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DOT Forms Safety-Grant Allocation Panel

In accordance with a provision of the FAST Act highway bill, the Department of Transportation has formed the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program Formula Working Group.

SmartTruck Names Director of National Accounts

SmartTruck, a provider of fuel-saving trailer aerodynamics for the trucking industry, announced the appointment of Ron Pope as Director of National Accounts.

PHOTO: Utility One Source

Utility One Source Introduces Call-in Center, Service Network

Utility One Source plans to introduce the equipment rental industry’s first proprietary aftermarket call-in center, a comprehensive service network in which all rental customers will be able to call in 24/7.

Electric Utility Fleet Managers to Meet in June

More than 100 fleet professionals are registered for the 63rd annual Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference to be held June 5-8.

N.J. DPW Bucket Truck Catches Fire

A bucket truck caught fire in Livingston, N.J., due to a downed wire, which nearly injured an Essex County, N.J., Department of Public Works (DPW) employee after a spring storm.

Cummins-Led Team to Build Plug-in Hybrid Class 6 Truck

Cummins has been awarded a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a Class 6 commercial plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

Ford Fleet Care Replaces Quality Fleet Care Billing Tool

Ford Fleet Care replaced Quality Fleet Care as the company's consolidated parts and service billing tool on April 1, according to Ford.

Photo of Nissan Frontier courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Recalls V-6 Frontier Trucks for Fire Risk

The recall, set to begin this month, will permit dealers to inspect and, if needed, re-position the starter motor wire harness.

Photo via International Truck

International Offers Side Roll Protection on ProStar

International Truck will now offer IMMI’s RollTek seat with side-roll protection as an option for the ProStar truck.

Photo courtesy of Roush CleanTech

Roush CleanTech Offers Propane Fuel System for Ford F-750

The system meets a demand for heavier chassis for autogas-fueled bobtail applications, cylinder delivery trucks, and larger tank setters and box trucks.

ABRY Partners Secure Majority Stake in SambaSafety

SambaSafety has entered into a definitive agreement with ABRY Partners, a private equity firm, that will lead to a reorganization of the company.

Courtesy of Vincentric.

Vincentric Names Winners of Best Value Awards

For the 2016 Vincentric Best Value in America awards, Honda and Lexus took the award for passenger cars and luxury cars, Subaru and Volvo earned top honors in the SUV/crossover categories, and Ford took the top spot for the best value brand for trucks.

Montana-Dakota Utilities Given Annual Safety in Motion Honor

Preco Electronics, a provider of heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, announced Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.’s Fleet Maintenance and Repair Specialist, Kim Hodges, as the recipient of the 2015 Safety in Motion Award.

Class 8 Demand Weak in March, Medium-Duty On the Rise

Class 8 truck orders are projected to fall once again in March, down as much as 12% compared to February, according to the latest numbers from ACT Research and FTR.

Final FDA Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food rule differs in numerous ways from the agency's original proposal.

FDA Reveals Final Rule for Hauling Food Safely

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Feb. 5 that it has finalized a rule that will require certain shippers, loaders, carriers by motor or rail vehicle, and receivers involved in transporting human and animal food to use sanitary practices to ensure the safety of that food.

Safety Video Tip: Staying Focused on Driving

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the National Safety Council is challenging all motorists to take the pledge to be an attentive driver.

Photo of Ram 1500 courtesy of FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles).

Ram 1500 Trucks Recalled for Power Steering

The recall, tied to contamination on the electric power steering control circuit board, affects 442 pickup trucks in the 2015 and 2016 model years.

Photo of 2016 F-150 Limited courtesy of Ford.

Fleet Sales Increase 19% in March

Commercial sales of vehicles from nine manufacturers increased 19.9% to 73,752 units in March compared to a year ago, as trucks outpaced passenger cars by a wide margin, according to Automotive Fleet data.

The Ford F-150 was converted to run on propane autogas at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. Photo courtesy of Alliance AutoGas

Alliance AutoGas F-150 Prepares for Coast-to-Coast Trip

Fresh from setting a record for the fastest recorded alternative fuel conversion to propane autogas in 1:32:25, the F-150 will embark on 5,500 mile 12-city “Alliance AutoGas Coast-to-Coast Clean Air Ride."

Navistar Fined $7.5M in Truck Emission Case

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday charged Navistar International Corp. with misleading investors about its development of an advanced technology truck engine that could be certified to meet U.S. emission standards.

Ranger Design Distributor Named Master Upfitter

Ranger Design Inc.'s distributor, Kodiak Upfitters LLC, has been granted the status of Master Upfitter 2015-2016 by Daimler Vans/Mercedes-Benz America.

From L-R – Finalists for the 33rd Goodyear Highway Hero Award: Mike Cavanagh, winner Julian Kaczor, and Dorian Cole pose with Kaczor’s commemorative Goodyear Highway Hero ring. Photo: Goodyear

Goodyear Highway Hero Winner Pulled Motorist From a Burning Car

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Truck driver Julian Kaczor of Utica, N.Y., named the 33rd Goodyear Highway Hero for pulling an injured motorist from a burning car, used the honor to deliver an important safety message.

PHOTO: MFTA

Mitsubishi Fuso Appoints New Product Support Managers

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (MFTA) announced that Sean Phillips has joined the company as a product support manager. He joins Mike Sands, who was recently reassigned from his position as a district sales manager with MFTA to product support manager in the metro New York and northern New Jersey areas.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls F-650, F-750 for Parking Brake Issue

The recall covers nearly 4,800 2015-2016 model-year work trucks that may have faulty parking brake cable connector clips.

Photo via Uniroyal Tire

Uniroyal Adds 2 Sizes to Commercial Truck Tire Lineup

The Uniroyal brand is adding two more sizes to its recently launched line of commercial truck tires, the company announced.

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