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Vehicles longer than 30 feet, including trucks, will soon be banned from a mountainous section of eastern Tennessee roadway, due to a high number of crashes over a three-year period. The decision by the state transportation department affects a stretch of US 129/State Route 115 in Blount County, south of Knoxville, known as “The Dragon,” that sits along the western edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From 2010 to 2012, there were 204 total crashes from the Tennessee/North Carolina State Line to Tabcat Bridge in Blount County, with six of those involving fatalities, according to the state. “This is considered a critical number of crashes based on the type of road and number of vehicles per day on this facility,” said the Tennessee DOT. “While only one of the fatal crashes involved a tractor trailer, there were a number of incidents involving large trucks. Due to the curvy […]

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Comments Off on Self-driving trucks: How the road ahead may shape up

Proponents of so-called “self-driving trucks” contend that their enabling technologies will work in concert to cut fuel consumption, reduce emissions and ensure highway safety much more effectively than today’s commercial vehicles. Trucks engineered with various levels of self-driving technology are expected will start pulling onto North American roads over the next decade. And it’s predicted that eventually, perhaps around 2025 or later, that fully autonomous— that is truly driverless— trucks will be rolled out. Sandeep Kar, global director– Automotive & Transportation Research for Frost & Sullivan, has provided FleetOwner with forward-looking perspective on how this brave new world of trucking may play out down the road “based on preliminary baseline research my team has conducted thus far.” Regarding claims that self-driving trucks will be more fuel-efficient, Kar said “Trucks that will host these technologies in 2020 and beyond will be more fuel-efficient compared to trucks today and will feature even […]

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Comments Off on Driving the Mack Pinnacle with MP8 505C+ engine

The MP8 505C+ with mDrive is a high-performance powertrain that will likely challenge everything you thought you knew about the limitations of 13-litre engines and AMTs in Canada’s most rigorous applications. CALEDON, Ont. — It was as nasty a November day as you’ll encounter in Southern Ontario. The thermometer read -9 C; balmy when compared to the -19 C wind chill. Snow blew horizontally, painting the horizon a milky white. Snowdrifts piled up on the road in places while the wind swept other sections of highway clear, leaving behind only a thin layer of black ice. Gusting winds caused vehicles and old buildings to shudder, as well as the people within them. In other words, it was a perfect day to test drive a Mack truck. The truck was a Mack Pinnacle tractor with its newest engine rating, the 13-litre Mack MP8 505C+. It was put together by Vision Truck Group […]

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Comments Off on Applications open for second annual Top Fleet Employers program

OTTAWA, Ont. – Think you run or work for the best fleet across the country? Then get nominating. Applications are now being accepted for Trucking HR Canada’s second annual Top Fleet Employers program. “Top Fleet Employers recognizes fleets that are committed to, and demonstrate, best practices in human resources,” said Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada. “They are workplaces which lead by example, and play a key role in helping the trucking industry recruit and retain the employees it needs to ensure a successful future.” The program rates fleets on areas like: compensation, lifestyle, employee engagement, recruitment and retention. The program’s criteria has been validated by a panel of trucking industry experts and a certified human resource professional. In addition, the program recognizes and considers every fleet occupation. Online submissions are due by Feb. 27 (you can apply online by clicking here) and hard copy submissions are due March […]

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Comments Off on Hotshot trucking: Pros, cons of the small-truck niche

In trucking, the term hotshot commonly refers to either the truck or the freight – often both. In the former sense, it’s normally a Class 3-5 truck used in combination with a variety of trailers to run for-hire freight, whether for a single customer or less-than-truckload, though there are exceptions (check out this “hotshot on steroids,” for instance). The truck often will be one of the big three U.S. auto manufacturers’ three-quarter- to one-and-a-half-ton cab-and-chassis rigs or pickups outfitted for weight-distributing gooseneck- or fifth-wheel-type connections to a trailer. Hotshot freight is hauled for a single customer and needed in expedited fashion. Jeff Ward of the Atlanta area says the local and regional loads he hauls with his one-truck Brady’s Hotshot Hauling are “true hotshot freight.” That freight – often power company equipment to keep the electrical grid running – is needed as soon as possible to avoid a shutdown. Most agree […]

