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Why Uber Parked Its Self-Driving Truck Project

Why Uber Parked Its Self-Driving Truck Project

| August 12, 2018

Uber is officially ending its self-driving truck program, following a lawsuit from Waymo, who accused Uber of using its proprietary designs. Uber has noted that it will keep working on self-driving vehicles, but it will now focus solely on cars. Uber has spent roughly $925 million in recent years on its effort to create a […]

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Growth in Telematics Demand Suggests Entry of Non-traditional Providers 

Growth in Telematics Demand Suggests Entry of Non-traditional Providers 

| August 10, 2018

The telematics industry is hot and about to get even hotter according to new industry research. Consider the context: Globally 73.1 million trucks are expected to be connected by 2025 and penetration of telematics is set to rise. These macro factors coupled with trends such as rising sales due to economic development, stricter regulations, and […]

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SmartDrive Announces Purpose-Built Analytics Solution to Recognize and Retain Quality Drivers

SmartDrive Announces Purpose-Built Analytics Solution to Recognize and Retain Quality Drivers

| August 1, 2018

SmartDrive Systems, a leader in video-based safety and transportation intelligence, announced the availability of the SmartDrive SmartIQ® Driver Scorecard, which provides fleets with industry-proven, data-driven insights, enabling them to create and manage an effective driver incentive program. Combining the richness of SmartDrive® video-based data with interactive analysis capability, the new analytics solution delivers a complete, unbiased view […]

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People

Christian Schulz Appointed To Navistar Board Of Directors

Christian Schulz Appointed To Navistar Board Of Directors

| August 15, 2018

Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV)  announced that Christian Schulz has been named to its board of directors, effective immediately. Schulz, 41, replaces Matthias Gründler, who previously resigned from the Navistar board after serving more than a year as a director. Schulz has been appointed to the board’s finance committee. Schulz is currently the CFO of Volkswagen Truck […]

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ATA Names Dan Horvath VP of Safety Policy 

ATA Names Dan Horvath VP of Safety Policy 

| August 14, 2018

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) announced that Dan Horvath will serve as the organization’s next vice president of safety policy, representing ATA and its safety agenda before federal and state government regulators and various non-governmental organizations.  “Safety is and always will be our paramount priority at ATA.  We take enormous pride in the strong safety culture we’ve […]

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EROAD Expands in North America, Adds to Management Team

EROAD Expands in North America, Adds to Management Team

| August 9, 2018

EROAD, a global technology provider of fleet management, electronic tax reporting and ELD compliance solutions for the transportation industry, announced record growth and the addition of several new members of its management team.  For the year ending March 31, 2018, EROAD recorded annual sales growth of 191% in North America. “The ELD mandate deadline drove […]

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Fleet Maintenance

National Lift Week® Set for Oct. 8-13 with Stertil-Koni as Official Sponsor

National Lift Week® Set for Oct. 8-13 with Stertil-Koni as Official Sponsor

| August 8, 2018

Heavy duty vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni today announced that it will once again sponsor National Lift Week®, which will take place Oct. 8 – 13 in venues across North America. Now entering its fifth year, the six-day event is a celebration that will showcase best practices in vehicle lift safety, service, and performance. As Stertil-Koni […]

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Stertil-Koni Debuts New Vehicle Lift Adapter Kits for Buses and Trucks

Stertil-Koni Debuts New Vehicle Lift Adapter Kits for Buses and Trucks

| July 24, 2018

Heavy duty vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni has introduced two new adapter kits tailored for its inground scissor and piston lifts – each engineered to facilitate more efficient lifting by engaging the front and rear lifting points on buses and trucks. Driving Stertil-Koni’s engineering approach is a transformation in how heavy duty vehicles are now being […]

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Severe Weather and Larger Vehicles Reshape Utility Maintenance Operations

Severe Weather and Larger Vehicles Reshape Utility Maintenance Operations

| July 9, 2018

The escalation in severe weather across the country, coupled with the use of larger commercial vehicles has compelled utility fleet operations to reevaluate key systems in their maintenance shops. According to Alan Tye, owner, and president of Alan Tye & Associates (ATA), an exclusive Stertil-Koni heavy-duty vehicle lift distributor in the Mid-Atlantic region, “We have […]

