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Archive: October 2016

Top Fleets Urge FMCSA to Permit Driver Hair Testing for Drugs

October 31, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Regulations, Safety
The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security

Transportation companies affiliated with The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security are petitioning the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to allow hair testing in lieu of a urinalysis to comply with pre-employment drug testing regulations for truck drivers. The FMCSA currently recognizes only a urinalysis to meet this requirement. [...]

FTR: Positive Shippers Conditions Index Can’t Be Maintained

October 31, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
FTR: Positive Shippers Conditions Index Can’t Be Maintained

FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) for August moved marginally up from July to a low positive reading of 1.1 — a rate that cannot be maintained, according to the trucking industry analysts. That’s because shipping rates are expected to increase as available capacity is negatively affected by improved economic conditions [...]

Smaller Truck Fleets Offered Easy Online Driver Employment App

October 31, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Equipment, Fleet Management
Smaller Truck Fleets Offered Easy Online Driver Employment App

It’s now easier for small and medium trucking companies to offer online job applications to truck driver applicants. MyCDLapp.com, a Michigan-based company, provides a low-cost way to implement attractive, web-based driver employment applications and consent forms that are mobile-ready and allow for electronic signatures on any device. “Our mission is [...]

August 2016 NAFTA Truck Freight Values Up 3.4% Over a Year Ago

October 28, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
The United States Border Crossing facility in Nogales, Arizona.

Air and truck transportation modes carried more cross-border freight by value in August 2016 compared to August 2015, resulting in a 0.7 percent increase to $93.1 billion in the total current dollar value of freight moved. August was the first month since December 2014 where the total value of U.S. [...]

New Regs Expected to Tighten Capacity to Truck Fleets’ Advantage

October 28, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
New Regs Expected to Tighten Capacity to Truck Fleets’ Advantage

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) for August increased from July to a reading of 6.76. The TCI is continuing a steady rise that is expected throughout 2017 as new regulations tighten capacity resulting in better pricing and margins for trucking companies. This improvement is largely from the supply side, as [...]

Phillips Industries Adds New Lighting Products for Commercial Trucks

October 28, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Equipment, Technology
Phillips Industries Adds New Lighting Products for Commercial Trucks

Phillips Industries of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., now offers new lighting products to its PermaLite XT family. The new lights include a 4.0-inch round reverse light and a ¾-inch round hardwired light for multiple applications. New adapter plates for upgrading to ¾-inch LED lights have also been added. The 4.inch [...]

September’s Used Class 8 Truck Sales Plummet 11% from August

October 27, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
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Used Class 8 truck sales fell 11 percent month-over-month in September, reversing a growth trend that started in February, according to ACT Research Co. Inc. The latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks published by ACT Research shows the average price of used Class [...]

Meritor Expands Aftermarket Portfolio With Opti-Lite Brake Drums

October 27, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Equipment
Meritor Expands Aftermarket Portfolio With Opti-Lite Brake Drums

Meritor has expanded its wheel-end portfolio to include Opti-Lite brake drums that offer cost-conscious aftermarket consumers a new lightweight drum option. The Opti-Lite drum is designed for linehaul and weight-sensitive applications such as tanker/trailer and freight. “Developed on the same platform as our established STEELite X30 brake drums, the Opti-Lite [...]

TravelCenters Presents $275,000-plus to Help Truckers in Need

October 27, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, Image, News, Owner Operators
TravelCenters Presents $275,000-plus to Help Truckers in Need

TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, recently presented a check for $278,095 to the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF). By rallying customers and employees around the single cause of helping professional drivers who are suffering financial hardship due to [...]

Strong Truck Market Share Boosts Paccar’s Q3 Results

October 26, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
Strong Truck Market Share Boosts Paccar’s Q3 Results

Paccar reported good revenues and net income for the third quarter of 2016, according to Ron Armstrong, chief executive officer. “Paccar’s third quarter results reflect strong truck markets in Europe, increased heavy-duty truck market share in North America and Europe, and good aftermarket parts and financial services results worldwide,” Armstrong [...]