Month: August 2020

Four women truck drivers are participating in a memorial convoy this week to recognize the 150th anniversary of the first time a woman cast a vote in an election anywhere in the world. Louisa Swain convoy departs Washington, D.C. (ATA Photo) The convoy, which includes a specially-wrapped trailer, left Washington, D.C. this morning and is
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Photo: Lion Electric The announcement of the CN purchase of 50 Class 8 trucks is the first time Lion Electric has presented a tractor configuration. The Lion Electric Co. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CN Rail to acquire 50 zero-emission battery-electric drayage tractors. CN says it will place the trucks into last-mile urban
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Source: ACT Research ACT’s For-Hire Trucking Index for last month showed an about-face from the record surge in June, falling six points to 64.3, while pricing and productivity were at 60.3 and 61.5, respectively. Capacity (48.1) and driver availability (39.3) both contracted, highlighting that driver capacity is tighter than equipment capacity. According to Tim Denoyer,
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Almost exactly 30 days before changes in hours of service regulations are set to go into effect, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced it’s seeking public comment on a pilot program to provide additional relief. On Friday, Aug. 28, the FMCSA announced the Split Duty Period Pilot Program would allow participating drivers to pause
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The 2020 Overdrive‘s Pride & Polish virtual contest concluded Friday night to close out Overdrive‘s GATS Week, with seven trucks and their owners being named champs. Three finalists were chosen in each of seven categories by Overdrive reader voting over a two-week period this month. Custom truck owners submitted 80 entries into the contest, and these entries received hundreds of online
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Trucking news and briefs for Friday, Aug. 28, 2020:  Multi-state mileage-based user fee pilot program in the worksThe Eastern Transportation Coalition, formerly known as the I-95 Corridor Coalition, is planning a multi-state mileage-based user fee truck pilot, which will begin Oct. 1, 2020, and include 200 trucks. A goal of the program is to capture
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Earlier this week New Hampshire State Police conducted roadside inspections on Interstate 89 placing several trucks and one driver out of service for safety and other violations. Posting on Facebook about the weight enforcement effort Wednesday, Aug. 26,  NHSP said 188 commercial vehicles were weighed and 20 selected for inspections. Troopers said they identified nine
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Photo: PacLease Truck connectivity is still in its infancy, but there are already tangible benefits being enjoyed by the trucking industry. “It may seem like we’ve been collecting data for a long time, but we’re really just getting started,” said Doug Caley, Paccar engineering manager, when speaking at Trimble’s in.sight user conference. But while connectivity
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Drivers might take a look at a successful owner-operator and make the wrong assumptions about his or her apparent success. “They see a relaxed schedule,” perhaps — “he’s making money, with a new pickup,” said James Davis, whose JDT Trucking was named last night the inaugural Overdrive Small Fleet Champ in a program sponsored by
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The story begins, “… on I-70 westbound at the C-470 off-ramp just before 8 a.m. on 8/27/20. It appears that a tractor-trailer blew a tire and rolled over. Fortunately, no one is hurt and no other cars were involved.” But, what makes this incident on Interstate 70 in Golden, Colorado Thursday worthy of note is
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Bruce Landsberg, the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB’s) vice chairman, will continue to serve in the position for a new term of three years. Photo courtesy NTSB/James Anderson Bruce Landsberg, the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB’s) vice chairman, will continue to serve in the position for a new term of three years. President Donald Trump
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John Malayter was named the winner of the 2020 Trucker Talent Search finale held Friday, August 28, on the final night of Overdrive’s GATS Week series of events streamed on Facebook Live. The seventh annual Overdrive-Red Eye Radio’s Trucker Talent Search concluded with a virtual concert Friday night, and finalist John Malayter, a flatbed driver out
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A record-setting trucking verdict has been thrown out on appeal. Photo: Brian Turner via Creative Commons An appeals court has ordered a new trial in a 2018 “nuclear verdict” case that was believed to be the largest trucking verdict in the country’s history, saying the award was excessive. In 2013, a tractor-trailer owned by oil-services
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Image: C.H. Robinson C.H. Robinson recently integrated 19 transportation management systems (TMS) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems into the company’s single, global multimodal transportation management system, Navisphere. This integration offers real-time pricing and capacity assurance and nearly eliminates the time required to get market quotes and book loads, saving customers an average of one
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A 32-year-old Texas man faces capital murder charges in connection with two shootings and the theft of a tractor-trailer near San Antonio Tuesday, Aug. 25. Austin resident Sacramento Martinez is said to have first shot a woman identified as Marisol Martinez, 33, of Austin, in an SUV that was left parked alongside Intestate 35 in
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Renato Sarzano has been promoted to head of Truck Tires the Americas, while Shaun Uys will now lead the Key Account Management organization for Truck Tires in the U.S. market. Photos: Continental Continental recently announced a pair of promotions for its Truck Tires business in the Americas region, which is comprised of medium/heavy commercial tires.
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Spot truckload freight activity jumped last week as shippers and logistics providers repositioned freight as two major storms were forecast to land along the Gulf Coast, Laura and Marco. Hurricane Laura has made landfall within the last 24 hours and is forecast to continue north through Louisiana and surrounding states before turning east at Tennessee/Kentucky.
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Navistar’s NEXT eMobility Solutions will work with In-Charge Energy to provide charging infrastructure and consulting services to the vehicle manufacturer’s EV customers. Photo courtesy Navistar Navistar’s NEXT eMobility Solutions business unit is partnering with a Los Angeles-based energy solutions company to provide charging infrastructure and consulting services to its electric vehicle customers. NEXT eMobility Solutions
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Former Landstar-leased owner-operator Gary Buchs recalled making a final delivery to a long-time customer and telling his contact that he was retiring. After offering congratulations, the contact retrieved from a Rolodex a business card Buchs had left when he made his first delivery some years prior, noting that Buchs had been called three or four
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