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Photo: Jim Park The American Trucking Associations and ATA’s Technology and Maintenance Council will be celebrating the inaugural National Technician Appreciation Week September 21-25. “Professional technicians ensure that drivers are able to travel safely – which has always been, and remains our highest priority,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “The technician team of
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Two veteran truckers — one in Alabama and the other in Michigan — were honored in their respective states as part of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. Combined, they have deriven more than 7 million accident-free miles. Rosko Craig is Alabama’s Driver of the Year Alabama’s Truck Driver of the Year was honored at the
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Photo: Scania Scania, a Traton brand, has officially launched its range of plug-in hybrid and fully electric trucks with a focus on last-mile operations. “It is with a great deal of pride that we announce the start of Scania’s long-term electrification commitment,” says Scania’s President and CEO Henrik Henriksson. “We will over the coming years annually
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Moving today at just 2 mph, Hurricane Sally is delivering what forecasters say are potentially dangerous amounts of rain along much of the U.S. Gulf Coast. “Because of that slow movement, we’re going to see torrential rainfall, a dangerous amount of rainfall,” National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said in an online briefing Tuesday morning.
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Odyne develops and sells hybrid drive systems for medium- and heavy-duty trucks. The system allows trucks more than 14,000 pounds to have substantially lower fuel consumption among other benefits.  Photo: Odyne Odyne Systems, LLC announced a multi-year agreement with EnerDel, Inc., a manufacturer of lithium-ion battery packs, to provide EnerDel’s PE500-403 Vigor + units for
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Image: Gettyimages.com/maogg; ryasick “These truly are the times that try a man’s soul!” says Steve Rush, president of tanker fleet Carbon Express, saying the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting shutdowns, and damage to the economy have forced his team to “work smarter.” We’ve asked fleet executives and managers in various parts of trucking operations to share some
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Hurricane Sally is expected to grow in strength in the next day or so and effect the Gulf Coasts of Mississippi and Alabama, according to the National Hurricane Center. Tropical storm warnings are up for areas north of there. Sally is expected to make landfall Tuesday as a Category 1 storm. The latest update from
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Access Now Putting a commercial vehicle and driver on the road can be expensive. As a fleet owner, you know how important it is to run your fleet as efficiently as possible by maximizing utilization and minimizing miles. Download the Route Optimization Explained to learn the best way to manage your fleet more efficiently, including: Why
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The report claims that Nikola had the truck towed to the top of a hill on a remote stretch of road and simply filmed it rolling down the hill. Screen grab from YouTube. Nikola Corporation issued a statement on Friday, Sept. 11, in response to claims made about Nikola by Hindenburg Research, which has a
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One Heavy Duty Dialogue session will include Robert Brown, head of government and public affairs at autonomous truck technology company TuSimple. Photo: TuSimple The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association is hosting a virtual version of its Heavy Duty Dialogue, focusing on advanced vehicle technologies and electric vehicles, along with a session on the economy. HDMA, the
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In response to the worst wildfire season on record in parts of the West, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Thursday, Sept. 10, extended its regional emergency declaration that grants hours of service breaks to truckers providing “direct assistance” to relief efforts. The extension applies to the states of California, Washington, and Oregon, and lasts
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Image: PrePass PrePass Safety Alliance recently completed work on more than 1,000 new PrePass Alerts, making the roadways safer by informing trucks drivers of road hazards, work zones, parking spaces, and more. PrePass Alerts features a number of different messages for drivers, including: Steep Grades, Gusty Winds, Runaway Truck Ramps, Work Zones, Truck Parking Availability,
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FTR’s Eric Starks, Avery Vise, and Jonathan Starks talk trucking’s recovery. Screenshot of FTR Engage virtual event Pent-up consumer demand from COVID-19 shutdowns continues to buoy spot freight rates, but a still-weak manufacturing sector has experts at FTR cautioning that things could turn downward again. In a Sept. 10 FTR Engage virtual event, Vice President
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Image: Four Kites FourKites recently introduced multimodal purchase order tracking for all freight, giving shippers, carriers and receivers the ability to track shipments using their associated PO numbers. The new tracking option simplifies freight visibility for everyone that manages the exchange and transportation of goods primarily via PO numbers. POs include comprehensive product details, such
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Source: FTR Although FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for July was down approximately 75% from June’s 11.35 reading, trucking conditions continue to remain favorable for carriers as the recovery continues across the country. While carriers took advantage of improved freight rates, freight demand and capacity utilization settled during the month, but FTR expects the TCI to
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Photo: DTNA Under Daimler Trucks North America’s new roadside assistance programs for both Freightliner and Western Star customers, FleetNet America will provide emergency roadside assistance services, including towing and recovery, mobile truck repair, tire repair, and more. Aside from roadside help, customers will also receive real-time updates on the status of their repairs via the
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The American Transportation Research Institute wants to know. The trucking industry research organization, today launched the 2020 Top Industry Issues Survey. The annual survey asks members of the trucking industry to rank the top issues of concern for the industry along with potential strategies for addressing each issue. Industry stakeholders are encouraged to complete the
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Welcome to HDT’s sixth annual Fact Book, a fascinating overview of our industry by the numbers. The following pages of graphs, charts, tables, and infographics are designed to not only give you a snapshot of the industry at this point in time, but also to serve as a reference guide you can keep handy throughout
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While Labor Day unofficially marks the end of summer, it normally does not also indicate winter’s arrival. However, parts of the Rocky Mountains and Upper Plains have gotten an early taste of winter weather. The Wyoming Department of Transportation this morning reported closings on parts of Interstate 80 and showed on Facebook that as much
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Yet another nationwide enforcement blitz looms. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s previously-postponed Roadcheck 2020 is this week. From Wednesday, Sept. 9 through Friday, Sept. 11, law enforcement officers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico will conduct commercial motor vehicle and driver inspections at weigh or inspection stations, at designated fixed locations, or as part of
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Jim Hartman (left) and Kyle Treadway, third generation Dealer Principal for Kenworth Sales Company, shake on their new partnership. Photo: Kenworth Kenworth Sales Company announced that Truck Enterprises, Inc. has now joined the Kenworth family. This expansion adds eight Kenworth truck dealerships located in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia to the existing 23 locations in seven states
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Photo: Barr-Nunn Barr-Nunn Transportation recently created two new solo pay options and one new team pay option, which the carrier has named Shift Load Pay. For drivers in select Southeastern cities and running primarily southeastern states, Shift + Load Pay allows truck drivers to earn $200 for their on-duty shift and earn $50 for each
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Owner-operators protest AB5’s attack on independent contractors. Photo: California Trucking Association Oral arguments this week in front of an appeals court raise concerns that trucking’s challenge to California’s controversial AB5 independent contractor legislation could face an uphill battle. In January, the U.S. District Court in San Diego entered an injunction against the State of California
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