Delving into the uptime opportunities for truck makers

As we all know, Class 8 orders are on something of a tear right now, with said volumes viewed as a predictor for hefty truck production rates next year and beyond.  Read more here.

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Trucking: Brokers Issue Forecasts for Heartland Express, Inc.’s FY2018 Earnings (HTLD)

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Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD) – Analysts at KeyCorp dropped their FY2018 earnings per share estimates for shares of Heartland Express in a research note issued to investors on Sunday. KeyCorp analyst T. Fowler now forecasts that the transportation company will post earnings per share of $0.65 for the year, down from their prior estimate of $0.85.  Read more here.

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Trucking: More associations, fleets seeking relief from ELD mandate

Four more exemption requests from the electronic logging device mandate have been filed by three associations whose drivers operate within the trucking industry, and one of the nation’s largest intermodal fleets.  Read more here.

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Trucking: Navistar looks to bump up truck prices by 2%

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With commodity prices and supplier costs both on the rise, truck and engine maker Navistar will seek to increase sticker prices by 2% – an increase Michael Cancelliere, the company’s president of truck and parts, also believes reflects the “higher value” of the OEM’s product line.  Read more here.

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5 New Regulations that Could Change Trucking

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With the new ELD mandate going into effect in less than a year, trucking companies will be dealing with a very different regulatory landscape. All interstate motor carriers will be required to have their trucks equipped with electronic logging devices by December, and truck drivers will have to switch over to electronic logbooks for their HOS logs.

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.  Read more here.

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Driver Cameras Keeping Some Trucking Companies Out of Court

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Ten years ago, if an 18-wheeler was involved in an accident, the trucking company could end up paying, even if the truck driver was not at fault. A piece of new technology has changed that. Cameras pointing forward and at the driver record what occurs in such incidents and can clear the trucker if he or she was not to blame.  Read more here.

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Trump to trucking: Tax reform a boon for carriers, drivers and industry at large

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President Donald Trumplate Wednesday took to the trucking industry to stump for his plan to reform the U.S. tax system, telling a crowd made up of fleet managers and truck drivers that his tax reform framework would put more money in the pockets of U.S. workers and be a boon for the U.S. economy.  Read more here.

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Propose Law Requiring Sleep Apnea Testing for Truck Drivers

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Senator’s Charles Schumer and Cory Booker have announced new legislation that would require the U.S. Department of Transportation to test train operators and commercial bus and truck drivers for obstructive sleep apnea.  Read more here.

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