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The Yokohama 104ZR urban/regional all-position/steer tire (photo courtesy of Yokohama Tires).

Yokohama Increases All Tire Prices

Yokohama Tire Corporation will increase prices by up to 7% on all of its tires sold in the U.S., including commercial, off-the-road (OTR), and consumer. The increase will go into effect April 1.

Photo courtesy of Wrightspeed Powertrains

Calif. Waste Hauler Sells Off Operations

Santa Rosa, Calif.-based Ratto Group announced it will sell off its refuse operation, North Bay Corp., less than a year after a city audit concluded that the company failed to meet contract requirements.

Photo courtesy of Shellback.

Shellback's Smartphone Cases Curb Distracted Driving

Shellback has released its “Smartphone Safe,” which helps prevent driver distraction and monitors driver habits.

Elaine Chao being sworn in as secretary of transportation by Vice President Mike Pence. (Photo: U.S. DOT)

Chao Confirmed as Transportation Chief

As expected, Elaine Chao was easily confirmed in largely bipartisan fashion on Jan. 31 as Secretary of Transportation by the U.S. Senate.

Greenkraft Brings Alternative Fuel Trucks to Several Major U.S. Cities

Several major U.S. cities are now using alternative-fuel trucks produced by vehicle modifier Greenkraft, Inc. for daily operations to help reduce pollution and cost for the cities, according to the company.

Diesel Down Slightly for Third Straight Week

Diesel prices in the U.S. were down by less than a cent, marking the third straight week of decreases since the start of the year

Safety Tip: Ensuring a Safe Super Bowl Sunday

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers some advice on how to make sure that Super Bowl parties don't end in tragedy. You may want to pass these tips along to fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.

Photo of 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab 4x2 courtesy of Ford.

Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab 4x2 Draws Top Safety Score

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the truck model an overall safety rating of five stars — the highest possible score.

Fla. Utility Sends Crews to Aid in Restoration

Fla. Utility JEA is sending out reinforcements to help utilities recover after severe storms hit the Southeast.

Terex Announces 2017 Hands On Training

Registration for the 39th Annual Hands On Training is now open. The training event will be held August 21-23, 2017 in Watertown, S.D.

Boom Truck Buried in Avalanche

A Lower Valley Energy (Wyo.) employee was driving to work when his boom truck got caught in an avalanche. Clay Skinner, lineman, told the Star Valley Independent the utility's boom truck was pushed down four or five feet and completely covered in snow.

Photo: Ryder

Fleets Discuss Parts and Service Needs

Fleet executives representing five vocations, 63,000 power units and 130,000 trailers shared their thoughts on what they need from heavy-duty aftermarket parts and service providers at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue in Las Vegas.

Truck and Van News: Recalls and Discontinuations

Volvo and GM announced major production investments and Ford announced it will offer connectivity in previous model-year vehicles. This week also saw a number of recalls, including 3.1M vehicles recalled for Takata air bags.

Photo: ATD

Robert Nuss Named 2017 ATD Truck Dealer of the Year

Robert Nuss, president of Minnesota-based Nuss Truck Group, has been named the 2017 Truck Dealer of the Year by the American Truck Dealers, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine and Procede Software.

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Vanner Hires Business Development Manager for Engine Power Tech

Commercial vehicle power product supplier Vanner has hired Carl Postiglione as business development manager for its Revolution technology.

Auto Care Association Releases Heavy Duty Product Study

The three-phase HDDA study, conducted by Pricedex Software Inc., investigated current industry data exchange practices, reviewed reference data tables used in each sector, and determined industry practices for product attributes and product category hierarchies

Summit Truck Group Becomes Master Distributor of Purkeys Electrical Solutions

Summit Truck Group has announced they are now a Master Distributor of Purkeys electrical products in all 28 of the markets in which Summit Truck Group currently operates.

Photo via Wikipedia.

GPS-Tracked Workers Give Feedback

Company employees familiar with GPS tracking maintain a more positive attitude about the telematics technology than those who use it for the first time, according to the findings of a new survey from TSheets.

Photo of 2014 F-150 STX SuperCrew courtesy of Ford.

Ford Offers Connectivity to Past Model Year Owners

Ford is offering its SmartLink OBD II dongle to owners of vehicles from the 2010 to 2016 model years to enable them to use connectivity features previously offered on 2017 model-year vehicles.

Photo: Cargo Transporters

Trucking Activity Looks Strong to Start 2017

Truckable Economic Activity, the parts of Gross Domestic Product that spends time in trucks, looks to be getting off to a strong start in 2017.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls F-150 Trucks for Instrument Display

The recall covers nearly 6,800 2017 pickup trucks in the U.S.

Photo: Eaton

Eaton Upgrades Line of Advantage Series Clutches

Eaton has upgraded its line of Advantage Series heavy-duty clutches with design enhancements to improve durability, reduce vibrations and enable smoother shifting with torque ratings of up to 2,250 lbs.-ft.

Photo of Ford Tundra courtesy of Ford.

Toyota Tundra Trucks Recalled for Bumper Steps

The recall, set to begin in mid-February, covers approximately 73,000 pickup trucks in the 2016 and 2017 model years.

Photo courtesy of Achates.

Achates Opposed-Piston Engine Targets 37 MPG for Pickups

The 2.7L demonstration engine will be integrated into a drivable prototype in 2018 and development engines will also be available for automakers.

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Dejana Names Business Development Manager

Dejana Truck & Utility Equipment Company, LLC, announced the addition of Elizabeth Peck to its National Fleet Sales Team.

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