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March 11, 2016 - Industry News

Used Medium-Duty Truck Values Inch Lower

Used medium-duty trucks, such as the diesel N-Series, are experiencing overall resale declines. (PHOTO: Isuzu.)

Used medium-duty truck models (model-years 2005-2012) experienced a 1% resale value decline in February, and resale values for trucks model-year 2013-2014 dropped 0.9%.

Tags: Resale Value, Black Book, Medium-Duty Trucks, Depreciation

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

AmeriFleet's 'Hot Shot' Haulers Carry Up to Five Vehicles

Photo courtesy of Amerifleet.

Vehicle transportation provider Amerifleet has expanded its vehicle transport and hauler program to more quickly and cost-effectively meet customer needs, according to the company.

Tags: Amerifleet, Vehicle Logistics

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Hybrid Electric-Drive Trailer Tandem Being Developed

Prototype uses a belt and pulleys to transfer energy between the axle differential and a motor-generator. Production version will mount the motor inside the differential where it will be gear-driven.

The system captures energy as a tractor-trailer brakes and runs downhill, and reapplies energy through a drive axle to help the truck launch and run uphill. Operation on the trailer is completely autonomous.

Tags: Trailers, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Hybrid Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Amazon Enters Air Cargo Space With 20-Aircraft Deal

Photo: Amazon

Amazon is leasing 20 Boeing 767s, the company's first official step into air cargo, to improve its capacity for short delivery times within the United States.

Tags: Cargo Management, Amazon.com, Aircraft

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

NM, NJ Top Commercial Driving Incident List

Chart via Fleetmatics.

Fleetmatics has released a report that includes an analysis of the driving behavior of fleets across the U.S. New Mexico and New Jersey were included in the list of top 10 states with the most severe driving incidents.

Tags: Driver Safety, Fleetmatics, Accidents

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Prime Driver Named Highway Angel of the Year

Grimaldi at the TCA Annual Convention Photo: TCA

Prime truck driver Josh Grimaldi has been named the Highway Angel of the Year for helping a woman escape her crushed vehicle.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Awards, TCA, TCA Highway Angel

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Two Carriers Win Fleet Safety and Best Fleets to Drive For Awards

FTC Transportation representatives recieving the award. Photos: TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association has named FTC Transportation and Bison Transport the overall winners of its Fleet Safety and Best Fleets to Drive For awards.

Tags: Awards, Driver Turnover, TCA, Best Fleets to Drive For, Fleet Safety Award

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Altec Wins Work Truck Show Green Award

The Green Award recognizes the product at the Show that best improves work truck fuel utilization, as determined by a panel of trade media editors and truck fleet managers. (PHOTO: PR Newswire)

Altec Inc. won The Work Truck Show 2016 Green Award for its JEMS 4 Series (Jobsite Energy Management System) hybrid-electric system.

Tags: Work Truck Show, JEMS, Awards, Altec

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Last Year’s Trailer Registrations 3rd Highest in 15 Years

New registrations of commercial trailers in the U.S. hit 254,700 units in 2015, representing the third highest volume of new trailer registrations since 2000.

Tags: Trailers, Vehicle Registration, Reefers, IHS Automotive, Dry Van, Dump Bodies

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Freight Shipments, Spending Rebound Somewhat

The number of North American freight shipments and the amount of expenditures both posted strong increases in February from the month before, according to newly released Cass Freight Index figures.

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

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Eye-Opener Report: FMCSA Should Boost Driver-Fatigue Research

Photo: Volvo Group

A new report prepared by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine advises the FMCSA to improve data and research methods “to support a more comprehensive understanding of the relationships between operator fatigue and highway safety and between fatigue and long-term health.”

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, Driver Health, Fatigue

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Nitrogen Cooling System Offers Alternative to Traditional Reefer Trailers

After extensive testing with a grocery fleet in California, a nitrogen trailer cooling system is available that offers an alternative to traditional diesel-powered refrigeration systems.

