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January 10, 2018

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ATD Set to Unveil Study on the Future Truck Dealer Landscape
By Steve Parker, January 2018


When I rang in the New Year with my wife, Sue, and our family, I could scarcely believe that the flashing numbers on the television heralded 2-0-1-8. As a father and grandfather, I wondered what the future has in store for my family. And as a truck dealer, I wondered what it has in store for the commercial truck industry. If you’ve thought the same thing, I’m pleased to tell you about ATD’s new study, Commercial Truck Dealer Future Landscape. And it will help make sure that you and your dealerships have a bright and clear path ahead.

Truck dealers are working at breakneck speed to navigate an ever-evolving market and changing technology. The way we operated our stores even just a few years ago is not the same way we operate them today. The average truck dealer works extremely hard to meet the challenges that have come from the modern era—complex manufacturer and supplier demands, ever-increasing big data, government regulations and, above all, consumer demand. Last year ATD commissioned ACT Research, a recognized and leading publisher of commercial vehicle industry data in North America, to examine the future landscape of our market. After researchers held extensive qualitative interviews with noteworthy industry leaders, truck dealers, OEM representatives and other important stakeholders, four critical themes emerged—and I am eager to share one right now. Click here for the full article.

Parker is chairman of ATD, a division of NADA in Tysons, Va., which represents more than 1,800 heavy- and medium-duty truck dealerships. He is president of Baltimore Potomac Truck Centers in Linthicum, Md., which operates five full-service commercial truck dealership locations with Mack, Volvo and Hino Trucks franchises in Maryland and Virginia.

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John Arscott Nominated for National Truck Dealer of the Year Award

Winners will be announced at American Truck Dealers (ATD) Show 2018 in Las Vegas in March.

John Arscott, CEO of The Pete Store in Baltimore, Md., is one of seven nominees for 2018 Truck Dealer of the Year – a national award that recognizes commercial-truck dealers for business performance, industry and civic leadership and community service.

“It personally means a lot to me to have been nominated for this award by my peers. When you look at the quality of the other nominees, it’s clear to see that entrepreneurialism and leadership are alive and well in our industry,” said Arscott. “I’m proud to be mentioned alongside a great group of dealers.”

The national Truck Dealer of the Year award is sponsored by ATD, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine and Procede Software. The other nominees are Joseph Alosa, Sr., president and CEO of New England Kenworth in Concord, N.H.; Mark Bergey, president of Bergey’s Truck Centers in Souderton, Pa.; Richard Reynolds, president of Peach State Truck Center in Norcross, Ga.; Jon Vandehey, president/CEO of Mid-State Truck Service in Marshfield, Wis.; Lee White, II, president of Old River Companies in South Richland, Miss.; and Craig Young, president of Young Truck Sales in Canton, Ohio.

The winner and runner-up will be announced during the 55th annual ATD Show (formerly the ATD Convention & Expo) in Las Vegas, which runs concurrently with the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Show from Thursday, March 22, through Sunday, March 25, 2018.

ATD, a division of NADA, represents more than 1,800 medium- and heavy-duty truck dealerships. For more information, visit www.atdshow.org.

Click here for the full article.

This is the second article in a seven-part series highlighting the nominees for 2018 Truck Dealer of the Year.

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Environmental Group, State Attorneys Urge EPA to Keep Glider Kit GHG Rules

Environmental advocates, state attorneys general and others are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to maintain the previous administration’s regulation restricting the use of glider kits under the Greenhouse Gas Phase 2 rules, calling the current efforts to reverse the rule at odds with the Clean Air Act.
Source: Heavy Duty Trucking

Editor's note: In comments filed opposing the glider rule repeal, ATD pointed out that EPA’s tighter NOx standards largely were responsible for the growth in the glider vehicle market since 2007. As a practical matter, the several exemptions set out in EPA’s 2016 rules serve to harmonize with how NHTSA defines glider vehicles to be “newly manufactured,” and when glider assemblers must meet NHTSA’s “manufacturer” registration, VIN and safety certification mandates. EPA’s 2016 glider rules also effectively harmonize with the IRS’ current position that many glider vehicles are newly manufactured taxable articles subject to Federal Excise Tax. A final EPA decision on the issue is expected later this year.

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FMCSA Cuts UCR Fees for Motor Carriers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a final rule that reduces annual registration fees collected the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Plan and Agreement for the 2018, 2019, and subsequent registration years. FMCSA said that to ensure that fee revenues do not exceed the statutory maximum and to account for the excess funds held in the depository, for the 2018 registration year, the fees will be cut below the current level by approximately 9.10% to ensure that fee revenues do not exceed the statutory maximum, and to account for the excess funds held in the depository. For the 2019 registration year and subsequent years, the fees will be reduced below the current level by approximately 4.55% to ensure the fee revenues in that and future years do not exceed the statutory maximum.
Source: Heavy Duty Trucking

Editor’s note: For information on the Unified Carrier Registration Plan, see the UCR webpage. For information on carrier registration and the USDOT number, see the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration webpage.


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Mike Stanton Returns to NADA


Michael J. Stanton, Jr., has returned to the National Automobile Dealers Association as senior vice president and chief operating officer.

