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August 23, 2016
FMCSA Proposes Younger Driver Pilot Program for Former Military
A proposed pilot program using former military drivers would attempt to answer the question of whether 18- to 20-year-old truck drivers are as safe as those 21 and over.
No Signs of Relief for Class 8 Truck Market
Net Class 8 truck orders fell once again in July, showing no signs of recovery in what is usually the weakest month for demand, according to ACT Research.


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Diesel Prices Increase For the First Time in Over 2 Months
The price of diesel fuel increased for the first time in over 2 months after slowly falling from a high of 2.43 in mid-June, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.
Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Continue Falling
Truckload linehaul rates fell again in July from the same time a year ago, marking the fifth straight month of year-over-year declines, according to latest readings from the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index.
Driving Volvo's I-Shift with Crawler Gears
<p><strong>A mixer chassis sometimes needs to creep over uneven surfaces or while pouring concrete sidewalks or curbs. Depending on axle gearing, I-Shift crawler gears allow speeds as low as 0.6 mph.&nbsp;</strong></p> Volvo’s new Crawler Gears option for the I-Shift automated manual transmission puts one or two extra-low ratios at the driver’s fingertips – or thumb tip, actually.
Test Drive Shows the Hyliion Trailer Hybrid Works
<p><strong>Hyliion engineer Morgan Culbertson, who wrote the control program, here controls the tandem with sliding toggles. Production models will be automatic and not linked to the tractor.</strong></p> Company execs say Initial assembly of fleet-test units will be later this year with full production a few months later.
Emissions-Free Refrigeration Unit Project Gets $400K Grant
<p><em>Screenshot via eNow</em></p> Renewable energy solutions company eNow has received a $400,000 grant from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to deploy its solar panel refrigeration solution in the area’s transportation networks.
Commentary: New Initiatives to Improve Parts and Service Offerings
<p><strong>Denise Rondini</strong></p> Parts and service providers are making major investments to better position themselves to be the fleets’ location of choice for maintenance and repair.
Peterbilt Offers Lighter Steer Axle/Suspension, Safety Tech on 579 and 567
<p><em>Photo: Peterbilt</em></p> Peterbilt is making available the Bendix Wingman Fusion driver assistance system and a new integrated Softek NXT suspension and axle system from Hendrickson on its Model 579 and 567 trucks.
Hino Trucks Recognizes Data Inc. for On-Time Delivery
Dana Incorporated announced that it was recognized by Hino Motors Manufacturing, Inc. for 100% on-time delivery at the annual Hino supplier conference in July.
Got Questions
Q. How is Xantrex’s offer better than other manufacturers of inverters?

A. Most truck manufacturers offer Xantrex product as a standard option. However, the option they offer may not work for all applications. For example, a fleet wanted an inverter powerful enough to operate a big heavy duty winch. READ MORE

Got Questions
Q. Is it possible for a fleet to set up two accounts for the same driver reflecting both exempt and regular status?

A. No, the ELD rule clearly prohibits having multiple accounts for one driver. Instead... READ MORE

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Motor vehicles are routinely torn apart by freight and passenger trains because drivers aren’t paying attention to what they're doing, or think they can beat that train to a grade crossing.

Getting Guidance on Electric Trucks

The first-ever Guidance Report issued by NACFE seeks to clear the air on both the myths and realities of battery electric vehicles in fleet operations today and in the near future. Blog commentary by Jack Roberts.

Future Tech Gets Trashed

The trucking segment arguably leading the way forward in terms of new technology and alternative fuels is one that would surprise most casual observers of today's trucking industry. Blog commentary by Jack Roberts, Senior Editor.

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Ryder showed off this Chanje battery-electric cargo van, which it has begun offering to rental customers in California.
National Private Truck Council Meeting in Photos

Shell Lubricants Eco-marathon Competition
Freightliner's 122SD with a dump box. Shown is a typical Ontario configuration with an 88,000-lb GVW.
Truck World 2018 in Photos
With 2,595 pieces, including a very special replica of the Mack Bulldog hood ornament, it&rsquo;s the fifth-largest Lego Technic set. Photo: Mack Trucks
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