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October 6, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Website Previews Proposed CSA Changes

Screenshot of FMCSA's preview site for proposed SMS changes.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a set of proposed changes to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program and is seeking comment on the proposals via a special website it's set up to show motor carriers how the changes would affect their safety ratings.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, CSA score, Safety

October 6, 2016 - Product News

TMW Systems Creates ConnectedDock App for TruckMate TMS

ConnectedDock is a new Android App from TMW Systems for TruckMate TMS users designed to help streamline dock operations, minimize shipping errors and reduce lost revenue from incorrect weights, dimensions and OS&D.

Tags: TruckMate, TMW Systems, TMS, Mobile Apps

October 6, 2016 - Product News

SmartDrive Expands Transportation Intelligence Suite

Screenshot via SmartDrive

SmartIQ Segmentation is an expansion of its SmartDrive's Transportation Intelligence Suite that enables fleets to optimize strategies based on relevant and predictive performances differences across driver and vehicle segments

Tags: Fleet Management Software, SmartDrive Systems, Driver Coaching

October 6, 2016 - Industry News

As Hurricane Matthew Approaches, States Prepare for Emergency

Source: National Weather Service

With Hurricane Matthew strengthening to a Category 4 storm before making landfall, states from Florida through North Carolina are preparing for the worst with road closures, evacuations and suspensions of certain transportation rules.

Tags: Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Hurricane, South Carolina, Road Closure, Weather

October 5, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Integrates Advanced Collision Mitigation Into Dash Display

Volvo Active Driver Assist uses the Bendix Wingman Fusion system, combining camera and radar for accurate object detection. Photo: Volvo Trucks North America

System readouts are integrated into the driver information display on the dash, so no additional display units or prep kits are needed.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix, ATA MC&E, Safety, Driver Safety

October 5, 2016 - Industry News

Stoughton Trailers Names New VP of Purchasing

John Payne Photo courtesy of Stoughton Trailers

John Payne is the new vice president of purchasing and member of the trailer manufacturer's executive team, the company announced.

Tags: Sales, People, Stoughton Trailers

October 5, 2016 - Industry News

Park My Truck App Helps Drivers Find Available Parking

Representatives from the FMCSA, ATA, ATRI and the truck stop group NATSO unveiled a new app designed to help truck drivers find available parking spaces. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Trucking and travel plaza leaders have launched the smart phone application to help solve the parking shortage for professional drivers..

Tags: ATA, NATSO, Truck Parking, Mobile App

October 5, 2016 - Product News

Navistar Names Holland as its Standard Fifth Wheel Supplier

Photo: SAF Holland

The Holland FW17 was given the position as the standard fifth wheel on Navistar’s International LT, a series of linehaul tractors that were just unveiled.

Tags: Navistar, International Trucks, Fifth Wheels, SAF Holland, LT Series

October 5, 2016 - Industry News

Minnesota Judge Upholds State's Biodiesel Mandate

An effort to block a state requirement for all diesel fuel sold at the pump to be at least 10% biofuel has been blocked by a District Court judge.

Tags: Biodiesel, Minnesota, Lawsuits, Clean Air Act, Court Ruling

October 5, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Elects Kevin Burch its 72nd Chairman

Kevin Burch, new ATA chairman, addresses attendees at an awards luncheon. Photo: Evan Lockridge

American Trucking Associations’ board of directors elected Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express from Dayton, Ohio as the federation’s 72nd chairman.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, People, American Trucking Associations

October 5, 2016 - Industry News

Fatigue, Drug Use Blamed in Truck Crash That Killed 6

The NTSB determined that a fatigued and meth-impaired truck driver slow down for traffic in a Tennessee work zone, starting a multi-vehicle crash that killed six people and injured four.

Tags: Fatal Accidents, NTSB, Fatigue, Drugged Driving

October 5, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Aims for Zero Traffic Deaths Within 30 Years

The NHTSA held a conference to introduce its Road to Zero campaign and to address the increase in traffic deaths over the past year. Screenshot via NHTSA

Three DOT agencies and the National Safety Council have teamed up to launch a new initiative with the goal of eliminating traffic deaths on U.S. roads within the next 30 years, and truck safety is one of the targeted areas of the effort.

