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April 19, 2017 - Industry News

NTEA's New Senior Director Shares Goals

SURVANT

NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry, appointed George Survant as senior director of fleet relations. Through this position, Survant hopes to strengthen the partnership between the fleet community and NTEA’s core membership.

Tags: NTEA, Fleet Manager of the Year, New Hire

April 18, 2017 - Product News

Zonar to Take Asset Management Mobile

Photo: Zonar

Zonar has announced the Ground Traffic Control FieldView fleet management application for Android to help customers locate and navigate assets on mapping applications like Google Maps.

Tags: Asset Management, Zonar, Asset Tracking, Mobile Apps

April 18, 2017 - Industry News

Mack Names VP of National Accounts

Richard Hoyle Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has named Richard Hoyle as vice president of national accounts, responsible for all national accounts activities in North America.

Tags: Leadership, Mack Trucks, People

April 18, 2017 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Gains Approval from California for Conversions

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids.

XL Hybrids has gained approval from the California Air Resources Board to sell a modified hybrid version of Ford's Transit cargo van to fleets in that state. The XL Hybrids Transit has also gained eligibility for a $2,500 state voucher to defray the cost to fleet purchasers.

Tags: CARB, California, XL Hybrids, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Hybrid Conversion, State Grants

April 18, 2017 - Industry News

March Truck Tonnage Slips; Moderate Growth Forecast

Rough weather in March was to blame for depressed truck tonnage numbers in the month, according to the American Trucking Associations. Despite the drop, March’s numbers were still slightly better in year-over-year comparisons.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

April 18, 2017 - Industry News

Despite Seasonal Decline, Trailer Orders Stay Strong

Source: ACT Research

Despite falling compared to the previous month, net trailer orders in March remained robust, posting significant gains compared to last year.

Tags: ACT Research, FTR, Stifel Nicolaus, Trailer Orders

April 18, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Weaker Numbers for Manufacturing, Housing

A measure of industrial production in the U.S. moved higher despite an easing in manufacturing, while the housing market also gave up some recent gains, according to reports issued Tuesday.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Housing Starts, Gross Domestic Product

April 17, 2017 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Trucking Names 2017 Truck Fleet Innovators

The editors of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine have announced the 2017 HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, four fleet executives being recognized for their leadership and forward-thinking in areas such as driver recruiting and retention, fuel economy, maintenance and more.

Tags: Awards, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, HDTX

April 17, 2017 - Industry News

Carriers and Drivers Express Concern with Medical Examiner Registry

Photo: J.J. Keller & Associates

The American Transportation Research Institute has found that the Medical Examiner Registry is not fixing the problems that fleets and drivers have had with the DOT examination process and may be making them worse.

Tags: Driver Health, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, U.S. DOT, ATRI, Medical Examiners

April 17, 2017 - Industry News

Penske Launches Device-Neutral Connected Fleet Platform

Photo: Penske Truck Leasing

Penske Truck Leasing has announced the rollout of its new connected fleet data platform, which allows it to connect its systems with virtually any truck and engine configuration or telematics service provider.

Tags: Telematics, Vehicle Diagnostics, Penske Truck Leasing, Remote Diagnostics, Full-Service Leasing

April 17, 2017 - Industry News

Carrier Transicold to Buy Westport’s APU Business for $70M

Carrier Transicold has signed an agreement to acquire certain IMPCO road and rail transport product lines, including the ComfortPro auxiliary power unit business, from Westport Fuel Systems.

Tags: Carrier Transicold, Mergers & Acquisitions, Westport, APUs

April 17, 2017 - Industry News

Tread Rubber and Repair Group Puts Recommended Practices Online

Image via TRMG

The Tread Rubber and Tire Repair Materials Manufacturers Group has completed additional recommended practices for retreading and repairing tires and is making them available online through the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau.

Tags: Maintenance, Tires, Rubber, Retreads

April 17, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: J.B. Hunt First Quarter Profit Inches Higher

The first quarter earnings reporting season for trucking kicked off on Monday morning when multi-modal freight transportation provider J.B. Hunt Transportation Services Inc. released numbers showing slight improvements from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, J.B. Hunt, Fleet Earnings

April 17, 2017 - Industry News

HDTX to Feature Interactive Fuel Efficiency Roundtables

Photo: NACFE

Participants in next month’s Heavy Duty Trucking eXchange event will participate in a special roundtable discussion about fuel economy technologies, facilitated by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and HDT editors.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Events, NACFE, HDTX

April 14, 2017 - Industry News

Blackberry, Modagrafics Help Fleets Understand Asset Tracking in the Digital Age

Fleet executives at a seminar co-hosted by Blackberry earlier this month learned how new asset-tracking systems can  system can generate more revenue by optimizing trailer usage, improving delivery times and other logistics.<br />Photo: Blackberry

A Chicago seminar helped fleets understand connected transportation trends, the evolution of the smart trailer, and how to use new Blackberry sensor technology to take advantage of those trends.

