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December 5, 2016 - Industry News

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Tags: Element Fleet Management

December 9, 2016 - Industry News

Michigan Law Opens a Door for Platooning

Screenshot via Peloton

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed S.B. 995 into law on Dec. 9, authorizing electronically coordinated truck platooning on Michigan roads by creating an exception to the state’s minimum following distance for commercial vehicles.

Tags: Michigan, Connected Vehicle Technology, Vehicle Platooning, Automated Driving, Peloton Technology

December 9, 2016 - Industry News

Colorado Announces Energy-Transfer Highway Project

Nikola recently introduced the hydrogen fueled, electric-powered Class 8 Nikola One. Photo: Tom Berg

The Colorado State Department of Transportation is working with private partners to explore the development of an energy-transfer highway segment.

Tags: Colorado, West Coast Electric Highway, Electric Vehicles

December 9, 2016 - Industry News

East Manufacturing Names Dump Trailer Product Manager

Chris Cooler Photo: East Manufacturing

East Manufacturing appointed Chris Cooler as its product manager for dump trailers in addition to his role as Mid-South regional manager.

Tags: Leadership, People, East Manufacturing, Trailers, Dump Trailers

December 9, 2016 - Industry News

Turnover Hits 5-Year Low at Large Truckload Fleets

Turnover at truckload fleets with more than $30 million in annual revenue dropped two points to 81% in the third quarter of 2016, according to American Trucking Associations.

Tags: ATA, Driver Turnover, Truckload

December 9, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler: Mexico a 'Land of Opportunity'

Daimler Trucks North America sees opportunity in Mexico -- but challenges include new emissions standards and volatile currency. Credit: Mexico Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes

Daimler Trucks North America sees opportunity in Mexico – but challenges include new emissions standards and volatile currency.

Tags: Mexico, Global, Daimler Trucks North America, Emissions Standards

December 8, 2016 - Industry News

Bimbo Bakeries Adds Propane Autogas Vehicles

PHOTO: Bimbo Bakeries

Bimbo Bakeries USA added a new fleet of delivery vehicles powered by propane autogas at its Elkridge, Md., facility with the help of a grant from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA).

Tags: Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Bimbo Bakeries, Delivery Fleets, Ford F-59

December 8, 2016 - Industry News

Westport Gains EPA Certification to Modify 2017 Ford Trucks

Westport has gained approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to equip 2017-model-year Ford vehicles with its WiNG Power System that enables the vehicles to run compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquid propane gas (LPG), also known as propane autogas.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Vehicle Modifiers, Westport

December 8, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Assembly Plant Donates Truck to Local High Schools

New River Valley Assembly Plant is awarding a 2009 Volvo highway tractor to Pulaski County High Schools for the creation of curriculum for high school students to learn fundamental truck systems, assembly and repair techniques. Photo: Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks New River Valley Assembly Plant is awarding a 2009 Volvo highway tractor to Pulaski County High Schools for the creation of a curriculum for students.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Awards, Donations, Assembly Plants

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Load Availability Soars, Rates Inch Higher Over Past Week

The number of available loads on the spot truckload freight market surged last week compared to the previous week as expected, following the Thanksgiving holiday, while rates moved to their best levels out of the last four weeks, according to DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

Updated: Fix for Hours-of-Service Glitch in the Works

Image: Haldex

Special legislation, in the form of a Continuing Resolution, introduced in Congress in hopes of averting a year-end government shutdown contains language that would permanently fix the glitch in previous legislation that threatened the use of a 34-hour restart as part of the hours-of-service rule for truck drivers.

Tags: Hours of Service, HOS, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Finally Issues Final Rule on Driver-Training Standards

Photo: FMCSA

A very long-awaited final rule on national minimum training standards for entry-level applicants seeking to obtain a commercial driver’s license or certain endorsements was announced on Dec. 7 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Driver Training, Commercial Vehicle Training Association

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

HDT Opens Nominations for 2017 Truck Fleet Innovators

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine is seeking nominations for the 2017 Truck Fleet Innovators award. We are looking for fleet executives who are leading with innovative ideas and solutions to serious problems in the trucking industry.

