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New turnkey fleet management systems from AT&T are targeting government, private, over-the-road and local delivery fleets running heavy-, medium- and light-duty trucks as part of the company’s renewed focus on the transportation industry. ...More
Leasing companies should start to capture more business in the Class 8 market over the next six years, according to new analysis conducted by global consulting firm Frost & Sullivan – particularly as a range of truck-related “extras” from preventive maintenance to telematics services are expected to be included in leasing packages down the road....More
Schneider recently held its fifth annual Intermodal Safety Rodeo at its Green Bay headquarters. The transportation/logistics firm annually hosts the competition, which is open to all drivers in its Intermodal division.
Set up regionally at 12 locations, the three-maneuver course is designed to test in about 15 minutes both blind-side backing and the ability to handle tricky parking situations. ...More
Results from a new public opinion survey sponsored by several highway safety-focused interest groups are being used as part of a broader effort to head-off Congressional efforts to increase the allowable work hours for truck drivers from 70 to 82 per week....More
Here is a look at what is happening in the world of transportation this morning:
The Hill reports on a brewing battle over Congressional efforts to extend weekly truck driver on-duty time to 82 hours versus the current 70.
Wisconsin inspectors say truck safety violations are on the rise in the Badger state, according to WISN 12....More
Trimble has released a new cloud-based platform for field service management. Trimble Horizon will serve as the core platform for the company’s field service management (FMS) suite of solutions and services.
Among the solutions that will run on Horizon are Trimble’s Work Management, Fleet Management and Driver Safety. The cloud will also handle mobile applications and tools and web services for seamless integration....More
FedEx Freight drivers in Philadelphia vote to join the Teamsters union, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Truckers take heed: the Chicago Daily Herald reports that higher tolls for commercial vehicles traveling in Illinois will be initiated in 2015....More
Freight volume on September’s spot market set a record for the 14th consecutive month, according to the latest North American Freight Index released by DAT Solutions.
What’s more, last month spot-market truckload rates increased year-over-year for all three equipment categories. And freight volume and rate activity were “in line with seasonal expectations” when viewed month over month....More
Corridor H is a 148 mile segment of the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) that will eventually link I-81 in Virginia to I-79 in Weston, West VA, along the Allegheny Mountains. About 83% or 2,522.39 miles of the ADHS stood completed at the close of 2013; a regional highway network expected to cost an estimated $11.4 billion in 2010 dollars when finished.