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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

July 13, 2016 - Press Release

IronPlanet Adds Instant Financing Options

IronPlanet announced that buyers on IronPlanet, TruckPlanet, and GovPlanet can take advantage of instant express financing on equipment purchases when they want to bid.

Tags: Vehicle Financing, IronPlanet, TruckPlanet, GovPlanet

July 13, 2016 - Product News

International Rolls Out Predictive Cruise Control for Class 8 Trucks

Photo: International Trucks

International Truck now offers predictive cruise control technology on its International ProStar and LoneStar Class 8 on-highway trucks.

Tags: LoneStar, International, Fuel Economy, ProStar

July 13, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Surge Over Past Week Following Best Month This Year

Spot truckload freight rates showed either a big improvement or turned in a disappointment over the past week while a monthly gauge of the market reveals its best performance of the year, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

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

July 13, 2016 - Industry News

Greenkraft Offers Allison Transmission for Alternative Fuel Trucks

Photo: Greenkraft

Alternative fuel truck and fuel system manufacturer Greenkraft is now offering fully automatic Allison Transmissions on its medium-duty trucks.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Greenkraft, Allison Transmission, CNG, Propane Autogas, Transmissions

July 13, 2016 - Industry News

Total For-Hire Shipments Rise Despite Trucking Decline

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

A U.S. Transportation Department measure of the amount of freight carried by the nation's for-hire transportation industry rose 0.2% in May from April, the second consecutive monthly gain, and is just 1.5% below the all-time high level hit in December 2014.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

July 13, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Chairman Receives 17th Halladay Award

Pat Thomas Photo: UPS

Pat Thomas, current American Trucking Associations chairman and senior vice president for state government affairs at UPS, has been named the 17th recipient of the J.R. “Bob” Halladay Award.

Tags: UPS, ATA, Leadership, Awards

July 12, 2016 - Industry News

Okla. Reaches CNG Fueling Milestone

Photo courtesy of VNG.

Oklahoma has reached a milestone of having at least one compressed natural gas (CNG) station every 100 miles along its interstates in a private-public partnership that began in 2011, according to an announcement from NGVAmerica.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Oklahoma, CNG Fueling Stations, Elected Leaders

July 12, 2016 - Industry News

Missouri Gov. Vetoes Platoon Program After Tesla Incident

Missouri Governor Jeremiah W. Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have established a pilot program for testing automated long-haul trucks using platooning technology.

Tags: Tesla Motors, Missouri, Truck Platooning

July 12, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Expected to Jump 15% Next Year

A new government forecast is calling for double-digit gains in diesel prices next year, although gasoline is expected increase by only half as much.

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

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