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April 21, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Extension Introduced

Chart courtesy of EPA.

U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) has introduced a bill to extend the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) through 2021 to continue to provide EPA grants to reduce diesel emissions.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, EPA, Diesel Technology Forum, Federal Grants, Legislation

April 20, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Knight, Landstar and Werner Profits Decline

UPDATED – Three large publicly held trucking fleets reported first quarter earnings on Wednesday with all showing a decline in profits from a year earlier.

Tags: Earnings, Knight Transportation, Landstar System, Fleet Earnings, Werner Enterprises

April 20, 2016 - Industry News

Missouri Wants Exemptions to Help Turn Veterans into Truckers

Vets taking part in classroom job training. Photo: U.S. DOT

The Show-Me State is showing how the federal government could make it easier for vets to become truckers.

Tags: FMCSA, Hiring Veterans

April 20, 2016 - Product News

Teletrac Navman Drive App Suite Added to Garmin Device

Photo: Teletrac Navman

The Garmin 670 will now support the Teletrac Navman Drive suite of apps with routing, fleet management and compliance features for drivers.

Tags: GPS, Garmin, Fleet Management Software, Teletrac, Mobile Devices, Mobile Apps

April 20, 2016 - Industry News

March Truck Tonnage Index Down But Still Solid

Source: ATA

After a surge in February, the American Trucking Associations' For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index decreased in March, taking away about half of the gains made the month before.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

April 20, 2016 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Come in Well Below Expectations

U.S. trailer net order numbers in March missed analyst projections, coming in well below expectations, according to FTR report.

Tags: Trailers, Dry Vans, FTR, Trailer Orders, Dump Trailers

April 20, 2016 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Names New VP, Service Operations

COYLE

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (MFTA) has promoted Scott Coyle to vice president, service operations for North America.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, New Hire

April 20, 2016 - Industry News

U.S. Spot Freight Rates Decline, Canadian Spot Market Improves

A decline in available freight and an increase in truck capacity pushed spot truckload rates down across all three equipment types during the week ending April 16, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, TransCore, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

High Class 8 Supply Reduces Prices in First Quarter

Three- to five-year-old trucks lost about 10% of their retail value and 2.5% of their wholesale value from the fourth quarter of last year to the first quarter of this year.

Tags: Used Vehicles, NADA Used Car Guide, Used-Vehicle Prices, Used Truck Sales, NADA

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks North America Opens New HQ

Photo: Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler Trucks North America opened its nine-story headquarters building on its corporate campus in north Portland, Ore.

Tags: Headquarters, City of Portland, Daimler Trucks North America

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

Safety Groups Oppose Changing HOS in THUD Bill

A broad coalition of interest groups is lobbying Congress “to oppose any special interest anti-truck safety riders including changes to the truck driver hours of service rules..."

Tags: HOS, U.S. Senate, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

Congested Roads Run Up Trucking Costs Almost $50 Billion

Congestion on California freeways Photo: U.S. DOT

Traffic congestion on highways drove operational costs for trucking up by more than $49.6 billion in 2014, according to the American Transportation Research Institute.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, ATRI, Congestion

April 19, 2016 - Product News

Haldex Re-Launches Midland as a Value Brand

Haldex has re-launched its Midland brand in North America as a value brand for aftermarket products.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Remanufactured Parts, Haldex

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

Wabco Acquisition Brings Aerodynamic Devices to North America

Pictured here is a heavy-duty truck equipped with LCL’s trailer nose and side fairings, which improve the vehicle’s aerodynamic performance, thereby, helping to lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Image via Wabco

Wabco has acquired Laydon Composites, a manufacturer of aerodynamic devices for heavy-duty trucks and trailers based in Ontario, Canada.

Tags: Aerodynamics, Wabco, Mergers & Acquisitions

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul Rates Drop, Intermodal Continues Decline

A measure of truckload linehaul rates moved lower last month compared to a year earlier for the first time since May 2010 as intermodal freight rates continued their downward slide.

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

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeks Input on Beyond Compliance Recognition Program

Photo: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is requesting public input on its Beyond Compliance carrier safety-recognition program.

Tags: FMCSA, Beyond Compliance

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Starts Drop, Builders Still Upbeat

The number of housing starts in the U.S. fell more than expected in March, but home builder confidence in the market remains strong, according to two new reports.

Tags: Economy, Housing Starts, Home Building

April 18, 2016 - Industry News

Quakes Halt Toyota, Hino Production

Aerial view of the Tsutsumi Plant, where Toyota assembles the Prius hybrid, courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota will shut down most of its production of Toyota, Lexus, and Hino vehicles over the coming week, after a pair of deadly earthquakes rocked Japan and caused parts shortages for the automaker.

Tags: Toyota, Assembly Plants, Natural Disaster, Japan

April 18, 2016 - Industry News

Fuel Prices Up, Crude Oil Production Unlikely to Drop

The price of diesel fuel rose last week for the second straight week, but uncertainty in the crude oil market could curb the increases.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

April 18, 2016 - Product News

XL Hybrids' XL Link Measures Fleet Vehicle Performance

Image courtesy of XL Hybrids, Inc.

XL Hybrids, Inc. has introduced XL Link, a cloud-based data analytics system that measures key performance indicators, including MPG performance, and reports carbon dioxide emissions reductions in fleet gasoline-electric hybrids.

Tags: XL Hybrids, Analytics, Cloud-Based Technology, Mobile Apps, Big Data

April 18, 2016 - Industry News

Freight Shipments Ease as Spending Declines

Growth in freight shipments slowed in March, according to the latest Cass Freight Index Report, while freight spending turned negative – but a longer-term view of cargo movements and the overall economy appears at least somewhat brighter.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

April 18, 2016 - Product News

Purkeys Partners with Maxwell on Portable Jump Starter

Photo via Purkeys

Purkeys has partnered with Maxwell Technologies to produce a portable jump starter called CAPS that's designed for heavy- and light-duty applications.

Tags: Maxwell Technologies, Jumpstarter, Engines, Purkey's Fleet Electric

April 18, 2016 - Industry News

GM Recalls Vans for Missing Tire Pressure Monitors

Photo of Chevrolet Express cutaway van courtesy of General Motors.

The recall covers 321 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans that were shipped to final-stage manufacturers missing the tire pressure monitoring system.  

Tags: Chevrolet, Recalls, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, GMC, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, NHTSA, Cutaway Vans, 2016-MY

April 18, 2016 - Industry News

Fatal Truck-Involved Crashes Drop, But Injury Crashes Increase

Photo: FMCSA

The number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes decreased by 5%, from 3,921 to 3,744, in 2014 vs. 2013, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s latest annual Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report.

Tags: FMCSA, Highway Fatalities

April 18, 2016 - Product News

Xtra Lease Offers Free Size & Weight Reference Guide

Trailer leasing company Xtra Lease is offering the 2016 Size & Weight Guide, a reference guide containing state-by-state listings of size and weight regulations.

Tags: Regulations, Trailers, Xtra Lease, Size and Weight

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