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NHTSA to mandate rear cameras in light vehicles by 2018

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a final rule requiring rear camera system technology in all new light vehicles under 10,000 lbs. GVW – including trucks and buses as well – manufactured on or after May 1, 2018. 

Pondering new measurement rules for CNG, LNG

This July, the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) plans to vote on a new recommendation that compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) be sold in terms of gasoline and diesel gallon equivalents as opposed to units of mass, such as pounds or kilograms.

The group noted that most U.S. consumers are accustomed to buying motor fuel in gallons, yet natural gas isn’t metered the way gasoline and diesel are. Thus when a vehicle is refueled with CNG or LNG, it’s dispensed by weight, not volume.

New Noregon JPRO update adds Mack/Volvo module

Maintenance system provider Noregon is releasing a new update to its JPRO Commercial Fleet Diagnostic software package – designated CVD 2014 v1 – and also released a JPRO CVD Command Module for Mack and Volvo truck models.

Winter Storm Pax scrambles transportation along U.S. East Coast

A massive winter storm left many southern U.S. states coated in ice, knocking power to over 500,000 in the process, while dumping anywhere from six inches to a foot of snow up through the Northeast; scrambling highway and railroad networks across much of the East Coast.

Western Star's World of Concrete "Serious Trucks" Challenge

Truck-maker Western Star -- a division of Daimler Trucks North America -- recently organized a “Serious Trucks” driver challenge at the World of Concrete (WOC) show in Las Vegas earlier this year, with more than 180 competitors with commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) participating on a closed course designed to gauge their skills at the wheel of two Western Star 4700 series trucks, one equipped with an Allison 4500 RDS transmission and the other with a 10-speed automated manual transmission.

Western Star adds Allison 4700 RDS

The Allison 4700 Rugged Duty Series (RDS) series automatic transmission is now available as an option for the Western Star 4700 model; a transmission designed for rugged off-road and vocational applications such as construction, dump and oil field operations.

U.S. energy imports projected to significantly decline over next two years

Data analyzed by the Energy Information Administration projects that U.S. oil and natural gas imports will fall significantly over the next two years due to increased domestic production largely from shale formations, with U.S. liquid fuels net imports as a share of consumption forecast to decline from a high of 60% in 2005, and about 40% in 2012, to about 25% by 2016. The nation is also projected to become a net exporter of natural gas by 2018, the agency added.

Ram Truck reintroduces Mossy Oak Edition pickup

After a one-year hiatus, the Ram 1500 Mossy Oak Edition is being brought back into the Ram Truck division’s pickup lineup exclusively as a Ram 1500 4x4 Crew Cab model. All photos courtesy of Ram Truck.

Ram Truck revives Mossy Oak Edition model

After a one-year hiatus, the Ram 1500 Mossy Oak Edition is being brought back into the Ram Truck division’s pickup lineup exclusively as a Ram 1500 4x4 Crew Cab model.

Reid Bigland, president and CEO  of the Chrysler Group LLC’s Ram Truck division, noted in a statement that the 2014 version of the Mossy Oak Edition is going to be offered with the RamBox Cargo Management System, in both 6-ft.-4-in. and 5-ft.-7-in. bed lengths.

Congressional bill seeks “freight fee” to fund infrastructure 

A bill introduced by Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) hopes to establish a special “freight fee” to generate more revenues in order to pay transportation infrastructure needs.

Last Friday Rep. Smith re-introduced H.R. 3825, dubbed the Freight Infrastructure Reinvestment Act of 2014 or FIRA bill, to fund what he calls “competitive grants” through a user fee on the shipment of freight cargo within the U.S.; a fee totaling 1% of the total cost of transport.

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