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April 26, 2018 - Industry News

House Approves Rider to Thwart State Preemption of Trucker HOS Rules

The Denham amendment would preclude efforts such as California's meal break and rest rules from preempthing federal regulations. Photo: Architect of the Capitol

An amendment written to resolve the issue of preemption by individual states of federal hours-of-service rules for truck drivers was passed on April 26 by a solidly bipartisan vote of 222-193 as part of the FAA Reauthorization Act currently being debated by the House of Representatives.

Tags: ATA, Truck Drivers, Hours of Service, U.S. House of Representatives

April 26, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: 5 More Fleets Report Improved 1st Quarter Results

Trucking companies releasing their first quarter earnings on Thursday continued a trend seen this earnings season of better results than a year ago, despite drags from winter storms, with Schneider and Old Dominion Freight Line setting company records.

Tags: UPS, Old Dominion Freight Line, USA Truck, Schneider National, UPS Freight, Hub Group, Fleet Earnings

April 26, 2018 - Industry News

Ozark Motor Lines Gives Drivers New Pay Package

Ozark Motor Lines is one of many fleets to increase driver pay to recruit and retain talent. Photo: Ozark Motor Lines

Memphis, Tenn.-based Ozark Motor Lines has announced a new pay increase for its long-haul and regional truck drivers as well as driving teams.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

April 26, 2018 - Industry News

SAE Publishes Charging Recommendation for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicles

The J3068 coupler was developed from existing international standards, which were extended to cover higher North American grid voltages and higher power levels. Photo: SAE

The Society of Automotive Engineers developed a recommended practice for plug-in charging of heavy duty electric vehicles. The new standard was designed to offer a single vehicle charging coupler solution for three-phase and single-phase AC and DC charging.

Tags: SAE International, SAE, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

April 26, 2018 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Names Manufacturing, Reman Leadership

Daimler Trucks North America named Brian Lewallen, Erik Johnson, and Jane Rosaasen to high-level positions in its manufacturing and remanufacturing operations. Photos: DTNA

Daimler Trucks North America has announced three high-level appointments to its manufacturing and remanufacturing operations.

Tags: Leadership, People, Daimler Trucks North America, Manufacturing, Remanufacturing

April 26, 2018 - Industry News

Freight Shipments, Spending Levels Post Double-Digit Gains

The U.S. Bank National Spend Index grew again during the first quarter of 2018 both sequentially and year-over-year, highlighting continued tightness in the truck market.

A measure of quarterly freight shipment and spending activity showed big gains in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same time a year ago, reflecting a stronger economy.

Tags: Economy, U.S. Bank, Freight Rates

April 26, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Mixed; New Home Sales, Consumer Confidence Improve

New orders for long-lasting manufactured durable goods jumped more than expected in March, but analysts pointed to some concerns deeper in the Commerce Department report. Separate reports showed improvements in new home sales as well as in consumer confidence.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Durable Goods, Manufacturing, Home Sales

April 25, 2018 - Industry News

Great Dane Joins Blockchain in Transport Alliance

Great Dane is the first Trailer OEM to join the Blockchain in Transport Alliance.

Great Dane is the first trailer maker to become a member of the Blockchain in Transport Alliance, joining a coalition of industry leaders dedicated to developing blockchain standards, education, and solutions for the transportation industry.

Tags: Trailers, Great Dane, Blockchain, Blockchain in Transport Alliance

April 25, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: 1st Quarter Earnings up as Fleets Grapple with Driver Shortage

A load of publicly held trucking fleets released first quarter 2018 earnings – Forward Air, Knight-Swift, Landstar, Covenant, Echo Global, and Heartland – with all but one reporting better numbers than the same time a year ago.

Tags: Covenant Transport, Heartland Express, Forward Air, Swift Transportation, Knight Transportation, Echo Global Logistics, Landstar System, Covenant Transportation Group, Fleet Earnings, Knight-Swift

April 25, 2018 - Industry News

Fleets Continue to Invest in Trailers; March Orders Top 30K

Strong freight demand and tight capacity have continued to fuel trailer orders through the first quarter of 2018. Photo: Stoughton

Trailer orders topped 30,000 in March, besting an earlier estimate of 29,500 orders, showing that fleets are still investing in new equipment, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Economy, Trailers, ACT Research, Freight, Freight Capacity, Trailer Orders

April 25, 2018 - Industry News

Spot Van, Reefer Rates Dip as Truck Capacity Increases

Spot market truckload activity picked up during the week ending April 21 as the number of posted loads increased 3.1% and truck posts rose 4%, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 25, 2018 - Industry News

Georgia Reincarnated Carrier Shut Down for Noncompliant E-Logs, Unsafe Trucks

A Georgia-based trucking company seemingly did everything it could to avoid FMCSA compliance until a compliance investigation placed it out of service.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Compliance, Hours of Service, U.S. DOT, Imminent Hazard, ELDs, Out of Service Violations

April 25, 2018 - Industry News

Freight-Matching Tech Firm Next Trucking Expands After Capital Infusion

Jason Leu, Next Trucking's new vice president of product. Photo: Next Trucking

Next Trucking, a trucker-centric online marketplace that connects carriers with shippers, announced it will double its headcount this year thanks to growing demand for its services.

