Overdrive Staff

Eaton enhances split shaft PTO for UltraShift Plus

Eaton said it has expanded the company’s lineup of UltraShift Plus automated transmissions for vocational applications through enhanced split shaft power take-off capabilities that allow for transmission gear selection and clutch control outside of a vehicle’s cab. The company said that eliminating the need for operators to enter and exit the cab to change transmission gears helps enhance jobsite efficiency and reduce fatigue. Based on vehicle application and body builder design, the transmission also allows ...

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Onspot’s GSA contract renewed

Onspot of North America, a provider of automatic tire chains, announced that its General Services Administration contract has been renewed for another five years. Onspot’s automatic tire chains are designed to allow the operator to engage and disengage tire chains with a dashboard switch without stopping, enhancing traction and braking in snow and ice while remaining productive. Under the GSA contract, Onspot supplies its devices to the Army, Navy, Air Force and National Parks and Recreation Department, ...

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Two more e-log makers update software to reflect restart rollback

The VDO RoadLog ELD and the iGlobal ELOG are the latest to receive updates to account for December's suspension of certain hours-of-service provisions.

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Fleet news roundup: Teamsters lose votes at FedEx, Werner adds Freedom fleet driver

FedEx announced more of its drivers have rejected Teamsters affiliation, while Werner named an Army vet the driver of one of its Operation Freedom military-themed trucks.

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Uptime: Mack TerraPro pumpers get GuardDog support standard option

Mack Trucks offering the GuardDog Connect integrated telematics solution standard on Mack TerraPro concrete pumper models, ordered as of April 2015.

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Mack offering special financing for veterans

Mack Financial Services has announced that it will again be offering returning veterans special financing terms for new Mack commercial vehicles in 2015.

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Wal-Mart’s private fleet settles wrongful death suit from Tracy Morgan crash

The crash ignited a debate among lawmakers about hours-of-service rules, as it came just after the Senate's initial move to suspend certain provisions of the 2013 HOS rule. Wal-Mart has now reached a civil settlement with the family of one of the victim's in the crash.

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Kenworth T880 picks up Truck of the Year honors from ATD

The Kenworth T880 was named the American Truck Dealers’ Commercial Truck of the Year this weekend at the ATD Convention and Expo in San Francisco, besting the the Peterbilt 567 and the International WorkStar 7600.

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Fraudulent CDL exam scheme used cameras, Bluetooth pencils, DOT reports

The DOT announced recently that three people in New York have pleaded guilty to charges in a scheme in which test takers were provided answers to CDL examinations during the tests using equipment like cameras and Bluetooth pencils.

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KW of all trades

This 2010 Kenworth W900 works by day hauling items like lumber, steel, machinery and even the occasional monster truck. It also, however, has moonlighted hauling airliner fuselage for the TV show “Grim” and “has been spotted in several parades across Oergeon in support of our great nation and the troops,” says Josh Nye.

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