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November 7, 2017 - Industry News

Brake Safety Day Placed Over 1,000 Vehicles Out of Service

The results from September’s Brake Safety Day inspection event, organized by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, show that 1,064 vehicles were placed out of service due to brake-related violations.

Tags: Inspections, Brake Safety Week, ABS, CVSA, Air Brakes, Air Disc Brakes

November 7, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Schneider National Profits Hit by Costs, Hurricanes

Trucking giant Schneider National Inc. on Tuesday reported increased costs and severe weather in parts of the country kept its third quarter profit from rising significantly when compared to a year earlier.

Tags: Schneider National, Fleet Earnings

November 6, 2017 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Hit Highest Point in Over 2 Years

The price of diesel fuel in the U.S. increased to its highest point since June of 2015. Crude oil prices also experienced a similar spike after news broke of a corruption scandal in Saudi Arabia.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

November 6, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Knight-Swift Affected by Merger Costs, Driver Shortage

Truckload and logistics provider Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc. released third quarter earnings on Monday that showed a big drop in profit compared to a year ago, but the numbers do not paint an entirely accurate picture following the merger of the two truckload companies.

Tags: Swift Transportation, Knight Transportation, Fleet Earnings, Knight-Swift

November 6, 2017 - Industry News

Workhorse to Unveil N-Gen Drone Delivery Platform at CES

The SureFly Octocopter and W-15 pickup will be shown at the 2018 CES in Las Vegas. Photo: Workhorse Group

Workhorse Group has announced that it will unveil the N-Gen low delivery-platform electric van with an integrated HorseFly drone at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Workhorse, Electric Vehicles, Delivery Fleets, Drones, Future Trucks

November 6, 2017 - Industry News

NATSO Opposes Commercialized Rest Areas in Arizona

Photo: Office of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey

NATSO, a national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, has come out against the Governor of Arizona's push to commercialize rest areas along interstate highways.

Tags: Arizona, Truckstops, NATSO, Rest Areas

November 6, 2017 - Industry News

Chanje Electric Vans Unveiled

The Chanje van on the streets of Brooklyn. The U.S. market sets the highest bar for vehicle reliability and safety, and it is home to some of the largest delivery companies and consumer brands expected to use the vehicles. Photo: Jim Park

Chanje is here. The Los Angeles-based electric vehicle supplier (pronounced “change”) officially unveiled its electric medium-duty panel van in Brooklyn, New York, with Ryder taking delivery of 125 units for its rental and leasing fleet.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Alternative Fuels, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Chanje, Chanje Energy

November 3, 2017 - Industry News

Texas Glass Distributor Doubles Productivity With Class 6 Truck

Photo of Dallas Flat Glass Distributing's T270 courtesy of Kenworth.

Dallas Flat Glass Distributing has doubled productivity by shifting to a Class 6 Kenworth T270, as part of the fleet's initiative to move away from 13,000-pound Class 3 trucks.

Tags: Kenworth, Class 6, Kenworth T270, Distributors, Productivity

November 3, 2017 - Industry News

Perry, Gross to Leave FTR Transportation Intelligence

Noël Perry (left) and Larry Gross speaking at the FTR Transportation Conference. Photo: Evan Lockridge

FTR Transportation Intelligence has announced the conclusion of its business relationships with Noël Perry, principle of Transportation Economics, and Lawrence Gross, president of Gross Transportation Consulting.

Tags: Economy, People, FTR, Market Analysis

November 3, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Alliance Clarifies Stance on Advanced Safety Technologies

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, also known as the Trucking Alliance, has released an addendum to a statement it issued on Nov. 1 that endorses a new study on truck safety conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Study.

Tags: AAA, The Trucking Alliance, Advanced Safety Technology

November 3, 2017 - Industry News

USA Truck Joins American Trucking Associations

Photo: USA Truck

The American Trucking Associations announced that USA Truck Inc. has joined the industry group as its latest member.

Tags: ATA, USA Truck, American Trucking Associations, Associations

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

Photo: Chanje

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

Photo: UPS

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

Image: TRALA

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

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