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September 6, 2017 - Industry News

CRST Asks Court to Dismiss Service Dog Accommodation Case

Are employees who use emotional support dogs entitlted to the same ADA protections as other service dogs? DoD photo by EJ Hersom

CRST has asked a Florida court to either dismiss or transfer a lawsuit from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that alleged the carrier failed to accommodate a prospective employee with a service dog.

Tags: Lawsuits, CRST, EEOC, Employment, Drivers

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

TRALA Truck Purchases Increase

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Members of the Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) purchased 29% of all Class 2-7 commercial trucks in the U.S. and purchased more than 23% of all Class 8 tractors in 2016, according to a new industry survey.

Tags: TRALA, Vehicle Purchasing

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Jump as Harvey Disrupts Supply Chains

In Hurricane Harvey's wake, the rearrangement of supply chains, the difficulty of shipping in the flooded region, and a tightening spot market pushed spot freight rates higher on 78 of the top 100 van lanes in the country.

Tags: DAT Solutions, Hurricane Harvey, Spot Freight, Freight Rates

September 6, 2017 - Product News

Hub Group Adopts SmartDrive Video Safety Platform

Screenshot via SmartDrive

Hub Group has adopted the SmartDrive video-based safety platform for its fleet of more than 2,600 tractors, with the aim of improving driver safety and fuel economy.

Tags: Driver Safety, Video Event Recorders, SmartDrive, Hub Group, Drivers, Safety, Advanced Safety Technology

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Rebounds with $37 Million Quarterly Profit

Navistar International Corp. on Sept. 6 that it rolled back into the black during its fiscal third quarter with a profit of $37 million, although it would have been higher had it not been involved in litigation over its earlier model engines.

Tags: Navistar, Quarterly Earnings, Navistar International

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

FCA Updates Ram Vans for 2018

Photo of 2018 Ram ProMaster courtesy of FCA.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Ram Commercial has added several safety and convenience features to its ProMaster full-size van and ProMaster City compact van for the 2018 model year.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ram ProMaster, Ram ProMaster City, 2018-MY, FCA

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Wholesale Medium-Duty Truck Values Continue to Fall

Photo via Wikimedia.

Depreciation among wholesale medium-duty trucks continued to rise through July and August, according to Black Book’s September Specialty Markets report.

Tags: Remarketing, Black Book, Medium-Duty Trucks, Used Vehicle Values

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Hundreds of Chassis Sent to Houston as Replacements

Photo: Port Houston

Chassis provider CIMC Intermodal Equipment is sending up to 600 40-foot gooseneck chassis to the Houston area this week as replacements for equipment damaged by Hurricane Harvey flooding.

Tags: Ports, Chassis, Houston, CIMC, Hurricane Harvey, Intermodal

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Report: Countries Should Act Now to Avoid Social Disruption from Autonomous Trucks

Countries should begin working together now to ensure smooth adoption of autonomous truck technologies, says a new report. Photo: Freightliner

A newly released report by the International Transport Forum says as many as 4.4 million truck driving jobs could vanish by 2030 as a result of autonomous truck technology.

Tags: Fleet Drivers, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Disruptive Technology, Truck Drivers, Global

September 5, 2017 - Product News

Daimler Selects Prestolite Alternators for Certain 2019, 2020 Models

Photo: Prestolite Electric

Prestolite Electric, manufacturer and supplier of starters and alternators, has been awarded standard position by Daimler Trucks North America on several new commercial vehicles launching in multiple markets between late 2019 and early 2020.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, Starters, Alternators, Prestolite

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Carlyle Group Acquires United Road Vehicle Transporter

Photo of United Road transporter courtesy of Charlesbank.

Private equity investors The Carlyle Group have acquired United Road Services, a vehicle logistics company based in Romulus, Mich., from Charlesbank Capital Partners, the firm has announced.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Vehicle Logistics, United Road

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Nominations Open for 10th Annual Best Fleets to Drive For Contest

Photo: TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge are once again seeking nominations for the 10th annual Best Fleets to Drive For, a list of companies that are honored for focusing on workplace culture and commitment to drivers.

Tags: Driver Shortage, TCA, Best Fleets to Drive For, Driver Retention, CarriersEdge

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Meritor Aims for Expansion with Fabco Buy

Meritor has acquired the product portfolio and related technologies of Fabco Holdings and its subsidiaries under undisclosed terms.

