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March 23, 2018 - Industry News

Peterbilt Gives 1 Millionth Truck to SuperFan

Peterbilt SuperFan Rick McClerkin with his fianceé Kathy Cantaloube. Photo: Jim Park

Peterbilt gave away a Model 567 Heritage truck at the Mid-America Trucking Show to Rick McClerkin of San Jose, California, for winning the company’s SuperFan search in celebration of a major truck production milestone.

Tags: Peterbilt, Contest, MATS, Model 567, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 23, 2018 - Industry News

Outgoing ATD Chairman Wants Tax on Trucks and Trailers Repealed

ATD chairman Steve Parker urged dealers to work with Congress to repeal the Federal Excise Tax on trucks and trailers. Photo: ATD

At the ATD Show in Las Vegas, Steve Parker, chairman of the American Truck Dealers organization, urged dealers to work with congress to repeal the federal excise tax on the sale of heavy duty trucks and trailers.

Tags: Legislation, Taxes, ATD, Truck Dealers, Industry Events, Federal Excise Tax

March 23, 2018 - Industry News

Peach State Truck Centers President Named Truck Dealer of the Year

Richard Reynolds, president of Peach State Truck Centers, receives the 2018 Truck Dealer of the Year award from Barbara Robinson, senior director of ATD. Photo: Stephane Babcock

Richard Reynolds, president of Peach State Truck Centers in Norcross, Georgia, has been named the 2018 Truck Dealer of the Year by American Truck Dealers, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, and Procede Software.

Tags: ATD, Truck Dealer of the Year, Awards, Truck Dealers

March 23, 2018 - Product News

Oneboard Dispatching Software Simplifies and Consolidates Data

UTech Global has launched the Oneboard dispatching software,which is designed to reduce inefficiencies by simplifying and consolidating the large volume of data required by dispatch operations.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Dispatch, Load Board, MATS

March 23, 2018 - Industry News

Starsky Robotics Goes All-In On Driverless Trucks

Starsky Robotics says the time for fully-autonomous trucks hauling freight has arrived. Photo: Starsky Robotics

Another start-up tech company is aggressively staking its claim as an autonomous trucking technology leader. San Francisco-based Starsky Robotics recently touted a 7-mile test run with no human interaction as well as a $16.5 million Series A investment in the company.

Tags: Driverless Vehicle, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Starsky Robotics

March 23, 2018 - Product News

One20 Fuel Program Caters to Owner-Operators and Small Fleets

One20 members will have access to fuel discounts as high as 55 cents per gallon at more than 2,000 participating retailers nationwide. Image: One20

One20 has added the One20 Fuel Program as a membership benefit for truckers that could save members money in fuel costs, the company announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

Tags: Membership, Fuel Costs, MATS, One20, Fuel Cards

March 23, 2018 - Product News

Stoneridge Launches 24/7 Tech Support for ELD Solution

Stoneridge now offers 24/7 technical support for its EZ-ELD electronic logging solution. Photo: Stoneridge

Electronic logging device provider Stoneridge has launched 24/7 technical support for the Stoneridge EZ-ELD, the company announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

Tags: ELDs, Product Support, MATS, ELD Mandate

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

Trucker Who Saved Motorist After Crash Named Goodyear Highway Hero

Gary Medalis (left), Goodyear marketing director, congratulates the 2018 Highway Hero Award winner, Frank Vieira of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Photo: Jim Park

A Canadian truck driver who administered first aid to a motorist who had been pierced through the neck by a broken steering wheel after a crash is the 35th recipient of the prestigious Goodyear Highway Hero Award.

Tags: Goodyear, Goodyear Highway Hero, MATS, Image, Trucking's image

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

Hino Recalls 2018-2019 Trucks for Valve Train Nuts

Hino Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc. is recalling an estimated 45 2018 to 2019 NE8J, NJ8J, and NV8J trucks because the screw lock nuts that secure the engine's valve train may not have been properly tightened during manufacturing, and could potentially loosen within the engine and damage it.

Tags: Hino, Diesel Engines, Recalls, 2018-MY

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

Spending Bill Stretches ELD Exemption for Livestock Haulers

Updated: Livestock haulers will get a respite from complying with the electronic logging device rule if the omnibus funding measure passed by Congress this week survives the threat of a presidential veto.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, EOBR, U.S. Congress, ELD Mandate

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

Mack Connect Offers Suite of Fleet Productivity Tools

Mack says its Experieince Managment approach reduced the time it took to address outstanding customer service issues by as much as 50%.

Mack has updated its Mack Connect suite of productivity management tools, which it highlighted during a press briefing at the Mid-America Trucking Show, along with introducing an Anthem truck configurator tool and discussing customer experience surveys.

