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March 13, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA Issues New 90-Day ELD Waiver for Ag Haulers

FMCSA is granting an additional 90-day temporary waiver from the ELD rule for “agriculture-related transportation.” Photo: J.J. Keller

The FMCSA is granting an additional 90-day temporary waiver from the electronic logging rule for “agriculture-related transportation.” During that time period, the agency says it will also publish "final guidance" on both the agricultural air-mile exemption within the hours of service rule and on the use of the personal conveyance adjustment by all motor carriers operating under the ELD rule.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Hours of Service, CVSA, ELDS, Agricultural Fleets, ELD Mandate, Personal Conveyance

March 13, 2018 - Industry News

2018 Fleet Forward Conference Dates, Location Announced

The 2018 Fleet Forward Conference — dedicated to mobility solutions for fleets — will take place Oct. 8-10 at The Pearl in San Francisco.

Tags: Mobility, Fleet Events, Autonomous Vehicles, Fleet Forward Conference

March 13, 2018 - Industry News

Least-Traveled Roads Named in Each State

Photo: Geotab

Alaska's Dalton Highway (State Route 11) has been named the most scenic and quiet route in the U.S., according to a new analysis from Geotab.

Tags: Alaska, Geotab, Traffic Congestion, Drivers, Safety

March 13, 2018 - Product News

WEX Inc. Introduces Fuel Card for Mixed Fleets

Photo: WEX Inc.

WEX Inc. has introduced WEX Cross Roads, a one-card solution for fleets requiring unleaded and diesel fueling options at truck stops and convenience stores, the payment provider announced.

Tags: WEX, Fuel Cards, Truck Stops, Diesel Fuel

March 13, 2018 - Industry News

Senators, Former EPA Chiefs Urge Agency to Drop Glider Reg Repeal

Some fleets use glider kits to get the benefits of the latest aerodynamic trucks with less-troublesome pre-emissions-regs engines. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Two Democratic senators who oversee environmental issues sent a letter on March 12 to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, urging him to reverse his November 2017 proposal to repeal air emission standards for glider kits.

Tags: Emissions, Diesel Emissions, EPA, Glider Kits, GHG Phase 2

March 12, 2018 - Industry News

PrePass Customers Can Now Bypass Stations in the NorPass System

A new agreement allows drivers can carry just one transponder — NorPass or PrePass — because the devices are now fully interoperable. WSDOT will continue to sell transponders. Photo: WSDOT

A partnership with the Washington State Department of Transportation has allowed PrePass customers to bypass weigh stations that are part of the NorPass system.

Tags: Weigh Stations, PrePass, Weigh-Station Bypass, Washington DOT

March 12, 2018 - Industry News

FTR: 'Capacity Crisis' Boosting Truck and Trailer Order Forecasts

FTR has increased its Class 8 and trailer order forecasts as a result of increased demand for equipment caused by what the research firm calls a "capacity crisis."

Tags: Truck Orders, FTR, Capacity, Trailer Orders, ELD Mandate

March 12, 2018 - Global News

Dana Merges with UK Automotive Supplier

Dana Inc. has signed an agreement to merge with the Driveline division of UK-based automotive system supplier GKN plc to create Dana plc, a global provider of driveline systems, in a move that will position it for the vehicle electrification market.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Drivelines, Dana Incorporated, Global, United Kingdom

March 12, 2018 - Industry News

Hyliion HE Drive Axle Wins Technical Achievement Award

From left to right: Chris Langley, VP of Fleet Relations, Hyliion; Jim Park, award committee chair; and Thomas Healy, founder and CEO, Hyliion. Photo courtesy: Jim Winsor Award committee

A powered auxiliary axle for road tractors from Hyliion has won the 2018 Jim Winsor Memorial Technical Achievement Award, the awards committee has announced.

Tags: TMC, Awards, Axles, Hybrid Trucks, Hyliion

March 12, 2018 - Industry News

Minnesota Lays Groundwork for Autonomous Vehicles

Photo via R M Media Ltd/Picserver.org.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has formed a 15-member advisory council to make policy recommendations regarding traffic regulations, safety issues, and privacy concerns as they relate to rolling out self-driving vehicles in the state.

Tags: Minnesota, Winter Driving, Vehicle Testing, Autonomous Vehicles, Minnesota DOT

March 12, 2018 - Industry News

How the Trump Tariffs Will Affect Fleets

Photo of Donald Trump via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia.

President Donald Trump's executive order imposing tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum may translate to higher prices to commercial fleets for vehicles and truck or van equipment, fleet management company experts said.

Tags: Aluminum, Steel, Tariffs, Donald Trump, International Trade

March 9, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA, Teletrac Navman to Host ELD Q&A Webinar

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Teletrac Navman have announced a co-hosted webinar on top ELD industry questions taking place March 12.

