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November 8, 2017 - Industry News

Workhorse N-Gen Electric Van: Drone Optional

The Workhorse N-Gen's 19-inch floor and 105-inch roof height maximize cargo space, reduce knee injuries, and enhance driver ease of operation.

Workhorse Group Inc. has commenced implementation of an agreement to test and operate its new N-Gen electric van. The van will also feature an optional integrated HorseFly Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Package Delivery System.

Tags: Workhorse, HorseFly, E-GEN, Drone

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

More Than Half of Small Fleets Not ELD Compliant

Graphs courtesy CarrierLists

With less than six weeks until the Dec. 18 deadline for fleets to install mandatory electronic logging devices, it looks like there will still be a lot of smaller fleets who will be at risk for citations and fines – or who will give up on the industry altogether.

Tags: Drivers, ELDs, ELD Mandate

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Level Continues Hitting New Record Highs

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

A measure of the amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry reached another all-time monthly high in September, according to newly released figures, rising 0.2% above the previous highest level hit a month earlier.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Freight, Freight Index

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA’s Jefferson Named 2017 Influential Woman in Trucking

Daphne Jefferson Photo: FMCSA

Daphne Jefferson, deputy administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, has been presented the seventh annual Influential Woman in Trucking award by the Women In Trucking Association and Freightliner Trucks.

Tags: FMCSA, Leadership, Awards, People, Women in Trucking

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

Women in Trucking, TranStrategy Partners Offer Professional Development Certification

The Women In Trucking Association and TranStrategy Partners have launched a Professional Development Certification program for association members.

Tags: Training, Women in Trucking Association, Women in Fleet Management, Women in Trucking, Professional Development, Women Drivers

November 7, 2017 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Fuel Rebate Trial Begins

HDT file photo

The trial of four former Pilot Flying J officials accused of fuel rebate fraud started this week. The prosecution and defense offered opening statements in a Tennessee courtroom, with prosecutors painting a picture of an alleged culture of deceit at the company.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Trial

November 7, 2017 - Industry News

TruckPro Acquires Class 8 Parts

Class 8 has been in business since 1998 and is a leading provider of aftermarket truck parts in Central Pennsylvania.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, TruckPro, Parts and Service

November 7, 2017 - Industry News

Bulldog Driver Pay Hike Includes Guaranteed Minimum Salary

With Phil Byrd, president of Bulldog Hiway Express (second from right) are senior drivers (left to right), Robert Gibbs, Timothy Smith,and Gerald Waring. Photo courtesy of Bulldog Hiway Express

Bulldog Hiway Express, a Daseke company, has announced a driver-compensation program called Salary Plus thatincludes a guaranteed minimum salary of $1,000 a week in its flatbed division.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Daseke Inc., Bulldog

November 7, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Executing Full-Court Press to Pass GOP Tax Plan

ATA's Spear Photo: Evan Lockridge

The American Trucking Associations appears committed to leaving no stone unturned in its quest to see the tax-reform plan introduced on Capitol Hill on Nov. 2 passed into law and signed by President Trump.

Tags: Taxes, American Trucking Associations, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

November 7, 2017 - Industry News

UPS is Latest to Join Blockchain Group

UPS has joined the Blockchain in Trucking Alliance, stating that it sees a need to create industry standards and protocols to enable blockchain platforms to operate together with established technologies.

Tags: UPS, Logistics, Blockchain, Blockchain in Trucking Alliance

November 7, 2017 - Global News

China's JAC Motors Launches Electric Truck Line

Photo: JAC Motors

China’s JAC Motors recently launched a JAC Electric Trucks operation.

Tags: China, Global, Electric Vehicles

November 7, 2017 - Industry News

Brake Safety Day Placed Over 1,000 Vehicles Out of Service

The results from September’s Brake Safety Day inspection event, organized by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, show that 1,064 vehicles were placed out of service due to brake-related violations.

Tags: Inspections, Brake Safety Week, ABS, CVSA, Air Brakes, Air Disc Brakes

November 7, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Schneider National Profits Hit by Costs, Hurricanes

Trucking giant Schneider National Inc. on Tuesday reported increased costs and severe weather in parts of the country kept its third quarter profit from rising significantly when compared to a year earlier.

