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New Ryder Commercial Fleet Management App

New Ryder Commercial Fleet Management App

| May 23, 2018

Ryder System, Inc., a leader in commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions, announcedt he launch of RyderGyde, a new, free mobile application and the only one of its kind allowing users to do everything from compare real-time fuel rates to conveniently schedule shop services—all from their smartphone. With this application, drivers, fleet […]

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Brightline Names Lyft as Exclusive Rideshare Partner in Florida

Brightline Names Lyft as Exclusive Rideshare Partner in Florida

| May 23, 2018

In an effort to make it easier for commuters to connect between Lyft and Brightline, Lyft announced that it will be the exclusive ride-hailing partner to Brightline. According to Lyft officials, under the partnership, Brightline’s three stations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach will function as designated pickup and drop-off zones for Lyft. […]

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Vnomics Debuts Fuel Efficiency Info for Drivers and Fleets

Vnomics Debuts Fuel Efficiency Info for Drivers and Fleets

| May 22, 2018

Vnomics Corp., the provider of True Fuel, an on-board fuel efficiency optimization solution, has announced the addition of new capabilities for fairly incentivizing and rewarding drivers through a mobile app and ROI calculator. “True Fuel has always provided a driver-respectful way to measure the driver’s impact on fuel economy, apart from their truck, load or […]

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People

Dupré’s Bob Verret named CIO of the Year

Dupré’s Bob Verret named CIO of the Year

| May 21, 2018

Dupré Logistics, a leading capacity-solutions provider, has announced that Bob Verret has been named CIO of the Year by Global Supply Chain Leaders. Verret was awarded at the Global Supply Chain Leaders – Making a Difference event held in Houston May 2, 2018. During the event, Verret, CIO at Dupré Logistics, made a presentation that […]

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AASHTO Mourns Loss of Dr. Anthony R. (Tony) Kane

AASHTO Mourns Loss of Dr. Anthony R. (Tony) Kane

| May 18, 2018

Staff and members of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials mourned the passing of their former colleague, Director of Engineering and Technical Services Dr. Anthony R. (Tony) Kane. A highly distinguished administrator and national transportation safety advocate, Kane died this week after battling a long-standing illness. He was 72. Kane served as […]

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Volvo Trucks Salutes Antonio Cruz, McKenzie Tank Lines as Driver of the Year

Volvo Trucks Salutes Antonio Cruz, McKenzie Tank Lines as Driver of the Year

| May 14, 2018

Volvo Trucks recently honored McKenzie Tank Lines at the new Volvo Customer Center for their presentation of the company’s inaugural Driver of the Year award. McKenzie Tank Lines president and CEO Jim Shaeffer presented the award to Antonio Cruz, who has been a professional driver for two years following many years of service in the […]

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Fleet Maintenance

Utility Fleets Turn to HD Vehicle Lifts for Safe, Fast Maintenance

Utility Fleets Turn to HD Vehicle Lifts for Safe, Fast Maintenance

| May 22, 2018

Utility fleet managers across the United States and Canada are increasingly relying on powerful, efficient heavy duty vehicle lifts to increase safety in the shop and improve uptime on the road. The reasons are compelling, states a recent Stertil-Koni marketing analysis which notes that utility fleet companies are selecting heavy duty vehicle lifts to deliver […]

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Meritor Tire Inflation System Standard/Preferred Option on Vanguard Dry Van and CIMC Reefer Trailers

Meritor Tire Inflation System Standard/Preferred Option on Vanguard Dry Van and CIMC Reefer Trailers

| May 15, 2018

Meritor, Inc. (NYSE: MTOR) announced that the Meritor Tire Inflation System (MTIS) with ThermALERT™ is a standard/preferred option on Vanguard dry van and CIMC reefer trailers. “MTIS uses proven technology to minimize total cost of ownership and help keep drivers safe on our highways,” said Dave Pritchard, general manager, Trailer for Meritor. “It’s also quick […]

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Professional Lighting Key to Vehicle Maintenance Shop Safety Says Stertil-Koni

