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August 23, 2017 - Product News

Peterbilt Pairs Column-Mounted Shifter with Paccar Automated Transmission

Photo: Jim Park

Peterbilt has announced that its ergonomically designed column-mounted shifter will be standard equipment on Model 579 and 567 trucks equipped with the new Paccar Automated Transmission.

Tags: Paccar, Peterbilt, Transmissions, Model 579, Automated Manual Transmissions, Model 567

August 23, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Still Expanding, New Home Sales Drop

A first look at business conditions in the U.S. manufacturing sector for August showed it continued to improve, though at a slightly weaker pace, while a separate report shows the volatility of the new home market.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales

August 23, 2017 - Industry News

Marangoni Attacks Cheap Foreign Tires with 'Retread Instead' Campaign

Left to right: Christopher Jerrolds, legislative assistant, Bill Sweatman, president Marangoni Tread North America, and Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN). Photo: Marangoni Tread North America

Marangoni Tread North America recently hosted U.S. Rep.Jim Cooper, giving a presentation to promote the use of rereads as an economically and environmentally friendly alternative to cheap foreign tires.

Tags: Tires, Retreads, Marangoni, Tariffs

August 22, 2017 - Industry News

15 DHL Drivers Compete in Safe Driving Competition

Photo of participants in DHL's Safe-Driving Rodeo competition courtesy of DHL.

DHL's top 15 couriers competed for the company's safest driver award in Dallas earlier this month in the second Safe-Driving Rodeo competition, the company announced.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Behavior, DHL, Safe Driving Competition, Smith System

August 22, 2017 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Partners with TransConnect for Fuel Discounts

Photo via TransConnect Services

Women In Trucking has partnered with discount fuel card company TransConnect Services, offering savings for member companies.

Tags: Fuel Costs, Women in Trucking, Small Fleets, Payment Cards

August 22, 2017 - Industry News

Increased Costs Could Mean Less Favorable Trucking Conditions

Source: FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index fell by more than two points in June as a result of increased costs for labor, fuel, and equipment, reflecting less favorable conditions for trucking.

Tags: Operating Costs, Economy, Fuel Costs, Labor Costs, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

August 22, 2017 - Industry News

Out-of-Service Violation Rates Jump in CVSA Roadcheck

Photo via CVSA

The rate of out-of-service violations for both vehicles and drivers increased in this year’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance International Roadcheck, according to recently released results.

Tags: Inspections, CVSA, Out of Service Violations, International Roadcheck, Safety & Compliance, Cargo Management, Brakes, Air Brakes

August 22, 2017 - Product News

Paccar Unveils Automated Transmission for Medium-, Heavy-Duty Models

The new Paccar Automated Transmission was designed from the ground up as an automated transmission. Photo: Paccar

Paccar introduced the new Paccar Automated Transmission, giving it a complete proprietary and integrated powertrain. Developed with Eaton, it's the lightest heavy-duty transmission on the market for several of its medium-duty and heavy-duty models, according to the company.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Peterbilt, Transmissions, Medium-Duty Trucks

August 22, 2017 - Industry News

Fleet Fuel Economy Increases 1% in Latest NACFE Study

Photo: Nussbaum Transportation

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency released its 2017 Annual Fleet Fuel Study, finding that overall fuel economy rose 1% in 2016, the ninth year in a row trucking fleets in the study have recorded an increase.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Carbon War Room, NACFE

August 21, 2017 - Industry News

New Group Lobbies for Blockchain Adoption by Trucking

The Blockchain in Trucking Alliance is a new group of transportation partners aimed at advancing the adoption of blockchain technology by trucking.

Tags: Information Technology, Alliance, TransRisk

August 21, 2017 - Product News

Magellan Self-Certifies its ELD Solution

Photo: Magellan

GPS navigation firm Magellan has announced self-certifying its electronic logging device tracking solution in accordance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration guidelines.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Magellan, ELDs, ELD Mandate

August 21, 2017 - Industry News

NFL Season May Bring Increased Drowsy Driving Risk

Photo via Seeing Machines.

A spike in drowsy driving incidents among waste drivers seemed to correspond with the return of the the NFL season, according to video-based technology safety company Lytx.

