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Calif. City Warns Against Fake Utility Trucks

RPU personnel working in the community drive clearly marked fleet vehicles, wear city uniforms with respective logos, and display proper photo identification

A member of the Oregon National Guard firefighting team assigned to the Horse Prairie Fire, near Camas Valley, Ore.  Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason Van Mourik / 173rd Fighter Wing/ Public Affairs

Wildfires Bring States of Emergency in the West

Certain federal motor carrier regulations have been suspended in some Western states due to large wildfires, as governors have declared officials states of emergency in Oregon, Washington, California, Montana, and the Dakotas.

Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor used to demonstrate Daimler’s Highway Pilot Connect autonomous technology on German roads. Photo: David Cullen

Self-Driving Trucks Need to Gain Traction on Capitol Hill

Despite the argument that some sort of self-driving truck will become an everyday reality before any self-driving car does, legislation that would ease the application of autonomous driving technology to commercial trucks has so far failed to gain traction on Capitol Hill.

Irma forcast graphic via The Weather Channel.

How Fleet Management Companies Prepped for Irma

Fleet management companies put in place resources for commercial fleets with vehicles in South Florida that may have suffered damage from Hurricane Irma. They helped drivers locate fuel, identified replacement units, and managed an influx of calls from drivers.

A sketch released by Bollinger Motors of the all-electric B1 sport/utility truck with four doors. (Image courtesy of Bollinger Motors)

Bollinger Releases B1 Four-Door Image

Bollinger Motors revealed the first image of the four-door version of its B1 all-electric sport/utility truck. The sketch also shows off a new orange exterior color which will also be available at launch.

Ventura Water's NO-DES truck saved 650,000 gallons of water within its first week of operation. Photo courtesy of Ventura Water.

Calif. City to Save 10M Gallons of Water with Filtration Truck

The NO-DES truck is the first of its kind to be added to Ventura Water’s fleet in California. The unit replaces the conventional method of flushing the city’s fire hydrants.

Florida Braces for Hurricane Irma’s Impact

Hurricane Irma, already one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever develop in the Atlantic, will likely make landfall on the U.S. mainland by the end of the week. In preparation, state and federal agencies are already declaring an emergency on the ground.

Photo: J.J. Keller

House Rejects One of Two Anti-ELD Measures

Late in the evening of Sept. 6, the amendment sponsored by Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX)-- which sought to prevent funding of the electronic logging device rule for almost one year-- was voted down on the House floor, 246-173.

Four Small Pickups Ace IIHS Crash Tests

However, the trucks don’t qualify for an IIHS safety award because they lack automatic emergency braking and their headlights are rated poorly.

Class 8 Truck Orders Maintain Momentum

Class 8 truck orders continued to climb steadily in August, while medium-duty truck orders have stagnated a little, according to preliminary numbers from transportation analysts FTR and ACT Research.


TRALA Truck Purchases Increase

Members of the Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) purchased 29% of all Class 2-7 commercial trucks in the U.S. and purchased more than 23% of all Class 8 tractors in 2016, according to a new industry survey.

Navistar Rebounds with $37 Million Quarterly Profit

Navistar International Corp. on Sept. 6 that it rolled back into the black during its fiscal third quarter with a profit of $37 million, although it would have been higher had it not been involved in litigation over its earlier model engines.

Photo of 2018 Ram ProMaster courtesy of FCA.

FCA Updates Ram Vans for 2018

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Ram Commercial has added several safety and convenience features to its ProMaster full-size van and ProMaster City compact van for the 2018 model year.

Photo via Wikimedia.

Wholesale Medium-Duty Truck Values Continue to Fall

Depreciation among wholesale medium-duty trucks continued to rise through July and August, according to Black Book’s September Specialty Markets report.

Photo: Prestolite Electric

Daimler Selects Prestolite Alternators for Certain 2019, 2020 Models

Prestolite Electric, manufacturer and supplier of starters and alternators, has been awarded standard position by Daimler Trucks North America on several new commercial vehicles launching in multiple markets between late 2019 and early 2020.

Meritor Aims for Expansion with Fabco Buy

Meritor has acquired the product portfolio and related technologies of Fabco Holdings and its subsidiaries under undisclosed terms.

Image courtesy of LINE-X

LINE-X Partners with Curry Supply

Curry Supply is now applying LINE-X protective coatings to numerous different exterior components to provide a nearly impenetrable barrier against scratches, abrasions, harsh chemicals, and the elements.


Best Buy Promotes Senior Fleet Analyst

Scott Hanna has been named analyst, material handling equipment – supply chain engineering for Best Buy in Richfield, Minn.


California Freight Hauler Names Fleet Manager

John Garcia has been named fleet manager for Harbor Division Inc., a freight hauling company that has been transporting ocean containers since 1986. Based in Long Beach, Calif., Garcia joined the company in June.

Photo by Michael Barera/Wikimedia Commons.

Safety Tip: Driving Through Intersections

The state of Michigan offers advice on how to drive defensively near intersections and avoid collisions.

Kentucky Water Utility Hires Fleet Services Administrator

Wayne Dunn was named fleet services administrator for One Water MSD/LWC in Louisville, Ky. He assumed this position in June.

Photo of 2017-MY half-ton pickups courtesy of Ford, GM, FCA, and Nissan.

August Commercial Fleet Sales Surge 12.6%

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from eight manufactures increased 12.6% to 52,439 in August units with strong sales in the truck category, according to Automotive Fleet data.

FMCSA is suspending certain trucking regulations in 26 states and the District of Columbia to aide in the recovery effort from Hurricane Harvey. Image: FMCSA

FMCSA Suspends Rules in 26 States to Help Fuel, Supplies Flow after Harvey

To aid in the effort to bring supplies and fuel to areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the State of Texas have lifted several trucking regulations to cut down on red tape and smooth the flow of goods.


AFLA Names 2017 President Award Winners

The Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) has announced the recipients of the 2017 President's Award, which honors individuals who have excelled in their service to AFLA’s current president.


North Carolina Equipment Fleet Hires Fleet Manager

Jock Young was named fleet manager for Carolina Tractor & Equipment (CTE) of Charlotte, N.C. CTE is the parent company to multiple business units including Carolina CAT, LiftOne, and Pinnacle Cranes.


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