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Training

SmartDrive Announces Purpose-Built Analytics Solution to Recognize and Retain Quality Drivers

SmartDrive Announces Purpose-Built Analytics Solution to Recognize and Retain Quality Drivers

| August 1, 2018

SmartDrive Systems, a leader in video-based safety and transportation intelligence, announced the availability of the SmartDrive SmartIQ® Driver Scorecard, which provides fleets with industry-proven, data-driven insights, enabling them to create and manage an effective driver incentive program. Combining the richness of SmartDrive® video-based data with interactive analysis capability, the new analytics solution delivers a complete, unbiased view […]

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ITI Offers Incident-Based Training for Fleets

ITI Offers Incident-Based Training for Fleets

| July 25, 2018

Instructional Technologies Inc. (ITI), providers of training solutions for the transportation industry including PRO-TREAD online training content and the Sentix training automation platform, announced that it has released a new library of Incident-Based Training lessons. The shorter, highly focused courses designed to assist with remedial events can help reduce exposure to liability and provide fleets with […]

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DENSO Awards  $1 Million in STEM Grants to 25 North American Colleges

DENSO Awards $1 Million in STEM Grants to 25 North American Colleges

| July 15, 2018

DENSO, one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers of technology and components, announced that its philanthropic arm will donate nearly $1 million in overall funding to 25 institutions of higher learning across North America to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational programming. These grants are designed to achieve DENSO’s goal of exposing students […]

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Fuel & Oil

Use of “Clean” Diesel in Truck Fleets Up 

Use of “Clean” Diesel in Truck Fleets Up 

| August 16, 2018

Adoption of the newest diesel truck technology has jumped by 6 percent in one year and now makes up more than one-third of all trucks on the road, with some states having new technology diesel in more than two-thirds of their fleets, says new research from the Diesel Technology Forum.  According to analysis by the Diesel […]

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Gas and Diesel Prices Edge Down

Gas and Diesel Prices Edge Down

| August 15, 2018

According to the latest Fleet News, fuel prices continued to move downward, again.  This week, the price of Regular nationwide was $2.857 vs. $2.865 one week ago and up from $2.350 last year at this time. The news in fuel prices for Diesel was similar.  One gallon of Diesel stands at $3.150 vs. $3.154 last […]

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How Liquid Additives Fight Engine Wear

How Liquid Additives Fight Engine Wear

| August 14, 2018

As the fleet industry knows all too well, wear is a natural enemy for any engine.  Metal rubbing against metal is the quickest way to wear out an engine. It shortens the service life and drives up repair costs. One of the products designed to address this problem is LIQUI MOLY. For this purpose the additive specialist from […]

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Green

New Tropos Electric Low-Speed Vehicle Range Now Up to 160 Miles

New Tropos Electric Low-Speed Vehicle Range Now Up to 160 Miles

| August 16, 2018

Continuing to lead the street-legal, electric low-speed vehicle (LSV) market in the United States, Tropos Motors has released the new extended Range, ABLE XR. Powered by a 26 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the ABLE XR sports four times more range of up to 160 miles, compared to the standard ABLE configurations, and nearly three times farther than […]

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New Ultra-Low Emission HD Natural Gas Trucks in California

New Ultra-Low Emission HD Natural Gas Trucks in California

| August 15, 2018

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and Food Express, Inc. (FXI) has announced the addition of 11 new ultra-low emission natural gas trucks to the FXI fleet.   The company, with the assistance of SoCalGas, applied for and received $1.1 million in grant funding for the new trucks which have started making deliveries.  The company has an additional 35 trucks […]

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Meet an Award Winning Electric Bus Blood-Donation Center

