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WorkWave Expands Telematics Offering with GPS Heroes Acquisition

Field service software provider WorkWave has acquired Hawaii-based GPS Heroes, a GPS and telematics company that serves small and medium-sized businesses.

Auto Truck Group Appoints Sales Manager

Auto Truck Group has appointed Scott Walters as a fleet sales manager who will specialize in growing the company's upfitting business for Mercedes-Benz vans.

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Zonar Names McKerlich President & CEO

Ian McKerlich has taken over as president and CEO of Zonar Systems as the successor to co-founder Brett Brinton, the company announced.

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Medium-Duty Orders Fall 18% in November

Orders of Classes 5 to 7 vehicles fell 18% in November from October and 10% from a year ago, according to ACT Research.

Diesel, Oil Prices Expected to Jump Around 17% Next Year

Final government forecasts for diesel, gasoline and oil prices before 2017 gets underway are in with two of the three calling for double-digit percentage hikes compared to this year.

Safety Tip: Road Rage Prevention

Here's advice on how to limit your risk of becoming a victim of road rage.

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Palfinger Names New VP, Operations for North America

Randy Wingenroth has been appointed VP of Operations for Business Area North America.

Photo of Chevrolet Low Cab Forward truck courtesy of General Motors,

Business Takes Delivery of Chevrolet Low Cab Forwards

Harmony Outdoor Power Equipment in Auburn, Ind., is the first small business to take delivery of the new Chevrolet Low Cab Forward truck.

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ATA Taps Cammisa to Head Safety & Connectivity Efforts

The American Trucking Associations has hired Michael Cammisa as the lobby’s new vice president of safety policy and connectivity.

Truck and Van News: Electrification and Recalls

Some recent top truck and van stories include new alternative-fuel models and vocational truck and van recalls.

Photo via Flickr/Jake Stimpson

PG&E Preps for Winter Storms

Pacific Gas & Electric (Calif.) is preparing its fleet to better respond to storm damage with more accurate weather predictions, fleet upgrades, and improved communications.

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Okla. Utility Recognized for Green Efforts

Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) was recently recognized for its efforts in going green with two awards. In addition to being the first in the state to launch wind and solar power, the utility began deploying electric vehicles (EVs) in its fleet, and installed EV charging infrastructure in its service area.

Photo: Nikola Motor

Daycabs, Vocational Trucks Are Priorities for Nikola

A daycab version of Nikola Motor Co.’s hydrogen-electric heavy-duty tractor will probably be the first one to enter production, said the firm’s founder and CEO, Trevor Milton.

An event view captured for saefty analysis and driver coaching. Image: SmartDrive

SmartDrive Enhances Driver-Safety Video Solution

The latest release of SmartDrive’s video-based analytics platform and safety program includes new capabilities for capturing and delivering videos, improving the video-coaching process and driver-performance analytics as well as custom policy configurations.

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FMCSA Approves Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse

The long-anticipated final rule to establish a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse for commercial truck and bus drivers has at last been released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The rule goes into effect on January 4, 2017, with a compliance date of January 2020.

Harold and Shelly Swan, owners of Affordable Auto Body and Paint in Loveland, Colo., were presented with the truck at a special ceremony at Sherwin-Williams' Fort Collins Colo., Automotive Finishes Store.

Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes Celebrates 150 Years

As part of its celebration of 150 years of service, Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes, in conjunction with vehicle refinish products supplier 3M Repair Solutions, announced and presented the winner of its new Ford F-150 pickup truck giveaway.

Photo of 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD courtesy of GM.

Fleet Sales Fall 5.1% in November

Sales of vehicles from eight manufacturers to commercial fleets declined 5.1% to 48,503 units in November but remain positive for the year, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Photo by IFCAR via Wikimedia Commons.

Older Sprinter Vans Recalled for Brake Warning Light

The recall covers more than 17,000 Dodge and Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans in the 2003 to 2006 model years.

Photo courtesy of Auto Truck Group.

Auto Truck Group Offers Section 179 Advice

The Auto Truck Group is urging small businesses to take advantage of the federal Section 179 deduction on equipment that allows a deduction of as much as $500,000 on new and used equipment purchases.

SelecTrucks Brings Back Walk-Away Lease Program

Participating fleets will benefit from monthly payment and zero to low-down payment options, flexible lease terms ranging from 24 to 36 months, reduced ownership risk, and 60-Day Buyer’s Assurance included at no extra cost.

NYPA Awards EV Connect $4M Contract

EV Connect was awarded a $4 million contract from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to install and manage approximately 300 additional Level 2 EV charging stations throughout New York State.

Power Line Rent E-Quip Leasing Bucket Trucks

Power Line Rent E-Quip offers to sell and rent utility vehicles to customers throughout the state of Virginia.

Photo courtesy of Workhorse.

Workhorse to Present Working Hybrid Pickup Concept

Workhorse Group Inc. will present a working concept truck of the W-15 plug-in hybrid electric pickup truck for fleet usage, at the ACT Expo conference from May 1 to 4 in Long Beach, Calif.

Safety at work zones and streamlined inspections at the Mexican border are involved in the Arizona programs.

Arizona to Test Work Zone Notification, Quicker Safety Inspections

The Arizona Department of Transportation will use federal funding next year to testing technology to improve commercial transportation safety and efficiency.

EPA Retains 2025 Emissions Targets

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed leaving in place its emissions standards for light-duty vehicles through 2025 in a move that's expected to face opposition from automakers.

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