Overdrive Staff

Continual improvement: Custom ’94 Kenworth

Ken Zeran, an owner-operator leased to STI, thought he wanted a new truck, but soon found that newer isn’t always better.

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Transport America upping driver pay

Transport America has announced it is increasing pay for both current and new drivers. The pay increase is for drivers in solo, team, regional and owner-operator divisions, TA says. It goes into effect Sept. 1. The carrier has also lifted its requirement of the for the hazmat endorsement on its Pay for Performance Plan, it says. For owner-operators, the pay increase is 2 cents a mile, TA says. Team drivers will get a 1 cent per mile increase, ...

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Fuel card provider Comdata bought for $3.45B

Fleet, virtual card and gift card payment system service Comdata has been sold to FleetCor Technologies from Ceridian LLC for $3.45 billion. The deal is expected to close in December.

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Volvo: 2016 models see fuel efficiency boost from aero, powertrain changes

Volvo Trucks says its 2016 VN series of on-highway tractors has better aerodynamics and a more sophisticated powertrain than current models, both of which it says will push the company’s next line of trucks to better fuel economy.

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Driver awarded $115k, reinstatement in refusal to drive case

An truck driver has been awarded $115,000 in back wages and been reinstated at her former job after the Department of Labor deemed she was wrongfully terminated for refusing to drive.

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Carrier Transicold unveils remote control panel for reefer units

Carrier Transicold says its new APX remote panels add convenience and efficiency for refrigerated transport operations by placing trailer refrigeration controls in locations more easily accessible to operators.

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U.S Xpress raising driver pay

U.S. Xpress says it is increasing its base mileage pay for over-the-road, non-dedicated drivers by an average of 13 percent. Its pay increase goes into effect Aug. 25. The carrier says its pay increases is designed to help recruit new drivers and retain current drivers. It’s also eliminating its sliding pay scale in favor of what it says is a simpler pay structure in which drivers will earn their base mileage pay regardless of the length of ...

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Fitzgerald, Hogebuilt team for Pete fenders, marketing

Fitzgerald Glider Kits announced that Hogebuilt fenders will be featured as its standard option on all of its Peterbilt 389 and 386 truck models.

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Con-way ups driver pay, adds bonus

Con-way Truckload announced it has increased its per-mile pay, increased layover pay and added a new incentive bonus, all of which goes into effect Sept. 7. Con-way says when combined, the compensation changes bring its pay for new-hire experienced drivers to 42.5 cents a mile. The bonus can be earned by reaching certain mileage or continuous employment thresholds, Con-way says, and will be paid as an annual bonus up to 3 cents per mile from the previous ...

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Researchers looking for input on trucking’s top issues

ATRI posted its 2014 Top Industry Issues Survey Aug. 11, and it is asking carriers and other trucking industry stakeholders to rank their top issues of concern for the industry, along with the strategies for addressing them.

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