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Fleets choose Transflo Mobile+ to ease driver workflow

Pegasus TransTech, a mobile and business process automation provider, signed three new clients to its Transflo Mobile+ application. MGR Freight System, Classic Carriers and Page Transportation are adding Mobile+ to their business processes, integrating load details, messaging and driver validation capabilities into their workflows. Pegasus TransTech recently designed a new portal to enable clients to personalize the way information is presented to commercial drivers. Clients can use self-service functionality to manage video notifications, ensuring drivers have ...

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Peterbilt adds auto-start to no-idle system

Peterbilt enhanced its SmartAir no-idle system with new auto-start technology that helps keep both the main and auxiliary batteries charged while running the air-conditioning system and using electric-powered devices. Auto-start is available as a factory-installed option on Model 579s equipped with SmartAir and either a 72- or 80-inch sleeper.

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National Seating offers RollTek safety system

RollTek’s side roll airbag protection system now is available on the National Seating platform. A sensor located under the seat is engineered for continuous monitoring of the vehicle’s angular position and activates when it detects an imminent rollover, deploying side-roll airbags, tightening the safety belt and lowering the seat. Peterbilt recently announced that its on-highway Model 579 and vocational Model 567 now offers RollTek’s safety protection system integrated with the company’s Atlas II driver seats. The Atlas ...

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Super Service offers new lease-purchase program

Super Service rolled out a new lease-purchase program that provides owner-operators the ability to acquire their own truck with no money down and no credit check. Contractors for the regional and dedicated truckload carrier can choose from a variety of tractors, including Peterbilt, Volvo, International and Freightliner, and they also can select their own compensation plans, providing them with added control over their business. Super Service says it offers all owner-operators a 100 percent fuel surcharge, ...

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Fleetmaster Express boosts pay for regional drivers

Fleetmaster Express announced a pay increase for its regional drivers of more than 14 percent. The Roanoke, Va.-based company says it also recently enhanced its detention pay, holiday pay and 401(k) program, and also offers an incentive bonus plan, holiday and vacation pay and bonuses for driver referrals and U.S. Department of Transportation inspections. Drivers can expect no-touch and no hazmat freight, weekly settlements and quality home time. Fleetmaster also offers local and dedicating hauling opportunities.

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Transport America acquires stake in Optimal Freight

Transport America, an Eagan, Minn.-based truckload carrier and TransForce subsidiary, acquired a majority stake in Chicago-based Optimal Freight, a privately held nonasset-based truckload freight brokerage company that provides services throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Optimal Freight manages the requirements, capabilities and freight patterns of shippers and carriers to create solutions designed to maximize productivity and cost efficiency. Transport America said the acquisition, terms of which were not disclosed, expands its capabilities to create solutions ...

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Equipment Spotlight: LEDs

Today’s LED lights offer clear advantages for truckers when driving, parked or under the hood. Finely tuned light-emitting chips provide enhanced colors, enhancing visibility. Although LED lights cost more, the return on investment is greater due to longer lifespan. In addition, they remain almost as bright at the end of their service lives as at the beginning while drawing less energy. In the cab, that means more amperage to recharge batteries or run auxiliary systems. Kiser’s Safety ...

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Peterbilt offers rollover protection as 579, 567 option

Peterbilt’s flagship on-highway Model 579 and vocational Model 567 now offers RollTek’s safety protection system integrated with the company’s Atlas II driver seats. A sensor located under the seat is engineered for continuous monitoring of the vehicle’s angular position and activates when it detects an imminent rollover, deploying side-roll airbags, tightening the safety belt and lowering the seat. The Atlas II seat with the RollTek system is a factory-installed option fully integrated with the truck’s electrical and ...

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CVSA awards Con-way Freight driver for excellence

Ross Reynolds, a Con-way Freight driver based at the company’s terminal in Tucson, Ariz., was named the winner of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s first International Driver Excellence Award, a new annual award that recognizes individuals who go above and beyond the performance of their duties as a commercial vehicle driver. Reynolds, who has driven more than 2 million miles over nearly 40 years without an accident, has been driving trucks since 1978 and has spent ...

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Kane Is Able buys new Kenworth T680s

Kane Is Able Inc., a Scranton, Pa.-based third-party logistics provider, purchased 30 new Kenworth T680 trucks powered by the fuel-efficient Paccar MX-13 engine. The T680 has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay designation. “We know these trucks are more reliable for Kane and our customers, more comfortable for our drivers, cleaner for the environment and safer for everyone,” said Lawrence Catanzaro, senior transportation director.

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