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Two Research Firms Concur “Trailer Order Up”
Aug 17, 2018 12:03:34

Trailer orders set a record for July, according to two research firms, as some OEM's backlogs stretch into spring of 2019. ACT Research's preliminary estimate for July 2018 net trailer orders was 29,300 units. Final July volume will be available later in August. “After a steady June, fleets came roaring back into the market in July," said Frank Maly, ACT’s director of CV Transportation Analysis and Research. "OEMs had their strongest July net order volume in history, ...


693 Million Miles Put To The Test In Competition
Aug 17, 2018 12:02:23

American Trucking Associations and ATA's Safety Management Council kicked off the driving portion of competition at the 81st annual National Truck Driving Championships and Step Van Driving Championships, held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Some of the trucking industry's best drivers - 424 men and women from all across the country – are putting their knowledge of the industry, safe driving ability and skillfulness to the test to see who will emerge as the 2018 National Truc...


Volvo’s New River Valley Plant Reunited With First Truck Built There
Aug 17, 2018 12:07:10

Volvo Trucks’ New River Valley truck plant was recently reunited with the first truck ever built there. The truck was donated by the Wilson family, founders of the former Wilson Trucking Corporation. It’s a 1982 Volvo F7 model. Its new home is the Volvo Trucks Customer Center, which is adjacent to the plant. Wilson also bought the first Volvo F86 model sold in the U.S. in the 1970s, and in 2011 it took delivery of the 500,000th U.S.-built Volvo truck....


Truckers to Protest Anti-Independent Contractor Ruling
Aug 17, 2018 12:01:31

The Western States Trucking Association plans to protest a California Supreme Court Ruling that would make it difficult for transportation companies to use independent contractor drivers. Earlier this year, the California Supreme Court ruled that the courier and delivery service company Dynamex had misclassified its drivers as independent contractors instead of employees in order to cut costs. The court then enacted a new standard for hiring independent workers, placing the burden of proof on...


Make sure your brakes are in perfect working order
Aug 17, 2018 12:00:45

With just about a month left until the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week, its time to begin thinking about your truck’s brakes. Brake Safety Week will take place Sept. 16-22 with CVSA-certified enforcement personnel conducting roadside inspections on commercial motor vehicles to identify and remove those with critical brake violations from our roadways and to call attention to the dangers of faulty brake systems. Properly functioning brake systems are cruc...


Daimler Trucks recalls more than 45,000 Cascadias over instrument panel issue
Aug 17, 2018 12:00:14

Daimler Trucks North America is recalling more than 45,000 Freightliner Cascadia trucks for issues with the instrument panel, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall documents. More specifically, Cascadia trucks model year 2017-19 are affected by the recall. According to NHTSA, the ignition control unit may not perform the required bulb checks for the anti-lock brake system or electronic stability control if the ignition is turned from on to off to on too quickly. T...


Q2 2018 Cargo Thefts Up YOY
Aug 14, 2018 18:38:45

Cargo theft volume and average values increased year-over-year in the second quarter of 2018, according to cargo theft recording firm SensiGuard. The firm recorded 144 cargo theft incidents during the months of April, May, and June with an average loss value of $178,273. This represents an 8 percent increase in volume and 28 percent increase in value when compared to the second quarter of 2017. Building and industrial materials were the most-stolen in the quarter, accounting for 17 percent...


It’s the talk of corporate America: Shipping costs are surging, why not drivers pay?
Aug 14, 2018 18:39:04

Over the past year, an index of costs for shipping goods via long-haul truck has jumped 11.6%, according to the Department of Labor. Companies are finding that increased demand for their products has led to the tightest freight services market since 2004. Another Labor Department gauge shows average hourly earnings for long-haul drivers rose just 0.5% in the 12 months through June. Part of the problem may be a shortage of trucks as opposed to drivers, according to Avery Vise, vice presiden...


Canadian Government Wants More Women In Trucking
Aug 14, 2018 18:38:27

Camo-Route is hoping to put women in the driver’s seat, with the support of the Canadian Government. Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced $294,000 in funding for a new project called “Women Truck Drivers: Target 10%” aimed at removing barriers to women becoming professional drivers in Quebec. Partnering with industry groups the project aims to change the current recruitment, integration and training practices of businesses and training centres to make them more in...


Truck Driver Hero Saves Baby From Wreckage In Flames
Aug 10, 2018 14:29:22

André Harris doesn’t think of himself as a hero, but most people would agree that saving an infant from a burning car is pretty heroic. The Tuscaloosa tow truck driver was finishing up a job when he saw smoke coming from a car. “I saw a flame coming up from between the engine compartment and the firewall,” he said. “I noticed a lady running up, so I popped on the beacons and asked if anyone was in the car.” The woman had flipped her car and her 7-mon...


Titanium Reports Record Quarter
Aug 10, 2018 14:23:49

Titanium Transportation Group rode a strong trucking market to record results in the second quarter. The company reported revenue of $51.8 million, marking a year-over-year increase of 58%. Net income was $2.2 million, or double the previous quarter. “Titanium delivered exceptional operating performance in both the truck transportation and logistics segments in the second quarter and posted a record earnings per share. The quarter also marked the third consecutive quarter of record c...


Nebraska Changes Speed Limits
Aug 10, 2018 14:23:29

Gov. Pete Ricketts signed into law a bill earlier this year  increasing vehicle speeds from 65 mph to 70 mph on four-lane expressways, and expressways. Two-lane state highways are also eligible to increase from 60 mph to 65 mph. After months of review by the highway agency, under the terms of LB 1009, new signs began going up along affected stretches of highway in mid- to late-July. In the Omaha area, stretches of Interstates 80, 480 and 680 have been increased from 60 mph to 65 mph. ...


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Trucking News
Two Research Firms Concur “Trailer Order Up”
Aug 17, 2018 12:03:34

Trailer orders set a record for July, according to two research firms, as some OEM's backlogs stretch into ...


693 Million Miles Put To The Test In Competition
Aug 17, 2018 12:02:23

American Trucking Associations and ATA's Safety Management Council kicked off the driving portion of compet...


Volvo’s New River Valley Plant Reunited With First Truck Built There
Aug 17, 2018 12:07:10

Volvo Trucks’ New River Valley truck plant was recently reunited with the first truck ever built ther...