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Aftermarket Outlook: Near-Term Spotty; Consolidation, Reman Among Long-Term Trends

LAS VEGAS -- The aftermarket, like the trucking industry at large, has been in a bit of a slump the last six or seven months, and Stu MacKay, president of MacKay & Co., thinks it will continue for at least a little while

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Patent Case Before Supreme Court Could Have 'Chilling' Effect on Reman

The Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association has joined two other trade associations in filing a friend of the court brief in the United States Supreme Court opposing the right of a patent holder to impose post-sale restrictions on the use of its patented products.

CSA Changes Mean More Attention to Maintenance Items Than Ever

The latest revision to the way the federal government assesses fleet safety and compliance will mean the Vehicle Maintenance BASIC just got more important than ever

ATA Adopts New Position on Sleep Disorder Screening and Testing

LAS VEGAS - Seeing disturbing indications that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration may plan to address the issue of sleep apnea among truck drivers with a "guidance" rather than a rulemaking, the American Trucking Associations has a new policy positio

Upcoming Changes for Commercial Driver's License Holders

Regulations for commercial vehicle drivers are changing, in particular with regards to medical cards

FMCSA Implements CSA Improvements

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration implemented a number of improvements to its CSA safety enforcement program, including dropping the Cargo-Related BASIC and adding a new Hazardous Materials BASIC that is expected to put more scrutiny on carriers hauling hazmat

CSA Advisory Committee Takes on Daunting Analysis

The advisory committee that is preparing recommendations on the CSA enforcement program for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a dense thicket to chop through

OEMs Outline Natural Gas Product Plans

If you're wondering about whether parts and service for natural gas engines will be in your future, it might be useful to take a look at what engine and truck makers will be offering

4 Ways to Avoid Selling Counterfeit or Substandard Parts

One of your customers gets sued when his truck is involved in a fatal crash. Faulty brake parts are blamed. Before you know it, you get dragged into court because you sold it to him. You may say, "I didn't make it! I didn't know it wasn't safe!" The answer from the courts may well be, "You should have.

Massachusetts Votes in Right to Repair; Truck, Engine Makers Say it's a Bad Fit

When the Massachusetts state Legislature passed the nation's first right to repair law earlier this year, it excluded vehicles over 10,000 pounds. Last week, state voters overwhelmingly approved a different version of the law, which includes all motor vehicles sold in the state