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July 18, 2016 - Industry News

Carrier Supports Police with Special Wrapped Truck

Photo courtesy CTS

Wisconsin-based Contract Transport Services honors police with a special wrapped truck.

Tags: Contract Transport Services

July 18, 2016 - Industry News

Average Diesel Prices Drop to $2.40

The average price of diesel fuel fell again last week, continuing a streak of very slight declines in the past month, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

July 18, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks to Lay Off 300 More Workers at Virginia Plant

Volvo Trucks will lay off around 300 more employees later this year due to weaker truck demand in 2016, according to a report in The Roanoke Times.

Tags: Layoffs, Vehicle Manufacturing, Truck Orders, Volvo Trucks North America

July 18, 2016 - Product News

U.S. Xpress Equips 1,800 Trailers With SAF-Holland Air Disc Brakes

The truckload carrier U.S. Xpress is equipping 1,800 of its new Wabash National and Hyundai Translead trailers with SAF ULX40 Slider Suspension Axle Systems, complete with P89 air disc brakes.

Tags: Trailers, U.S. Xpress, Landing Gear, SAF Holland, Air Disc Brakes

July 18, 2016 - Industry News

Anderson Trucking Service Begins Corporate Office Expansion

Rendering of the expanded ATS corporate headquarters. Image via ATS

Anderson Trucking Service is expanding its corporate office in St. Cloud, Minn., adding 20,000 square feet to accommodate current and future anticipated growth.

Tags: Headquarters, ATS, Office Expansion

July 18, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: J.B. Hunt Improves Second Quarter Profit by 2%

Trucking and intermodal giant J.B. Hunt Transport Services reported its second quarter profit increased just slightly, falling short of Wall Street expectations.

Tags: Economy, 3PL, Intermodal, J.B. Hunt, Earnings, Fleet Earnings, Dedicated Fleets

July 18, 2016 - Industry News

Darling Officially Confirmed as Head of FMCSA

T.F. "Scott" Darling is now officially the administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, after running the agency on an interim basis since Anne Ferro left the post in August 2014.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulators, Truck Safety

July 18, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Ups Power, Hauling for 2017 Super Duty Pickups

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Motor’s 2017 F-Series Super Duty pickups with aluminum bodies have higher engine output ratings and more towing and hauling capability than ever, while “smart” technologies make backing and monitoring trailers easier.

Tags: Ford F-450, Ford F-250, Large Pickups, Ford Super Duty, 2017-MY, Towing, Aluminum, Lightweighting

July 15, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Ramming Again Recognized as Terrorist Threat

Truck used to kill pedestrians in Nice, France on July 14, shown after the driver was killed by police gunfire. Image via Twitter

The massacre by truck in Nice, France on July 14 raises anew the question of what can be done to prevent low-tech but devastating truck-ramming assaults of people gathered along or near a roadway.

Tags: Department of Homeland Security, Terrorism

July 15, 2016 - Industry News

Carrier Pledges 1,200 Veteran Hires by 2020

Averitt Express has pledged to add 1,200 veterans to its driving workforce by 2020 as part of its ongoing commitment to hiring military veterans.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Veterans, Hiring Veterans

July 15, 2016 - Industry News

Report: 63% of Drivers Spend Over 3 Hours Waiting to Load, Unload

Delays of two or more hours per stop was a common problem for carriers, costing the companies time and potential business.

Tags: Shippers, Brokers, DAT Solutions, Detention Pay, Delivery Delays

July 15, 2016 - Industry News

Port Drivers Reach $5 Million Settlement in Misclassification Suit

Photo: Justice for Port Drivers

A class-action lawsuit representing nearly 400 Southern California port truck drivers has resulted in a $5 million settlement agreement with port trucking company group QTS, ending the three-year-long suit.

Tags: Lawsuits, Ports, Port Trucking, Independent Contractors, Labor Unions, California

July 15, 2016 - Industry News

Geotab Hires Former McDonald's Fleet Manager Miller

Miller

Geotab USA has hired Susan Miller as senior fleet account manager. Miller will be responsible for further developing their growing portfolio of regional and national accounts.

