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March 23, 2016 - Product News

Vigillo Adds BASIC Measure Analyzer to Carrier Select

Transportation data mining and analysis provider Vigillo announced the BASIC Measure Analyzer as a new feature of Carrier Select that gives more context to CSA data.

Tags: CSA, BASIC, Vigillo, Highway Bill

March 23, 2016 - Industry News

Used Truck Sales Rebound in February

Used Class 8 Truck volumes rebounded nicely in February following a disappointing month of sales in January, reports ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Trucks, Used Truck Sales

March 23, 2016 - Industry News

Supermarket Driver is First Woman to Win Maryland Trucking Award

Photo: Maryland Motor Truck Association

The Maryland Motor Truck Association named Annette Womack, a driver for Giant Food, the association's 2015 Driver of the Year.

Tags: Awards, Maryland Motor Truck Association, Women Drivers, Grocery Fleets

March 23, 2016 - Industry News

Increased Regional Activity Pushes Spot Freight Rates Higher

Led by strong regional demand, spot truckload rates rose across all three equipment types during the week ending March 19, hitting their highest levels in at least a month, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

March 22, 2016 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Market Flat, Medium-Duty Poised for Steady Growth

Class 8 truck orders in February were down 42% year-over-year while medium–duty orders were at the highest level in over a year.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

March 22, 2016 - Industry News

February Tonnage Makes Up for Weak Previous Month

Source: ATA

American Trucking Associations’ For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose by 7.2% in February, hitting an all-time high reading of 144.

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

March 22, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Refines 2017 Engines, Adds Crawler-Gear Option for I-Shift

Turbo compounding includes a second turbocharger (to the left of the standard turbo), and a fluid coupling and geartrain to send power to the D13&#39;s crankshaft. Photos: Volvo Trucks NA<br />

Engines will include refined D11 and D13 diesels and a previously improved D16. A turbo compounded D13 TC will have a second turbocharger linked to the crankshaft, adding as much as 50 hp and 4% in fuel economy.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Volvo Trucks, Volvo I-Shift, Automated Manual Transmissions

March 22, 2016 - Industry News

Trailer Market Picks Up Steam in February

Trailer orders in the U.S. during the month of February rose 21% over the previous month, slightly exceeding expectations, says FTR.

Tags: Trailers, Dry Vans, Reefers, FTR, Trailer Orders

March 22, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Subdued but Growing, Home Sales Fizzle

The first reading on the U.S. manufacturing sector for this month shows a slight uptick in activity, but growth remains weak as it has since the start of the year, and existing home sales slumped.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales

March 21, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler Blueprints the Connected Truck

Wolfgang Bernhard speaking on connected trucks. Photo: Daimler AG

Daimler Trucks sees connectivity as the means to leverage the data generated and shared by trucks to radically transform transportation logistics. Executive Editor David Cullen has more on the truck maker's connected vision, reporting from Dusseldorf, Germany.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Daimler Trucks, Connected Vehicle Technology

March 21, 2016 - Global News

Daimler Trucks Receives Quality Award from Mexico

The Daimler Santiago Truck Manufacturing Plant in Santiago Tianguistenco, in the State of Mexico, was presented with the 2015 Mexico National Quality Award.

Tags: Mexico, Daimler Trucks, Awards

March 21, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Fuel Prices Continue to Trend Upward

The average price of diesel fuel increased last week, pushed upward by a rebounding crude oil market.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

March 21, 2016 - Industry News

EPA Certifies Landi Renzo's CNG F-650/F-750, Stripped Chassis

Photo of 2016 F-650 courtesy of Ford.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has certified Landi Renzo to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of Ford's 2016 model year F-650 and F-750, as well as Ford's F-53 and F-59 stripped chassis models.

Tags: EPA Certification, Landi Renzo, Stripped Chassis

March 21, 2016 - Product News

PeopleNet Announces Tire Pressure Monitoring Integration

Fleet mobility technology company PeopleNet has announced the integration of a tire pressure monitoring system from Wabco.

