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Fleet Complete Acquires BigRoad

Fleet Complete Acquires BigRoad

| March 23, 2017

Fleet Complete, a provider of fleet telematics and mobile workforce technology, has announced the acquisition of BigRoad, a leading provider of hours-of-service (HOS) and regulatory compliance solutions. Based in Waterloo’s thriving tech hub, known as Canada’s Silicon Valley, BigRoad was founded to address the new HOS regulations imposed on the commercial motor vehicle (CMV) industry. […]

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European-based PTV Group Adds Cloud-based Route Optimization Tool for Fleets

European-based PTV Group Adds Cloud-based Route Optimization Tool for Fleets

| March 22, 2017

Logistics and traffic software specialist PTV Group has introduced a cloud-based route scheduling solution it calls PTV Route Optimiser.  The tool is engineered to make it easy to schedule deliveries, calculating the best route and balancing the usage of the fleet – no matter where you are. PTV Route Optimiser automatically schedules orders for optimized […]

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Wyoming DOT Steps up Connected Vehicle Pilot Program, Selects Lear Corporation

Wyoming DOT Steps up Connected Vehicle Pilot Program, Selects Lear Corporation

| March 21, 2017

Lear Corporation [NYSE: LEA], a leading global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems, has announced that it has been selected by the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) as its exclusive partner to supply advanced vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure Road Side Units and On-Board Units.   Lear has in-house capabilities, augmented by its 2015 acquisition of Arada […]

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People

U.S. Xpress Announces Eric Fuller to Assume CEO Role

U.S. Xpress Announces Eric Fuller to Assume CEO Role

| March 17, 2017

U.S. Xpress Enterprises has announced that Eric Fuller will assume the role of CEO and in related moves the company’s board named Lisa Quinn Pate as the new president and chief administrative officer for the truckload carrier, effective immediately. With this announcement, the Board also announced Max Fuller will take on the role of executive […]

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GlobalTranz Appoints Robert J. Farrell Chairman of the Board

GlobalTranz Appoints Robert J. Farrell Chairman of the Board

| March 16, 2017

Farrell is currently CEO of GlobalTranz and will continue in that role.  Prior to joining GlobalTranz in March 2016, Farrell was president and CEO of Kewill, a logistics technology provider. With over 30 years of executive leadership experience, including serving as CEO of EDGAR Online (now RR Donnelly) and chairman and CEO of Metastorm (now […]

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Lawson Products Names Matt Brown Senior Vice President, Sales

Lawson Products Names Matt Brown Senior Vice President, Sales

| March 15, 2017

Lawson Products, Inc., a distributor of products and services to the MRO and automotive marketplaces, announced the appointment of Matt Brown to Senior Vice President, Sales. Brown previously served as Vice President, Field Sales. As SVP, Sales, Brown is responsible for the entire North American sales organization, including strategic and government accounts. He continues to report […]

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Fleet Maintenance

Long Beach Container Terminal Taps Super Heavy Duty Vehicle Lifts from Stertil-Koni

Long Beach Container Terminal Taps Super Heavy Duty Vehicle Lifts from Stertil-Koni

| March 16, 2017

For Long Beach Container Terminal Corporation (LBCT), a leading provider of transportation and logistics services in and around Long Beach, California — the second busiest port in the United States – achieving optimal performance and efficiency is mission # 1. Consider the stakes:  The Port of Long Beach, one of the world’s busiest seaports, handles […]

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Stertil-Koni: 7 Ways to Boost Vehicle Lift Safety in Maintenance Shops

Stertil-Koni: 7 Ways to Boost Vehicle Lift Safety in Maintenance Shops

| March 6, 2017

Following a detailed review of bus and truck maintenance facilities across North America, vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni has just released what it calls the “Seven Key Steps” to improving safety for busy technicians working on the shop floor. The challenges facing fleet operators of all types are significant and continue to grow. Noted Peter Bowers, […]

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New Transmission Jacks Lift Productivity in Maintenance Shops Nationwide

New Transmission Jacks Lift Productivity in Maintenance Shops Nationwide

| February 8, 2017

As buses and trucks grow ever larger and more complex, busy maintenance shops – particularly those serving transit agencies, public works departments and school districts – are demanding new technologies that make the work environment both more safe and productive, according to heavy duty vehicle lift experts, Stertil-Koni. One of the most pressing needs remains: […]

