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January 23, 2017 - Industry News

Safe Fleet Acquires Randall Manufacturing

Safe Fleet has completed the acquisition of Randall Manufacturing LLC, marking Safe Fleet's eighth acquisition during its ownership by The Sterling Group.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Safe Fleet, Randall Manufacturing

January 23, 2017 - Industry News

U.S. DOT Proposes 4 Opioids for Drug Testing Panel

Image: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

The Department of Transportation is proposing to add four opioids (hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone) to its drug-testing panel

Tags: Drug Testing, U.S. DOT

January 23, 2017 - Industry News

Three States Agree to Collaborate on Autonomous Vehicles

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Transportation agencies in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan have formed the Smart Belt Coalition that will focus on automated and connected vehicle initiatives.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Connected Vehicle Technology, Pennsylvania DOT, Ohio DOT, Michigan DOT, University of Michigan

January 23, 2017 - Industry News

Pep Boys Acquires Just Brakes Repair Chain

Photo: Dwight Burdette

Pep Boys has acquired the privately-held Just Brakes chain of repair and maintenance stores in a deal that will increase the chain's network to more than 900 locations.

Tags: Pep Boys, Mergers & Acquisitions, Repair Shops

January 22, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Setting Mirrors for Safer Lane Changes

AAA offers advice on how to properly adjust mirrors to diminish blind spots.

Tags: AAA, Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Fleet Safety Tip of the Week

January 19, 2017 - Industry News

3.1M Vehicles Recalled for Takata Air Bags

Photo courtesy of NHTSA.

NHTSA releases details about 24 separate recalls involving 17 different vehicle manufacturers.

Tags: Recalls, Takata, Air Bags, NHTSA

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Suspends Rollout of Online DOT Registration System

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has suspended the rollout of its new online Unified Registration System until technical issues are resolved.

Tags: FMCSA, Compliance, Vehicle Registration

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Begins Annual Drug Testing Survey

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has started notifying selected truck and bus companies that they will be required to submit drug and alcohol testing program results within 60 days.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Survey, U.S. DOT

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

Penske Adds Standard Tech, Safety System to Rental Fleet

Penske has ordered more than 2,000 commercial semi-trucks from Freightliner, Volvo, and Navistar with the new spec. (Photo courtesy of Penske)

Penske Truck Rental is making collision avoidance systems and air disc brakes its standard spec on commercial tractors within its rental fleet.

Tags: Class 8, Penske, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Truck Rental, Collision Avoidance Technology

January 13, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Jump-Starting the Right Way

AAA provides advice on how to safely jump-start a dead vehicle battery.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Fleet Safety Tip of the Week, AAA

January 13, 2017 - Industry News

OOIDA Denied Rehearing on ELD Mandate Lawsuit

The Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association has been denied a rehearing of a court decision in its lawsuit against the federal electronic logging device mandate, OODIA announced on Jan. 12.

Tags: OOIDA, ELD, ELD Mandate

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Cooling System Maintenance

When coolant freezes, it expands and poses a danger to your vehicle's engine block. Here's advice from NHTSA on how to protect your cooling system and avoid vehicle breakdowns in frigid temperatures.

Tags: Vehicle Maintenance, Winter Driving, Fleet Safety Tip of the Week, Antifreeze

January 8, 2017 - Industry News

FCA Recalls More Vehicles for Takata Air Bags

Photo courtesy of NHTSA.

This latest action covers more than 86,000 older-model SUVs and trucks in the U.S.

Tags: 2009-MY, 2010-MY, Recalls, Ram Truck, Dodge Durango, 2005-MY, Takata, Ram 2500, Air Bags, Ram 3500, FCA

January 6, 2017 - Industry News

Michigan Approves Higher Truck Speed Limit

Photo via Michigan DOT

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed new legislation that could increase speed limits on certain roadways and includes an increase for commercial trucks.

Tags: Legislation, Michigan, Infrastructure, Speed Limits

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Element Purchases The CEI Group

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Element Fleet Management Corp. has purchased fleet safety and accident management provider The CEI Group, the company announced.

January 4, 2017 - Industry News

Bendix Launches Online Trucking Industry Resource

Screenshot via Knowledge-Dock.com

Bendix has launched a new center of commercial vehicle information at its website safertrucks.com, centered around a new multimedia center called the Knowledge Dock.

Tags: Maintenance, Vehicle Safety, Online Tool, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

January 3, 2017 - Industry News

Honda Recalls Ridgeline Trucks for Wiring Harness

Photo of Honda Ridgeline courtesy of Honda.

The recall covers more than 9,000 AWD pickup trucks in the 2017 model year.

Tags: Honda, Recalls, Honda Ridgeline, NHTSA, 2017-MY, Mid-Size Pickups

January 2, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Lane Markings Translated

Here's a quick review on what some common lane markings mean, provided by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Tags: California DMV, Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Fleet Safety Tip of the Week

December 28, 2016 - Industry News

Work Truck's Top 10 Articles in 2016

The 2016 calendar-year brought about more new-vehicle launches, an increased interest in upfitting and truck spec'ing, continued concerns about controlling fuel costs, and new technology and features on trucks than ever before.

Tags: Upfitting, Isuzu, Ram Truck, Ford, Truck Specs

December 26, 2016 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Not Choosing the Road Less Traveled

Photo by the Oregon Department of Transportation via Wikimedia Commons.

Here's seasonal advice on when to override instructions from a navigation system or app, and what to do if you're stranded in the snow.

Tags: Winter Driving, Driver Safety Tips, Fleet Safety Tip of the Week, Driving Safety

December 22, 2016 - Industry News

NATSO Training Course Focuses on Aiding Drivers in Distress

The NATSO Foundation truckstop trade association has launched an online course designed to promote highway safety by teaching truckstop owners, operators, and employees how to help drivers in physical, emotional, or financial distress.

Tags: Online Training, Truckstops, NATSO, Driver Wellness

December 21, 2016 - Industry News

ERoad Sponsors Truckers Against Trafficking

Truckers Against Trafficking is a non-profit organization that works with law enforcement agencies and trucking companies to train drivers to recognize and report signs of human trafficking.

Tags: Truckers Against Trafficking, ERoad

December 21, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Super Duty Trucks for Fire Risk

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The recall covers more than 7,000 2017-model year trucks in the U.S.

Tags: Recalls, Ford, 2017-MY, Ford Super Duty, Large Pickups

December 20, 2016 - Industry News

Holiday Fatalities Expected to Cap Deadly Year

Photo by Nandaro via Wikimedia Commons.

The National Safety Council releases estimates for holiday period road fatalities and offers tips on how to make the roads safer.

Tags: National Safety Council, Driver Safety Tips, Road Deaths

December 19, 2016 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Preventing Drunk Driving

What can you personally do to prevent drunk driving this holiday season? Here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Tags: Drunk Driving, Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Fleet Safety Tip of the Week

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