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February 1, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA: Carriers Stymied by PeopleNet AOBRD Issue May Seek Exemption

Old Dominion Freight Line is seeking a one-year exemption from the ELD mandate. Photo: ODFL

The FMCSA is considering a request by one motor carrier for a one-year exemption from electronic logging rules so that its AOBRD/ELD provider can provide a specific type of software as having been made “on behalf of all motor carriers in similar situations concerning the integration of PeopleNet’s ELD software into fleet management systems.”

Tags: FMCSA, Old Dominion Freight Line, ELDs, ELD Mandate

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Fraud Trial Winds Down

In 2012, the FBI alleged that Pilot Flying J defrauded as many as 5,500 customers of more than $56 million in rebates which were owned but never paid. Photo: Jim Park

The trial of four former Pilot Flying J sales executives accused of defrauding trucking companies in a fuel rebate scam is coming to a close, with final arguments and deliberations scheduled for next week

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J, Rebates, Trial

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

CARB Loses Appeal in Lawsuit over Emissions Compliance

An appeals court has ruled that CARB had overstepped its authority in allowing small fleets to delay compliance and failed to consider the economic and environmental impacts. Photo: Jim Park

California's Fifth District Court of Appeals has affirmed a ruling from 2014 that the California Air Resources Board overstepped its authority in allowing small trucking companies to delay complying with certain emissions regulations.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, California, Lawsuits, Small Fleets, Environmental Compliance

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

ZF Appoints Scheider Chief Executive Officer

Wolf-Henning Scheider Photo: ZF Group

ZF Group has appointed Wolf-Henning Scheider as the automotive supplier’s new chief executive officer, succeeding Konstantin Sauer.

Tags: Leadership, People, ZF, Suppliers, Global

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Reports Show 2018 Started Near Last Year's Higher Pace

A measure of the U.S. manufacturing sector released Thursday is just one in a raft of new economic reports that showed 2018 began with a similar pace to that seen when 2017 wrapped up.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Unemployment, Consumer Confidence, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Employment, Federal Reserve

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: UPS, Daimler Record Big Profits

Two of the biggest names in trucking, one in the shipping business and the other in the manufacturing sector, reported their fourth quarter 2017 and full-year earnings on Thursday morning and both showed big gains.

Tags: UPS, Freightliner, Western Star, Daimler, Daimler Trucks North America, UPS Freight, Quarterly Earnings, Fleet Earnings, Global

January 31, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Landstar Reports Record Quarterly Revenue, ArcBest Profit Improves

More trucking companies on Wednesday reported surging fourth-quarter earnings and higher profits for the year, including Landstar and ArcBest.

Tags: ArcBest Corp., Landstar System, Fleet Earnings

January 31, 2018 - Industry News

Canada Senate: Country Not Prepared for Autonomous Vehicles

Is Canada ready for the global adoption of autonomous vehicles? Photo: Daimler

As the U.S. government mulls guidelines for autonomous vehicles that often don’t consider heavy trucks, a Canadian government panel has concluded that our neighbor to the north is ill-prepared for the arrival of autonomous and connected vehicles.

Tags: Canada, Autonomous Vehicles, Regulations, Future Trucks, Infrastructure

January 31, 2018 - Product News

Love’s Expands Speedco Truck Tire Offerings

Love's is expanding the tire brand offerings at its recently acquired Speedco locations. Photo: Love's Travel Stops

Love’s Travel Stops is expanding commercial truck tire brand offerings at many of its Speedco locations across the country.

Tags: Goodyear, Firestone, Bridgestone, Tires, Love's Travel Stops, Truck Stops

January 31, 2018 - Industry News

Trump on Infrastructure Draws More Trucking Questions than Applause

Heavy truck traffic on a California highway. Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

Reaction by highway stakeholder groups to President Trump’s State of the Union remarks on investing in infrastructure seem to be informed as much by earlier information on his spending proposal as by anything he said in his Jan. 30 address to Congress.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump

January 31, 2018 - Industry News

Cummins Taps UK Battery Maker for Electric Truck Development

In August of last year, Cummis unveiled an all-electric demonstration vehicle dubbed the Urban Hauler EV. Photo: Jim Park

Cummins has acquired Johnson Matthewy’s UK automotive battery systems business, with plans to collaborate on the development of high-energy battery materials for commercial heavy-duty electric vehicle applications.

Tags: Cummins, Mergers & Acquisitions, Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Global

January 31, 2018 - Product News

Integration Brings Diesel Pricing Tool to Truck Parking USA Platform

The Truck Parking USA platform now includes a location-based fuel pricing tool thanks to a partnership with the truck routing software company ProMiles. Photo: Truck Parking USA

The Truck Parking USA platform now includes a location-based fuel pricing tool, thanks to a partnership with the truck routing software company ProMiles.

