Fleet Owner Staff

Fleet Owner Staff
Freedom trucks roll for Memorial Day

One of a kind “Ride for Freedom” tractors, one each from Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) and Mack Trucks, will be joining the 29th annual “Ride for Freedom” rally in Washington, D.C., over the Memorial Day weekend; a rally that honors prisoners of war-missing in action (POW-MIA) from all U.S. conflicts overseas, as well as those currently serving in the armed forces.

ATRI: Cost of sleep apnea treatment high for drivers

A new sleep apnea white paper issued by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) and based on a survey of over 800 truck drivers finds that the cost of sleep apnea treatments is hitting them hard in the wallet, with out-of-pocket expenses for treatment averaging $1,220 or some 1.5 weeks of median drive pay.

Other findings by the group include:

Roadcheck 2016: What your drivers need to know

It’s that time of year again …

Fleet managers and drivers should begin preparing for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's (CVSA) 29th annual International Roadcheck, which will take place June 7-9, 2016. And this year, there’s an emphasis on tire safety.

Tire safety practices include:

Preparing for PC-11

As everyone in the industry should know by now, new truck engine oil is due to hit the market on Dec. 1. The introduction of the new PC-11 engine oil performance category will result in the largest change in oil specifications the industry has seen in a generation.

FTR: Trucking environment grew weaker in March

The Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) metric crafted by industry research firm FTR dropped nearly 50% in March from February to 4.22 and is now at its lowest level since 2011.

FTR added that truck freight loadings and the freight market in general is now consistent with a “slow growth” environment, with further declines possible due to the overall weak economic environment.

XTRA Lease orders 6,000 new trailers

National trailer leasing firm XTRA Lease said its placed orders some 6,000 new trailers for 2016 across a wide range of models, from dry vans and flatbeds to refrigerated to liftgate-equipped units.  

Volvo highlights one-box aftertreatment package

Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) is touting the new “one-box” packaging its exhaust aftertreatment system (EATS) as a frame-rail space saver, especially in highway applications.

AMP Americas launches biogas division

At the 2016 Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo this week, AMP Americas launched a new biogas division dubbed ampRENEW, which will source renewable compressed natural gas (RCNG) from its Fair Oaks Farms, IN, facility – making the fuel entirely from agricultural waste.

NACFE: Aerodynamics matter, especially for day cabs

The latest “confidence report” issued by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) released this week at the 2016 Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, CA, determines that aerodynamic enhancements to Class 8 tractors can return a sizeable savings in fuel efficiency – even for day cab models, which many felt were incapable of benefiting from aerodynamics in the past.

ACT Expo Roundup: Day One

A number of new products and alternative-fuel initiatives were highlighted during the first day of the 2016 Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo being held in Long Beach, CA, this week:

Ford to offer new powertrain for 2017 F-150

A new optional powertrain will be offered by Ford Motor Co. for its 2017 model F-150 pickup truck line: a second-generation 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine matched to a new 10-speed automatic transmission.

Ford said this is the first volume-production 10-speed automatic available to consumers from any automaker and is designed to deliver improved acceleration and performance compared to six-speed automatic gearboxes.

Study: Biggest trucking firms outsource over 42% of their freight 3

A recent LaneAxis Virtual Freight Management study of some of the biggest trucking companies in U.S.

Ford adds strobe light kit for F-150

A factory-installed strobe warning light emitting diode (LED) kit is now being offered by Ford Motor Co. for its F-150 pickup truck line for fleet customers; a light kit designed with utility, road construction and municipal fleet crews.

Already available on 2016 F-Series Super Duty, the OEM said this LED strobe light kit will be offered as an option on all 2016 F-150 models with a fleet identification number.  

ACT: Used Class 8 prices still falling

Though volumes of used Class 8 trucks ticked up 8% in March, volumes are 5% lower year-to-date compared to the same period in 2015, noted ACT Research in its latest market update.

Dealers also noted used Class 8 values are still falling, noted Steve Tam, vice president for ACT’s commercial vehicle sector, and they believe prices will continue to fall for some time to come.

Kenworth, Peterbilt to offer Allison TC10

Paccar Corp. – the parent company of Peterbilt Motors Co. and Kenworth Truck Co. – announced that it’s started an engineering program with Allison Transmission to offer the fully automatic Allison Transmission TC10 heavy-duty gearbox in several long-haul tractor models.

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