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Utilities Use Trucks to Rescue Pilot, Man Stuck in Trees

On two separate occasions, utility workers and their bucket trucks came to the rescue of two men trapped in trees this month -- a pilot in Alaska and a tree trimmer in Indiana.

Screenshot via AF.

Automotive Fleet Launches Van Channel

AutomotiveFleet.com has launched a comprehensive online van resource that allows fleet readers to research the 11 commercial passenger and cargo vans now available.

Entergy Prepares for Storm Season in Weeklong Drill

In preparation for the upcoming hurricane season, hundreds of Entergy employees across the company's utility service territory recently engaged in an intensive storm drill. The drill tracked a fictional hurricane and its potential impact on the Entergy service territory.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Improves Paint Durability for Transit Van

Ford's 2015 Transit van will carry paint with improved durability that will retain 90 percent of its gloss for four years when ordered in white, Ford has announced.

Circle Seal Recalling CNG Valves for Fire Risk

The pressure relief valves, used in compressed natural gas and bi-fuel vehicle fuel tanks, have O-rings that can fail and allow fuel to leak.

Photo illustration courtesy of NCSR.

Report Reveals Red-Light Running Behavior

Red-light runners run red lights most frequently in the afternoon on Fridays, according to a new study on the driver behavior.

Ray LaHood Declares U.S. Highways ‘One Big Pothole’ at ALK Summit

Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood opened the second day of the ALK Technology Summit in Princeton, N.J., on Wednesday by telling attendees that while the U.S. is "the greatest country in the world [our] transportation and infrastructure is a big mess."

IMT Announces New Distributor

Iowa Mold Tooling Co. Inc. (IMT), an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced the addition of Custom Vehicle Solutions to its distributor network.

The Tacoma was Toyota's top commercial fleet vehicle in 2013. Photo of 2012-2014 model courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Announces 2015-MY Fleet Incentives

Toyota has released its fleet incentives for 2015-model-year vehicles, as well as order and delivery dates.

Ford Adds Online Parts Tool for Engine Replacement

Online tool makes aftermarket installation parts easier to find and more efficient, accurate to order.

The 2016 Ford F-650 with a dump body configuration.

2016 Ford F-650/F-750 to Offer 3 Diesel Power Ratings

Ford’s 6.7L Power Stroke V-8 turbo diesel engine in the 2016 Ford F-650 and F-750 can be configured for three engine power ratings to optimize vehicle performance for specific vocational needs.

2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty (PHOTO: FORD)

Construction Recovery Spurring Medium-Duty Sales

A recovery in the construction industry is powering increased demand for medium-duty trucks, which has led to increased sales, especially of Ford's F-750 Super Duty truck.

Video: GM Recalls 2.4M Vehicles, Halts SUV Sales

General Motors has ordered dealers to cease sales of its full-size SUVs in a fresh recall that affects 2.43 million vehicles, including Chevrolet Malibu mid-size sedans and Chevrolet Silverado pickups.

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Equipment Leasing and Finance Industry Confidence at Two-Year High

More companies are getting back on track and ordering equipment that should have been delivered in the first quarter.

Reducing Medium/Heavy Duty Fatalities with In-Vehicle Video

Fleets operating medium- and heavy-duty trucks could significantly reduce fatalities, collisions, and injuries involving their drivers by using an in-vehicle video system.

Truck and Van News: Daimler Trucks, Ford F-650/750, GMC Sierra Off-Road, Hino Cabovers

A few truck and van news items from the last couple weeks include a new standard fifth wheel on Freightliner and Western Star trucks, as well as three new diesel power ratings on the 2016 Ford F-650 and 750 and an off-road variant of the GMC Sierra HD.

Utility and Telecom Companies Rank High on 2014 Top Fleet Lists

More than 40 utility and telecommunications companies have been identified as being among this year’s Top 300 Commercial Fleets in the U.S., with telecom fleets taking up half the spotlight in the top 10.

Graphic courtesy of GM.

GM Updates Global Goals for Emissions, Sustainability

General Motors has reduced carbon tailpipe emissions 5.2 percent in the past two years, the company announced in an annual sustainability report that presented its commitments for producing a greener fleet of vehicles in coming years.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Dealing With Engine Overheating

Higher temperatures place vehicle engines at a higher risk of overheating, especially if there have been lapses in vehicle maintenance. Here are some seasonal safety and maintenance tips you can share with your drivers.

Progressive Launches Food Truck Contest

Progressive Commercial Auto launched its second annual “Flo’s Fabulous Food Truck Contest” at the National Restaurant Association Show on May 16.

Photo of Chrysler 200 courtesy of Chrsyler.

Chrysler Announces Regional Fleet Events

Chrysler Group has announced regional fleet previews in 25 U.S. cities that start today in Houston and wrap up in late June near Washington, D.C.

Southern Company Saluted as a Top Military Employer by Three Surveys

Southern Company has been recognized is the top-ranked energy company for being a top military employer by DiversityInc, Military Times EDGE, and CivilianJobs.com.

Infographic courtesy of LoJack.

90+ Percent of LoJack Vehicles Recovered in 2013

Law enforcement officials recovered more than $121 million in stolen vehicles equipped with the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System in 2013, the company announced May 15.

GM CEO Mary Barra

GM Fined $35M for Recall Delays

General Motors agrees to pay the maximum penalty for lack of timeliness in reporting the ignition switch defect, which caused airbags to fail in some Chevrolet Cobalt cars and other GM models.

TruckPlanet's One-Year Anniversary of First Online Auction

TruckPlanet, an online marketplace for buying and selling used commercial trucks, celebrates the one-year anniversary of its first online auction.

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