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Ashley Wagener

May 31, 2019

Fontaine recalls certain hydraulic tail trailers

Fontaine Trailer Company announced recently it is recalling approximately 123 of its Traverse hydraulic tail trailers, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents. The recall affects model year 2017-2019 Traverse HT trailers in which the hydraulic cylinder retaining pin for the main tail may disconnect from the trailer unexpectedly. This could cause the hydraulic […]

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Ashley Wagener

May 18, 2019

Over 1800 trucks recalled for parking brake defect

The defect is triggered by cold temperatures and there’s currently no solution for the problem. Paccar has issued a recall for certain Kenworth trucks due to a defect that could cause the parking brake to fail, resulting in a crash or injuries. The recall affects 1837 Kenworth T680 and T880 trucks model year 2018 – […]

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Ashley Wagener

April 03, 2019

Navistar Recalls 25,000 Trucks Whose Tailpipes May Detach

Navistar International Corp. is recalling some 73-inch sleeper cab models from 2016 to 2020 because the rear exhaust hanger brackets could crack, allowing the tailpipe to detach and fall onto the roadway, where it could cause a crash if struck by another vehicle. Navistar told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of eight cases of […]

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Ashley Wagener

March 19, 2019

The CVSA just released the dates for this year’s 72-hour Roadcheck inspection spree

It’s that time of the year again; the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 29th annual International Roadcheck is right around the corner. This year, the 72-hour commercial vehicle inspection spree will take place from June 7th to June 9th. The International Roadcheck is a joint effort between the CVSA, FMCSA, as well as Canadian and […]

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Ashley Wagener

February 25, 2019

Tax law tips for trucking in 2019

When President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 it came under immediate criticism by many as a boon to those in the higher tax brackets and a gift to corporations at the expense of mid- to lower-level wage earners. The administration rejected these characterizations as wrong. However, as of February 8, […]

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Ashley Wagener

February 02, 2019

Virginia Lawmakers Strike Tolling Plan From I-81 Bills

Legislation outlining an improvement program for Interstate 81 in Virginia has been amended to exclude plans for tolls along the route. Four lawmakers introduced two identical pieces of legislation Jan. 15. The bills were revised in both the House and the Senate on Jan. 31 to omit plans for tolls as a fundraising mechanism. The […]

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Ashley Wagener

January 31, 2019

Are you cranking safely?

Cranking landing gear on trailers is one of the more common jobs for drivers, but it can cause pain and injury if done improperly. What is the best way to reduce injuries? Researcher Jia-Hua Lin of the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries wanted to find out because there has been no definitive guideline for […]

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Ashley Wagener

January 03, 2019

Thousands of truckers in a Facebook group called ‘Black Smoke Matters’ are planning a one-day nationwide strike this April

An unpopular law, a lack of parking, too much waiting at warehouses, and a litany of other frustrations are driving truckers to plan a strike on April 12. First reported by CDL Life, truck drivers are organizing the strike in a Facebook group called “Black Smoke Matters.” It has more than 9,000 members. Last year […]

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Ashley Wagener

December 14, 2018

Love’s is adding dog parks to dozens of truck stop locations

This week, Love’s Travel Centers announced that they’ll be catering to truck drivers with canine companions by adding dog parks to many of their truck stop locations. Love’s has plans to open 29 dog parks at existing truck stop locations in 2019. And two more locations are set to open up before the end of […]

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Ashley Wagener

December 10, 2018

Tens of thousands of trucks are being recalled for a clutch component defect that could cause a crash.

Navistar recently announced that they’ll be recalling tens of thousands of trucks for a clutch component defect that could increase the risk of a crash. The recall affects certain 2019 International HV, MV, 2018-2019 HX, LT, RH, LoneStar, ProStar, WorkStar, and 2018 TranStar automated manual transmission vehicles that are equipped with Eaton ECA heavy-duty truck clutches. According […]

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Ashley Wagener

October 18, 2018

ATRI: Congestion Costing Trucking $74 Billion a Year

Traffic congestion slammed trucking with nearly $74.5 billion in operational costs in 2016, a 0.5% increase over 2015, according to research released on Oct. 18 by the American Transportation Research Institute. ATRI said the report, its latest Cost of Congestion analysis, calculated that delays for operating only on the U.S. National Highway System amounted nearly […]

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Ashley Wagener

September 25, 2018

Cummins shows at IAA why diesel will remain ‘primary source of power’

HANOVER, Germany. Cummins Inc. displayed various emissions reductions technologies at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show aimed making diesel engines more efficient. “With our technical advancements, we see diesel remaining as the primary source of power in the commercial vehicle sector for the foreseeable future,” said Tim Proctor, executive director of product management and market innovation. The […]

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