Truck News

  • News Technology

    Blackberry on trucking’s radar

    April 20, 2018 2:42PM by James Menzies

    MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Blackberry has improved the ability of its Radar trailer tracking system to detect trailer cargo capacity. It uses flight sensors to detect very precisely – to 99.9 accuracy – the amount of space remaining in a trailer.

  • Trucking conditions have never been better: FTR

    April 16, 2018 12:05PM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Trucking conditions have never been better, according to the latest FTR Trucking Conditions Index. The February index reached its highest reading since it was developed in 1992. The Truck Loading Index is expected to grow 4-6% year-over-year

  • News Equipment

    Trailer orders continue to be strong

    April 16, 2018 10:08AM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Trailer orders totaled 27,500 units in March, according to preliminary data from FTR. That reflects a typical seasonal decline, down 16% from February, but orders remained historically strong with order activity at the highest level for the

  • Volvo unveils first all-electric truck

    April 12, 2018 9:13AM by Truck News

    GOTHENBURG, Sweden — Volvo Trucks has revealed its first all-electric truck for commercial use. The Volvo FL Electric was designed for urban distribution and refuse operations among other applications. It has a gross vehicle weight of 16 tonnes and its

  • Great Dane hires new vice-presidents

    April 4, 2018 2:35PM by Truck News

    SAVANNAH, Ga. – Great Dane has named Axel Gros and Jim Stevenson its new vice-presidents of manufacturing. In their new roles, Gros and Stevenson will be focused on accelerating Great Dane’s implementation of continual improvement and lean manufacturing initiatives. Gros

  • News Equipment

    Fleets scrambling to secure Class 8 build slots

    April 4, 2018 8:36AM by Truck News

    Preliminary North American Class 8 orders totaled 46,300 units according to FTR, marking the third best month ever. They came in 15% above February’s tally and are up 103% year-over-year. Class 8 orders for the first quarter were the largest

  • Celadon to restate prior financials, likely to be delisted

    April 3, 2018 8:06AM by Truck News

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Celadon Group announced yesterday that its financial statements for the fiscal year 2016 and the quarters ended Sept. 30, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2016 remain under internal investigation. The company also reviewed its current and historical accounting

  • No relief in sight for shippers: FTR

    March 29, 2018 9:17AM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Shippers in the U.S. continue to face a tough capacity and rate environment, with no relief in sight. That’s according to the latest Shippers Conditions Index by FTR, which came in a -11.1 rating. FTR projects rate

  • News Equipment

    Best February ever for trailer orders

    March 27, 2018 8:47AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – February trailer orders were the strongest ever for that month, according to data from ACT Research. “Dry vans and reefers were off sequentially; flatbeds had the best monthly gain,” said Frank Maly, director, commercial vehicle transportation analysis

  • Carriers seeing most favorable rate environment in 14 years: FTR

    March 22, 2018 9:52AM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Trucking conditions in the U.S. continued their upturn in January, as demand remained well above supply according to the FTR Trucking Conditions Index. An 11.5 reading showed maxed out capacity and rate increases for carriers. Trucking conditions

  • February spot market second strongest month ever

    March 16, 2018 10:40AM by Truck News

    TORONTO, Ont. – TransCore has reported loads posted to its Loadlink freight matching service declined in February by 9% off historically high levels. However, TransCore said load volumes are still higher than average, setting the bar for a strong year.

  • News Equipment

    February trailer orders “red hot”: FTR

    March 16, 2018 9:43AM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – February marked a record month for trailer orders, according to preliminary data from FTR. Orders came in at 32,000 units, a 24% year-over-year increase but 20% off January 2018 orders. But it marked the fifth consecutive month

  • Paccar’s Ste-Therese plant wins award

    March 16, 2018 9:38AM by Truck News

    STE-THERESE, Que. – Paccar’s Ste-Therese, Que., medium-duty truck plant has won a Frost & Sullivan award for manufacturing leadership. The award recognizes production technology advancements, and was won for the plant’s frame transfer efficiency improvement project. Paccar says the project

  • Government discussing a drug abuse program as legalized cannabis approaches

    March 13, 2018 5:09PM by Truck News

    OTTAWA, Ont. – Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau says the Government of Canada is actively working on a policy to address marijuana impairment in the workplace. The minister sent a letter to the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA), the Railway Association

  • U.S. spot rates dip

    March 13, 2018 12:42PM by Truck News

    PORTLAND, Ore. — Spot truckload freight volumes and rates took a seasonal dip in February, typically a year’s slowest month for freight, reports DAT Solutions, which runs a North American load board. While February spot market rates for van, refrigerated,