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June 21, 2016 - Industry News

May Was A Good Month for Truck Tonnage

Source: ATA

American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased in May following two consecutive months of decreases.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage, Truck Tonnage Index

June 21, 2016 - Industry News

BMW Range Extender Bolsters Workhorse Hybrid Delivery Vehicles

Photo courtesy of Workhorse Group Inc.

Workhorse Group Inc. will begin offering its E-Gen hybrid delivery trucks with BMW's i3 range-extender solution to produce more on-board electricity that will extend the range of the delivery vehicle, the company announced.

Tags: Workhorse, BMW i3, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Delivery Fleets

June 21, 2016 - Industry News

Power Heavy Duty Adds Ohio Location

North Dixie Truck and Trailer of Lima, Ohio, has joined the Power Heavy Duty network of independent distributors and service specialists.

Tags: Distributors, Service Center, Suppliers, Power Heavy Duty

June 21, 2016 - Industry News

Las Vegas Rush Truck Center to Offer Medium-Duty Ford Trucks

Photo: Rush Truck Centers

Rush Enterprises has acquired the Ford franchise rights and related assets from Transwest Truck Center Las Vegas, allowing it to sell medium-duty Ford commercial vehicles at the Las Vegas dealership location.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Rush Truck Centers, Rush Enterprises, Truck Dealers, Ford Super Duty

June 21, 2016 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Still Dropping

Separate gauges of truckload line haul rates and intermodal rates both fell in May, according to newly released figures, following a Monday report showing freight levels are well below those of the last several years.

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

June 20, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Flatten After Weeks of Increases

The price of a gallon of diesel fuel fell slightly last week, ending weeks of consistent increases in the U.S., according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

June 20, 2016 - Product News

ConMet Releases Wheel End Replacement App

Wheel end supplier ConMet has launched a mobile app to help customers find a replacement hub assembly for a heavy-duty truck or trailer.

Tags: ConMet, Wheel Ends, Mobile Apps

June 20, 2016 - Industry News

Slow Economy Reflected in Lower Freight Shipments, Spending

Although North American freight shipments continued to climb in May, they are still well below those of the last several years, and expenditures for freight fell for the third time in five months, according to the latest Cass Freight Index Report.

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

June 20, 2016 - Industry News

Goodyear Seeks Highway Hero Nominees

This year's winner Julian Kaczor makes a few remarks after accepting his award. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Goodyear is accepting nominations for its 34th Highway Hero Award, honoring drivers who risked their own lives to help others while on the job.

Tags: Drivers, Goodyear, Awards, Goodyear Highway Hero

June 20, 2016 - Industry News

TranSource Location Meets Mack Certified Uptime Center Standard

The Greensboro, N.C., location of TranSource has been designated a Mack Certified Uptime Center, becoming one of the first 15 dealers in North America to receive the distinction.

Tags: Vehicle Diagnostics, Mack Trucks, Service Center, Uptime, Dealers

June 20, 2016 - Global News

Daimler Unveils Pedestrian, Cyclist Avoidance in Mercedes-Benz Trucks

Daimler Trucks says it’s making pedestrian detection in trucks available for the first time, with new Sideboard Assist and Active Brake Assist 4 in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Active Safety Systems, Daimler Trucks, Global

June 20, 2016 - Industry News

California Awards Fleets $9M for Zero-Emission Trucks

One of the 16 Class 5 medium-duty service trucks. (PHOTO: BYD)

The State of California is awarding $9 million to the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) for 27 zero-emission trucks to replace diesel-powered heavy-duty tractors used in rail yards and large-scale freight distribution centers.

Tags: BYD, Class 8, Class 5, Electric Trucks, State of California

June 19, 2016 - Industry News

Commercial Vehicle Demand in May Remains Weak

A "capacity imbalance" continued to affect the North American Class 8 tractor market, reflected in May North American commercial truck order numbers as reported by ACT Research.