“I am excited to be back at NADA and have the opportunity to enhance existing relationships and develop new ones to support franchised new-car and -truck dealerships and our industry,” Stanton said.
 
Stanton will work across the organization on strategic and operational issues and the development of new business opportunities. He will oversee the information technology and economics and data analytics departments as well as NADA’s affinity programs.

“Mike is a proven NADA leader who will add bench strength to our team,” said NADA President and CEO Peter Welch. “He has worked many years gaining vast experience and building key relationships and partnerships throughout the automobile industry and beyond.”
 
Prior to rejoining NADA, Stanton was vice president and general manager of J.D. Power’s Vehicle Valuation Practice, formerly the NADA Used Car Guide, which was acquired by J.D. Power in 2015. Before the acquisition, he was vice president and COO of the NADA Used Car Guide. Previously at NADA, he was executive director of industry affairs, and before that was the national sales manager for the NADA Used Car Guide.
Source: NADA


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Preliminary Class 8 Orders Up 76% in December: ACT

Preliminary North American Class 8 orders were 37,500 in December, up 15% over November and 76% over a year ago, according to ACT Research. “The last month of 2017 was the best monthly order intake since December 2014,” said Kenny Vieth, ACT’s President and Senior Analyst.
Source: Trailer/Body Builders


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Discussions on Highway Trust Fund Fix Ongoing, White House Official Says

With President Donald Trump declaring infrastructure funding a legislative priority for the year, coming up with a long-term fix for the Highway Trust Fund remains a matter under discussion between the White House and congressional leaders, a White House official said Jan. 8. The trust fund account backs states with funding assistance through revenue collected from the federal gas and diesel tax. Improvements in fuel consumption and shifting driving habits contribute to the account’s steady decline, prompting several general fund transfers in recent years to maintain its solvency.
Source: Transport Topics


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Truck Makers May Test Radically Different Aero Cab Designs With SuperTruck II

Today’s tractors are more efficient due in large part to the aerodynamic concepts and ideas that truck makers were able to test under the Department of Energy’s 21st Century Truck Partnership, also known as SuperTruck. Original equipment manufacturers and DOE are back at it with SuperTruck II, which began in late 2016. While SuperTruck I gave OEMs the opportunity to test the effectiveness of a wide range of aerodynamic configurations, SuperTruck II’s goals are more pragmatic.
Source: Transport Topics


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IRS Extends Due Date for Employers and Providers to Issue Health Coverage Forms to Individuals in 2018

The IRS announced that it has extended the 2018 due date for certain entities to provide 2017 health coverage information forms to individuals. Insurers, self-insuring employers, other coverage providers, and applicable large employers now have until March 2, 2018, to provide Forms 1095-B or 1095-C to individuals, which is a 30-day extension from the original due date of Jan. 31. Insurers, self-insuring employers, other coverage providers, and applicable large employers must furnish statements to employees or covered individuals regarding the health care coverage offered to them. Individuals may use this information to determine whether, for each month of the calendar year, they may claim the premium tax credit on their individual income tax returns.
Source: IRS


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2018 Dealership Workforce Study Now Open for Enrollment

Dealerships that participate by April 30, 2018, will receive two complimentary reports and a year’s subscription to the DWS Database and Search Tool

The 2018 Dealership Workforce Study (DWS) is now open for enrollment.

ATD members that complete a questionnaire and submit their payroll records by April 30, 2018 will receive two complimentary reports and a one-year subscription to the DWS Database and Search Tool.

The two complimentary reports are:

  • Automotive Retail: National & Regional Trends in Compensation, Benefits & Retention, which is the industry’s top resource for helping dealers meet their No. 1 challenge of attracting and retaining productive employees. It contains a clear analysis of employment trends, including national and regional data for 60 light-vehicle and commercial-truck dealership career positions as well as data on pay, benefits and turnover and more; and
  • Compensation, Benefits and Retention: How Your Dealership Compares, which is an individualized comparative report for each participating dealership.

Dealerships that participate in the study will also receive access to the entire online DWS Database and Search Tool, which includes more than 1.6 million payroll records from over 10,000 dealerships.

The Search Tool categories include: report type (compensation or tenure), franchise/brand, sales volume, geographic location (national, regional and state), dealership department, and job title. For example, a dealership can compare compensation for all service positions in neighboring states by using the Search Tool.

Enroll today at www.nadaworkforcestudy.com. For questions, contact Dorenda Fisher at 703.556.8583 or email workforcestudy@nada.org.
Source: ATD/NADA

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Top Stories
ATD Set to Unveil Study on the Future Truck Dealer Landscape
John Arscott Nominated for National Truck Dealer of the Year Award
Environmental Group, State Attorneys Urge EPA to Keep Glider Kit GHG Rules
FMCSA Cuts UCR Fees for Motor Carriers
Mike Stanton Returns to NADA
Preliminary Class 8 Orders Up 76% in December: ACT
Discussions on Highway Trust Fund Fix Ongoing, White House Official Says
Truck Makers May Test Radically Different Aero Cab Designs With SuperTruck II
IRS Extends Due Date for Employers and Providers to Issue Health Coverage Forms to Individuals in 2018
2018 Dealership Workforce Study Now Open for Enrollment
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