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April 2, 2018 - Industry News

Truck Drivers Operating Without ELD May Now be Put Out of Service

No ELD? Drivers can now be put out of service. Photo: Fleetmatics

Now that the April 1 "hard enforcement" deadline has passed on the electronic logging device mandate, property-carrying commercial motor vehicle drivers operating their vehicle without a required registered electronic logging device or a grandfathered automatic on-board recording device will be placed out of service for 10 hours, according to CVSA.

Tags: CSA, CVSA, Enforcement, ELDs, ELD Mandate

April 2, 2018 - Industry News

Cross-Border Truck Freight Value Jumps 10.2%

Top five U.S. ports by truck, January 2018. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Trucks moved freight valued at $60.6 billion between the U.S. and its North American neighbors Canada and Mexico in January, up 10.2% compared to January 2017, according to newly released Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade

April 2, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Construction Remain on Firm Ground

Economic activity in the nation’s manufacturing sector remained solid during March, while construction spending was nearly unchanged in February. The latest reports show the nation’s overall economic health was stronger in the final quarter of last year than earlier indications.

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

March 30, 2018 - Industry News

Port of Los Angeles to Get Container Staging Hub to Improve Cargo Flow

A 5.5 million square foot container staging facility at the Port of Los Angeles would help improve the flow of cargo to and from the facility. Photo: Harbor Performance Enhancement Center

The Harbor Performance Enhancement Center has secured capital for the development of a 5.5 million square foot container staging hub at the Port of Los Angeles.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Ports, Logistics, Cargo

March 30, 2018 - Industry News

House Bill Aims to Bend 14-Hour Clock for Truck Drivers

Newly proposed bill would allow truckers a daily break of up to 3 consecutive hours that would not eat into their 14-hour on-duty allotment.

A newly proposed bill would allow truck drivers a daily break of up to 3 consecutive hours that would not eat into the 14-hour on-duty allotment afforded them by federal Hours of Service rules.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, U.S. House of Representatives

March 30, 2018 - Industry News

Melton Truck Lines Hikes Company Driver Pay

Melton Truck Lines is offering all of its drivers a per mile pay raise as well as a chance to earn a performance bonus. Photo: Melton Truck Lines

Melton Truck Lines, a flatbed carrier based in Tulsa, Okla., has announced pay increases for all of its company drivers and a performance-based bonus.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Melton Truck Lines

March 30, 2018 - Industry News

Schilli Corp. Adopts Video-Based Fleet Safety Program

Schilli fleet managers recognize the critical role driver coaching plays in reducing risk and preventing collisions. Since adopting the SmartDrive program the fleet has already seen a reduction in collisions. Photo: Schilli Corp.

Schilli has deployed the SmartDrive program across its entire fleet of more than 300 vehicles across all five of its operating companies.

Tags: SmartDrive, In-Vehicle Video, Collision Mitigation Technology

March 29, 2018 - Industry News

Impact of Full ELD Enforcement: ‘A Firehose of Violations’

Everyone required to operate with an ELD will face “a firehose of violations” issued roadside by law enforcement, predicts Steve Bryan, president of Vigillo.

Not just the illegally unprepared may feel the shock starting April 1, when full enforcement of the electronic logging device rule kicks in. That’s because everyone required to operate with an ELD will face “a firehose of violations” issued roadside by law enforcement, predicts Steve Bryan, president of Vigillo.

Tags: FMCSA, Vigillo, ELD Mandate, TCA, ELDs

March 29, 2018 - Product News

Geotab, Garmin Offer ELD Bundle

The Geotab Garmin ELD bundle includes the Geotab Cloud ELD, Garmin Fleet 790 tablet, HD dash camera, LTE connectivity, vehicle charger, and suction cup mount. Photo: Garmin

Telematics provider Geotab has begun offering the Geotab Garmin ELD Bundle, which it says is a driver-friendly and durable solution for ELD compliance that helps fleets improve productivity, increase driver safety, and strengthen compliance.

Tags: ELDs, Geotab, Garmin, Telematics

March 29, 2018 - Industry News

FedEx Orders 20 Tesla Semi Electric Trucks

CEO Elon Musk says Tesla's Semi electric truck will have a daily range of 500 miles. Photo: Jack Roberts

FedEx says the 20 Semi, all-electric trucks will be operated by FedEx Freight in its less-than-truckload business unit.

Tags: UPS, PepsiCo, Tesla, Future Trucks, FedEx, Anheuser-Busch, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Tesla Semi

March 29, 2018 - Industry News

Most Transportation Companies Plan to Grow Workforce in 2018

Finding and retaining qualified drivers remains a top concern for trucking companies in 2018. Image: HireRight

HireRight's survey found that while the majority of transportation companies planned to increase their workforce in 2018, they were concerned about how difficult it was to find qualified candidates.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Recruiting, Employee Retention, Driver Shortage, Hiring, Driver Retention, HireRight

March 29, 2018 - Industry News

Les Schwab Recalls Retread Truck Tires

Photo of Les Schwab Tire Center in Thornton, Col., via Les Schwab.

Les Schwab is recalling 41,336 steel-belted radial retread truck tires because the vulcanizing compound used during the process may not have been completely cured, which can lead to incomplete adhesion of the tread to the tire casing.

