Roger Gilroy

Roger Gilroy

Staff Reporter


Roger Gilroy began reporting on the trucking industry for Transport Topics in the 1990s, but at various times ventured away to report for other publications that focused on hazardous materials transportation then intelligent transportation systems — and later for nine years owned a small business that came with two vans and two buses.

Business, Equipment

Medium-Duty Sales in August Improve Again

Ford 2021 F-650 and F-750 Ford’s F-650 and F-750 offer a gasoline option. (Ford Motor Co.)

U.S. retail sales of medium-duty trucks in August continued to climb, reported.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
September 16, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

Convoy Opens Up Access to Automated Network

Convoy Convoy's apps are shown on a display at an industry trade show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Digital freight broker Convoy on Sept. 16 launched Convoy Now, a program that gives shippers and other logistics companies access to Convoy’s automated, real-time pricing and capacity for both live and drop-and-hook loads.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
September 16, 2019
Government, Business, Equipment, Logistics

ACT Forecasts Imminent Slowdown in Class 8, Trailer Production

Industry research firm forecasts a slowdown in trailer sales. Trailers in the finishing area at Utility's Clearfield, Utah, plant. (Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co.)

For those still wondering about the state of the commercial vehicle market in the United States, ACT Research during a webinar Sept. 11 delivered a forecast that conditions continue to deteriorate and that pullback in build rates for heavy-duty trucks and trailers is “imminent.”

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
September 12, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Top 100

NACFE Names Drivers for Regional Run on Less Showcase

NACFE Executive Director Mike Roeth NACFE Executive Director Mike Roeth by Roger Gilroy/Transport Topics

Ten regional-haul drivers, whose experience ranges from one year to 42 years, will participate in the Regional Run on Less fuel efficiency roadshow from Oct. 7 through Oct. 25, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency announced Sept. 10.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
September 10, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

UD Trucks Tests Level 4 Autonomous Driving in Japan

UD Trucks recently tested a Level 4 autonomous truck in Japan. The specially adapted Level 4 heavy-duty Quon model from UD Trucks. (UD Trucks)

Japanese truck maker UD Trucks, a unit of Volvo Group, announced it showcased Level 4 autonomous driving together with the nation’s largest logistics firm and a 100-year-old agricultural cooperative — calling the technology an important tool to address the contracting work force.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
September 10, 2019
Business, Technology

Uber Freight Opens HQ in Chicago With Expansive Plans

Uber Freight has announced a new headquarters and expansion plans. A driver looks at the Uber Freight app. (Uber Technologies Inc.)

Uber Freight, the load-matching business unit of Uber Technologies Inc., announced it has opened its new headquarters in Chicago and plans to hire 2,000 employees over the next three years to handle engineering operations, sales and account management for its operations here and overseas.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
September 9, 2019
Business, Equipment

August Class 8 Orders Extend the Slump

Class 8 orders fell in August. The Kriete Truck Center in Madison, Wis. (Kriete Group)

North American Class 8 orders in August continued to mimic fleets’ wait-and-see attitude as orders again fell below replacement level and plunged 79% from the all-time record set a year earlier, ACT Research reported.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
September 5, 2019

Navistar Posts Q3 Revenue Gains as Market Share Rises

Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg News

Navistar International Corp. reported fiscal-year, third-quarter net income fell amid higher revenue and rising market shares.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
September 4, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

CNH Industrial to Invest $250 Million in Nikola Motor Co.

Nikola CEO Trevor Milton Nikola CEO Trevor Milton by Nikola Motor Company

Startup truck manufacturer Nikola Corp. has secured a commitment of $250 million in funding from CNH Industrial N.V. — a leader in natural gas-powered trucks and buses and the parent company of Iveco trucks — in a move designed to accelerate the use of heavy-duty trucks that use battery-electric and fuel cell technologies in North America and Europe.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
September 3, 2019
Business, Logistics

Ryder Names John Diez President of Its Fleet Management Business, Combines Units

Ryder truck Ryder System Inc.

Ryder System Inc. announced John Diez, president of its dedicated transportation solutions business, has been appointed president of fleet management solutions (FMS).

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
August 30, 2019