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April 26, 2016 - Industry News

Aftermarket Leader Passes Away

Jim Moss. Photo courtesy Moss family

Jim Moss, president of Kona Communications (publisher of Truck Parts & Service and Successful Dealer magazines), passed away on April 20 at his home in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, after a brief illness. Moss was 82.

Tags: Obituary

April 26, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Releases 2016 Emergency Response Guidebook

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration released the 2016 Emergency Response Guidebook.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Hazmat, Emergency Response, Safety

April 26, 2016 - Industry News

More than 800 Recalled Volvos Still Need Steering Fix

Truck on the line at Volvo's New River Valley plant. File Photo: Deborah Lockridge.

The federal government is reminding owners of certain recalled Volvo trucks that have not yet been in for repair of a serious steering problem that they could suffer a complete loss of steering and are not to be driven.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Recalls

April 26, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Paccar Loss; Allison Profit Falls

A European price-fixing investigation led to a first-quarter loss for truck and engine maker Paccar, while Allison Transmission reported lower numbers.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Peterbilt, Allison Transmission, Earnings

April 26, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Key Manufacturing Indicator Fails to Improve, Home Sales Slide

Orders for durable goods recovered only somewhat in March following a big decline, and a key economic indicator within the measure failed to improve, adding to recent indications a slump in manufacturing is far from over.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Home Sales

April 25, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Regulations in the Pipeline: Update from NPTC

On the NPTC show floor in Cincinnati. Photo: David Cullen

It took him all of an hour and a half, but Rick Schweitzer, general counsel for the National Private Truck Council, gamely managed to get across the key elements of the sweep of regulatory changes coming down the pike for trucking.

Tags: CSA, NPTC, HOS, FMCSA, Regulations, Private Fleets

April 25, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Up, Oil Production Could Increase

The price of diesel fuel increased for the third week in a row, hitting an average price of $2.198 per gallon.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices

April 25, 2016 - Industry News

GPS Insight Integrates with Fleetio

PHOTO: GPS Insight

The data integration allows customers who use both systems to receive automated odometer readings and Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) Alerts from GPS Insight inside the Fleetio software application.

Tags: Vehicle Diagnostics, GPS Insight, Fleetio, Telematics

April 25, 2016 - Industry News

Turnover Increases at Large Truckload Fleets

The annualized turnover rate for large truckload fleets measured 102% in the fourth quarter of 2015, increasing by two percentage points, according to the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: ATA, Driver Turnover, Truckload, Less Than Truckload

April 25, 2016 - Industry News

Great Dane AdvantEdge Gains 4 Texas Locations

Photo via Reefer Pro Plus

Great Dane’s AdvantEdge national aftermarket parts and service program has expanded in Texas with four new service provider locations in the state.

Tags: Trailers, Aftermarket, Great Dane, Repair Shops

April 25, 2016 - Industry News

Tanker Association Recognizes Carrier Safety Performance

Photo: Carbon Express

National Tank Truck Carriers recently honored Carbon Express and Miller Transporters with its Outstanding Safety Performance Award for their commitment to safety.

Tags: Awards, NTTC, Tankers, Carbon Express, Safety

April 25, 2016 - Industry News

Truckload Carriers Association Drops Higher Truck Weights from Policy

Wabash National showed off a 33-foot-pup, one of the size/weight proposals debated in Washington last year, at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s 2014 annual meeting. Photo: Tom Berg

After five years of presenting an official united front on the issue of truck sizes and weights, American Trucking Associations and the Truckload Carriers Association are going their separate ways.

Tags: ATA, TCA, Truck Size/Weight

April 22, 2016 - Industry News

Service Fleets Registering Most Vans

Photo of Transit courtesy of Ford.

Service fleets added the most commercial vans among non-rental entities in 2015 for parcel delivery, HVAC, heath services and other sectors, according to new data from Ford and IHS Automotive.

