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Archive: July 2016

BTS Freight Numbers Show Trucks in Lead; Declines in Other Modes

July 29, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
BTS Freight Numbers Show Trucks in Lead; Declines in Other Modes

Trucks carried more U.S. freight by value with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico this May compared to May 2015, but declines in all other freight modes led to a 3.1 percent decrease to $89.8 billion in the total current dollar value of cross-border freight. May [...]

TMC Adds Trailer Tech Category to National Skills Competitions

July 29, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, Image, News, Technology

The American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council said this week it is adding a new competition track for its National Technician Skills Competition — TMCSuperTech 2016. The new track will showcase the specialized skill set of the industry’s trailer technicians during this year’s event, which is scheduled for Sept. [...]

Spartan Motors Hosts Rollout of its First Chevy Medium-duty Truck

July 29, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, Image, News
Spartan Motors, General Motors and Isuzu execs celebrate first medium-duty Chevrolet truck to roll off Spartan's production line.

Spartan Motors Inc., a leader in the manufacturing of specialty chassis and vehicle assembly, hosted General Motors and Isuzu Commercial Truck of America executives this week as they celebrate the first of the new Chevrolet medium-duty, gasoline-powered trucks as the first unit rolls off the production line at the Spartan [...]

Daimler Debuts Heavy-duty Electric eTruck for Distribution Ops

July 29, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, Fuel, News, Technology
Daimler Debuts Heavy-duty Electric eTruck for Distribution Ops

Daimler Trucks introduced its Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck in Stuttgart, Germany this week, touting it as the first fully electric truck with an admissible total weight of up to 26 tonnes. This means that in the future, heavy-duty trucks will be able to take part in urban distribution operations with zero [...]

European Truck Demand Drives Q2 Income Figures for Paccar

July 28, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
Peterbilt Model 520 Refuse Truck (Photo: Business Wire)

Peterbilt Model 520 Refuse Truck (Photo: Business Wire) “Paccar achieved good quarterly net income in the second quarter of 2016,” said Ron Armstrong, chief executive officer. “Paccar’s financial results reflect favorable truck markets and good aftermarket parts and financial services results worldwide. I am very proud of our 23,000 employees [...]

ACT Research: U.S. Trailer Orders Dip 7% in June; 52% Year Over Year

July 28, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News

Trailer net orders fell 7 percent month over month, and backed off a staggering 52 percent year over year, according to the most recent State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers report published by ACT Research Co. “June net orders were the lowest monthly volume since July 2012, amid weak Q2 [...]

DAT Solutions Report Shows Spot Freight Volume Slipping 5.3%

July 28, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
DAT Solutions Report Shows Spot Freight Volume Slipping 5.3%

The number of available loads on the spot truckload market fell 5.3 percent during the week ending July 23 as freight volumes settled into in a typical mid-July lull, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards. The national average van and reefer rate each slipped [...]

TravelCenters Kick Off St. Christopher Truckers Fund Campaign

July 28, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, Image, News, Owner Operators
TravelCenters Kick Off St. Christopher Truckers Fund Campaign

TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, is launching its annual campaign next Monday in support of the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF). This nonprofit organization helps truck drivers suffering from financial hardship due to medical problems. The monthlong campaign [...]

June’s Used Truck Volumes Up; Down Year Over Year, Year to Date

July 27, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
June’s Used Truck Volumes Up; Down Year Over Year, Year to Date

Used Class 8 truck same-dealer sales volumes swung upward in June, posting a double-digit month-over-month increase, following a sharp decline in May, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks report, published by ACT Research. However, the same report shows that sales [...]

All Commercial Trucks Subject to CVSA Brake Inspection Sept. 11-17

July 27, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Regulations, Safety
All Commercial Trucks Subject to CVSA Brake Inspection Sept. 11-17

In less than two months, law enforcement agencies across North America will conduct inspections on large trucks and buses to identify out-of-adjustment brakes and brake-system and anti-lock braking system (ABS) violations as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Week. This annual outreach and enforcement campaign — [...]