Professional Lighting Key to Vehicle Maintenance Shop Safety Says Stertil-Koni

| April 16, 2018

Following a review of vehicle maintenance shop environments across North America, experts at heavy duty vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni, which has been in the vehicle lift business for seven decades, has determined that professional lighting is one of the keys to enhancing overall shop safety and performance. The stakes are high and the payoffs big […]

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Training

TransForce Acquires Online Driving Safety Course Provider

TransForce Acquires Online Driving Safety Course Provider

| May 14, 2018

TransForce, Inc., a leading workforce solutions provider to the transportation industry, has acquired SafetyServe, a software company and a provider of online safety training courses to companies, government agencies, insurance companies and other organizations.  SafetyServe has provided safety training courses in partnership with the National Safety Council since 1998.  The transaction is designed to further […]

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Are Teenage Truckers a Solution to Nation’s Shipping Woes?

Are Teenage Truckers a Solution to Nation’s Shipping Woes?

| May 8, 2018

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have proposed a way to ease America’s urgent shortage of long-haul truck drivers: allow certified teenage drivers to cross state lines in their 18-wheelers. OK, we know what you’re thinking: I have teenage children and…But, hold on for a moment and read on. DRIVE-Safe (Developing Responsible Individuals for a Vibrant Economy […]

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Instructional Technologies Notches Big Training Milestone

Instructional Technologies Notches Big Training Milestone

| May 2, 2018

Instructional Technologies Inc. (ITI), providers of training solutions for the transportation industry including PRO-TREAD online training content and the Sentix training automation platform, announced that its 11 millionth lesson has been completed by Kalayo Bamigboye, a Frac Technician with Pilot Thomas Logistics in Odessa, Texas. To celebrate the milestone event, ITI COO Nathan Stahlman presented […]

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Fuel & Oil

Trillium Opens Third Natural Gas Fueling Station in Pennsylvania

Trillium Opens Third Natural Gas Fueling Station in Pennsylvania

| May 23, 2018

A new compressed natural gas fueling station is up and running, thanks to  a partnership between alternative and renewable fuel systems enterprise Trillium, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and New Castle Transit Authority (NCTA). New Castle is the third of six CNG fuel stops Trillium is working to create and operate for transit authorities […]

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Gas Prices Up Again, Drip by Drip

Gas Prices Up Again, Drip by Drip

| May 15, 2018

According to the latest Fleet News, fuel prices moved up again recently. This week, the price of Regular nationwide was $2.879 vs. $2.711one month  ago and $2.228 last year at this time. The news in fuel prices for Diesel was a similar.  One gallon of Diesel stands at $3.140 vs. $3.005 last month and $2.500 […]

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Gas Prices Continue to Inch Up

Gas Prices Continue to Inch Up

| May 9, 2018

According to the latest Fleet News, fuel prices moved up again recently. This week, the price of Regular nationwide was $2.826 vs. $2.661 one month  ago and $2.340 last year at this time. The news in fuel prices for Diesel was a similar.  One gallon of Diesel stands at $3.086 vs. $3.071 last month and […]

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Green

DAF Trucks and VDL Groep Partner On A Fully Electric Class 8 Truck

DAF Trucks and VDL Groep Partner On A Fully Electric Class 8 Truck

| May 22, 2018

The competition in electric class 8 trucks is quickly heating up in response to Tesla’s Semi reveal last year. This time, DAF Trucks has revealed its new CF Electric class 8 truck that it developed in partnership with VDL Groep. The Eco-friendly truck boasts a 100 kilometer range with fast charging, and has a quick […]

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BYD Delivers First Battery-Electric Truck to  Port of Oakland

BYD Delivers First Battery-Electric Truck to Port of Oakland

| May 22, 2018

BYD, the world’s largest electric vehicle company, has delivered the first 8TT battery electric truck to the Port of Oakland. The Class 8 truck was grant-funded by CARB and will be part of a three-year feasibility study to determine whether zero-emission trucks could replace diesel trucks. The truck will be tested for short-haul operations by […]

