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June 13, 2017 - Industry News

Sacramento to Run Electric Garbage Truck on Regular Routes

The Motiv All-Electric Powertrain, installed on the Sacramento electric refuse truck, transforms a chassis meant to be diesel-powered to one with zero-emission all-electric drive. Image: Motiv

The City of Sacramento, California, says it will run one of the first all-electric garbage trucks on regular routes in the area.

Tags: City of Sacramento, Motiv Power Systems, Refuse Fleets, Electric Vehicles, Zero-Emission Vehicles

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

House Members Push for Long-Term Fix for Highway Trust Fund

The Highway Trust Fund will again run out of money in 2020 if no long-term solutions are found. Photo: HDT file photo

More than 250 members of the U.S. House of Representatives Monday sent a letter to Ways & Means Chairman Kevin Brady, calling for a long-term fix to the Highway Trust Fund.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding

June 12, 2017 - Industry News

Orbcomm Buys Fleet Management Software Provider Inthinc

Orbcomm has acquired the assets of Salt Lake City-based Inthinc, a fleet management and driver safety solutions provider.

Tags: inthinc, Mergers & Acquisitions, ORBCOMM

June 12, 2017 - Industry News

Great Dane Relocates Atlanta Branch

Great Dane's new Atlanta facility. Photo: Great Dane

Great Dane’s Atlanta, Georgia, branch has moved to a new, significantly larger location, with an expanded parts showroom and bigger stock yard.

Tags: Trailers, New Facility, Atlanta, Great Dane

June 12, 2017 - Product News

FourKites Real-Time Temperature Tracking Helps Shippers Stay FSMA-Compliant

FourKite's solution allows shippers to track load temperatures in real time. Image via FourKites.

FourKites has launched a new real-time temperature and location tracking solution for shippers, allowing users to monitor shipment temperatures and ensure compliance across the supply chain.

Tags: Shippers, Asset Tracking, Food and Beverage Fleets, Refrigerated Trailers, FourKites

June 12, 2017 - Industry News

OOIDA Vows to Continue Fight Against Mandatory ELDs

OOIDA claims ELDs aren't any more effective at preventing crashes than paper logs. Photo: Roehl

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association says it’s not giving up on its battle against mandatory electronic logging devices, despite its failure to get the Supreme Court to review the constitutionality of the ELD mandate that goes into effect this December.

Tags: Regulations, OOIDA, ELD Mandate, U.S. Supreme Court, Hours of Service

June 12, 2017 - Industry News

Attorneys General Vow to Fight Emissions Easing By Trump

Photo via Wikimedia.

A coalition of 13 attorneys general led by New York's Eric Schneiderman told the Trump administration it could expect a "vigorous" legal challenge to any attempt to weaken pollution standards for light duty vehicles.

Tags: Regulations, Emissions Reduction, Donald Trump, CAFE Standards

June 12, 2017 - Industry News

Isuzu Produces 40,000th Gasoline N-Series

The 40,000th gasoline-powered Isuzu N-Series truck has been produced at the Spartan Motors, Inc. facility in Charlotte, Mich., on June 8, 2017. (Photo: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America)

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc., distributor of low-cab-forward trucks, announced that the 40,000th gasoline-powered Isuzu N-Series truck has been produced at the Spartan Motors, Inc. facility in Charlotte, Mich.

Tags: Isuzu N-Series, Milestones, Gasoline Engines, Cabovers, Isuzu

June 12, 2017 - Industry News

Supreme Court Denies Petition to Hear ELD Challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a challenge to the ELD mandate. Photo: Public domain

Those who were waiting to adopt electronic logging devices hoping the Supreme Court would overturn the ELD mandate as unconstitutional will be disappointed to learn the court has rejected the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association's petition.

Tags: OOIDA, Litigation, ELD Mandate, U.S. Supreme Court, ELDs

June 9, 2017 - Industry News

DOT’s Chao Wants Public to Help Cut Infrastructure Red Tape

President Trump making remarks at U.S. DOT headquarters on June 9, 2017, as Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao looks on. Photo: U.S. DOT

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has asked the public to comment “on ways to identify and reduce unnecessary regulatory obstacles that too often stand in the way of completing important infrastructure projects across the nation.”

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. DOT, Donald Trump

June 9, 2017 - Industry News

XPO Logistics Cracks Top 200 in Fortune 500 List

Image: XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics has moved up to number 191 on the Fortune 500 list, jumping from the 353rd spot last year when it was named the fastest growing company.