Tags: Meritor, Mergers & Acquisitions, Construction Fleets, Construction

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Daseke Merges with Arms Transporter R&R Trucking

R&R Trucking transports specialty cargo requiring unique training and security clearances and is a leading specialized transporter of defense and commercial AA&E (arms, ammunitions and explosives) cargo. Photo: R&R Trucking

Daseke has announced a merger with R&R Trucking, a specialized transporter of defense and commercial arms, ammunitions, and explosives cargo – the fourth company addition for Daseke in the past four months.

Tags: Flatbeds, Mergers & Acquisitions, Daseke Inc.

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Capital Goods Orders Spike

An indicator of business spending surged in July despite a big drop in total factory orders, according to final numbers released Tuesday by the Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Factory Orders, Factory Shipments

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

SAF-Holland Invests $4 Million in Manufacturing Expansion

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson speaking about the SAF-Holland Dumas facility expansion.<br />Photo: SAF Holland

SAF-Holland has announced that is expanding its operations in Dumas, Ark., opening a new facility to accommodate increased demand from current customers.

Tags: Suspensions, Axles, Manufacturing, SAF-Holland

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA: Agency Will Reply to Anti-ELD Petition Filed by OOIDA

Queried by HDT as to whether or not the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration holds that states cannot enforce the new electronic logging device rule until they too have passed into law specific ELD rules, the agency told HDT that it is “presently preparing a fact-based response.”

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, CVSA, ELD, ELDs, ELD Mandate

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

Christopher Burruss, Former TCA President, Joins Blue Tree Systems

Photo via Blue Tree Systems

Transportation telematics provider Blue Tree Systems has appointed Christopher Burruss, former president of the Truckload Carriers Association, to its North American sales team.

Tags: Telematics, Sales, People, TCA, Blue Tree Systems

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

Get Ready for Brake Safety Day on Sept. 7

Photo: J.J. Keller &amp;amp; Associates

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Brake Safety Day is set to take place on Thursday, Sept. 7 across North America.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Bendix, Brakes, Brake Safety Week, CVSA

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Suspends Rules in 26 States to Help Fuel, Supplies Flow after Harvey

FMCSA is suspending certain trucking regulations in 26 states and the District of Columbia to aide in the recovery effort from Hurricane Harvey. Image: FMCSA

To aid in the effort to bring supplies and fuel to areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the State of Texas have lifted several trucking regulations to cut down on red tape and smooth the flow of goods.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Texas, Hours of Service, Disaster Relief, Hurricane Harvey

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Gives Generously to Help Houston Recover from Harvey

Photo via JMS Transportation Facebook Page

Trucking industry companies across the nation are pledging charitable support for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and the long recovery effort ahead.

Tags: Charity, Disaster Relief, Donations, Hurricane Harvey

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

Costco Drops California Fleet Accused of Abusive Labor Practices

Costco has dropped a California fleet accused labor abuses in the wake of a USA Today report on the trucking industry. Photo: Costco

In the wake of a report in June by USA Today showcasing extreme examples of alleged labor abuse,Costco said it will no longer do business with Pacific 9 Transport, a fleet based in Southern California.

Tags: Drivers, Intermodal, In the Media, Labor Unions, California

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Jumps as Employment, Construction Slow

Job growth slowed in August, according to government numbers released Friday, while other economic reports showed manufacturing hitting a six-year high as total construction spending unexpectedly slowed – and consumers are in the best mood since 2000.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Manufacturing, Consumer Sentiment, Construction Spending, Employment

August 31, 2017 - Industry News

Calif. City Switches to Renewable Natural Gas

Photo courtesy of City of Long Beach

The City of Long Beach, Calif., recently began dispensing renewable natural gas (RNG) at its new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. The station is used for the city’s growing fleet of refuse trucks and street sweepers.

Tags: City of Long Beach, Alternative Fuels, TruStar Energy, CNG Fueling Stations, Refuse Fleets, Street Sweepers

August 31, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Recalls F-Series Crew Cab Trucks for Seat Belts

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The recall covers more than 117,000 2015-2017 Ford F-150 Crew Cab and 2017 F-250 and F-350 Super Duty Crew Cab trucks in the U.S.

Tags: Ford F-150, Seat Belts, Recalls, Ford F-350, Ford F-250, Ford, 2015-MY, Large Pickups, 2016-MY, 2017-MY, Safety, Crew Cab

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