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November 6, 2015 - Product News

Oakley Transport to Equip Bendix Safety Systems on 300 Trucks

Photo: Oakley Transport

Oakley Transport is adding Bendix collision-mitigation, full-stability, and side-object detection systems on around 300 new Volvo tractors, the carrier has announced.

Tags: Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix, safety

November 6, 2015 - Industry News

Nominations Open for HDT's 2016 Truck Fleet Innovators

It's that time of year again - to nominate yourself or someone you know for HDT's 2016 Truck Fleet Innovators. The award recognizes the most innovative leaders in the trucking industry. The deadline is Dec. 1, 2015.

Tags: Awards, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

November 6, 2015 - Industry News

48-Year Trucking Vet Wins Safety Director of the Year

Allan Hicks Photo via BR Williams

Allan Hicks of BR Williams Trucking in Oxford, Ala., was honored with the 2015 National Safety Director Award, which is presented annually by the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: ATA, Awards, Safety & Compliance, safety

November 5, 2015 - Industry News

Walmart Trucker Named National Driver of the Year

James Hylan Grise Photo: Courtesy of ATA

James Hylan Grise of Walmart Transportation in Hopkinsville, Ky., has been presented with the National Driver of the Year Award by the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: ATA, Truck Drivers, Awards

November 5, 2015 - Product News

Goodyear Opens Tire & Service Center in Massachusetts

The new facility includes Goodyear-Fleet HQ Emergency Roadside Service. Photo: Goodyear

A Goodyear Commercial Tire and Service Center has opened in Stoughton, Mass., featuring a selection of commercial tires and dedicated truck service.

Tags: New Facility, Tires, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Goodyear Commercial

November 5, 2015 - Industry News

Effort Continues to Remove Hiring Threat to Smaller Carriers

File Photo

Although Rep. Jimmy Duncan (R-TN) pulled an amendment he crafted to fix language regarded as detrimental to smaller carriers before the House passed its highway bill, the lawmaker told HDT that he will “continue to work” to correct the wording during the conferencing process.

November 5, 2015 - Product News

OnTerra’s Software Optimizes Routes for Deliveries and Service Calls

Web mapping and routing provider OnTerra Systems has introduced its RouteSavvy Premium API, a new version of its route optimization for software vendors and software development teams.

Tags: Mapping, Software, OnTerra, Routing, Delivery Fleets

November 5, 2015 - Press Release

Franz Bakery Expands Propane Delivery Trucks to Fleet

The 20 additional propane autogas vehicles will be converted in the next year. (PHOTO: Franz Bakery)

Franz Bakery, a long-time advocate for alternative fuels, will add 20 more propane autogas vehicles to its fleet this year.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Delivery Fleets, Franz Bakery

November 5, 2015 - Industry News

Ohio Farm Creates Giant F-150 Corn Maze

The corn maze can take an hour or more to complete. (PHOTO: Ford Motor Co.)

Inspired by the all-new Ford F-150, Leaders Farms near Napoleon, Ohio, created a seven-acre corn maze as a tribute to Ford’s latest 1/2-ton pickup.

Tags: Ford F-150, On the Lighter Side, Corn Maze

November 5, 2015 - Industry News

Intermodal Shipments Post Surprising Third Quarter Surge

Graphic: IANA

Despite month-to-month variations, third quarter intermodal freight traffic growth of 3.4% was in line with year-to-date results, according to new figures from the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA).

Tags: Canada, Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight

November 5, 2015 - Industry News

Cargo Theft Incidents Fall, Average Value Up

The most intensely shaded areas show where cargo thefts happened the most during the third quarter of 2015. Graphic: FWI

The number of cargo thefts in the U.S posted a significant decline in the third quarter of the year but the average value of each crime moved up slightly, as big-value heists jumped, according to logistics-security services provider FreightWatch International.

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

November 5, 2015 - Industry News

House Passes Highway Bill

Photo: David Cullen

The House of Representatives has passed its version of a highway bill— voting for it 363-64 in overwhelming bipartisan fashion.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Bill

November 5, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight, Rates Remain Mixed Proposition

Image: DAT

If you are looking to the spot market to move some freight, it remains a good news/bad news situation, based on recent numbers.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

November 5, 2015 - Press Release

Summit Truck Group Names CEO

Fink

Summit Holdings’ Board of Directors announced that, as part of the company’s succession plan, Justin Fink, currently president of the company, will also become Chief Executive Officer of Summit Truck Group in January 2016.

