Month: January 2020

Dispatchers can plan and assign loads to drivers using LoadMaster, which will now be automatically available to drivers using the Samsara Driver App. Photo: Samsara Samsara‘s existing integration with McLeod Software makes it easy for shared customers to bring GPS and driver hour-of-service (HOS) logs from Samsara directly into LoadMaster, helping dispatchers quickly match loads
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The global truck unit of Volkswagen has made an unsolicited cash offer to buy Navistar International Corporation for $2.9 billion. Navistar confirmed Thursday in a statement that the offer has been made, but the company said it has yet to decide whether to accept it. The company says its Board of Directors “will carefully review
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The Mack MD Series is an all-new model range built specifically for medium-duty applications. Photo: David Cullen Mack Trucks is getting into the medium-duty business, announcing an all-new Mack MD series of medium-duty trucks on Jan. 30, with production to start in July in a new manufacturing facility in Roanoke Valley, Virginia. The Mack MD6,
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is delaying the implementation of a federal rule establishing, for the first time, training standards for entry-level truck drivers. The Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule was slated to take effect in just over a week — Feb. 7, 2020. It will now take effect Feb. 7, 2022, with FMCSA
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Connecticut governor Ned Lamont has said truck-only tolls could bring as much as $180 million annually to the state.  Photo: Jim Park Democratic state senators in Connecticut have released the draft of a heavy truck-only toll bill, which its authors say would mandate that all toll funds collected go to a Special Transportation Fund in
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The Partners in Business program is sponsored by TBS Factoring. Getting an engine oil analysis is a great way to determine engine wear problems before they cause too much damage. It can also cut costs by giving you a precise reading on whether your oil has exhausted its lifespan and needs to be changed to
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Much has been made about California and other states’ attempt to codify a so-called “ABC test” when it comes to independent contractor classification. Our latest reporting — a close look penned by James Jaillet at the threat such a test poses for owner-operators leased to California-based carriers, and leased owner-operators who are domiciled in California
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Trucking news and briefs for Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020: Illinois DOT crews will close a section of I-255 between I-64 and I-55/70 (outlined here in blue) for approximately five months before moving onto the second part of the project, which will close I-255 between I-64 and Illinois Highway 15. I-255 in Illinois to close for
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BorgWarner Inc. bought Delphi Technologies in an all-stock transaction worth approximately $3.3 billion. Photo: BorgWarner BorgWarner said its acquisition of Delphi will create “a leader in electrified propulsion systems that is well-positioned to take advantage of future propulsion migration,” according to a press release. BorgWarner Inc., a global provider of clean and efficient technology solutions for
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Independent owner-operator Howard Salmon of California regular readers will know — seems like I’ve known him about as long as I’ve known anyone who’s read Overdrive, going back to my first months with the magazine in 2006. Salmon adopted a great-nephew, now four-year-old Liam James Salmon, some time back and, after long having gotten back into enjoyment
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Trucking news and briefs for Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020: Supreme Court won’t hear OOIDA’s case against Pennsylvania Turnpike CommissionThe Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s challenge of the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s toll increases was effectively ended Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision to not hear the group’s lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission over increasing
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Scott Post, Minnesota Trucking Association’s 2019 Driver of the Year Scott Post, a driver contracted for FedEx Ground and employed by Spartan Logistics, was recently named the Minnesota Trucking Association’s 2019 Driver of the Year. He and 11 other drivers of the month were honored at the MTA’s annual Driver of the Year at the
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“We are on a digital transformation path,” said SAF-Holland’s Carl Mesker (right). Photo: John G. Smith An old-line company that bends steel. That’s the way SAF-Holland’s Carl Mesker, vice president of sales, described the company during a Jan. 26 press conference held prior to Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue in Dallas. But then he revealed one of
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The man who brutally beat a trucker while parked overnight in a small-town Idaho truck stop was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison Jan. 22. Former driver Amos Phillips said he attended the sentencing of Stormy Ray Adakai, 24, in U.S. District Court in Pocatello, Idaho. The attack took place Sept. 3, 2018, and
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A recent one-day enforcement blitz focused on commercial vehicles by the New Hampshire State Police ended with 36 trucks and/or drivers placed out of service. On Jan. 23 NHSP’s Troop G conducted what they called “an enforcement initiative to reduce the amount of motor vehicle crashes involving commercial motor vehicles.” In what seems like practice
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Mack’s LR Electric, trailed by its diesel cousin. Photo: Jim Park Under New York City’s Clean Fleet plan, the Big Apple will have to cut its fleet-vehicle CO2 emissions by 80% by 2035 from a 2005 baseline. It’s an aggressive target, but the city has managed to replace 2,200 gas-powered on-road fleet vehicles with plug-in electric
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