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James Menzies

James Menzies
James Menzies is editor of Truck News magazine. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 15 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at james@newcom.ca or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies.
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    Electric medium-duty trucks a good fit for some applications: NACFE

    October 17, 2018 by James Menzies

    NEW YORK, N.Y. – A new Confidence Report on the viability of electric-powered medium-duty trucks found they are a “real solution, for some specific applications.” Mike Roeth, executive director of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) said during

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    Mack, Volvo expand over-the-air capabilities

    October 17, 2018 by Truck News

    GREENSBORO, N.C. – Mack and Volvo have both announced expanded over-the-air (OTA) software and vehicle parameter update capabilities. They’ve also created a simple portal to allow customers to register their trucks for OTA updates. “Customers who utilize Mack Over The

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    Canada’s spot market sees more capacity, less freight

    October 16, 2018 by Truck News

    TORONTO, Ont. – Canadian spot market load volumes increased towards the end of September, but third quarter volumes were 29% off unprecedented Q2 numbers. Third quarter load volumes were only 11% lower year-over-year, according to TransCore Link Logistics. The truck-to-load

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    Carriers giving capacity to best customers

    October 16, 2018 by James Menzies

    Driver shortage putting a lid on fleet expansion

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    Trailer orders shatter all-time high in September

    October 16, 2018 by Truck News

    Preliminary trailer orders in September totaled 56,000 units, setting an all-time high over the previous record in October 2014 by more than 10,000 trailers. September’s orders were up 59% from August and 133% year-over-year, according to FTR. It reports that

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    Pro carrier environment sustained through August: FTR

    October 15, 2018 by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The FTR Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) dropped in August, but still reflected a very positive carrier environment. The moderation seen in August reflected some freight rate stabilization and continued incremental capacity additions, FTR reported. Freight demand remains

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    Fastfrate launches new linehaul division

    October 15, 2018 by Truck News

    WOODBRIDGE, Ont. – Fastfrate Group has announced the formation of a new dedicated truckload linehaul service. It integrated BRS Transportation’s operations into the Consolidated Fastfrate operations, effective Oct. 15. Fastfrate Linehaul is the name of the new entity, and will

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    Goodyear takes two million service calls in 10 years

    October 15, 2018 by Truck News

    AKRON, Ohio – Goodyear has announced its Fleet HQ Emergency Roadside Service program has achieved a new milestone, having completed its two millionth service call in 10 years. “Over the last decade, trucking operations of all sizes and configurations –

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    U.S. economy should remain strong: FTR

    October 11, 2018 by James Menzies

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – The U.S. economy is “in a good place” and expected to stay there through 2019. That was the assessment of Bill Witte, senior economist with FTR, who gave an economic update to subscribers during a State of

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    Canada can learn from past mistakes when mandating ELDs

    October 10, 2018 by James Menzies

    MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Canada’s long-awaited electronic logging device (ELD) mandate should differ from the U.S. rule to avoid some of the pitfalls that befell the rollout of similar legislation there. That was the opinion of a panel that discussed the

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    Bridgestone, Firestone and Bandag tires to cost more

    October 9, 2018 by Truck News

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations and Bridgestone Canada are informing customers that Bridgestone and Firestone truck tires will increase in price Nov. 9. Bandag retreads sold in the U.S. and Canada will also be affected. National account, national

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    Canadian Forces take delivery of Mack military trucks

    October 4, 2018 by Truck News

    PETAWAWA, Ont. – The Canadian Department of National Defence recently took delivery of its first Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) Standard Military Pattern (SMP) trucks from Mack Defense. The trucks were handed over during a special ceremony at the Canadian

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    Bendix buys steering component remanufacturer

    October 4, 2018 by Truck News

    ELYRIA, Ohio – Bendix has announced it is acquiring the ProSteering business of JM Engineered Products, which remanufactures all makes of steering components. Once closed, Bendix will incorporate the ProSteering brand’s products, manufacturing operations and its sales and service operations

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    Third quarter the best ever for Class 8 orders

    October 4, 2018 by Truck News

    Fleets rushed to secure truck availability in September, with preliminary data showing orders for 42,300 units, according to FTR. That set an all-time high for the third quarter, with 146,800 orders, and September was the 10th best month ever. FTR

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    Driver turnover on the rise: ATA

    October 3, 2018 by Truck News

    ARLINGTON, Va. – Driver turnover at large truckload fleets hit its highest level since 2015, according to the American Trucking Associations (ATA). “So far this year, the turnover rate at large truckload fleets is up 10 percentage points,” said ATA

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