Meet an Award Winning Electric Bus Blood-Donation Center

| August 14, 2018

Meet the world’s first mobile blood donation center in an emission-free electric bus – the Solaris Urbino 8.9 LE electric. The vehicle was built on the basis of a Solaris Urbino 8.9 LE electric -the model that started a series of eco-friendly, electric vehicles made by the Bolechowo-based bus maker. The Solaris Urbino 8.9 LE […]

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Recent News

Kubota Taps New Warranty System with Tavant

Kubota Taps New Warranty System with Tavant

| August 17, 2018

For fleets considering how best to handle warranty claims, Kubota Tractor may provide an interesting model to roll with. The company has announced a significant investment in its procedure for processing warranty claims, including a new partnership with Tavant Technologies, a leading provider of aftermarket solutions. Going into effect in early 2019, Kubota will deploy […]

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E-ONE Introduces New TITAN® 6X6 Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Vehicle

E-ONE Introduces New TITAN® 6X6 Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Vehicle

| August 17, 2018

REV Group, a manufacturer of specialty vehicle brands and a leading provider of aftermarket parts and services, has introduced the new TITAN® 6X6 Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) vehicle under its E-ONE fire apparatus brand. The TITAN® 6X6 is the second configuration in E-ONE’s debut line of ARFF products. With the 6×6 configuration and its […]

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Love’s Travel Stops Adds 74 New Jobs and Truck Parking to Oregon

Love’s Travel Stops Adds 74 New Jobs and Truck Parking to Oregon

| August 17, 2018

Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) is now serving Customers in Millersburg, Oregon, — opening a new store located at 6457 Old Salem Road (Interstate 5, Exit 238). The development brings 74 new jobs to Linn County and 72 truck parking spaces.  “We’re happy to be in the growing community of Millersburg,” said Tom Love, founder and executive […]

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NTS Opens New Corporate Center in Anaheim

NTS Opens New Corporate Center in Anaheim

| August 17, 2018

National Technical Systems, Inc. (“NTS”), a leader in qualification testing, inspection, and certification solutions in North America, has announceed the opening of its new Corporate Center in Anaheim, CA. The Corporate Center expands the company’s presence in the City of Anaheim, which is already home to one of NTS’s 27 laboratories. The new center integrates […]

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July Trailer Orders at Record 28,000 Units 

July Trailer Orders at Record 28,000 Units 

| August 17, 2018

U.S. trailer orders set a record for the month of July, coming in at a surprising 28,000 units. Trailer orders have now totaled an impressive 350,000 units for the past twelve months.  Orders were up 109% y/y. OEMs have opened up some of the 2019 order boards, so fleets have started ordering a couple months […]

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Automotive Telematics Market Growth to Approach 10%

Automotive Telematics Market Growth to Approach 10%

| August 16, 2018

According to the latest research, the estimated value of the global automotive telematics market in 2018 is US$ 42,624 million, which is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.4% to reach US$ 81,100 million by the end of 2026.  The APAC automotive telematics market is projected to be valued at 12,199 million accounting for a […]

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Volvo Trucks Salutes First Vehicle Built at New River Valley Facility  

Volvo Trucks Salutes First Vehicle Built at New River Valley Facility  

| August 16, 2018

Volvo Trucks North America recently welcomed home the very first Volvo truck model to roll off the assembly line at its New River Valley assembly facility in Dublin, Virginia.  Donated by the Wilson family, founders of the former Wilson Trucking Corporation, the 1982 Volvo F7 model will reside at the Volvo Trucks Customer Center, adjacent […]

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Spot Freight Rates, Still High, Slide Again

Spot Freight Rates, Still High, Slide Again

| August 16, 2018

The national average van rate fell 6 cents to $2.18/mile during the week ending Aug. 11, marking five straight weeks of declines after one of the most robust periods for spot truckload freight pricing in memory.  Likewise, the national flatbed rate dipped 6 cents to $2.69/mile and the reefer rate slipped 3 cents to $2.51/mile  compared to the […]

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OOIDA Pushes for HOS Improvements

OOIDA Pushes for HOS Improvements

| August 16, 2018

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association supports government efforts to modernize hours-of-service regulations and looks forward to an anticipated Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule making from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The Association’s members have often pointed out to their representatives in Washington DC that current regulations are overly complex, provide no flexibility, and in no […]

