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February 16, 2016 - Industry News

Bill Language Could Put 34-Hour Restart at Risk

Photo by Jim Park

Legislation that was intended to strengthen the suspension of some controversial provisions related to the 34-hour restart rules regulating driver hours of service could accidentally kill the 34-hour restart altogether.

Tags: Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart

February 16, 2016 - Industry News

Electric Delivery Trucks Replace Ameripride Fleet Vehicles

Photo courtesy of Motiv Power Systems.

Uniform and linen supply company Ameripride Services will replace 20% of its fleet at one branch with electric delivery trucks equipped with Motiv Power Systems all-electric powertrains.

Tags: Motiv Power Systems, Powertrains, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Step Vans

February 16, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Company Adding International HX Model to Fleet

Photo: Navistar

International Truck says orders are brisk so far for its new International HX Series vocational truck, announcing its largest one-time order to date.

Tags: International, Navistar, International HX, Vocational Trucks

February 16, 2016 - Industry News

Border Crossing Payment App Could Reduce Congestion

The Peace Bridge near Buffalo, N.Y. Photo via Wikipedia commons user Óðinn

Truck drivers may soon be able to use an app on their phone to pay the Customs and Border Protection user fee for entering into the U.S. at the Peace Bridge.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Tolls, Peace Bridge, Electronic Payments

February 16, 2016 - Industry News

High Risk for Cargo Theft Remains Despite 6% Drop in Heists

The darkest areas in the FreightWatch International "heat map" show the most concentrated areas of cargo thefts. Credit: FWI.

The number of recorded cargo thefts and the average value of the heists in the U.S. declined in 2015 from the year before, according to a new report.

Tags: Security, Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Crime

February 16, 2016 - Industry News

Element to Split Into Two Companies

Element Financial Corp. is spinning off its North American commercial finance business into a separate public company to allow its fleet management business to focus on its core business and generate higher returns as a stand-alone company.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, Element Fleet Management

February 16, 2016 - Industry News

Mack to Serve as ‘Official Hauler of NASCAR’

Tractors pull custom trailers carrying special supplies and equipment for the races.

Pinnacle Tractors have begun delivering supplies and equipment to races sponsored by the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing.

Tags: Mack Trucks, marketing/promotions, NASCAR

February 12, 2016 - Press Release

DTNA Announces Parts Distribution Center

The 275,000-square-foot facility is a critical strategic component that will allow customers to receive stock and mission critical parts in record time.

Tags: DTNA, Freightliner, Daimler Trucks North America

February 12, 2016 - Industry News

Perry: Trucking Conditions Still Good, but Clouds on Horizon

Perry predicted oil prices could go as low as $20 a barrel but will head back up.

FTR transportation expert Noel Perry told an audience at the AmericQuest Symposium that trucking currently is outperforming the broader economy, and there are both good and bad economic indicators at play.

Tags: Economy, FTR

February 12, 2016 - Industry News

Used Van Market Splits In Two

File photo of 2011 Ford Transit Connect

Residual values of full-size vans have remained strong while compact vans have weakened in the past year, creating a widening gap that has created two used van markets for fleet sellers.

Tags: Depreciation, Ford Transit Connect, Full-Size Vans, Compact Vans, Black Book

February 12, 2016 - Industry News

Controversial Rhode Island Truck Tolls Bill Signed Into Law

A map of preliminary tolling locations from the Rhode Island DOT.

Rhode Island’s governor signed into law a controversial measure that will impose tolls on commercial trucks traveling through the state — reportedly the only state with a truck-only tolling system.

Tags: Tolls, Rhode Island, Highway Funding, Bridges

February 12, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Strong Retail Sales Despite Lower Consumer Sentiment

One of the biggest drivers of the U.S. economy posted broad-based gains in January, which could ease fears following earlier indications that overall activity was slowing. However, a separate report on inventories still raises concerns about a bumpy ride.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Consumer Confidence, Manufacturing, Consumer Sentiment

February 12, 2016 - Industry News

Lower Freight Index Numbers Mask Increased Expectations

The number of freight shipments and the dollars spent on freight declined again in January as part of a seasonal trend. However, that's not necessarily a sign of further weakening for the overall economy, according the latest Cass Freight Index report.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Cass Freight Index

February 12, 2016 - Industry News

UPS Freight to Replace Retiring President

Holmes

UPS Freight President Jack Holmes has announced his retirement after working for the company for 37 years and will be succeeded by Mid-Atlantic District Manager Rich McArdle.

