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October 31, 2017 - Industry News

TechForce Creates Campaign to Increase Qualified Tech Pool

Photo: Steven Martinez

TechForce Foundation has launched the FutureTech Success campaign to provide an ongoing stream of qualified technicians to the North American vehicle repair business.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Recruiting, Technician Training, Technicians

October 31, 2017 - Industry News

Q&A: Kenco's Richard Scott on Amazon's Fleet and Trucking Technologies

Amazon's entry into last-mile delivery markets could be a game-changer for trucking. Photo: Amazon

New technology and new, big-name players are rapidly transforming trucking. Richard Scott, vice president of logistics solutions provider Kenco, gives his thoughts on the fast pace of change in trucking.

Tags: Logistics, Holiday Driving, Parcel Delivery Service, Last Mile Delivery, Amazon.com, Kenco, Autonomous Vehicles, Q&A

October 31, 2017 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Pricing Jump at Least 4%

Separate measures of truckload linehaul and intermodal rates moved higher in September, according to newly released reports, as the U.S. battered hurricanes and higher fuel prices.

Tags: Economy, Diesel Prices, Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

October 31, 2017 - Industry News

Iowa 80 Truckstop Begins $10M Expansion and Remodel

Concept art for the expanded and remodeled Iowa 80 Truckstop. Image: Iowa 80 Truckstop

Iowa 80 Truckstop has begun a $10 million expansion and remodel project that will add 23,000 square feet to the current 100,000-square-foot main building.

Tags: Iowa, Truckstops, Expansion

October 30, 2017 - Industry News

TRB Grants Contract to Research Cybersecurity Weakness in Transportation

The Transportation Research Board has awarded a $750,000 contract to the Southwest Research Institute to help state and local agencies assess cybersecurity risks on current and future transportation systems.

Tags: Southwest Research Institute, Cybersecurity, TRB, Cyberattacks, Connectivity

October 30, 2017 - Industry News

Verizon Telematics Expands Offerings

Andrés Irlando, Verizon Telematics CEO, speaks at the 2017 Latitude conference. Photo courtesy of Verizon.

Verizon Telematics has become the largest provider of built-in telematics and mobile applications for commercial vehicles and has moved closer to rebranding its product offerings for its customers, CEO Andrés Irlando told an audience gathered at the annual Latitude conference.

Tags: Telematics, Telogis, Fleetmatics, Verizon, Mergers & Acquisitions, Fleet Events

October 30, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeks Comment on Flexible Sleeper Berth Pilot

Photo: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is now seeking public comment on its proposed pilot program to make more flexible the sleeper-berth provision within its hours-of-service rule for truck drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, OMB, Split Sleeper Berth

October 30, 2017 - Industry News

ATRI Research Advisory Chair Tapped to Lead OSHA

Scott Mugno, ATRI's research advisory committee chairman, has been nominated to lead OSHA as an Assistant Secretary of Labor.

Tags: OSHA, ATA, Department of Labor, ATRI, Safety

October 30, 2017 - Industry News

Accuride Reorganizes to Support Global Expansion

Photo: Accuride

Accuride Corporation has realigned its organizational structure and made key appointments for its executive leadership team to support the company’s expansion as a global supplier of wheels and wheel end solutions.

Tags: Leadership, Accuride, People, Wheel Ends, Global

October 30, 2017 - Industry News

Technician Shortage Worse Than Previously Thought

Photo: Steven Martinez

In a new report, the TechForce Foundation is predicting that demand for new vehicle technicians over the next ten years will be three times higher than was previously expected.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Department of Labor, Technicians

October 27, 2017 - Product News

Zonar Coach Offers Real-Time In-Cab Coaching

Photo courtesy of Zonar.

Zonar has introduced Coach, a video-based coaching solution designed to improve commercial vehicle safety, efficiency and compliance, the company announced.

Tags: Zonar, Video Event Recorders, Driver Coaching, Drivers, Safety

October 27, 2017 - Industry News

Used Heavy-Duty Truck Sales on the Rise

Used Class 8 truck same-dealer sales volumes rose by two dozen units in September, according to a report on the used commercial vehicle market from ACT Research.

Tags: Vehicle Sales, ACT Research, Used Trucks, Used Truck Sales

October 27, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Natural Gas Sales Flat So far this Year

Refuse fleets were the most dominant market for natural gas Class 8 trucks this year. Photo: Waste Management

The sales of Class 8, natural gas-powered trucks were flat through August year-to-date in the U.S. and Canada, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, Refuse Fleets, Alternative Fuels

October 27, 2017 - Industry News

Boyd Bros. Offers $14,000 Signing Bonus for Flatbed Drivers

Photo: Boyd Bros.

