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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

Martinez

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

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Dejana Opens Underground Ship-Thru Facility

Dejana's new  ship-thru facility will be located entirely underground in the Hunt Midwest Automotive Alley Subtropolis. (Photo: Dejana)

Dejana Truck and Utility Equipment, a subsidiary of Douglas Dynamics, Inc., announced the opening of a new 90,000 square foot ship-thru facility in Kansas City, Mo. The new facility will be located entirely underground in the Hunt Midwest Automotive Alley Subtropolis.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford Transit, Ship Thru, Dejana Truck Equipment, Upfitters

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

TCA Program to Teach Carriers About Insurance

The Truckload Carriers Association and the Motor Carrier Insurance Education Foundation launched a certification program dedicated to improving insurance performance, called the Motor Carrier Insurance Risk Management Program.

Tags: Training, Insurance, TCA

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Maverick Raises Pay for Flatbed, Glass Division Drivers

Screenshot via Maverick Transportation

Maverick Transportation has announced a 5-cent per mile pay increase for drivers in its Flatbed and Glass over-the-road divisions. The pay increase is applicable to all drivers in both divisions, including student drivers.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Maverick, Driver Pay, Drivers

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

PIT Group Studies Effectiveness of Driver Training

Photo: PIT Group

Driver fuel efficiency and safety training is only effective if it includes refresher courses, according to results from a recent PIT Group study on driver training.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Training, Fuel Efficiency, PIT Group, Driver Coaching, Drivers

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

TA Truck Service Turns Attention to Smaller Fleets

Photo courtesy of TA Truck Service

While TA Truck Service has historically focused on large, national fleets, the company is now going after vocational fleets and multi-use construction companies.

Tags: TravelCenters of America, Construction Fleets, Vocational Fleets, TA Truck Service

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Slip But Stay High

Graphic: DAT

The availability of spot truckload freight dipped 1.8% while the number of trucks posted fell 2.4% during the week ending Oct. 28, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Keeps Expanding but Construction Uneven

The nation’s manufacturing sector continued growing over an array of industries last month, though there is a bit of disagreement as to how fast it is expanding, following the release of two reports.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Gross Domestic Product

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Intermodal Surges in Third Quarter, Volume Hits Record High

Graphic: IANA

Total intermodal freight volumes climbed 6.3% year-over-year in the third quarter for the strongest growth rate in over three years, according to new figures from the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA).

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Freight

October 31, 2017 - Industry News

EPA Aiming to Yank Glider Kits from GHG/MPG Rule

New glider kit fitted with pre-2002 engine. Photo: Tom Berg

The Environmental Protection Agency has begun the formal process to launch a rulemaking that would eliminate provisions affecting glider kits within the Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards, which start to take effect in January.

Tags: Emissions, EPA, Glider Kits, GHG Phase 2

October 31, 2017 - Industry News

HDA Truck Pride’s Tina Alread Honored by Northwood University

Tina Alread Photo: Northwood University

Tina Alread, vice president of marketing and communications for HDA Truck Pride, has been recognized by Northwood University, in partnership with the Auto Care Association, AWDA, and MEMA for her dedication to aftermarket education.

Tags: Leadership, Aftermarket, Awards, People, HDA Truck Pride

October 31, 2017 - Product News

Geotab Adds Trio of Solutions to Marketplace

Photo courtesy of Geotab.

Geotab has added three solutions geared to heavy-duty fleets to the Marketplace app platform, including Descartes MacroPoint, Welltrax by Vertrax, and HighJump Prophesy Dispatch TMS.

Tags: Geotab, Mobile Apps, 3PL, OBDII Device, Freight

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

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