Tags: ACT Research, Truck Orders

June 17, 2016 - Global News

Iveco's New Stralis Series Includes Gas Power

“Stralis NP is the first and only gas truck that has demonstrated it can be used in long-haul missions,” said Pierre Lahutte, brand president. Its range on LNG is up to 900 miles.

Tags: sustainability, Natural Gas Vehicles, Europe, Euro VI, Iveco

June 17, 2016 - Industry News

NY-NJ Ports Pushed to Reinstate Older-Truck Ban

Image: PANYNJ

Key New Jersey politicians along with activist groups, including the Teamsters union, on June 16 pushed for launching a more aggressive program to replace older trucks operating at the Port of New York and New Jersey to reduce the impact of air pollution on nearby residents, per a Journal of Commerce news story.

Tags: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Ports, Port Trucking, Diesel Emissions

June 17, 2016 - Industry News

Truckworx Kenworth Opens New Dealership in Alabama

Photo: Truckworx Kenworth

Truckworx Kenworth has relocated its full-service facility in Montgomery, Ala., into a new $6 million, 39,000-square-foot building with 21 service bays, including three bays dedicated for washing and conditioning trucks.

Tags: Kenworth, New Facility, Dealership, Truck Dealers, Alabama

June 16, 2016 - Industry News

DOT to Audit Truck Loading and Unloading Delays

Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation’s Inspector General has initiated an audit of commercial motor vehicle loading and unloading delays in response to provisions of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act highway bill, which became law late last year.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA

June 16, 2016 - Product News

Omnitracs for Volvo Trucks Adds Productivity and Safety Features

Photo: Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks North America has launched Omnitracs for Volvo Trucks, a new option for fleet management built on Volvo’s integrated Remote Diagnostics hardware.

Tags: Omnitracs, Remote Diagnostics, Volvo Trucks North America, Telematics

June 16, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Defends ELD Rule Against OOIDA Court Challenge

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration forcefully defended its Electronic Logging Device rule in a court brief filed June 15. The filing was in response to a lawsuit brought against the mandate by the Owner Operator Independent Driverws Association.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, ELD, Lawsuits

June 16, 2016 - Product News

Mack Offers Integrated Telematics Through Omnitracs

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has expanded its fleet management services with the addition of Mack Omnitracs Integrated Telematics, providing real-time GPS location information as well as performance data.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Mack Trucks, Omnitracs, Telematics

June 16, 2016 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Conference to Explore Changing Truck Safety Technology

The 2015 Fleet Safety Conference. Photo: Mark Campbell

Hot-button safety and compliance issues such as electronic logs and the technology at work behind tomorrow's autonomous vehicle will be discussed at next month's Fleet Safety Conference.

Tags: Driver Safety, Bobit Business Media, Fleet Safety, Fleet Safety Conference, Fleet Events

June 16, 2016 - Industry News

Preliminary Numbers Show Declining Trailer Orders

Commercial trailer demand dropped in May compared to the previous month’s orders as part of a seasonal slowdown, according to the latest projection from ACT Research.

Tags: ACT Research, Stifel Nicolaus, Trailer Orders

June 16, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Prices Rise, Inflation Within Fed Target

Retail prices inched up again in May, while a closely watched measure of inflation by the U.S. Federal Reserve remains slightly above a level that sets the stage for an interest rate hike later this year.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Consumer Prices, Federal Reserve

June 15, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Rates Barely Move Despite Big Gains Along Certain Lanes

The latest weekly numbers on the spot truckload freight market are both a good news and not so good news situation.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 15, 2016 - Industry News

Murder Indictments for Driver, Fleet in Fatal Georgia Crash

A high-profile truck crash in Georgia that led to increased calls for a collision-avoidance technology mandate has reportedly resulted in murder indictments for the truck driver and carrier involved.

Tags: Georgia, Crime & Fraud, Collision Mitigation

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