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06/27/2017 07:46 AM
Outreach program shows motoring public how to be safer around CMVs
FMCSA launched a public outreach program that aims to show passenger vehicle drivers how to be safer around commercial motor vehicles.

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06/27/2017 07:03 AM
Big Brown plans further additions to green fleet
By 2020, the parcel delivery giant expects that one in four of the new vehicles it purchases annually will be powered by alternative fuels or use some sort of advanced technology.

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06/27/2017 03:50 AM
PeopleNet adds Continental TPMS to platform
ContiPressureCheck provides insight into a fleet’s tire pressure, company notes.

PeopleNet recently noted that it is integrating the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) developed by Continental, dubbed the ContiPressureCheck (CPC) system, to fleets that have deployed its technology platform in their trucks. This allows both drivers and back-office personnel to continuously monitor the real-time pressure and temperature of their tires, noted Eric Witty, vice president of product for PeopleNet

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06/27/2017 03:03 AM
Ram rolls out new 2018 model luxury pickup

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06/27/2017 02:39 AM
L.A. Metro awards contract for 295 new natural gas buses
Deal includes an option for 305 additional CNG buses as well, the transit agency noted.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (L.A. Metro) recently voted to purchase 295 40-foot compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, which will be fueled by renewable natural gas (RNG).

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06/26/2017 06:19 AM
Wabco extends global supply deal with Daimler Trucks
Supplier will continue to provide automated manual transmission (AMT) control technology to support Daimler truck production in Europe, North America, Japan, and South America.

Wabco Holdings Inc. said it’s extended a long-term supply agreement with the truck division of Germany’s Daimler AG for new heavy-duty automated manual transmission (AMT) control technology to support truck production mainly in Europe, North America, Japan, and South America.

Daimler Trucks, Daimler AG’s truck division, operates five distinct brands serving different segments of the global commercial vehicle market: Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, FUSO, Western Star and Bharat Benz.

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06/26/2017 04:06 AM
Purkeys develops liftgate charging system
Says it is designed to keep batteries charged and thus help prevent road calls.

For commercial trucking fleets, break-downs and road calls due to dead or uncharged batteries are a costly issue that can cut into fleets’ profit margins and drivers’ accumulated hours of service.

Purkeys announced it has developed two distinct liftgate charging systems, the DIRECT and the SELECT. Larry Rambeaux, Purkeys’ National Fleet Representative, says that even with a liftgate charging system, a truck’s battery has to be in proper working order to maintain charge.

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06/26/2017 03:56 AM
Schneider opens new facility in Phoenix
In the near future, five acres on the property will be developed into a training facility for its drivers.

The sunny Southwest just got busier with the recent grand opening of a new Schneider facility in Phoenix, AZ. Schneider said it is responding to industry demand by significantly investing in this fast-growing region.

The Phoenix facility will accommodate Schneider’s dry van truckload, team drivers, intermodal and specialty dedicated fleets and bring new truck driver job opportunities to the area.

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06/26/2017 03:41 AM
‘Everyday Heroes’ Kenworth T680 sold to J&L Transportation
Net proceeds donated to Truckers Against Trafficking.

The “Everyday Heroes” Kenworth T680 was auctioned off at Ritchie Bros. in Phoenix. The winning bid was submitted by Mike Jimenez, owner of Phoenix-based J&L Transportation, which resulted in $89,000 netted in support of Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), a non-profit organization devoted to stopping human trafficking by educating, mobilizing, and empowering the nation’s truck drivers and rest stop employees.

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06/26/2017 03:21 AM
Drivers: Don't be fooled by your windows
Many truck drivers still aren't taking the proper precautions against UV rays, because they believe they can't penetrate side window glass. Sometimes they’re right but sometimes they’re wrong.

Truck driver Bill McElligott may have the world's most famous left side of a face.

Five years ago his photo was featured in the New England Journal of Medicine, accompanying a story about Unilateral Dermatoheliosis – damage to skin on half of his face caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun.

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06/23/2017 12:28 PM
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06/23/2017 12:00 PM
Why you should computerize your maintenance operations

Given the increasing complex nature of today’s vehicles with their components that have tighter tolerances, the role of maintenance to the successful operation of a fleet is more important than ever.

If you have not yet computerized your maintenance operations, here are some reasons why you should do it today.

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06/23/2017 11:54 AM
Protecting your business before and after an accident

Accidents happen. And while nobody likes them, it’s almost impossible to avoid them. But there are things you can do to reduce your risk such as spec’ing vehicles with safety-related options and continuously training drivers in safe driving practices.

There are also things you can do to protect your business in the event of an accident, especially when you are performing your own maintenance and repair.

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06/23/2017 10:47 AM
ELDs: What is there to fear?

We are now less six months from the official start of the electronic-logging era.

The rule from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has been years in the making, including a redo following a successful court challenge earlier in the decade. While that temporarily halted the rule, it did not slow innovation. After years of advancements made in fuel efficiency and communications, newer technologies like onboard diagnostics, pre­dictive cruise control, and crash avoidance systems are slowly becoming indispensible safety options.

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06/23/2017 07:01 AM
Fleet software provider Chevin adds new global features

Chevin Fleet Solutions announced new multi-currency and other global features to offer greater support for international organizations and businesses operating across borders.

