Nikola truck on display at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in 2019. Photo: Deborah Lockridge Nikola and Ryder have mutually agreed to end their exclusive partnership on Nikola’s hydrogen-electric Class 8 trucks, allowing Nikola to work with major truck dealerships to sell and service Nikola trucks. According to a news release, this means both
The normal mode of operation at Transervice Logistics is pure dedicated carriage. But these times aren’t normal. Photo: Transervice The normal mode of operation at Transervice Logistics is pure dedicated carriage, where we assign equipment and resources to each individual customer we service. In essence, we become the company’s private fleet and we don’t normally
Access Now Whether you’re running what has been deemed an essential business during the COVID-19 pandemic or a business that is now looking to prepare an effective return to work strategy, you’ll no doubt be questioning what the new normal will look like. It is no wonder that fleet managers and other business leaders are
Pedro Leiter owns and operates the single-truck Jade Transport with his wife Shirley Rodriguez. They were able to strike an informal deal with the lender on their 2015 Kenworth T680 to pay as much as they can of their $1,300 monthly payment without penalty. Rodriguez says they’ve been able to pay most of the payment
If your trucking takes you through Nevada, expect to see some possible delays in the next couple of weeks as two separate road repair projects are about to begin. The Nevada DOT is closing U.S. 95 between the U.S. Route 6 and State Route 360 junctions from 6 a.m., June 3, through 4 p.m., June
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Photo: Charles Csavossy via Wikimedia Commons Near-zero-emission natural gas trucks have been deemed feasible for drayage operations by the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. In a May 2020 addendum, the ports officially upgraded the currently available near-zero-emission (NZE) heavy-duty natural gas trucks to the highest technology readiness level, TRL 9, in their Feasibility
View from a longtime broker on today’s edition of the Overdrive Radio podcast, in the context of the last months’ difficulties. Depending on the operation and the freight its serving, owner-operators whose costs are higher than their competitors felt more rates pain in the market contraction, as bigger contract carriers came into the spot market
A Texas trucker was arrested in Massachusetts Sunday, May 24 after being stopped by troopers who found 30 bricks of what they say is cocaine. Massachusetts State Police arrested Javier Robledo Perez, of Dallas, after they found some 30 brick-shaped objects wrapped in black plastic in the truck’s cab, according to court documents. A report
Image: Philips Lumileds recently expanded its Philips commercial lighting selection to more than 220 products, including an expanded line of Philips LongerLife commercial bulbs. The Philips expanded 12V and 24V offerings includes halogen headlight bulbs, halogen and incandescent sealed beam headlamps, and miniature bulbs for interior and exterior vehicle applications. “We are committed to providing
“Reopening” is on everyone’s mind, though not everyone agrees as to whether it’s too early, too late or right on time. Ever since the coronavirus response closed the world enough to even think of being back to standard operating procedure, one big, fuzzy question has loomed: How much pain for how much gain? Even with
Previously on Over the Road: The Over the Road podcast, a co-production of Overdrive and PRX’s Radiotopia podcast network, finishes the 16-week run of its main series today with a final episode, “The Road Ahead,” in which Overdrive contributing writer and Moeller Trucking driver Paul Marhoefer documents a yogurt haul outbound from the Midwest to Texas and then to
The U.S. Department of Transportation will distribute some 2.1 million cloth masks to truck drivers as part of a larger initiative to distribute masks to transportation workers across the country. The department will distribute about 15.5 million masks to various transportation sectors. “Transportation workers are on the frontlines of keeping our transportation systems operational during
Sharon SheeleyOwner-operatorPrime This tattoo is to honor my daughter who was killed by a police officer who was speeding at 110 mph. It took me a long time to drive anything after her accident. But because of it, I just got five years of age driving. Driving helps me overcome, and accomplish, so much.
Photo: Schneider Schneider has collaborated with Blue Yonder to create a new carrier marketplace within the Blue Yonder transportation management solution. By combining dynamic pricing and visibility with Schneider’s comprehensive solutions portfolio, shippers are provided an integrated experience. Schneider can now provide carriers and shippers near real-time matching of price and capacity, along with tracking
Trucking news and briefs for Thursday, May 28, 2020: DOT distributing masks to truckersThe U.S. Department of Transportation will distribute some 2.1 million cloth masks to truck drivers as part of a larger initiative to distribute masks to transportation workers across the country. The department will distribute approximately 15.5 million masks to various transportation sectors.
What started as a routine traffic stop Wednesday, May 27, ended in a three-county chase in Upstate New York, and a shootout that left a truck driver dead. The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports, “The incident started in LeRoy, Genesee County, when a police officer stopped the driver for speeding on West Main Street. LeRoy Village Police
Photo: Xtra Lease With trailer orders dropping to historically low levels in April, Xtra Lease has given the industry a little boost by ordering 4,000 new trailers for 2020. The mix of dry vans and reefers will arrive at each of the company’s nearly 50 rental locations throughout the year. “There’s tremendous uncertainty in the
Strong traffic on the country’s busiest lanes for truckload freight helped push spot rates higher in the days leading up to Memorial Day, said DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards. While the number of posted loads actually dropped 16.5% during the week ending May 24, which included the Friday, Saturday, and
The second half of 2020 and the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are unknowns, but one noted trucking economist is willing to predict the U.S. economy’s recovery will be more robust and occur more quickly than many might think. “That’s not to say it’s going to be even,” said Donald Broughton, managing partner and
Photo: Vnomics Vnomics Corp. has expanded its True Fuel optimization solution by making it available to fleets as an application for use with their existing telematics systems, including ELDs. “Expanding our product offering to run True Fuel on existing telematics platforms will mean more fleets can realize its benefits, including saving between and 3% and
It’s not exactly the greatest of times for the most seasoned, long-in-business of hotshot haulers, as my colleague Tom Quimby wrote some weeks back. Freight in a variety of sectors had fallen off the cliff, direct clients in some instances had shut down entirely, and some were relying on spot loads that everybody and his
Amazon’s goal is said to be to soak up trucking capacity as a means to dictate rates and to squeeze its retail competitors. The retail sector’s giant middleman is getting a little bit bigger. Amazon confirmed this month that it’s taking its freight brokerage nationwide, roughly 18 months after it launched a pilot program in
Trucking news and briefs for Wednesday, May 27, 2020: Fuel prices increase slightly after 19-week declineThe U.S.’ average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel increased for the first time since the beginning of the year during the week ending May 26, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly report. Prices had fallen nearly 70
As it has in previous years, the American Truck Historical Society is about to hold its annual convention and truck show. This year’s event is Thursday, May 20 through Saturday, May 30. As it has never done before, ATHS convenes its convention, the truck show, a series of educational sessions, silent auction and its trade
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[embedded content] BYD is sharing a new video telling the story of how the electric vehicle manufacturer created the world’s largest PPE face-mask plant. The plant, created earlier this year, is now running at full capacity and can produce 50 million masks per day. This allows BYD to help alleviate severe shortages affecting hospitals and
Trucking news and briefs for Tuesday, May 26, 2020: New hours of service rule set to take effect in late SeptemberThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s recently announced hours of service changes will take effect Monday, Sept. 28, according to the final rule that is set to be published in the Federal Register June 1.