Tags: Leadership, People, UPS Freight

February 12, 2016 - Industry News

IHS To Acquire Oil Price Information Service

Business analytics and insight company IHS has signed an agreement to acquire Oil Price Information Service, a pricing reporting agency that serves the oil, natural gas and biofuels industries.

Tags: Oil Analysis, Mergers & Acquisitions, IHS Automotive, Petroleum, Alternative Fuels

February 12, 2016 - Industry News

Freight Slowdown Could Hinder Driver Wage Increases

With the slowdown in late 2015, the majority of surveyed carriers felt that driver wages would increase 1-5%. Source: Transport Capital Partners

Driver wage increases may be limited by slowdown in freight in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to a carrier survey by Transport Capital Partners.

Tags: Survey, Freight, Transport Capital Partners, Driver Pay

February 11, 2016 - Industry News

Survey Delves Into Truck Tire Purchasing and Maintenance

Modern Tire Dealer and Heavy Duty Trucking magazines have completed an in-depth research project that provides an expansive look at truck tires and their maintenance.

Tags: Tires, Wheels

February 11, 2016 - Product News

UltraShipTMS Upgrades Driver Payroll Features

UltraShipTMS has released an upgrade to the truck driver payroll portion of its transportation management system platform.

Tags: Shippers, TMS, Private Fleets, Driver Pay, UltraShip, Information Technology

February 11, 2016 - Industry News

Nissan Details Non-XD Titan Pickup

Photo by Nissan.

Nissan will offer a redesigned half-ton Titan powered by a pair of gasoline engines that shares no chassis components with its bigger brother, the Titan XD.

Tags: Nissan, Chicago Auto Show, Nissan Titan, Large Pickups

February 11, 2016 - Industry News

Roadrunner Revamps LTL Network for Better Consistency

Roadrunner Transportation Systems announced it has improved its less-than-truckload freight network, including adding more capacity to its facilities and adding an optional premium service.

Tags: LTL, Roadrunner Transportation, Delivery Fleets

February 11, 2016 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Offers Sprinter Worker Model, Leasing Program

Photo of the 2016 Sprinter Worker courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz has introduced the 2016 Sprinter Worker that's priced about $4,000 below the existing base model with a leasing program aimed at smaller fleets and owner-operators.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, 2016-MY

February 11, 2016 - Industry News

Gauging Trucking’s Digital Disruptors

Respondents to an industry survey expect the most likely disruptor of the freight transportation market over the next few years will be Big Data.

No fewer than five technology-based “disruptors” to freight transportation were identified in a recent survey of carrier/3PL/broker, shipper and trucking supplier executives conducted by Princeton Consulting.

Tags: Stifel Nicolaus, Big Data, Autonomous Vehicles, Freight Uberization, Drones, Information Technology, Future Trucks, Truck Platooning, Internet of Things

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

Florida Interchange Project to Accommodate Truck Traffic

Trucks converge on the Interstate 10 – US 301 interchange near Baldwin, a congested interchange for truck traffic moving through northeast Florida. Photo: Florida DOT

The Florida Department of Transportation will start work next month on the Interstate 10 and U.S. 301 interchange project. The interchange is designed to accommodate increased truck traffic in the area.

Tags: Road Construction, I-10, Florida DOT

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

U.S. Spot Freight Availability Declines, Canadian Market Bounces Back

UPDATED -- U.S. spot-market load availability fell 5.6% during the week ending Feb. 6, with the number of van and refrigerated loads dropping 17% and 12%, respectively, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

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

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

NTSB: Trucker, Carrier, FMCSA at Fault in Fatal Truck Crash

Aftrmath of Jan. 27, 2014, truck crash near Naperville, Ill. Image via NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause of a fatal truck crash two year ago was a trucker's fatigue – but it said a carrier's failure to adhere to HOS rules and “inadequate safety oversight by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration" contributed as well.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, NTSB, Fatigue

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