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06/23/2017 06:53 AM
XPO Logistics LTL drivers surpass one billion accident-free miles

XPO Logistics announced its less-than-truckload (LTL) professional drivers have surpassed one billion miles with no preventable accidents.

XPO has approximately 12,575 professional drivers in its LTL transportation network, and began tracking consecutive accident-free miles by driver in April 2012. XPO noted that by May 2017, 890 XPO drivers had achieved one million, two million or three million accident-free miles, and the total for all these drivers had exceeded one billion miles.

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06/23/2017 06:34 AM
Hyundai Translead now offers Bendix ADB22X-LT air disc brake

Aiming to provide its customers with trailers that combine the performance of air disc brakes with weight-saving and maintenance advantages, Hyundai Translead announced it now offers the Bendix ADB22X-LT from Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake.

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06/23/2017 06:23 AM
Samsara raises $40M in Series C growth financing
New funding will expand R&D investments and accelerate company's faster-than-market growth trajectory, according to Samsara.

Samsara announced $40 million in Series C financing led by General Catalyst, with participation from existing investor Andreessen Horowitz and Samsara's founders. The round valued Samsara at over $530 million as the company's revenues grow in excess of 250% annually.

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06/23/2017 06:06 AM
Perry steps in as Truckstop.com chief economist

Noël Perry has joined the staff of Truckstop.com as the company’s chief economist.

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06/23/2017 05:46 AM
The mother of all trucking mirages

For many years now, we’ve awaited the arrival of what’s been dubbed the “mother of all capacity shortages” in the trucking industry: that “magical combination,” in the words of John Larkin, managing director and head of transportation capital markets research for read more


06/23/2017 01:57 AM
Safety lessons learned following truck driver's tragic death
On Oct. 26, 2015, a truck driver was delivering and picking up some large steel coils, each weighing about 7.6 tons. In a tragic accident, one of the coils tipped over during loading and crushed the driver. These are the lessons learned following an investigation.

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06/22/2017 09:38 AM
Isuzu: New Class 6 is right truck at right time
OEM aims to position new FTR to take advantage of e-commerce growth.

QUEENS, NY. The rapid shift from traditional retail store shopping to the purchase of products over the internet is driving major changes to delivery networks as well – including changes to the capabilities of the trucks tasked with making those deliveries.

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06/22/2017 06:32 AM
Ram Truck improves initial quality by nearly 25%
Ram Truck is touting that it's the industry's most improved truck brand with more than a 24% improvement in initial quality, as judged by J.D. Power, compared with last year's scoring.

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06/22/2017 05:58 AM
Bridgestone launches new tire for on-, off-highway use

Bridgestone Americas announced the launch of the new Firestone FS818 wide base radial truck tire for on-and-off-highway applications.

Featuring a wide base design for higher payloads and flotation, the Firestone FS818 utilizes special tread compounds to help resist cuts, chips, tearing and irregular wear. According to Bridgestone, the tire is designed with a deep, self-cleaning tread pattern for aggressive traction and long original mileage. In addition, stone rejector platforms in every groove offer strong durability, the company added.

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06/22/2017 05:34 AM
Kalmar invests in parts facilities upgrades

Kalmar announced it has completed projects to enhance operational capabilities, efficiencies and safety at two of its parts facilities in the U.S.

The first project was at the parts operation in Ottawa, KS, expanding the primary warehouse to 9,500 sq. ft., resulting in 40% more capacity for pallet storage and five additional packaging stations.  The expansion also allows for inbound and outbound shipping operations to be separated which improves traffic patterns and safety throughout the warehouse, the company noted.

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06/22/2017 05:28 AM
AscendTMS now free for DAT carrier customers

DAT Solutions announced it has completed integrating its carrier features into the AscendTMS for carriers, and it will be offered at no cost to current and future DAT carrier customers.

DAT TruckersEdge, Express, and Power carrier customers can log into the AscendTMS and search the database of loads and post their trucks as they would inside their DAT load board app or desktop product.

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06/22/2017 05:25 AM
Doft partners with VHI Transport

Silicon Valley startup Doft announced its formal partnership with U.S. trucking company, VHI. Doft, an IT company, noted it is developing what it calls a “disruptive on-demand technology for the U.S. trucking industry which instantly matches freight shippers and truck drivers with the help of a mobile app.” VHI Transport is a professional freight brokerage and logistics company that was founded 40 years ago.

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06/21/2017 01:00 PM
Seven fleets commit to 'Run on Less'
Fuel economy showcase to culminate at NACV show in September.

Seven fleets have agreed to have one of their trucks and drivers participate in Run on Less, a cross-country roadshow planned for later this year to showcase advancements in fuel efficiency.

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06/21/2017 07:46 AM
Fleetmatics launches LogBook HOS management system for iOS
Commercial truck drivers keeping track of their hours of service (HOS) with Fleetmatics' LogBook system have the option to run it on iOS devices, with the company announcing that availability today.

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06/21/2017 05:49 AM
Mitchell, Bosch to deliver Mitchell Diagnostics System
Collision diagnostic system combines aftermarket scan tool with workflow application to document pre- and post-repair scans.

Mitchell is collaborating with Bosch Automotive Service Solutions in North America to deliver the Mitchell Diagnostics system, which is designed specifically for the collision repair and automotive claims markets. The Mitchell Diagnostics system is expected to be available by June 30. 

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