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October 21, 2015 - Industry News

SMC³ Buys Cost-Modeling Software Company

Data solutions provider SMC³ has acquired Maryland-based fleet management software companyTransportation Costing Group.

Tags: Software, Mergers & Acquisitions, Truckload, Big Data, Less Than Truckload

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Rates Post Another Weekly Drop

There seems to be no let-up when it comes to weekly declines for rates on spot truckload freight market, as the amount of available cargo has also moved lower.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

IMI Launches Facebook Campaign for Truckers in Need

IMI has launched a Facebook campaign to donate to drivers who face health problems and financial difficulty by trading in “Likes” for dollars.

Tags: Facebook, Donations, IMI, Awareness Campaign, St. Christopher Fund

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

Graves to Step Down from ATA Post in 2016

Gov. Bill Graves, president of ATA, at the trucking lobby's 2015 annual meeting and expo in Philadelphia. Photo: David Cullen

The American Trucking Associations has confirmed a published report that Bill Graves has advised the truck lobby that he will leave his post as president of ATA when his contract expires at the end of next year.

Tags: ATA, ATA MC&E, Leadership, American Trucking Associations, Associations

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

DHL Express Receives Award for Green Initiatives

Photo courtesy of DHL.

DHL Express has received a SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which recognizes the global delivery fleet as an industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency.

Tags: EPA SmartWay, EPA, DHL Express, Clean Diesel Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, LPG

October 20, 2015 - Industry News

ATA: Automatic Braking Should be Standard on Trucks and Cars

The American Trucking Associations has decided to “urge” both truck and car manufacturers to equip all new vehicles with automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems and that ATA has “offered its support for a potential regulation” addressing this type of collision-mitigation safety technology.

Tags: Collision Avoidance Technology, NHTSA, ATA MC&E

October 20, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Names UPS Exec its 71st Chairman

Pat Thomas Photo via ATA

The American Trucking Associations board of directors elected Pat Thomas as the federation’s 71st chairman, the association announced. Thomas is the Sr. VP of state government affairs for UPS.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, People

October 20, 2015 - Industry News

Canadian PIT Group Opens U.S. Offices

Photo: PIT Group

The Canada-based trucking industry engineering and research firm, PIT Group, will open a U.S. office to increase its presence in the country.

Tags: Canada, Research, Vehicle Testing, PIT

October 20, 2015 - Industry News

Kenworth Offers Two-Hour Truck Repair Diagnosis

Photo courtesy of Kenworth.

Kenworth is rolling out a service program for its trucks at certified dealers that would provide a full diagnostic analysis and repair estimate within two hours, the company announced at the American Trucking Associations' (ATA) Management Conference and Exhibition in Philadelphia.

Tags: Kenworth, Truck Dealers

October 20, 2015 - Product News

Vigillo's 'Just' Promises Corrections to Unfair CSA Scores

'Just' creates an alternate method of scoring based on findings of independent enforcement experts and it makes the results available to fleets.

Tags: FMCSA, Vigillo, CSA score, CSA, ATA MC&E

October 20, 2015 - Industry News

‘See-Saw’ Truck Tonnage Index Shows Increase

After decreasing in August, the ATA's Truck Tonnage Index rose again in September, though the gain didn't quite make up for the losses.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

October 20, 2015 - Product News

Bestpass Exclusion Zone Alerts Track Unplanned Toll Use

Bestpass has introduced an exclusion zones feature that sends alerts to fleet managers to allow them to catch instances of unplanned toll usage or company policy breaches.

Tags: Tolls, Toll Management Program, Fleet Managers, Bestpass

October 20, 2015 - Industry News

Hours of Service: Trucking’s Top Concern – Again

Image: ATRI

For the third year in a row, a survey of carriers and drivers has found that Hours of Service rules stand out as the biggest concern facing trucking in the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: CSA, Hours of Service, ATA MC&E

October 20, 2015 - Product News

Cooper Announces Roadmaster Fleet Service Network

Cooper Tire's Gary Schroeder by the Roadmaster display at the ATA's Management Conference and Exhibition. Photo: David Cullen

Cooper Tire and Rubber announced its Roadmaster Fleet Service Network that offers 24/7 emergency roadside tire replacement and repair for eligible commercial trucking fleets.

