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Archive: January 2017

Webb Wheel Introduces New Brake Drum Optimized for Trailer Applications

January 31, 2017 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Equipment
Webb Wheel 66764F Brake Drum

Webb Wheel introduced a new brake drum optimized for use in trailer applications. The new lighter, cooler Webb trailer drum with patented Webb CRT™ (Cool Running Technology) vents was engineered specifically for 20K trailer axles. Today, many trailers are running with side skirts that improve aerodynamics; however, OTR road data [...]

10 Steps to Avoid a Winter Weather “Freeze” on Your Business

January 24, 2017 By: Joe Puff, NationaLease Tags: Blogs
Joe Puff

Freezing rain, snowstorms, floods, mudslides…Mother Nature is certainly making life tough for truckers. But there are some things you can do to be ready for the onslaught. Winter is already here, so this advice may seem a bit behind schedule. But it’s important to know that it’s never too late [...]

Trailer Orders For December Up 35% Year Over Year

January 24, 2017 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News

Trailer orders were strong for the second straight month and exceeded expectations.  December trailer orders were led by good dry van and very good refrigerated van numbers.  Most vocational trailer segments showed a healthy increase as well.  Trailer orders totaled 219,000 units in 2016.  Backlogs rose significantly again and are [...]

Diesel Prices Dip Slightly

January 24, 2017 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: News

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the average price for a gallon of diesel fuel decreased to $2.569 last week. Prices dropped in all regions across the U.S. except in New England. Shown below are diesel prices by region for the week ending Monday, January 23: East Coast: [...]

Gabriel Announces New FleetLine Products For Heavy-Duty Vehicles

January 24, 2017 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Equipment
Gabriel Fleetline Products

Gabriel Ride Control introduced new FleetLine ride control products for a wide range of heavy-duty vehicle makes and models, including Western Star, Kenworth, Thomas School Bus, Mack and more. FleetLine shocks are designed as a direct replacement for commercial OE shocks, and are built to meet or exceed OE specifications [...]

Top Five Information Technology (IT) Priorities For Dealers in 2017

January 23, 2017 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News

Helion Automotive Technologies, a leading provider of information technology (IT) solutions for dealers, announced the top technology priorities for dealerships in 2017. As dealerships plan to improve operational efficiencies, allocating budgets to these five areas will result in strong, fast and secure IT backbones that will support new business and [...]

Volvo Awarded Chassis Contract By National Joint Powers Alliance

January 18, 2017 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: News
The Volvo VHD (left and right) is among the Volvo truck models now available to members of the National Joint Powers Alliance® (NJPA) in the U.S. and Canada.

Volvo Trucks North America has been awarded a contract by the National Joint Powers Alliance to offer Class 8 chassis to the more than 50,000 NJPA members. Under the contract, NJPA member agencies can now purchase Volvo VNM, VNL, VNX and VHD models. The NJPA is a public agency that [...]

Best Logistics Announces The Acquisition Of C & S Distribution

January 18, 2017 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: News

Best Logistics Group President Roy Cox announced the acquisition this week of C & S Distribution. This further expands Best Logistics Group’s scope of services. C & S was founded in 1989 to service the flooring industry in Dalton and North Georgia. With the foundation based on exceptional service, C&S [...]

FMCSA Begins Annual Drug Testing Survey

January 17, 2017 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: News, Regulations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun notifying selected truck and bus companies that they will be required to submit their 2016 USDOT drug and alcohol testing program results within 60 days, as directed by Federal Regulation CFR 382.403. Carriers notified by FMCSA that they have been selected to [...]

BTS Statistics Show Trucking Freight Down 6.1% in October

January 6, 2017 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
BTS Statistics Show Trucking Freight Down 6.1% in October

Three transportation modes — air, vessel and truck — carried less U.S. freight by value with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico in October 2016 compared to October 2015 as total freight on all modes decreased 3.6 percent to $93.2 billion in current dollars. According to [...]