Tags: Fortune magazine, Revenues, XPO Logistics

June 9, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA: Two New Rules Would Help Ease Truck Driver Shortage

Photo: U.S. DOT

Two new rules that seek to streamline CDL licensing and cut its costs were proposed on June 9 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Truck Drivers, Hiring Veterans

June 9, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Launches Genuine Painted Parts Program

Photo: Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks North America has announced it is offering a Genuine Painted Parts Program, delivering genuine, factory-built replacement parts, custom painted for pre-order or quick turnaround.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Parts, Replacement Parts

June 8, 2017 - Industry News

Beemac Opens New Terminal In Pennsylvania

Photo: Beemac Trucking

Flatbed hauler Beemac Trucking has announced opening a new terminal in Franklin, Penn., to expand its operations in western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio.

Tags: Green Fleets, New Facility, Flatbeds

June 8, 2017 - Product News

TMW Offers Business Intelligence Solution to FinalMile Users

Image via TMW

TMW Systems’ Reveal Series cloud-based business intelligence and data analytics platform is now available as an add-on for users of the company’s Appian FinalMile solutions.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, TMW Systems, Analytics, Data Analysis

June 8, 2017 - Industry News

Isuzu FTR Test Drive Addresses 4-Cylinder Engine Questions

Photo: Chris Brown

Isuzu unveiled the 2018 Isuzu FTR Class 6 cabover truck for closed track test drives this week. The company also disclosed the results of comparison road tests conducted by a third party.

Tags: Isuzu, Class 6, Ride and Drive, Isuzu FTR

June 8, 2017 - Product News

Roadnet Anywhere Update Offers Advanced Fleet Overview Options

Image: Omnitracs

Omnitracs announced the availability of Roadnet Anywhere version 4.5, incorporating advanced vehicle overview features to allow fleet managers to view the status of their entire fleet while also improving workflow on the ground.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Omnitracs, Roadnet Anywhere

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Visual Awareness Slows During Conversations

Photo by Ed Brown/Wikimedia Commons.

Research from the University of Iowa finds that even a simple conversation creates an "attention disengagement" lag that affects a driver’s reaction time.

Tags: Toyota, Research, Distracted Driving, National Science Foundation, Safety, University of Iowa

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

California Carrier Doubles CNG-Powered Fleet Size

Matheson Trucking has announced it will add 27 new CNG-powered tractors to its fleet this year. Photo: Matheson Trucking

Despite the fall-off in interest in natural gas fuel with the return of cheaper diesel prices, Sacramento's Matheson Trucking remains committed to increasing the use of clean energy fuels.

Tags: Emissions, Environmentally Friendly, Alternative Fuels, CNG

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

DOL Withdraws Controversial Obama-Era Independent Contractor Guidance

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Trucking companies that use independent contractors could be breathing a sigh of relief after the Department of Labor Wednesday withdrew an Obama-era guidance that some viewed as an attack on the owner-operator model used in trucking.

Tags: Department of Labor, Independent Contractors

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

Los Angeles Completes Battery-Electric Refuse Truck Demo

Photo courtesy of LA Sanitation

The City of Los Angeles Sanitation has completed its battery-electric refuse truck demonstration project with BYD and Wayne Engineering. This demo vehicle logged more than 5,200 miles and drove up to 108 miles per day.

Tags: BYD, Los Angeles, Alternative Fuels, Refuse Fleets, Battery-Electric Vehicles

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Pins Q2 Loss on New Vehicle Sales, Used Trucks

International RH Series Photo: Navistar

Navistar International reported a second quarter 2017 net loss of $80 million on revenues of $2.1 billion. The truck and engine maker attributed those results to lower U.S. and Canada sales of its trucks and buses and to heightened used-truck losses.

Tags: Navistar, Truck Sales, Used Trucks

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

Bridgestone Follows Goodyear in Second Round of Tire Price Increases

Bridgestone has followed Goodyear in announcing a second price increase on its truck and bus tires this year.

Tags: Goodyear, Bridgestone, Tires

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

New Economic Indicators for Truck Freight Use DAT Truckload Data

Photo: Volvo

Broughton Capital, an independent financial research firm, has unveiled a set of tools for truckload industry market watchers called DAT Freight Barometers.

Tags: Economy, Spot Freight, DAT Solutions, TransFX, Truckload

June 6, 2017 - Product News

Drivewyze to Operate Weigh Station Bypass Service in California

The U.S. Interstate 80 eastbound Cordelia weigh station now offers Drivewyze weigh station bypass service. Photo: Drivewyze

Drivewyze has announced that it has been awarded the contract to operate its Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass service in California.

Tags: Drivewyze, Drivewyze PreClear, Weigh Stations, Weigh-Station Bypass


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