Tags: PeopleNet, Wabco, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

March 21, 2016 - Industry News

GCR Tire and Service Appoints New Sales VP

Brian Cunningham has been promoted to vice president of sales for GCR Tires & Service, a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations.

Tags: Sales, Leadership, People, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, GCR Tires & Service

March 21, 2016 - Industry News

ATRI Seeks Real-World Data on Truck Parking Challenges

The American Transportation Research Institute is seeking drivers interested in keeping a 14-day diary of their truck parking issues as part of an effort to collect real-world information on the daily challenges drivers face to find truck parking.

Tags: Driver Behavior, ATRI, Truck Parking

March 21, 2016 - Industry News

Sleep Apnea Treatment Reduces Severe Crash Risk, Study Finds

Photo: Virginia Tech

Drivers with sleep apnea have a five times greater risk of a severe crash when they do not adhere to a mandated treatment program, according to a study co-authored by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

Tags: Research, Sleep Apnea, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Driver Health

March 21, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler Unveils Highway Pilot Connect Truck Platooning

Daimler demonstrates a platoon of three trucks with Highway Pilot Connect. Photo: Daimler Trucks

Daimler Trucks Monday unveiled the Highway Pilot Connect, a truck platooning system that has already been approved for use in a limited area in Germany, while its Highway Pilot autonomous driving system has been approved for use throughout the country.

Tags: Daimler Trucks, Global, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles

March 18, 2016 - Industry News

Mack Recalls Trucks For Driveshaft, Steering Issues

Photo: Mack

Mack Trucks is recalling certain Granite, LR Pinnacle, TerraPro and Titan trucks for a driveshaft issue and separately a steering shaft issue.

Tags: Titan, Mack Trucks, Recalls, Mack TerraPro, Pinnacle, Mack Granite, Mack LR

March 18, 2016 - Industry News

6 Truck Makers to Participate in European Platooning Challenge

Photo: Volvo Group

Six European truck makers are participating in next month's European Truck Platooning Challenge, a project initiated by the Dutch government to promote platooning by bringing truck convoys to public roads.

Tags: European Union, Volvo Group, Truck Platooning, Global

March 18, 2016 - Industry News

TruStar to Build UPS CNG Fueling Stations

Photo courtesy of TruStar Energy

UPS has awarded a contract to TruStar Energy to build and maintain 12 new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations for the delivery company, TruStar has announced.

Tags: Kenworth, UPS, TruStar Energy, CNG Fueling Stations

March 18, 2016 - Industry News

Lawsuits Push Port Trucking Company Into Bankruptcy

Premium Transportation Services, also known as Total Transportation Services, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing its financial troubles related to driver misclassification lawsuits and legal costs.

Tags: Bankruptcy, Ports, Port Trucking, Total Transportation Services, Independent Contractors, Intermodal, Drayage, Teamsters, Labor Unions

March 18, 2016 - Industry News

Cross-Border Freight Posts 7.2% Annual Decline

U.S.-NAFTA Merchandise trade by mode: 2011-2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

All five major transportation modes, including trucking, carried less freight between the U.S. and its neighbors of Canada and Mexico last year than in 2014, but big-rigs continue to dominate such cargo movements, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Mexico, Canada, Cross-Border Trucking

March 17, 2016 - Industry News

Fatal Crash, False Logs Trigger Shutdown of Massachusetts Trucking Company

FMCSA has ordered the immediate shutdown of trucking company J and J Transportation after an investigation revealed a continued lack of compliance with or understanding of safety regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Compliance, Out-of-service, Imminent Hazard

March 17, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Recalls Nearly 16,000 Trucks for Steering Shaft Problem

Volvo Trucks North America has issued a recall of certain VNL, VNM and VNX truck models because some of them may have steering shafts that could separate, resulting in complete loss of steering.

Tags: Recalls, Steering, Volvo Trucks North America, NHTSA

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