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The expansion of e-commerce is changing delivery methods and freight patterns, which is adding "complexity" to the design of transportation networks, according to Leslie Richards, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the Journal of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) reports. "Freight transportation is...
GRAIN VALLEY, Mo.  — The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the national organization exclusively representing professional and small-business truckers, says that the government needs to create a better system for those seeking to resolve conflicts involving their medical certifications, which are required to get a commercial drivers license. By way of...
PORTLAND, Ore. — Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) today said that Penske Truck Leasing and NFI have agreed to partner with the OEM in operating the Freightliner Electric Innovation Fleet of eCascadia heavy-duty and eM2 106 medium-duty trucks. The move is the next phase of a partnership that DTNA is...
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Volvo Trucks North America, together with FedEx and the North Carolina Turnpike Authority, used advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) technology to conduct on-highway truck platooning as part of ongoing research collaboration. Volvo Trucks North America said Wednesday the successful on-highway demonstration of its truck platooning technology. The company...
DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa Transportation Department plan would gradually close 11 interstate rest areas and all 16 parking-only sites over several years in an effort to be more efficient. The plan could save the state about $30 million over two decades while reflecting travel trends, according to the...
In this episode we cover... Human waste is dumped onto a highway A party on an Arkansas interstate A driverless truck crashing into a home Strong freight data is released. These are the stories and more on this weeks trucking news.
We’ve all heard this second part of an old nursery rhyme:   What are little girls made of? What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice And everything nice, That's what little girls are made of.   Let’s throw out that stereotype and start fresh. Because although women make up around 50 percent of the population, they...
TULSA, Okla. — Optronics International, a manufacturer and supplier of heavy-duty LED vehicle lighting, has introduced five new LED Light Bars increasing the product line to eight. The new lamps include two three-inch cubes, a nine-inch bar, a 30-inch bar with supplemental turn functions and a 52-inch bar with...
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Landstar System, a worldwide, asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions, has launched its enhanced Landstar Maximizer mobile app, a search engine that enables owner-operators to look for and book back-to-back loads, creating multi-leg, full-week runs. After entering a destination, origin and date range, an owner-operator clicks...
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Peter Voorhoeve, currently the president and CEO of Volvo Group Australia, has been named president of Volvo Trucks North America, effective September 1. He succeeds Göran Nyberg, who left the company in April. Per Carlsson will continue to serve as acting president until September 1. Voorhoeve has led...
TORONTO — Geotab, a global leader in the internet of things (IoT) and connected transportation, has launched an interactive infographic depicting the evolution of America’s iconic interstate highway system. The Internet of things (IoT) is the inter-networking of physical devices, vehicles (also referred to as “connected devices” and “smart devices”),...
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Power management company Eaton is addressing increasing demand for high-voltage electrified vehicle technologies with the creation of its new eMobility business. With a focus on intelligent power electronics, power systems and advanced power distribution and circuit protection, eMobility is poised to capitalize on a global vehicle electrification...
WASHINGTON  — For the fourth week in a row, diesel prices have dropped — and Monday they were down 2.8 cents a gallon to $3.216, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported. Diesel had climbed to $3.288 for the week ended May 28 before starting its slide downward. All of the...
McLEAN, Va. — United Bus Technology (UBT), an IT solution provider in the trucking and motorcoach industries, Monday invited those customers affected by the announced closing of ONE20 Inc. and the expiring support of its apps, including the ONE20 F-ELD app, to switch their services to UBT's Shield ELD...
SEATTLE — As of June 2018, carriers using automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRDs) will have less than 18 months to transition from their current solution to an electronic logging device. To help businesses during this period, Zonar – a provider of smart fleet management technology – developed an easy-to-use checklist...
WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared Georgia-licensed commercial driver Steven F. Hoppenbrouwer to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce. Hoppenbrouwer was served the federal order on June 19, 2018. On April...
WASHINGTON — As part of the 132-page reorganization plan proposed by the Office of Management and Budget to reorganize the federal government's structure, the Department of Transportation would undergo a series of changes that would see duties added as well as deleted from its portfolio, according to an article...
WASHINGTON — A 132-page reorganization plan for key federal agencies released by the Office of Management and Budget on June 21 calls for, among other things, shifting the civil works program Army Corps of Engineers out of the Department of Defense and splitting it between the U.S. Department of...
PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Transportation is joining departments of transportation from Texas, New Mexico and California in seeking a federal grant to develop a program alerting commercial truck drivers to available public parking at Interstate 10 rest areas. Public parking for commercial vehicles is among the priorities of...
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Transportation is seeking your input about a draft plan outlining a path forward in managing our rest areas located throughout the state. The draft plan, additional materials related to rest areas in Iowa, and opportunities to provide input are available at https://iowadot.gov/restareaplan. Comments...