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June 29, 2016 - Industry News

ATA: Trucking Invests $9.5 Billion in Safety Annually

The trucking industry invests at least $9.5 billion in safety every year, according to a new report by the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: Driver Safety, ATA, Collision Avoidance Technology, ELDs, Safety

June 29, 2016 - Industry News

Iowa Spreads the Word About Trucking

More than 30 companies are competing with each other in the Iowa Motor Truck Association’s trucking image campaign, spreading positive outreach about the trucking industry's impact on the daily lives of Iowans.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Iowa, Image, Community Outreach

June 29, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Stay in Place

Despite increased load-to-truck ratios, national average spot truckload rates were unchanged as overall market activity slowed during the week ending June 25, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 29, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending Fueling Better Overall Growth

One of the biggest drivers of the U.S. economy increased for the second straight month in May, adding to optimism that growth in the second quarter will be better than the slow first quarter pace.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Spending, Personal Income

June 29, 2016 - Product News

Volvo’s I-Shift with Crawler Gears Boosts Performance, Productivity

Driver selects crawler gears using switches on I-Shift's T-handle selector. In some cases, electronic controls will automatically engage them.

"Extreme startability" and low-rev cruising at highway speeds are the main advantages of a new crawler-gear option for Volvo Trucks’ I-Shift HD automated manual transmission, demonstrated for customers and trade press reporters June 27-28.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Vocational, Transmissions

June 28, 2016 - Industry News

ZF CEO Sommer to Stay Until 2021

 ZF CEO Dr. Stefan Sommer Photo by Jim Park

ZF CEO Stefan Sommer's contract renewal positions the company for growth in emerging safety technologies and autonomous vehicle sectors.

Tags: ZF, TRW, Global, Autonomous Vehicles, Leadership, People

June 28, 2016 - Industry News

Chevrolet Low Cab Forward Upfitters Announced

Photo of Chevrolet Low Cab Forward models courtesy of GM.

General Motors has struck ship-thru deals with Morgan Corp. and Supreme Corp. to add bodies to the first Chevrolet Low Cab Forward trucks expected to arrive in late August, according to a General Motors Fleet sales manager.

Tags: General Motors, Ship-Thru, Cabovers, 2017-MY, Order-to-Delivery

June 28, 2016 - Industry News

Sneak Preview of the World’s Largest Truck Show

Henrik Henriksson, CEO of Scania, said autonomous trucks in the first round will go to the mining industry. Photo: Sven-Erik Lindstrand

Connected and autonomous vehicle technology, as well as electric power, are three disruptive technologies that will highlight the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in September in Germany.

Tags: IAA, Global, Autonomous Vehicles, Connected Vehicle Technology

June 28, 2016 - Product News

CAT Scale Adds Payment Options to App

Photo: CAT Scale

CAT Scale is now accepting ACH payments through its Weigh My Truck app, to expand usage to as many drivers as possible.

Tags: CAT Scale, Size and Weight, Mobile Apps, Electronic Payments

June 28, 2016 - Industry News

Stoughton Lease to Offer New Trailers in Oklahoma, Tennessee

Photo: Stoughton Trailers

Stoughton Trailers announced that affiliate company Stoughton Lease will sell new Stoughton Trailers through its branch locations in Purcell, Okla., and White Pine, Tenn.

Tags: Trailers, Dealers, Stoughton Trailers

June 28, 2016 - Industry News

German VDA Warns Against Post-Brexit Customs Barriers

Scania trucks from Sweden are among the commercial vehicles imported to Britain from EU member states. Photo: Lee Bristol via Flickr under Creative Commons license.

Germany's automotive industry association, VDA, cautioned against any European Union imposition of customs barriers following the UK's decision to exit the European Union.

Tags: European Union, Global, VDA, Brexit

June 28, 2016 - Industry News

America’s Highways Turn 60, Need Major Facelift

As the U.S. Interstate Highway system turns 60, it is in dire need of repairs and improvements – and that will require a substantial increase in funding for the long-term, says a new report.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. DOT, AASHTO, Interstate, Infrastructure Funding, Interstate System

June 28, 2016 - Industry News

Caterpillar Reaches Settlement in EPA Emissions Lawsuit

Caterpillar touted its unique ACERT technology as the answer to EPA 2007 emissions regs. HDT file photo by STF

Caterpillar has reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit over allegedly defective ACERT EPA 2007-compliant engines, with owners of these engines eligible to receive $500 to $10,000 per engine.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Caterpillar, Diesel Emissions, EPA, Litigation

June 28, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Growth Improves Just Slightly

U.S. economic growth improved more than previous estimates, but not by much, according to Commerce Department figures released Tuesday. Stronger net exports and business investment offset an unexpected downward revision to consumer spending.