Tags: New Hire, McDonald's, Geotab

July 15, 2016 - Industry News

Clean Diesel Trucks Make Up 42% of Class 3-8

PHOTO: DTF

More than 40% of all medium- and heavy-duty diesel commercial trucks in operation in the United States – 4 million of 9.5 million diesel trucks – are now equipped with newer technology clean diesel engines.

July 15, 2016 - Product News

Stoops Offers Climate Controlled Straight Truck

Photo: Stoops Freightliner-Quality Trailer

Stoops Freightliner-Quality Trailer has developed a climate controlled straight truck called the Stoops Specialty Trucks Lite truck in response to customer demand.

Tags: Refrigerated Truck, Custom Vehicles, Straight Trucks

July 15, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales, Industrial Production Improve

A jump in retail sales and industrial output are just two of several economic indicators released Friday showing the economy is performing at least somewhat better, but there are still some lingering concerns.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Consumer Prices, Wholesale Prices, Consumer Sentiment, Business Inventories

July 15, 2016 - Global News

Petro-Canada Grows Partnership with Freightliner Manitoba

Petro-Canada Lubricants has announced the latest growth phase of its partnership with Freightliner Manitoba to now include six Freightliner maintenance facilities across the province of Manitoba.

Tags: Canada, Freightliner, Petro-Canada Lubricants

July 14, 2016 - Industry News

CVSA Upbeat on FAST Act Impact on Carrier Safety

Jay Thompson testifying before U.S. Senate panel. Image: CVSA

As the Commercial Vehicle Safety Association sees it, the FAST Act highway bill included numerous provisions that, once implemented, will improve motor carrier safety.

Tags: FMCSA, CVSA

July 14, 2016 - Industry News

HDAW 2017 to Focus on Developing Diverse Solutions

Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week ’17 conference organizers have announced “Developing Diverse Solutions,” as the theme for next year’s annual aftermarket conference.

Tags: Aftermarket, Events, HDAW, Distributors, Suppliers

July 14, 2016 - Industry News

HDT Wins Another Journalism Award for Driver Dilemma Series

Heavy Duty Trucking has won another journalism award for last year's Driver Dilemma series, a regional Gold Award for Feature Series from the American Society of Business Publication Editors in its 2016 Azbee Awards of Excellence.

Tags: Awards

July 14, 2016 - Industry News

Natural-Gas Truck Sales Recover From Slow Start in 2016

File photo

Retail sales of Class 8 natural gas trucks in the U.S. and Canada improved in May, after getting off to a slow start earlier in the year.

Tags: Retail Sales, ACT Research, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels

July 14, 2016 - Industry News

Veto of Truck Platooning Bill a Mistake, Says Industry Consultant

Both drivers steer in this test of a platooning system in the western U.S. In the Tesla car crash, the autopilot was in full control – though the driver should've intervened. Photo: Peloton Technology

Car and truck technologies are "completely different," and Missouri's governor erred is equating one with the other in his veto of legislation that would've allowed testing in that state, says a consultant involved in development.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Vehicle Safety Technology, TMC, Tesla, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles

July 13, 2016 - Industry News

Meritor Wabco Earns Hino Quality and Delivery Awards

Meritor Wabco has received the 2015 Excellence in Quality and the 2015 On-Time Delivery Performance Awards from Hino Motors.

Tags: Hino Trucks, Meritor Wabco, Awards, Suppliers

July 13, 2016 - Industry News

Class Action Lawsuit Against Swift Re-Approved By Appeals Court

An Arizona Court of Appeals has overturned a previous superior court ruling, allowing a more than decade old class-action lawsuit against Swift Transportation to proceed.

Tags: Lawsuits, Swift Transportation, Driver Pay, Class Action Lawsuit

July 13, 2016 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Trucks Pioneering 3D Parts

Mercedes-Benz Trucks already successfully produces 30 spare parts with the latest 3D SLS printing processes. (PHOTO: DAIMLER)

Owners of Mercedes-Benz trucks will soon be installing genuine plastic replacement parts that have been produced on a 3D printer.

Tags: 3D Printing, Parts Printing, Global

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