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January 7, 2016 - Product News

Hino Adds Service and Repair Tracking to Telematics Package

Photo: Hino Trucks

Hino Trucks has partnered with service relationship management solutions provider Decisiv to enable communication and collaboration between fleets and dealers for service and repair events on Hino trucks.

Tags: Telematics, Hino Insight, Hino Trucks, Decisiv

January 7, 2016 - Product News

WorkHound Adds Digital Referrals to Driver Recruiting Platform

Photo: WorkHound

A digital referral feature has been added to WorkHound’s driver recruiting and retention platform, allowing drivers to refer possible new hires through the WorkHound app.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Retention

January 7, 2016 - Industry News

Self-Driving Robots: Delivery Fleet of the Future?

One of Starship Technologies' delivery robots. Photo via Starship Technologies.

Starship Technologies, a new company launched by former Skype co-founders, will introduce fleets of delivery robots, which will have zero cost, zero waiting time and zero carbon dioxide emissions.

Tags: Delivery Fleets, Starship Technologies, Robots

January 7, 2016 - Industry News

Mack Approves Renewable Diesel for its Engines

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has officially signed off on the use of renewable diesel fuel in all Mack engines after a period of truck and engine testing.

Tags: Emissions, Mack Trucks, Alternative Fuels, Renewable Diesel

January 7, 2016 - Industry News

Penske Opens Massachusetts Rental, Leasing, Maintenance Facility

The new Norton, Mass. location of Penske Truck Leasing. Photo: Penske Truck Leasing

Penske Truck Leasing has announced the opening of a new 14,400 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Norton, Mass.

Tags: Leasing, Maintenance, DEF, Penske Truck Leasing, Commercial Rentals

January 7, 2016 - Industry News

EPA Approves Blossman's LPG-Powered Truck Engines

Photo of 2016 Ford F-650 courtesy of Alliance Autogas.

Alliance Autogas has gained approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to produce bi-fuel propane-autogas versions of vehicles powered by Ford's 6.8L V-10 and General Motors' 6.0L V-8 spark-ignited engines.

Tags: EPA, Alliance AutoGas, Propane Autogas, Propane Conversion, Ford Super Duty, Ford F-650

January 7, 2016 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Seeks Image Team Members

Last year's Women In Trucking Image Team. Photo: WIT

Women In Trucking is seeking industry professionals for its Image Team to represent the association and bring awareness to causes affecting women in the trucking industry.

Tags: Women in Trucking, MATS, Women Drivers

January 6, 2016 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Rebound in December

Class 8 truck orders rebounded while Class 5-7 orders remained strong in December, according to preliminary numbers from ACT Research and FTR.

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

January 6, 2016 - Industry News

Greenkraft CNG-Propane System Earns EPA-CARB Certification

Photo courtesy of Greenkraft.

Greenkraft’s custom fuel system for a 6.0L engine running compressed natural gas or propane has received certification from the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Greenkraft, Cabovers, Bi-Fuel CNG

January 6, 2016 - Industry News

TransAxle Joins Vipar Heavy Duty Network

Image via TransAxle

Truck component remanufacturer TransAxle has joined the Vipar Heavy Duty network of distributors as a stockholder.

Tags: Vipar Heavy Duty, Remanufactured Parts, Distributors

January 6, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Service Sectors Decline, Employment Jumps

Shipments of manufactured goods in the U.S. increased slightly in November, according to a new and full government report, while new orders posted its third decline in the last four months.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Manufacturing, Factory Orders, Non-Manufacturing, Employment, Factory Shipments

January 6, 2016 - Industry News

Rhode Island Lists Possible Truck Toll Locations

Map shows11 of 14 proposed locations for truck-only toll gantries in Rhode Island. Image: RI DOT

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has provided a list of the locations under consideration for placing toll gantries, should lawmakers approve a controversial plan to begin truck-only tolling.

