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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

March 14, 2016 - Industry News

Meritor Aims to Grow With Aggressive New Product Schedule

Chris Villavarayan, president, Meritor Americas, chats with HDT editors at TMC. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Seven out of 10 Class 8 trucks in North America now run with Meritor axles, and the company has plans to grow, including an ambitious schedule of new product announcements.

Tags: TMC, Meritor

March 14, 2016 - Industry News

USPS Contract Carrier Adds Natural Gas Powered Trucks

Photo: Matheson Postal Services

Matheson Postal Services, a contract carrier for the United States Postal Service, is adding 37 new compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas tractors to its fleet as part of a company-wide program to expand clean energy use.

Tags: Green Fleets, Natural Gas Vehicles, US Postal Service, CNG, LNG

March 14, 2016 - Product News

Omnitracs Updates Roadnet Anywhere Platform

One of the biggest additions to the new version of Roadnet Anywhere is the ability to create and optimize multi-day routes. (PHOTO: Roadnet Technologies)

Updates to the Roadnet Anywhere platform consolidates views of routing, dispatching, proof of delivery, telematics, customer notifications, and business analytics into one place.

Tags: Routing, Roadnet Technologies, Omnitracs, Roadnet Anywhere

March 14, 2016 - Industry News

Logistics Company Buys Coastal Pacific Xpress

Canadian supply chain solutions company VersaCold Logistics Services has agreed to acquire Coastal Pacific Xpress, a large refrigerated carrier based in British Columbia.

Tags: Canada, LTL, Logistics, Mergers & Acquisitions, Truckload

March 11, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Slates Public Hearings on Autonomous Vehicle Safety

Freightliner Inspriation autonomous truck at its rollout last Spring. Photo: Stephane Babcock

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has announced that DOT will hold two public hearings, one in Washington, D.C., and one in California, to get input on “how to best integrate the safe operation of automated vehicles.”

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles

March 11, 2016 - Industry News

Latest Aviation Bill Ditches Pro-Trucking Reform

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

The effort to inject a reform proposal widely viewed as favorable to trucking into an aviation bill has crashed and burned. At least for now.

Tags: Hours of Service, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Driver Pay

March 11, 2016 - Industry News

C.R. England Exec Wins TCA's Past Chairman's Award

Dan England (left) recieving the award at the TCA Annual Convention. Photo: TCA

The Truckload Carriers Administration has awarded its Past Chairman’s Award to Dan England, chairman of the board of C.R. England and former chairman of TCA.

Tags: Leadership, Awards, C.R. England, People, TCA

March 11, 2016 - Industry News

Used Medium-Duty Truck Values Inch Lower

Used medium-duty trucks, such as the diesel N-Series, are experiencing overall resale declines. (PHOTO: Isuzu.)

Used medium-duty truck models (model-years 2005-2012) experienced a 1% resale value decline in February, and resale values for trucks model-year 2013-2014 dropped 0.9%.

Tags: Resale Value, Black Book, Medium-Duty Trucks, Depreciation

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

AmeriFleet's 'Hot Shot' Haulers Carry Up to Five Vehicles

Photo courtesy of Amerifleet.

Vehicle transportation provider Amerifleet has expanded its vehicle transport and hauler program to more quickly and cost-effectively meet customer needs, according to the company.

Tags: Amerifleet, Vehicle Transportation

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Hybrid Electric-Drive Trailer Tandem Being Developed

Prototype uses a belt and pulleys to transfer energy between the axle differential and a motor-generator. Production version will mount the motor inside the differential where it will be gear-driven.

The system captures energy as a tractor-trailer brakes and runs downhill, and reapplies energy through a drive axle to help the truck launch and run uphill. Operation on the trailer is completely autonomous.

Tags: Trailers, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Hybrid Trucks, Autonomous Drive

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Amazon Enters Air Cargo Space With 20-Aircraft Deal

Photo: Amazon

Amazon is leasing 20 Boeing 767s, the company's first official step into air cargo, to improve its capacity for short delivery times within the United States.

