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Finding a way out of the driver shortage woes: free webinar March 12

There is plenty of talk about the driver shortage these days, but it can be tougher to find actionable ideas for how to make things better.

Truck orders slip to ‘more reasonable’ level in February
While still ‘excellent,’ Class 8 truck orders cooled in February, according to an early look at the numbers by industry analysts.
A Better way to talk about pay

If today’s driver shortage has you thinking about raising  pay rates to attract and keep good drivers, this unique webinar should be a must-see before you lock that new compensation program into place. As it turns out, changing the way fleets talk about and package driver pay can impact driver satisfaction and loyalty as much as pay rate increases, maybe even more.

Docking station designed for semi-rugged Panasonic Toughbook model

Gamber-Johnson has unveiled a new vehicle docking station for users of the Panasonic Toughbook 54 semi-rugged laptop computer.

Orders are now being accepting and the docking station will be begin shipping in May.

Gamber-Johnson’s Toughbook 54 vehicle dock is designed to leverage the expandability of the laptop and will accommodate the Toughbook 54 Performance model, and all models with the following integrated options:  Insertable SmartCard (bottom), 2nd LAN, 4th USB (2.0), Rugged Fischer USB, VGA and Serial. 

Safety groups want NHTSA to mandate anti-collision systems

Four interest groups are requesting a rulemaking initiative from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to mandate anti-collision technology on all trucks and buses with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) at or exceeding 10,000 lbs.

Lightweight roll-off trailer

Galbreath has rolled out a new lightweight roll-off trailer offering a shorter overall length for improved maneuverability.

The M6 250 series weighs just 15,650 lbs. yet provides a gross vehicle weight rating of 72,500 lbs. Designed to handle roll-offs with heavy loads like scrap and construction materials, it offers container size capacity up to 30 ft.

Drivewyze PreClear bypass available at Florida agricultural inspection sites

Drivewyze said its PreClear bypass service is now available at 22 agricultural inspection stations in Florida.

Drivewyze recently reached an agreement with the Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement (OALE) to allow qualified carriers to bypass the Florida agriculture interdiction sites using Drivewyze PreClear. The OALE will allow qualified fleets to bypass agriculture inspection sites through the mobile inspection site bypass service.

Kenworth announces top dealers for 2014

MHC Kenworth-Colorado has received the 2014 Kenworth Dealer of the Year Award from Kenworth Truck Co. The company also announced several other awards along with its Service and Parts councils at the annual Kenworth Dealer Meeting, held in Phoenix, AZ.

Bridgestone Commercial OTR names president

Taylor Cole has been named president of the Commercial OTR division within Bridgestone Commercial. Cole will be responsible for leading Bridgestone’s North American commercial and strategic direction.

Lower fuel costs lead to Trucking Conditions Index improvement

The Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) improved in December, largely due to a drop in fuel costs in the month, said FTR. The December reading improved 30% month-over-month to 11.80.

FTR said freight growth remained strong and contract rates continued to rise.

Shell rolls out website to explain coming oil standards; introduces coolant variation
NASHVILLE. A new website to help customers make sense of the next generation of diesel engine oils and the introduction of an engine coolant variation were the main topics of a Fleet Owner booth visit with Shell Lubricants at the TMC annual meeting this week.
Knight Transportation to deploy Zonar 2020 tablets across fleet

Zonar announced that Knight Transportation has chosen its Android-based Zonar 2020 mobile tablet as the new telematics platform for its fleet.

Toyo Tire unveils super single

Toyo Tires has taken the wraps off a new super single tire designed for regional and urban use. The M149 is an all-position tire with optimized construction and tread design delivers high uniformity, even wear, and excellent wet traction.

Road Choice Truck Parts offers new product categories

Road Choice Truck Parts has added several replacement product categories to its line of private label all-makes parts.

The replacement parts added include charge air coolers, radiators, oil pans, mud flaps and brackets, mufflers and flex bellows.

Road Choice now offers 22 high-volume product categories that are value-priced to compete with heavy-duty manufacturers’ and warehouse distributors’ private brand parts.

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