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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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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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