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Drivewyze and Platform Science Partner to to Bypass Weigh Stations

Drivewyze and Platform Science Partner to to Bypass Weigh Stations

| August 15, 2018

Platform Science, a fleet management solution provider, has partnered with Drivewyze to connect its open platform with the nation’s largest weigh station bypass service. Drivewyze provides automated bypasses to participating trucks approaching highway weigh stations, allowing drivers to remain in motion rather than waiting at roadside scales. The case for the technology is clear: Weigh […]

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Mercedes-Benz USA Expands Training Tech Programs 

Mercedes-Benz USA Expands Training Tech Programs 

| August 14, 2018

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) continues to expand its technician training and development programs to tackle the critical shortage of qualified automotive technicians in the U.S.  The luxury automotive manufacturer, which recently became the first to establish a Registered Apprenticeship Program for veterans through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, today launched a partnership with Jefferson Community […]

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ABF Freight to Send 18 Drivers to 2018 National Truck Driving Championships

ABF Freight to Send 18 Drivers to 2018 National Truck Driving Championships

| August 14, 2018

ArcBest® (Nasdaq: ARCB), a leading logistics company has announced that its less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight® will send 18 professional drivers to the 2018 National Truck Driving Championships. To qualify for the national competition, drivers must win first place in their respective class during state truck driving championships, and they must maintain an accident-free driving record for the […]

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New Software to Aid in DOT Compliance and Safety 

New Software to Aid in DOT Compliance and Safety 

| August 14, 2018

Safety Management Systems, Inc. (SMS), an EHS and Regulatory Compliance provider, has announced the launch of Fleet360, a scalable, compliance and EHS Solution, software platform for any size fleet company.  The launch of Fleet360, which focuses predominately on DOT Compliance, joins SMS’s EHS OSHA software – SMS360 as an affordable solution for small and mid-sized businesses to manage risk. Fleet360 was […]

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A. Duie Pyle Starts Construction on Logistics Center in Maryland

A. Duie Pyle Starts Construction on Logistics Center in Maryland

| August 14, 2018

A. Duie Pyle (Pyle), a leading provider of asset and non-asset based transportation and supply chain solutions in the Northeast, announced the immediate opening of a service center and the start of construction on its newest integrated logistics center in Hagerstown, Maryland.  The new facilities expand Pyle’s Northeast network and allow the company to provide service […]

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Commercial Dealer Training and Education from Work Truck Solutions

Commercial Dealer Training and Education from Work Truck Solutions

| August 14, 2018

Work Truck Solutions, an online platform that helps dealerships sell commercial vehicles, has partnered with Skillo, a Learning Management System (LMS), to offer dealerships interactive, online training on how to run their commercial business better and sell more trucks. After logging into Work Truck Solutions, dealers can find a new Self-Service Training portal where they […]

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BYD Wins Electric Vehicle Contracts in Georgia

BYD Wins Electric Vehicle Contracts in Georgia

| August 14, 2018

BYD (Build Your Dreams) has been selected as one of the suppliers for the State of Georgia’s Statewide Contracts for Public Mass Transit & Transportation Vehicles, specifically for battery-electric buses.   The resulting statewide contract will be a “convenience” source for all State of Georgia governmental entities, including but not limited to state offices, agencies, departments, […]

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Leavitt’s Freight  Merges with Central Oregon Truck Company

Leavitt’s Freight Merges with Central Oregon Truck Company

| August 13, 2018

Leavitt’s Freight Service, a specialty carrier of utility poles and engineered wood products, announced that it has merged with Central Oregon Truck Company (COTC), a member of the Daseke family of flatbed and specialized carriers. Leavitt’s Freight, which operates a fleet of more than 120 trucks, will continue to operate under its existing name and […]

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Penske Joins CharIN to Promote EV Charging Standards

