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December 13, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Van Rate Rises Again Despite Decline in Total Volume

The national average spot truckload van rate increased 1 cent to $2.10 per mile during the week ending Dec. 9, touching a three-year high, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 12, 2017 - Industry News

Proposed Bill Would Require Front and Side Impact Guards

Photo: IIHS

A have proposed a bill to require impact guards on the sides and front of a truck in order to product passenger vehicles from being crushed underneath a vehicle in a collision.

Tags: Legislation, Underride Guard, Underride, U.S. Congress, Side Guards

December 12, 2017 - Industry News

FTR Trucking Conditions Index Spikes in October

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index for October, jumped to a reading of 9.48, way up from the previous month's level of 3.5.

Tags: Economy, Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

December 12, 2017 - Industry News

Battery Breakthrough Could Triple EV Range

Photo via Noya Fields/Flickr

New research at the University of Waterloo in Canada could lead to the development of batteries with triple the range of current battery technology for electric vehicles.

Tags: Research, Batteries, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

December 12, 2017 - Industry News

PepsiCo Orders 100 Tesla Semis

Photo: Tesla

PepsiCo is the latest large fleet to make a significant investment in the recently announced Tesla Semi electric heavy-duty truck, reportedly ordering 100 vehicles.

Tags: PepsiCo, New Vehicle Sales, Tesla, Electric Trucks, Tesla Semi

December 12, 2017 - Industry News

TRALA Scores 90-Day ELD Waiver for Short-Term Truck Rentals

FMCSA has granted a TRALA request to provide a 90-day waiver of the ELD rule to trucks rented for 30 days or less.

A 90-day waiver from the electronic logging device mandate will soon be issued for carriers operating short-term rental trucks (defined as 30 days or less) by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, TRALA, Penske Truck Leasing, ELDs, ELD Mandate

December 12, 2017 - Industry News

Officials Hand Out Nearly 39,000 Citations During Safe Driver Week

Image via CVSA

Nearly double the amount of citations were handed out to commercial drivers during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Operation Safe Driver Week compared to last year.

Tags: Driver Safety, Traffic Violations, Law Enforcement, Citations, Operation Safe Driver, CVSA

December 11, 2017 - Industry News

Meritor Launches First Products Through Mach Brand

Image via Mach

Meritor has announced the availability of the first products under its new Mach value brand that includes approximately 2,000 part numbers for the company's driveline, drive axle and transmission offerings.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Meritor, Parts and Service

December 11, 2017 - Industry News

California Looks into Per-Mile Tax to Replace Fuel Levy

The state of California uses fuel taxes to pay for infrastructure improvement and repair – but could change that. Photo via CalTrans

The state of California commissioned a report by CalTrans to look into the viability of a mileage-based tax on all vehicles to eventually replace the tax on fossil fuels.

Tags: Caltrans, California, Fuel Tax, Infrastructure Funding, Western States Trucking Association, VMT, Taxation, Alternative Fuels

December 11, 2017 - Industry News

Survey: Owner-Operators More Unprepared for ELD Deadline Than Fleets

Source: Help Inc.

Nearly half of respondents to a poll by Help Inc. had not yet selected an electronic logging device two weeks ahead of the Dec. 18 deadline.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Compliance, ELDs, Owner Operators, ELD Mandate

December 11, 2017 - Industry News

ELD Face-off: Two Sides of the Looming Mandate

Photo: FMCSA

With just a week to go until the much-debated electronic logging device rule kicks in on Dec. 18, HDT asked top officials of two trucking associations that have been outspoken in their support or criticism of the far-reaching mandate to weigh in on several key aspects.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, The Trucking Alliance, ELD Mandate, ELDs

December 11, 2017 - Industry News

Propane Autogas Fuels ReadyRefresh Delivery Trucks

ReadyRefresh’s additional Ford F-650/750 delivery trucks are each equipped with a ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel system that provides 55 usable gallons of fuel. (Photo courtesy of ROUSH CleanTech)

Environmental stewardship is driving Nestlé Waters North America’s deployment of more than 400 additional medium-duty ReadyRefresh by Nestlé beverage delivery trucks fueled by propane autogas.

Tags: Nestle, Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, Delivery Fleets, Food and Beverage Fleets

December 8, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Turnover up at Large Truckload Fleets

The driver turnover rate at large truckload fleets rose five percentage points in the third quarter to an annualized rate of 95%, according to American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello.

