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July 18, 2017 - Industry News Taps Perry as Chief Economist

Noël Perry Photo via FTR

FTR and have announced that Noël Perry, a partner at FTR, will lead the economic analysis for, assuming the role of chief economist for the load board and technology company.

Tags: People, FTR,, Market Analysis

July 18, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Falls 4.3%

Source: ATA

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 4.3% in June. That's in contrast to a 6.9% gain the month prior.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage, Truck Tonnage Index

July 18, 2017 - Product News

Omnitracs Self-Certifies its ELD Solution

Screenshot via Omnitracs

Omnitracs has completed testing the Intelligent Vehicle Gateway electronic logging device solution that meets the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s ELD Mandate, which is scheduled to go into effect on Dec. 18, 2017.

Tags: Omnitracs, ELDs, ELD Mandate

July 18, 2017 - Industry News

Could House Bill Slow or Even Stop ELD Rule?

Photo: FMCSA

The House Transportation Committee has attached a directive to this year’s Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill that could end up delaying or repealing the electronic logging device mandate set to go into effect on Dec. 18.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, ELD, ELD Mandate, DOT

July 18, 2017 - Product News

Accuride Launches ProFinish Steel Wheel Refinishing

Photo: Accuride

Accuride has introduced the ProFinish steel wheel refinishing service for the North American commercial vehicle market. Now in full operation, ProFinish will refinish all steel wheel makes with Accuride’s Steel Armor coating that protects the wheel from corrosion and comes with a 12-month warranty against rust damage.

Tags: Wheels, Protective Coatings, Accuride, Steel, Powder Coatings

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

J.D. Power Revises May Used Truck Numbers

According to J.D. Powers’ latest Used Commercial Vehicle Report, the Peterbilt Model 579 is the market leader, due to a larger-than-normal number of 2015 models entering the market. Photo: Jim Park

Initial weak sales figures in May prompted a weak forecast – but increased sales later delivered a strong showing as the month ended.

Tags: Used Truck Sales, Used Trucks, J.D. Power

July 17, 2017 - Product News

Geotab Brings J.J. Keller, TMW Software to Marketplace

Screenshot via Geotab

Geotab has announced the launch of Driver DataSense from J.J. Keller & Associates and integrations to TMW Suite and TMW TruckMate from TMW Systems, through its online Marketplace.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Fleet Management Software, Geotab, TMW Systems

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

Clean Diesel Trucks Make up 30% of Commercial Vehicles in U.S.

Source: Diesel Technology Forum

Clean diesel truck engines and emissions control systems now make up on average 30% of all heavy-duty commercial vehicles in operation in the U.S. as a result of adoption by fleets over the past five years, according to a recent report commissioned by the Diesel Technology Forum.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Diesel Technology Forum, Clean Diesel Vehicles

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

Swift Creates Leadership Development Program

Edge, the name of Swift's new leadership development program, stands for education, discipline, guidance, and experience. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Swift Transportation has launched the Edge program, a proprietary leadership development program designed to incubate Swift leaders.

Tags: Leadership, Swift Transportation, Emerging Leaders

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

GAO Slams FMSCA for Sluggish IT Effort

Image: FMCSA

The watchdog agency of Congress has roundly criticized the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for not yet modernizing its information technology systems and for failing to fully establish an “investment management framework” for IT.

Tags: FMCSA, GAO, Unified Registration System, Safety & Compliance, Information Technology

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: J.B. Hunt Second Quarter Profit Falls

The second quarter earnings season for trucking kicked off on Monday morning with J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. reporting a small decline in profitability.

Tags: J.B. Hunt, Fleet Earnings

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

Monthly Spot Truckload Market Gauge at Highest Level in 3 Years

Spot truckload freight activity in June rallied to record highs for the number of available loads while rates rose to their highest points in nearly two years, according to the DAT North American Freight Index.

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts ELD File-Checker Tool Online

One of the bugaboos to the quick adoption by fleets of electronic logging devices compliant to the new rule has been the question of how—or when— users can be certain that the mandated devices will be able to electronically transfer data files of records of duty status for review by law enforcement officials who use portable computers.

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate, Hours of Service

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

OOIDA: Human Trafficking Bill Unfairly Singles Out Truckers

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has come out against the recently proposed No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act, because it believes the bill unfairly singles out truckers.

