March 14, 2016 - Industry News
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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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