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Expert to outline workplace issues

Attorney R. Eddie Wayland will discuss employment law during the first day of the Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference in Dallas.

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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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Truckers Helper now available for fleets

Truckers Helper Online has released the Online Fleet Edition, which offers the basic functionality found in the stand-alone program, with an added payroll module. The application helps manage a fleet with everything from booking the load to paying drivers. The program also offers automatic mileage entry using the trucking specific ProMiles routing engine, fuel optimization, log compliance, and other features. Truckers Helper is available for $24.95 per month for the first two users, $14.95 per ...

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Driver appreciation campaign to award cash, rinds, duct tape

Rudolph Foods, manufacturer of pork rinds, and ShurTech Brands, makers of Duck brand duct tape, will celebrate National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Sept. 16-22, with an eight-week campaign and a video contest. Truckers are invited to record videos filling in the phrase “Three things I always keep in my truck: a bag of pork rinds, a roll of Duck Tape, and _____.” A pork rind and duct tape prize pack and $1,500 will be awarded ...

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Peterbilt 579 gets SmartWay designation

Peterbilt announced its new 579 model has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay designation. The model meets the program’s established set of fuel-saving, low-emission equipment specifications for new Class 8 long-haul tractors and trailers. The model features an aerodynamic styling, a new interior, vehicle system enhancements like optimal an chassis system to reduce noise and vibration and integrated powertrain configurations. Visit Peterbilt's site for more.

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