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December 18, 2017 - Industry News

Wabash National Chief Giromini to Step Down in June

Richard Giromini Photo: Wabash National

Wabash National CEO Richard J. Giromini has informed the company of his intention to step down on June 1, 2018.

Tags: Leadership, Trailers, People, Wabash National

December 18, 2017 - Product News

BlackBerry Offers Radar Asset-Tracking Solution with Pana-Pacific

Screenshot via Blackberry

Blackberry and Pana-Pacific have announced that Blackberry Radar, an asset-tracking solution, will be made available to more than 2,800 heavy-duty truck dealerships across North America.

Tags: Analytics, Asset Tracking, BlackBerry Limited, BlackBerry Radar

December 18, 2017 - Global News

Daimler Names GM of Connected Commercial Vehicle Unit

Hansen

Daimler has named Volker Hansen as the new general manager for Fleetboard GmbH where he will act as the head of digital solutions and services for commercial vehicles.

Tags: Germany, Daimler, Global, Connected Car

December 18, 2017 - Industry News

ELD Mandate Finally Arrives, to Growing Pains and Praise

The electronic logging device rule kicked in on Dec. 18 and enforcement has begun across the country.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, ATA, Hours of Service, CVSA, ELDs, ELD Mandate

December 18, 2017 - Industry News

Embark's New Road to Autonomous

Embark says its initial autonomous vehicle control system will focus on weather-friendly routes with high freight volumes. Photo: Embark

Embark COO Mike Reid says his company's approach to autonomous trucks will help resolve driver shortage issues while delivering immediate value for fleets.

Tags: Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-Drive, Embark

December 18, 2017 - Industry News

Verizon Honors Truckers with Holiday Dinner and Concert

Photo courtesy Verizon Telematics

Verizon Telematics hosted a pop-up event on Dec. 14 at the Whiskey Pete’s Truck Stop in Primm, Nev., to bring holiday cheer and gratitude for truckers.

Tags: Telematics, ELDs, Christmas, Verizon, Drivers

December 18, 2017 - Industry News

N.Y. County Deploys Orange EV Truck

Chautauqua County officials and Orange EV representatives pose with the county's new Orange EV terminal truck. Photo courtesy of Orange EV

Chautauqua County’s new electric yard truck, which is shuttling trailers at the North County Transfer Station in Fredonia, N.Y., is expected to work through a full shift on a single charge.

Tags: Battery-Electric Vehicles, Orange EV, Yard Trucks

December 15, 2017 - Industry News

What ELD Enforcement Could Look Like on Day 1

The electronic logging device rule takes effect on Dec. 18, but many fleets and drivers may not be compliant with it in time. So, what will enforcement look like for them?

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Inspections, CVSA, ELDs, Out of Service Violations, ELD Mandate, TCA

December 15, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Gives 90-Day ELD Waiver to Ag and Livestock Haulers

Photo: J.J. Keller

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has officially issued a 90-day temporary waiver of the rule to carriers of agricultural commodities and livestock.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Agricultural Fleets, ELD Mandate

December 15, 2017 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Continue Year-Over-Year Gains

Newly released figures show truckload linehaul rates as well as those for intermodal shipments moved higher again in November, when compared to a year earlier. But they also showed declines from the month before.

Tags: Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

December 15, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Retail Sales Post Solid Gains

The amount of output from the nation’s factories, mines, and utilities posted its third straight monthly increase in November, according to newly released figures, while separate reports showed manufacturing increasing even more last month while retail sales are surging.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Industrial Production, Manufacturing

December 14, 2017 - Industry News

SoCal Fires Having Minimal Impact on Freight

Source: FTR, Truckstop.com

Despite current fires in Southern California surpassing the size of October’s Sonoma County blaze, the impact on the freight market has been limited, according to a report by FTR.

