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June 24, 2016 - Industry News

Trucker Declared Imminent Hazard for Alcohol-Related Crash

The FMCSA declared a Tennessee-licensed driver to be an imminent hazard to public safety after reckless driving behavior, related to alcohol consumption, led to two deaths.

Tags: FMCSA, Speeding, Imminent Hazard, Alcohol Testing, Road Deaths

June 24, 2016 - Industry News

Alliance AutoGas Launches System for Ram ProMaster

Photo of Ram ProMaster powered by propane autogas courtesy of Alliance AutoGas.

The Alliance AutoGas engineered single-plug connector, no cut or drill fuel system, installed on a Ram ProMaster, was spotted at the Government Fleet Expo.

Tags: Alliance AutoGas, Ram ProMaster, Propane Autogas, Full-Size Vans

June 24, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Business Investment Sinks as Durable Orders Decline

Orders and shipments of long-lasting durable goods fell in May, according to a preliminary Commerce Department report. One measure of business investment fell by the most in three months, but other reports show homes and consumers remain a cornerstone of the economy.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Home Sales, Consumer Sentiment

June 24, 2016 - Industry News

Used Class 8 Sales Take a Steep Downturn

Used Class 8 same-dealer truck sales volumes took a steep downturn in May, declining by 18% compared to April, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Trucks, Used Truck Sales

June 23, 2016 - Industry News

Philly to Restrict Truck Access During Democratic Convention

Commercial vehicles weighing more than five tons will be prohibited from traveling on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia, Penn., for security purposes during the Democratic National Convention.

Tags: Department of Transportation, Philadelphia, Road Closure

June 23, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Garners Assist in Court Fight over ELD Rule

Image: U.S. Seventh District Court of Appeals

The courtroom battle over the validity of the electronic logging device mandate has heated up. An amicus brief filed by two safety advocacy groups backs up FMCSA's defense of its ELD rule against a lawsuit brought by OOIDA that contends the rulemaking is seriously flawed.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, ELD, The Trucking Alliance

June 23, 2016 - Industry News

Verizon-Telogis Deal Creates Top Telematics Unit

Verizon's acquisition of Telogis would create the second-largest telematics company in the U.S. in a deal that brings together complementary businesses, a leading telematics consultant said.

Tags: Verizon, Telogis, LeasePlan, Mergers & Acquisitions

June 23, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Only Mode to See Monthly Hike in NAFTA Freight

Percent change in value of U.S.-Mexico freight flows by mode: April 2015-April 2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Trucks carried more U.S. freight by value between North American Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico in April 2016 compared to the same time a year ago, but declines in all other freight modes led to a 3.2% drop in the total current dollar value of cross-border freight.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA

June 23, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Rebounding, Overall Growth Moderate

The nation’s manufacturing is continuing to show signs of renewed life following a downturn, while separate reports show overall moderate economic growth with existing home sales booming.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators

June 22, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Continue Seasonal Strength

Four-week spot freight market trends. Graphic: DAT

Seasonal increases in spot truckload freight rates are continuing, according to new figures posted by the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 22, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Covenant Latest to Lower Second Quarter Outlook

Covenant Transportation Group Inc. has lowered expectations for its second quarter earnings report due to the current freight market as well as internal issues it’s facing.

Tags: Economy, Covenant Transport, Covenant Transportation Group, Fleet Earnings, Southern Refrigerated Transport

June 22, 2016 - Industry News

Verizon Acquires Telogis

Photo courtesy of Telogis.

Verizon has acquired California-based Telogis to expand its market share in the growing telematics industry, the telecom giant announced.

Tags: Verizon, Telogis, Mergers & Acquisitions

June 22, 2016 - Industry News

Douglas Dynamics Buys Medium-Duty Upfitter Dejana

Photo: Dejana

Douglas Dynamics has agreed to acquire medium-duty truck upfitter Dejana Truck and Utility equipment for $206 million It is expected to close the deal during the third quarter of 2016.

Tags: Truck Bodies, Mergers & Acquisitions, Dejana Truck Equipment, Upfitters

June 22, 2016 - Industry News

Nationwide Haul Named Authorized East Dealer

Trailer dealer Nationwide Haul has been named an authorized dealer of East Manufacturing trailers and will offer new models as well as tractor-trailer parts and service.

Tags: Trailers, Dealership, East Manufacturing

June 21, 2016 - Industry News

Technology to Change Logistics Business, Says Report

U.S. business logistics costs rose at a slower rate last year as supply chain transparency continued to grow in importance, according to the the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ Annual State of Logistics Report.

Tags: 3PL, Logistics, State of Logistics Report

June 21, 2016 - Industry News

Medium-Duty Orders May Be Slowing

2017 F-650 dump truck Photo: Ford

A decline in orders of Class 5-7 trucks in May points to "some moderate slowing" in a truck market that has shown strength since late 2013, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

June 21, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: FedEx Narrows Loss, Werner Lowers Expectations

FedEx Corp. cut much, but not all, of its second quarter losses compared to a year earlier, while a preview of Werner Enterprises Inc. second quarter earnings sent heartburn throughout trucking and Wall Street amid concerns about second quarter trucking profits.

Tags: Economy, Werner Enterprises, FedEx, FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, Fleet Earnings

June 21, 2016 - Industry News

May Was A Good Month for Truck Tonnage

Source: ATA

American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased in May following two consecutive months of decreases.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage, Truck Tonnage Index

June 21, 2016 - Industry News

BMW Range Extender Bolsters Workhorse Hybrid Delivery Vehicles

Photo courtesy of Workhorse Group Inc.

Workhorse Group Inc. will begin offering its E-Gen hybrid delivery trucks with BMW's i3 range-extender solution to produce more on-board electricity that will extend the range of the delivery vehicle, the company announced.

Tags: Workhorse, BMW i3, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Delivery Fleets

June 21, 2016 - Industry News

Power Heavy Duty Adds Ohio Location

North Dixie Truck and Trailer of Lima, Ohio, has joined the Power Heavy Duty network of independent distributors and service specialists.

Tags: Distributors, Service Center, Suppliers, Power Heavy Duty

June 21, 2016 - Industry News

Las Vegas Rush Truck Center to Offer Medium-Duty Ford Trucks

Photo: Rush Truck Centers

Rush Enterprises has acquired the Ford franchise rights and related assets from Transwest Truck Center Las Vegas, allowing it to sell medium-duty Ford commercial vehicles at the Las Vegas dealership location.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Rush Truck Centers, Rush Enterprises, Truck Dealers, Ford Super Duty

June 21, 2016 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Still Dropping

Separate gauges of truckload line haul rates and intermodal rates both fell in May, according to newly released figures, following a Monday report showing freight levels are well below those of the last several years.

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

June 20, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Flatten After Weeks of Increases

The price of a gallon of diesel fuel fell slightly last week, ending weeks of consistent increases in the U.S., according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

June 20, 2016 - Product News

ConMet Releases Wheel End Replacement App

Wheel end supplier ConMet has launched a mobile app to help customers find a replacement hub assembly for a heavy-duty truck or trailer.

Tags: ConMet, Wheel Ends, Mobile Apps

June 20, 2016 - Industry News

Slow Economy Reflected in Lower Freight Shipments, Spending

Although North American freight shipments continued to climb in May, they are still well below those of the last several years, and expenditures for freight fell for the third time in five months, according to the latest Cass Freight Index Report.

Tags: Economy, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index, Freight Capacity

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