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Apex Capital giving away money at GATS

Are you going to the Great American Truck Show on Aug. 24-26 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention center in Dallas? What if someone gave you money to go? Apex Capital has recently announced its Get Paid Today cash giveaway during this year’s GATS.

Apex, a freight factoring service company, will hand over a total of $1,500 to GATS attendees who enter into the Get Paid Today giveaway. Attendees can enter by picking up a free Get Paid Today T-shirt at booth 2041. Wear the shirt during the show and someone on Apex’s Blue Cash Crew may spot you and give you some money.

The Blue Cash Crew will be searching the convention center for those wearing the shirt. Increase the odds of being spotted by using the #apexcash hashtag on social media, including Instagram and Facebook.

This will be Apex’s second cash giveaway. Apex, at booth No. 2041, will be joined by their full-service programs, including the Apex Startup Program, free load board NextLOAD.com, and fuel card provider TCS.

Women in Trucking seeks Influential Woman in Trucking nominations

The Women in Trucking Association is seeking nominations for its 2017 Influential Woman in Trucking award. Nominations are due by Friday, Sept. 1.

Sponsored by Freightliner Trucks, one woman will win the Influential Woman in Trucking award. However, finalists will be invited to participate on a panel discussion regarding female leaders in the industry at the Accelerate! Conference and Expo on Nov. 6-8 in Kansas City, Mo.

The nominator needs to provide a response to the following three items (no more than 250 words per item):

  1. Briefly describe this nominee’s role in the trucking industry.
  2. Describe how your nominee has been a role model for women in the trucking industry.
  3. Please tell us why your nominee should be selected as the 2017 Influential Woman in Trucking.

The winner will be highlighted in the following ways:

  • Recognized at the 2017 Accelerate! Conference and Expo; 
  • Feature article in the Redefining the Road magazine; 
  • Featured in news releases and other media initiatives; and
  • Featured in social media channels that are followed by thousands of business influencers and drivers in the industry.

To fill out a nomination form, click here.

North Dakota offers Drivewyze weigh station bypass system

Drivewyze, a service allowing truckers to bypass weigh stations, is now available in North Dakota, according to a press release.

The Drivewyze PreClear system will be available at 21 locations: eight mobile stations and 13 approaches to seven fixed weigh stations. Drivewyze is offered in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Transportation and North Dakota Highway Patrol.

North Dakota’s Drivewyze additions closes a 400-mile gap between Moorehead, Minn., and Wibaux, Mont.

“Drivers traveling from Chicago to Idaho now have bypass opportunities in all six states over a 2,000-mile stretch,” said Brian Heath, president and CEO of Drivewyze.

According to Drivewyze PreClear Analytics, nearly a third of the 983 encounters company trucks had with weigh stations in the United States in the month of July occurred in North Dakota. While each delay lasts on average only a few minutes, they all add up over the course of a day.

Below is a complete listing of the new sites arranged by highway:

  • U.S. Highway 2 Williston Panger – northbound and southbound;
  • North Dakota Route 2Norwich Rest Area – eastbound and westbound;
  • U.S. Route 12Bowman – eastbound and westbound;
  • U.S. Interstate 29 Buxton – northbound and southbound; Mooretown – northbound and southbound;
  • U.S. Highway 81 Joliette – eastbound and westbound;
  • U.S. Highway 85 Bowman – northbound;
  • U.S. Interstate 94 Apple Creek Rest Area – eastbound and westbound; 
  • Beach – eastbound; West Fargo – westbound;
  • U.S. Highway 281 Ellendale – northbound and southbound. 

To learn more about Drivewyze, visit Drivewyze.com.

Paccar recalls thousands of trucks over faulty electrical systems

Paccar is recalling certain Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks after an issue with the electrical system was discovered, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents. Nearly 6,000 trucks are affected by the recall.

More specifically, certain Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks model 2013-2017 are affected. The vehicles have a spotlight that may short-circuit internally, according to a NHTSA recall acknowledgment. The short circuit may increase the risk of a fire at the cab fuse block.

