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Volvo, ATA Identify Challenges to DME Industry
10/8/2014 1:00:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — Two representatives of trucking told the dimethyl ether industry meeting here that while the fuel has a number of desirable qualities, truck operators are “finicky” and demanding and will not switch on a casual basis.

Rand McNally Offers Integration with Transflo Document-Management Software
10/7/2014 11:30:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — Rand McNally announced a new integration of its in-cab fleet-management devices with Pegasus TransTech’s Transflo document-management software.

Clean Energy, Dillon Transport Sign Fueling Agreement to Open Three CNG Stations
10/7/2014 11:20:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — Clean Energy Fuels Corp. said it expects to open three new public natural-gas stations for heavy-duty trucks as part of a new fueling agreement with Dillon Transport.

Omnitracs Offers Scanning on MCP50, Adds Other Features
10/7/2014 11:05:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — Omnitracs said it is adding new features to its lower-cost MCP50 onboard device, including its in-cab scanning application, speeding alerts and support for active safety systems.

Fuel and a Physical: Urgent Care Now at Pilot Flying J
10/7/2014 10:00:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — Urgent Care Travel said it expanded its availability of medical services to professional drivers by locating exclusively at Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J Travel Plazas.

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Pauley's 'Reimagining Life' Message Hits Home with Trucker Spouses
10/7/2014 9:00:00 PM
Jane Pauley's spouse isn't a trucker, but the longtime journalist and television personality certainly relates to many of the challenges that truckers and their spouses face.

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Video: ATA to Pursue Federal Transportation Plan, Image Improvement, as MC&E Ends
10/7/2014 8:00:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — Leadership of a revised, restructured American Trucking Associations wants to plow forward on the federal Highway Trust Fund and a surface transportation plan, but also sees an opportunity to burnish the industry's image with the public.

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Long Officially Elected ATA Chairman
10/7/2014 5:55:00 PM
SAN DIEGO – The board of directors of American Trucking Associations officially elected Duane Long as its new chairman at the conclusion of the Management Conference & Exhibition.

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EPA's McCarthy Praises SmartWay, Hints at New GHG Rule
10/7/2014 3:00:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy praised trucking for its cooperation with her agency on the voluntary SmartWay energy conservation program, now 10 years old, and gave some hints on the shape of the new greenhouse gas rule now before the Environmental Protection Agency.

Bestpass Introduces Data Interchange Platform
10/7/2014 12:20:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — Bestpass Inc. introduced a new product that integrates its toll management services with fleets’ back-office systems.

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Experts Pinpoint Recruiting Challenges
10/7/2014 12:05:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — Stiffening competition for truck drivers and misperceptions about their work-lifestyle balance are among the biggest challenges to recruitment, according industry experts.

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EPA Honors Fleets With SmartWay Excellence Awards
10/7/2014 12:02:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized several fleets for “joining arm in arm” to cut carbon pollution, a challenge that agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said has helped bring innovation to the trucking market.

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Charge More for Fuel to Alleviate Congestion, Knight Transportation Chief Says
10/7/2014 12:01:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — Kevin Knight, chairman and CEO of Knight Transportation, Inc., said lawmakers should consider raising the national tax on fuels as a way to generate more funds to rebuild the country's aging infrastructure.

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Kriska Holdings, Britton Transport Honored with Volvo Safety Awards
10/7/2014 12:00:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — Volvo Trucks honored Kriska Holdings Ltd. and Britton Transport Inc. as the winners of its 2014 Volvo Trucks Safety Awards.

PeopleNet Adds Wi-Fi for In-Cab Scanning from Pegasus TransTech
10/7/2014 11:00:00 AM
SAN DIEGO — Onboard computing provider PeopleNet said it has added Wi-Fi capabilities for its in-cab scanning offerings from Pegasus TransTech.  

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Trucking, Major Customer Groups Prosper
10/7/2014 4:00:00 AM
SAN DIEGO — Demand for trucking services is strong, hauling capacity is tight, and three of the industry’s major customer segments all said they’re doing well, according to a discussion here among business economists.

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MC&E 2014 Tuesday Schedule
10/7/2014 2:10:00 AM
Tuesday's general session includes an appearance by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, and a Transport Topics panel discussion, “Living with Congestion – Is There a Light at the End of this Tunnel?” See the highlights of Tuesday's schedule.