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Comments Off on Trucking provides big opportunities locally

CHEYENNE – Trucking has taken off in a big way in the United States, and no one knows that better than Brenda Birkle. Birkle is the director of the Sage Truck Driving School in Cheyenne, one of 25 such Sage schools across the country. In the nine years since she’s been there, Birkle said she’s seen the number of open truck driving positions skyrocket as online commerce and domestic oil and gas production has ramped up. “The tonnage traveling across America’s roadways is increasing exponentially, and oil and gas is a contributing factor to the amount of product going across America’s roadways,” Birkle said. “No matter how you look at it, I’ve never seen a train at Wal-Mart or a plane bellying up to Sears.” “However the goods got to town, it’s got to get a retail center, and that’s where trucks come in,” Birkle said. But trucking is a […]

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Comments Off on C.H. Robinson Purchasing Freightquote.com for $365 Million

The third-party logistics provider C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. has reached an agreement to acquire Freightquote.com Inc. for $365 million in cash. Founded in 1999, Freightquote is a privately-held freight broker providing services throughout North America, It is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, with approximately 1,000 employees, Freightquote provides truckload, less-than-truckload and intermodal services to approximately 80,000 customers, according to a release from C.H. Robinson. Its 2014 gross revenues are expected to be approximately $623 million, net revenues are projected to be approximately $124 million and adjusted earning are estimated to be approximately $34 million. The agreement is subject to certain customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval. Closing of the acquisition is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2015. “Freightquote is a high quality, innovative, growth company that brings a proven model serving smaller businesses. Its proprietary e-commerce technology allows shippers to easily access competitive rates and automated load […]

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Comments Off on C.R. England Seeks Driver Training Exemption

C.R. England is asking for a rule exemption to improve its driver training process. England, a large refrigerated hauler, offers commercial driver’s license training in partnership with a number of schools. Under rules set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a CDL holder must accompany a trainee with a commercial learner’s permit who does not yet have the full license. In a petition to the agency, England asked that this requirement be suspended when the trainee has passed the CDL skills test but has not yet received his certificate. Before this restriction went into effect, states routinely issued temporary CDLs to drivers who passed the test. With a temporary permit, England could route the trainee to his home terminal, where he could get his CDL and be assigned to an on-the-job training position with a trainer. This allowed the trainee to become productive immediately, England told the agency. England […]

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Comments Off on Searcy Trucking buys Renold’s Transport

WINNIPEG, Man. — Searcy Trucking has announced its acquisition of Altona, Man.-based specialized deck transporter Renold’s Transport. Renold provides deck transportation between the US and Western Canada, primarily for the agriculture and construction industries. The acquisition brings Searcy’s fleet to more than 110 trucks and 150 trailers. Searcy is owned by Bison Transport but operates as a standalone company. Renold will also be operated in this manner, the company announced. “The acquisition of Renold’s is part of our commitment to growing Searcy to meet the open deck and specialized transportation needs of the western Canadian marketplace,” said Don Streuber, president and CEO of Bison Transport. “The combination of Searcy and Renold’s brings together seasoned and committed management teams, support staff and driver base. Through Bison, they will have access to the depth and support of a much larger national carrier, including our systems, IT, and administrative services.” Renold Sawatsky, president […]

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Comments Off on Cyber attacks can funnel through trucking companies to shippers

NEWTON, Mass. — Trucking companies may be inadvertently creating security holes in their customers’ computer networks. A recent study by a number of US firms involved in cyber security has found that many companies—including those in the transportation industry—have opened themselves to attack by not properly securing the privileged administrative accounts that are used to run software applications and grant access to hardware. And having a hole in that part of their security makes not only them, but their customers, vulnerable. The report, entitled Privileged Account Exploits Shift the Front Lines of Cyber Securitywas compiled by Cisco Talos Security Intelligence and Research Group, Deloitte Financial Advisory Service LLP’s computer and cyber forensics team, Deloitte & Touche LLP’s cyber risk services division, Mandiant, RSA, Verizon Enterprise Solutions’ RISK Team and CyberArk. One of its key findings is that cyber criminals aren’t necessarily launching attacks directly against their target victims. Instead, the […]

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