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Safety Companies Offer Advice Ahead of Roadcheck 2017

With the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s International Roadcheck around the corner, several trucking safety brands are offering free training and advice to help fleets prepare for inspections.

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Senators Reintroduce Bipartisan Vehicle Technology Bill

U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) have announced that they are reintroducing the Vehicle Innovation Act, which is aimed at encouraging investment, research, and development in clean vehicle and advanced safety technologies.

The Stertil-Koni ECOLIFT provides wheels free lifting via an ultra-shallow, full-rise in-ground, and axle engaging vehicle lift. (Photo courtesy of Steril-Koni)

D’Annunzio & Sons Modernizes with Steril-Koni

For its new facility, D’Annunzio & Sons worked closely with Stertil-Koni’s exclusive, New Jersey-based heavy duty vehicle lift distributor, Hoffman Services to select an optimal combination of Stertil-Koni heavy-duty lifting system.

Members of the North American trucking trade press test drove Volvo Trucks&amp;rsquo; new VNR model during a two-day event in Winston-Salem, N.C. Several VNR configurations were tested on inner city roads and highways, offering a comprehensive driving experience and a complete look at the versatility of the new VNR regional haul model. (Photo courtesy of Volvo Trucks)<br />

First Volvo VNR Regional Haul Models Take the Road

The first test drive included several different configurations of the new tractor and took place on inner city roads and highways, offering a comprehensive driving experience and a complete look at the versatility of the new VNR regional haul model.

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Report: Autonomous Trucks Could Kill Millions of Jobs by 2030

A new report out of Europe is projecting that 50-70% of truck driving jobs could become redundant by 2030 as a result of self-driving truck technology.

(clockwise from upper l.) 2017 F-150, Silverado 1500, Titan, and Ram 1500. Photos courtesy of Ford, GM, FCA, and Nissan.

Commercial Fleet Sales Increase 3.3% in May

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from eight automakers increased 3.3% to 67,744 units, a reversal from several months of declining sales this year, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Photo of 2018 Camry and Camry Hybrid courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Offers 2018-MY Fleet Incentives

Toyota will offer fleet incentives for 21 of its 2018 model-year cars, trucks, and SUVs to commercial purchasers, including the Camry and Camry Hybrid that will enter its eighth-generation.

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PG&E Hires Regional Fleet Manager From Sacramento

Isena Garcia, CAFM, was named manager, regional fleet operations at Pacific Gas and Electric Company in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Nonpartisan Group Gives Feedback on Infrastructure Reform

In a detailed report, the Committee for Economic Development of the Conference Board made recommendations for improving America’s roads and bridges, including private investment, user fees, technology and more.

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Cummins Approves Renewable Diesel for Medium-Duty Engines

Cummins announced that its B4.5, B6.7 and L9 engine platforms are compatible with certain kinds of renewable diesel fuels.

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Diesel Prices Up 42 Cents Over Last Year

In the past year, average diesel fuel prices per gallon have increased 42 cents, from $2.13 in 2016 to $2.55 in 2017, with forecasts looking and contiued increases.

CURT Manufacturing Changes Name to CURT Group

CURT, a manufacturer of USA-made towing products and truck accessories, unveiled “CURT Group” as its new corporate name. The

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U.S. Bank Updates Voyager Fleet Card to Cover EV Charging

U.S. Bank is teaming up with ChargePoint, the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network, to offer Voyager Network Fleet Card acceptance at tens of thousands of ChargePoint charging ports throughout the United States.

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Trucks Continue to Show Slow Depreciation

This week’s Black Book Market Insights report looks at the truck segments that are picking up less weekly depreciation compared with cars, signaling that summer is fast approaching.

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Republic Services Reduces Emissions with Renewable Natural Gas

Republic Services, Inc., announced that it will increase the usage of renewable natural gas (RNG) in its fleet by three times what it used in 2016 through an expanded agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

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DOT Formalizes Regulatory Reform Effort

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced that Deputy Secretary Jeffrey Rosen will serve as DOT’s Regulatory Reform Officer and chairman of the department’s Regulatory Reform Task Force.

Anthony Levandowski speaking about the future of self-driving trucks at last year&#39;s ATA Managment Conference &amp;amp; Exhibition. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Uber Fires Self-Driving Head at Center of Legal Battle

In the latest fallout from the legal battle between Waymo and Uber, Anthony Levandowski, who headed Uber's self-driving technology group, has been fired.

Mich. Senators Support Fuel Economy Bill

Michigan's U.S. senators are backing a proposal that would allow automakers to apply credits for model years as far back as 2009 to help them meet future standards to require their car and truck fleets to average 41 miles per gallon by 2021.

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Canadian Company Invests in eNow

Canadian Solar Inc., a solar power company, announced that it has acquired a minority equity interest in eNow, a U.S. company specializing in solar-based energy management system for the commercial transportation industry.

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Spartan Motors Names President, Fleet Vehicles and Services

Spartan Motors, Inc., announced the appointment of Tom Ninneman as president of Fleet Vehicles and Services (FVS), which includes the Utilimaster and Spartan Upfit Services brands,

The retirement of the Otto brand name comes on the heels of a tough year for the autonomous truck company. Photo: Otto

Uber Retires Otto Brand Name

Uber has quietly retired the Otto brand name with no word on a future branding for the autonomous truck developer.

Second Annual Natural Gas Road Rally Planned

NGVAmerica, the American Public Gas Association, and the American Gas Association announced their Second Annual From Sea-to-Shining-Sea NGV Road Rally Across America.

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Safety Tip: Tire Maintenance

In recognition of National Tire Safety Week, here are some tire maintenance tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

A classic glut has created a buyer&#39;s market for good quality, low-mileage Class 8 tractors. Photo: Ritchie Bros.

Fleets Bear the Pain in Glut Market for Used Trucks

Industry experts say a glut of used trucks remains on the market and, in extreme cases, some fleets actually owe more for equipment than it is now worth on the secondary market.

Penske Truck Leasing Opens La. Facility

Penske Truck Leasing announced the opening of its new facility in Lafayette, La., after outgrowing their old building.

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