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SkyBitz Offers Fleet Management Solutions For Delivery Fleets

Telematics provider SkyBitz has added a fleet management solution for sales, service and delivery vehicles with the launch of SkyBitz Local Fleets.

Crude Oil Free Fall Keeps Diesel Prices Down

Average diesel fuel prices at the pump decreased for the sixth week in a row, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Photo: Jim Park

State DOTs Tracking El Niño to Prepare Roads for Winter

As much as 70% of state Departments of Transportation are tracking El Niño to make preparations for the unusual winter weather ahead, including increasing stocks of salt and de-icing chemicals, according to a new survey.

Theft of Bucket Truck in NY a 'Strange Vehicle to Take'

Police are investigating the theft but at first glance it appears the thieves just needed a quick lift.

Video Safety Tip: Installing Snow Chains

Edmunds.com and the Oregon Department of Transportation offer advice on installing snow chains.

Minn. Utility Invests in New Bucket Truck

Replacing a 10-year-old truck, the new bucket truck serving the Hibbing Public Utilities fleet marks the first time the utility has used a smaller, lighter weight truck.

Risks of Unsecured Loads Mentioned in Highway Bill

With available federal grants, the bill’s language encourages states to address unsecured loads upon submitting their next State Highway Safety Program for approval.

Photo courtesy of the Oregon State Police.

National Safety Council Expects High Death Toll for Holiday

The National Safety Council is predicting the most deaths and injuries in traffic crashes during the three-day Christmas holiday period since 2009.

Photo of 2016 Ford F-650 courtesy of Ford.

Medium Duty Positioned for 'Modest Growth' in 2016

Orders of medium-duty vehicles logged another healthy month in November and appear ready for "continued modest growth" in 2016, an ACT Research analyst has predicted.

Photo of Hino 195 class 5 cabover with stake body courtesy of Hino.

Hino Motors Finalizes 2020 Environmental Plan

Under the plan, Hino will focus on building a low-carbon society, creation of a closed loop economy, environmental conservation & creation of a society coexisting in harmony with nature, and environmental management.

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Cobham Now Offering CNG Storage Tanks for Trucks

The defense and aerospace technology company's two new Type 4 compressed natural gas storage tanks have been successfully qualified, marking its entry into the natural gas vehicle commercial trucking market.

Photo via Wikimedia.

U.S. Congress Passes Natural Gas Tax Credit Legislation

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 will extend federal tax credits for alternative fuels that expired in 2014 and make some subsidies permanent.

Photo courtesy of Honda.

Honda Revamping Ridgeline Pickup for 2017-MY

Honda's Ridgeline pickup will enter its second generation with a 2017 model that will be debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Honda has announced.

Image: Achates Power

DOE Awards $9M to Develop Gasoline OP Engine

Achates, Delphi and Argonne National Laboratory will develop an opposed-piston, gasoline compression ignition (OPGCI) engine suitable for light trucks and other vehicles.

Photo: UPS

UPS to Power 2 Fleets with Landfill Methane

UPS will supply its fleet in Memphis, Tenn., and Jackson, Miss., with an estimated 15 million diesel gallon gas equivalents of renewable natural gas (RNG) as part of a multi-year agreement with Memphis Light, Gas and Water and Atmos Energy Marketing.

Motion Industries to Acquire Moss Rubber and Equipment

Motion Industries, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company, has entered into a definitive agreement whereby Motion Industries has agreed to acquire Moss Rubber and Equipment Corporation.

Dodge B2500 is back in the fleet customer's hands after Cenergy outfitted the van with an ANG tank. It still has its original CNG tanks. Photo courtesy of Cenergy Solutions.

Adsorbent Natural Gas Tank Applied to First Fleet Vehicle

Cenergy Solutions has been testing an adsorbent natural gas (ANG) tank on a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 van. ANG tanks can extend a vehicle’s range and lower the cost of gas because it needn’t be pumped to high pressures.

SmartDrive Named Food Logistics Tech Innovator

SmartDrive Systems has been included in Food Logistics' annual list of influential software and technology providers, the 2015 FL100+. This is the second time SmartDrive has been recognized among the top providers to companies across the global food and beverage supply chain.

Stellar Exits Kiefer Trailer Manufacturing Business

Stellar Industries announced that it will close its Kiefer Manufacturing facility in Sneedville, Tenn., on Dec. 31, 2015, and transition its Kanawha, Iowa, operation to a Stellar company effective Jan. 1, 2016.

Photo of 2016 Subaru Forester by Vince Taroc.

Subaru Earns Best Resale Brand Award

Subaru, Lexus, General Motors, and Tesla earned top honors or recognition for 2016 models in Kelley Blue Book's annual forecast of the vehicles with the best retained value after a five-year ownership period.

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40+ Vehicle Debuts Set for Detroit

More than 40 new vehicles will get their global or North American debut at the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit.

Zonar Appoints Chief Strategy Officer

Zonar Systems has hired Ian McKerlich as its chief strategy officer, the transportation technology company has announced.

Attendees at the 2015 Fleet Safety Conference learn about Shell's comprehensive safety program from Mike Watson, Shell's global road safety manager. Photo: Chris Wolski

Save the Date: 2016 Fleet Safety Conference

When planning ahead for 2016, make sure to circle July 18-20. That’s when the 2016 edition of the not-to-be-missed Fleet Safety Conference will be held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill.

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Calif. and Pa. Offer Alternative-Fuel Grants

State regulators in Pennsylvania and California have introduced new assistance programs to create wider adoption of alternative fuel vehicles and technology, the states announced separately.

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Jack Cooper Transport Hires Maintenance Manager

Lou Wall was named maintenance manager at Jack Cooper Transport, one of the nation's largest car-hauling fleets.

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