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December 1, 2017 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Taps Palmer as New Chief

Photo: Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America

Justin Palmer has been named president and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, effective immediately, according to the company.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Leadership, People, Promotions

November 30, 2017 - Industry News

Indiana Wants ELD Rule Delayed

In an 11th-hour request, the attorney general of Indiana has proposed that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration delay implementation of the electronic logging device rule set for Dec. 18 — less than 3 weeks away.

Tags: FMCSA, Indiana, ELD, ELD Mandate

November 27, 2017 - Industry News

Automotive Lift Institute Re-elects Schanze Chairman

Schanze

Stet Schanze of Gray Manufacturing Company from St. Joseph, Mo., was elected to a third term as chairman of the board of the trade association dedicated to vehicle lift safety.

Tags: Vehicle Lifts, Automotive Lift Institute, Board of Directors

November 24, 2017 - Press Release

Geotab Joins TRALA

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Geotab is the newest Associate Member of the Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA), the nonprofit national trade association for the truck renting and leasing industry.

Tags: TRALA, Membership, Geotab

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

OOIDA Seeks to Exempt ‘Small-Business Truckers’ from ELD Rule

Photo: FMCSA

With the new electronic logging device mandate set to take effect in less than four weeks, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to issue a temporary but lengthy exemption to the new safety rule for “small-business truckers.”

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, ELD Mandate

November 20, 2017 - Industry News

Amazon App Helps Get Drivers In and Out of Warehouses Faster

A new Amazon app called Relay allows drivers enter cargo information, allowing them to check in with a QR code and get through the security gate. Photo: Amazon

The new app, called Relay, is Amazon's first attempt at automating the truck delivery process.

Tags: Drivers, Amazon.com, Driver Assistance Systems, Mobile Apps, Delivery Fleets, Startups

November 17, 2017 - Press Release

Nissan Uses Door-Opening Robot

At Nissan Technical Center North America (NTCNA) in Michigan, Mrs. Doorboto – also known as Rosie, is the door-slammer-in-chief. In just three days, without need of a coffee break, the 1.5-ton robot opens and closes a door as often as a typical customer would in 10 years. (Image couertesy of Nissan Motor Co.)

Nissan is depending on Rosie, a 1.5-ton robot, to open and close doors for durability testing.

Tags: Nissan, Vehicle Testing, Robots, Durability

November 17, 2017 - Industry News

Highest Thanksgiving Day Travel Predicted in 12 Years

AAA projects that 45.5 million Americans (89% of travelers) are planning a road trip this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Photo via Wikimedia/Minesweeper

AAA Travel projects that 50.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, an increase of 1.6 million travelers compared with last year. Car rental rates will hit a five-year holiday high at $70 per day.

Tags: AAA, Fuel Prices, Rental Rates, Holiday Travel, Thanksgiving

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Demonstrates Autonomous Truck Technology

Photo: Volvo Group

The Volvo Group demonstrated a new self-driving truck, designed to travel autonomously from one hub to another, at the Volvo Group Innovation Summit in Beijing, China.

Tags: Ports, Volvo Group, Asia, Autonomous Vehicles, Global

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

Vote: 2018 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

It’s time to start the vote for 2018 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year. Now in its 11th year, the winning truck is decided by you, our readers.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Awards, Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

November 15, 2017 - Industry News

New FMCSA Deputy Administrator Outlines Agency Priorities

FMCSA new Deputy Administrator Cathy Gatreaux talks about the importance of regulators and enforcement partnering with industry to improve safety. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

BIRMINGHAM – On her third day on the job, the new number-two at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration outlined the priorities of the agency under the Trump administration, including ELD implementation, deregulation, infrastructure investment, autonomous vehicles, and fighting human trafficking.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, ELD Mandate

November 10, 2017 - Industry News

NTEA Now an Accredited Provider for Continuing Education

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has awarded NTEA the industry-respected Accredited Provider status. Workforce development will continue to be a priority for NTEA.

Tags: NTEA, Work Truck Show, Continuing Education, IACET

November 10, 2017 - Press Release

Western Star Rewards Veterans

 Western Star is proud to extend the highly successful VetStar Military Appreciation program for 2018. All Western Star models qualify for the program including the tough, rugged and extremely efficient 5700XE daycab. (Image courtesy of Western Star)

The VetStar program applies to all new Western Star models (glider kits and used units are not eligible) and is intended for owner-operators and small fleets.

Tags: Discount, Western Star, Veterans, Owner-Operators, Small Fleets

November 9, 2017 - Press Release

MetroGistics’ Monster Mash Fundraiser Nets $24K

Auto transport company MetroGistics raised $24,148 at its annual Monster Mash Halloween Party that will be evenly distributed to Helping Strays – The Humane Society of Monroe County, Illinois, and the Humane Society of St. Clair County SNAP (Spay, Neuter, Adopt and Protect) in China, Michigan.