Tags: Legislation, OOIDA, Human Trafficking, Truckers Against Trafficking, U.S. Senate

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

CVSA Releases Results from Unannounced Brake Safety Day

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Administration has revealed that results from its unannounced Brake Safety Day inspection event shows that the majority of vehicles (79%) inspected did not have any critical item vehicle violations.

Tags: Inspections, Brakes, ABS, CVSA

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

ATD Show Returns to Las Vegas for 2018

The American Truck Dealers association has announced that the ATD Show 2018 will be returning to Las Vegas next year for four days, from March 22-25.

Tags: ATD, NADA, Events, Truck Dealers

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

How the Amazon-Whole Foods Deal Could Change Trucking

New market trends, including the recent Amazon acquistion of Whole Foods, are creating opportunites for fleets willing to rethink pickup and last-mile delivery. Photo: Tiger Cool Express

Opportunities are on the horizon for fleets willing to embrace new market trends and rethink some aspects of their operations, according to logistics experts Tom Finkbiner and Ted Prince, founders of Tiger Cool Express.

Tags: Refrigerated Truck, Retail Sales,, Intermodal, ELDs, Food and Beverage Fleets, Last Mile Delivery, Tiger Cool Express, FSMA

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

Celadon Names New CEO, Chairman of the Board

Paul Svindland Photo via LinkedIn

Celadon Group has announced the appointment of Paul C. Svindland as chief executive officer, effective on or about July 24, succeeding Paul Will who will retire as CEO and chairman of the board.

Tags: Leadership, Celadon Group, People

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Meritor Inks 3-Year Supplier Deal with REV Group

REV Group and Meritor have announced a new three-year, standard supplier agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, REV Group will equip its specialty, fire, and bus vehicles with Meritor’s fully dressed axle assemblies.

Tags: Meritor, Axles, Specialty Vehicles, Suppliers

July 13, 2017 - Product News

Telogis Updates WorkPlan App to Further Automate HOS

Photo: Telogis

Telogis has updated its WorkPlan hours of service module, allowing drivers to select the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's 150-air-mile non-CDL short-haul exemption upon login.

Tags: Hours of Service, Telogis, ELDs, Mobile Apps

July 13, 2017 - Press Release

Future Line Opens New Manufacturing Facility

The 18,000 square foot facility is designed and equipped to manufacture Future Line’s rapidly expanding line of aluminum truck bodies. (Photo courtesy of Future Line)

Future Line Manufacturing, headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has announced the opening of its latest manufacturing facility.

Tags: New Facility, Truck Bodies, Manufacturing, Upfitters, Future Line

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Biodiesel Blooms From Algae in Chile

Image: National Biodiesel Board

Scientists at the Catholic University in Santiago, Chile contend that if biodiesel made from microalgae is used to power trucks and buses, it could cut GHG emissions by as much as 80%, according to a Reuters report.

Tags: Biodiesel, Algae Biodiesel, Alternative Fuels, Global

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Issues Upbeat Truck Forecast Heading into Fall

Volvo executives (left to right) John Mies, Rikard Orell, Jason Spence, Magnus Koeck and Göran Nyberg celebrate the launch of the new VNL tractor in New River, VA, on July 12, 2017. Photo: Jack Roberts

Citing positive North American market trends, Volvo is predicting a Class 8 market of approximately 215,000 units by year's end.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Truck Sales, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Safety, Volvo VNL

July 13, 2017 - Product News

Navistar OnCommand Telematics Now Available for Purchase

Navistar announced availability of its OnCommand Connection Telematics solution at the Walcott Truckers Jamboree. Photo: Navistar

Navistar has made its integrated OnCommand Connection Telematics solution available for purchase. It includes OnCommand Connection Telematics, Advanced Remote Diagnostics, and Electronic Driver Log.

Tags: Telematics, Navistar, ELDs, Remote Diagnostics, Navistar OnCommand

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Accused of Tampering with Diesel Emissions

Mercedes-Benz Sales Germany building, Berlin. Photo: Daimler.

Germany’s federal minister of transport is investigating whether Daimler's exhaust-gas treatment systems of certain diesel-powered cars and vans have been manipulated by illegal software that eliminates emission measurements taken during testing and on the road.

Tags: Emissions, Daimler, Global


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