Tags: ProMiles, Truck Parking, Software Integration, Mobile Apps, Diesel Prices

January 31, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Volvo Group Reports Record 2017 Sales

Volvo Group, the Swedish parent company to truck makers Volvo, Mack, and others, reported higher profits for the final quarter of last year and for all of 2017, as the year also saw record-high sales.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Volvo Group, Quarterly Earnings

January 31, 2018 - Industry News

Trump's Call for More Infrastructure Spending Scant on Funding Details

In his first State of the Union address, Presdient Trump said nothing about how to pay for his now $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan. Photo: TV screenshot

President Trump has upped the ante by requesting Congress to craft a bipartisan bill that “generates” at least $1.5 trillion to invest in infrastructure.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump, Elected Leaders

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

Startup Tests Autonomous Delivery Vehicle on Public Route

The udelv autonomous vehicle successfully made deliveries to two nearby customers on a 2.5-mile route that included traffic lights, lane changes, unsignaled left turns, and multiple stops. Photo: udelv

California startup udelv recently finished a public test of its autonomous, last-mile delivery vehicle along a stretch of road in San Mateo, California.

Tags: Vehicle Testing, Delivery Truck, Startups, Last Mile Delivery, Autonomous Vehicles, Future Trucks

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Knight-Swift, C.H. Robinson Report Better Profits

Truckload carrier Knight-Swift Transportation Tuesday reported the biggest gain in earnings seen so far this earnings season, while third-party logistics provider C.H Robinson Worldwide reported a more modest increase in profits.

Tags: Swift Transportation, Knight Transportation, C.H. Robinson, Fleet Earnings, Knight-Swift

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

Nikola Chooses Arizona Location for Hydrogen-Electric Truck Headquarters

Nikola spent 12 months considering 30 site locations in nine states, before settling on Buckeye, Arizona. Photo: Nikola Motor Company

Nikola Motor Company has selected Buckeye, Arizona, for its hydrogen-electric semi-truck manufacturing headquarters facility.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Hybrid Trucks, Nikola Motor Company, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

NTSB Issues Safety Recommendations on Propane Tankers

NTSB has issued six safety recommendations regarding the loading of propane tanker trucks. Image: NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board issued recommendations on loading and inspecting propane truck tankers after its investigation of a 2016 crash.

Tags: FMCSA, Highway Safety, NTSB, Tankers, Propane Transport, Safety

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Drop for Third Straight Week

Spot truckload freight rates continued trickling lower for the third straight week for the week ending Jan. 27, according to new figures release from freight matching service provider DAT Solutions. Despite this drop, rates remained higher than at any point in 2017, based on information from this network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

Freightliner Custom Chassis Appoints Sather CEO

Jeff Sather will assume the role of president and CEO of Freightliner Customer Chassis Corp. effective Feb. 1. Photo: Daimler Trucks North America

Jeff Sather has accepted the position of president and chief executive officer of Daimler Trucks North America subsidiary Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation.

Tags: Leadership, People, Daimler Trucks North America, Freightliner Custom Chassis, C-Suite

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

Truckload Carriers Association Names 20 Best Fleets to Drive For

For-hire trucking companies from across North America are being recognized by TCA and CarriersEdge for providing exemplary work environments for their drivers and independent contractors. Photo via TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge announced the 20 Best Fleets to Drive For in 2018, recognizing these fleets for providing exemplary work environments for their truck drivers and independent contractors.

Tags: Awards, TCA, Best Fleets to Drive For, CarriersEdge, Truck Drivers, Drivers, Driver Retention, Truckload Carriers Association

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

Fleets Reach Out to Drivers With Better Per-Mile Pay

Southern Refrigerated Transport announced its second pay bump in six months. Photo: Southern Refrigerated Transport

In an effort to attract and retain truck drivers, Southern Refrigerated Transport and KLLM both announced major per-mile pay increases.

Tags: Refrigerated Truck, Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Southern Refrigerated Transport, Drivers, Truck Drivers, KLLM

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

Keynote Speaker Named for Green Truck Summit

Daimler Trucks North America's Kary Schaefer will keynote NTEA's Green Truck Summit. Photo:

Kary Schaefer, general manager of marketing and strategy for Daimler Trucks North America’s Freightliner Trucks and Detroit brands, will discuss new truck technologies and alternative powertrains in her Green Truck Summit keynote presentation.

Tags: Work Truck Show, DTNA, Freightliner, Green Truck Summit, Keynote Speaker, Detroit, WTS18, Work Trucks, Clean Diesel, Natural Gas Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, Events

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Paccar Doubles Quarterly, Annual Income

Truck and engine maker Paccar Inc. on Tuesday reported big gains in both profits and revenue for the final quarter of 2017 as well as for all of last year.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Peterbilt, Quarterly Earnings

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

Improved VHD Deserves Better Sales, Volvo Says

VHD retains its original "broad-shouldered" styling, and now gets LED headlamps to improve forward visibility. Photo: Tom Berg

Volvo's vocational VHD model truck gets a new interior and LED headlamps to make it a more desirable choice for operators of dump, mixer, refuse and other rough-service vehicles.

Tags: Driver Comfort, LED Lighting, Safety, Volvo VHD, World of Concrete, Vocational Trucks, Volvo Trucks North America

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