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August 31, 2017 - Industry News

Hurricane Harvey Could Create 1M Salvage Vehicles

Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard.

While market watchers agree that Hurricane Harvey's impact stretches beyond Houston-area automotive business, estimates on exactly how many vehicles will need to be replaced vary between half a million and million vehicles, including as many as 18,500 fleet vehicles.

Tags: Hurricane Harvey, Natural Disaster, Cox Automotive, Black Book

August 31, 2017 - Industry News

Arizona Contractor Names Fleet Manager

Specker

Dan Specker was named fleet manager for SDB Contracting Services in Chandler, Ariz. He assumed this position in June.

Tags: Construction Fleets, New Hire

August 30, 2017 - Press Release

MetroGistics Hires Business Development VP

Moritz

Vehicle logistics provider MetroGistics has hired Susan Moritz as vice president of business development. In this new position, she will be responsible for leading and growing the OEM and mega dealer business segments.

Tags: MetroGistics, Vehicle Logistics, New Hire

August 30, 2017 - Industry News

Harvey Nearly Halts Commercial Fleet Activity in Houston

Photo of a flooded Houston on Aug. 27 Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard.

Heavy flooding from what is now Tropical Storm Harvey has disrupted commercial fleets in the Houston area, as corporations and fleet management companies have begun reaching out to their employees and fleet drivers to ensure their safety and assess damage to fleet vehicles.

Tags: Telematics, Geotab, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricanes, Natural Disaster, American Red Cross, Element Fleet Management

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

California Gears up for Stricter Diesel Truck Emissions Regulations

California legislators may soon target older diesel trucks in a new round of tough state emissions regulations. Photo: Jim Park

Diesel-powered trucks appear to be in the crosshairs once again as California legislators, citing overwhelming public support, call for even tougher emissions regulations.

Tags: California, CALSTART, Diesel Technology Forum, CARB, Emissions Reduction, Diesel Emissions, Electric Vehicles, Regulations

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

Ram Launches Agriculture Market-Specific Model

Ram supports American farmers with the first truck designed specifically for the agriculture industry. (PHOTO: FCA US)

The Ram Harvest Edition is the industry’s first agricultural market-specific truck and is visually distinguished by two new colors: Case IH Red and New Holland Blue.

Tags: Ram Truck, Ram 1500, Ram 2500, Ram 3500, CASE, Agricultural Fleets, New Holland

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

UPS, FedEx Pledge $1 Million to Harvey Recovery Effort

Photo via UPS

UPS and FedEx have both pledged $1 million through charitable foundations in support of recovery efforts in Texas and Louisiana following the devastation from Hurricane Harvey.

Tags: UPS, Charity, Natural Disaster, Hurricanes, Disaster Relief, Hurricane Harvey

August 28, 2017 - Industry News

Hurricane Harvey Could Disrupt Trucking for Some Time

Photo: Texas Army National Guard/ Lt. Zachary West

Hurricane Harvey, whose heavy rains brought devastating flooding to Houston and much of south Texas, may yet cause more trouble for the region-- the National Weather Service predicting an additional 25 inches of rain through the end of the week in certain areas.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Hurricanes, Flooding, Congestion, Houston, Hurricane Harvey

August 28, 2017 - Industry News

CVSA to Take Phased-In Approach to ELD Mandate

Are enforcement personnel ready for Dec. 18 ELD deadline? Photo: Kentucky State Police

The nation’s commercial vehicle enforcement officials say there’s no reason to delay the December start date for the electronic logging device mandate – but they will delay implementing out-of-service criteria related to ELDs until April 1, 2018.

Tags: CVSA, Enforcement, ELD Mandate

August 27, 2017 - Industry News

Harvey Causing Historic Flooding in South Texas

Screenshot from KHOU 11 News

With the National Weather Service calling Hurricane Harvey "unprecedented" and "beyond anything experienced," hundreds of highways are closed, trucking is already mobilizing relief, and at least one trucker was among the thousands who had to be rescued over the weekend.

Tags: Hurricanes, Disaster Relief, FEMA, Texas, Natural Disaster, Hurricane Harvey

August 25, 2017 - Industry News

Automated Drone Inspections Offered for Electric Utilities

Photo courtesy of Sharper Shape

Sharper Shape’s ADI Flight Planner software automatically creates accurate 3D models of powerlines using LiDAR data and creates optimized routes for automatically inspecting utility assets.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Drones, Asset Management

August 25, 2017 - Industry News

Product Standards for Heavy-Duty Aftermarket in Development

This project was initiated to help independent HD distributors and their supplier community to communicate product and system attributes more effectively to provide a faster, more accurate experience for the end customer. Preliminary development is underway.

