Fleets

Technology, Government, Business, Safety, Autonomous

E-Logs Improve Business Processes, Fleets Say, as Industry Preps for Mandate

Funk, Tarantini, Andresen by Seth Clevenger/TT

DALLAS — Electronic driver logs can streamline fleets’ business processes and improve hours-of-service compliance, but driver outreach is key for a successful rollout, trucking executives said.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
March 28, 2016
Business

February Tonnage Sets Record

Truck tonnage jumped 8.6% in February, posting an all-time record that was helped by freight that moved later due to January storms, American Trucking Associations reported last week.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
March 28, 2016
Perspective, Business

Opinion: Investing in Drivers’ Health Pays Big Dividends

Since May 2014 and the introduction of the new medical examiner system, more than 150,000 drivers have left the transportation industry due to medical ineligibility.

March 28, 2016
Business

Analysis: Trucks Make Everyone Smarter in Bernhard’s Connected Vision

DÜSSELDORF, Germany — Wolfgang Bernhard, the head of Daimler AG’s global truck and bus unit, said the connected truck — beyond being a benefit to the entire supply chain — offers technology that leads to a “happy driver.”

Neil Abt | Editorial Director
March 28, 2016
Editorial, Business

Editorial: Prepping for ELDs

Nearly every significant rulemaking from the federal government is bound to be met with some skepticism and doubt from at least a portion of the freight transportation industry.

March 21, 2016
Business

February Class 8 Sales Fall 11%

U.S. Class 8 retail sales in February fell below 16,000 units, down 11% from a year earlier, as most truck makers saw declines while inventories remained high and favorable deals were increasingly possible, analysts said.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
March 21, 2016
Business

High-Profile Accidents Prompt Insurers to Cut Truck Coverage

Costly, high-profile accident losses are transforming the trucking insurance market, potentially raising costs and tightening pressure on fleets to improve safety and reduce risk, industry experts said.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
March 21, 2016
Business

Heavy-Haul Fleets Require Large-Scale Attention to Preventive Maintenance

When it comes to heavy-haul fleets, lubrication and inspection are high on the preventive maintenance priority list, short intervals for oil drains are commonplace and tires are an even higher expense to manage because of excessive wear, executives said.

Steve Sturgess | Special to Transport Topics
March 21, 2016
Technology, Business, Government, Fuel, Equipment, Safety

Adoption of Trailer Aerodynamics Continues to Grow, Report Finds

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co.

Fleets have ramped up their investments in trailer aerodynamics systems in recent years to improve fuel economy, and federal regulations are expected to drive further adoption, a new report found.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
March 18, 2016
Government, Business, Safety, Autonomous

TCA Changes Weight Policy, Breaking With ATA on Issue

Stubbs by Linda Q Photography for TCA

LAS VEGAS — The Truckload Carriers Association has changed its truck weight policy, breaking with American Trucking Associations on the issue and putting the groups at loggerheads for the second time in several months.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
March 14, 2016

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