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January 13, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Spending Helps Support Growth

Retail sales in the U.S. finished 2016 on a somewhat positive note, posting the fourth straight monthly gain, according to a new Commerce Department numbers released Friday. Separate reports show improvements in other key indicators important to trucking.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Consumer Sentiment, Business Inventories

January 13, 2017 - Industry News

OOIDA Denied Rehearing on ELD Mandate Lawsuit

The Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association has been denied a rehearing of a court decision in its lawsuit against the federal electronic logging device mandate, OODIA announced on Jan. 12.

Tags: OOIDA, ELD, ELD Mandate

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

Love’s Opens Stores in Nebraska and Texas

Photo: Love's

Love’s Travel Stops has increased its network of over 410 locations in 40 states, adding new travel stops in Syracuse, Neb., and Angelton, Texas.

Tags: New Facility, Love's Travel Stops, Truck Stops

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

New York City's Sanitation Department Begins DME Test

DME-fueled Pinnacle tractor waited at Mack's Allentown customer center last fall for test to begin. Photos: Tom Berg

DSNY will run the Mack tractor at the Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island, New York, and evaluate performance and overall drivability of the engine burning Oberon dimethyl ether fuel.

Tags: New York City, Mack Trucks, Alternative Fuels, DME, Oberon Fuels

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Detention Rule Shelved For Now

A federal rule regulating driver detention may be shelved for the foreseeable future.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Hours of Service, Detention Pay, Delivery Delays

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

EPA Accuses FCA of Excess Diesel Emissions

Photo of Ram 1500 EcoDiesel courtesy of FCA.

The U.S. EPA has accused Fiat Chrysler of failing to disclose engine management software that increased air pollution in 104,000 diesel-powered Ram 1500 trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs in the 2014 to 2016 model years.

Tags: Jeep Grand Cherokee, Diesel Emissions, EPA, FCA, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, FCA Diesel Scandal

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Council Head to Advise DOT on Automation

         Deborah Hersman

National Safety Council CEO Deborah Hersman will provide the Department of Transportation counsel on issues related to the use of automation to prevent road deaths.

Tags: National Safety Council, U.S. DOT, Autonomous Vehicles

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

Chao Pitches Private Infrastructure Investment in Confirmation Hearing

Elaine Chao at her Jan. 11 confirmation hearing. Looking on is her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Screenshot via Senate Commerce Committee

During her Senate confirmation hearing on Jan. 11, Elaine Chao unequivocally signaled her willingness to cooperate with Congress to enact the trillion-dollar infrastructure investment plan floated by President-elect Trump if she is indeed confirmed as the next secretary of transportation.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump, Elaine Chao, U.S. DOT

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

CARB Certifies Landi Renzo's CNG E-450

Photo courtesy of Landi Renzo USA.

The California Air Resource Board (CARB) has certified Landi Renzo to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the 2017 model year Ford E-450 cutaway van, which now makes it legal to convert the vehicle to CNG in the U.S.

Tags: CARB Certification, Ford E-Series, Vehicle Modifiers, Landi Renzo, CARB, CNG Conversions, Natural Gas Vehicles

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

ATA’s Chris Spear Named to DOT Automation Committee

ATA president Chris Spear fielding reporters' queries on autonomous policymaking at last year's Managment Conference and Exhibition. Photo: Evan Lockridge

American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear, who has emphasized the need for trucking to have a seat at the table when it comes to autonomous vehicle technology, has been named to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s automation advisory committee.

Tags: Regulations, ATA, U.S. DOT, Autonomous Vehicles

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

Canadian Trucker Helps Fellow Jackknifed Drivers

 Taljinder Sohi Photo via TCA

Taljinder Sohi, a truck driver for Bison Transport of Manitoba, Canada, was named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association for helping out a fellow driver whose tractor-trailer jackknifed on the highway.

Tags: Accidents, TCA, Highway Angel

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Announces 2017-2018 America’s Road Team

Photo: ATA

After a final round of selections, American Trucking Associations has named 20 professional drivers to the 2017-2018 America’s Road Team, a group of elite truck drivers that will serve as trucking industry ambassadors.

