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Kenworth adds virtual driver coach option to T680, T880 models

Kenworth has introduced a Driver Performance Assistant option for new Kenworth T680 and T880 models specified with Paccar MX-13 engines and automated transmissions. “Competition breeds improved performance. Kenworth’s Driver Performance Assistant is a built-in virtual driver’s ...

An office without walls: dispatch software goes mobile

In September, the entire office staff of Sweetland Transport left Michigan to attend a networking event in Nashville. While they were gone, paychecks still had to be filled, loads dispatched, and communication lines kept open ...

Poll shows 80 percent of public support current HOS limits; questions ‘misleading,’ say truckers

A new poll being touted by highway safety groups and the Teamsters Union shows Americans “overwhelmingly” oppose legislation that would roll back some of last year’s changes to the hours-of-service rule, but trucking industry representatives ...

Ebola and trucking: DOT issues waste-hauling guidance, gives special permit to carrier

As public concern over a second U.S. health care worker’s contraction of Ebola grows and media coverage intensifies, the Department of Transportation has issued guidance on the transport of Ebola-tainted waste. The department’s Pipeline and Hazardous ...

Video evidence: the next wave of driver scoring

Using technology to score drivers started the moment the automobile replaced the horse-drawn wagon. By the early 1920s many fleets were using mechanical devices to record time and miles and compare drivers' performance with route ...

Pegasus TransTech updates mobile scanning app

With the release of a new upgrade for Transflo Mobile+, Pegasus TransTech says its mobile document scanning application offers more options for drivers and carriers. “We want our customers to know that we are listening, and the new ...

Regulatory update: FMCSA progress on speed limiters, driver clearinghouse, other rulemakings

Between now and the end of next summer, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration projects it will publish at least five proposed or final rules to either change existing or add new regulations to the ...

Notice of new fitness determination rule in ‘front office,’ FMCSA safety chief says

A major revision of the way the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rates trucking companies has hit the "front office" for a final round of review by the agency’s top leadership, FMCSA Chief Safety Officer ...

Cass: Volume, rates expected to ‘level off’ in fourth quarter

The freight sector was relatively flat in
 September, with a drop in North American shipment 
volume and a slight increase in total freight
 expenditures, or payments, according to the latest Cass Freight Index. Other freight indicators have ...

AT&T creates new bundle of fleet products, cargo tracking device

AT&T announced a new portfolio of fleet management products at the American Trucking Associations’ annual MC&E conference, held Oct 4-7 in San Diego. AT&T supplies the voice and data cellular network used by many telematics and ...

Supply-demand dynamics continue to favor truckers, FTR says

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index increased to a reading of 9.10 for August, continuing an upward trend that reflects an uneasily tight capacity situation. As market tightness continues, rate and service spreads are increasing between “good” and ...

Magellan adds electronic logging to truck navigation device

During the American Trucking Associations’ annual MC&E conference, held Oct. 4-7 in San Diego, Magellan--a company long known for its consumer GPS navigation devices--announced an expansion of its fleet product portfolio. The company has developed an ...

Orbcomm expands M2M platform to intermodal chassis

Orbcomm has made a number of big investments in the past few years. It acquired two of the largest providers of cold-chain trailer tracking systems, StarTrak and Par Logistics, and has developed new hardware capable ...

ATA panel dissects the costs, challenges of traffic congestion

Traffic congestion on the nation’s interstates in 2013 cost transportation companies approximately $9.2 billion in lost productivity. A panel of fleet executives and trucking industry experts discussed both short and long-term solutions to the problem ...

PrePass enrollment exceeds 485,000 trucks, new bypass sites coming

During the American Trucking Associations' annual MC&E conference, HELP Inc., a non-profit public/private partnership that provides PrePass weigh station bypass and other truck safety services, announced hitting another milestone. As of Oct. 5, 485,000 trucks ...