Tags: ATA, Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover, Driver Retention

December 8, 2017 - Industry News

California Fires: Impact on Freight Movement Remains Uncertain

Map of wildfires burning in Los Angeles and Ventura counties Source: CalFire

Despite several wildfires breaking out across Southern California in recent days, the impact on trucking spot rates is not expected to exceed levels seen during the October wildfires in Northern California.

Tags: California, Fire, Natural Disaster, FTR, Spot Freight, Spot Rates

December 8, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Updates SMS Website with November Results

Screenshot via FMCSA.gov

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has updated the CSA SMS website with the Nov. 17, 2017, results.

Tags: FMCSA, Website, CSA, SMS, Crash Accountability

December 8, 2017 - Industry News

Mythbusters' Hyneman Fights for Clean Air

Former Mythbusters star and clean air advocate Jamie Hyneman (image courtesy of Cummins Westport)<br />

Former Mythbusters' star Jamie Hyneman is stepping back in front of the camera to support the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach’s Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP). As part of his support, Hyneman is partnering with Cummins Westport to promote CAAP and the company’s efforts to reduce emissions on its own.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Mythbusters, Cummins Westport, CAAP, Clean Air Action Plan

December 8, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Trucking Helps With Most Recent Job Gains, Consumer Sentiment Cools

The U.S. economy added another 228,000 non-farm jobs in November, aided by job gains in the trucking industry, according to a Labor Department report released Friday.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Consumer Sentiment, Employment

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

Meritor Invests in TransPower to Accelerate Electric Platform Development

Meritor announced a strategic investment in TransPower, an electrification technology for large commercial vehicles, to help speed the development of its electric vehicle platforms.

Tags: Investment, Meritor, Drivetrains, Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, TransPower

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

House Committee Hears Testimony on Autonomous Truck Tech

House members listen to Greer Woodruff, senior vice president of safety, security and driver personnel at J.B. Hunt. Photo via ATA Twitter feed.

During a House subcommittee hearing on emerging transportation technology Thursday, representatives found themselves pondering the societal impact autonomous vehicles may have on American workers.

Tags: Truck Drivers, U.S. House of Representatives, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Autonomous Vehicles, Drivers

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

OOIDA: States Should Review Pitfalls of ELD Rule

Photo: JJ Keller<br />

Inspired perhaps by a recent action taken by the Attorney General of Indiana, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has requested that “top officials from each state seriously review potential problems anticipated with enforcement” of the electronic logging device mandate.

Tags: Truck Drivers, OOIDA, Indiana, ELDs, ELD Mandate

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

Allison Transmission Promotes Szalavari to Lead Global Marketing

Otto Szalavari Photo: Allison Transmission

Allison Transmission has announced the promotion of Otto Szalavari to managing director of global marketing, a position the company said is instrumental in driving its growth strategy.

Tags: Leadership, Allison Transmission, People, Marketing, Global

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Challenges Rhode Island Truck Toll Environmental Report

The American Trucking Associations and its state affiliate, the Rhode Island Trucking Association, have called on the Federal Highway Administration to reject the Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s environmental impact assessment of the proposed RhodeWorks truck-only toll plan.

Tags: Environment, ATA, Federal Highway Administration, Tolls, Rhode Island, Truck Tolls

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

Scania Rolls Out Future-Oriented Urban Hauler

The L-series truck Photo: Scania

Scania has introduced its new regional truck in two versions for the European market, both designed for fuel efficient, low carbon operation in urban use.

Tags: Europe, Scania, Refuse Fleets, Delivery Fleets, New Vehicles, Regional Haul

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

Verizon Switches New York Van Fleet to Hybrid Electric

Photo: XL Hybrids.

Verizon has replaced 234 of its gas-powered vans in New York City with hybrid-electric vans using XL Hybrids technology, to support the city's clean energy goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030.

Tags: New York, XL Hybrids, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Verizon

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

Defense: Code Words Prove that Fraud Was Secret at Pilot Flying J

The defense in the Pilot Flying J fuel rebate fraud trial has attacked the notion that wrongdoing was an open secret at the company, pointing to the frequent use of code words between members of the sales staff, according to a report in the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Trial

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