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Progressive expands coverage

Progressive Insurance has expanded its commercial auto product, including its truck cargo coverage, which now includes owned goods and an increased coverage limit of up to $250 thousand. It's also added refrigeration breakdown coverage.  Also new are a customer loyalty program that offers better benefits, accident forgiveness, specialized claims service and minor violation forgiveness. Package highlights also include pet injury coverage (up to $1,000 for pets injured while riding), financed value coverage and temporary substitute auto ...

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Rand McNally announces upgraded PC, nav units

Rand McNally announced this week the launch of its TruckPC 7600, which has a new hardware design and upgrades for its mobile communication fleet management system. The map and navigation company said it also cut the price to under $1,200 and reduced the size of the mounted box. The new box is one-third the size of the prior generation, allowing it to be installed in various locations in the front or back of the cab. The ...

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Improved side skirt

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company, manufacturer of refrigerated trailers, dry freight vans, flatbeds and Tautliner curtainsided trailers, has announced enhancements to its USS-120A side skirt. The product is also securely bolted by a “spring” attachment to the support leg wingplate, which will allow enough of the forward edge of the material to engage the slip joint. To improve the durability of the product, galvanized high-tensile steel braces that connect to the side skirt’s cross-members have been ...

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Peterbilt to host customer experience events

Peterbilt Motors Company will host several events throughout 2012 aimed at giving customers firsthand experience of the company’s product lineup and Paccar manufacturing facilities. Customers will have the option of test driving different vehicles and the ability to speak with company representatives about the products. The events will be held at various Peterbilt and Paccar facilities across the U.S. and Canada. For a full schedule of events, visit Peterbilt's site.

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Mack launches Bulldog Magazine app

Mack Trucks announced the launch of an iPad and iPhone app for its Bulldog Magazine, a 45,000 circulation quarterly publication which has been published since 1920. The app will be available for download free of charge through the Apple iTunes store and will provide readers with the ease of reading the publication from their smartphone or device. Readers with the app will be notified when subsequent issues are published. For more information, download the app or ...

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EPA sets retreaded-tire standard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is utilizing a Yokohama Tire Corporation commercial truck tire casing to establish a SmartWay verification program for retreaded tires used on Class 8 line-haul trucks. Following certification of a retreaded tire, fleets using the tires will be compliant with CARB regulations for tire rolling resistance. All retreads will be measured against a target number for rolling resistance and will be used for all treads with conventional-width tires used in dual ...

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Industry groups challenge FMCSA statement on SMS

The Alliance for Safe, Efficient and Competitive Truck Transportation and 12 other plaintiffs filed suit against the FMCSA on one of its publications.

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Log book inspections put 366 drivers out of service

Concentrated inspections at four locations on Oregon’s portion of Interstate 5 placed 26 percent of inspected drivers out of service.

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I-64 ramp to close at I-55/70 in E. St. Louis

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that the ramp from westbound I-64 to eastbound I-55/70 in east St. Louis will be closed to all traffic due to construction beginning Monday, July 23, 2012, weather permitting. All traffic will be detoured around this area using I-255 to I-55/70. The work is expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2013. For more information, call 618-346-3353.

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Former Randall-Reilly editor Max Kvidera dies in accident

The trucking industry is mourning the death of longtime trucking/business journalist Max Kvidera.

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