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March 21, 2018 - Industry News

Fleet Advantage Leases 10,000th Truck


In 2017 alone, Fleet Advantage placed purchase orders on more than 1,800 new Class 8 Sleepers and Daycabs from various OEMs, valued at more than $225 million.

Tags: Class 8, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Truck Leasing, Fleet Advantage

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

Uber Freight ups the Ante with Discounts on Trucks, Fuel, and More

The new Uber Freight Plus program offers discounts on items from fuel to new trucks. Photo: Uber Freight

“Book a load, reap the benefits.” That’s what Uber Freight is promising drivers, owner-operators and small fleets who use the Uber Freight app, with discounts on everything from a new or used International truck to fuel and tires through its new Uber Freight Plus program.

Tags: Uber, Uber for Trucking, Uber Freight

March 20, 2018 - Industry News

OOIDA Sues Pennsylvania Turnpike over Toll Hikes

Photo: Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a class-action lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission for what it claims are excessive toll increases.

Tags: Tolls, OOIDA, Pennsylvania DOT, Pennsylvania Turnpike

March 20, 2018 - Industry News

Schneider Completes Shift to Company-Owned Intermodal Chassis Network

Over a four-year period, Schneider purchased 15,000 intermodal chassis. Photo: Schneider

Trucking giant Schneider has completed its conversion to a company-owned and managed chassis fleet after buying 15,000 intermodal container chassis over the past four years.

Tags: Intermodal, Schneider, Chassis

March 20, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: FedEx Surges, Daseke Rebounds

Parcel and trucking giant FedEx posted a big gain in profits during its most recent quarter, while Daseke, the owner of several flatbed and specialized carriers, moved from a loss to a profit in both the final quarter of 2017 and for all of last year.

Tags: FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, Fleet Earnings, Daseke Inc., FedEx

March 20, 2018 - Industry News

Cummins Rebrands as Cummins Integrated Power

Cummins highlighted the new name at its booth at the Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Cummins is repositioning itself as Cummins Integrated Power. The new name denotes both the company’s expertise in technology integration and its reach into different alternative fuel segments, including diesel, natural gas, hybrid and battery-electric.

Tags: Cummins, Diesel Engines, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Engines, Cummins Westport, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

March 20, 2018 - Industry News

Feds Offer Exclusion from Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum

American businesses may apply for an exclusion through the Commerce Department from the recently enacted tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Photo: Creative Commons

The Department of Commerce has outlined a process that would allow individual American businesses to apply for an exclusion from the tariffs on imported steel and aluminum recently enacted by the Trump administration.

Tags: China, MEMA, HDMA, Aluminum, Steel, Tariffs, Donald Trump

March 20, 2018 - Industry News

Used Truck Prices Holding Steady

The average sleeper tractor sold at auction in February 2018, J.D. Power found, was 74 months old with 458,697 miles. Photo: Jordon Truck Sales

Used truck prices are holding steady, with supply still dictating pricing. That’s the word from J.D. Power’s Commercial Truck Guidelines for March, which notes that February is the first month in any new year with a high enough volume of used truck auctions to allow analysts to identify market trends.

Tags: Used Trucks, Used Truck Sales, Used Vehicle Values, J.D. Power

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Knight Transportation Buys Abilene Motor Express

Abilene Motor Express is a Richmond, Va.-based carrier with nearly 400 trucks that operates throughout the U.S. and Canada. Photo via Abilene Motor Express

Knight Transportation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Knight-Swift Holdings, has acquired all of the assets of Abilene Motor Express and related entities, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Knight Transportation, Knight-Swift

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Service Accused of Coercing Fleets into Paying Fake Fees Agrees to Settle

The accused allegedly took more than $19 million from small trucking businesses by creating the false impression that they were affiliated with U.S. DOT, the UCR system, or another government agency.

The operators of an online registration service for carriers have agreed to settle with the FTC for $900,000 over charges that they impersonated and falsely claimed affiliation with government agencies to trick fleets into paying them for UCR registration.

Tags: Lawsuits, FTC, U.S. DOT, Fraud, Settlement

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Turnover Rate Declines but Driver Shortage Still a Concern

The driver turnover rate for truckload carriers fell in the fourt quarter of 2017, but the rate remained 14 points higher than for the previous year.

The driver turnover rate for truckload carriers fell in the final three months of 2017, but the rate remained 14 points higher than it was for the previous year.

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

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Uber Suspends Self-Driving Tests After Vehicle Kills Pedestrian

Photo via Diablanco/Wikipedia.

Uber has shelved its self-driving vehicle program after one of its test vehicles struck and killed a female pedestrian in Tempe, Ariz. The accident marks the first known death of a pedestrian hit by an autonomous vehicle on public roads.