Tags: C-Suite, Promotions, Summit Truck Group, Summit Holdings

November 4, 2015 - Industry News

Eaton, Cummins Show Direct Drive Powertrain, UltraShift Enhancements

Urge to Move feature in an UltraShift Plus vocational gearbox allowed easy starting of this 125,000-pound GCW rig on 8 and 15 percent upgrades at Eaton's Proving Grounds.

The two companies collaborated on the latest version of the Smart Advantage powertrain, aimed at regional highway service.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Cummins ISX15, Automated Manual Transmissions

November 4, 2015 - Product News

HireRight Adds Sleep Apnea Study to Driver Screening

Employee screening provider HireRight has launched a new sleep apnea study service as part of its screening offering for the transportation industry.

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, Driver Health, Fatigue, Screening

November 4, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: XPO Losses, Revenue Grow; USA Truck Profit Falls

XPO Logistics, which closed this week on its purchase of Con-Way Inc., reported more revenue but a bigger loss in its third-quarter earnings report, while the mainly truckload fleet USA Truck showed a smaller profit.

Tags: Economy, USA Truck, Con-way Inc., XPO Logistics, Fleet Earnings

November 4, 2015 - Industry News

Navistar's International Launches Top Dealer Program

Photo courtesy of Navistar.

International Truck has announced the release of its Diamond Edge Certified Program to recognize dealers for their commitment to uptime and to drive awareness of the best performing dealers to customers.

Tags: International, Awards, Customer Service, Truck Dealers

November 4, 2015 - Industry News

NYC Fleet to Test Connected Vehicle Tech

Photo of NYC DOT T370 courtesy of Kenworth.

New York City will install vehicle-to-vehicle technology in 10,000 buses, taxis, limousines, and city fleet vehicles as part of a $23 million federally funded initiative designed to reduce future congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.

Tags: New York City, Connected Vehicle Technology, U.S. DOT, Federal Grants

November 4, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Weight-Limit Hike Rejected by House

An amendment to the House highway bill that would have let states set a 91,000-pound weight limit on highway rigs fitted with a sixth axle, similar to this truck built for operation in Maine, was voted down on Nov. 3.

An amendment that would have liberalized truck-weight limits was rejected on Nov. 3 by a vote of 187-236 during floor consideration of the highway bill by the House of Representatives.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Bill, Truck Size/Weight

November 4, 2015 - Industry News

Long Beach Switching Heavy Fleet to RNG From LNG

Photo of LNG-powered sweeper courtesy of City of Long Beach.

The City of Long Beach (Calif.) has transitioned its heavier vehicles to run on renewable liquid natural gas (RNG) and is discontinuing the use of fossil liquid natural gas (LNG) to reduce emissions and fuel costs, according to the agency.

Tags: RNG, LNG, Natural Gas Vehicles, Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Fuel Management, Street Sweepers

November 3, 2015 - Product News

Haldex Receives Paccar Supplier Award

Haldex is the recipient of Paccar's 2014 50 PPM Quality Award, the company has announced.

Tags: Paccar, Awards, Haldex, Suppliers

November 3, 2015 - Industry News

Amendment Aims to Thwart Threat to Smaller Carriers

File Photo

An amendment would allow motor carriers that have not been rated by FMCSA to meet safety-eligibility requirements spelled out by the “Interim Hiring Standard” within the proposed long-term highway bill.

Tags: FMCSA, Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Bill, Truck Size/Weight

November 3, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Orders Expected to Fall Below Last Year's Levels

Photo: Ram

Class 5-8 vehicle orders are projected to hit 47,200 orders for the month of October which is up 14% from the previous month but 30% below last year’s numbers, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

November 3, 2015 - Product News

SmartDrive Expands Product Offerings

SmartDrive is offering two new product lines that allow fleets to select the level of video safety system that makes sense for their operations as part of what it's calling the SmartChoice program.

Tags: SmartDrive, Backup Cameras

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