Tags: DriveCam, Drowsy Driving, Driver Fatigue, Lytx, Refuse Fleets, NFL

August 21, 2017 - Industry News

New Lease, Purchase Terms Offered for Fuso Cabover with Morgan Body

Image: Mitsubishi Fuso

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Inc. is partnering with body builder Morgan Corp. and Daimler Truck Financial to offer special lease and purchase programs on certain 2017 Fuso FE160 Class 4 trucks.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Medium-Duty Trucks, Morgan Corporation, Daimler Financial, Cabovers, Leasing

August 21, 2017 - Industry News

Colo. DOT Debuts Self-Driving Work Zone Vehicle

Photo courtesy of Colorado DOT

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) unveiled the world's first self-driving work zone vehicle designed to improve safety for road maintenance crews. The vehicle is positioned behind road construction crews to protect workers from the traveling public.

Tags: Colorado, Autonomous Vehicles

August 20, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Production Increased in July

Photo: Mack

North American Class 8 and medium-duty vehicle production increased in the month of July, boosted by strong order numbers, according to a report from ACT Research.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

August 20, 2017 - Product News

ZF Brings Reax Electronic Steering System to Heavy Truck Market

ZF's ReAx steering system mounts to a truck steering column and provides steering assistance based on real-time driver needs. Photo: ZF Group

ZF's new Reax electronic steering system reads sensors from a wide array of vehicle systems and provides drivers with augmented control automatically tailored to specific driving situations.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Retention, Safety, Steering

August 18, 2017 - Industry News

GHG Rule Review Pleases Trailer Makers, Concerns Some Stakeholders

Trailer skirts like this one benefit some carriers, but not enough fleets so they should be mandated, contend trailer makers. Photo: Utility Trailer Mfg.

The Trump administration’s announcement that it will revisit parts of the Phase 2 greenhouse gas/fuel economy rules were greeted with cautious optimism by the trailer makers who pushed for the review, but with concern by other parties.

Tags: Trailers, EPA, NHTSA, GHG Phase 2

August 18, 2017 - Industry News

Nominations Open for Influential Woman in Trucking Award

Women In Trucking Association and Freightliner Trucks are seeking candidates for the 2017 Influential Woman in Trucking award.

Tags: Leadership, Awards, People, Women in Trucking

August 18, 2017 - Industry News

Electric Refuse Trucks Headed to Los Angeles

Image courtsy of Motiv

Motiv Power Systems announced an order for two battery-electric refuse trucks by the City of Los Angeles' Sanitation Department.

Tags: Motiv Power Systems, Refuse Fleets, Electric Trucks, Battery-Electric Vehicles

August 18, 2017 - Product News

International Backs A26 Engine With Uptime Commitment

Photo: International

International has launched the A26 Customer Uptime Assurance Program, backing the recently launched A26 12.4L engine with the promise of reimbursement for extended downtime.

Tags: International, Warranty, Diesel Engines, Uptime

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

EPA to Reconsider GHG Standards for Trailers, Glider Kits

Many fuel economy experts say trailers need to be part of the equation. Photo: TrailerTails

Just months before new greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency rules affecting trailers and glider kits are scheduled to start taking effect, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to revisit those rules.

Tags: Trailers, GHG Phase 2, EPA, Fuel Economy, NHTSA

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

Swint Named Head of Travis Body and Trailer

Stuart Swint was named general manager and president of Travis Body and Trailer, whose current head is retiring.

Tags: TBEI, Leadership, Trailers, People, Upfitting

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

Love's Adds Oil Changes to Tire Care Facilities

Photo: Love's

Love’s Truck Tire Care has made diesel engine motor oil changes available at more than 130 locations.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Oil Change, Love's Travel Stops, Truckstops, Maintenance

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

How the Solar Eclipse Will Affect Fleets

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The Aug. 21 solar eclipse will bring total or partial darkness to much of the continental U.S. – and with it, a potential traffic nightmare for drivers across the country.

Tags: Driver Safety, Traffic Congestion, Tourism, Delivery Delays, Solar Eclipse

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

Seven Drivers Aim for Top Fuel Economy in Run on Less Roadshow

Photo: NACFE

Carbon War Room and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency announced the seven drivers participating in Run on Less, a fuel-economy roadshow set to kick off on Sept. 6.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Carbon War Room, NACFE, Run on Less

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