Tags: Tolls, Rhode Island, Highway Funding

January 6, 2016 - Product News

Hendrickson Websites Optimized for Mobile Devices

Photo: Hendrickson

Hendrickson has incorporated responsive design into its website portfolio, allowing the pages to be viewed and interacted with on a variety of different screen sizes and types.

Tags: Website, Hendrickson, Mobile Devices

January 6, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Up from Last Week, Way Down from Year Ago

Average rates for flatbeds and reefers on the spot freight market ticked slightly higher during the final week of 2015 and first two days of this year compared to the week before, according to DAT Solutions and its load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

January 5, 2016 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Offers Driver-Focused Fitness Options

Photo: Melton Truck Lines

TravelCenters of America is offering a selection of fitness, food and wellness options aimed guiding drivers toward a healthier lifestyle.

Tags: Driver Health, TravelCenters of America, Driver Wellness

January 5, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Pairs Drone Delivery System With F-150

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford has developed a drone delivery system that could be deployed from the rear of an F-150 truck that could be used for emergency response or commercial uses in agriculture, forestry, construction, bridge inspection or other surveying work.

Tags: Ford F-150, Emergency Response Vehicles, Ford, Commercial Drones

January 5, 2016 - Industry News

CRST Seeks Driver-In-Front-Seat Training Exemption

Image: CRST Expedited

FMCSA is seeking comment on an exemption sought by CRST from the rule that requires the holder of a commercial learner's permit to always be accompanied by a commercial driver's license holder seated in the front seat while the CLP holder performs behind-the-wheel training on the road.

January 5, 2016 - Industry News

Trucks Cited for Size/Weight During Safe Driver Week

Vehicle size and weight violations topped the list of the most common warnings and citations given during CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week late last year.

Tags: Citation, Operation Safe Driver, CVSA

January 5, 2016 - Industry News

Fyda Freightliner Dealer Group to Expand in Ohio

Truck dealer group Fyda Freightliner has started construction of a full-service Freightliner and Western Star dealership in Zanesville, Ohio, slated to open in April 2016.

Tags: Freightliner, Western Star, Ohio, Dealership

January 5, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler Announces Cuts at North Carolina Truck Plant

Photo: DTNA

Daimler Trucks North America plans to lay off more than 900 people at its Freightliner plant in North Carolina, according to published reports, an action expected to be temporary as the company adjusts to expectations of a softer year for truck sales.

Tags: DTNA, Layoffs, Class 8, Truck Sales, Daimler Trucks North America, Manufacturing Plant

January 5, 2016 - Industry News

Land-Air Express of New England Put Out of Service by FMCSA

CORRECTED -- Land-Air Express of New England may reopen this week after being placed out of service by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Dec. 29. The out of service order apparently resulted from an unsatisfactory audit in early November. As of Tuesday, the less-than-truckload company was awaiting the go-ahead to resume operations.

Tags: FMCSA, LTL, Out of Service, Land-Air Express

January 4, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Fall to End the Year

The price of on-highway diesel fuel and regular gasoline dropped slightly in the last week of 2015, capping off a year marked by falling energy prices.

Tags: OPEC, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices, Gasoline Prices

January 4, 2016 - Industry News

Silverado, Sierra Pickups Recalled for Air Bags

Photo of Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of General Motors.

The recall, which affects just 90 2016-MY trucks, will let dealers fix a problem related to the air bag sensing and diagnostic module.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Recalls, GMC Sierra, General Motors, GMC, Air Bags, NHTSA, Large Pickups, 2016-MY

January 4, 2016 - Industry News

Georgia Aftermarket Parts Provider Joins HDA Truck Pride

Georgia–based Truck Parts Warehouse has joined HDA Truck Pride, expanding the network’s presence in the state.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Georgia, HDA Truck Pride

January 4, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Shrinks Again; Construction Remains Strong

Activity in the nation’s manufacturing sector has contracted for the second month in a row, and at the fastest rate in six years. Meanwhile, construction spending unexpectedly fell, but remains a bright spot compared to a year ago.

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