Fleet Owner Staff

Fleet Owner Staff


ATRI: Driver wages and benefits outpaced lower fuel costs in 2016

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released the findings of its 2017 update to An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking.

Ozark offers new driver pay package

Ozark Motor Lines, Inc., a family-owned ground transportation services company based in Memphis, TN, is putting a new pay package in place for its drivers; increasing both cents per mile and accessorial pay.

Starting rates for linehaul drivers under the new pay package are 41 cents per mile for drivers with less than a year of experience all the way up to 46 cents per mile for drivers with five or more years of experience, with pay now topping out at 48 cents per mile.

Heavy-truck sales grow in U.S., Canada

Last month, U.S. heavy-truck sales grew to 36,057 units – up 7.1% – compared with 2016’s 32,357, according to WardsAuto data. In Canada, big truck sales also continued to rise – up 15.9% to 4,014 in September – for the seventh consecutive monthly year-over-year gain, according to Wards.

Steelman Transportation shows some love
At Steelman Transportation, Inc., it's becoming something of a habit to help out kids with cancer and other diseases. Brett Sheets, chief operating officer at Steelman, has once again made a charitable donation of hair to the Locks of Love Foundation.
Partial ELD waiver for short-term truck rentals

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is providing a partial waiver of sorts from the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate for short-term truck rentals.

HighJump and Teletrac Navman team up on ELD compliance

HighJump, a global provider of supply chain management, is integrating its Prophesy Dispatch TMS with Teletrac Navman's Director, the companies announced on Tuesday, just over two months before the federal ELD enforcement mandate begins. 

Fleetmatics certifies its ELD with FMCSA
​Fleetmatics, a Verizon Company, has registered its REVEAL LogBook ELD for Android with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The company said it did so after conducting a comprehensive development and evaluation process.
Bridgestone rolls out two new ultra wide base tires

Bridgestone Americas announced the launch of two new ultra-wide tires, the Greatec M835 Ecopia for the drive position and the Greatec R197 Ecopia for the trailer position.

“Our new offerings in the ultra wide base tire category cater to the growing need of long haul fleets to increase freight loads at a higher weight level,” said Eric Higgs, vice president of commercial marketing for Bridgestone Americas.

Federal Highway Administration issues grants for alternative-funding projects

Six projects to test alternative highway financing methods

WASHINGTON – The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced $15.5 million in Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives (STSFA) grants to six states that are exploring new ways to fund highway and bridge projects.

Comdata, FR8Star partner to speed payments for truckers
Comdata Inc. said it has partnered with FR8Star to provide carriers with a faster way to book loads and receive payments.
Telogis ELD verified by former FMCSA administrator
Former administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and now TransSafe Consulting CEO Annette Sandberg has verified that the Telogis electronic logging device (ELD) solution meets all federally mandated requirements.
Orders continue to climb for Class 8 trucks

Orders for Class 8 trucks continued to soar in September, while demand for medium-duty trucks remained more muted. However, on the heels of the recent introduction of new models from Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA), Mack Trucks, and Navistar, a major market share war may be shaping up for 2018, noted one industry analyst.

Grammer: New seat uses technology to keep drivers fresh

What truck driver isn’t familiar with this unpleasant feeling in the summer: back, thighs and buttocks sticking to the seat after hours behind the wheel. The air conditioning only keeps the head and front of the body agreeably cool. 

Trucking is trending fast towards electrification

Manufacturers that build cars and heavy trucks alike increasingly believe electricity – whether as stand-alone power or as part of a hydrogen-based fuel cell system – will play a critical role in powering motor vehicles in the not-so-distant future.

ATA urges U.S. to maintain cross-border truck program

Citing public “fear mongering,” American Trucking Associations sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer calling on the federal government to maintain the cross-border plan with Mexico as part of the ongoing renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).