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Daimler To Invest $600 Million In French Electric Car Plant

Daimler To Invest $600 Million In French Electric Car Plant

| May 21, 2018

Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, is spending over 500 million euros ($589 million) to expand an electric car factory in Hambach, France. The factory will build a compact electric car for Mercedes’ new EQ sub-brand, one of 10 all-electric models the German automaker plans to launch by 2022. Daimler currently builds electric versions of […]

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Recent News

Volvo Dedicates New VNL 760 Model to America’s Road Team

Volvo Dedicates New VNL 760 Model to America’s Road Team

| May 23, 2018

Volvo Trucks North America presented a new Volvo VNL 760 to representatives of the America’s Road Team, the trucking industry’s premier safety outreach program, at the recent Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Newport, Rhode Island. The Road Team Captains will drive the new VNL 760 and the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) Interstate One mobile classroom […]

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Transportation Capacity to Decrease Notes Major Industry Player

Transportation Capacity to Decrease Notes Major Industry Player

| May 23, 2018

At the 16th annual Transplace Shipper Symposium in Frisco, TX recently, one theme was loud and clear — increasing capacity constraints. Consider what David Ross, CFA, managing director, global transportation & logistics, STIFEL had to say about transportation trends and challenges, particularly around capacity constraints and rate increases. According to Ross, there continues to be […]

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Why Some Analysts Believe Tesla’s Semi is No More

Why Some Analysts Believe Tesla’s Semi is No More

| May 23, 2018

While Tesla Motors and CEO Elon Musk struggle with the problematic launch of the Model 3, investors and market analysts are convinced that the company’s next biggest prospect, the Tesla Semi, is, well, dead. To put it simply, many doubt Tesla’s ability to deliver what it promised. The fact that Tesla didn’t mention the all-important […]

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Rome Among Worst Cities in Europe for Road Safety, Traffic and Pollution

Rome Among Worst Cities in Europe for Road Safety, Traffic and Pollution

| May 23, 2018

While it has been said that all roads lead to Rome, apparently the ancient city of Rome currently leads European capitals in traffic, pollution and hazardous road conditions.  According to the recent rankings by Greenpeace, more people travel by car or scooter in Italy’s capital than in any other city that the environmental organization looked […]

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Migration Trends: San Antonio Ranks as No. 5 U.S. Destination

Migration Trends: San Antonio Ranks as No. 5 U.S. Destination

| May 22, 2018

San Antonio is the No. 5 U.S. Destination City according to the latest U-Haul migration trends report, backing up two spots from its ranking on last year’s list. San Antonio saw a 2 percent year-over-year increase in one-way U-Haul truck arrivals in 2017 to remain one of the five busiest cities for incoming traffic among […]

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Trucking Moves America Forward Advocates for Infrastructure Investments

Trucking Moves America Forward Advocates for Infrastructure Investments

| May 21, 2018

Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), an industry-wide education and image movement, announced it is once again an official affiliate of Infrastructure Week,  May 14-19. Infrastructure Week is a series of events, education, and advocacy efforts aimed at highlighting infrastructure as a key policy issue nationwide. This year’s message is, “The future won’t wait. Neither can […]

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Mastercard Launches Solution For Connected Fleet Vehicles

Mastercard Launches Solution For Connected Fleet Vehicles

| May 21, 2018

Mastercard has launched a new service that will automatically integrate fuel and maintenance data from a connected fleet car’s dashboard into the payment process. The solution is designed to eliminate the need for company car drivers to manually enter in their driver ID and odometer reading every time they use a fleet card to pay […]

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$1.2 Billion Awarded to So. California Transportation Projects

$1.2 Billion Awarded to So. California Transportation Projects

| May 21, 2018

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) Secretary Brian Annis and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti highlighted that during the week of May 14, California Transportation Commission’s (CTC) award of more than $1.2 billion in competitive Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) state funding for the six-county region represented by the Southern […]

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Fleetmaster Express Taps Mobile App to Enhance  Driver Experience