Tags: Blackberry, Trailer Tracking, Asset Tracking, Real Time Freight, Modagrafics, Internet of Things, Telematics

April 14, 2017 - Industry News

America’s 'Check Engine Light' is On, Says New Film About Failing Infrastructure

&amp;ldquo;Be Prepared To Stop&amp;rdquo; takes a hard look at the failing U.S. Interstate Highway System and paints a grim picture of a society unable to function if the trend isn&amp;rsquo;t corrected soon. Photo: Delaware Park Productions

America’s roads and bridges aren’t far from failing. And when that happens, the country will have about five days of normalcy before the trucks stop rolling and chaos ensues, says filmmaker Jennifer Clymer.

Tags: Infrastructure, Trucking's image, Image, In the Media

April 14, 2017 - Industry News

Transflo Mobile, Drivewyze Team up for Enhanced Weigh Station Bypass

Drivewyze says the new PreClear app integration works on the same mobile devices carriers and drivers use to run Transflo Mobile, so no additional transponder is required. HDT file photo

The new new Drivewyze PreClear app integration will allow Transflo Mobile users to bypass over 600 fixed weigh stations and mobile inspection sites in 39 states and provinces, according to the companies.

Tags: Drivewyze, Weigh Stations, Truck Weights, Pegasus TransTech, Weigh-Station Bypass

April 14, 2017 - Industry News

Freightliner Custom Chassis Building $22M Logistics Facility

Daimler says a new logistics center in Gaffney, S.C., will boost a number of key business operations for FCCC. (Photo: DTNA)

A new logistics facility is the centerpiece of a $22.7 million investment expected to affect a number of key business operations for FCCC.

Tags: Freightliner, Vehicle Manufacturing, Daimler Trucks North America, Freightliner Custom Chassis, Groundbreaking

April 14, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Ease as Consumer Prices Drop Slightly

Retail sales fell for the second straight month during March, according to the Commerce Department on Friday. Separate reports showed consumer prices declined – but there are expectations that retail imports will continue to grow as the overall economy expands.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, GDP, Consumer Prices, Gross Domestic Product, Ports

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

FCMSA to Hold Autonomous Vehicle Listening Session in Atlanta

FMCSA will webcast its listening session from Atlanta on April 24. Photo: Peterbilt

How do you inspect an autonomous truck? That and other questions are on the minds of federal officials who scheduled a listening session, amid speculation the DOT is preparing to issue guidelines for autonomous vehicle use – perhaps before year's end.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Autonomous Vehicles

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

SmartDrive Spells Out High Costs of Distracted Driving

Public domain photo

While it doesn’t take rocket science to view distracted drivers as accidents waiting to happen, new data-based findings released by SmartDrive indicate just how risky and costly these vehicle operators can be.

Tags: Distracted Driving, SmartDrive

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

Tesla Gets Set to Run with the Big Rigs with Electric Truck

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted today that his company would unveil a new, electric, autonomous truck this September. Photo: Jack Roberts

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tease-tweets an all-new, electric, autonomous semi truck set to be unveiled this September.

Tags: Elon Musk, Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

OOIDA Takes ELD Rule to Supreme Court

Image: www.supremecourt.gov

The Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association has flung a Hail Mary pass in its quest to overturn the electronic logging device mandate, petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on whether the regulation violates the Fourth Amendment.

Tags: OOIDA, ELD, U.S. Supreme Court

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

Innovative Thinking to Highlight New Heavy Duty Trucking Exchange

Tim Richardson will teach HDTX attendees how to better foster innovative thinking. Photo courtesy Tim Richardson.

Tim Richardson, co-author of the book “Transformation Thinking: Tools and Techniques That Open the Door to Powerful New Thinking,” will be the keynote speaker for HDT’s new Heavy Duty Trucking eXchange event next month, helping attendees learn how to overcome the barriers that hold back innovative thinking.

Tags: Events, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, HDTX

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Schism: Truck Groups Draw Lines over ELD, Speed-Limiter Rules

Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

A proxy war of words over how the Trump administration should approach existing and proposed truck-safety rules has erupted among some trucking and stakeholder groups.

Tags: FMCSA, Speed Limiter, OOIDA, U.S. DOT, ELD, The Trucking Alliance

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