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Fuel & Oil

F-250 Conversion to Propane Autogas in Record Time at Work Truck Show

F-250 Conversion to Propane Autogas in Record Time at Work Truck Show

| March 24, 2017

Looking to log a new record in propane Autogas conversation for an F0250? Check out Alliance tech Stacey Snyder, a conversion specialist who upfitted a 2017 F-250 live, in the record setting time of 1:21:00, at the recent Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. The time beat last year’s F-150 conversion record at the Work Truck […]

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Imports of Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Up Big in 2016

Imports of Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Up Big in 2016

| March 23, 2017

According to the latest research, U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel, which include biodiesel and renewable diesel, increased by 65% in 2016 to reach a record level of 916 million gallons. The data, from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, notes that “increasing Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) targets and the recently expired biodiesel blender’s tax credit were […]

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UPS Invests $90 Million In Natural Gas Vehicles and Infrastructure

UPS Invests $90 Million In Natural Gas Vehicles and Infrastructure

| March 20, 2017

UPS has announced plans to build an additional six compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and add 390 new CNG tractors and terminal trucks and 50 liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles to its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet.  In all, this represents more than a $90 million investment in natural gas. According to Mark […]

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Wheels & Tires

TBC Brands to Unveil New Sumitomo Truck Tires at MATS

TBC Brands to Unveil New Sumitomo Truck Tires at MATS

| March 22, 2017

At the Mid-America Trucking (MATS) show, March 23-25, TBC Brands, one of the largest distributors of private brand tires in North America, will unveil the new Sumitomo ST719SE Regional Steer tire. The company will also have Sumitomo and Sailun branded truck tires on display. The introduction of the ST719SE comes on the heels of the […]

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Oliver Rubber Company Introduces New Drive Retread and ULP Trailer Retread

Oliver Rubber Company Introduces New Drive Retread and ULP Trailer Retread

| March 20, 2017

Oliver® Rubber Company,  has launched  the Oliver Lug Traction Drive (“ORCO LTD”), a new lightweight, open-shoulder drive-position retread for regional and urban commercial vehicles.  Designed to deliver all-weather traction and durability, it is ideal for school bus pick-up and delivery, as well as food and beverage applications.  The ORCO LTD utilizes an exclusive unique tread feature […]

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Yokohama Rubber Co. Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Yokohama Rubber Co. Celebrates 100th Anniversary

| March 8, 2017

A century ago, The Yokohama Rubber Co. (YRC) opened for business with one facility and began producing rubber-based products such as belts, hoses and, of course, tires. One hundred years later, Yokohama has evolved into a major $6 billion global brand, manufacturing  advanced, environmentally sensitive products for a variety of industries such as automotive, marine, […]

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Green

Green Commuter Launches All-Electric Vanpool Service Using Tesla Passenger SUVs

Green Commuter Launches All-Electric Vanpool Service Using Tesla Passenger SUVs

| March 23, 2017

Green Commuter has launched the first all-electric vanpool operations in the U.S. using all-electric Tesla Model X, 7-passenger SUVs. Here’s the business plan: With its proprietary technology, Green Commuter leases its fleet of Tesla Model X vehicles to vanpoolers during commuting hours and to car share users or companies for fleet replacement, the rest of […]

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12-Person Electric Autonomous Mini-Shuttle Demoed in Texas

12-Person Electric Autonomous Mini-Shuttle Demoed in Texas

| March 22, 2017

Capital Metro, along with RATP Dev, the parent company of McDonald Transit, recently hosted a demonstration of an EasyMile EZ10 fully autonomous shuttle. The demonstration took place on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. The 12-passenger, all-electric EZ10 was designed to run pre-determined routes on a closed course in parking lot on […]

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UPS Invests $90 Million In Natural Gas Vehicles and Infrastructure

UPS Invests $90 Million In Natural Gas Vehicles and Infrastructure

| March 20, 2017

UPS has announced plans to build an additional six compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and add 390 new CNG tractors and terminal trucks and 50 liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles to its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet.  In all, this represents more than a $90 million investment in natural gas. According to Mark […]

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Recent News

Velociti Acquires Driver Wellness Company, Rolling Strong

Velociti Acquires Driver Wellness Company, Rolling Strong

| March 24, 2017

Velociti, a leading provider of technology  services, has announced it has acquired Rolling Strong, the provider of driver wellness programs for transportation companies and their drivers. According to Deryk Powell, President of Velociti, “It’s well known that as a professional driver, the demands of the job can create difficulty when it comes to making good […]

