Neil Abt

Neil
Abt
Senior Editor,
Fleet Owner

Neil Abt, senior editor at Fleet Owner, is a veteran journalist with over 20 years of reporting experience, including 15 years spent covering the trucking industry. A graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., he began his career covering sports for The Washington Post newspaper, followed by a position in the newsroom of America Online (AOL) and then both reporting and leadership roles at Transport Topics. Abt is based out of Portland, Oregon.

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Anheuser-Busch, Convoy expand relationship

Anheuser-Busch announced an enhanced multi-year agreement with Convoy, making the technology start-up the “trucking service provider” for shipments.

Anheuser-Busch has already been using Convoy for some on-demand beer shipments. The companies were recently profiled on CNBC during a real-time delivery.

C.H. Robinson increases use of Virtual Load View from Omnitracs

Omnitracs and C.H. Robinson jointly announced they are deepening with business relationship, with the freight broker committing to the long-term use of the technology firm’s Virtual Load View (VLV) product.

ITI unveils Sentix for automated training needs

Instructional Technologies Inc. (ITI) said its new automated web-based learning management system will be available starting Nov. 1.

The new system is known as Sentix. ITI is the maker of the Pro-Tread online driver training system. The company is based in Vancouver, WA.

Sentix “can automate assignments for new hires, schedule training before an endorsement expires, or trigger corrective training based on an event or trend,” said Aaron Purvis, chief technology officer of ITI.

Trump uses truckers to elevate tax reform push
President Trump promised a group of truckers during a speech in Pennsylvania that his plan to lower taxes will provide financial relief to their business and families.
Optimism grows for significant freight rate increases

A wide range of trucking industry reports show capacity continues to tighten and significant freight rate increases are expected. 

The recent hurricanes, the pending electronic logging mandate and a recent uptick in overall freight demand has “unquestionably” give trucking fleets the upper hand in 2018 negotiations for the first time in three years, according to report from Cowen and Co.

For drivers, no detail is too small when looking at new models

PORTLAND, OR. As they waited to hear from dispatch for their next load, truck driver Stephen Fahey of Ottery Transportation Inc. and his wife Michela couldn’t resist checking out Volvo Truck’s new VNL and VNR models.

Highway fatalities increase again, NHTSA says

Total traffic deaths on U.S. highways rose 5.6 percent in 2016 to a decade-high of 37,461, with truck-involved fatalities also increasing again, a new report found.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report said fatalities rose 2.6 percent to 1.18 deaths per 100 million miles driven, up from 1.15 one year earlier.

Walmart buys Parcel to boost NYC e-commerce deliveries

Walmart Stores said it has acquired Parcel Inc. to ramp up its last-mile delivery operations in New York City.

“We plan to leverage Parcel for last mile delivery to customers in New York City – including same-day delivery – for both general merchandise as well as fresh and frozen groceries from Walmart and Jet," Nate Faust, senior vice president of Walmart U.S. eCommerce Supply Chain, said in a blog post.

Oregon votes to raise truck speeds

The Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) has voted to increase the speed limit for trucks on portions of several interstate highways to 60 mph from 55 mph.

The increase will take place before the end of the year and for stretches where the passenger vehicle speed limit is 65 mph. Oregon is one of seven states that do not have uniform speed limits on interstate highways.

Officials said truckers were averaging 60 mph in these areas and raising it would help improve overall traffic flow.

Effort to include trucks fails before Senate panel advances autonomous bill

A Senate panel has excluded commercial trucks from legislation it approved on Oct. 4 to assist the development and deployment of autonomous cars.

Unanimous passage by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation sends the AV Start Act (S. 1885) to the full Senate. Similar legislation that also excludes vehicles over 10,000 lbs. was passed by the House of Representatives last month.

Senate bill on self-driving vehicles excludes trucks

Leaders with the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee announced they reached an agreement on legislation overseeing self-driving vehicles that excludes commercial trucks. The Senate bill is similar to one the House unanimously passed  in September that would allow automakers sell thousands of autonomous vehicles, provided they demonstrate they are as safe as current vehicles with human controls.

Democratic lawmakers seek mandatory sleep apnea testing for truckers

Democratic lawmakers from New York and New Jersey have introduced legislation that would mandate the screening and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea for commercial truck drivers and rail workers.

Truck maker Scania to appeal $1 billion fine over price fixing charges

Scania said it would appeal a decision by the European Commission to charge the truck maker with a 880.5 million euro ($1.03 billion) fine for fixing truck prices between 1997-2011.

“Scania strongly contests all the findings and allegations made by the European Commission, the company said in a statement. The company added it “has co-operated fully with the European Commission by providing it with requested information and explanations throughout the entire investigation period.”

Michelin introduces XDA Energy + tire

Michelin Americas Truck Tires has introduced its XDA Energy + dual drive-position tire for linehaul applications.

The XDA Energy + is our “latest and greatest fuel solution,” Adam Murphy, vice president of marketing, said Sept. 27 during the North American Commercial Vehicle show.

Mitchell 1 enhances RepairConnect

ATLANTA. Mitchell 1 announced upgrades to its RepairConnect diagnostic truck repair software, including anti-lock braking system and transmission diagnostic trouble codes and repair information in a single location through TruckSeries.

RepairConnect is integrated with all major scan tools and supports SAE protocols. The system provides the ability to access accurate diagnostic repair procedures in seconds, the company said.

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