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August 12, 2009 - Industry News

PACCAR Customer Center Celebrates 10 Years of Rapid Roadside Service to Keep Fleets on the Road

RENTON, WA - For 10 years, PACCAR Customer Center specialists have provided truck and fleet operators rapid roadside assistance through Kenworth PremierCare, Peterbilt TruckCare, and PacLease PacCentral roadside assistance services.

Tags: PacLease, Kenworth, Paccar, Peterbilt, Anniversaries

August 6, 2009 - Industry News

Social Networking Sites and Fleet - Do They Connect?

TORRANCE, CA - The current buzz is "social networking," online communities of people who share interests and/or activities. Encouraging people around the world to communicate, network, and share information, social networking has taken quite a hold.

Tags: Social Media, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook

July 30, 2009 - Industry News

Texting Tow Truck Driver Lands in Swimming Pool

LOCKPORT, NY - After colliding with a stopped car, the tow truck flatbed went through a yard and sideswiped a house, with one of the towed vehicles hitting the house, then continued through a privacy fence and into the in-ground pool.

Tags: Tow Trucks, Cell Phone Use, Texting While Driving

July 30, 2009 - Industry News

NHTSA & GHSA to Help States Effectively Enforce Texting Bans

WASHINGTON - In addition to supporting an NHTSA enforcement demonstration project showcasing how states can effectively enforce a cell phone ban, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) also urges employers ban all cell phone/texting use during working hours.

Tags: Cell Phone Use, GHSA, NHTSA, Texting While Driving

July 28, 2009 - Industry News

Smith Delivers Electric Trucks to Commercial Fleets

WASHINGTON - Representatives from Coca-Cola Enterprises, Staples, Frito-Lay, and AT&T were each presented keys to an all-new Smith Newton, the world's largest commercially available battery-electric-powered truck.

Tags: AT&T, PG&E, Smith Electric Vehicles, Smith Newton, Coca-Cola, Frito-Lay, Staples, Battery-Electric Vehicles

July 27, 2009 - Industry News

Study: Texting Raises Crash Risk 23.2 Times

BLACKSBURG, VA - Truck and heavy-vehicle drivers who text-message while driving are 23.2 times more likely to be involved in a crash or near-crash as non-distracted motorists, according to new research conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

Tags: Cell Phone Use, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Distracted Driving, study

July 27, 2009 - Industry News

NHTSA Issues New Braking Rules for Large Trucks

WASHINGTON - The new standard requires that a tractor-trailer traveling at 60 miles per hour comes to a complete stop in 250 feet instead of the previous 355 feet listed in the old standard.

Tags: Accidents, NHTSA

July 24, 2009 - Industry News

Awards to Recognize ‘Green’ Fleet Leaders

TORRANCE, CA - AF will honor fleet managers who have demonstrated leadership in going green at the 2009 Green Fleet Conference in Chicago. Nominate yourself or a colleague for this award!

Tags: Fleet Manager, Green Fleet Conference, Awards

July 15, 2009 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Drops Slightly

NASHVILLE, IN - The FTR Trucking Conditions Index eased down two points in May to a reading of -22, reflecting the effects of continued over-capacity in the trucking industry.

Tags: FTR

July 9, 2009 - Industry News

Freightliner Introduces its First Natural Gas Truck

Freightliner Business Class M2 112

PORTLAND, OR - The Freightliner Business Class M2 112 NG is powered by the Cummins Westport ISL G.

Tags: Natural Gas, Freightliner

July 8, 2009 - Industry News

Kenworth T370 Hybrid Tractor Qualifies for Maximum $9,000 U.S. Federal Tax Credit

KIRKLAND, WA - Purchasers of certain Kenworth medium-duty diesel-electric hybrid tractors in the United States are now eligible for a tax credit of $9,000, the maximum available, under a qualified hybrid motor vehicle credit offered by the federal government.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Taxes, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

July 8, 2009 - Industry News

Hours of Service the Focus of New Online Lessons from DriverCare Web-Based Training

TREVOSE, PA - Drivers of heavy-duty trucks can now receive online training in current U.S. federal hours of service regulations and correct log book procedures from DriverCare Web-Based Training, the CEI Group's defensive driving education product.

