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April 4, 2016 - Industry News

Truckstop.com LoadPay Offers Control Over Load Payments

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Truckstop.com is offering its customers an app designed to simplify the load payment process, giving owner-operators and small fleets a secure way to organize and control their payments.

Tags: Brokers, Truckstop.com

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

Automatic Braking Could Take Longer to Develop for Big Trucks

Automatic emergency braking could take longer to develop in large commercial trucks because of the unique challenges in vehicles that are larger in size and heavier in weight.

Tags: Collision Avoidance Technology, Automatic Braking, NHTSA

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Firms Pledge Support for Guard, Reserve Employees

Employer reps sign their statements near the conclusion of the event. Photo: Bud Smith

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Scores of trucking company representatives joined counterparts from associations and service providers in affirming their backing of the reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces by signing a pledge at a meeting during the Mid-America Trucking Show last week.

Tags: Veterans, Employee Morale, Hiring our Heroes, Hiring Veterans, MATS

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

Reactions: Mid-America Trucking Show Without the Truck Makers

While the truck makers were not at Mid-America this year, there were still quite a few trucks, including in this dealer showcase in the South Hall where the truck makers have traditionally had their booths. Photo by Tom Berg.

What did exhibitors and attendees think of the Mid-America Trucking Show with the truck original equipment manufacturers not being there? We asked a number of them what they thought and how this year’s show was going for them:

Tags: Events, MATS

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

Driver With History of Alcohol Violations Placed Out of Service

The FMCSA ordered truck driver Yakov Zaverukha off the road after he was pulled over in his truck with a blood alcohol level seven times over the legal limit.

Tags: FMCSA, Alcohol, Out-of-service, Imminent Hazard

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

Great Dane Expands AdvantEdge Road Service Through Love’s

Screenshot via Great Dane YoutTube.

In a partnership with Love’s Travel Stops, Great Dane will offer AdvantEdge emergency roadside service at Love’s locations.

Tags: Roadside Assistance, Love's Travel Stops, Great Dane

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

Ram 1500 Trucks Recalled for Power Steering

Photo of Ram 1500 courtesy of FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles).

The recall, tied to contamination on the electric power steering control circuit board, affects 442 pickup trucks in the 2015 and 2016 model years.

Tags: Recalls, Ram Truck, Ram 1500, 2015-MY, NHTSA, 2016-MY, FCA US, Pickup Trucks

April 1, 2016 - Product News

Trail King Acquisition Brings a New Product

Belt conveyor can be added or removed from aluminum grain trailer in about three hours, Trail King says. Photos via Trail King

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Trail King's purchase of Dakota gained a line of grain trailers, while growth in the hauling of turbine blades demands longer equipment.

Tags: Trailers, Dakota, Trail King, Mergers & Acquisitions, Agricultural Fleets

April 1, 2016 - Industry News

IMI Campaign Raises Money for Truckers in Need

IMI recently donated $5,000 to the St. Christopher’s’ Fund, a charity supporting truckers with medical troubles that have led to financial difficulty.

Tags: Facebook, Charity, Driver Health, St. Christopher Fund, IMI

April 1, 2016 - Industry News

Alliance AutoGas F-150 Prepares for Coast-to-Coast Trip

The Ford F-150 was converted to run on propane autogas at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. Photo courtesy of Alliance AutoGas

Fresh from setting a record for the fastest recorded alternative fuel conversion to propane autogas in 1:32:25, the F-150 will embark on 5,500 mile 12-city “Alliance AutoGas Coast-to-Coast Clean Air Ride."

Tags: Ford F-150, Alliance AutoGas, Alternative Fuels, Ford, Bi-Fuel Conversions

April 1, 2016 - Industry News

HDT Seeks Safety & Compliance Award Nominations

HDT Executive Editor David Cullen (right) presents Nussbaum Transportation’s Jeremy Stickling with the 2015 HDT Safety & Compliance Award.

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine is seeking nominations for the 2016 Safety & Compliance Award which recognizes industry people that have demonstrated excellence in fleet safety. The deadline is April 29.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Awards, Safety & Compliance

April 1, 2016 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Trucking Wins a Neal Award for Driver Shortage Series

Executive Editor David Cullen was on hand to receive the Neal Award for the Driver Dilemma series of articles on the driver shortage. Photo: David Cullen

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine received a 2016 Jesse H. Neal Business Journalism Award for the 10-part Driver Dilemma series, covering the driver shortage.

Tags: Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Driver Dilemma

April 1, 2016 - Product News

Bestpass Revamps National Tolling Solution and Expands Coverage

Bestpass transponder works with almost all toll roads and toll bridges in the continental U.S. Photo: Tom Berg

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Bestpass, an automated toll-processing and -paying service, announced that it now covers almost all toll roads and tolled bridges in the continental United States, with the last one – the Oklahoma Turnpike – coming aboard by the middle of this month.

Tags: Tolls, Weigh Stations, Bestpass, Toll Management

April 1, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment Jumps, Manufacturing Awakens

The number of jobs added in March grew by another healthy pace, but not in trucking, while the nation’s manufacturing sector ended months of declining factory activity and overall construction fell slightly in February, according to the latest economic reports released Friday.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Employment

April 1, 2016 - Industry News

Navistar Fined $7.5M in Truck Emission Case

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday charged Navistar International Corp. with misleading investors about its development of an advanced technology truck engine that could be certified to meet U.S. emission standards.

Tags: Navistar, SCR, EGR, People, Engines

March 31, 2016 - Industry News

Pirelli Bringing Truck Tires to North America

Clif Armstrong, president of TP Commercial Solutions, LLC

Trading on its global presence in the commercial tire market and the tremendous success of its consumer brand in the NAFTA market over the past decade, Pirelli plans to bring several popular sizes and types of truck tires to North America later this year.

March 31, 2016 - Industry News

Goodyear Highway Hero Winner Pulled Motorist From a Burning Car

From L-R – Finalists for the 33rd Goodyear Highway Hero Award: Mike Cavanagh, winner Julian Kaczor, and Dorian Cole pose with Kaczor’s commemorative Goodyear Highway Hero ring. Photo: Goodyear

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Truck driver Julian Kaczor of Utica, N.Y., named the 33rd Goodyear Highway Hero for pulling an injured motorist from a burning car, used the honor to deliver an important safety message.

Tags: Drivers, Awards, Goodyear Highway Hero, MATS

March 31, 2016 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Appoints New Product Support Managers

PHOTO: MFTA

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (MFTA) announced that Sean Phillips has joined the company as a product support manager. He joins Mike Sands, who was recently reassigned from his position as a district sales manager with MFTA to product support manager in the metro New York and northern New Jersey areas.

Tags: MFTA, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, New Hire/Promotion

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

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