October 27, 2015 - Industry News
A major OEM announced it is cutting its workforce even though it’s still well in the black as it released third quarter earnings this week while a truck and engine maker reported continued higher numbers.
Tags: Economy, Kenworth, Cummins, Paccar, Peterbilt, Earnings, Paccar Financial
Playing beat the clock, the House of Representatives today approved by voice vote a three-week extension of transportation funding.
Tags: Railroads, Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund
Nextran Corp. held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new regional facility in Atlanta that's set to open in the middle of 2016 with a service area for repairs to natural gas vehicles.
Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Vehicle Repairs, Medium-Duty Trucks, Repair Shops
Hino has expanded its Insight factory telematics platform under a partnership with Telogis, and will offer the telematics, remote diagnostics, and case management as standard equipment on its 2017 model-year medium-duty trucks.
Tags: Telogis, Hino Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks, Telematics
Element Fleet Management has signed a strategic global agreement that brings Telogis' connected vehicle technologies and mobile apps to the fleet management company's commercial fleet customers.
Tags: Telogis, Mobile Apps, Element Fleet Management
Telogis has revamped its iOS mobile apps for Apple devices to improve the user experience through gamification, truck-specific navigation, and greater Hours of Service compliance, the telematics company announced today at its Telogis Latitude business conference.
Tags: Telogis, Smartphones, Field Service Trucks, Mobile Apps
October 26, 2015 - Industry News
The latest proposed extension of federal highway funding includes a provision to delay a mandate for automatic-braking equipment on trains that could turn passing the measure into a game of political football.
Continuing a downward trend, the price of a gallon of diesel gasoline hit near year-low levels last week, according to the latest report from the Energy Department.
Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices
As fleets work to improve productivity in the face of a shortage of qualified drivers, the last thing they need is to have trucks sitting for days at a dealer waiting for repairs. Truck makers are responding with an array of programs and technologies to address this issue.
Tags: Dealers, Downtime, ATA MC&E, Uptime
Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell to their lowest level since last November, while a separate report shows the first improvement in the nation’s manufacturing sector in five months.
Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Manufacturing
October 26, 2015 - Product News
Wabash is launching its first line of dry- and refrigerated-truck bodies for Class 6, 7, and 8 chassis, addressing re-urbanization and e-commerce trends.
Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Refrigerated Truck, Truck Bodies, Wabash National, Dry Van Body
The used Class 8 truck market showed mixed results in September with same-dealer sales inching closer to the six-month volume average, according to a recent ACT Research report.
Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Truck Sales
October 25, 2015 - Industry News
A letter signed by eight businesses and associations that together represent over 9,500 motor carriers, brokers and shippers has been sent to the House opposing a section of the long-term highway bill because it “could cripple small-business truckers.”
Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Small Fleets, Highway Bill, Small Business
October 23, 2015 - Industry News
San Francisco-based Voyomotive plans to offer an OBD II controller that can provide an array of vehicle performance and diagnostics data to a user's smartphone as a lower-cost telematics solution.
Tags: Stop-Start, Vehicle Diagnostics, Crowdfunding Platform, OBDII Device, Silicon Valley
A truck driver who threatened a federal safety inspector has been sentenced to 9 months of incarceration as well as 40 hours community service and 12 months of supervised release.
Tags: FMCSA, Truck Drivers
One truck maker has reported its third quarter profit doubled and is considering the sale of its used truck business while one of the nation’s largest trucking fleets has reported new records for the period in several areas.
Tags: Economy, Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Earnings, Landstar System, Fleet Earnings
A federal court awarded $240,000 to two former drivers, Somalian-American Muslims whose religious beliefs were violated by an Illinois trucking company that fired them for refusing to deliver alcohol.
Tags: Litigation, EEOC, Discrimination Complaint
The survey found that in the U.S., women make up 19.2% of director positions, slightly less than the 20.8% of seats filled by women in Canada.
Tags: Women in Trucking Association, Women in Fleet Management
October 22, 2015 - Industry News
“There’s a silver lining in this, and it’s that they still believe in the show,” said Toby Young, who heads the sponsoring organization. "They want to be here in 2017, and I think they’ll be assessing the damage by not being here in 2016.”
Tags: Mid-America Trucking Show, Louisville, MATS, OEMs
Existing home sales rebounded strongly in September following an August decline, according to the National Association of Realtors. That's not the only good news when it comes to an improving home market, and a separate report shows the overall economy isn't as bad as you may think.
Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators, Home Building
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unanimously approved its version of a long-term highway bill, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform (STRR) Act of 2015 (H.R. 3763).
Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Legislation, Infrastructure Funding
Daimler AG, Dana and Rush Enterprises all saw weaker third-quarter financials compared to a year ago, thanks in part to the recession in Brazil and the downturn in the North American oil and gas industry.
Tags: Economy, Daimler Trucks, Daimler AG, Dana Holding Corp., Rush Enterprises, Earnings, Daimler Trucks North America
Truck component supplier Consolidated Metco has named Beto Dantas as its new vice president of marketing, strategy and innovation, the company announced.
Tags: People, ConMet, Marketing, Suppliers
Temperature-controlled truckload carrier KLLM Transport Services has partnered with Cedar Valley College to open a new KLLM Driving Academy in Lancaster, Texas, for state residents.
Tags: Texas, Frozen Food Express, Truck Driving Schools, Driver Training, CDL
The U.S. Postal Service has requested prototypes from 15 qualified suppliers for a purpose-built delivery vehicle that would replace its aging fleet of Long Life Vehicles (LLVs).
Tags: Vehicle Purchasing, USPS, Delivery Fleets, Vehicle Testing
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