Navistar Expands OnCommand Connect Capabilities

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Navistar Expands OnCommand Connect Capabilities

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY — Navistar unveiled three new OnCommand Connect Telematics offerings at the Mid-America Truck Show today, including its new, OnCommand Connection Telematics.

The new system supports all makes and models of Class 6 through 8 vehicles, provided they are equipped weight a J1939 or J1708 diagnostic port. This new system integrates and interprets vehicle health information from multiple telematics sources in an integrated approach with a user-friendly interface. The system is designed to give owner-operators and small fleets the same telematics-enabled diagnostic powers that big fleets enjoy.

OnCommand Connection Marketplace is a new, open-architecture, cloud-based, technology platform for a broad range of driver support tools. The first app supported by this system is the OnCommand Electronic Driver Log (ELD) which automates Federal Hours of Service compliance requirements mandated for all carriers by Dec. 18, 2017. Other tools, such as driver inspection reports, will become available later.

OnCommand Connection Telematics, OnCommand Connection Marketplace and the Electronic Driver Log app will be available mid-summer at International Truck dealerships, select retail locations and online.

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FMCSA Drops Safety Fitness Proposal; Leaves Door Open to Revisiting

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The Federal Motor Carrier Administration announced on March 23 that it is scrapping its proposed rule on a revised methodology for issuing safety fitness determinations for motor carriers. The agency had issued its SFD notice of proposed rulemaking back in January of last year .

FMCSA explained in its March 23 notice in the Federal Register that despite having recently announced it would next issue a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking, it decided “after reviewing the record in this matter,” to both withdraw the NPRM and drop the plans to develop a SNPR for revising SFD methodology.

However, the agency pointed out that it must receive a correlation study from the National Academies of Science, mandated by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act highway bill. And that must happen before FMCSA determines “whether further rulemaking action is necessary to revise the safety fitness determination process.” That report is due to be completed in June.

“If FMCSA determines changes to the safety fitness determination process are still necessary and advisable in the future, a new rulemaking would be initiated that will incorporate any appropriate recommendations from the National Academies of Science and the comments received through this rulemaking,” the agency stated in its announcement.

The proposed methodology would have determined when a motor carrier is not fit to operate trucks based on the carrier's on-road safety data; an investigation; or a combination of on-road safety data and investigation information.

In the NPRM, the agency called for eliminating the current three ratings of “satisfactory,” “conditional” and “unsatisfactory” and replacing them with the single rating of “unfit.”

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TomTom Bridge Is Ready for Electronic Logging

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - TomTom and M2M DataSmart unveiled the TomTom Bridge Kit at the 2017 Mid-America Trucking Show, designed to provide truckers with the necessary tools for electronic logging.

The Bridge ELD Kit includes the TomTom Bridge, an in-truck toolbox with mount and power cable, a vehicle-specific connector and a subscription to the Hours of Service app from M2M DataSmart. The device also links with TomTom's maps, traffic, and navigation software.

“The transportation industry is changing rapidly. As a company that embraces movement and change, we are constantly innovating to meet our customers' needs,” said Jocelyn Vigreux, president of TomTom North America. “The TomTom Bridge is built for life on the road. A large number of truckers are already using our device worldwide and the kit will help them work smarter and move faster.”

The TomTom Bridge has a fully customizable interface and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with a 7-inch screen. In addition to wireless connectivity, it includes the integration of applications and direct connection to TomTom Bridge's hardware features such as Near-Field Communication, an integrated camera, flash, Bluetooth, a loud speaker for vehicle use, and a custom charging cradle that can be mounted in any vehicle.

M2M DataSmart has a dedicated focus on the trucking market and brings its HOS and vehicle inspection applications to the device.

“This kit helps drivers feel confident in complying with the ELD mandate,” said Michael Switzer, president of M2M DataSmart. “Because the TomTom Bridge incorporates wireless connectivity, reports can be seen in real time by the maintenance department and the fleet manager.”

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Winter Storm Stalls Freight, Spot Truckload Rates Remain Stable

At times, snow may have kept freight from moving last week but it didn't prevent shippers from at least trying.

