First Lawsuit Filed Over Deadly FedEx Freight-Bus Crash

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April 24, 2014

Economic Watch: Sales of New Homes Sink, Manufacturing Rising
<p><em>Photo: Evan Lockridge</em></p> UPDATED -- Sales of new single-family homes in the U.S. plunged during March, hitting it lowest level since July and marking the third decline out of the last six months.

First Lawsuit Filed Over Deadly FedEx Freight-Bus Crash
The first known lawsuit stemming from a crash between a FedEx Freight truck and a bus that killed 10 people earlier this month has been filed.

Swift Agrees to $4.4 Million Settlement Over Driver Class Action Lawsuit
<p><em>Photo: Evan Lockridge</em></p> The trucking company Swift Transportation has agreed to pay $4.4 million to settle a federal class action lawsuit over claims if failed to inform prospective drivers about their rights involving records used during the hiring process.

Spot Market Freight Rates Recover from Last Week
Spot market freight rates have recovered somewhat after declining across the board last week, according to new numbers from the freight matching service provider DAT.

Stoughton Trailers File Unfair Trade Petition Against China
Stoughton Trailers announced that it has filed an unfair trade petition regarding imports of 53-foot domestic dry containers (“domestic containers”) from China.

Heartland Earnings Jump 67%, Profit Falls 28%
Iowa-based truckload carrier Heartland Express has reported record operating revenue for the first quarter of the year, but its profit fell 28.4% from the same time a year ago.

Knight Transportation Profit Soars
The truckload carrier Knight Transportation saw its first quarter profit surge 26% above the level from the same time a year ago, according to just released numbers.

Minnesota's Interstate 94 Closed This Weekend for Bridge Demolition in St. Paul
<p><em>Photo Courtesty of Minnesota Department of Transportation</em></p> Both directions of Interstate 94 in St. Paul, Minn., will close this weekend as crews continue work on the Highway 52 Lafayette Bridge east of downtown St. Paul.



Webinars

ARCHIVED: Originally broadcast on Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Isuzu N-Series Virtual Tour: A 360° Powertrain and Chassis Overview
Available in three engine choices and with several options for wheelbases, the Isuzu N-Series provides the flexibility for fleets to choose the right truck for the right job. This webinar showcases videos and specs of the Isuzu N-Series lineup, giving participants a virtual look at this low-cab-forward truck design. Available in gas and diesel — and CNG and LPG capable — the Isuzu N-Series offers fleets advantages to traditional trucks, including more cargo space, tighter turning diameter, easier servicing with its tilt-cab function, and overall better visibility.


ARCHIVED: Originally broadcast on Tuesday, October 16, 2013
10 Ways to Lower Costs with a Fleet Management Solution
“Where is my truck?” - it’s the question no fleet operator wants to ask, and no one wants to hear. As the cost of running a fleet keeps rising, improving productivity and optimizing fleet utilization has never been more important. By simply gaining visibility into who, what, when and where activities are occurring you can increase productivity by 15-20%.

To find out more about this free webinar, and to sign up, click here

5 Ways to Prevent Negligent Hiring Claims
With the ever-growing driver shortage looming, many motor carriers are lowering their hiring standards to fill their empty trucks. No company wants to turn down a job because they don’t have drivers to service the account.

Is Cloud Computing Right For You?
Today, fleets have an alternative to on-site rooms full of computer servers – using a hosted environment for your computing needs, known as cloud computing. In the cloud computing environment, the servers are maintained by a third party (or maybe your enterprise software vendor) and fleets access applications and data via a web interface.

Twin 33s Would Be Safer than 28s, U of Michigan Researcher Says
Double-trailer rigs with a pair of 33-foot trailers would be “inherently more stable” and therefore safer than the twin 28s now running throughout the United States, according to John Woodrooffe, director of commercial vehicle research at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute.

NPTC Announces Safety Award Winners
The National Private Truck Council recognized those fleet members who continue to elevate safety performance during the group’s Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition.

Kenworth of Pennsylvania Opens New Parts and Service Location in Pittsburgh Area
Kenworth of Pennsylvania has opened a new parts and service facility in McKees Rocks, an industrial area and suburb four miles west of downtown Pittsburgh.

SmoothTalker’s Mobile X1 Wireless Cellular Signal Booster Kits Receive FCC Certifications
SmoothTalker announced their new “Grab and Go” 50dB mobile wireless booster solutions featuring Stealth Tech technology received new FCC certifications.

Got Questions Q. Will it hurt my engine if I don't use the same brand of oil every time?

A. No, the engine does not develop an affinity for one oil or have a negative reaction to changing brands.


Got Questions Q. With my parking brakes applied I can roll the truck forward. What's the problem?

A. With 75% lining left on the shoes and the stroke at 1.25”, I question whether the drum is within spec or the s-cam bushings are worn out.


Fuel Smart
Natural Gas Fuel Loses Some of its Luster, But Not Going Away

<p>Ryder's natural gas fleet of more than 500 natural gas vehicles has travelled more than 20 million miles, but not every fleet has been so successful.</p> The enthusiasm for natural gas fueled vehicles seems to be stuttering a bit. Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge offers insights from the Mid-America Trucking Show into the status of this alternative fuel for trucking.


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Twin 33s Would Be Safer than 28s, U of Michigan Researcher Says

Double-trailer rigs with a pair of 33-foot trailers would be “inherently more stable” and therefore safer than the twin 28s now running throughout the United States, according to John Woodrooffe, director of commercial vehicle research at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute.

Are You Staying on Top of Your Fuel Invoices?

Are you concerned about the accuracy of your fuel invoices? If you are, you have plenty of company, according to one recent survey.

What to Do About Fifth Wheel Grease

Here's one question you probably never saw answered in the syndicated newspaper column "Hints from Heloise."




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Convergence: Mobility in Trucking Is Now Anywhere, Anything, Anytime, Anyone

Lane Kidd Statement on Pilot Flying J Settlement

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Under Reporting of Commercial Motor Vehicle Crashes

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Founded in 1932 as National Hauling, NFI has evolved from a trucking company in a regulated environment into one of the largest privately held supply chain companies in North America.
Truck Fleet Innovators: NFI's Bill Bliem
PepsiCo is moving to specially spec&rsquo;d dry van trailers, liftgates and pallets that are preloaded at the warehouse.
Truck Fleet Innovators: PepsiCo's Shelby Green
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Truck Fleet Innovators: Meijer's David Hoover
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