Technology to boost driver performance — fleets share case examples at CVOC

Brent Nussbaum, CEO of Nussbaum Transportation, in some ways voiced the conscience of the session by stressing that technology alone won't solve fleet problems relative to safety and fuel efficiency. Drivers buy-in to any system is crucial.

Tech, industry shifts driving changes in equipment trade cycles

Technology and ever-changing needs of a fleet have drastically altered what once was a fairly standardized truck and equipment trade cycle.

PeopleNet showcases ‘connected fleet’ platform

PeopleNet showcased a new “ConnectedFleet” platform at its annual user conference. The new platform consists of four parts, all of which are on schedule to be available by this time next year.

Marten seeks opportunities in new markets

Marten Transport, one of the largest refrigerated carriers in the trucking industry, has actively been diversifying its business and growing its customer base with new dry van, dedicated and intermodal initiatives, said Tim Kohl, company president, at the Avondale Partners session in Dallas.

Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference is underway: Here’s how to follow it

CVOC is underway in Dallas at the Dallas Convention Center, where speakers are talking economic outlook for trucking, regulations, driver retention, equipment trade cycles and how carriers can effectively implement technology.

Truck makers, operators ask NHTSA to consider ‘real world’ in setting efficiency standards

Truck, trailer and engine makers, along with buyers and operators, are strongly encouraging government regulators to consider real-world operating factors in the development of the next round of heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency standards. The industry is also hoping the government has learned from the unintended, ...

Truck Tonnage jumps in July, index nears record high

Truck tonnage as measured by the American Trucking Associations’ For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 1.3 percent in July, pushing the index closer to November 2013’s all-time high. Tonnage was up 3.6 percent in the month year over year.

PeopleNet recognizes 4 fleets for innovation

PeopleNet, a Trimble company and provider of fleet mobility technology, announced the recipients of its 2014 Innovator of the Year Awards, presented to fleets that demonstrate leadership in using PeopleNet products and services in unique ways to accelerate return on investment (ROI).

Court denies Navistar’s request to dismiss cases against its MaxxForce engines

A federal court Aug. 18 ruled to deny a motion made by Navistar-International to dismiss one of the lawsuits brought against it over its EGR-only MaxxForce engine line, according to court documents.

Diesel continues price slide, at 9-month low

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell another eight-tenths of a cent in the week ended Aug. 18, putting it at $3.835, according to the DOE. That’s the lowest the national average price has been since the week ended Nov. 18 ...

Agency pushing for industry-DOT joint rulemaking for entry-level driving training rule

In an attempt to satisfy requirements of the current MAP-21 highway funding law, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says it is checking the feasibility of producing a required entry-level driver training rule as a “negotiated rulemaking,” or “reg neg.”

Carrier ordered to pay nearly $1M in back wages, damages for retaliatory firings

Two drivers and a foreman for the Pontiac, Mich.-based Asphalt Specialists have been awarded $953,916 in back wages and damages after the Department of Transportation deemed they were wrongfully terminated for refusing to drive beyond federal hours of service limits.

Former FMCSA employee sentenced in tax refund scheme

A federal judge has sentenced a former Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration employee to 15 months in prison and ordered $546,785 in restitution for participating in a tax refund conspiracy.

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