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July 20, 2017 - Industry News

Canadian Trucking Lobby Submits Wish List for NAFTA Talks

Image: Global Affairs Canada

The Canadian Trucking Alliance has officially submitted comments on cross-border trade to Global Affairs Canada, as governments prepare to renegotiate aspects of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Tags: Canada, NAFTA, Canadian Trucking Alliance

July 20, 2017 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul Rates Firm Up, Intermodal Rate Momentum Slows

Truckload linehaul rates appear to be stabilizing, while intermodal rates continue moving higher but at a slower pace, according to two new reports.

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

July 20, 2017 - Industry News

Bendix-Based Safety System Standard on Volvo VNL and VNR Models

Bendix Wingman Fusion-based safety system is now standard on Volvo VNR and VNL trucks. Photo via Bendix

Bendix has announced that for the first time in North America, the camera- and radar-based collision mitigation technology of its Wingman Fusion vehicle safety system is now standard equipment on certain heavy-duty trucks.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Radar, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Safety

July 19, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: C.H. Robinson Earnings Fall 22.4% from Year Earlier

Multi-modal freight transportation services and third-party logistics provider C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. reported its second quarter net income fell 22.4% from a year ago despite a 12.4% hike in total revenue.

Tags: C.H. Robinson, Fleet Earnings

July 19, 2017 - Industry News

Southern California Ports Plan for Zero-Emission Trucks

Screenshot via Clean Air Action Plan

The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have released a draft of a proposed 2017 Clean Air Action Plan Update, outlining a new set of aggressive near-term and long-term strategies to reduce air pollution from the ports.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Port of Los Angeles, California, Port of Long Beach, Emissions Reduction, Ports

July 19, 2017 - Industry News

EPA Certifies AGA's Natural Gas System for 2018 GM Trucks

Photo of 2017 Silverado 2500HD courtesy of GM.

The Environmental Protection Agency has certified AGA Systems' bi-fuel and dedicated compressed natural gas fueling system for General Motors' 2018 lineup of Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500, 3500, and 4500 trucks.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG Conversions, EPA Certification, AGA Systems, Vehicle Modifiers, GMC Sierra HD, Chevrolet SIlverado HD

July 19, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Forecasts Steady Rise in Truck Tonnage Over Next Decade

Image via ATA

The ATA Freight Transportation Forecast is projecting steadily increasing freight tonnage overall and for the trucking industry for the next ten years.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Freight, Tonnage, Economic Forecast

July 19, 2017 - Industry News

Mobile Truck Washer Fleet Clean Enters St. Louis

Photo courtesy of Fleet Clean.

Mobile truck washer Fleet Clean USA is expanding into the St. Louis market next week and hopes to enter several other southern and Midwest markets by the end of the year, including Chicago, Indianapolis, Memphis, San Antonio, Jacksonville, and Birmingham, Ala.

Tags: Fleet Services, Franchises, Vehicle Washing

July 19, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Concerns Remain Despite Housing Rebound

Housing starts in the U.S. bounced back, according to a new Commerce Department report, but concerns remain about the future of the housing market as well as the wider economy.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, GDP, Housing Starts, Consumer Sentiment, Gross Domestic Product

July 19, 2017 - Industry News

Another House Bill Aims to Delay ELD Rule

Photo: Paccar Financial

Another Hail Mary Pass has been flung to try and slow the advance of the electronic logging device rule. Rep. Brian Babin has introduced the ELD Extension Act of 2017, which seeks to extend the current initial implementation date for the ELD mandate.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, ELD, ELD Mandate, Legislation

July 19, 2017 - Industry News

Increased Truck Orders Push Volvo Profit Higher

The parent company of Volvo Trucks and Mack Trucks on Wednesday reported both increased sales and profitability during the second quarter of the year.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Volvo Group, Quarterly Earnings

July 19, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Freight Market Returns to Normal Following Holiday Surge

The spot truckload freight market returned to seasonal norms during the week ending July 15 as the number of posted loads increased 35% and truck posts added 28%, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

July 18, 2017 - Industry News

California's Climate Change Deal May Increase Fuel Prices

Photo by Vince Taroc.