Tags: DriverCare, Hours of Service, CEI Group

July 8, 2009 - Industry News

Hyster Company's Publication Shows Importance of Timely Lift Truck Replacement

GREENVILLE, NC - Hyster Company, a lift truck designer and manufacturer in North America, now offers a booklet titled The Right Time: A Guide to the Timely Replacement of Lift Trucks.

Tags: Lift truck, Hyster, Replacement Cycles

July 6, 2009 - Press Release

Birch Equipment Announces New Fleet Promotions

BELLINGHAM, WA - The company has promoted several members of its fleet staff as it prepares to implement a new inventory system this fall.

Tags: Personnel personals

July 1, 2009 - Industry News

RoadSafe Traffic Systems Implements Fleet Management Solutions Technology

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA - RoadSafe Traffic has enhanced their commitment to safety by implementing mobile resource management technologies from Fleet Management Solutions, Inc. (FMS) across their fleet of 700 vehicles.

Tags: FMS

June 30, 2009 - Industry News

Resale Values for Car Segments Improve

GAINESVILLE, GA - All 10 car segments included in Black Book's auction analysis showed increases in value last week, according to Ricky Beggs, vice president and managing editor.

Tags: Resale Value, Black Book, Auctions, Used Vehicle Values

June 26, 2009 - Industry News

Trucking Firms Edgy Over Rising Diesel Prices

WASHINGTON - On June 22, the U.S. average diesel price rose a fraction of a penny to $2.63 a gallon, up almost 32 cents since last month, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

Tags: Diesel, trucks

June 26, 2009 - Industry News

Company's Negligent Driver Check Contributes to Death

YORK, PA - Despite a background check revealing several vehicle citations, one of which reportedly led to previous job termination, York Services still hired the driver responsible for the death of a local businessman, according to York County local newspapers.

Tags: Liability, company driver, Fatal Accidents

June 25, 2009 - Industry News

Cap-and-Trade Harmful to Trucking industry

FREDERICKSBURG, VA - The American Trucking Associations recently told a congressional committee that a cap-and-trade program would impose "significant costs" on the trucking industry, reported Modern Tire Dealer.

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, trucks

June 24, 2009 - Industry News

Work Truck Show 2010 Dates & Location Announced

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI - North America's largest vocational truck event, The Work Truck Show, will be held in St. Louis in March 2010, in conjunction with the 46th Annual National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Convention.

Tags: NTEA, Work Truck Show

June 23, 2009 - Industry News

Volvo Begins Selling Trucks That Meet 2010 Emissions Standards

GREENSBORO, NC – The trucks meet the standards using Selective Catalytic Reduction, which also increases fuel efficiency and reduces carbon emissions, according to a statement by the manufacturer.

Tags: Emissions, Volvo, EPA

June 23, 2009 - Industry News

New Tire Label to List Fuel Economy

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed a new replacement tire label that would include, for the first time, information about the tire's impact on fuel economy and carbon dioxide emission reductions.

Tags: Tires, U.S. DOT

June 22, 2009 - Industry News

City of Santa Monica Purchases All-Electric Zero-Emission Truck

SANTA MONICA, CA – The ZeroTruck meets the needs of the city's Water Division and sustainability goals to reduce emissions and use of petroleum.

Tags: Emissions, ZeroTruck, Battery-Electric Vehicles

June 22, 2009 - Industry News

PG&E to Test First Smith Electric Vehicles All-Electric Utility Truck

KANSAS CITY, MO – The all-electric aerial utility truck, produced by SEV U.S. and SEV U.K. with an aerial bucket integrated by Altec Industries Inc., is the first unit of its kind to be put into operation by a major utility company before being brought to the market.

Tags: PG&E, Smith Electric Vehicles, Bucket Trucks, Battery-Electric Vehicles

June 19, 2009 - Industry News

UPS to Allow Hearing-Impaired Drivers

SAN FRANCISCO – The company has agreed to allow some deaf and hard-of-hearing employees to compete for jobs driving small delivery vans after special testing and training, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Tags: Drivers, UPS

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