Among the affected trucks:

  • 2013-2017 Kenworth T680
  • 2013-2017 Kenworth T880
  • 2013-2016 Peterbilt 567
  • 2013-2016 Peterbilt 579

Owners of affected trucks will be notified by Paccar. Dealers will change the polyfuse switch in the spotlight circuit to a standard fuse for free. Recalls will start on Aug. 31.

For more information, call Paccar customer service at 940-591-4220. Paccar’s number for this recall is 17KWC and 717-B.

FreightWatch International changes name to SensiGuard

You may have noticed the company SensiGuard pop up on LandLineMag.com and in the eNews emails. Those familiar with FreightWatch already know SensiGuard but may not realize it. FreightWatch International has recently changed its name to SensiGuard Supply Chain Intelligence Center.

Beverly, Mass.-based SensiGuard Supply Chain Intelligence Center, formerly known as FreightWatch, specializes in tracking supply chain information and cargo thefts around the globe. The company publishes quarterly reports in addition to an annual report on cargo theft. The report notes that delays in incident reporting typically cause measurable increases in theft volumes in the weeks following the quarterly reports, and totals from the most recent quarter are expected to rise.

For more information about the company, visit SensiTech.com.

Freight trucking decrease contributes to decline of overall index

The official freight index, which measures freight movement in tons and ton-miles, reveals June freight moved downward significantly for trucking and water freight, enough to move the entire index down compared with May.

According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Freight Transportation Services Index for June fell 0.8 percent to 126.2. In May, the index rose 2 percent, reaching an all-time high of 127.2. The previous record was set in February at 126.4.

The June index is 33.3 percent above the low that was set during the recession in April 2009. TSI records began in 2000.

Trucking freight dipped to 139 from 139.4, a decrease of less than 1 percent. Numbers from the American Trucking Associations reveal a tonnage decrease of 4.3 percent in June to 138.5 from 144.1 in May. ATA calculates the tonnage index based on surveys of its membership.

According to the DOT, the TSI’s downward movement comes despite positive signals elsewhere in the economy. Positive growth was seen in employment, housing starts and personal income. The Federal Reserve Board Industrial Production index rose by 0.4 percent in June because of growth in manufacturing and mining. The Institute for Supply Management Manufacturing index rose to 57.8, indicating accelerating growth.

July experiences slight increase in trucking employment

Transportation jobs overall scored a sixth consecutive month of job gains in July, albeit a meager increase. The transport sector netted 900 jobs to the economy. Trucking jobs were up for the first time following a three-month streak of decreases.

So far, the trucking subsector for 2017 has a net gain of 13,200 jobs. The truck transportation subsector experienced an increase of 400 jobs in July after the industry lost 1,400 in June and 100 in May. July’s job gain was the first since March, when the trucking subsector increased by 4,700 jobs. For the year, the trucking subsector had a net loss of 2,500 jobs in 2016.

In 2016, the transportation and warehousing sector had a net gain of more than 19,000 jobs. Last January, transportation lost more than 20,000 jobs, the largest decrease since January 2011, when 38,000 jobs were eliminated from the economy.

Couriers and messengers experienced the largest increase with 3,200 more jobs, followed by “support activities for transportation” at 1,700. Warehousing and storage experienced the largest loss with 2,200 fewer jobs, trailed transit/ground passenger transportation with 1,600 jobs lost. Only four of 10 subsectors experienced gains, making couriers/messengers largely responsible for the transportation sector’s net increase.

Average hourly earnings for the transportation and warehousing sector were $23.88 for July – a 2-cent increase from June and up 59 cents from July 2016. Hourly earnings for production and nonsupervisory employees experienced a decrease of 7 cents to $21.22 from the previous month and a 29-cent increase year to year. Average hourly earnings for private, nonfarm payrolls across all industries were $26.36, 9 cents higher from the previous month. Compared with a year ago, average earnings have gone up by 2.5 percent, or 65 cents.

According to the report, the unemployment rate for transportation and material moving occupations lowered to 6.2 percent compared with 7.5 percent last July but up from 5.7 percent in June. The overall unemployment rate for the country slightly decreased to 4.3 percent from 4.4 percent the previous month. The number of long-term unemployed moved up, to 1.8 million, accounting for more than one-quarter of the unemployed.