California's Legislature has voted to extend the state's cap-and-trade program through 2030, which could result in an increase to the gasoline tax and would codify the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) into law.

Tags: California, Gasoline Prices, Fuel, Fuel Tax, Low Carbon Fuel Standard, RNG

July 18, 2017 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Jump 12% In June

Photo: Stoughton

The final net trailer order numbers for the month of June have been published by FTR, showing a 12% increase from the previous month.

Tags: Trailers, FTR, Trailer Orders

July 18, 2017 - Industry News

Truckstop.com Taps Perry as Chief Economist

Noël Perry Photo via FTR

FTR and Truckstop.com have announced that Noël Perry, a partner at FTR, will lead the economic analysis for Truckstop.com, assuming the role of chief economist for the load board and technology company.

Tags: People, FTR, Truckstop.com, Market Analysis

July 18, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Falls 4.3%

Source: ATA

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 4.3% in June. That's in contrast to a 6.9% gain the month prior.

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

July 18, 2017 - Product News

Omnitracs Self-Certifies its ELD Solution

Screenshot via Omnitracs

Omnitracs has completed testing the Intelligent Vehicle Gateway electronic logging device solution that meets the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s ELD Mandate, which is scheduled to go into effect on Dec. 18, 2017.

Tags: Omnitracs, ELDs, ELD Mandate

July 18, 2017 - Industry News

Could House Bill Slow or Even Stop ELD Rule?

Photo: FMCSA

The House Transportation Committee has attached a directive to this year’s Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill that could end up delaying or repealing the electronic logging device mandate set to go into effect on Dec. 18.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, ELD, ELD Mandate, DOT

July 18, 2017 - Product News

Accuride Launches ProFinish Steel Wheel Refinishing

Photo: Accuride

Accuride has introduced the ProFinish steel wheel refinishing service for the North American commercial vehicle market. Now in full operation, ProFinish will refinish all steel wheel makes with Accuride’s Steel Armor coating that protects the wheel from corrosion and comes with a 12-month warranty against rust damage.

Tags: Wheels, Protective Coatings, Accuride, Steel, Powder Coatings

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

J.D. Power Revises May Used Truck Numbers

According to J.D. Powers’ latest Used Commercial Vehicle Report, the Peterbilt Model 579 is the market leader, due to a larger-than-normal number of 2015 models entering the market. Photo: Jim Park

Initial weak sales figures in May prompted a weak forecast – but increased sales later delivered a strong showing as the month ended.

Tags: Used Truck Sales, Used Trucks, J.D. Power

July 17, 2017 - Product News

Geotab Brings J.J. Keller, TMW Software to Marketplace

Screenshot via Geotab

Geotab has announced the launch of Driver DataSense from J.J. Keller & Associates and integrations to TMW Suite and TMW TruckMate from TMW Systems, through its online Marketplace.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Fleet Management Software, Geotab, TMW Systems

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

Clean Diesel Trucks Make up 30% of Commercial Vehicles in U.S.

Source: Diesel Technology Forum

Clean diesel truck engines and emissions control systems now make up on average 30% of all heavy-duty commercial vehicles in operation in the U.S. as a result of adoption by fleets over the past five years, according to a recent report commissioned by the Diesel Technology Forum.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Diesel Technology Forum, Clean Diesel Vehicles

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

Swift Creates Leadership Development Program

Edge, the name of Swift's new leadership development program, stands for education, discipline, guidance, and experience. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Swift Transportation has launched the Edge program, a proprietary leadership development program designed to incubate Swift leaders.

Tags: Leadership, Swift Transportation, Emerging Leaders

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

GAO Slams FMSCA for Sluggish IT Effort

Image: FMCSA

The watchdog agency of Congress has roundly criticized the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for not yet modernizing its information technology systems and for failing to fully establish an “investment management framework” for IT.

Tags: FMCSA, GAO, Unified Registration System, Safety & Compliance, Information Technology

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: J.B. Hunt Second Quarter Profit Falls

The second quarter earnings season for trucking kicked off on Monday morning with J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. reporting a small decline in profitability.

Tags: J.B. Hunt, Fleet Earnings

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