Tags: Ford, Full-Size Vans, Compact Vans, IHS Automotive

April 22, 2016 - Industry News

Mack: New Powertrain Products Save Fuel, Cut Emissions

2017 Mack MP-8 TC uses a second turbo to send extra power to the crankshaft and save fuel. Photos: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks picked Earth Day in Austin, Texas – said to be one of the country’s most “green” cities – to announce its 2017-model powertrain products, designed to save fuel and reduce carbon emissions.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Adaptive Cruise Control, Automated Manual Transmissions, Greenhouse Gas, Fuel Efficiency, Vocational Trucks, Diesel Engines

April 22, 2016 - Industry News

Meritor Executive Chairman Steps Down

Ivor J. Evans Photo: Meritor

Ivor J. Evans has informed Meritor that he intends to step down from his position as executive chairman of the board, effective immediately, as part of a transition to new leadership.

Tags: Leadership, Meritor, People

April 22, 2016 - Industry News

Georgia County Opens Second CNG Station

The DeKalb County (Ga.) Sanitation Division has opened its second county-owned public compressed natural gas (CNG) station.

Tags: CNG Fueling Stations, County Fleets, Refuse Fleets, CNG

April 22, 2016 - Product News

Webb S-ASA Brake Adjusters Standard on Certain Fontaine Trailers

Photo: Webb Brake Adjusters

Webb Brake Adjusters' self-setting automatic brake adjusters will come standard on all Fontaine platform and heavy-duty trailers equipped with Hendrickson axles and suspensions.

Tags: Marmon Highway Technologies, Fontaine, Hendrickson

April 22, 2016 - Product News

Allison TC10 Transmission to be Offered in Paccar Trucks

Peterbilt Model 579 day cab Photo: Peterbilt

Paccar has partnered with Allison Transmission to release the automatic Allison TC10 transmission in Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks with Paccar and Cummins engines.

Tags: Paccar, Transmissions, Allison Transmission, Automated Manual Transmissions

April 22, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Fails to Improve, Other Indicators Look Better

The first look at April business conditions in the nation’s sluggish manufacturing sector shows the situation is improving little. Other readings are slightly more encouraging.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators

April 22, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Daimler, Volvo Profits Lower Amid Slower Truck Sales

Earnings for two of the world’s largest truck makers moved lower in the first quarter, according to earnings reports issued Friday.

Tags: Volvo, Economy, Volvo Trucks, Freightliner, Western Star, Truck Sales, Mack Trucks, Daimler, Earnings, Daimler Trucks North America, Global

April 21, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Swift Profits Fall, Forward Air and Marten Improve

UPDATED -- Truckload carrier Swift Transportation Co. saw its net income decline in the first quarter of the year while profit for the time definite surface transportation and logistics provider Forward Air Corp. more than doubled as refrigerated hauler Marten Transport Ltd. reported a boost in two ways.

Tags: Economy, Earnings, Forward Air, Swift Transportation, Fleet Earnings, Marten Transport

April 21, 2016 - Industry News

Senate Bill Includes Hours-of-Service Fix; Demands Speed-Limiter Rule

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

The transportation spending bill advanced by the Senate Appropriations Committee fixes wording in earlier legislation that muddied what the status of the 34-hour restart would be if a study by the Department of Transportation cannot show that controversial restart changes benefit drivers.

Tags: Hours of Service, Speed Limiter, U.S. Senate, Legislation, 34-Hour Restart

April 21, 2016 - Industry News

Ram ProMaster City Vans Recalled

Photo of Ram ProMaster City van courtesy of FCA US.

The recall, tied to corrosion affecting an electrical connector, covers nearly 24,000 vehicles in the 2015 and 2016 model years.

Tags: Corrosion, Recalls, 2015-MY, Ram ProMaster City, 2016-MY, FCA, Ram Truck, Compact Vans

April 21, 2016 - Product News

Fleet Specs Bendix Air Disc Brakes on Trucks and Trailers

Photo courtesy of Bendix

Boyle Transportation is equipping Bendix ADB22X air disc brakes on all steer and drive axles of its fleet tractors as well as on all of its new refrigerated trailers.

Tags: Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix, Brakes, Air Brakes

April 21, 2016 - Industry News

Wabash’s New Tank Trailer Exec Tasked With Strategic Growth

Wabash National has appointed Dave Hill as the company’s vice president and general manager of Wabash Tank Trailers.

Tags: Leadership, People, Wabash National, Liquid Tank Trailers, Trailers

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