Tags: Mobile Apps, Freight Brokers, Uber for Trucking, Next Trucking

April 24, 2018 - Industry News

March Truck Tonnage Index Falls 1.1%

For the second straight month, the ATA's Truck Tonnage Index has seen a decline, indicating a softening in economic conditions for trucking. Source: ATA

The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell by 1.1% in March to a reading of 110, down from 111.2 in February.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Truck Tonnage, Truck Tonnage Index

April 24, 2018 - Industry News

Mack Plans for Electric Refuse Truck in NYC by 2019

Mack has plans to deploy an electric LR model in New York City by 2019. Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has announced plans to deploy a Mack LR refuse model equipped with an integrated electric drivetrain in the New York City Department of Sanitation fleet by 2019.

Tags: New York City, Sanitation, Mack Trucks, Refuse Fleets, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, WasteExpo

April 24, 2018 - Industry News

Dennis Eagle Launches ProView Refuse Truck in U.S.

Dennis Eagle has launched the ProView refuse hauler for North American markets, based on the company's Elite European model. Photos: Jack Roberts

Dennis Eagle, a United Kingdom-based refuse and recycling collection vehicle manufacturer, has announced the launch of its ProView refuse truck for the U.S. and Canadian markets.

Tags: Refuse Fleets, New Vehicles

April 24, 2018 - Industry News

Autonomous Vehicle Bill Stalled in Senate

 U.S. Capitol. Photo courtesy of Photo YourSpace/Flickr

The AV START Act, which would allow automakers to sell more than 80,000 autonomous cars each per year, is facing an uncertain future on Capitol Hill, as at least five senators have expressed serious concerns about it, reports the Detroit News.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, Legislation

April 24, 2018 - Industry News

XPO Brings in Amazon Logistics Exec as COO

Kenneth Wagers, chief operating officer of XPO Logistics. Photo: XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics has appointed former Amazon executive Kenneth Wagers as its chief operating officer, succeeding Troy Cooper who has been promoted to the position of president.

Tags: Leadership, E-commerce, Amazon.com, People, Logistics, XPO Logistics, Last Mile Delivery

April 24, 2018 - Industry News

Amp Americas Opens 20th CNG Station Location

Amp Americas' new CNG fueling station in Buda, Texas, is a public station that is used to fuel US Foods' fleet of 50 CNG trucks. Photo: Amp Americas

Amp Americas has announced the opening of its new public-access Amp CNG fueling station in Buda, Texas, with US Foods serving as the station’s anchor fleet.

Tags: Texas, Alternative Fuels, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

April 24, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Volvo, Paccar Increase 1st Quarter Profits Amid Higher Sales

Volvo and Paccar both reported that profits moved higher in the first quarter of the year as sales also improved, increasing their predictions for the Class 8 truck market for 2018.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Volvo Trucks, Peterbilt, Mack Trucks, Quarterly Earnings, Truck Sales

April 23, 2018 - Industry News

Texas Solar Fleet Adds Plug-In Hybrid F-150s

CPS Energy has purchased 34 XLP Plug-In Hybrid Electric Ford F-150 pickup trucks. Photo: XL

CPS Energy has announced the purchase of 34 XLP Plug-In Hybrid Electric Ford F-150 pickup trucks, the largest purchase of plug-in F-150s by any utility or private company to date, according to CPS.

Tags: Ford F-150, Utility Fleets, Hybrid Trucks, XL, Energy Fleets, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

April 23, 2018 - Industry News

National Safety Council Awards Three Road Safety Grants

Aerial photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia.

The National Safety Council's Road to Zero Coalition has awarded 2018 Safe System Innovation Grants to three more organizations for innovative concepts to make roadways safer and eliminate preventable roadway deaths.

Tags: National Safety Council, Safety, University of Michigan, Grants

April 23, 2018 - Industry News

CVSA Offers Brake Safety Education at Symposium Event

The CVSA Brake Safety Symposium is a two-day program covering braking and brake-related technologies, regulations, inspection procedures, tools, and maintenance concepts.

Tags: Brakes, CVSA, Training & Education

April 23, 2018 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks North America Head Goes to MAN; Acting President Named

Per Carlsson Photo: Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks North America is on the hunt for a new chef executive after Göran Nyberg left to take a position with MAN Truck & Bus. Volvo has appointed Per Carlsson acting president.

Tags: Leadership, People, MAN Trucks, Volvo Trucks North America

April 23, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Leading Indicators, Existing Home Sales

The latest economic reports show a further increase in U.S. manufacturing output and a firm footing for the overall economy, but raised some questions about where employment and labor are going, while there were mixed results for existing-home sales.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators

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