Tags: Cargo Management, Amazon.com, Aircraft

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

NM, NJ Top Commercial Driving Incident List

Chart via Fleetmatics.

Fleetmatics has released a report that includes an analysis of the driving behavior of fleets across the U.S. New Mexico and New Jersey were included in the list of top 10 states with the most severe driving incidents.

Tags: Driving Safety, Fleetmatics, Accidents

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Prime Driver Named Highway Angel of the Year

Grimaldi at the TCA Annual Convention Photo: TCA

Prime truck driver Josh Grimaldi has been named the Highway Angel of the Year for helping a woman escape her crushed vehicle.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Awards, TCA, TCA Highway Angel

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Two Carriers Win Fleet Safety and Best Fleets to Drive For Awards

FTC Transportation representatives recieving the award. Photos: TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association has named FTC Transportation and Bison Transport the overall winners of its Fleet Safety and Best Fleets to Drive For awards.

Tags: Awards, Driver Turnover, TCA, Best Fleets to Drive For, Fleet Safety Award

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Altec Wins Work Truck Show Green Award

The Green Award recognizes the product at the Show that best improves work truck fuel utilization, as determined by a panel of trade media editors and truck fleet managers. (PHOTO: PR Newswire)

Altec Inc. won The Work Truck Show 2016 Green Award for its JEMS 4 Series (Jobsite Energy Management System) hybrid-electric system.

Tags: Work Truck Show, JEMS, Awards, Altec

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Last Year’s Trailer Registrations 3rd Highest in 15 Years

New registrations of commercial trailers in the U.S. hit 254,700 units in 2015, representing the third highest volume of new trailer registrations since 2000.

Tags: Trailers, Vehicle Registration, Reefers, IHS Automotive, Dry Van, Dump Bodies

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Freight Shipments, Spending Rebound Somewhat

The number of North American freight shipments and the amount of expenditures both posted strong increases in February from the month before, according to newly released Cass Freight Index figures.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Eye-Opener Report: FMCSA Should Boost Driver-Fatigue Research

Photo: Volvo Group

A new report prepared by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine advises the FMCSA to improve data and research methods “to support a more comprehensive understanding of the relationships between operator fatigue and highway safety and between fatigue and long-term health.”

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, Driver Health, Fatigue

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Nitrogen Cooling System Offers Alternative to Traditional Reefer Trailers

After extensive testing with a grocery fleet in California, a nitrogen trailer cooling system is available that offers an alternative to traditional diesel-powered refrigeration systems.

Tags: Trailers, TMC, Transport Refrigeration

March 9, 2016 - Industry News

Hendrickson Parent Company Head John Boler, Dead at 81

John M. Boler Photo: Hendrickson

John M. Boler, chairman of the board and founder of Hendrickson parent company, The Boler Company, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2016 at the age of 81.

Tags: Leadership, Obituary, People, Suspensions, Hendrickson

March 9, 2016 - Industry News

Mid-America Trucking Show Kicks Off End of March

The Mid-America Trucking Show will be held from March 31-April 2, at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky., with several new features this year even as truck makers skip this year's show.

Tags: Fleet Forum, Events, Fleet Innovators, Mid-America Trucking Show, MATS

March 9, 2016 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Up Two Months Straight, Near Record High

Freight Transportation Services Index, January 2011 - January 2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Intermodal and pipeline transportation helped drive the DOT's Freight Transportation Services Index to near a record high in January.

Tags: Freight Index

March 9, 2016 - Product News

PeopleNet Partners With Samsung on Mobile Solutions

Photo: PeopleNet

PeopleNet has launched Managed Mobility Solutions as part of its ConnectedFleet Platform, to support customers with a company-owned, personally enabled communications device strategy.

Tags: telematics, PeopleNet, Mobile Devices, Samsung

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