Paccar launches redesigned used trucks website

Paccar has recently launched a redesigned used truck website, according to a news release.

The redesigned website allows visitors to search by make, model, truck components and miles. Visitors can save their search parameters and individual truck specs to their profiles.

When additional truck inventory is received, the trucks will appear immediately in the users’ saved searches. The site offers a payment calculation tool and product walk-around videos showing the features and advantages of the latest Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks.

There are three Paccar used truck centers: Minooka, Ill.; Salt Lake City; and Spartanburg, N.C. Before going to one of these locations, interested buyers can interact with the Paccar Financial sales team online for price quotes, offer submissions or to schedule a visit.

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association members can receive a $1,000 rebate on qualifying Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks. Trucks must be purchased before Dec. 31 with a limit of three trucks per year.

Check out the new website at PaccarUsedTrucks.com.

Daimler issues two separate recalls for Freightliner and Western Start trucks

Daimler Trucks North America has issued a safety recall for certain Freightliner and Western Star trucks, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents. Recalls deal with tow hooks and battery cables.

The first recall affects certain 2018 Freightliner and Western Star trucks equipped with tow hooks used for recovery purposes. Tow hooks may fail during use without warning, leading to a sudden release of the vehicle.

Affected trucks include:

  • 2018 Freightliner 114SD
  • 2018 Freightliner 122SD
  • 2018 Freightliner Cascadia
  • 2018 Freightliner M2 Business Class
  • 2018 Western Star 4700
  • 2018 Western Star 5700

Owners will be notified and faulty tow hooks will be replaced for free. The recall is expected to begin on Sept. 14. For more information, call 800-745-8000 with recall number FL-742.

The second recall affects 2014-2017 Freightliner Custom XCR chassis. A battery cable mounting bracket may not have been installed correctly. Consequently, the improperly routed and clipped battery cable can contact the frame rail, possibly causing chafing and short circuiting.

Owners will be notified and dealers will inspect and revise the battery cable mounting bracket and cable routing for free. The recall is expected to begin on Sept. 14. For more information, call 800-745-8000 with recall number FL-741.

Arizona DOT launches system that allows truckers to bypass ports of entry

Truckers driving through ports of entry in Arizona could have the chance to decrease their trip time. The Arizona Department of Transportation has recently announced a new system that will allow qualified trucks to avoid stopping for weight and registration checks.

Called Drivewyze Preclear, credentialed trucks can bypass some of Arizona’s ports of entries with a system that automatically checks the weight and registration. Geofencing technology and sensors on the road will identify weight, credentials and safety status on Drivewyze-registered trucks at Arizona ports of entry from California, Utah and New Mexico.

A cellphone or ELD in the cab will receive instruction when approaching a port of entry. Although Drivewyze will allow truckers to continue through the port, they will not be exempt from random safety checks. Additionally, Drivewyze trucks that clock in overweight or have paperwork issues will be instructed to stop for an inspection.

Drivewyze  is being added at these locations:

  • Interstate 8: Yuma
  • Interstate 10: Ehrenberg near the California line, and San Simon near the New Mexico line
  • Interstate 15: St. George, just north of the Arizona-Utah line
  • Interstate 40: Topock near the California line, and Sanders near the New Mexico line
  • State Route 68 and US 93: Kingman

The new system aims to speed up the process for compliant trucks while clearing up congestion for non-Drivewyze trucks.

“If we pull over every truck, it causes unnecessary delays for drivers and companies that have complied with Arizona’s regulations,” said Tim Lane, director of ADOT’s Enforcement and Compliance Division. “This system will allow us to increase enforcement in the cases where we need to do that.”

Similar technology has been used at the McGuireville rest area in Interstate 17, the Canoa Ranch Rest Area on Interstate 19, and the Sacaton Rest Area on Interstate 10. Sensors and cameras are used at those locations to determine weight, registration, DOT number, fuel tax assessment and safety records.

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