Tags: Highway Fatalities, U.S. DOT, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

October 4, 2016 - Industry News

ATA’s Spear Slams Proposed Speed-Limiter Rule

Chris Spear speaking to the press on ATA's stance on proposed speed-limiter rule. Photo: David Cullen

The president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations has bluntly assessed as “dangerous” the key provisions of the proposed federal speed-limiter rule for heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

Tags: FMCSA, Speed Limiter, NHTSA, ATA MC&E

October 4, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Orders Mostly Hold Steady in September

Net orders of Class 8 trucks were in line with expectations, falling only slightly from the previous month’s numbers, according to preliminary numbers from FTR and ACT Research.

Tags: ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

October 4, 2016 - Industry News

PIT Group to Conduct Fuel Efficiency Testing for U.S. Xpress

PIT Group, an engineering and research group for the trucking industry, plans to conduct its first In-Service Fuel Testing on powertrain combinations for U.S. Xpress.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Vehicle Testing, U.S. Xpress, PIT

October 4, 2016 - Product News

Mack Releases Asist Mobile App for Service Management

Officials from Mack Trucks made several announcement to the trucking press Monday afternoon during the American Trucking Associations' annual Management Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Mack Trucks has announced its Mack Asist mobile app that allows customers to manage service and unplanned events from any location on a mobile device.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Mack Trucks, Connected Vehicle Technology, Mobile Apps, Repairs

October 4, 2016 - Product News

Volvo, Mack Sign Deal With Geotab for Connected Vehicle Services

Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks have entered into a memorandum of understanding with telematics provider Geotab.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Geotab, Mack Trucks, Connected Vehicle Technology

October 4, 2016 - Industry News

Continental Buys A Majority Stake in Zonar

Illustration courtesy of Continental

The Continental Corporation has acquired a majority stake in Zonar Systems, a company specializing in fleet management solutions for commercial vehicles.

Tags: Telematics, Continental, Zonar, Mergers & Acquisitions

October 4, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Chief Spear Pushes Bold Agenda for Trucking

Chris Spear emphatically making a point in address to ATA members. Photo: Evan Lockridge

In a fast-paced and wide-ranging address, new American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear introduced himself to ATA members and asserted that under his stewardship, the industry’s biggest lobby will “get in the game” to advance an array of trucking’s interests in Washington D.C. and on the state level.

Tags: ATA, ATA MC&E

October 3, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Up Slightly, Crude Oil Hits 3-Month High

The price of diesel fuel gained less than a cent last week continuing the trend of nearly flat fuel prices that has lasted for the past month and a half, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

October 3, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Sales Headwinds Don't Daunt Daimler Trucks North America

DTNA CEO Martin Daum talks to trucking journalists. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

LAS VEGAS — Despite a challenging truck sales environment and not hitting a few goals laid out last year, Daimler Trucks North America is still confident it can remain the industry leader in this “new normal” environment, president and CEO Martin Daum told reporters at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition Monday.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, ATA MC&E, ATA, Truck Sales

October 3, 2016 - Product News

Microsoft and AT&T Collaborate With Detroit Diesel on Detroit Connect

Image: Detroit

Detroit Diesel announced collaborations with AT&T and Microsoft to deliver enhancements to its Detroit Connect suite of connected vehicle services.

Tags: AT&T, Detroit Diesel, Microsoft, Connected Vehicle Technology, Daimler Trucks North America

October 3, 2016 - Industry News

Last Chance to Nominate a Fleet for HDT's Top 50 Green Fleets

It's your last chance to nominate a fleet for HDT's 2016 Top 50 Green Fleets - a list of the top trucking companies that have made a commitment to sustainability, alternative fuels and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

Tags: Top Fleets, Green Fleets, Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

October 3, 2016 - Industry News

Looming ELD Mandate Tops Trucking Industry Concerns Survey

Rebecca Brewster (left), president and chief operating officer of ATRI along with Derek Leathers, ATRI board member and Werner Enterprises president and CEO, give details of ATRI's latest survey of the biggest issues concerning the trucking industry. Photo: Evan Lockridge

LAS VEGAS -- The American Transportation Research Institute unveiled its top industry issues report showing that the looming implementation of the ELD Mandate is the top concern of carriers and drivers.

Tags: ATA, ATRI, Industry Concerns, ATA MC&E, ELD Mandate

October 3, 2016 - Product News

SmartLinq Updates Include Improvements to Repair Management

Peterbilt introduced new technology improvements to its SmartLinq remote diagnostics platform, adding reasoning engine technology and SmartLinq Service Management.

Tags: Vehicle Diagnostics, Peterbilt, Vehicle Repairs, Parts and Service

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