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Drowsy Driving Top Condition of People Who Shouldn't Drive

Drowsy driving ranked at the top of seven conditions listed in the survey that should have caused drivers not to get behind the wheel. Survey respondents also widely supported (60 percent) making drowsy driving against the law.

Train Hits Rear-end of Bucket Truck in Railroad Crossing Accident

Two employees from Medina Electric Cooperative (MEC), a not-for-profit electric cooperative corporation serving South Texas, were involved in a bucket truck accident at a railroad crossing on July 25.

Photos courtesy of PG&E.A Peterbilt/Allison Transmissions Class 8 electric hybrid material handler truck.

Utilities Urged to Double EV Investment

Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and a few private utilities are urging other electric utilities to more than double their current investments in electric fleet vehicles. Both groups have taken steps to support utilities working to achieve this goal.

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Ford Truck Contest Offers Transit, Transit Connect Prizes

Ford Commercial Truck has launched the Transit Means Business Challenge contest to offer a 2015 Transit or 2015 Transit Connect to a business owner who can make the strongest case for how it would use the van, according to Ford.

PERC Launches

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has launched a new website,, to serve as a source for information about propane safety and newly developed propane-powered technology for agriculture, commercial landscape, industrial, on-road fleets, and residential industries.

Goodyear Commercial Tires recently honored Daniels Tire Service for 75 years as a Goodyear customer.  Pictured are (left to right) Chris Helsel, director, retread, Goodyear; Doug Whittington, director of commercial tire sales, Goodyear; John Daniels, executive vice president, Daniels Tire; Doug Daniels Jr., president, Daniels Tire; Doug Daniels Sr., chairman, Daniels Tire; and Phillip Kane, vice president, Goodyear Commercial Tire  Systems.

Daniels Tire Service Celebrates 75 Years As A Goodyear Dealer

Daniels Tire Service, a 14-location commercial, consumer and OTR tire dealership based in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., is celebrating its 75th year as a Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company customer.

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Freightliner 114SD to Have Natural Gas Options in 2015

Freightliner Trucks has announced that the Cummins Westport ISX12 G heavy-duty natural gas engine will be available as a factory-installed option for the Freightliner 114SD severe duty truck model in 2015.

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Pricing for the TRD Pro Series Tacoma and 4Runner Released

The Tacoma TRD Pro Series will reach dealerships in early August, while the 4Runner TRD Pro will arrive one month later in early September. The Tundra TRD Pro will arrive this fall.

CARB to Offer $117M in Clean Vehicle Grants

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced it has set aside approximately $117 million to fund clean vehicle projects. It is seeking grant solicitations to administer the project.

DUECO Inc. Names New Design Application Engineer

DUECO, Inc., provider of Terex Utilities and Terex Hi-Ranger bucket trucks, digger derricks, cranes, and material handlers, announced the appointment of Timothy Urbas as design application engineer.

Photo of Ram ProMaster 2500 EcoDiesel by Paul Clinton.

Diesel Ram ProMaster Van Now Available

The diesel engine option is now available for purchase with the 2014 Ram ProMaster full-size van in addition to the standard V-6 gasoline power plant.

The boom, platform ladder, and front tires all had to be removed to fit in the cargo plane. (Photo:

Altec Delivers 50-ft. Aerial Device to Alaska’s North Slope

Altec recently delivered a newly purchased 50-foot AN650 aerial device to one of the most challenging locations the service team has come up against — the Alaskan North Slope’s most scenic village, Anaktuvuk Pass. In order to ship the device, the boom, front tires, and platform ladder had to be removed.

Daimler Trucks North America Chief Financial Officer John O'Leary, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, Daimler Trucks North America Senior Vice President of Engineering Wilfried Achenbach, Daimler Trucks North America President and CEO Martin Daum, City of Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and the new construction project team celebrate ground breaking of new headquarters campus.

Daimler Trucks North America Breaks Ground on New HQ

The new building will aid in merging DTNA employees located in separate offices in the Portland region. To this end, Daimler is investing $150 million to completion in the year 2016.

Peterbilt 75th Anniversary Coming to Stockton, California

Thousands of Peterbilt owners, enthusiasts, and current and former employees are expected to gather October 25 at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, Calif., for a special event celebrating the 75th anniversary of Peterbilt Motors Company.

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Plug-In Manufacturers, Utilities Working Together on 'Smart Grid'

Eight global automakers and 15 electric utilities are working with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to develop and put into effect a standardized "smart grid" that will help manage demand as plug-in vehicles gain in popularity.

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Report Guides Buyers on Sustainable Biofuels Procurement

A new report aims to help bulk fuel purchasers determine the most sustainably produced biofuels and avoid those produced using unsustainable practices.

Truck and Van News: Freightliner Alt-Fuel Trucks, Diesel Ram ProMaster, F-150

Several announcements were made on Freightliner trucks, including production of a propane-autogas chassis and a natural gas option coming in 2015.

Rocky Mountain Power Saves $450k in Fuel and Boosts Fuel Economy

The company implemented an idle time monitoring program which involves installing GPS tracking devices in program fleet vehicles. The tracking systems have made a significant difference in saving money and reducing emissions, according to the company.

Photo of 2014 Ram 3500 courtesy of Ram Truck.

Ram Questions Ford's 'Best-in-Class' F-450 Claim

Ram Truck is questioning Ford's claim that its 2015 F-450 holds the "best-in-class" towing rating for heavy-duty pickup trucks announced earlier this month.

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Piedmont Truck Tires Joins ContiCycle Network

As a ContiLifeCycle dealer, Piedmont Truck Tires will be supplied with flat, precured ContiTread products, which will allow the commercial tire dealer to produce retreads featuring the same pattern designs, rubber compounding, and tread technology that are included in new Continental brand truck tires.

Navistar Launches Diamond Renewed Used-Truck Program

Navistar, Inc. has launched its Diamond Renewed program, which puts International used trucks through a comprehensive inspection and mechanical reconditioning process.

Photo of 2015 F-150 XL courtesy of Ford.

Prices Rise for Ford's 2015 F-150, Order Bank Opens

Ford's U.S. dealers began ordering the 2015 F-150 this week after receiving pricing for the light-duty pickup that will increase due to the increased use of aluminum in the body.

Omnitracs Selects Dallas for Corporate Headquarters

Omnitracs, LLC, a provider of fleet management solutions to transportation and logistics companies, announced plans to relocate its corporate headquarters from San Diego to Dallas.

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Mobile Phone Use Triples Crash Risk

Drivers who use a mobile phone or other hand-held device triple their crash risk, according to a recent study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI).

Mountain Tarp Debuts New Website

Mountain Tarp, a tarping system manufacturer and part of the Wastequip mobile products division, debuted a new website.

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Henry Paetzel was the manager of automotive services at  General Mills until he retired from the company in 2007.

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