuel economy numbers in real-world operating conditions.

Tags: Technology, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, NACFE, NACV Show

April 6, 2017 - Industry News

Carrier Transicold Helps Fight Hunger by Donating Reefer Units

Tom Ondo (left), vice president & general manager, Americas Truck/Trailer/Rail, and Jon Shaw (right), director, Global Communications & Sustainability, Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration Systems, present a $150,000 check to Bill Thomas, chief supply chain officer, Feeding America. Photo: Carrier Transicold

Carrier Transicold has announced a program to donate $150,000 worth of truck and trailer refrigeration units to individual food banks in the Feeding America network.

Tags: Refrigerated Truck, Charity, Reefers, Donations, Food and Beverage Fleets

April 6, 2017 - Industry News

I-85 Collapse Not Seen to Significantly Hurt Atlanta Spot-Market Truckloads

Photo: Georgia DOT

While the Interstate 85 roadway collapse just north of Atlanta will hamper motorists for the foreseeable future, its impact on spot-market truckload freight will be muted, according to Ken Harper, director of marketing at DAT Solutions.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Atlanta, DAT Solutions, Georgia DOT

April 6, 2017 - Industry News

Supreme Court Won’t Review Truck Driver’s Apnea-Test Lawsuit

Photo: Safety First Sleep Solutions

The Supreme Court has decided not to hear a truck driver’s appeal against a lower-court decision that found a motor carrier had the right to screen certain drivers for obstructive sleep apnea.

Tags: Sleep Apnea, Crete Carrier Corp., U.S. Supreme Court

April 6, 2017 - Industry News

Survey: Driver Recruiting Getting More Tech-Savvy

Photo: FMCSA

A new benchmark survey finds that the importance of developing innovative recruitment and retention strategies is becoming paramount and more technology-based.

Tags: Drivers, Recruiting, HireRight

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Enhances Connectivity Support For Older Truck Models

Owners of legacy Volvo trucks can purchase Geotab telematics devices and sign up for Remote Diagnostics subscriptions through the Volvo Trucks dealer network beginning May 1. Photo: Jack Roberts

A new partnership with telematics supplier Geotab will allow owners of Volvo vehicles with EPA 2010 or newer Volvo engines to access the same suite of uptime services available for newer Volvo trucks.

Tags: Telematics, Volvo Trucks, Retrofit, Geotab, Uptime, Remote Diagnostics

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

Chiefs of FedEx Freight, Werner Urge Congress to Up Highway Funding

Congestion on a California freeway. Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

FedEx Freight President and CEO Mike Ducker and Werner Enterprises President and CEO Derek Leathers both testified before a Senate panel on April 4 that the U.S. must invest more in highway infrastructure.

Tags: ATA, Highway Funding, Werner Enterprises, U.S. Senate, FedEx

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

FTR, ACT Report Steady Growth for Class 5-8 Sales in March

Class 8 truck orders for March have beat expectations for the third month in a row, according to FTR. While relatively flat compared to last month, they're up over last year.

Tags: Truck Sales, FTR, ACT Research

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

Dana Breaks Ground on Gear Plant in Hungary

Image: Dana Inc.

Dana Inc. broke ground April 5 on a new gear manufacturing facility in Győr, Hungary, intended to support new vehicle programs in Europe.

Tags: Europe, Dana Spicer

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Names Knapheide Ship-Thru Installer of PHEV Pickups

Knapheide will begin XLP PHEV upfits on Ford F-150’s in its Kansas City, Mo., facility starting in fourth quarter 2017. (Photo courtesy of XL Hybrid)

XL Hybrids, Inc. announced that The Knapheide Manufacturing Company will become a ship-thru installer of XL Hybrids’ XLP plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) upfits on Ford F-150 pickup trucks.

Tags: Ford F-150, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, XL Hybrids, Ship-Thru, Knapheide

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

Georgia DOT Plans to Reopen I-85 by June 15

Image: Georgia Dept. of Transportation

Georgia’s Department of Transportation is aiming to complete rebuilding of the stretch of I-85 that collapsed last week — slicing one of the main arteries through metropolitan Atlanta — by June 15, which would be roughly 10 weeks since the collapse.

Tags: NTSB, Atlanta, I-85, Georgia DOT, Georgia, Highways

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Private Employment Jumps, Service Sector Growth Slows

Private sector employers in the U.S. added the most jobs during March in more than two years, according to figures released Wednesday, while a separate reported showed economic activity in the service sector has eased a bit.

Tags: Economy, Non-Manufacturing, Employment

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Freight Availability Increases, Rates Stable Versus Past Week

Spot freight rates over the past four weeks. Graphic: DAT

The number of available loads on the spot market jumped 7.1% during the week ending April 1 as shippers worked to finish Q1 on a high note, according to DAT Solutions and based on its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

Virginia Trucking Companies, Execs Indicted for Hours of Service Conspiracy

Two Virginia-based trucking companies and their executives have been charged with conspiracy, falsifying records, false statements, wire fraud, wire fraud conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy related to hours of service and labor violations.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud

April 4, 2017 - Industry News

One20 Calls its ELD ‘Antidote to Government Mandate’

One20, a company that aims to make drivers’ lives better via an online community and various affordable and free products and services, introduced an electronic logging device designed to meet the federal ELD mandate, designed with drivers in mind.

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate, One20

April 4, 2017 - Industry News

Public Meeting to Discuss ELD Technical Specifications

Photo: ERoad

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced it will hold a public meeting May 9 to discuss technical specifications for electronic logging devices that are scheduled to become mandatory for trucking fleets this December.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, ELD Mandate

April 4, 2017 - Industry News

Healthy Fleet Offers App for Weight Loss Challenge

Photo: Healthy Fleet

Healthy Fleet announced that its next weight loss challenge in May will be run through a new free mobile app to help participants keep track of weight loss progress.

Tags: Driver Health, Driver Wellness, Mobile Apps

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