Fleetmaster Express Taps Mobile App to Enhance Driver Experience

| May 21, 2018

Transflo, a leader in enterprise mobility, telematics, and business process automation for the transportation industry, announced Fleetmaster Express, Inc. along with Englander Transportation has deployed Transflo Mobile to their nearly 400 truck fleet.  Fleetmaster Express selected Transflo as a partner to assist with improving operational efficiency and streamlining the submission and management of delivery documents. […]

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CCM Joins the Blockchain in Transport Alliance

CCM Joins the Blockchain in Transport Alliance

| May 21, 2018

Consolidated Chassis Management (CCM) has joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA), a first of its kind organization comprised of the leading companies in the transportation industry, sharing a unified mission to promote, educate and encourage the development of blockchain applications in the market. CCM currently manages the combined fleet of multiple contributors at six […]

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Migration Trends: Las Vegas Ranks as No. 6 U.S. Destination

Migration Trends: Las Vegas Ranks as No. 6 U.S. Destination

| May 21, 2018

Las Vegas has emerged as  the No. 6 U.S. Destination City according to the latest U-Haul® migration trends report, maintaining its same ranking from last year’s list. Las Vegas saw a 5 percent year-over-year increase in one-way U-Haul truck arrivals in 2017 to remain one of the top six busiest cities for incoming traffic among […]

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Valvoline to Acquire Quick-Lube Franchises in Canada

Valvoline to Acquire Quick-Lube Franchises in Canada

| May 18, 2018

Valvoline Inc., a leading worldwide supplier of premium branded lubricants and automotive services, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the business assets of Great Canadian Oil Change, which franchises 73 quick-lube stores in five Canadian provinces, primarily in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. The acquisition is expected to be completed within 60 days.  Great Canadian […]

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Roadrunner Joins Blockchain in Transport Alliance

Roadrunner Joins Blockchain in Transport Alliance

| May 18, 2018

Roadrunner Transportation Systems announced that it has joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA), a group dedicated to implementing standards for the digitalization of the supply chain. Roadrunner joins fellow industry-leading freight companies in the mission of developing blockchain standards and educating the industry on blockchain applications. With several major technological initiatives currently underway, the […]

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Love’s Travel Stops Opens New Location in  Boyce, Louisiana

Love’s Travel Stops Opens New Location in Boyce, Louisiana

| May 18, 2018

Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) is now serving Customers in Boyce, Louisiana, with the opening of its latest travel stop location. The store, located at 7046 Highway 1 (Interstate 49, Exit 94), brings approximately 50 new jobs to Rapides Parish. The more than 10,000 square-foot facility is open 24/7 and features an Arby’s restaurant to for […]

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Conduent to Sell its Commercial Vehicle Operations Business

Conduent to Sell its Commercial Vehicle Operations Business

| May 18, 2018

Conduent Incorporated announced it has entered into a binding agreement to sell its commercial vehicle operations (CVO) business to investment funds managed by Alinda Capital Partners. This divestiture, which generated approximately $70 million in revenue in 2017, is part of the previously announced Conduent plan to divest $250 to $500 million in revenue associated with […]

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April NA Class 8 Orders Continue Above-Capacity Trend

April NA Class 8 Orders Continue Above-Capacity Trend

| May 18, 2018

North American Class 8 net orders totaled 34,735 units in April. While below the 492k SAAR of Q1’s orders, April’s 421k SAAR continues the trend of order activity well above industry capacity, according to ACT Research. “As has been the case through the past seven months of rising backlog, the US and Canada were the […]

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TruckThat Holdings Acquires Several ONE20 Entities

TruckThat Holdings Acquires Several ONE20 Entities

| May 18, 2018

TruckThat Holdings has made a move to acquire several related entities of established ONE20 membership entities. The acquisition, completed under TruckThat Holdings for an undisclosed amount, effectively combines what was previously six separate entities. The acquisition included Online Tire MN (operating as ONE20 Tire), ONE20 BNK, ONE20 Strong, ONE20 Trucking, CLS Developments and TruckThat. Here’s […]