Freightliner Guests Entertained by The Eagles Aboard USS Midway
10/7/2014
The Eagles were the surprise guest entertainers at the Freightliner Trucks customer appreciation dinner on Oct. 6.

Carriers Outline Efforts to Retain Drivers
10/6/2014 11:40:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — Necessity is the mother of invention and for trucking companies today, nothing is as necessary as obtaining and keeping drivers. So two trucking company executives told their colleagues about their efforts on the labor front.

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Velociti's 'Deployment as a Service' Model Aims to Bridge Technology Gap
10/6/2014 6:10:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — Velociti, a technology deployment company, announced a new Deployment as a Service model Oct. 6 that incorporates everything from project planning through post-installation repairs.

ATA Names Second LEAD ATA Class
10/6/2014 6:00:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — The second class of American Trucking Associations’ executive leadership training program, LEAD ATA, was announced on Oct. 6 during the kickoff of the federation’s annual Management Conference & Exhibition here.

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ATA Commends Share the Road Program, America’s Road Team
10/6/2014 5:50:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — The Share the Road highway safety program that American Trucking Associations created to convey safety and responsibility messages directed at those who drive around large trucks was feted by federation executives for its life-saving messages.

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Mack Trucks Makes mDrive AMT Standard on Pinnacle Model
10/6/2014 5:30:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — Mack Trucks Inc. said its proprietary mDrive automated manual transmission is now standard equipment on its Mack Pinnacle highway model.

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Canada Gives Thumbs-Up to Trailer Tails
10/6/2014 5:03:00 PM
SAN DIEGO – Permission for trucks sporting full-length trailer tails to travel across the highways of Canada took a giant step forward when Canadian transportation ministers approved an amendment on Oct. 1 regarding vehicle weight and height dimension regulations.

Orbcomm Launches Chassis-Tracking Product
10/6/2014 5:01:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — Orbcomm Inc. has launched a new chassis-tracking device, expanding its lineup of asset-tracking products for the transportation industry.

Zonar Adds GreenRoad Driver Tools to 2020 Tablet
10/6/2014 5:00:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — Fleet telematics provider Zonar said it is now offering GreenRoad’s driver performance and feedback application on its 2020 tablet.

DTNA Announces New Safety Offerings, Medium-Duty Engines
10/6/2014 4:00:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — Daimler Trucks North America said it plans to offer its own driver safety systems and new Detroit-branded medium-duty engines.

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‘Devolution’ Legislation in Congress Would Hurt Country’s Transportation Network, ATA’s Spear Says
10/6/2014 3:01:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — Congressional efforts to limit the federal government’s involvement in large-scale infrastructure projects would fracture the country’s vast and intricate transportation network, said Chris Spear, American Trucking Associations’ chief of legislative affairs.

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Graves to Stay as ATA Chief Through 2016
10/6/2014 2:10:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — Bill Graves, president and CEO of American Trucking Associations, announced on Oct. 6 he would continue to serve as the federation's president and CEO through December 2016.

U.S. Bank Cites Growth of Freight Bill Lookup Feature
10/6/2014 1:00:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — Freight payment processing provider U.S. Bank said more than 5,000 customers have signed up to use its new Freight Bill Lookup application since its introduction in May.

Arsenault Associates Changes Name to Dossier Systems
10/6/2014 12:00:00 PM
Fleet-maintenance software provider Arsenault Associates announced it has changed its name to Dossier Systems Inc.

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Graves: ATA Will Continue to Press on HOS, Fund Infrastructure
10/6/2014 11:00:00 AM
SAN DIEGO — Bill Graves, the two-term governor of Kansas who has led American Trucking Associations for more than a decade, pledged to industry executives on Oct. 6 that his team will continue to fight tougher rules the Obama administration has implemented on drivers’ work hours and safety performance.

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Long Ready for ATA’s Top Post; Wants to Lure More People Into Trucking
10/6/2014 10:40:00 AM
SAN DIEGO — Having attended MC&Es for a quarter of a century, Duane Long said he is ready on Oct. 7 to step into the top position at American Trucking Associations — the chairmanship.