Tags: Awards, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Releases Autonomous Vehicle Recommendations

A Freightliner demo driver demonstrates autonomous mode for Daimler Trucks North America's Inspiration Truck, the first autonomous truck to have a license to legally operate on U.S. public highways. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Pennsylvania’s Autonomous Vehicles Testing Policy Task Force has delivered recommended guidance to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to help develop policies for testing highly automated vehicles.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Pennsylvania, Autonomous Vehicles

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

Mascot Opens Driveshaft Repair Facility Near Indianapolis

Mascot Truck Parts has opened a full service driveshaft repair facility in Plainfield, Ind., the remanufacturing company announced.

Tags: New Facility, Aftermarket Parts, Drive Shaft

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress Agrees to Join Trucking Alliance

Photo: Jack Roberts

U.S. Xpress has accepted an invitation to join the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, also known as The Trucking Alliance, beginning in 2017.

Tags: U.S. Xpress, The Trucking Alliance

December 6, 2016 - Industry News

Zonar Names McKerlich President & CEO

McKerlich

Ian McKerlich has taken over as president and CEO of Zonar Systems as the successor to co-founder Brett Brinton, the company announced.

Tags: Zonar, C-Suite, Promotions

December 6, 2016 - Industry News

Medium-Duty Orders Fall 18% in November

Logo: Armie Bautista

Orders of Classes 5 to 7 vehicles fell 18% in November from October and 10% from a year ago, according to ACT Research.

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

December 6, 2016 - Industry News

Report: Fund Freight Infrastructure Beyond Highway Trust Fund

Image: U.S. DOT

A new research report strongly advocates for greater funding of transportation infrastructure investments what is now covered by Highway Trust Fund allocations. It also stresses the value of projects designed to support multiple transportation modes.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, AASHTO, AAPA

December 6, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel, Oil Prices Expected to Jump Around 17% Next Year

Final government forecasts for diesel, gasoline and oil prices before 2017 gets underway are in with two of the three calling for double-digit percentage hikes compared to this year.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, U.S. Department of Energy, Crude Oil Prices, Economy, Fuel Prices, Forecast

December 6, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Image Campaign Reports Positive Impact in 2016

The TMAF raffle at MATS 2016 in front of a wrapped trailer. Photo: Trucking Moves America Forward

Trucking Moves America Forward, a trucking education and image campaign, discussed the successes it had in 2016, including an expanded member base, engagement with the public, and influence on legislation.

Tags: Legislation, Community Outreach, Trucking Moves America Forward, Public Relations

December 6, 2016 - Industry News

Shuster Returning as House Transportation Chairman

Rep. Bill Shuster Photo: Evan Lockridge

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) has been selected by the House Republican Conference to again serve as Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Tags: Bill Shuster, Elected Leaders, U.S. Congress, U.S. DOT

December 5, 2016 - Industry News

Nikola Vehicles to Replace Cat Trucks for Thompson Machinery

During the Nikola One unveiling last week, Trevor Milton, Nikola Motor's founder and CEO, announced that Thompson Machinery would be a distributor for the hydrogen-electric tractor. Photo: Tom Berg

Investment to support Cat's discontinued on/off-road trucks can be shifted to Nikola's hydrogen-electric vehicles when they become available.

Tags: Caterpillar, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, Vocational Trucks, Nikola Motor Company

December 5, 2016 - Industry News

Denso Names Director of Sales, Marketing, Strategic Planning for Americas

Denso Products and Services Americas has promoted David Williams to director of original equipment sales, marketing, and strategic planning, the Denso Corp., affiliate announced.

Tags: Sales, Leadership, Denso, People, Marketing

December 5, 2016 - Industry News

Morrison Express Expands Cross-Border Services in El Paso

Logistics, transportation and supply chain management provider Morrison Express is expanding its offering in El Paso, Texas, providing improved cross-border capabilities and logistics.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Logistics

December 5, 2016 - Industry News

November Class 8 Truck Orders Indicate Stabilized Market

There was a significant and expected increase in Class 8 truck order activity during the month of November, according to preliminary numbers from FTR.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Orders, FTR

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