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TBC  Expands with NTB and Tire Kingdom Growth

TBC Expands with NTB and Tire Kingdom Growth

| May 18, 2018

TBC Corporation, one of North America’s largest marketers of automotive replacement tires through a multi-channel strategy, continues its expansion of the NTB and Tire Kingdom brands. Calendar year-to-date, the company has opened 8 new stores with an additional 20 locations scheduled to open prior to April 1, 2019. “The momentum that we built throughout the […]

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Penske Completes 1 Millionth Voice-Directed Maintenance Inspection

Penske Completes 1 Millionth Voice-Directed Maintenance Inspection

| May 18, 2018

Penske Truck Leasing has completed its 1 millionth voice-directed preventive maintenance inspection using its recently deployed innovative paperless technology. “Our new approach to a voice-guided preventive maintenance process is exceeding our expectations for shop productivity and customer uptime,” said Gregg Mangione, senior vice president of maintenance at Penske Truck Leasing. Over the last year, Penske […]

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Equipment Leasing and Finance Industry Confidence Eases Further in May

Equipment Leasing and Finance Industry Confidence Eases Further in May

| May 17, 2018

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation released the May 2018 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI), which showed that overall, confidence in the equipment finance market eased further in May to 64.6, down from the April index of 68.3. When asked about the outlook for the future, MCI-EFI survey respondent Michael Romanowski, […]

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Teletrac Navman Debuts Driver Safety Analytics & Dashboard Camera

Teletrac Navman Debuts Driver Safety Analytics & Dashboard Camera

| May 17, 2018

Teletrac Navman, a global software-as-a-service provider that leverages location-based technology for GPS tracking solutions, announced the launch of a fully integrated Driver Safety Analytics Solution. Part of the Teletrac Navman DIRECTOR platform, it combines GPS tracking data and event replays, Dashboard Camera technology, Driver Scorecards and Analytics on a single platform so fleet managers have […]

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EU Aims for 30% CO2 Reduction by Trucks in 2030

EU Aims for 30% CO2 Reduction by Trucks in 2030

| May 17, 2018

Under new guidelines proposed by the European Commission, all large trucks must reduce CO2 emissions by 15 percent as of 2025, compared to 2019 levels. By 2030 trucks will have to emit at least 30 percent less CO2 than in 2019. The proposal will need to be approved by EU governments and the European Parliament […]

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How Uniform Road Laws Reduce Congestion and Benefit Trucking

How Uniform Road Laws Reduce Congestion and Benefit Trucking

| May 17, 2018

According to industry experts, a harmonization among states on road laws relating to capacity would vastly improve interstate trucking. States establish weight limits for their roadways, but these regulations sometimes differ between neighboring states. A recent Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ event offered an opportunity for manufacturing and transportation industry representatives to discuss the role infrastructure […]

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Apple Expands Autonomous Car Fleet

Apple Expands Autonomous Car Fleet

| May 17, 2018

Apple has increased its fleet of self-driving cars to 55 vehicles, up from 27 in January, registered for autonomous testing with human safety drivers on public roads. According to the California DMV, the company reportedly has 83 drivers that are certified to serve as the safety drivers for these cars. Meanwhile, Apple still has not applied for one […]

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The Hidden Danger of Keyless Cars

The Hidden Danger of Keyless Cars

| May 17, 2018

A top official at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was recently challenged at a Senate hearing over the agency’s inaction to prevent carbon-monoxide deaths from keyless vehicles. The official, Heidi King, speaking at a hearing on her nomination to head the agency, would not commit to following through on a regulation proposed in 2011 […]

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Trucking Alliance Pushes Congress to Tighten Truck Driver Drug Testing

Trucking Alliance Pushes Congress to Tighten Truck Driver Drug Testing

| May 17, 2018

The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, also known as the Trucking Alliance, announced it will push for congressional passage of a new drug testing law to require anyone who applies for a safety-sensitive job in the trucking industry to verify no opioid addiction or illegal drug use for at least 30 days prior to […]

