Navistar to ramp up production in second half of year

  Navistar-International  announced April 24 that it is increasing its production rates at its heavy truck assembly plant in Escobedo, Mexico, as well as its bus assembly plant in Tulsa, Okla. "Clearly, we're seeing some positive trends in the industry, but more importantly, we're seeing good customer ...

Trailer maker files petition against Chinese trailer imports, citing unfair trade practices

Stoughton Trailers announced this week it has filed an unfair trade petition regarding imports of 53 foot domestic dry containers from China. The petition, filed with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission, asserts that imports of the product are sold in the ...

Zonar plans to corner the ‘connected vehicle’ market

Brian Bower knows the Detroit Virtual Technician. The onboard diagnostics system is standard on all Freightliner trucks with EPA 2010 Detroit and newer engines. OHK Trucking, his employer, operates about 30 trucks with the system. Whenever a “check engine” light appears in the truck, the experts ...

Mack, Volvo issue recalls over Cummins-Westport nat gas engine problem

Mack and Volvo both have issued truck recalls in relation to the larger recall by Cummins and Cummins-Westport for two of their natural gas engines.

Preventable or not? Deer delivers dilemma to Doe

John Doe avoided hitting a deer that raced in front of him on the highway, only to sideswipe a guardrail and destroy his right front fender. Was this a preventable accident?

Swift agrees to $4.4 million class-action settlement over background check issues

Swift Transportation has agreed to a $4.4 million class-action settlement in the case involving claims that the carrier violated stipulations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act by not disclosing to driver applicants that it could access background checks and not allowing applicants to contest the ...

New analysis finds flaws in research used to justify hours-of-service change

The research used to confirm the benefits of last summer’s changes in truck drivers’ hours-of-service rule has significant problems, according to an analysis published Tuesday. The government agency that sponsored the study, however, says the revised HOS rule works as intended.

Truck tonnage up slightly in March, still ‘clawing out of hole’ from winter

Truck tonnage rose 0.6 percent in March from February, according to the American Trucking Associations' monthly For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index, but tonnage is still trying to recoup losses caused by severe winter weather in December and January that sidelined freight movement.

Drivers may fret e-logs — and quit over them — but they could benefit the most

Some driver frustration over an ELD mandate is understandable, but not as many who say they will quit will end up abandoning ship, especially if carriers start teaching them about the benefits of the devices.

FMCSA says carrier insurance minimums too low, rule to raise them in the works

The current $750,000 minimum liability insurance required to be held by carriers is too low, said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration this week, and the agency plans to create a rule upping that minimum.

Drug and alcohol driver database comment period extended after OOIDA request

The public comment period for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's proposed Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse rule has been extended a month to May 21, spurred by a request from the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

Mexican truckers threatening blockade, FMCSA called on to resolve dispute

Mexican truckers unhappy with inspections, fines and treatment by inspectors are threatening to protest at Arizona border crossings with a traffic blockade, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation, who is pressing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to take action to resolve the issues.

Diesel price jumps, snapping 6-week streak of drops

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel jumped 1.9 cents in the week ended April 21 to $3.971, snapping a streak of six consecutive weekly drops that totaled 6.9 cents.

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