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Business, Equipment

January Class 8 Sales Pass 14,000

New Peterbilt trucks in a storage lot rogersmith/Flickr

U.S. retail sales of Class 8 trucks in January jumped 32.1% to more than 14,000, WardsAuto.com reported, as signs of a strong economic expansion increased.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
February 15, 2018
Government, Business

House Committee Approves Guiding Principles for Infrastructure Bill

Sen. Tom Carper Carper by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Legislation that would address growing funding demands for infrastructure projects should reduce regulations, and connect agencies with private investors, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee indicated in a pronouncement members easily adopted Feb. 14.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 15, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Cummins Top Overall Supplier of Class 8 Diesel Engines in 2017

Production on the Cumminx X12 engine Production on the Cummins X12 engine for commercial vehicles, which will be available late this year and be marketed toward vocational regional haulers. (CumminsEngines via YouTube)

Independent engine maker Cummins Inc. supplied more diesel engines used in Class 8 trucks in 2017 than any other engine maker, earning nearly a 40% market share overall amid expanding demand, WardsAuto.com reported.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
February 15, 2018
Government, Business

Crowley Sees $2.3 Billion Military Contract as Test of Logistics Capabilities

Crowley Logistics Crowley Logistics

More than a year after winning a contract to handle freight shipments for the U.S. Transportation Command, Crowley Logistics has executed the first cargo move under a $2.3 billion multiyear Defense Freight Transportation Services contract.

Daniel P. Bearth | Transport Topics Senior Features Writer
February 15, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

'Cars Are to Us What Books Are to Amazon,’ Uber CEO Says

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Speaking at a conference in San Francisco, Uber Technologies Inc. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi rattled through the company’s ambitions: food delivery, freight, autonomous vehicles and even buses and bikes.

Eric Newcomer | Bloomberg News
February 15, 2018
Business

Turn Times at California Ports Slow One Minute in January

Port of L.A. containers Containers stacked at the Port of Los Angeles. (TT File Photo)

The average time to enter and exit the two largest containerports in the United States slowed one minute in January on a year-over-year basis, although the percentage of trips over two hours fell in the same period.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
February 15, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

J.J. Keller Working on ELD Fix; FMCSA Offers Short-Term Waiver

J.J. Keller ELD J.J. Keller & Associates

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is allowing carriers that have deployed electronic logging devices from J.J. Keller & Associates to temporarily revert to paper driver logs until Feb. 28 as the technology supplier works to resolve technical issues with its ELDs.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
February 15, 2018
Business

Study Identifies Benefits for Driving Simulators as Companion to In-Cab Trainers

VS600M simulator VS600M simulator courtesy of Virage

A recent study found that driving simulators can be as effective in training truck drivers as a live teacher for tasks such as braking and shifting gears.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
February 15, 2018
Business

Carriers Try Creative Compensation Programs to Bring in New Drivers

Boyd Bros. Truck TT File Photo

The driver shortage appears to be getting worse, with fleets launching new and enhanced compensation programs. These include Boyd Bros. Transportation trying a weekly salary, a sizzling $50,000 team bonus program from U.S. Xpress Enterprises, and a host of other deals to recruit and retain qualified drivers.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
February 15, 2018
Business

Homebuilder Sentiment Remains Near Highest Level Since 1999

Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Confidence among American homebuilders held steady in February near the highest level since 1999, suggesting that demand for housing is expected to remain strong, according to data Feb. 15 from the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo.

Shelly Hagan | Bloomberg News
February 15, 2018

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