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June 4, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Looking for Trucking Image Boosters

The ATA is seeking nominations for the ninth annual Mike Russell Trucking Industry Image Award, recognizing those who are creative in increasing positive awareness for the trucking industry.

Tags: ATA, Awards, Trucking Moves America Forward, Awareness Campaign, Image, American Trucking Associations

June 4, 2015 - Product News

Omnitracs Offers Free Trial of Recruiting Model

Retention predictors that Omnitracs takes into account on its Retention Model. Image via Omnitracs

Omnitracs is offering a six-month free trial of its custom Recruiting Model in celebration of the company’s 10-year anniversary.

Tags: Technology, Analytics, Driver Retention, Driver Recruitment, Omnitracs

June 4, 2015 - Industry News

Full Circle TMS Hires Sylectus Founder as President

Full Circle TMS announced that Sylectus founder Stuart Sutton will lead the transportation management software company as president and CEO.

Tags: Information Technology, Leadership, Sylectus, People, TMS

June 4, 2015 - Industry News

Navistar Q2 Results Reveal Narrower Loss, Big Gain in Sales

International ProStar Class 8 on-highway tractor. Photo: Navistar

Navistar International has reported a second-quarter 2015 net loss of $64 million, which compares favorably to the net loss of $297 million that it incurred for the same period a year ago, and showed a 38% increase in sales of Class 6-8 trucks and buses.

Tags: Navistar, International Trucks, Earnings

June 4, 2015 - Product News

NFI Chooses MacroPoint for Freight Tracking

Photo via MacroPoint

NFI has announced that it is using MacroPoint’s freight tracking software to enhance load tracking capabilities for its current customers.

Tags: Vehicle Tracking, Macropoint, NFI, Freight

June 4, 2015 - Industry News

Republic Services Wins Clean Fuels Award

Photo courtesy of Republic CNG truck courtesy of Republic Services.

Republic Services’ fleet in Baton Rouge, La., has been awarded Louisiana Clean Fuels’ Fleet of the Year Award for its compressed natural gas (CNG) fleet expansion and petroleum reductions.

Tags: Clean Cities, Refuse Trucks, Republic Services, Louisiana, CNG, Awards

June 4, 2015 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Offers GM 3500/4500 Powertrain

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Express cutaway courtesy of GM.

XL Hybrids has begun supplying its XL3 gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain for General Motors' 3500/4500 cutaway and cab chassis van beginning with 2011 model-year vehicles, according to the company.

Tags: Conversion, XL Hybrids, General Motors, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Paratransit

June 3, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Adds Rear-View Camera to 2016 Transit Van

Photo of 2016 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford is adding a rear-view camera as standard equipment on its 2016 model-year Transit van, as well as several options including the SYNC 3 infotainment system, Ford has announced.

Tags: Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, 2016-MY

June 3, 2015 - Industry News

Navistar Appoints Senior VP for Truck Sales and Marketing

Photo via Navistar

Navistar has named longtime Paccar executive Jeff Sass as senior vice president of North America truck sales and marketing.

Tags: Navistar, Leadership, People

June 3, 2015 - Industry News

NHTSA Issues Truck Electronic-Stability Rule

Outrigger-equipped for test-track safety, a rig demonstrates what happens when its electronic-stability control (ESC) system is not activated.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued its long-awaited final rule to require electronic stability control (ESC) systems on Class 7-8 trucks and large buses.

Tags: Highway Safety, Electronic Stability Control, NHTSA

June 3, 2015 - Industry News

Early Numbers Show Weak May for Truck Orders

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Class 8 truck orders hit their lowest monthly level since late 2013 with around 20,000 units ordered while medium-duty orders rebounded.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

June 3, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Steady, Roadcheck Could Push Them Higher

Freight rates on the spot truckload market held steady last week, as both capacity and the number of loads available to haul fell, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 3, 2015 - Industry News

Love’s Launches TirePass Full-Service Inflation System

Photo via Love's

Love’s has launched the TirePass full-service inflation system that offers drivers a way to check and automatically inflate tires while refueling.

Tags: Tires, Love's Travel Stops, Tire Inflation

June 3, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Job Growth Best Since January

Change in nonfarm private employment.

Two days before a government report on unemployment is set to be released, a report from a payroll processor shows 201,000 non-farm, private jobs were added in the U.S. during May, the biggest gain since January.

Tags: Economy, Non-Manufacturing, Employment

June 3, 2015 - Industry News

Orange EV Files Initial Order for Electric Terminal Truck

Photo courtesy of Orange EV.

Orange EV has filed an initial order for its T-Series electric terminal truck to be sent to manufacturing and distribution facilities in Chicago, the company announced.

Tags: Vehicle Ordering, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Orange EV, Ports

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

Mack's LR Refuse Truck Caters to Drivers

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks introduced the Mack LR low-entry cabover refuse model designed for enhanced maneuverability, increased driver comfort and better visibility.

Tags: Refuse Trucks, Mack Trucks, Driver Comfort, Cabovers

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

Rhode Island Scales Back Tolling Plans

UPDATED -- Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo announced last minute changes to a truck tolling proposal that upset several local and national trucking groups, but the state trucking association says the plan still unfairly targets truckers.

Tags: Tolls, Rhode Island, Infrastructure Funding

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

McNeilus' New Front Loading Refuse Truck Enables CNG

Photo via McNeilus

McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing has added the Meridian front loader to the company’s lineup of refuse vehicles.

Tags: Refuse Trucks, CNG, McNeilus

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Factory Orders Drop Again

New orders for factory-made goods continue to disappoint, falling 0.4% in April from the month before and marking the eighth decline in the last nine months.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Factory Orders, Factory Shipments

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

Help Inc. Expands Weigh Station Bypass Into N.C.

Help Inc., is expanding its PrePass weight station bypass service for commercial vehicles into North Carolina, the company has announced.

Tags: North Carolina, Weigh Stations, PrePass, Weigh-Station Bypass

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

White House Threatens to Veto Bill with Key Trucking Provisions

The Obama Administration has put Congress on notice that it will recommend that President Obama veto the T-HUD bill that contains provisions key to trucking interests. Photo: The White House<br />

Even before a major spending bill containing several provisions of importance to the trucking industry has made it out of the House, the White House has all but promised that President Obama will veto it.

Tags: Insurance, Hours of Service, Size and Weight, 34-Hour Restart, Restart Study

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

Sprinter 2500 and 3500 Vans Recalled for Oil Leaks

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

The Mercedes-Benz action, an expansion of an earlier recall campaign, affects 1,335 vans in the 2015 model year.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Recalls, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, 2015-MY, NHTSA

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

Nebraska Gov. Signs Alt-Fuel Vehicle Rebate Bill

Nebraska's Gov. Pete Ricketts has approved legislation that will establish a new program offering rebates for alternative-fuel vehicle conversions, according to documents from the state legislature.

Tags: Legislation, Nebraska, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Natural Gas Vehicles, Propane Autogas, Rebates

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

ODFL Seeing More Tonnage, Updates Expectations

The less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. on Monday reported a year-over-year increase in tons per day for May of 9.6%, following growth of 9.7% for April.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL, Tonnage, Fleets

June 1, 2015 - Industry News

President Obama Inks Highway Patch

Photo:The White House

The Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015 was signed into law on Friday by President Obama extending funding through July 31.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund

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