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March 31, 2016 - Industry News

Wabco Building U.S. Factory to Make Air Disc Brakes

Photo: Wabco

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Sales of air disc brakes are now enough to justify American manufacturing, which should reduce prices and encourage more sales, says Wabco.

Tags: Vehicle Maintenance, Wabco, Air Disc Brake, Brakes

March 31, 2016 - Product News

BlackBerry Offers Asset Tracking for Trucking

Screenshot via BlackBerry YouTube Channel

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Communications company BlackBerry has introduced an end-to-end tracking system for trucking companies and private fleet operators called BlackBerry Radar.

Tags: Asset Management, Blackberry, Asset Tracking, MATS

March 31, 2016 - Product News

Uniroyal Adds 2 Sizes to Commercial Truck Tire Lineup

Photo via Uniroyal Tire

The Uniroyal brand is adding two more sizes to its recently launched line of commercial truck tires, the company announced.

Tags: Tires, Uniroyal, Regional, Delivery Fleets

March 31, 2016 - Industry News

OOIDA Challenges ELD Mandate as Unconstitutional

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed a court appeal charging that electronic logging devices won’t improve safety and violate the 4th Amendment.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, OOIDA, Electronic Logging Devices, ELDs

March 31, 2016 - Product News

Rand McNally Introduces Low-Cost, Plug-and-Play ELD

The ELD 50 plugs easily into the port under the dash.

LOUISVILLE, KY — Saying it is a solution to many of the “cons” of electronic logging devices, Rand McNally Thursday introduced the ELD 50, a simple, low-cost electronic logging option, at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Rand McNally, ELDs, MATS

March 31, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Transit Vans for Air Bags

Photo of Ford Transit courtesy of Ford.

The recall covers nearly 38,000 low-roof Transit vans whose side-curtain air bags may be positioned incorrectly.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Recalls, Ford, Ford Transit, Air Bags, 2015-MY, 2016-MY

March 31, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Moves America Forward Reports on Image Movement Progress

Kevin Burch gives an update on TMAF progress.

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Trucking Moves America Forward, the industry-wide image and education movement, reported significant achievements in the past year in its mission to change the public perception of the trucking industry.

Tags: Image, Trucking Moves America Forward, MATS

March 31, 2016 - Industry News

As MATS Begins, ATA, HDMA/MEMA Team Up for New Trucking Show

The American Trucking Associations, along with the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association division of the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association, announced on Thursday they are working with global event management and trade show firm Messe Frankfurt Inc. to develop a new, biennial North American-based truck and transportation event.

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, MEMA, HDMA, Industry Event, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 30, 2016 - Industry News

Freight Awaits Business Buying Big

FTR's Eric Starks laying out where he sees freight headed at Fleet Forum in Louisville, Ky. Photo: Jim Park

LOUISVILLE, KY -- The U.S. economy is "nowhere near” slipping into recession. But the economy is sending mixed signals, so what's going to happen to freight demand over the next several months? FTR's Eric Starks shared his insights at the MATS Fleet Forum Wednesday.

Tags: Fleet Forum, Freight, FTR, Economic Forecast, U.S. Economy

March 30, 2016 - Industry News

It's All About People Power for HDT's Truck Fleet Innovators

From left, Jim Park, Randy McGregor, Gerry Mead, Joyce Brenny and Bob Poulos. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

LOUISVILLE, KY — When you think of innovation, you may automatically think of technology. But a panel of HDT’s Truck Fleet Innovators Wednesday revealed that in many cases, it’s really all about people.

Tags: Fleet Forum, Driver Shortage, Fleet Innovators, Technicians, MATS

March 30, 2016 - Industry News

Mack Trucks Names SVP of Sales for North America

Jonathan M. Randall Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has announced that Jonathan M. Randall was named the senior vice president of North American sales, effective April 11, 2016.

Tags: Vehicle Sales, Leadership, Mack Trucks, People

March 30, 2016 - Product News

Hankook Releases 2 Truck and Trailer Tires

The Hankook DH07 drive position tire (left) and the TH22 low platform trailer tire. Photo: Hankook Tire

Hankook’s DH07 drive tire and TH22 low platform trailer tire have been made available to fleets and will be on display at the 2016 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

Tags: Hankook Tire America Corp., Trailers, Tires, Drive Tires

March 30, 2016 - Product News

DAT to Debut New Version of Trucker App at MATS

Photo: DAT Solutions

DAT Solutions is debuting a new version of its DAT Trucker mobile app, a driver trip planner with features like the locations of safe Walmart parking and CAT scales, and a loadboard.