Tags: Economy, GDP

June 27, 2016 - Industry News

Panama Canal Opens Larger Locks; Impact on U.S. Logistics Unclear

The container vessel COSCO Shipping Panama made the inaugural transit of the expanded Panama Canal on Sunday, June 26, after a 14-day journey. It has a container carrying capacity of 9,472 TEUs. Photo: Panama Canal

After many delays, the larger locks of the Panama Canal opened this weekend, allowing larger ships carrying intermodal shipping containers coming from Asia to access East Coast and Southeast ports. While there has been much speculation that this could shift cargo traffic away from the busy West Coast ports, how exactly things will play out is yet to be seen.

Tags: Intermodal, Ports, Panama Canal

June 27, 2016 - Industry News

Brexit Drops Crude Oil, Diesel Prices Flat

The price of diesel fuel remained unchanged last week, but things could be changing soon as United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union has affected global energy prices.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices, Global, Brexit, European Union, United Kingdom

June 27, 2016 - Industry News

Winners Picked for FMCSA’s Seat Belt Art Contest

Artwork by Andy Chen, 4th grade East Brunswick, New Jersey Grand Prize Winner (3rd to 6th Grade)

U.S. Transportation deputy secretary Victor Mendez and FMCSA deputy administrator Daphne Jefferson awarded the top honors in the 2016 “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” student art contest at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Seat Belts, Contest

June 27, 2016 - Industry News

Marangoni Adds St. Louis Dealer to Retread Network

Photo: Foesel Tire

Froesel Tire of St. Louis, Mo., has become a member of Marangoni Tread North America's family of independent retreaders.

Tags: Tires, Dealers, Retreads, Marangoni

June 27, 2016 - Product News

McLeod's PowerBroker Integrates Truckstop.com Insurance Information

Truckstop.com and McLeod have announced the integration of a carrier monitoring interface with Truckstop.com’s OnBoarding and McLeod’s PowerBroker products.

Tags: McLeod Software, PowerBroker, Truckstop.com, Software Integration, Information Technology

June 27, 2016 - Press Release

Schneider Presented With Ride of Pride Truck

This year’s Ride of Pride truck is a 2017 Freightliner Cascadia Evolution equipped with a Detroit DD15 engine. (PHOTO: DTNA)

As part of a program founded in 2002, Daimler Trucks North America presented the 2016 Ride of Pride truck to Schneider during a special ceremony commemorating military veterans

Tags: Freightliner, Veterans, Schneider, Daimler Trucks North America, Ride of Pride

June 24, 2016 - Industry News

FAA Releases Rule for Small Commercial Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration has finalized its first operational rules for the “routine commercial use” of small drones.

Tags: Drones, FAA

June 24, 2016 - Product News

CNG Cylinder Maker Gains Canadian CRN Approval

Photo: CNGci

CNG Cylinders International has received Canadian CRN approval for its Type 3 CNG Cylinder technology in the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario.

Tags: Canada, Alternative Fuels, CNG, CNG Tanks

June 24, 2016 - Industry News

Trailers Orders Down 14% in May

Trailer orders fell nearly 14% month over month in May, coming close to earlier projections for a seasonal slowdown.

Tags: Economy, Trailers, ACT Research, Freight, Trailer Orders

June 24, 2016 - Industry News

Trucker Declared Imminent Hazard for Alcohol-Related Crash

The FMCSA declared a Tennessee-licensed driver to be an imminent hazard to public safety after reckless driving behavior, related to alcohol consumption, led to two deaths.

Tags: FMCSA, Speeding, Imminent Hazard, Alcohol Testing, Road Deaths

June 24, 2016 - Industry News

Alliance AutoGas Launches System for Ram ProMaster

Photo of Ram ProMaster powered by propane autogas courtesy of Alliance AutoGas.

The Alliance AutoGas engineered single-plug connector, no cut or drill fuel system, installed on a Ram ProMaster, was spotted at the Government Fleet Expo.

Tags: Alliance Autogas, Ram ProMaster, Propane Autogas, Full-Size Vans

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