Tags: Schneider National, Fleet Earnings

November 6, 2017 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Hit Highest Point in Over 2 Years

The price of diesel fuel in the U.S. increased to its highest point since June of 2015. Crude oil prices also experienced a similar spike after news broke of a corruption scandal in Saudi Arabia.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

November 6, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Knight-Swift Affected by Merger Costs, Driver Shortage

Truckload and logistics provider Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc. released third quarter earnings on Monday that showed a big drop in profit compared to a year ago, but the numbers do not paint an entirely accurate picture following the merger of the two truckload companies.

Tags: Swift Transportation, Knight Transportation, Fleet Earnings, Knight-Swift

November 6, 2017 - Industry News

Workhorse to Unveil N-Gen Drone Delivery Platform at CES

The SureFly Octocopter and W-15 pickup will be shown at the 2018 CES in Las Vegas. Photo: Workhorse Group

Workhorse Group has announced that it will unveil the N-Gen low delivery-platform electric van with an integrated HorseFly drone at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Workhorse, Electric Vehicles, Delivery Fleets, Drones, Future Trucks

November 6, 2017 - Industry News

NATSO Opposes Commercialized Rest Areas in Arizona

Photo: Office of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey

NATSO, a national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, has come out against the Governor of Arizona's push to commercialize rest areas along interstate highways.

Tags: Arizona, Truckstops, NATSO, Rest Areas

November 6, 2017 - Industry News

Chanje Electric Vans Unveiled

The Chanje van on the streets of Brooklyn. The U.S. market sets the highest bar for vehicle reliability and safety, and it is home to some of the largest delivery companies and consumer brands expected to use the vehicles. Photo: Jim Park

Chanje is here. The Los Angeles-based electric vehicle supplier (pronounced “change”) officially unveiled its electric medium-duty panel van in Brooklyn, New York, with Ryder taking delivery of 125 units for its rental and leasing fleet.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Alternative Fuels, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Chanje, Chanje Energy

November 3, 2017 - Industry News

Texas Glass Distributor Doubles Productivity With Class 6 Truck

Photo of Dallas Flat Glass Distributing's T270 courtesy of Kenworth.

Dallas Flat Glass Distributing has doubled productivity by shifting to a Class 6 Kenworth T270, as part of the fleet's initiative to move away from 13,000-pound Class 3 trucks.

Tags: Kenworth, Class 6, Kenworth T270, Distributors, Productivity

November 3, 2017 - Industry News

Perry, Gross to Leave FTR Transportation Intelligence

Noël Perry (left) and Larry Gross speaking at the FTR Transportation Conference. Photo: Evan Lockridge

FTR Transportation Intelligence has announced the conclusion of its business relationships with Noël Perry, principle of Transportation Economics, and Lawrence Gross, president of Gross Transportation Consulting.

Tags: Economy, People, FTR, Market Analysis

November 3, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Alliance Clarifies Stance on Advanced Safety Technologies

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, also known as the Trucking Alliance, has released an addendum to a statement it issued on Nov. 1 that endorses a new study on truck safety conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Study.

Tags: AAA, The Trucking Alliance, Advanced Safety Technology

November 3, 2017 - Industry News

USA Truck Joins American Trucking Associations

Photo: USA Truck

The American Trucking Associations announced that USA Truck Inc. has joined the industry group as its latest member.

Tags: ATA, USA Truck, American Trucking Associations, Associations

November 3, 2017 - Industry News

Medium-Duty Orders Cool in October

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Orders of classes 5-7 vehicles fell 1.5% to 19,500 units in October compared to a year ago, as the medium-duty truck market has remained steady since the fourth quarter of 2015 with about 20,000 units per month, according to ACT Research.

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

November 3, 2017 - Product News

Road Ready Telematics Available on Wabash Trailers

Photo: Truck-Lite

The Truck-Lite Road Ready smart trailer system is now available as an option on Wabash dry and refrigerated van trailers.

Tags: LED Lighting, Telematics, Truck-Lite, Wabash, Trailers

November 3, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment Recovers from Previous Month, Factory Orders Strong

Employers added another 261,000 non-farm jobs to the nation’s payrolls in October, but none were from trucking, according to a Labor Department report. A separate report showed another good month for the nation’s factories.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Factory Orders, Employment, Factory Shipments

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