News en Get those truck tech developers out of the office <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>So what's going on with Omnitracs these days? Quite a lot, actually, but maybe not much sitting around the office. CTO Dan Speicher talked business culture and philosophies and the company's aggressive development work.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Technology Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:07:00 +0000 183921 at <p>Omnitracs CTO Dan Speicher shed some light on the business culture and philosophies &mdash; for example, the &quot;NIHITO&quot; concept &mdash; behind the company&#39;s aggressive new products strategy and innovative work being done.</p> Aaron Marsh/Fleet Owner Your Feb. 12 Pre-Trip: Truck tolls signed into law in Rhode Island <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Here are five things worth knowing today:</p> <p>1.The Rhode Island governor has officially signed into law a <a href="">bill that will tax truckers</a> in the state, up to $20, for traveling along Interstate 95. The money will be used to pay for bridge repairs, but trucking leaders are furious. The local NBC affiliate has the story.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Fleet Management News Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:30:00 +0000 183911 at TSE Brakes Introduces visual stroke indicator <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="">TSE Brakes</a> is introducing the TSE Visi-Chek visual brake stroke indicator. &ldquo;Now it is easy to see if your vehicle brake stroke is in compliance,&rdquo; the company said. &ldquo;A simple green is good, red means further inspection is required!&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Fleet Management News Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:18:00 +0000 183901 at TruStar Energy expands <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>TruStar Energy announced it completed 41 stations for public and private use in 2015, almost doubling the number of CNG stations from 2014, and bringing total completed stations by <a href="">TruStar Energy</a> to 120. This was accomplished during this period of unusually low oil prices.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Running Green Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:17:00 +0000 183891 at Investment team acquires Pure Power Technologies <div class="field-deck"> PPT delivers diesel fuel-injection products to commercial vehicle OEMs, aftermarket </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="">Pure Power Technologies</a> (PPT) announced it has been acquired from <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Navistar</a></span> by an investment team whose principals include the Smithfield Group and <a href="">Kensington Capital Partners</a>. As a result, PPT immediately becomes an aftermarket independent supplier of diesel fuel-injection systems and precision machining products and systems for medium- and heavy-duty truck applications.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Powertrain Equipment Fleet Management News Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:16:00 +0000 183881 at Vehicle lifecycles vs. maintenance costs <div class="field-deck"> How a shorter vehicle lifecycle could help fleets bring down their bottom line </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>FORT LAUDERDALE. Want to reduce equipment breakdowns and maintenance costs? A shorter vehicle lifecycle might be something to consider.</p> <p>Mike Spence, senior vice president of fleet services at Fleet Advantage, said maintenance costs for vehicles aged 4-6 are 2.75 times higher than they are in years 1-3. Spence was speaking to clients and attendees at Fleet Advantage&rsquo;s Changes in Attitudes Fleet Conference in Fort Lauderdale.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance Equipment Fleet Management News Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:08:00 +0000 183871 at <p>Fleet Advantage senior vice president Mike Spence discusses how vehicle lifecycles impact maintenance costs.</p> Truck driving no longer route to the 'American Dream' <div class="field-deck"> New book argues trucking takes advantage of new and naïve drivers </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>The trucking industry often takes advantage of new drivers and thrusts them into an unsustainable employment cycle resulting in dissatisfied workers, massive turnover and chronic labor shortages, according to a forthcoming book. Truck driving, once a way to climb the nation&#39;s economic ladder, now has fallen short of that promise, says Stephen Viscelli, author of <em>The Big Rig: Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream.</em></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Driver Management Resource Center News Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:16:00 +0000 183841 at <p>Book author argues trucking industry is &quot;unfair&quot; to drivers at every stage of their career. (<em>Photo by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</em>)</p> How one fleet saved millions by managing its assets <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>FORT LAUDERDALE. Air Products and Chemicals began working with Fleet Advantage about three years ago. Since then, <a href="" target="_blank"><u>Air Products</u></a> reports it has saved millions of dollars in operating expenses.</p> <p>Air Products, which provides atmospheric and process gases and related equipment to manufacturing markets, operates a fleet comprising 500 day tractors, 100 sleep tractors, 85 micro-bulk tanker units, 2,000 tractors, and 400 light-duty pickup trucks.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:44:00 +0000 183811 at <p>Tim Tulio, strategic sourcing manager for Air Products, shares data regarding the cost savings his fleet achieved over the last three years via improvements in data analysis. (<em>Photo by Cristina Commendatore/Fleet Owner</em>)</p> U.S. and Canadian Class 8 deliveries dip in January <div class="field-deck"> But medium-duty sales see an upswing, WardsAuto reports </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Class 8 deliveries in January dropped in the U.S. and Canada during the first month of 2016, though U.S. Class 8 sales remained at near-record highs, while sales of Class 4-7 medium-duty in the U.S. witnessed a strong uptick, with a more mild increase experienced in the Canadian market, according to data tracked by WardsAuto.</p> <p>Heavy truck deliveries came to 15,949 units in the first month of 2016 or 0.5% lower than the same month last year, WardsAuto said, though those numbers represent a nine-year high for Class 8 sales in January, excluding the 17,373 units sold in 2015.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Thu, 11 Feb 2016 20:29:00 +0000 183801 at New president tapped for UPS Freight <div class="field-deck"> Rich McArdle to take the reins at LTL carrier in June </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Change is coming to the executive suite at UPS Freight, with Rich McArdle slated to take over the chief executive duties at the LTL carrier in June when Jack Holmes, the carrier&rsquo;s current president, officially retires.</p> <p>McArdle began his UPS career in 1982 as a part-time employee and in 1985 served with a UPS team that initiated international air service between the U.S. and Europe before going on to develop air service expansion plans to Canada, Japan, Southeast Asia and Central America.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Thu, 11 Feb 2016 19:48:00 +0000 183791 at