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ATA Honors New York Trucking Group’s Leader with TAEC Award
10/6/2014 10:20:00 AM
SAN DIEGO — Kendra Hems, president of the New York State Motor Truck Association, received the Trucking Association Executives Council Leadership Award from American Trucking Associations.

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Poll Finds Truck Drivers are Safer Than Passenger Vehicle Drivers
10/6/2014 10:20:00 AM
SAN DIEGO — The vast majority of people surveyed in a recent poll said they believe truck drivers are safer than everyday car drivers.

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HOS Tops Industry's Critical Issues List Again
10/6/2014 9:58:00 AM
SAN DIEGO — The hours-of-service rule once again topped the American Transportation Research Institute’s annual survey of critical issues facing the trucking industry, while several driver-focused concerns moved higher up the 2014 list.

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TCA's Dunn Says Truckload’s Time is Now for Driver Reform
10/6/2014 9:58:00 AM
SAN DIEGO — Truckload carriers have entered into a rare window of opportunity for addressing the long-bedeviling problem of the driver shortage — as long as they can muscle shippers into paying higher rates.

SmartDrive Expands Options for Video-Based Safety, Including 360-Degree Views
10/6/2014 9:57:00 AM
SAN DIEGO — SmartDrive Systems said it will offer its video-based safety system in three separate packages, ranging from a single road-facing camera to a 360-degree view around the vehicle, to meet the needs of different fleets.

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ATA Opens MC&E Exhibit Hall
10/5/2014 5:00:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — American Trucking Associations leaders officially opened the exhibit hall at the federation’s 2014 Management Conference & Exhibition with an Oct. 5 ribbon-cutting ceremony and invited attendees to see the latest products and services available to the trucking industry.

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Navistar Showcases ProStar Fuel-Economy Spec, Enhances Remote-Diagnostics Platform
10/5/2014 4:00:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — Navistar Inc. showcased a ProStar tractor featuring what it described as its most fuel-efficient Class 8 specification and announced several enhancements for its OnCommand Connection remote diagnostics platform at a press conference here.

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Blunt Expects Congress to Revisit HOS Suspension in Lame-Duck Session
10/5/2014 3:00:00 PM
SAN DIEGO -- Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said Congress is likely to take up a proposal in a November lame-duck session to halt last year’s hours-of-service rule change.

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Trucking Executives Recognized for Outstanding Service
10/5/2014 2:30:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — Several state trucking association executives were commended by American Trucking Associations for notable service to the industry.

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Van Steenburg: FMCSA to Seek Comments on ‘Alternative Compliance’
10/5/2014 2:00:00 PM
SAN DIEGO -- Jack Van Steenburg, chief safety officer at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, said he expects the agency to seek input from the public in the coming months on an “alternative compliance” program aimed at giving carriers and drivers credit for installing safety technologies.

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ATA Honors 4 For Image Efforts
10/5/2014 2:00:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — Two individuals, a state trucking association and a company were recognized by American Trucking Associations for their efforts to bolster the industry’s image.

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Byrd Grateful for Year as Chairman, Urges Successors to Continue Unfinished Work
10/5/2014 2:00:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — Even after a 35-year career in trucking, Philip Byrd Sr. said he has been amazed at what he has learned about the industry during his one-year term as chairman of American Trucking Associations.

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UPS Urges Study of LRR Tires
10/5/2014 1:30:00 PM
SAN DIEGO -- Parcel carrier UPS Inc. continues with its investments in and operation of alternative-fuel vehicles, aiming for 1 billion miles driven by 2017, but one of the company's engineers said low-rolling-resistance tires need to be analyzed carefully as they have problems as well as advantages.

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Execs: Analytics, Big Data to Become Standard Business Tools
10/5/2014 1:03:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — With millions of smartphones and apps on hand today, the trucking industry is poised to more easily share data and considerably lower operating costs.

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MC&E Opens With a Bang as Epes CEO Records Ace
10/5/2014 1:00:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — Al Bodford was grinning from ear to ear as he approached a group of mostly strangers waiting for an elevator at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina Oct. 4. “Anybody else here get a hole-in-one today?” he asked.

