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Archive: December 2016

Trucking Industry Figures Show Trailer Orders Up 70% in November

December 16, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
Trucking Industry Figures Show Trailer Orders Up 70% in November

Preliminary estimates for U.S. net trailer orders in November total 36,300 units, according to analysts at ACT Research Co. Inc., with final November volumes due later this month. “Net trailer orders rebounded strongly in November, as the industry entered the core of its order season,” said Frank Maly, ACT’s director [...]

America’s Top Truckers Shedding Pounds in ATA Weight Challenge

December 16, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, Image, News
America’s Top Truckers Shedding Pounds in ATA Weight Challenge

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) and America’s Road Team have announced the selection of five America’s Road Team Captains for the Healthy Fleet 10 Pound Challenge. “America’s Road Team Captains are the public face of trucking’s 7.3 million professional truck drivers, and the team has a strong platform for spreading [...]

Dana to Supply Axles, Driveshafts for 2018 Isuzu Medium-Duty Truck

December 16, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Equipment, Fleet Management, Technology

Dana Inc. said it will begin supplying axles and driveshafts for the 2018 Isuzu FTR from Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, with production of this new Class 6 medium-duty truck starting in mid-2017. The 2018 Isuzu FTR will be assembled with a Spicer single-reduction drive axle, Spicer E-Series steer axles, [...]

Trucking, Rail Help Boost October’s 1% Increase in Freight Service

December 15, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
Trucking, Rail Help Boost October’s 1% Increase in Freight Service

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, rose 1.0 percent in October from September — following two months of decline. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS), the October 2016 index level [...]

Kenworth’s Fuel-skimping T680 Advantage Sleeper Now Available

December 15, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
Kenworth’s Fuel-skimping T680 Advantage Sleeper Now Available

Kenworth’s new, fuel-efficient T680 52-inch mid-roof sleeper Advantage Package, for regional haul and less-than truckload operations, is now available for order. The latest Kenworth T680 Advantage configuration features an optimized powertrain with either the Paccar MX-13 or Paccar MX-11 engine, Eaton Fuller Advantage series 10-speed automated transmission, and the new [...]

FMCSA Maintains Drug, Alcohol Random Testing Rate at 25% for Fleets

December 15, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Regulations, Safety
Joe Puff

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced Wednesday that the controlled substances random testing rate for regulated motor carriers will remain at 25 percent for calendar year 2017. FMCSA regulations require that truck and bus companies that employ commercial driver’s licensed (CDL) drivers conduct random [...]

Bendix Expands Commercial Trucking Production Facilities in Mexico

December 14, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Technology
Bendix Expands Trucking Product Production Facilities in Mexico

To support increasing customer demand for its solenoid valves and assembled manifolds for commercial trucks, Bendix has doubled manufacturing capabilities of the components through production line expansion and improvement at its Acuña, Mexico, manufacturing campus. With a $1.5 million investment bridging 2015 and 2016, Bendix added a new low-flow solenoid [...]

Connected Vehicle Tech Could Curtail Countless Crashes

December 14, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Safety, Technology
DOT: Connected Vehicle Tech Could Prevent Countless Crashes

Citing an enormous potential to reduce crashes on U.S. roadways, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on Tuesday issued a proposed rule that would advance the deployment of connected vehicle technologies throughout the U.S. light vehicle fleet. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology on all [...]

Utility Trailer Sales of Utah Opens New Location in Las Vegas

December 14, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Equipment, Fleet Management
Utility Trailer Sales of Utah Opens New Location in Las Vegas

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co., among the industry’s largest manufacturers of refrigerated trailers and a leading manufacturer of dry freight vans, flatbeds and curtainsided trailers, has announced that Utility Trailer Sales of Utah Inc. has opened a new full-service and parts location in Nevada — Utility Trailer Sales of Las Vegas. [...]

ATA Names Top Trucking CEOs to Infrastructure Task Force

December 13, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Regulations
ATA Names Top Trucking CEOs to Infrastructure Task Force

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) has named 11 trucking industry executives to the federation’s Infrastructure Funding Task Force. “I announced the formation of this group in October as part of my first State of the Industry address, with an eye on launching the effort in early 2017,” said ATA President [...]