Tags: Trailers, TMC, Transport Refrigeration

March 9, 2016 - Industry News

Hendrickson Parent Company Head John Boler, Dead at 81

John M. Boler Photo: Hendrickson

John M. Boler, chairman of the board and founder of Hendrickson parent company, The Boler Company, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2016 at the age of 81.

Tags: Leadership, Obituary, People, Suspensions, Hendrickson

March 9, 2016 - Industry News

Mid-America Trucking Show Kicks Off End of March

The Mid-America Trucking Show will be held from March 31-April 2, at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky., with several new features this year even as truck makers skip this year's show.

Tags: Fleet Forum, Events, Fleet Innovators, Mid-America Trucking Show, MATS

March 9, 2016 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Up Two Months Straight, Near Record High

Freight Transportation Services Index, January 2011 - January 2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Intermodal and pipeline transportation helped drive the DOT's Freight Transportation Services Index to near a record high in January.

Tags: Freight Index

March 9, 2016 - Product News

PeopleNet Partners With Samsung on Mobile Solutions

Photo: PeopleNet

PeopleNet has launched Managed Mobility Solutions as part of its ConnectedFleet Platform, to support customers with a company-owned, personally enabled communications device strategy.

Tags: Telematics, PeopleNet, Mobile Devices, Samsung

March 9, 2016 - Product News

J.J. Keller Offers ELD Ordering Online

Photo: J.J. Keller

J.J. Keller & Associates has made its electronic logging devices and accessories available for order online through the company’s website.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Hours of Service, Mobile Devices, ELDs

March 9, 2016 - Product News

Drive Spotter Offers Video-Based Analytics Program

Drive Spotter president and CEO, Chris Augeri. Photo: Drive Spotter

Analytics startup company Drive Spotter has announced plans to scale its video analytics program, which is designed to improve commercial fleet vehicle and driver performance.

Tags: Telematics, In-Vehicle Video, Dash Cam

March 9, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Rates Move Higher Following Bleak February

Following a dismal February performance, Spring has sprung on the spot freight market, with rates moving higher in all three trucking categories for the first time in several weeks.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions, DAT North American Freight Index

March 9, 2016 - Industry News

Biodiesel Producer Fined $138M for Fraud

The owner of a Texas biodiesel company has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and to pay a $138 million fine in restitution and forfeiture for biofuels fraud.

Tags: Texas, Crime & Fraud, Biofuels, Renewable Fuels Standard

March 9, 2016 - Industry News

HDT, Work Truck, Bobit Business Media Host Work Truck Exchange

Heavy Duty Trucking, along with Automotive Fleet and Work Truck, will be hosting the Work Truck Exchange, an intimate event that pairs a select group of commercial fleet managers with industry suppliers at an all-inclusive, networking retreat designed to accelerate the achievement of each participant's unique business goals.

Tags: Work Truck Exchange, Fleet Events, Bobit Business Media

March 8, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Seeking Sleep Apnea Input

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration jointly announced on March 8 that the agencies are seeking public comment during the next 90 days on the impacts of screening, evaluating, and treating CMV drivers and rail workers for obstructive sleep apnea.

March 8, 2016 - Industry News

Government Revises Diesel, Gasoline Price Forecast Lower

Average prices for trucking’s main fuel along with those for gasoline and crude oil are all expected to remain low this year, according to the latest U.S. Energy Department Short-Term Energy Outlook, and aren’t expect to rise significantly next year.

Tags: Economy, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices

March 8, 2016 - Industry News

FMSCA Extends Safety-Fitness Rulemaking Comment Period

Photo: U.S. DOT

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended the public comment period for its proposed rule on safety fitness determinations for motor carriers.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety

March 8, 2016 - Product News

Trucking Insider Offers Video-Based Tech Consulting Service

Mike Nalepka Photo: VideoProtects

Veteran trucking technology consultant Mike Nalepka has launched VideoProtects, an advocacy and consulting company focused on the transportation video technology market

Tags: Telematics, People, Consultants, In-Vehicle Video

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