Tags: Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Roadside Assistance, Customer Service, Tires, ATA MC&E

October 20, 2015 - Industry News

Marten Transport Profit Improves Nearly 10 Percent

Marten Transport reported a 9.9% increase in third quarter net income from a year earlier, due in part to increased dedicated business.

Tags: Economy, Marten Transport, Fleet Earnings

October 19, 2015 - Industry News

Shuster Maps Passage of Highway Bill

Rep. Bill Shuster addressing ATA meeting in Philadelphia on Oct. 19. Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure laid out the long and winding road ahead for passage of a multi-year highway bill by both chambers of Congress.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, ATA MC&E

October 19, 2015 - Industry News

House Highway Bill Promises Trucking Reforms

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

New long-term measure would hide CSA scores, launch an under-21 CDL pilot program and allow hair-testing for drug-testing truck drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

October 19, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Honors Ruan, Searcy with 2015 Safety Awards

Searcy has a "right to decide" policy that allows drivers to interrupt a trip if conditions become unsafe.

Based in the American Midwest and Canadian Prairies, the two winners were picked for their low accident rates and the quality of their safety programs.

Tags: Driver Safety, Michelin, Volvo Trucks, Fleet Safety Award, ATA MC&E

October 19, 2015 - Industry News

Mack Certified Uptime Centers Promise Fast Work on Small Repairs

Photo: Mack Trucks

The system replaces the traditional first in, first out method of working on customers’ vehicles by diverting jobs that will take under four hours to special service bays with dedicated technicians.

Tags: Vehicle Repairs, Customer Service, Mack Trucks, ATA MC&E

October 19, 2015 - Press Release

WEX to Acquire Fuel Card Provider

WEX Inc. is moving to acquire Electronic Funds Source LLC (EFS) for $1.1 billion and 4 million shares of common stock that will be issued to investment funds affiliated with Warburg Pincus, EFS’ current owner.

Tags: WEX, Fuel Cards, Mergers & Acquisitions

October 19, 2015 - Product News

Detroit Connect Adds Over-the-Air Maintenance Updates

Detroit Connect has introduced new features for its Virtual Technician remote diagnostic system, including a new portal that lets users dig deeper into the data, and for some 2017 models the ability to "flash" software updates and parameter changes to the truck over the air.

Tags: Engines, Daimler Trucks North America, ATA MC&E, Detroit Connect, Telematics, Freightliner

October 19, 2015 - Industry News

Weekly Diesel Prices Fall Once Again

After rising for two weeks in a row, the average price of diesel fuel dropped again, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

October 19, 2015 - Product News

PeopleNet and Samsung Partner on Mobility Solutions

Partnering with Samsung is part of PeopleNet’s broader Company-owned, Personally Enabled (COPE) mobile device strategy. Photo: PeopleNet

PeopleNet and Samsung have partnered to offer the company’s software solutions off-the-shelf on Samsung devices.

Tags: Telematics, PeopleNet, Mobile Devices, Mobility, Samsung, ATA MC&E

October 19, 2015 - Industry News

DTNA's Daum: Reduced Truck Orders Actually Benefit Customers

DTNA CEO Martin Daum talks to reporters in Philadelphia. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

PHILADELPHIA — Don’t expect truck sales in the fourth quarter and next year to be like the “monster” numbers of a year earlier, says Martin Daum, CEO of Daimler Trucks North America — and that’s a good thing.

Tags: Truck Orders, Daimler Trucks North America, ATA MC&E

October 19, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Recognizes Trucking Champions at Annual Conference

Photo via ATA

American Trucking Associations recognized the winners of some of the industry’s top competitions and safety awards as part of its annual Management Conference and Exhibition.

Tags: ATA, National Truck Driving Championships, TMCSuperTech, ATA MC&E

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