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Mobility Conference Debuts for Fleets

Convening Nov. 7-8 at Miami Hilton Downtown, Fleet Forward Conference is designed to bring fleets, fleet suppliers, and technology providers together to provide education and networking on smart mobility concepts and end-user solutions.

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House Bill Aims to Clarify Independent Contractor Status

A bill newly proposed in the House would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to change the classification of employers and employees. “Currently, it is difficult and overly complicated for businesses to use independent contractors, which limits companies’ growth and individuals’ work,” said Rep. Erik Paulsen, who introduced H.R. 3396.

Open 24-hours, the fast-fill Fayetteville station has three consumer-friendly dispensers equipped with NGV2 nozzles to optimize the experience for heavy-duty, high-capacity users, as well as NGV1 nozzles for light and medium-duty use.  (Photo courtesy of ANG)

Frito-Lay Participates in CNG Station Ribbon-Cutting

American Natural Gas (ANG) held a ribbon cutting ceremony in collaboration with Tennessee Clean Fuels to unveil its new public compressed natural gas (CNG) station in Fayetteville, Tenn. PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division will be a major customer with its fleet of CNG tractor-trailers.

NTEA Offers Commercial Van Report

NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry recently released Commercial Van Overview and Market Data Insights, a report delivering an update on this popular vehicle segment and its influence on work truck industry dynamics.

Todd Dewey (right), Ice Road truckers TV show personality, partnered with Kimberly-Clark to promote the value of safety glasses and proper use of eye wear. (Source: Todd Dewey Facebook)

Kimberly-Clark Partners with TV Show on Truck Safety

After an accident with an exploding logging truck tire, reality TV personality Todd Dewey of Ice Road Truckers has partnered with Kimberly-Clark to spread the word of the importance of safety eye wear.

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Donlen Partners with J.J. Keller on ELD Solution

By partnering with J. J. Keller, Donlen is able to offer customers a compliant ELD solution that is simple and flexible for fleets, with ELDs that install quickly and are compatible with all vehicle classes (1-8).

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Yokohama to Increase Prices on Commercial Tires

Yokohama Tire Corp. announced a price increase of up to 4% on all of its commercial and off-the-road tires sold in the U.S., effective Sept. 1.

Marc Llistosella, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corp., describes production requirements of the new eCanter to Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, president of the Portuguese Republic. Photo: Mitsubishi Fuso

Mitsubishi Fuso Starts Production of Electric Truck

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus has announced the start of small-scale series production of its electric medium-duty truck, the Fuso eCanter.

Photo by Don Graham (inknife_2000)/flickr.

Safety Tip: 4 Mistakes While Driving Near Trucks

The Arkansas State Police offers advice on what common mistakes to avoid while driving near semitrailer trucks.

Photo via Flickr/Western Area Power

Utility Professionals Invited to Comment on New Construction Standards

The Construction Services voluntary standard has been developed by the Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance to support utilities with identifying sustainable practices in the area of construction services.

Photo of B1 courtesy of Bollinger.

Bollinger Motors Unveils Electric Utility Truck

Hobart, New York-based Bollinger Motors has unveiled its battery-electric B1 utility truck that the company says would be a fit for tradespeople, construction companies, and government fleets.

Photo of Ram 1500 EcoDiesel by Vince Taroc.

FCA to Restart Sales of Diesel Ram 1500

Fiat Chrysler can begin selling diesel-powered versions of its 2017 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles, after receiving approval from state and federal environmental regulators.

Image of 1957 Dodge D100 Sweptside Pickup truck courtesy of Mecum Auctions. The auction estimate for this truck is between $50,000-$75,000.

Black Book Analyzes Classic Truck Values

Black Book looked at some popular trucks over the years and analyzed their valuations at recent collectible auctions:

Photo via Wikimedia/Willmar Municipal Utilities

Boom Truck Knocks Down Power Poles

More than 1,000 Northern California residents were left without power for nearly 24 hours after a city-owned utility truck hit power poles.

JLG Opens East Coast Parts Distribution Center in Atlanta

JLG anticipates the additional distribution center to improve parts availability, provide quicker delivery times, and lower freight costs.

Screenshot via TeamRunSmart.com

Freightliner Updates Team Run Smart Website

Freightliner Trucks has launched a new version of its Team Run Smart website, an online community that truck drivers can use to find information on a variety of topics.

Daimler Trucks North America officials gathered in Yountvile, California, to update trucking reporters on the latest Detroit connectivity and analytics advances. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

New Connectivity, Analytics Options Coming for Detroit-Powered Trucks

Fleets of all sizes that are running Detroit powertrains are about to get access to several new tools that will make it easier to analyze the vast amount of data available from the truck – including not only engine fault code data, but also fuel efficiency and safety data.

Photo of Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls F-150 and 3 Other Models for Seats

The recall, tied to defective attaching bolts, covers more than 94,000 Ford F-150, E-Series, Escape and Lincoln MKC vehicles in the U.S.  

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Work Truck Solutions Adds to Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Work Truck Solutions, Inc., announced the appointment of David Thawley as an independent director of the firm, effective immediately.

A handful of FSC attendees were selected to find the above IEDs, which were hidden on two vehicles. Photos: Jim Park

TSA Demonstrates Vehicle Explosives Detection

A team of experts from the Transportation Security Administration offered both classroom and hands-on presentations on improvised explosive devices (IEDs) at this year’s Fleet Safety Conference in Schaumburg, Illinois.

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Arrow Truck Sales Donates Volvo VNL to Women In Trucking

Arrow Truck Sales of Kansas City, Mo., has announced that it will donate a 2014 Volvo VNL 670 to the Women In Trucking Association for its 2018 Truck Giveaway.

The recall covers more than 40,000 GM cars and trucks. Photo courtesy of GM.

GM Recalls Multiple Models for Air Bags, Seat Belts

A software update that was part of a previous recall might have been incomplete, affecting more than 40,000 cars and trucks.

Timeline courtesy of Ford.

Ford Celebrates 100 Years of Work Trucks

Ford is celebrating the centennial of its first purpose-built truck, the 1917 Model TT, which eventually led to the company producing many iconic work trucks, including the F-Series that has been the best-selling truck lineup for 35 years.

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Azuga Partners with AllState on Roadside Assistance

Roadside breakdowns can ruin anyone's day. For companies that rely on their fleet service, problems on the road can present business and safety risks as well. Azuga has teamed up with Signature Motor Club, an Allstate company, to provide emergency roadside services for its fleet clients.

Photo: TP Commercial Solutions

Truck Tire Supplier to Open North American Headquarters

TP Commercial Solutions has announced that its new headquarters in San Diego, Calif., will be opened on Sept. 1 as part of the truck tire supplier's expansion in the North American market.

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