Tags: FMCSA, Webinar, ELDS, ELD Mandate, Teletrac Navman

March 9, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA Administrator to Speak at TCA Annual Convention

The 2018 TCA Annual Convention is taking place from March 25-58 in Kissimmee, Fla.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Ray Martinez will give an address at the 80th Truckload Carriers Association Annual Convention in March.

Tags: FMCSA, Keynote Speaker, Events, TCA, ELDS

March 9, 2018 - Industry News

ATRI Wants to Examine the Impact of E-Commerce on Trucking

The American Transportation Research Institute is asking ,motor carriers to participate in a survey to assess the impact of e-commerce on the trucking industry.

Tags: Survey, E-commerce, ATRI, Last Mile Delivery

March 9, 2018 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Trucking Named Finalist for 3 ASPBE Journalism Awards

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine is a finalist for three journalism awards presented by the American Society for Business Publication Editors, nicknamed the Azbee awards, for its online and print coverage of the trucking industry.

Tags: Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

March 9, 2018 - Industry News

Waymo Begins Autonomous Truck Test Program in Atlanta

Fresh off runs in Arizona and California, Waymo says it is ready to begin autonomous truck tests in Atlanta's heavy urban traffic conditions. Photo: Waymo

Google's autonomous technology division said in a recent blog post it will begin testing self-driving trucks hauling freight to Google data centers in and around Atlanta.

Tags: Google, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Autonomous Vehicles, Waymo, Fully Autonomous, Artificial Intelligence

March 9, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Jobs Booming, Manufacturing Throttles Back

Employers in the U.S. added far more jobs in February than analysts were expecting, but there are some concerns about the nation’s manufacturing sector as consumer credit slowed and the trade deficit hit a near 10-year high.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Unemployment, Manufacturing, Employment, Federal Reserve, International Trade

March 9, 2018 - Industry News

Old Dominion Freight Line Announces Leadership Transition

Greg Gantt (center) has been named CEO of Old Dominion Freight Line, succeeding David Congdon (left)  who will replace Earl Congdon (right) as the executive chairman of the board. Photo: ODFL

Greg Gantt is succeeding David Congdon as CEO of Old Dominion Freight Line as of May 16 as part of the less-than-truckload company’s designed succession plan.

Tags: Leadership, Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL

March 8, 2018 - Industry News

Electric Tesla Semi Spotted on California Highways

A recent YouTube video showed footage of a Tesla Semi driving in broad daylight on a highway near Sacramento, Calif., and Tesla founder Elon Musk later confirmed that it had started testing the electric truck.

Tags: Class 8, Tesla, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Tesla Semi

March 8, 2018 - Industry News

TMC Developing S-Cam Brake Troubleshooting Guide

Ever since automatic brake adjusters (ABA, also called automatic slack adjusters) were first required by law in 1994, many drivers and surprisingly, brake technicians, still respond to an over-stroking S-cam brake by manually readjusting the device rather than determining the root cause of the problem. Photo: Jim Park

Work is underway on a long-overdue TMC Recommended Practices document addressing excessive applied stroke in S-cam brakes – a problem too often incorrectly addressed by adjusting the automatic brake slack adjuster.

Tags: TMC, Meritor, Brakes, Technician Training, Air Brakes

March 8, 2018 - Product News

Eco Flaps Tested on LTL Equipment

Eco Flaps Splash Guard Photo: Eco Flaps

The Eco Flaps aerodynamic splash guards were recently evaluated for fuel savings on less than truckload equipment in multi-trailer setups.

Tags: TMC, Aerodynamics, Mud Flaps

March 8, 2018 - Product News

Knapheide Unveils Two Aluminum Truck Bodies

Knapheide's Aluminum Service Body Photo: Knapheide

Knapheide Manufacturing has introduced a new aluminum service body and aluminum platform body at the 2018 Work Truck Show.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Knapheide, Truck Bodies, Aluminum

March 8, 2018 - Industry News

Navistar International Begins Year with ‘Strong Start’ Despite Wider Loss

Truck and engine manufacturer Navistar International Corp. on Thursday reported its net loss grew during its fiscal first quarter compared to a year ago, but one top official insisted the company is headed in a positive direction.

Tags: Navistar, Quarterly Earnings, Navistar International

March 8, 2018 - Industry News

Motiv to Supply Spartan Motors with Electrified Step Van Chassis

Photo of EPIC F59 chassis courtesy of Motiv.

Spartan Motors has signed an agreement with Motiv Power Systems to supply battery-electric chassis products for Class 4-6 Utilimaster step vans for three years.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Utilimaster, Spartan Motors, Motiv Power Systems, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Step Vans

March 8, 2018 - Industry News

Anheuser-Busch Distributor Adds Propane Autogas Delivery Trucks

Photo of F-650 beverage truck courtesy of Ford.

Southern Eagle Distributing, one of the oldest Anheuser-Busch distributors, has purchased two propane autogas-fueled Ford F-650 delivery trucks to reduce emissions and fueling costs.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Food and Beverage Fleets, Delivery Fleets, Distributors, ROUSH CleanTech, Ford F-650

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