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June 14, 2017
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May Truck Orders Top 16,000 on Replacement Demand

Orders for Class 8 vehicles in May cleared 16,000 to improve 18% year-over-year amid expectations that demand will continue at replacement level, or slightly higher, analysts said. ACT Research Co. put the total at 16,800, citing preliminary figures it will revise later this month. That is up from 14,224 orders a year earlier. “It’s more of a commentary on where we were last year than where we are this year,” ACT Vice President Steve Tam told Transport Topics. “Nothing has changed from a fundamental perspective this year. We are still chasing freight growth. We still have excess capacity. We are still a little bit surprised at the strength of the order demand over the last two quarters in light of those fundamentals.”
Source: Transport Topics


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April Used-Truck Sales Increase Amid Buyers’ Market at Auctions

Used-truck sales in April inched up year-over-year, compared with the 2016 period, amid a heavy-duty market that saw auction prices hit bottom and replacement demand climb, analysts said. Sales were 3,382 compared with 3,337 a year earlier, ACT Research Co. reported, based on its sample of dealers, wholesalers and auctioneers as well as a few large fleets. ACT uses the sample to determine average prices, age and mileage. It includes about 13% of the total market, which is statistically enough to project market conditions, according to the company. By that measure, total April sales rose to 26,015 compared with 25,669 a year earlier, ACT said.
Source: Transport Topics


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Supreme Court Rejects Trucker Bid to Review ELD Mandate

The Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch bid by a major truck driver association to overturn a federal mandate on electronic logging devices that track how many hours truckers drive. The nation's highest court said Monday it would not consider a petition by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association to hear the trucker trade group’s argument against the Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requirement to install the devices, or ELDs, in heavy-duty trucks. The federal mandate is set to go into effect on Dec. 18.
Source: Trucks.com


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Why Self-Driving Trucks Will Still Need Drivers

When Uber Technologies used a self-driving truck to run a load of Budweiser beer across 120 miles of Colorado last year, the feat gave the trucking industry a glimpse of a cost-saving driverless future. But the loss of drivers has an employment dark side. A White House report last December estimated the loss of 60 to 88 percent of approximately 2.5 million truck driving jobs. Globally, the International Transport Forum expects the demand for truck drivers will plunge between 50 and 70 percent in the U.S. and Europe by 2030. That would be a reduction of 3.3 to 4.4 million out of 6.5 million positions. Yet many in the trucking industry believe these alarmist projections are premature.
Source: Trucks.com


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Scania Says European Convoys of Semi-Automated Trucks Coming Before 2025

Scania said Europe’s truck manufacturers have presented a detailed timeline of steps leading up to the introduction of convoys of semi-automated trucks on Europe’s motorways before 2025. Truck maker Scania is a unit of Wolfsburg, Germany-based Volkswagen AG. In March, Volkswagen acquired 16.2 million common shares in U.S. truck maker Navistar International Corp. for a 16.6% equity stake. The timeline, the EU Roadmap for Truck Platooning, also provides guidance to policymakers and authorities on the regulatory changes and political support necessary for cross-border truck platooning, Scania said June 12.
Source: Transport Topics


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Freight Underpinnings May Be Stronger Than Thought

A new report indicates that U.S. manufacturing and logistics experienced “dramatic growth” over the past generation, with more potentially on the way as the global economy revives.

The purportedly slow demise of the manufacturing and logistics sectors of the U.S. economy since the start of the 21st century may not only be greatly exaggerated but may in fact be wholly inaccurate, if new analysis conducted by researchers at Ball State University is to be believed. That could be trucking companies – especially small operators – on much surer freight footing than they may think, if the conclusions of the school’s study is correct.
Source: Fleet Owner

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OSHA Safe + Sound Week Campaign Runs Through June 18

As a partner with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, ATD/NADA is encouraging its members to participate in OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week, which runs from June 12-18, 2017.

What Is Safe + Sound Week?
  A nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces.

Why Participate? 
Safe workplaces are sound businesses. Successful safety and health programs can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line. Participating in Safe + Sound Week can help get your program started or energize an existing one.

Who Is Encouraged to Participate?
  Organizations of any size or in any industry looking for an opportunity to show their commitment to safety to workers, customers, the public or supply chain partners should participate.

How to Participate? 
Participating in Safe + Sound Week is easy. To get started, select the activities you would like to do at your workplace. Some organizations might want to host a public event. Examples of potential activities and tools to help you plan and promote your events are available. After you've completed your events, you can download a certificate and web badge to recognize your organization and your workers. Click here for more details.
Source: OSHA / ATD/NADA


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Top Stories
May Truck Orders Top 16,000 on Replacement Demand
April Used-Truck Sales Increase Amid Buyers’ Market at Auctions
Supreme Court Rejects Trucker Bid to Review ELD Mandate
Why Self-Driving Trucks Will Still Need Drivers
Scania Says European Convoys of Semi-Automated Trucks Coming Before 2025
Freight Underpinnings May Be Stronger Than Thought
OSHA Safe + Sound Week Campaign Runs Through June 18


 

 



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