Tags: ATA, Truck Drivers, America's Road Team, Public Relations

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

New Group Advocates for Modern Transportation Infrastructure Solutions

A group of American shippers, carriers and retailers have launched the Americans for Modern Transportation coalition, advocating for improved transportation infrastructure and policy that will reflect the needs of modern businesses and consumers.

Tags: Infrastructure, E-commerce, Infrastructure Funding

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

Court Finds Swift Contract Workers Were Employees

Photo by Evan Lockridge

An Arizona court has ruled that independent-contractor drivers were effectively and legally employees in the latest update of a class-action lawsuit against Swift Transportation.

Tags: Lawsuits, Arizona, Swift Transportation, Independent Contractors

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Volume Rises to Second Highest Level in 2 Years

Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation sector rose 0.5% in November from the month before, according to new Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Economy, Freight Index

January 11, 2017 - Global News

Scania Tests Autonomous Platooning in Singapore

Example of an autonomous truck platoon. Photo: Scania

Scania will design a full-scale autonomous truck platooning operation, based on its own advanced technology, which will use public roads while transporting containers between port terminals in Singapore.

Tags: Toyota, Singapore, Scania, Truck Platooning, Global, China

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Market Sees Weekly, Monthly Gains

Unseasonably high freight volumes combined with higher fuel prices and rough winter weather pushed spot truckload rates upward to start 2017, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards, while a separate measure showed the market improved for the sixth straight month in December.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions, DAT North American Freight Index

January 10, 2017 - Industry News

Medium-Duty Orders Fall 1.1% in 2016

Logo: Armie Bautista

Orders of classes 5 to 7 vehicles declined 1.1% in 2016 after a strong December finish and have outpaced heavy-duty truck orders in part due to pent-up demand from government fleet purchasers, according to ACT Research.

Tags: ACT Research, Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Orders, Trends

January 10, 2017 - Product News

Omnitracs Releases Virtual Load View App

Omnitracs has added a mobile application to its Virtual Load View solution, providing access to real-time load tracking data when an Omnitracs unit is not available.

Tags: Freight, Shippers, Brokers, Omnitracs, Asset Tracking

January 10, 2017 - Industry News

Iowa Motor Truck Association Gives Over $10 Million to Charity

The Iowa Motor Truck Association says its board gave more than $10 million in charitable donations over the past year, showing some of the impact trucking has in the state.

Tags: ATA, Iowa, Trucking Moves America Forward, Trucking Associations, Public Relations

January 10, 2017 - Industry News

Freight Ton-Mileage Could Increase 49% by 2045

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Ton-miles on the U.S. transportation system are projected to grow by 49% in the next 30 years, according to new freight projections from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics and the Federal Highway Administration.

Tags: FHWA, Freight, BTS

January 10, 2017 - Product News

Navistar, Dana Agree to Multi-Year Sales Agreement

Spicer S140 Series Axle Image: Dana

Navistar and Dana have entered into a multi-year commercial sales agreement for driveline components for on-highway, delivery, bus, and vocational vehicles.

Tags: Navistar, Drivelines, Cooperative Agreement, Dana Incorporated

January 10, 2017 - Industry News

CFI Appeals to Drivers With Better Pay and Tech

Photo via CFI

Truckload carrier CFI is investing in its drivers with a 2-cent per mile pay raise, improved home time policy, newer tractors, and upgraded technology,

Tags: Kenworth, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, CFI

January 10, 2017 - Industry News

Honda Prepping Hybrid Pickup Truck

Photo of Clarity Fuel Cell courtesy of Honda.

Honda will launch a new hybrid vehicle in 2018 and plans to eventually offer a hybrid pickup truck, the automaker announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Tags: Honda, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Detroit Auto Show, Emissions Reduction

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Reviving Ranger Pickup for 2019

Image: Ford.

Ford will bring the Ranger mid-size pickup truck back to the North American market for the 2019 model year and the Bronco midsize SUV to global markets for the 2020 model year, the OEM announced at the Detroit auto show.

Tags: Ford Ranger, Ford, Mid-Size Pickups, 2019-MY, Detroit Auto Show, Ford Bronco, 2020-MY

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