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Knight-Swift deal: Drivers to benefit from 'so many freight opportunities'
The “moon and stars aligned” for Knight Tranportation’s proposed merger with Swift Transportation, and Kevin Knight, in line to lead the joint company, expects it will help position both motor carriers to benefit from capacity tightening at the end of the year and on into 2018. The market capitalization of the two TL carriers is projected at $5.2 billion, with a target of $10 billion in three years.
TL giants Knight, Swift to merge
Truckload giants Knight Transportation and Swift Transportation Co. are planning to merge via an all-stock transaction, with the combined company to be named Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc. and its joint stock trading under the ticker “KNX.”
Your truck just got tagged out of service. Now what?
No one wants their tractor-trailer put out-of-service (OOS) for a vehicle violation following a roadside inspection. But as a paraphrase of the great poet Robert Burns illustrates, “even the best-laid plans of mice and men go awry,” and for that reason you need a plan already in place to figure out how to correct an OOS vehicle violation in order to get your rig back on the road.
Detroit rolls out new DD8 engine
INDIANAPOLIS. Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) officially took the wraps off its Detroit DD8 medium-duty engine Wednesday at the 2017 National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Work Truck Show.
Regs outlook: Doing 'homework,' getting government 'out of the way'
To the eye of ATA CEO Chris Spear, there are a lot of regulatory battles ahead for the industry, encompassing everything from developing the protocols governing autonomous vehicle operation to fighting against a mandate for speed limiters, and making changes to Phase 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) rules, such as removing the trailer mandate.
Crash fatalities expected to hit 9-year high
For the first time in nearly a decade, preliminary 2016 data from the National Safety Council estimates that as many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes last year – marking a 6% increase over 2015 and a 14% increase over 2014.
Bringing a Bicentennial Pete Back to Life

Three years ago at an auction in Nebraska, Bob Mertens bought a 1976 Peterbilt long-nose tractor – a unit in good shape mechanically for the most part but one definitely in need of a rebuild. Though the interior still needs some finishing work, the exterior is pretty much done. … (All photos courtesy of Bob Mertens)

Outlook brightens for small carriers
There’s been enormous bottom-line pressure applied to small- to medium-sized trucking companies — those operating anywhere from three on up to 150 trucks — in recent years. Yet that pressure may be set to ease significantly in 2017 if capacity cuts and a proposed “regulatory rollback” occur as expected.
Truck parking, amenities focus of Love’s expansion effort
Andrew Uviedo will tell you that finding parking is a big deal for today’s truck drivers. As the general manager for the four year-old Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores facility in Natalia, TX, along I-35, he said that tractor-trailers start pulling into his location starting between 3 pm and 4 pm in the afternoon to secure one of his truck stop’s 150 slots for overnight parking.
Rodeo time for military truckers

For the first time ever, Dover Air Force Base in Dover, DE, played host to a “ground transportation rodeo” that pitted airmen from the 436th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) at Dover against the 87th LRS based out of McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ. Six two-man teams from each group went head-to-head in timed forklift and tractor-trailer operations, racing the clock while loading containers onto flatbed trailers as well as maneuvering them and the forklifts through an obstacle course. (All photos by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Aaron Jenne)

New oils, New options

As of dec. 1, two new engine oil blends in development for over five  years are officially available on the trucking market. CK-4 and FA-4 are the offspring of the Proposed Category 11, or PC-11, engine oil classification, which gained final approval from the American Petroleum Institute (API) in January.

Pilot Flying J to add new maintenance services

Hot off the heels of investing $40 million into its network of 650-plus facilities this year – opening 17 new locations in 2016, with 15 in the U.S. and two in Canada, while adding some 1,300 new parking spaces – truck stop chain Pilot Flying J (PFJ) is planning to spend some $85 million in 2017 on a range of endeavors, which includes the addition of a roadside service fleet and construction of some 20 tire and light maintenance shops.

Nikola proposes 'all-inclusive' truck, business model
SALT LAKE CITY. During the unveiling of the new Nikola One hydrogen fuel cell powered Class 8 highway tractor, the company’s president and CEO told American Trucker he expects it to be the first “all-inclusive” model – incorporating fuel, maintenance, even a freight-matching service, into the purchase price.
The Nikola One electric truck

Nikola Motor Co. revealed its new Nikola One all-electric Class 8 highway tractor during a media event held at its world headquarters in Salt City City, UT, this week. Using a hydrogen-powered fuel cell to keep the its 320 kilowatt-hour battery pack fully juiced, Trevor Milton, Nikola's president and CEO, said the Nikola One has an estimated range of 1,200 miles between "fill ups." He added that the company not only plans to build a network of 364 hydrogen refueling sites across the U.S.

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