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, Aftermarket, Industry Standards, Auto Care Association, HDDA

August 25, 2017 - Industry News

Travel Advisories in Effect as Hurricane Harvey Nears Texas

The National Hurricane Center is advising against all but essential local travel on roadways affected by Hurricane Harvey. Photo: National Hurricane Center

Meteorologists say the storm could dump up to 30 inches of water on the Texas and Louisiana coasts and are urging drivers to stay off of roads.

Tags: Hurricanes, Louisiana, Storm Response, Texas DOT, Hurricane Harvey

August 25, 2017 - Press Release

Stertil-Koni Sponsor of National Lift Week

Heavy-duty vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni today announced it will once again sponsor the industry’s National Lift Week, which will be celebrated in locations across North America Oct. 2-7, 2017, and showcase best practices in vehicle lift safety, service, and performance.

Tags: Stertil-Koni, National Lift Week

August 24, 2017 - Industry News

Detroit Reman Acquires Mascot Truck Parts

Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing is acquiring the North American business operations of Mascot Truck Parts, a provider of remanufactured driveline components for the heavy- and medium-duty aftermarket.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Remanufacturing, Mergers & Acquisitions, Drivelines

August 24, 2017 - Industry News

Wabco Acquires Active Steering Technology Supplier

Wabco Holdings has signed an agreement to acquire RH Sheppard Co., a supplier of commercial vehicle technologies, including vehicle steering capabilities, such as active steering technology.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, Wabco, Mergers & Acquisitions, Autonomous Vehicles, Steering, Sheppard

August 24, 2017 - Industry News

Fleet Hall of Fame Inductees Revealed

File photo

Steve Bloom, Ron Mawaka, and Dave Hansen will be inducted into the Fleet Hall of Fame in September as the latest fleet veterans to achieve the honor.

Tags: AFLA, Automotive Fleet, Fleet Hall of Fame, Awards

August 24, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Drivers Compete Worldwide

Image courtesy of Daimler Trucks

Between May 1 and July 31, 2017, truck drivers worldwide competed to record the most economical driving style in the 13th Fleetboard Drivers' League. This year, a total of 25 724 drivers and 759 fleets from 20 countries took part.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Fuel Economy, Eco Driving, Driving Competition

August 23, 2017 - Industry News

ELD Solution Available for Agriculture Industry

Razor Tracking, a provider of fleet management solutions for the agriculture industry, announced it now has a turnkey electronic log solution to help fleets meet the upcoming FMCSA ELD mandate surrounding hours of service (HOS).

Tags: ELDs, Agricultural Fleets, ELD Mandate

August 23, 2017 - Product News

Peterbilt Pairs Column-Mounted Shifter with Paccar Automated Transmission

Photo: Jim Park

Peterbilt has announced that its ergonomically designed column-mounted shifter will be standard equipment on Model 579 and 567 trucks equipped with the new Paccar Automated Transmission.

Tags: Paccar, Peterbilt, Transmissions, Model 579, Automated Manual Transmissions, Model 567

August 18, 2017 - Press Release

Pioneer Expands Tarping System Warranty

Pioneer Tarping System (image courtesy of Pioneer)

Pioneer, a North American automated tarping systems supplier for the waste, recycling and construction industries, has extended the warranty on new models of its flagship Rack ‘n Pinion tarping system to five years,

Tags: Warranty, Tarping, Truck Tarps

August 16, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Executive Order Aims to Speed Infrastructure Projects

According to the White House, President Trump’s Executive Order will make the environmental and permitting processes needed for major infrastructure projects more efficient and effective. Photo: ATA

According to the White House, regulatory red tape routinely holds up major infrastructure projects for years at significant cost to the economy.

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. DOT, Donald Trump, Elaine Chao

August 14, 2017 - Industry News

Talks to Revamp NAFTA Slated to Begin This Week

Trucking and logistics interests are keeping a close eye on talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement begin this week – particularly those involved in the automotive industry.

Tags: Mexico, NAFTA, Donald Trump, Economic Conditions

August 10, 2017 - Industry News

Trump's EPA Expands Review of Obama's Mileage Rules

Photo of Scott Pruitt via Gage Skidmore/Flickr.

The Trump administration is reopening a federal review of Obama-era fuel economy rules covering the 2022 to 2025 model years, and expanding the review to include the 2021 model year signed into law in 2012.

Tags: CAFE Standards, Merchants Fleet Management, Fuel Economy, Donald Trump, EPA, NHTSA

August 10, 2017 - Industry News

Work Truck Exchange Returns to Arizona

Work Truck magazine and sister publication Automotive Fleet will bring the Work Truck Exchange (WTX) to Phoenix from Nov. 6 to 8. The intimate meeting pairs a select group of fleet managers with industry suppliers.

Tags: Events, Work Truck Exchange, Bobit Business Media, Work Truck Magazine

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