Tags: Charity, MetroGistics, Vehicle Logistics

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

Workhorse N-Gen Electric Van: Drone Optional

The Workhorse N-Gen's 19-inch floor and 105-inch roof height maximize cargo space, reduce knee injuries, and enhance driver ease of operation.

Workhorse Group Inc. has commenced implementation of an agreement to test and operate its new N-Gen electric van. The van will also feature an optional integrated HorseFly Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Package Delivery System.

Tags: Workhorse, HorseFly, E-GEN, Drone

November 7, 2017 - Industry News

UPS is Latest to Join Blockchain Group

UPS has joined the Blockchain in Trucking Alliance, stating that it sees a need to create industry standards and protocols to enable blockchain platforms to operate together with established technologies.

Tags: UPS, Logistics, Blockchain, Blockchain in Trucking Alliance

November 3, 2017 - Industry News

N.Y. Sends 220 Utility Trucks to Puerto Rico

Photo via Flickr/U.S. Department of Agriculture

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced he will deploy new emergency utility crews to Puerto Rico on Nov. 4 to restore power following Hurricane Maria.

Tags: New York, Utility Fleets, Natural Disaster, Bucket Trucks, Emergency Planning, Hurricane Maria

November 1, 2017 - Press Release

NTEA Expands Work Truck Show Schedule

Logo Courtesy of NTEA

The expanded lineup features more than 60 educational opportunities, including Fleet Technical Congress, Green Truck Summit and special sessions on lean thinking; a two-day Ride-and-Drive; multiple networking opportunities; and an exhibit floor packed with the latest commercial vehicles, equipment, and technology.

Tags: Conference, NTEA, Work Truck Show, Continuing Education

November 1, 2017 - Press Release

Toyota Celebrates 60 Years in the U.S.

Photo of Toyota's first U.S. headquarters in Hollywood, Calif., courtesy of Toyota.

Since its humble beginnings in a 3,000-square-foot, one-time Rambler dealership, Toyota has woven itself into the cultural fabric of America. Sixty years in, it encompasses a presence in every state, including 10 manufacturing facilities and nearly 1,500 Toyota and Lexus dealerships.

Tags: Toyota, Company Anniversaries, Automotive History, Headquarters

October 31, 2017 - Industry News

EPA Aiming to Yank Glider Kits from GHG/MPG Rule

New glider kit fitted with pre-2002 engine. Photo: Tom Berg

The Environmental Protection Agency has begun the formal process to launch a rulemaking that would eliminate provisions affecting glider kits within the Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards, which start to take effect in January.

Tags: Emissions, EPA, Glider Kits, GHG Phase 2

October 30, 2017 - Industry News

LINE-X Launches Fleet Upfitting Solution

Photo of pickup truck upfitted by LINE-X courtesy of LINE-X.

LINE-X, a provider of protective coatings and spray-on bed-liners, has launched a new service that offers complete light- and medium-duty work truck upfitting. The service offers a quick turnaround, discounts of up to 15%, and centralized control over jobs being completed at multiple shops all across North America.

Tags: Upfitting, LINE-X, Medium-Duty Trucks, Light-Duty Trucks, Upfitters

October 27, 2017 - Industry News

Peterbilt Searches for Ultimate Fan to Celebrate 1 Millionth Truck

Peterbilt's SuperFan campaign is celebrating the production of its 1 millionth truck, scheduled to take place in mid-January 2018, with a search for the ultimate fan of the truck brand.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Peterbilt

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

2018 Heavy Duty Trucking Exchange Applications Now Open

Applications are now open for a spot at next year’s Heavy Duty Trucking Exchange networking and education event, being held May 9-11, 2018, at the Scottsdale resort at McCormick Ranch outside Phoenix.

Tags: Fleet Management, Events, Fleet Innovators, Suppliers, HDTX

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

NYC to Test Ban on Curbside Deliveries

New York Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Agents will be on hand to enforce moving and parking violations, double parking, and off-route trucks as the city experiments with curbside delivery restrictions to help ease traffic. Photo via NYC Office of the Mayor.

The city will also be expanding its off-hour delivery program for businesses that are interested in receiving deliveries during less busy times.

Tags: New York City, Traffic Congestion, Traffic Violations, Delivery Truck, New York DOT, Congestion, Delivery Fleets

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Administration Moves to Establish Drone Policy

A new drone policy proposed by the Trump Administration allows drone operations up to 200 feet above ground or even 400 feet where appropriate. Photo: UPS

The Trump administration issued a memorandum on Oct. 25 directing the Department of Transportation to establish a program in conjunction with state and local governments to regulate drone operation in delivery applications.

Tags: Technology, Regulations, U.S. DOT, Drones, Donald Trump

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