Live photos, video: CCJ takes Peterbilt’s new 579 EPIQ for a test drive

CCJ Equipment Editor Jack Roberts is at Peterbilt headquarters in Denton, Texas, this week to get the details on Peterbilt's new 579 EPIQ tractor and take it for a test drive. Here are live tweets and video coverage from today's action.

FMCSA clarifies rule on hearing-impaired drivers, OKs them to hold CDL

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued clarification recently on its English language rule, saying it does not bar hearing-impaired truckers who communicate in English, but do not speak, from having a CDL.

FedEx projects record holiday shipping season, plans to add 50,000 seasonal positions

FedEx is forecasting another record holiday, and projects Dec. 15 to be the busiest day in company history with a forecasted 22.6 million shipments moving around the world.

CCJ Innovator: U.S. Xpress creates mobile apps to improve lifestyle of drivers

U.S. Xpress Enterprises creates mobile apps to add value to the already widespread connectivity on the front lines of its organization.

Delayed rulemakings: Agency’s work on speed limiters, raising insurance minimums running later than expected

Two trucking-related federal rules in the works have missed projected schedules for their advancement through the rulemaking process. Here's the latest.

Ryder opens new Charlotte, NC, maintenance and rental facility

Ryder System, Inc. announced the opening of its new maintenance and rental facility in Charlotte, N.C. – Ryder’s third operating location in the area.  The facility provides state-of-the-art maintenance and rental services for commercial fleets. Located at 201 Forsyth Hall, the facility features four drive-through maintenance repair ...

Peterbilt unveils Model 220 clear frame rail package

Peterbilt’s new medium-duty Model 220 can now be spec’d with a clear frame rail package that provides up to 10 inches of additional frame rail space (versus the previous clear frame rail package), Peterbilt Motors Company recently announced. “This new option is ideal for customers in ...

Carrier Transicold boosts reefer unit warranties

Carrier Transicold has enhanced the warranty coverage for its Vector trailer refrigeration units.  “Vector systems deliver dual benefits of reduced maintenance and higher system reliability because they are less complex than conventional mechanical systems and comparative semi-electric systems,” said Patrick McDonald, product manager – trailer, ...

Truck tonnage remains level at record high in September

Truck tonnage was unchanged in September from August and remains at a record high, according to ATA data, and 2014’s third quarter average was the highest on record.

Bendix receives Frost & Sullivan Product Leadership Award

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is the recipient of the 2014 Frost & Sullivan Product Leadership Award for Overall Best Supplier of Advanced Safety Systems for Heavy-Duty Trucks. Frost & Sullivan honored Bendix as the premier manufacturer of advanced safety enhancement products in the North American heavy-duty ...

Hino Trucks celebrates 30th anniversary in U.S.

Hino Trucks reached a milestone of 30 years in business in the United States. Founded in 1984 as a limited distributorship with responsibility for importing class 4 through 7 cab-over trucks, Hino has evolved into a prominent U.S. company with a dealer network of more ...

ATA, other business groups on port labor talks: ‘Time is of the essence’

ATA and more than 100 business organizations have signed a letter calling for a quick conclusion to labor negotiations between dockworkers and management at the West Coast ports.

Which states have the most effective inspections? ATRI names Top 10

As a follow up to a report issued earlier this year highlighting state-to-state enforcement disparities around the U.S., the American Transportation Research Institute announced Oct. 22 its Top 10 High-Performance States for Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement.