Overdrive Staff

Automatic transmissions: Key to the future of the industry?

With fleets' difficulty finding drivers these days, could greater acceptance of automatics boost the ranks of capable, qualified drivers among younger populations without sacrificing the training benefits of manuals?

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Con-way Freight enhances pay package

Con-way Freight, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based less-than-truckload company, this week announced it was increasing its pay rates to be competitive for each of its geographic markets and also reducing the time it takes for drivers to reach the top pay scale to three years from their hire date. Both enhancements take effect Jan. 4. The Teamsters recently had its first success at Con-way after drivers and dock workers at the company’s terminal in Laredo, Texas, on ...

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Transtex touts latest trailer skirt

Transtex Composite this week touted its news ezEdge three-panel modular trailer skirt was developed for aftermarket installation without requiring special tools. The skirt is engineered to save users up to 7.3 percent in fuel costs. For more information, go to www.edgeskirts.com.

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Con-way Truckload beefs up tuition reimbursement program

Con-way Truckload announced it is enhancing its tuition reimbursement program to help professional drivers entering the industry pay for school, effective immediately. The Joplin, Mo.-based company said the program will provide students currently attending or enrolling in a professional driving school with up to $4,000 in tuition reimbursement to earn a commercial driver’s license and will provide a full-time position upon graduation. “Professional truck drivers are essential to our nation’s economy, and with the current driver ...

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Dana Spicer’s AdvanTek 40 available on Peterbilt heavy-duty models

Peterbilt Motors Co. announced that Dana Spicer’s AdvanTek 40 tandem drive axle now is available for all of its heavy-duty truck models, including Models 587, 579, 567, 389, 384, 382, 367, 365, 348 and 320. Peterbilt said the AdvanTek’s efficient axle design and gearing, combined with an optimized integration with the truck maker’s chassis, can improve fuel efficiency by up to 2 percent. Peterbilt said that by using AdvanTek, customers also can realize additional savings through ...

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Envirolution provides fuel system cleaner update

Envirolution recently took a few moments to update Overdrive on the company’s Diesel Fuel System Cleaning Equipment designed for light- to heavy-duty diesel fuel systems for enhanced fuel efficiency. The double-filtration system is engineered to interrupt diesel fuel flow for cleaning and to loop back automatically to diesel fuel flow when service is complete; it also helps prevent air pockets. The compact, portable unit is designed for easy hookup and offers onboard diagnostics with direct injector technology ...

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Per freshly signed state law, Calif. to test feasibility of mileage tax

California Gov. Jerry Brown Oct. 3 signed legislation into law that will allow the state to implement a pilot program to test whether charging a road usage fee -- or mileage-based tax -- could effectively replace fuel taxes as the primary means to fund highways and road projects.

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Trucking employment continues to climb, sees solid gain in Sept.

Trucking employment in the for-hire trucking industry saw a healthy jump in September, gaining 3,800 jobs from the month prior, according to the Labor Department's monthly report. Trucking’s gains were in line with the economy as a whole, which added 248,000 non-farm jobs in the month and the country’s unemployment rate fell to 5.9 percent — the lowest since July 2008.

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Pilot offering free showers for fuel purchases

Pilot Flying J announced this week it is offering free daily showers to all drivers who pump more than 500 gallons of fuel in a month.

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Volvo halts natural gas due to market demands

Volvo announced this week it is placing on hold its plans to launch a compression-ignited liquefied natural gas engine in North America, saying it is adapting its plans to the pace of the alt fuel market in the U.S. and Canada.

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