Articles by CCJ Staff

Orbcomm launches service for next-gen OG2 satellites

Orbcomm, a global provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) systems, announced that it has launched commercial service for its next-generation OG2 satellites. Orbcomm’s advanced OG2 satellites are providing both M2M messaging and Automatic Identification System (AIS) service for its global customers. Orbcomm successfully launched the first six OG2 satellites ...

ALK’s PC Miler 28 ready for use with McLeod Software products

ALK Technologies and McLeod Software announced that ALK’s PC Miler 28 routing, mileage and mapping software has been  now successfully tested and approved for use with McLeod’s LoadMaster and PowerBroker products. ALK is a Trimble Company and global provider of GeoLogistics systems and navigation software. McLeod provides ...

FMCSA shuts down 33-truck carrier for bevy of violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued an imminent hazard out-of-service order to the Grand Ridge, Fla.-based Ken’s Trucking, a 33-truck fleet that hauls general freight and refrigerated food, the agency announced Sept. 18. An investigation into the company revealed “numerous widespread violations of safety ...

Omnitracs, McLeod Software deepen integration

Omnitracs and McLeod Software announced new integration capabilities. Fleets utilizing McLeod Software’s LoadMaster Enterprise product and Omnitracs’ Mobile Computing Platforms (MCP) have additional integration points for the Omnitracs Driver Workflow application and Optimized Fuel Stops. “Omnitracs is committed to delivering seamlessly integrated solutions that offer greater ...

Country’s top technicians to square off in annual TMCSuperTech competition

Later this month, 134 technicians from around the country will gather at the Walt Disney Swan & Dolphin Resort to take part in the 10th annual American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council TMCSuperTech National Technician Skills Competition. The competition will be held September 22-24 in ...

CEVA ground announces pay 10% bump for owner-ops

CEVA Ground announced it is increasing rates for its owner-operator drivers in the U.S. The announcement, it says, was done as part of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. Owner-operators for the company will now get $1 a mile for solo drivers and $1.05 a mile for teams ...

Volvo launches certified used truck program, truck search tool

Volvo Trucks launched Sept. 15 its Premium Certified used trucks program and online Used Truck Search tool, which offers customers the opportunity to own a fully inspected, reconditioned and warrantied Volvo truck. “With a rigorous inspection and reconditioning of each truck, customers can be confident that ...

Carriers, industry celebrate 3.2M truck operators this week with Driver Appreciation Week

The American Trucking Associations' annual National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is happening this week, and carriers around the country will be hosting award ceremonies and cookouts along with handing out bonuses and gifts to drivers. Appreciation week began Sept. 14 and runs through Sept. 20 and ...

Pegasus TransTech giving away 100 $100 gift cards to drivers who download app

Pegasus TransTech announced Sept. 15 a Driver Appreciation Week promotion in which it will offer rewards to drivers who download the Transflo Mobile+ smartphone app. Every driver who downloads the app by Oct. 31 will be placed into a drawing to win a $100 Visa gift ...

CCJ Fall Symposium to offer sessions on driver recruiting and retention, regulatory outlook, improving CSA scores

Registration for CCJ’s Fall Symposium is now open, and the annual networking and educational opportunity for fleet owners and executives will include sessions on recruiting and retaining drivers, minimizing violations in roadside inspections, regulatory and economic outlooks and more. It will also include a keynote address ...

Freight up again in July, index nears all-time high

The amount of freight moved by the for-hire transportation industry in the U.S. in July rose nine-tenths of a percent from the month prior, as measured by the Department of Transportation’s monthly Freight Transportation Services Index. The Index reading for July was 119.6, just half a ...

Infrastructure firms partner to develop nationwide ‘smart parking’ system for trucks

A system that will use road signs, smartphone apps, websites and in-cab messaging to allow drivers to find parking availability in real-time took a step toward nationwide deployment this week, announced infrastructure firm HNTB. The group says it has partnered with Truck Smart Parking Services Inc. ...

Reading’s ProMaster truck body

Reading is expanding its aluminum Classic Service Van line with its ProMaster cutaway chassis designed for enhanced ergonomics, storage and pass-through access from the cab to the load space. Available in 57- and 75-inch bodies, the all-aluminum welded vocational truck body is designed with hidden ...

Broker enters plea agreement in military freight bribery scheme

An Alabama-based freight broker has been charged with with two counts of bribery and two counts of fraud after investigators say he bribed two National Guard officials to steer military transport contracts to two carriers he represented. The freight contracts were worth $441,698, the Department of ...

‘Extreme pressure’ on capacity set to drive rates higher, FTR says

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index increased in July to a reading of 8.49, meaning a capacity crunch is putting upward pressure on rates, FTR says. The index could move even higher — signaling even tighter capacity — if the economy continues to gain steam this fall, FTR ...