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March 17, 2016 - Industry News

Meritor Wabco Names New President and CEO

Matthew Stevenson Photo: Meritor Wabco

Meritor Wabco has appointed Matthew Stevenson president and general manager, effective immediately. Most recently with Bridgestone, he has nearly 20 years of experience in the commercial vehicle and automotive industries.

Tags: Leadership, Meritor Wabco, People

March 17, 2016 - Industry News

Truckload, Intermodal Rates Drop Again

Truckload linehaul freight rates have fallen again and are barely higher than a year ago, while rates for intermodal shipments have dropped for the 14th straight month, according to the latest Cass indexes.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Truckload, Freight Rates

March 17, 2016 - Industry News

Sprinter Vans Recalled for Overloading Risk

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

The tire pressure labels on 2,278 2015-2016-MY 2500 and 3500 vans contain inaccurate information, according to NHTSA.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, Recalls, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Daimler, NHTSA, Sprinter, Freightliner Sprinter, 2015-MY, 2016-MY

March 17, 2016 - Industry News

PacLease Offers Online Safety Courses With J.J. Keller

Photo: PacLease

PacLease has launched a subscription-based safety course program called PacTrainer, offering over 360 online courses and tutorials aimed at improving driving skills and compliance.

Tags: PacLease, driver safety, Driver Training, J.J. Keller, Online Training

March 17, 2016 - Product News

Paragon’s Routing Software Updated With Improved Mapping

Photo courtesy of Paragon Software Systems

Paragon Software Systems has added new capabilities to its routing and scheduling solutions that brings in real world data about street-level mapping, road speeds, and truck attributes.

Tags: Mapping, Routing, Paragon Software Systems, Delivery Fleets

March 17, 2016 - Product News

Risk Management Solution Aimed at Oil and Gas Industry

MiX Telematics has launched MiX Journey Management, a risk management solution for U.S. oil and gas companies that is integrated with the company’s fleet management platform.

Tags: Risk Management, Fleet Management Software, MiX Telematics, Information Technology

March 17, 2016 - Industry News

AmpCNG Acquires Full Control of 17 Fueling Stations

Photo: ampCNG

Compressed natural gas infrastructure provider ampCNG has announced that it now completely owns all of the 17 public access CNG fueling stations that were part of a joint venture between it and Trillium CNG.

Tags: Trillium CNG, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, ampCNG

March 16, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Offers 7 Trailer Cameras With 2017 Super Duty

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford is offering a seven-camera system with its 2017 Super Duty trucks that gives a driver additional views around the side of the truck and behind the trailer, Ford has announced.

Tags: Ford, Ford Super Duty, Towing, Camera System, Rear-View Cameras, 2017-MY

March 16, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: FedEx Profit Falls, Adjusted Earnings Up

Trucking and parcel delivery company FedEx Corp. on Wednesday reported lower quarterly profits, but adjusted earnings were better than expectations.

Tags: Economy, FedEx, FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, Fleet Earnings

March 16, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Slates Listening Sessions on Voluntary Compliance

Image: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold two sets of public listening sessions next month to gain input on “the potential benefits and feasibility of voluntary compliance” and how the agency might credit both motor carriers and drivers for creating “programs that promote safety beyond the standards established in FMCSA regulations.”

Tags: FMCSA

March 16, 2016 - Product News

Online Tool Helps Fleets Select the Right Lubricants

Screenshot via Petro-Canada

Petro-Canada Lubricants has launched the Lube 360 Product Selector, an online tool designed to help fleets make more informed decisions about the lubricants they use in their vehicles.

Tags: Lubricants, Online Tool, Petro-Canada Lubricants

March 16, 2016 - Industry News

Chevrolet Silverado Adds Camera System, Tow-Prep Package

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD courtesy of GM.

Fleets will be able to acquire a 2014-2016 model year Chevrolet Silverado with a new camera system for trailering and a fifth-wheel prep package.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Towing, General Motors

March 16, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Accepts Mexican Truck-Inspection Standard

Photo: Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes de México

Effective March 16, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is accepting the Mexican government standard for annual commercial vehicle inspections of Mexico-domiciled motor carriers that operate in the United States.

Tags: FMCSA, Mexico, Mexican Trucking, CVSA

March 16, 2016 - Industry News

DOE's $12.5M to Improve Medium- and Heavy-Duty Truck Efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will award $12.5 million in grants and form a consortium to improve the operating efficiency of medium and heavy trucks, the agency has announced.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, U.S. Department of Energy, Fuel Efficiency

March 16, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Reefer Rates Push Higher for Second Week; Van, Flatbeds Dip

Spot rates for refrigerated truckload freight are trending higher in the key produce states of California, Texas and Florida, while cargo volume posted a 10% increase over the past week, according to DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Solutions, Freight Rates

March 15, 2016 - Industry News

Precision Brake and Wheel Joins Power Heavy Duty

Power Heavy duty has announced the addition of Precision Brake and Wheel as its newest member company.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Distributors, Power Heavy Duty

March 15, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeks to Ease the Way for Vets to Become Truckers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wants to make it easier for military veterans to transition into civilian careers in the truck and bus industry by simplifying the process of getting a Commercial Learner’s Permit or Commercial Driver’s License.

Tags: FMCSA, Veterans, Hiring Veterans, Driver Shortage

March 15, 2016 - Product News

Eaton Offers Free Clutch With Reman Transmission Purchase

Photo: Eaton

Eaton is offering a free clutch with the purchase of a heavy-duty remanufactured transmission as part of a limited time aftermarket program.

Tags: Transmissions, Remanufactured Parts, Eaton Corporation, Clutches

March 15, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Shows Slow Growth in Freight

Source: FTR

The Trucking Conditions Index measure fell to a reading of 9.05 for January, indicating slowing growth patterns for truck freight.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Spot Freight, Freight Rates

March 15, 2016 - Industry News

Port Traffic Expected to Return to Normal Patterns

Photo courtesy the Port of Long Beach

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports should see its traditional buildup toward the summer, despite difficult comparisons with last year’s unusual patterns, according to one report.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, Ports

March 15, 2016 - Industry News

UPS to Invest $100M in CNG Trucks and Infrastructure

The UPS Rolling Laboratory appproach allows the company to determine which alternative fuel technolgies best fit a given operating environment. Source: UPS

UPS plans to invest $100 million in its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet, adding 12 new compressed natural gas fueling stations and 380 CNG trucks.

Tags: UPS, Alternative Fuels, CNG, CNG infrastructure

March 15, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Slip Again, Key Price Indicator Rises

Retail sales in the U.S. fell for the second consecutive month during February, according to a new preliminary Commerce Department report, raising some concerns about overall economic growth this year.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Interest Rates, Ports, Wholesale Prices, Port Trucking, Federal Reserve, Producer Prices

March 14, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Suspends 4 Bus Companies for Falsifying Information

The FMCSA has revoked the operating authority registration of four commercial bus companies for willfully failing to comply with federal safety regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, DOT Compliance, Buses

March 14, 2016 - Industry News

Bridgestone Appoints GCR Tire and Service Executive Director

Bridgestone Americas has appointed Doyle Bradford its executive director, service offering for GCR Tires & Service, a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations.

Tags: Leadership, Bridgestone, Tires, People, GCR Tires & Service

March 14, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Climb, Crude Prices May Stall

Source: EIA

The average price of diesel fuel continued to climb last week as a rebound in the crude oil market put upward pressure on energy costs. However, the trend may reverse, as Iran has vowed not to freeze its oil production output at current levels.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

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