Penske Joins CharIN to Promote EV Charging Standards

| August 13, 2018

  Penske Truck Leasing has joined the Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN), a worldwide industry alliance focused on promoting Combined Charging System (CCS) as the global standard for charging electric vehicles (EVs) of all types.  Penske will focus its attention on helping to promote electric vehicle charging standards for commercial vehicles in North America by participating with the group’s […]

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Universal Logistics Acquires Southern Counties Express

Universal Logistics Acquires Southern Counties Express

| August 13, 2018

Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ULH), a leading asset-light provider of customized transportation and logistics solutions, announced  its acquisition of Southern Counties Express. Servicing the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach for more than 25 years, Southern Counties offers full-service harbor drayage, transloading, warehousing, and project cargo services to a portfolio of Fortune 500 companies across a number of […]

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Bridgestone Introduces Firestone FD711 Drive Tire

Bridgestone Introduces Firestone FD711 Drive Tire

| August 13, 2018

Bridgestone Americas Inc. has expanded its Firestone commercial truck tire portfolio with the launch of the Firestone FD711 drive tire. Engineered for durable, long-lasting performance in high-scrub and high-traction applications, the Firestone FD711 tire offers solid grip, long wear and enhanced retread capability. The tire is recommended for a wide range of applications including long […]

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Do Electric Buses Really Emit Less Carbon Than Diesel Buses?

Do Electric Buses Really Emit Less Carbon Than Diesel Buses?

| August 12, 2018

If you’re wondering whether electric buses are truly “green,” consider that electric buses are only as clean as the grid that charges them. Still, when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions, electric buses are already miles ahead of their competition. Buses charged by electricity are responsible for fewer carbon emissions than conventional diesel buses in […]

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What is Brake-By-Wire and Why It Might Be In Your Next Vehicle

What is Brake-By-Wire and Why It Might Be In Your Next Vehicle

| August 12, 2018

We may all be stopping like pros soon. Here’s what’s up: When a Formula 1 driver hits the brakes, they are sending a signal for the computer to interpret, and it’s the computer that determines how much pressure to apply to the rear brake calipers. This technology is known as “brake-by-wire,” because it cuts the […]

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UPS Working With Thor on Electric Medium-Duty Trucks

UPS Working With Thor on Electric Medium-Duty Trucks

| August 10, 2018

UPS Inc. said it is working with Thor Trucks to develop all-electric Class 6 delivery trucks. The Atlanta-based parcel giant said it plans to test Thor’s medium-duty truck for six months with a company driver behind the wheel in the Los Angeles area, one of the most congested metropolitan regions in the United States. UPS wants “to […]

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A World Record in Window Tinting: A Dark Tale

A World Record in Window Tinting: A Dark Tale

| August 10, 2018

XPEL, Inc., a leading supplier of automotive paint protection and window film along with its customer Sun Stoppers Window Tinting, one of the largest retailers on the east coast for window film and paint protection film, recently set the Guinness World Record for window tinting.  To establish the record, a team of installers from Sun […]

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New Pro Strength Automotive Cleaning Products from AMSOIL

New Pro Strength Automotive Cleaning Products from AMSOIL

| August 10, 2018

AMSOIL has added three new products to its product lineup designed to give professional-strength cleaning capabilities to automotive and power sports consumers looking to protect their investments.  AMSOIL Mudslinger™ is a pretreatment specifically formulated to leave a non-stick surface that provides a protective layer of armor against the accumulation of mud, dirt and snow on ATVs, […]

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EnerSys® to Offer Battery and Electrical System Analyzers

EnerSys® to Offer Battery and Electrical System Analyzers

| August 10, 2018

EnerSys® (NYSE: ENS), a leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications and the manufacturer of ODYSSEY® batteries, has expanded its ODYSSEY® battery offering to include advanced battery and electrical system analyzers.  Available for heavy duty and automotive applications, the testers offer a user-friendly SMART HTML PC interface and feature patented single load, dynamic resistance technology for accurate […]

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HORIBA Automotive to Acquire FuelCon AG