Tags: Parking, Mid-America Trucking Show, CAT Scale, DAT Solutions, MATS, Mobile Apps

March 30, 2016 - Industry News

Canadian Driver Repeatedly Ignores Out-Of-Service Orders

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has prohibited Ontario, Canada-licensed truck driver Inderjit Singh Gill from operating any commercial vehicle in the U.S. for falsifying records and repeatedly ignoring out-of-service violations.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Hours of Service, Fatigue, Imminent Hazard, Out of Service Violations

March 30, 2016 - Industry News

FedEx Boosts Fleet Fuel Efficiency

Photo of electric delivery van courtesy of FedEx.

FedEx hopes to increase fuel efficiency in its vehicle fleet by 30% by 2020 by increasing the number of alternative-fuel vehicles, shifting freight trips to rail, and optimizing routing, according to the company's 2016 sustainability report.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Emissions Reduction, FedEx, Delivery Fleets

March 30, 2016 - Press Release

DPL Telematics Launches Plug-In OBDII GPS Tracking System

DPL Telematics, a provider of advanced asset monitoring and telemetry technologies, announced the release of internal backup battery and anti-tamper features for the next generation Trackall OBDII Vehicle Tracking System.

Tags: PTO, OBDII Device, Trackall

March 30, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employers Adding Jobs, Consumers Relatively Happy

Private sector employment increased by 200,000 jobs from February to March, according to the latest National Employment Report from payroll processor ADP, while the mood of consumers has improved, with spending and incomes seeing modest gains.

Tags: Consumer Confidence, Employment, Personal Income, Personal Spending

March 30, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Lose Momentum

A rally for spot truckload rates and load-to-truck ratios seen the week before turned out to be short lived with overall lower freight volume moving lower for the week ending March 26, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

March 29, 2016 - Product News

Thorough Testing Method Can Find Hidden Substance Use

ProSight Specialty Insurance is offering an enhanced drug test that goes beyond standard DOT-compliant testing to identify drug-using drivers that are not usually detected.

Tags: Driver Safety, Drug Testing, ProSight

March 29, 2016 - Industry News

Love’s to Build 29 CNG Fueling Stations in Pennsylvania

Photo courtesy of Love's

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has contracted with Love’s Travel Stops subsidiaryTrillium CNG to open 29 compressed natural gas facilities in the state.

Tags: Partnership, Pennsylvania, Love's Travel Stops, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

March 29, 2016 - Industry News

Iowa 80 Truckstop Announces Truckers Jamboree Concert Lineup

Country music artist Clare Dunn. Photo courtesy of Iowa 80 Truckstop

The Iowa 80 Truckstop is announced a slate of musical performances for its 37th annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree with a variety of country music artists.

Tags: Events, Walcott Trucker Jamboree, Iowa 80 Truckstop

March 29, 2016 - Industry News

Isuzu Elevates Skinner to President

Photo courtesy of Isuzu.

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc., has promoted Shaun Skinner to president from his role of executive vice president and general manager, the company has announced.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Promotions

March 29, 2016 - Global News

Volvo Launches 2016 Asia Pacific Fuelwatch Challenge

Louise Marriott was the 2015 winner of Volvo's Asia Pacific Fuelwatch Challenge. She is the first woman and New Zealander to achieve the honor. Photo: Volvo

Volvo Trucks is conducting its annual Asia Pacific Fuelwatch Challenge with a series of national competitions across the region. These competitions will see participants showcasing their capabilities in fuel-efficient driving as well as general vehicle handling.

Tags: Volvo, Eco Driving, Thailand, Fuelwatch Challenge

March 28, 2016 - Industry News

Report: CNG Competitive Against $2 Diesel

Trucks at CNG fuel station.

Despite the plunge in oil prices that has driven down the pump price of diesel, two of the three means of fueling trucks with compressed natural have remained competitive, according to consultant Jon T. Gabrielsen.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, CNG

March 28, 2016 - Industry News

Weekly Diesel Prices Flatten Out

The average price of diesel fuel in the U.S. remained mostly flat last week after more than a month of increases.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices

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