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WABCO Launches Rolling U.S. Tour to Showcase Products

WABCO Launches Rolling U.S. Tour to Showcase Products

| March 24, 2017

WABCO (NYSE: WBC), a leading supplier of technologies for commercial vehicles, is going on the road to showcase its products, beginning with the 2017 Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS). The vehicle is called the Technology Showcase Trailer and it is designed to highlight the company’s innovations through hands-on, interactive displays and demonstrations of industry-leading safety and […]

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Peterbilt Introduces Allison TC10® Transmission in Models 567 and 579

Peterbilt Introduces Allison TC10® Transmission in Models 567 and 579

| March 24, 2017

Peterbilt has announced the availability of the Allison TC10® fully automatic transmission on Models 567 and 579 later this year. The Allison TC10 is designed for tractor applications, such as regional and line-haul, and features a twin-countershaft design optimized for engine downspeeding and fuel economy. The patented torque converter offers industry exclusive engine torque multiplication […]

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Sacramento to Deploy 29 Electric School Buses and Charging Devices

Sacramento to Deploy 29 Electric School Buses and Charging Devices

| March 23, 2017

First Priority GreenFleet, a leader in clean transportation solutions, is partnering with the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) to deploy 29 electric school buses and charging infrastructure throughout Sacramento County, including Twin Rivers, Elk Grove and Sacramento City Unified School Districts. Funded in-part by a grant from the California Air Resources Board through […]

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Top Truck Lobby Group Calls on HHS to Set Standards for Hair Testing

Top Truck Lobby Group Calls on HHS to Set Standards for Hair Testing

| March 22, 2017

Top truck lobby group, American Trucking Associations (ATA), has called on Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and the federal government to quickly release guidelines and standards for the use of hair samples in mandatory drug testing of truck drivers. ATA spearheaded efforts to allow carriers to use hair testing as an alternate test […]

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Truck Tonnage Index Off 0.1% in February, Down 2.8% Below Y/o/Y

Truck Tonnage Index Off 0.1% in February, Down 2.8% Below Y/o/Y

| March 22, 2017

American Trucking Associations‘ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index slipped 0.1% in February, following a 2.9% increase during January. In February, the index equaled 138.7 (2000=100), down from 138.9 in January. The all-time high was 142.7 in February 2016. Compared with February 2016, the SA index decreased 2.8%. In January, the index rose 2.6% on […]

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Deployment of Inverters in Class 8 Sleepers on the Rise

Deployment of Inverters in Class 8 Sleepers on the Rise

| March 22, 2017

A new industry analysis shows that the inverter – that electronic box that makes it possible to run all sorts of on-board and in-cab AC appliances off a truck battery – is rapidly becoming a standard option on Class 8 sleeper trucks.  According to Mitul Chandrani, senior marketing manager for Xantrex business at Schneider Electric, […]

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Spuds Up! Big Idaho® Potato Truck Starts 6th National Tour

Spuds Up! Big Idaho® Potato Truck Starts 6th National Tour

| March 21, 2017

The Big Idaho® Potato Truck is back on America’s highways promoting the Idaho® potato and in six months the Truck will log 23,000 miles, stop in more than 60 cities both large and small and be photographed millions of times by spud lovers across the country. The Truck’s popular “A Big Helping” charitable program will […]

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Truckload Linehaul Index Declines

Truckload Linehaul Index Declines

| March 21, 2017

The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, which tracks monthly changes in linehaul rates, declined 0.8% YoY in February after falling 0.3% and 0.9% in January and December, respectively. Although this represents twelve consecutive months of YoY declines, analysts at Avondale Partners have increased their pricing forecast to a -1% to 2% YoY change this year, stating […]

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Ohio Takes Leadership on Bike and Driver Safety Legislation

Ohio Takes Leadership on Bike and Driver Safety Legislation

| March 21, 2017

Three feet can save lives and Ohio is taking the lead in passing legislation that protects both bicyclists and drivers. Here’s what’s new: Motorists in Ohio will now be required to give bicyclists at least three feet of passing clearance, which will improve cycling safety. The new three-foot bicycle passing law, HB 154, signed by […]

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