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Ashley Wagener

January 13, 2020

Navistar International Recalls More Than 12,000 Trucks

Navistar Inc. has issued a safety recall for 12,539 International brand trucks that are at risk of unintended movement when the parking brake is in use. The recall applies to four truck models: 2019-20 International MV, 2018-20 International WorkStar, 2019-20 International HV and 2018-19 International DuraStar. These vehicles are medium-duty work trucks that can be […]

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Ashley Wagener

December 26, 2019

The Feds just charged a massive fuel-card company with fleecing truckers out of hundreds of millions of dollars

One of the trucking industry’s largest companies just got slammed with a lawsuit from the Federal Trade Commission. Atlanta, Georgia-based FleetCor counts tens of thousands of small businesses and individual truck drivers among its customer base. And, according to an FTC suit filed on Dec. 20, it’s fleeced those truckers out of “at least hundreds […]

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Ashley Wagener

December 09, 2019

The Dawn of Electric Trucks

Batteries, Hydrogen Fuel Cells Poised to Power a New Segment of Commercial Transportation The introduction of electric-powered commercial trucks continued to gain momentum in 2019 with more investment, more prototypes unveiled and more deployments in real-world freight operations. This emerging segment of the commercial vehicle market is still in its infancy, but the world’s largest […]

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Ashley Wagener

November 25, 2019

Trailer technology and safety systems on the rise

A number of safety-related items for dry van trailers are growing in popularity among fleets, said Mark Schultz, dry van product director, Great Dane Trailers. “Rear bumpers like the Great Dane RIG30 are available to meet the 30% offset guidelines,” he noted. “There are high-mounted dual turn and stop indicator lamps on rear frame headers, […]

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Ashley Wagener

November 11, 2019

Cummins Puts Faith in Diesel, Readies for Hydrogen

Cummins Inc., underscoring its belief in the power of choice, announced its latest advances in fuel efficiency for its heavy-duty diesel engines and showcased hydrogen fuel cell technology in its own Class 8 demonstration model. The company made its announcements Oct. 29 at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show. Cummins believes diesel engines will remain […]

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Ashley Wagener

October 28, 2019

Avoid Aftertreatment Woes With Routine Preventive Maintenance

Heading off engine exhaust aftertreatment headaches can be as simple as doing preventive maintenance by the book, representatives of fleets and truck and engine makers said. Diesel particulate filters (DPFs) and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems have helped Class 8 trucks cut emissions of particulate matter, or soot, and nitrogen oxide (NOx) compounds as a […]

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Ashley Wagener

October 02, 2019

Engine Maker Acquisition Could Fuel Hydrogen Disruption

Cummins’ acquisition of Hydrogenics indicates the diesel market leader could own the next engine tech, too. Cummins, the current leading supplier of Class 8 diesel engines—at about 38% in 2018, according to WardsAuto— knows that nothing lasts forever, particularly the fossil fuel painstakingly dug up from the deep within the Earth’s crust that post-internal combustion, […]

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Ashley Wagener

September 16, 2019

Six strategies for drivers to reduce stress on the road

Ways and means to keep mentally strong longer If you drive for a living, then chances are you’re on the road more often than not. Although stress is a normal part of everybody’s day, the stress is even greater for truck drivers, as they are away from home, family, and friends for several days or […]

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Ashley Wagener

August 03, 2019

EPA IG Finds Study Critical of Glider Emissions Was Properly Conducted

A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Inspector General audit has given a 2017 agency study critical of glider truck emissions a clean bill of health. The audit found that the study was “consistent with Clean Air Act authority, standard EPA practices and relevant policies and procedures.” In our first episode of RoadSigns, Season Three, we ask: […]

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Ashley Wagener

July 10, 2019

Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards Tackle Latest Challenges

Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards emerged nearly 50 years ago and are used by many different organizations across the trucking industry, but there are aspects of them that deserve more attention, experts said. Technology & Maintenance Council’s S.5 Fleet Maintenance Management Study Group is responsible for maintenance and oversight of VMRS. TMC is a division of […]

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Ashley Wagener

June 24, 2019

Kenworth, Peterbilt recall mirror glass

Recall began May 31, 2019. PACCAR Incorporated (PACCAR) is recalling certain 2020 Peterbilt 567 and 579 vehicles and Kenworth T680, T880 and W990 vehicles due to a defect of the mirror glass which may detach from the mirror carrier plate due to inadequate adhesion. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 3,907 […]

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Ashley Wagener

June 08, 2019

CEO Made $357 Million From Small Businesses, $3.50 at a Time

In her 35 years running a small business, Maria Kirk dealt with only one company that made her physically ill: fuel card provider FleetCor Technologies Inc. and the thousands of dollars in fees it charged. “Many companies try to nickel-and-dime you, but this can’t even compare,’’ said Kirk, the owner of an ice-delivery firm in […]

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