Tags: Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety, Pedestrians, Vehicle Testing

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Nissan Expands Full-Size Van Production

Photo of the 2018 NV Cargo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan North America has expanded production of its NV cargo and passenger vans by adding a second shift to its Canton, Ohio, assembly plant, where Nissan recently celebrated production of 4 million vehicles.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Nissan, Vehicle Production, Nissan NV, Passenger Vans, Milestones

March 19, 2018 - Global News

Fuso eCanter Hits Road in Great Britain Fleets

Photo of eCanter used by Hovis courtesy of Daimler Trucks.

Daimler Trucks handed over the first all-electric Fuso eCanter trucks to three fleets in Great Britain. This now brings the electric light-duty truck to a further major market following the market launches in New York, Tokyo, and Berlin.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Electric Trucks, eCanter, Great Britain, Global

March 16, 2018 - Industry News

ACOFAS Presentation to Teach Technicians About DOT Inspections

ACOFAS is offering training for technicians on DOT vehicle inspection compliance. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ACOFAS is offering a presentation demonstrating and educating technicians on how to properly inspect a vehicle.

Tags: Technician Training, U.S. DOT, Technicians, Vehicle Inspections

March 16, 2018 - Industry News

Scania Inks Historic Platooning Agreement

Scania cabover tractor-trailers conduct a platooning test on a track in Europe. Photo: Scania

European truck OEM Scania has inked what it calls a "landmark" agreement to begin testing platooning operations on Scandinavian highways.

Tags: Scania, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Truck Platooning, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Semi-Autonomous

March 16, 2018 - Product News

Kenworth Offers New Standard Track Front Axle Options

The Paccar front axle comes in wide track configurations rated at 20,000 pounds and 22,800 pounds. Photo: Paccar

Kenworth is offering new standard track options for its Paccar proprietary front axle lineup available for Class 8 vocational models.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Class 8, New Website, Axles, Certified Pre-Owned

March 16, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA: A Driver Found Lacking Required ELD May Finish Trip

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has advised how the electronic logging device mandate will be enforced beginning April 1, 2018, when the period of “soft enforcement” ends.

Tags: FMCSA, J.J. Keller, ELD, ELD Mandate

March 16, 2018 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Fall but Remain Historically High

February was the fifth consecutive month that trailer orders broke the 30,000 unit mark. Photo: Stoughton

Trailer orders are expected to hit 32,000 units in February, a number that, if it holds true, would be a record for that month, according to preliminary reports from FTR.

Tags: Economy, Trailers, FTR, Capacity, Trailer Orders

March 16, 2018 - Industry News

Trucking’s Share of Cross Border Freight Value Declines

The value U.S.-North American freight by mode in billions: 2016-2017. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Trucking posted the biggest loss of the five major transportation modes when it came to the value of U.S. freight moved between Canada and Mexico last year, according to new Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Michigan, Mexico, Texas, Railroads, Surface Trade

March 16, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production, Consumer Sentiment Up; New Homes Mixed

Industrial production in the U.S. rebounded from a drop at the start of the year, as consumer sentiment is the best in more than a decade – but there's a decline reported in parts of the new-home-building market.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Housing Starts, Consumer Sentiment

March 16, 2018 - Industry News

DHL Getting Into Last Mile Delivery Market

Parcel Metro uses customized software that allows DHL eCommerce to create a “virtual delivery network” of local and regional contract couriers and crowd-sourced providers. Image: DHL

DHL is getting back into the domestic delivery market in the U.S. with its new DHL Parcel Metro service in major cities, backed by increasing use of high-tech solutions in the delivery process and the warehouse.

Tags: DHL, E-commerce, Parcel Delivery Service, Last Mile Delivery

March 15, 2018 - Industry News

ATA Expands Mid-Year Management Event

ATA has rebranded its annual May Leadership Meeting to offer a more inclusive experience on the trucking industry calendar, dubbed the Mid-Year Management Session.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, Events, Mid-Year Managment Session

March 15, 2018 - Industry News

TRALA Requests ELD Exemption Extension Through December

Short-term truck rental operators are asking for more time from FMCSA to figure out a way to stay compliant with the ELD mandate. Photo: TRALA

The Truck Rental and Leasing Association has petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for an extension to its current 90-day ELD rule waiver for short-term rental trucks that would extend through the end of the year.

Tags: FMCSA, TRALA, Hours of Service, ELDs, ELD Mandate

March 15, 2018 - Industry News

Kenworth Donates T680 to Award Honoring Veterans Who Become Truckers

Last year's Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence award winner Gregg Softy, who served 28 years in the Army before beginning his second career at  Stevens Transport. Photo courtesy of Kenworth

For the third consecutive year, Kenworth has donated a T680 Advantage to the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence program recognizing top rookie military veteran truck drivers.

Tags: Kenworth, Veterans, Awards, Hiring our Heroes, T680, Military Friendly Employer, Hiring Veterans, Fastport



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