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Trillium CNG Says New Compressor Cuts Refueling Time in Half
10/5/2014 12:30:00 PM
SAN DIEGO – Trillium CNG announced it has developed a new version of its hydraulic intensifier compressor that will cut refueling time for CNG vehicles in half.

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Help Inc. Says PrePass Enrollment Tops 485,000
10/5/2014 12:01:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — Enrollment in the PrePass weigh-station bypass program has surpassed 485,000 trucks operated by 39,500 fleets, the provider of the service said at an Oct. 5 press conference here at American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition.

Vigillo Upgrades CSA Alerts with Athena Platform
10/5/2014 10:02:00 AM
SAN DIEGO — Data-analytics provider Vigillo said it has upgraded its daily CSA Alert e-mails to provide more detailed updates on a company’s performance under the federal Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.

Rand McNally Partners with Drivewyze to Offer Weigh-Station Bypass on TND 760
10/5/2014 10:01:00 AM
SAN DIEGO — Rand McNally said it now is offering Drivewyze Inc.’s PreClear weigh-station bypass application on its TND 760 truck-navigation and fleet-management devices.

Magellan Unveils Android GPS Device, Adds Fleet-Management Features
10/5/2014 10:00:00 AM
SAN DIEGO — Magellan unveiled a new Android-based GPS truck navigation device and announced new fleet-management capabilities for its products.

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MC&E 2014 Sunday Schedule
10/4/2014 11:00:00 PM
Sunday's schedule at MC&E features lots of policy committee meetings, as well as the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. PT to officially open the Exhibit Hall.

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Industry Leaders Head to San Diego for ATA Meeting
10/4/2014 8:30:00 PM
Trucking executives meeting in San Diego this week at American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition to set the industry’s agenda for 2015 also will hear from several key federal government officials.

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FlowBelow Sells 1,200 AeroKit Systems to Mesilla Valley Transportation
10/4/2014 8:00:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — Aerodynamics company FlowBelow said it will provide 1,200 of its Tractor AeroKits to Mesilla Valley Transportation, which plans to outfit its entire fleet with the fuel-saving products.

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DDC FPO Unveils Software to Streamline Freight-Document Processing
10/4/2014 7:00:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — DDC FPO, a provider of business-process outsourcing, announced the launch of a new back-office program Oct. 4, designed to streamline the document-management process for freight billing.

MC&E 2014 Live Coverage
10/3/2014 5:00:00 PM
Welcome to ongoing coverage of the 2014 Management Conference & Exhibition from the San Diego Convention Center. Transport Topics is flooding the convention with reporters, editors and photographers who will bring you up-to-the-minute coverage of press conferences, speeches, the exhibit hall and much more.

Trucking Prepares for MC&E as Industry Faces Uncertainty
10/2/2014 8:00:00 PM
Trucking industry leaders gather Oct. 4-7 for the 2014 Management Conference & Exhibition amid one of the strongest economic climates in years but also continued business and legislative uncertainty.

Congestion, Infrastructure Shape Discussion Moderated by Transport Topics During MC&E
10/2/2014 7:45:00 PM 
Top executives and industry experts plan to explore ways business leaders and government officials can work to relieve congestion along the country’s aging transportation network during a panel discussion Oct. 4-7 at American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.

Graves Focuses on Bipartisan Coalitions in Efforts to Advance Industry’s Agenda
10/2/2014 7:45:00 PM
Bill Graves, president of American Trucking Associations, said he expects to remind the federation’s members and others attending the 2014 Management Conference & Exhibition next month of the need to build bipartisan coalitions.

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Execs, Drivers Compete in Healthy Challenge
10/2/2014 3:00:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — Trucking executives and members of America’s Road Team said they will compete in a challenge to promote healthy habits here during American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition. 

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MC&E 2014 Monday Schedule
10/2/2014 2:30:00 PM
Monday's schedule at MC&E is highlighted by ATA President Bill Graves' "State of the Industry" address. Check out the full rundown of Monday's events.

ATA Unveils Highlights of MC&E Conference
10/2/2014 1:30:00 PM
American Trucking Associations announced that its 2014 Management Conference & Exhibition is due to take place in San Diego in the fall, providing a forum for discussion of some of the most significant issues for the industry.


 

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