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April 30, 2015 - Product News

Seeing Machines Launches Vision-Based Accident Avoidance

The moment an accident threat is detected, new system alerts the driver and monitoring staff through in-vehicle alarms and seat vibrations. Image: Seeing Machines

Seeing Machines has announced the U.S. launch of Seeing Machines Fleet, an accident-avoidance solution that helps truck drivers and fleet operators better manage fatigue and distraction events in real time

Tags: Driver Safety, Accident Prevention, Distracted Driving, Fatigue

April 30, 2015 - Industry News

Old Dominion Reports $62.5 Million First Quarter Profit

Photo courtesy ODFL

Old Dominion Freight Line saw first quarter net income increase 36.3% from a year earlier, totaling $62.5 million, driven by expansion in its market share and a new record in first-quarter operating ratio for the LTL carrier.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Fleets, Earnings

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Heavy Truck Marketer Jeff Kahn Dies

Jeff Kahn Photo via Havas Formula

Jeff Kahn, probably best known in the industry for his work at Ford Heavy Truck introducing the Ford Aeromax, has died at age 74.

Tags: Obituary, Ford, People, Marketing

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

Con-way Profit Jumps to Nearly $22 Million

Con-way Inc. on Wednesday announced first-quarter 2015 net income surged to $21.8 million, or 37 cents per diluted share, from $12.9 million, or 22 cents per diluted share a year earlier.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Fleets, Earnings, Con-way Truckload, Con-way Inc.

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Outlines Truck Safety Recommendations to Congress

Tom Kretsinger testifies before Congress on behalf of ATA. Photo via Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

American Trucking Associations outlined three strategies to improve truck related traffic accidents in testimony before Congress.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Speed Limiter, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, ELDs

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

ATRI: Restart Rule Unintentionally Raised Crash Risk

HDT File Photo

The 34-hour restart provisions for truck drivers, which currently remain under suspension, had a negative impact on motor-carrier safety when they were in effect by driving up crash risk, per a new ATRI research study.

Tags: HOS, ATRI, 34-Hour Restart, Crash Risk, Hours of Service

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

Daimler Ramps Up Plans for N.C. Plant

Daimler's Mt. Holly, N.C. truck manufacturing plant Photo via Daimler

Daimler Trucks North America announced plans to increase production and employment at its Mt. Holly, N.C., truck manufacturing plant over the next three months.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Severe Duty, Daimler Trucks North America, Freightliner

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

Quality Carriers Opts for PeopleNet Telematics for Bulk Fleet

Quality Carriers has integrated PeopleNet technology platforms into approximately 2,500 of its tank trucks.The company is a subsidiary of Quality Distribution, Inc., which is a provider of bulk transportation services in North America.

Tags: telematics, PeopleNet, Bulk Tank

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

Meritor Shuffles Executives and Names New CEO

Jeffrey A. Craig, Meritor's new CEO Photo: Meritor

Meritor named President and Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey A. Craig the company's new CEO, succeeding Ivor J. Evans.

Tags: Meritor, People, CEO

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

Universal LNG Rolls Out Long-Range Natural Gas Trucks

Photo courtesy of Universal LNG Solutions.

Houston-based Universal LNG Solutions Inc. unveiled four long-range Freightliner Cascadia heavy-duty trucks powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) that will be used by at least two national logistics fleets, the company announced.

Tags: Texas, Heavy-Duty Trucks, LNG, Freightliner Cascadia, Cummins Westport, Natural Gas Vehicles

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

Wabash National Signs Aurora Parts to Exclusive Deal

Wabash National announced a five-year agreement with Aurora Parts & Accessories to be the exclusive supplier of aftermarket parts the company's trailers and brands.

Tags: Trailers, Aftermarket Parts, Supplier, Wabash National

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Growth Slows Dramatically

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

The pace of economic growth in the U.S. slowed dramatically in the first quarter of the year, according to the first estimate from the Commerce Department. Economists disagree whether bad weather and port problems are largely to blame.

Tags: Economy, GDP

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

Saia Profit Up Despite Lower Revenues

File photo by Evan Lockridge

The mainly less-than-truckload carrier Saia Inc. saw its first quarter profit move higher, according to its earnings report released Wednesday.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Saia, LTL

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Weaken as Capacity Increases

The number of available loads on the spot truckload market decreased 2.4% while capacity increased 4.5% during the week of April 25 compared to the previous week, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 28, 2015 - Industry News

Vieth: Private Fleets Sitting Pretty

As ACT Research's Kenny Vieth sees it, private fleets in this economy are clearly in scoring position.

At the National Private Truck Council annual meeting, economist Kenny Vieth declared private fleets are now “sitting in the catbird seat” because they are “poised for growth” as the economy keeps gaining speed and freight volumes keep rising.

Tags: Economy, National Private Truck Council, ACT Research, NPTC, Freight, Private Fleets, Driver Shortage, Information Technology

April 28, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt, Kenworth Trucks Recalled Over Cruise Control Problem

Photo via Peterbilt

Paccar is recalling 443 model year 2015-2016 Peterbilt 220 and Kenworth K300 trucks for a problem with the cruise control decrease button, according to the NHTSA.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Peterbilt, Recalls, Peterbilt Model 220

April 28, 2015 - Industry News

Port Truckers Picket As Far South As Mexico Border

Photo via Justice for Port Drivers

Port truck drivers from four trucking companies continued picketing at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, disrupting cargo operations across Southern California as far south as the border.

Tags: Ports, Teamsters, Strikes, Port Trucking, Independent Contractors, Intermodal, Labor Unions

April 28, 2015 - Industry News

Celadon Group More Than Doubles First Quarter Profit

Truckload carrier Celadon Group Inc., reported its profit in the first quarter of the year more than doubled from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Celadon Trucking Services, Fleets, Earnings

April 28, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence Lowest Since December

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

A measure of U.S. consumer confidence fell in April, its biggest drop since October 2013 and the lowest level in four months.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence

April 28, 2015 - Industry News

UPS First Quarter Profit Tops $1 Billion

U.S. domestic package first quarter revenue increased 3.8% as daily package volume improved 2.4%. Photo: UPS

Profit for package delivery and trucking giant UPS Inc. increased 12.6% in the first quarter from the same time in 2014.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, UPS Freight, UPS, LTL

April 28, 2015 - Industry News

Cummins First Quarter Profit Increases 14%

Cummins Inc. reported its first quarter profit increased 14% from the same time a year ago, totaling $387 million, driven by stronger demand in on-highway markets and distributor acquisitions in North America.

Tags: Cummins, Earnings, Engines

April 27, 2015 - Industry News

Swift Transportation Triples First Quarter Profit

Photo by Evan Lockridge

Swift Transportation Co. tripled its net income in the first quarter of the year, totaling $37.8 million, or diluted earnings per share of 26 cents, compared to $12.3 million, or 9 cents per share a year earlier.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Swift Transportation

April 27, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Price Rises for Second Straight Week

The average U.S. cost of on-highway diesel moved higher on Monday for the second straight week as oil prices also gained last week.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

April 27, 2015 - Industry News

Accuride Comes Close to First Quarter Profit

Truck component supplier Accuride Corp. nearly broke even the first quarter of the year after losing more money a year earlier.

Tags: Accuride, Earnings, Wheels, Gunite

April 27, 2015 - Industry News

Court Deals Setback to Challenge of EPA GHG Regs

A legal challenge of the Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks has failed after an appeals court found the California trucking groups that had filed suit lacked standing.

Tags: California, EPA, GHG Emissions, Owner-Operators, Litigation, California Construction Trucking Association

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