HORIBA Automotive to Acquire FuelCon AG

| August 10, 2018

HORIBA Europe GmbH has  announced that it has agreed terms for the acquisition of FuelCon AG, which will become part of HORIBA Automotive Test Systems – a leading supplier in the fields of engine, driveline, brake and emissions test systems.  The completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory clearance. Founded in 2001 and based […]

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Love’s Travel Stops Brings 80 New Jobs and Truck Parking to Texas

Love’s Travel Stops Brings 80 New Jobs and Truck Parking to Texas

| August 10, 2018

Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) has announced that it is now serving Customers in Donna, Texas, with the grand opening of a new travel stop. The store located near Interstate 2 and Hutto Road brings 82 jobs and 94 truck parking spots to Hidalgo County. The more than 11,000 square-foot facility offers an Arby’s restaurant for […]

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Spot Rates Fall Van, Reefer Ratios Increase

Spot Rates Fall Van, Reefer Ratios Increase

| August 10, 2018

Spot truckload rates continued a seasonal decline during the week ending August 4 as the overall number of loads posted on DAT load boards fell 0.7% and capacity dipped 1.3%. The national average van rate slipped 6 cents to $2.24/mile, the flatbed rate fell 3 cents to $2.75/mile, and the refrigerated rate was 8 cents lower at $2.54/mile compared to the previous week. The […]

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BYD to Deliver First Electric Buses to Montreal and Longueuil 

BYD to Deliver First Electric Buses to Montreal and Longueuil 

| August 9, 2018

BYD (Build Your Dreams) Canada has been awarded orders for nine long range, zero emission, battery-electric buses by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) and the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL).  BYD Canada announced that RTL will receive five 30-foot buses and STM will receive an order of four of the same model. […]

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New White Paper Outlines Approaches to Control Fleet Fuel Costs

New White Paper Outlines Approaches to Control Fleet Fuel Costs

| August 9, 2018

Vehicle Tracking Solutions® (VTS)  has outlined fuel concerns, factors that affect spend and actions that can be taken to lessen the burden of rising fuel costs in a new white paper. The need is pressing, with fuel costs accounting for up to 40 percent of fleet operating costs.  The paper presents where the biggest challenges […]

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Motus Mobility Report Finds Cost Control # 1 Challenge for Mobile Workforces

Motus Mobility Report Finds Cost Control # 1 Challenge for Mobile Workforces

| August 9, 2018

Motus, a leading vehicle management and reimbursement platform, released its annual Workforce Mobility Benchmark Report, revealing key industry data on vehicle reimbursement programs and best practices to meet the needs of the growing mobile workforce.  Based on this year’s survey results, the top challenges facing businesses with mobile workers include cost control (26 percent), followed closely by risk and […]

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Driver Wellness Steps Up Profile at  GATS

Driver Wellness Steps Up Profile at  GATS

| August 9, 2018

Rolling Strong, the provider of driver wellness programs for transportation companies and their drivers, as well as owner-operators,  announced it will be sponsoring booths #745 and #653 in the Landstar Health and Wellness Pavilion at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas from August 23-25. In the exhibit, Rolling Strong will showcase its health and wellness mobile app that […]

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Kottke Trucking Increases Driver Pay

Kottke Trucking Increases Driver Pay

| August 9, 2018

Kottke Trucking, a provider of dry freight, refrigerated and dedicated services, announced its second driver pay increase in the past six months. “We are proud to be able to continue to focus on the importance of drivers in our ongoing success and make sure that the gains we are realizing in the marketplace are shared […]

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Utility Trailer Manufacturing Announces New Curtain for Tautliner® Curtainsided Trailer

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Announces New Curtain for Tautliner® Curtainsided Trailer

| August 8, 2018

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company, the industry’s largest manufacturer of refrigerated trailers and a leading manufacturer of dry freight vans, flatbeds, and Tautliner® curtainsided trailers, has announced that the Kin-Sider™ from Kinedyne® will be the new standard curtain installed on Utility’s Tautliner curtainsided trailers. “We are pleased to partner with Kinedyne, a long-time supplier of Utility, to make the Kin-Sider our new standard […]

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