The number of available loads on the spot truckload market jumped 8% for the week ending March 18 compared to the previous week, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

"Winter Storm Stella kept a lot of freight from moving early last week, which stalled volume in markets along the East Coast,” said DAT Market Analyst, Peggy Dorf in the DAT blog. “First, there was a rush to move freight before the storm hit, and then highways were closed, so most freight couldn't move at all. After roads were clear, there was a rush to catch up, and the pent-up demand drove van rates higher.

The snow was not as deep as expected, so conditions should already be back to normal in most markets, according to Dorf.

Available capacity fell 3.4% as many truckers pulled equipment off the roads in anticipation of bad weather, but once things cleared up it was enough to load to truck ratios higher for all three equipment types. The van ratio increased 23% to its highest point this year at 3.4 loads per truck. Reefers jumped 16% to 6.6 loads per truck and flatbeds moved 5% higher to 37.4 loads per truck.

On the freight rate side, only vans increased as a national average compared to the previous week, gaining 1 cent to $1.64 per mile. The reefer rate, $1.87 per mile, and the flatbed rate, $2.01 per mile, were both unchanged. All reported rates include fuel surcharges.

The storm affected van activity in and out of East Coast markets. The average van rate gained 20 cents or more in one week on three lanes in the region:

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Cross-Border Freight Value Up for Third Straight Month

The year started out with trucking and the other four major transportation modes carrying more freight by value with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico in January than compared to a year earlier, according to new Transportation Department figures.

U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $88 billion in current dollars as the 6.7% rise from January 2016 was the largest year-over-year increase since the September 2014. It was also the third straight month in which the year-over-year value of U.S.-NAFTA freight increased from the same month of the previous year.

The value of commodities moving by truck posted the smallest gain, just 0.4%, while pipeline increased 42.7%, vessel by 41.8%, air by 13.7%, and rail by 5.5%, The large increases for pipeline and vessel was largely due to a 66% increase in the year-over-year price of crude oil between January 2016 and January 2017, according to the department.

Trucks carried 62.5% of U.S.-NAFTA freight and continued to be the most heavily utilized mode for moving goods to and from both U.S.-NAFTA partners. Trucks accounted for $28.2 billion of the $47.8 billion of imports, or 59.1%, and $26.8 billion of the $40.2 billion of exports, or 66.6%.

Rail remained the second largest mode by value, moving 15% of all U.S.-NAFTA freight, followed by vessel, 7%; pipeline, 6.4%; and air, 3.9%. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 84% of the total value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows

U.S.-Canada Freight Value Jumps More Than 7 Percent

From January 2016 to January 2017, the value of U.S.-Canada freight flows increased by 7.1% to $45 billion as the value of freight on five major modes increased from a year earlier.

The value of freight carried by truck increased just 0.5% while pipeline increased by 44%, air by 17%, vessel by 13%, and rail by 8.5%.

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Bestpass adds leased-equipment toll service

LOUISVILLE, KY. Toll management provider Bestpass has added a new program for leased truck, trailers and other vehicles. Introduced at the Mid America Trucking Show, the Leased Equipment Toll Solution (LETS) allows users of leased equipment to transfer toll-payment transponders between vehicles, as well as simplify rebilling from lessor to lessee.

Existing Bestpass customers who transfer transponders to leased vehicles will retain their discounts and other account features, according to the group.

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Federal budget vows more funding for transportation industry

OTTAWA, ON – The 2017 federal budget was announced yesterday providing some overdue attention to freight transportation planning in Canada. The federal Liberal government's 2017 budget includes a new National Trade Corridors Fund that is meant to address capacity constraints and freight bottlenecks at major ports of entry in addition to improving connections between rail and highway infrastructure. The National Trade Corridors Fund is set to receive $2 billion over 11 years from the federal government to support its activities. In addition, the budget mentions an additional $5 billion will be supplied through the Canada Infrastructure Bank to focus on trade and transportation priorities. Also revealed in the budget was an allocation of $50 million over 11 years to Transport Canada to launch a trade and Transportation Information System which would provide support for a new Canadian Centre on Transportation Data. According to the CTA, there isn't a lot of national data regarding the movement of goods and that an investment in something like a Trade and Transportation Information System should improve the current situation. ...Read the rest of this story