Boyd Bros. Transportation has announced $14,000 in sign-on bonuses for experienced flatbed CDL-A holders who join the carrier as company drivers before the end of the year.

Tags: CDL, Driver Shortage, Boyd Group, Flatbeds, Driver Pay, Drivers

October 27, 2017 - Industry News

Court Decision Puts GHG Phase 2 Rules for Trailers on Hold

TTMA contends that the fleets that can benefit from aerodyamic technology on trailers are already using it voluntarily. Photo: Utility Trailer

A three-judge panel Friday granted the Truck Trailer Manufacturer’s Association request to provisionally stay the trailer provisions of the greenhouse gas/fuel economy standards that were slated to go into effect in January.

Tags: Trailers, Fuel Economy, GHG Phase 2, EPA

October 27, 2017 - Industry News

Peterbilt Searches for Ultimate Fan to Celebrate 1 Millionth Truck

Peterbilt's SuperFan campaign is celebrating the production of its 1 millionth truck, scheduled to take place in mid-January 2018, with a search for the ultimate fan of the truck brand.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Peterbilt

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

U.S. Postal Service Using VR to Train Drivers

Photo courtesy of VDI.

The U.S. Postal Service has begun using a virtual reality-based simulator to train drivers in its Brooklyn, New York, and Tampa, Florida, districts, according to the company that provides the equipment.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Training, USPS, Virtual Driver Interactive, Virtual Reality

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

Latest Mack Updates Target Refuse Industry

Mack Trucks LR and TerraPro models are now available with the Cummins Westport L9N natural gas engine. Photos: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks announced updates to its LR and TerraPro models for the waste and recycling industries, offering a natural gas engine option and more ergonomic seating, and signing a deal with Lytx to explore the DriveCam in-cab camera system.

Tags: DriveCam, Natural Gas Engines, Mack Trucks, Cummins Westport, Lytx, Refuse Fleets, Seats

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

2018 Heavy Duty Trucking Exchange Applications Now Open

Applications are now open for a spot at next year’s Heavy Duty Trucking Exchange networking and education event, being held May 9-11, 2018, at the Scottsdale resort at McCormick Ranch outside Phoenix.

Tags: Fleet Management, Events, Fleet Innovators, Suppliers, HDTX

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

Orders Open for Electrified Transit Van Conversion

Photo courtesy of LightningSystems

Lightning Systems is now accepting pre-orders for its new zero-emissions LightningElectric system for Ford Transit, a battery conversion package.

Tags: Conversion, Ford Transit, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Lightning Systems, Vehicle Modifiers

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

New Legislation Introduced to Fight Driver Abuses at Ports

Photo via Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) Twitter

Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA) and Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) introduced two separate bills on Capitol Hill that are aimed at addressing labor and environmental issues at our nation’s ports.

Tags: Legislation, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Emissions Reduction, Ports, Teamsters, Port Trucking, Independent Contractors, Drivers

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

NYC to Test Ban on Curbside Deliveries

New York Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Agents will be on hand to enforce moving and parking violations, double parking, and off-route trucks as the city experiments with curbside delivery restrictions to help ease traffic. Photo via NYC Office of the Mayor.

The city will also be expanding its off-hour delivery program for businesses that are interested in receiving deliveries during less busy times.

Tags: New York City, Traffic Congestion, Traffic Violations, Delivery Truck, New York DOT, Congestion, Delivery Fleets

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

USPS Awards Spartan Motors $214M for Delivery Vehicles

Photo courtesy of Spartan Motors.

The U.S. Postal Service has ordered 2,000 fleet vehicles from Spartan Motors on a $214 million contract for two types of delivery trucks with Utilimaster bodies, the vehicle manufacturer announced.

Tags: Utilimaster, USPS, Spartan Motors, Cabovers, Medium-Duty Trucks

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: ODFL Earnings Increase Almost 20%, UPS Profit Remains Strong

The mainly less-than-truckload fleet Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. has reported its profit rose nearly 20% in the third quarter of the year, due in part to a better overall economy and freight rates.

Tags: UPS, Old Dominion Freight Line, UPS Freight, Fleet Earnings

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Administration Moves to Establish Drone Policy

A new drone policy proposed by the Trump Administration allows drone operations up to 200 feet above ground or even 400 feet where appropriate. Photo: UPS

The Trump administration issued a memorandum on Oct. 25 directing the Department of Transportation to establish a program in conjunction with state and local governments to regulate drone operation in delivery applications.

Tags: Technology, Regulations, U.S. DOT, Drones, Donald Trump

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