Tags: California, Fire, FTR, Spot Freight, Freight Rates

December 14, 2017 - Global News

European Customers Now Running Fuso eCanter Electric Trucks

Photo: Daimler Trucks

Daimler Trucks has begun delivering its Fuso eCanter, which it calls the first all-electric truck in regular production, to fleet customers in Europe, the company announced.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Daimler, Electric Trucks, Class 4, Cabovers, Mitsubishi Fuso eCanter, Germany, Global

December 14, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Donates Trucks to Museum

Volvo Trucks has donated two cab cutaways and an operating highway tractor to the museum. (Photo courtesy of Volvo Trucks)

The Virginia Museum of Transportation formally took possession of donated items for its collection from Volvo Trucks’ New River Valley Plant, based in Dublin, Va., as part of the budding relationship between the two organizations.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Donations, Museums, Virginia Museum of Transportation

December 13, 2017 - Industry News

Calif. Utility Equipment Investigated for Connection to Fires

Photo of smoke from the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, Calif., via California National Guard/Flickr

Southern California Edison (SCE) is under investigation for its connection to recent fires in the state. Six fires began earlier this month as seasonal Santa Ana winds picked up, affecting nearly 264,000 acres across five counties in the region.

Tags: Southern California Edison, Fire, Natural Disaster

December 13, 2017 - Industry News

Pam Transport Sends Custom Trucks to Deliver Wreaths

Photo via Pam Transport

Pam Transport has sent four military-themed custom wrapped Peterbilt trucks to deliver wreaths to the Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.

Tags: Veterans, Wreaths Across America, PAM Transport, Christmas

December 13, 2017 - Industry News

L.A. May Ban Port Companies that Misclassify Drivers

Photo: Port of Long Beach

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Dec. 12 to investigate a ban of trucking and warehousing companies that break local, state, and federal employment laws from operating on city property.

Tags: Driver Pay, Port Trucking, Employment, Los Angeles, Ports, California, Owner-Operators, Independent Contractors

December 13, 2017 - Industry News

Missouri Tech Named Grand Champion of Rush Rodeo

Euler on stage accepting his award for Grand Champion of the Rush Technician Rodeo. Photo: Rush Truck Centers

At Rush Truck Centers’ 12th annual Technician Rodeo in San Antonio, Justin Euler, from Rush Truck Center, St. Peters, Mo, was named this year’s Grand Champion. Euler has been a technician with Rush for six years.

Tags: Rush Truck Centers, Awards, Technicians, Rush Tech Skills Rodeo

December 13, 2017 - Product News

Peterbilt Makes Rear Disc Brakes Standard on Model 579

Peterbilt Motors Company has announced that rear disc brakes are now available on its Model 579, completing the standardization of disc brakes for this truck.

Tags: Peterbilt, Brakes, Model 579, Air Disc Brakes, Class 7, Vocational Trucks

December 13, 2017 - Industry News

Fed Boosts Interest Rates Again, More Hikes Planned

The U.S. Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee raised interest rates again Wednesday. It's a sign that the Fed believes the economy is in no danger of slowing down, including taking into consideration this week's latest economic reports.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Consumer Prices, Federal Reserve, Producer Prices

December 13, 2017 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Level Hits Third Record High in Past Four Months

Freight Transportation Services Index, October 2012 - October 2017. Graphic: U.S. DOT

A measure of the amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry rebounded to another record high in October, according to new Transportation Department figures, following a decline the month before.

Tags: Economy, Freight Index

December 13, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Van Rate Rises Again Despite Decline in Total Volume

The national average spot truckload van rate increased 1 cent to $2.10 per mile during the week ending Dec. 9, touching a three-year high, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 12, 2017 - Industry News

Proposed Bill Would Require Front and Side Impact Guards

Photo: IIHS

A have proposed a bill to require impact guards on the sides and front of a truck in order to product passenger vehicles from being crushed underneath a vehicle in a collision.

Tags: Legislation, Underride Guard, Underride, U.S. Congress, Side Guards

December 12, 2017 - Press Release

Omnitracs Honors Veterans with Wreaths

On Saturday, each truck will carry approximately 4,700 wreaths. It takes 52 trucks to deliver 246,000 wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery alone! (Photo courtesy of Omnitracs)

For the eighth consecutive year, Omnitracs has pledged $25,000 towards the purchase of 2,500 wreaths to be laid on the graves of our nation’s veterans.

Tags: happy holidays, Veterans, Wreaths Across America, Omnitracs

December 12, 2017 - Industry News

FTR Trucking Conditions Index Spikes in October

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index for October, jumped to a reading of 9.48, way up from the previous month's level of 3.5.

Tags: Economy, Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

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