Nearly 50 Peterbilt customers recently showcased their trucks in Denton, TX – the home of Peterbilt Motors Co. – as part of the very first “Peterbilt Pride & Class Parade.” The event also raised nearly $1,000 in donations for the United Way of Denton County. (Photos byThomas Judd Photography and Peterbilt Motors Co.)
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it has awarded nearly $1 million in grants to seven technical and community colleges across the country to help train veterans and their families for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers. The funding is provided through FMCSA’s Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training (CMV-OST) grant program.
Net trailer orders in September slumped to 12,950 units, down 16% from August, according to data tracked by ACT Research Co. And while year-over-year comparisons are difficult due to the “high bar” set for order intake in September 2015, the firm believes the current track for trailer orders does not bode well for the future.
“This shows September volume approximately 65% below the same month last year,” noted Frank Maly, ACT’s director of CV transportation analysis & research, in a statement.
The national average retail pump price for diesel increased this week, while gasoline declined, according to data tracked by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), with most U.S. regions reporting hikes in prices for both fuels compared to last week.
The national average for diesel increased 3.6 cents to $2.481 per gallon this week, the agency noted, though that is 5 cents per gallon cheaper compared to the same week in 2015.
For years, smart fleets have been doing everything in their power to boost productivity. But it is getting tougher and tougher to find new ways to make that happen. Still, competitive pressures, regulatory headwinds and rising costs are keeping the pressure on to constantly up your game.
Increasingly, the only way left to do that is through collaboration. The easier moves have already been made.
Trucking conglomerate Schneider recently purchased its 15,000th intermodal container chassis, which the company noted is a “major milestone” in its effort to convert its intermodal division to a completely company-owned and managed chassis fleet.
Jim Filter, senior vice president and general manager of Schneider’s Intermodal division, added in a statement that the carrier still anticipates it will fully covert to a network of all company-owned chassis by 2017 – three years after it began the conversion process.
Isuzu Commercial Truck of America highlighted key specifications of its all-new Class 6 medium-duty truck, the 2018 Isuzu FTR, following a series of “whistle stops” at several dealerships the OEM made while taking the vehicle on a nationwide tour over the last two weeks.