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Lyft Now Controls 35 Percent Of US Rideshare Market

Lyft Now Controls 35 Percent Of US Rideshare Market

| May 17, 2018

According to Lyft’s internal market share numbers, the company now has 35 percent of the national ridesharing market, up from 20 percent 18 months ago. The company also says its market share is over 40 percent in 16 U.S. markets and that it has a majority share in “multiple” markets. “The last 18 months have […]

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Jacobs Debuts 1.5 HPD Stroke Engine Brake

Jacobs Debuts 1.5 HPD Stroke Engine Brake

| May 16, 2018

Jacobs Vehicle Systems®, a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty diesel engine retarding systems, has launched 1.5 Stroke HPD, a new variation of the innovative High Power Density® (HPD®) engine brake that the company introduced on a demonstration truck in 2016. This new HPD option provides heavy vehicles with significantly higher levels of supplemental braking force than […]

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Strong Produce Lanes Push Reefer Rate Higher

Strong Produce Lanes Push Reefer Rate Higher

| May 16, 2018

The number of spot market loads on the DAT network of load boards gained 1.2% and truck posts were up 3.6% during the week ending May 12, which had a moderating effect on rates. The Sring shipping season may be late but it’s here, especially in produce-distribution markets. – Van: $2.15/mile, down 3 cents week over week – Flatbed: […]

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TMW to Partner with Decisiv on Fleet Maintenance Solution

TMW to Partner with Decisiv on Fleet Maintenance Solution

| May 16, 2018

TMW Systems, a Trimble brand and a provider of software, business intelligence and related solutions to the North American transportation industry, announced the integration of its TMT Fleet Maintenance Software with Decisiv’s Service Relationship Management (SRM) platform. The integration of Decisiv and TMT Fleet Maintenance will help fleet managers to extend their data accuracy, reduce […]

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San Diego Says $1 Million Carbon Footprint Reduction with Fleet Management Approach

San Diego Says $1 Million Carbon Footprint Reduction with Fleet Management Approach

| May 16, 2018

The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) is partnering with Enterprise Fleet Management to upgrade its fleet while reducing both its costs and carbon footprint. Through the partnership, SDCOE expects to save $1.1 million while reducing fuel consumption and vehicle emissions by 30 percent over the next 10 years. Enterprise is helping SDCOE replace […]

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Roadrunner Integrates with Active Aero, USA Jet and Rich Logistics

Roadrunner Integrates with Active Aero, USA Jet and Rich Logistics

| May 16, 2018

Roadrunner Transportation Systems, announced the integration of Active Aero Group, USA Jet and Rich Logistics to unify the company’s time definite ground and air transportation operations. Although all three legal entities will continue to exist, they will now be integrated and operate under one management team. The integrated business will go to market as Active […]

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Environmental Groups Seek to Force  EPA to Continue Clean Car Standards

Environmental Groups Seek to Force EPA to Continue Clean Car Standards

| May 16, 2018

A group of environmental entities is seeking to force the Trump Administration and the EPA to continue to uphold consumer clean car standards. Here are the details: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C Circuit should review the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to roll back federal clean car standards, according to a […]

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Doubts Persist Regarding Alternative Fuels & Technologies

Doubts Persist Regarding Alternative Fuels & Technologies

| May 16, 2018

Both doubts and optimism about alternative fuels and technologies for the trucking industry were expressed by attendees in an informal survey conducted by Hyliion at the recent Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, CA. Hyliion had Expo attendees answer an anonymous survey on iPads in front of the convention facility, as well as […]

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ATRI Seeks For-Hire Motor Carrier Operational Cost Data

ATRI Seeks For-Hire Motor Carrier Operational Cost Data

| May 16, 2018

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has issued a data call for the annual update to its Operational Costs of Trucking report.  Among the for-hire fleet metrics being requested by the research institute are driver pay, fuel costs, insurance premiums and lease or purchase payments. Carriers are asked to provide full-year 2017 cost per mile […]

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