Tags: Replacement Tires, Medium-Duty Trucks, Recalls, Tires, Retreads, Safety

March 29, 2018 - Industry News

Denso Brings Autonomous Vehicle Research and Development to Israel

Denso wants to tap into the startup culture in Israel for transportation technology research and development. Image: Denso

Denso Corporation has launched a satellite research and development team in Israel, aimed at accelerating advanced technologies such as automated driving, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Research and Development, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, Denso, Global

March 29, 2018 - Industry News

ELD Mandate: 10 Things You Need to Know as Full Enforcement Hits

Printing is one of several ways e-logs can be presented to enforcement officials during roadside inspections. Photo: Continental VDO

The "soft enforcement" period for the new electronic logs mandate is over as of April 1. Here are 10 things that can help you make sure you're legal.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Safety & Compliance, ELDs, ELD Mandate, Compliance

March 28, 2018 - Industry News

Veteran Who Transitioned to Trucking Wins Free Trip To MATS

Larry Berman and his wife Mary accept a certificate for winning the I Did My Duty... Now I Drive Heavy Duty contest. Photo: Darran Zancan, DMZ Productions

U.S. Army veteran Larry Berman’s life of service in the military and over the road earned him a trip to the 2018 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

Tags: MATS, Veterans, Hiring Veterans, Contest

March 28, 2018 - Industry News

Spot Freight Jumps 3.6%, Capacity Increases Slightly

Flatbed spot freight rates were up last week while reefer spot rates remained unchainged. Source: DAT Solutions

The number of loads on the spot truckload freight market jumped 3.6% during the week ending March 24 while truck capacity increased 1.3%, according to DAT Solutions.

Tags: Economy, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, Freight Market, Freight Capacity

March 28, 2018 - Industry News

Convoy Offers Automated Detention Pay

Convoy's Automated Detention feature will verify and compensate fleets for lost time at a shipping dock over two hours. Photo: Convoy

The Convoy freight matching service is offering to pay for extended delays that are out of a driver’s control with a new Automated Detention feature.

Tags: Hours of Service, Online Tool, Load Board, ELDs, Detention Pay, Convoy, Driver Detention

March 28, 2018 - Industry News

Workhorse Deploys Fleet of Electric Vans in San Francisco

Photo courtesy of Workhorse Group Inc.

Workhorse Group Inc. is deploying a fleet of battery-electric cargo vans in the San Francisco Bay area for last-mile delivery and commercial work fleets.

Tags: San Francisco, Workhorse, Last Mile Delivery, Battery-Electric Vehicles

March 27, 2018 - Industry News

Driver Pay has Increased to Meet Freight Demand

Driver pay has increased by as much as 18% in the past few years as fleets compete for an ever smaller pool of qualified truck drivers. HDT Illustration

A competitive market for truck drivers has caused driver pay to increase significantly as fleets look to meet increased demand for freight transportation services.

Tags: ATA, Recruiting, Survey, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

March 27, 2018 - Industry News

Arizona Halts Uber's Autonomous Testing

Screenshot via ABC Action News.

Arizona's Gov. Doug Ducey called the crash "an unquestionable failure" and suspended Uber's ability to test self-driving cars on public roads throughout the state.

Tags: Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety, Fully Autonomous, Pedestrians, Vehicle Testing, Arizona, Mobileye

March 27, 2018 - Product News

Eaton Improves EverTough Aftermarket Clutch Line

Eaton has improved its EverTough line of aftermarket clutches to streamline maintenance and improve performance. Photo Eaton

Eaton has added two enhancements to its line of EverTough Self-Adjust and EverTough Manual-Adjust heavy-duty aftermarket clutches to help streamline maintenance and improve performance.

Tags: Eaton, Aftermarket Parts, Transmissions, Clutches

March 27, 2018 - Industry News

Roush CleanTech Receives CARB Certification

Engine image coutesy of ROUSH CleanTech

Roush CleanTech is the first propane autogas fuel system manufacturer to receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s and California Air Resources Board’s heavy duty-onboard diagnostics certification for all its engines, the company announced.

Tags: Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Alternative Fuels, CARB Certification

March 27, 2018 - Industry News

Bison Transport, Central Oregon Truck Company Win TCA Best Fleets to Drive For

Central Oregon Truck Company and Bison Transport were named the overall winners of the annual 2018 Best Fleets to Drive For contest. Photo: TCA

Central Oregon Truck Company and Bison Transport have been named the overall winners of the annual 2018 Best Fleets to Drive For contest, put on by the Truckload Carriers Association and its partner CarriersEdge.

Tags: TCA, Best Fleets to Drive For, Bison Transport, CarriersEdge

March 27, 2018 - Industry News

Ryder Launches Commercial Vehicle Sharing Network

Coop is a sharing platform of underused commercial vehicles and equipment. Fleets can rent from each other and make money off of idle assets. Photo: Ryder System

Ryder System has launched a new commercial vehicle sharing platform called Coop by Ryder, allowing businesses to list and rent their trucks to members of a closed, trusted network.

Tags: Ryder System, Mobile Apps, Rental Trucks, Truck Sharing

March 27, 2018 - Product News

Netradyne RiskMap Identifies Risks on Specific Routes

RiskMap shows degree of risk for traffic lights or speed on a given road. The larger the circle, the greater the volume of risk. The redder the circle, the more severe the risks. Photo: David Cullen

Netradyne has announced a new feature for analyzing driver risks based on the route called Driveri RiskMap, allowing fleet managers to visualize a more complete picture of fleet behavior.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Behavior, Fleet Management Software, Routing, TCA, Netradyne

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