Tags: Telematics, Productivity, Fleet Management Software, Mack Trucks, MATS, Connected Vehicles

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Level Up 6.3% from Year Earlier

Freight Transportation Services Index, January 2013 - January 2018. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight carried by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry, fell 0.4% in January from the month before, after it reached an all-time high in December, according to newly released figures from the Transportation Department's Freight Transportation Services Index.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Freight Index

March 22, 2018 - Product News

BF Goodrich Launches Two All-Terrain Tires

The BF Goodrich Cross Control S and Cross Control D are two all-terrain tires for use in construction, logging and energy applications.

BF Goodrich launched the Cross Control S and Cross Control D commercial truck tires, two all-terrain tires for use in construction, logging and energy applications, at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Tires, Steer Tires, BFGoodrich, Drive Tires, MATS

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

Delivery Fleet Leases Hybrid Step Vans from Ryder

W.B. Mason has taken delivery of four Workhorse E-Gen hybrid-electric vehicles through Ryder. (Photo courtesy of Ryder.)

W.B. Mason, the nation’s second-largest privately owned office products dealer, has taken delivery of several Workhorse E-Gen electrified, range-extended step vans on leases from Ryder System, Inc., the company announced.

Tags: Workhorse, Morgan Olson, Delivery Fleets, Step Vans, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Ryder, Leasing

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Leading Indicators, Existing Homes All Move Higher

Manufacturing activity this month hit a three-year high, while other reports showed healthy increases in where the economy is headed over the next several months.

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

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Remain Firm

Spot truckload freight volume slipped 1.2% and truck posts increased 2% for the week ending March 17, according to DAT Solutions and its load boards, while load-to-truck ratios and rates were relatively even, although both are considerably higher compared to a year ago.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA Widens Stance on AOBRD Grandfather Clause

Photo: J.J. Keller & Associates

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has slightly liberalized its stance on the use automatic on-board recording devices by some fleets that are using those devices under the terms of the AOBRD grandfather clause within the electronic logging device rule.

Tags: FMCSA, ELD, ELD Mandate

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

Bill Would Create Pathway for Under-21 Truck Drivers

The International Foodservice Distributors Association supported the bill, which would set up a training path for younger truck drivers. Photo: IFDA

Two U.S. House representatives have introduced a bill that would create a training pathway for truck drivers between the ages of 18 and 21 to be able to operate in interstate commerce.

Tags: Driver Training, Driver Shortage, Younger Drivers, IFDA, Food and Beverage Fleets

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

Hendrickson Adds Brake Maintenance Videos to Online Training Portal

Hendrickson added new training videos to its online portal Image: Hendrickson

Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems has added more air disc brake maintenance training videos to its online training portal,

Tags: Hendrickson, MATS, Air Brakes, Disc Brakes, Technician Training, Maintenance, Brakes

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Remain High Despite Slip

Freight rates for truckload linehaul and intermodal movements continued showing great strength in February, according to figures released Wednesday from one freight payment processor.

Tags: Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Truckload, Freight Rates

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: What Higher Interest Rates May Mean for Trucking

The Federal Reserve signaled its confidence in the economy on Wednesday when raised a key interest rate for the sixth time since 2015 – but this also could lead to trucking companies needing to rethink how they are handling their loans.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Federal Reserve

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

Trucking Returns to Kentucky for 2018 MATS

The Mid-America Trucking Show takes place in Louisville, Kentucky from March 21-24, 2018.

The Mid-America Trucking Show this week at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky, features a variety of educational sessions, the country's largest trucking expo, and other trucking festivities aimed at drivers, owner-operators, small fleets and other trucking enthusiasts.

Tags: Mid-America Trucking Show, MATS, Industry Events

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

Cloud-Based TMS Promises 'Friction-Free' Connections Between Broker, Shipper, Carrier

This carrier sourcing screen is one example of how the EKA Omni-TMS cloud platform offers intuitive, graphic-based tools to brokers, carriers, and shippers. Screenshot courtesy EKA

Imagine an affordable, cloud-based software platform that would allow brokers, carriers, and shippers to easily assign and track loads, including back-end billing and financial functions. That’s the thinking behind the new EKA Omni-TMS cloud-based supply chain platform from EKA Solutions.

Tags: Cloud Computing, TMS, Freight Brokers

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

RoadCheck Inspections Will Focus on Hours of Service Compliance

This year's CVSA RoadCheck will focus on hours of service compliance in its roadside inspections. Photo: CVSA

With electronic logging device implementation a major topic for trucking in 2018, this year’s International RoadCheck inspection blitz will focus on hours of service compliance.

Tags: Hours of Service, CVSA, Roadcheck, ELDs, ELD Mandate

March 21, 2018 - Press Release

Bestpass Offers Toll Rebilling Service

Screenshot courtesy of Bestpass.

Bestpass has launched Bestpass Rebilling to allow its customers to seamlessly reassign toll transactions to specific business units, customers or contractors, the toll management provider has announced.

Tags: Bestpass, Toll Management, Fleet Services


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