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April 6, 2016 - Industry News

CleanFUEL USA Files for Bankruptcy

Photo courtesy of CleanFUEL USA.

CleanFUEL USA, a manufacturer of alternative fuel equipment for propane autogas, announced that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to seek the restructure of its debts.

Tags: CleanFUEL USA, Propane Autogas, Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Texas

April 6, 2016 - Industry News

Truckstop.com Names LoadPay General Manager

Farid Zaffar Photo courtesy of Truckstop.com

Truckstop.com has named Farid Zaffar the new general manager of the company’s load payment network, LoadPay. Zaffar has experience in payment processing from his work in Silicon Valley.

Tags: Leadership, People, Truckstop.com, Electronic Payments

April 5, 2016 - Industry News

Class 8 Demand Weak in March, Medium-Duty On the Rise

Class 8 truck orders are projected to fall once again in March, down as much as 12% compared to February, according to the latest numbers from ACT Research and FTR.

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

April 5, 2016 - Industry News

NGVAmerica Urges Oklahoma to Retain Natural Gas Incentives

Godlewski. Photo courtesy of NGVAmerica.

Matthew Godlewski, president of NGVAmerica, asked Oklahoma legislators not to pass a bill that would cut a number of tax incentives for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) and fueling stations.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Natural Gas Vehicles, Oklahoma, CNG Fueling Stations

April 5, 2016 - Industry News

FDA Reveals Final Rule for Hauling Food Safely

Final FDA Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food rule differs in numerous ways from the agency's original proposal.

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Feb. 5 that it has finalized a rule that will require certain shippers, loaders, carriers by motor or rail vehicle, and receivers involved in transporting human and animal food to use sanitary practices to ensure the safety of that food.

Tags: FDA, Food and Beverage Fleets, Refrigerated Trailers

April 5, 2016 - Industry News

IdleAir Responds to Challenge of Lower Diesel Prices

IdleAir installation at the Transportadora EGOBA terminal in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Photo: IdleAir

With diesel prices hovering around $2 per gallon, a near 50% drop since mid-2014, the idle-reduction industry has faced a challenging economic environment, causing IdleAir to streamline its services.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Idle Reduction, IdleAir, MATS

April 5, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Exports Increase, Service Sector Expands

While the U.S. trade deficit increased to a six-month high in February, U.S. exports seem to finally be turning around for the better. Meanwhile, the nation’s service sector improved again last month, and a final report on manufacturing offers hope for this freight-significant indicator.

Tags: Economy, Factory Orders, Non-Manufacturing, Factory Shipments, Trade

April 5, 2016 - Industry News

Drivewyze Calculates Money Saved by Bypassing Weigh Stations

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Drivewyze, which offers weigh station bypass via an app on a smartphone or tablet, says it’s now able to do some interesting analytics of all the data collected from three years’ worth of operation, including how much fleets save by bypassing weigh stations.

Tags: Drivewyze, Analytics, Weigh Stations, MATS

April 5, 2016 - Product News

Wabco-SmartDrive System Uses Video Analytics

Wabco’s next generation OnLane lane departure warning system features a new, high-resolution camera integrated with a SmartDrive video-based driver performance management system to reduce instances of wandering and unsafe maneuvers.

Tags: Lane Departure Warning, Collision Avoidance Technology, Meritor Wabco, Wabco, MATS, SmartDrive

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

Tom Bertolino Named 2016 Truck Dealer of the Year

Tom Bertolino

LAS VEGAS – Tom Bertolino, vice president of NorCal Kenworth, a multi-store truck dealer in California, was named the 2016 Truck Dealer of the year by the American Truck Dealers (ATD), Heavy Duty Trucking magazine and Procede Software.

Tags: ATD, Truck Dealer of the Year, Dealers

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Announces TA Truck Service Brand

Photo: TA

TravelCenters of America hjas announced that its TA Truck Service, Petro: Lube, RoadSquad Connect, RoadSquad OnSite and eShop will all now fall under the single-brand umbrella of TA Truck Service.

Tags: Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Repairs, Petro, TravelCenters of America

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Fall for First Time Since February

The average price of diesel fuel finally fell last week, breaking a streak of steady increases that started in late February when the price of oil began to rally.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

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, Pickup Trucks, Steering

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

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