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Mid-America roundup: Concept truck, driver hero, OEM updates top 2014 show

Though lighter than usual on major announcements, the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., last week still produced some highlights. Here is a roundup of some of the noteworthy and popular items from the show

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Transparent ‘new deal’ for independents using brokers?

How might more rate transparency in broker/owner-operator negotiations help drivers all throughout the industry? DOTAuthority.com/AIPBA's James Lamb believes quite a lot...

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MATS New Entrant listening session yields new ideas

Among voluminous thoughts on New Entrant testing, responding to commentary from owner-operator Michael Potwin Anne Ferro revealed that the agency's plan to downgrade adjudicated citations' violation weight in the CSA system could be in place as early as this summer.

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TA and Petro announce seven Citizen Driver Awards

TravelCenters of America, operator of TA and Petro Stopping Center facilities, announced its first annual Citizen Driver Award recipients today at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., to recognize drivers who evoke respect for the industry.  "You've inspired pride and respect in the trucking industry by your actions and your attitudes," said Barry Richards, executive vice president.  As part of the selection process, each driver picked his or her favorite TA or Petro Stopping Center location, ...

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Trail King introduces all-aluminum step deck

Trail King introduced a prototype All-Aluminum Center Frame Step Deck trailer Friday at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. The new TK80AACS features superior corrosion resistance, all-aluminum framing, armor-coated landing gear and zinc-plated steel components as standards, the company says. The AACS is lightweight yet durable, with a low deck height designed to accommodate taller payloads with multiple cargo load configurations, said Rick Farris, vice president of sales and marketing. “This is a forward-thinking design that sets ...

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Kenworth offers natural gas option for T680

Later this year, Kenworth Truck Company will offer a natural gas option for its fuel-efficient T680, the company announced Wednesday at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. “Our customers find it very appealing to be able to choose cost-efficient natural gas combined with the fuel-saving aerodynamics of the Kenworth T680,” says Andy Douglas, Kenworth national sales manager for specialty markets. “This important expansion of our T680 product line will provide customers in various applications with ...

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Michelin X ONE tops 2 million tires sold; new trailer tire introduced

Less than four years after topping one million Michelin X One tire sales, Michelin Americas Truck Tires has reached the two million mark in North America, the company said Thursday in a presentation at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Michelin marked the occasion by introducing new innovations for the X One lineup that includes the Michelin X One Line Energy T tire and the Michelin X One Line Energy T Pre-Mold™ Retread. “Since the introduction of the X ...

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Eaton inks deals with Paccar, Volvo

Eaton has expanded its truck transmission offerings with Paccar and Volvo, the company announced Thursday at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

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Agency publishes logging device rule, taking public comment for 60 days

FMCSA's electronic logging device mandate proposal has been published in the Federal Register, and the agency will accept public comment on the proposed rule until May 27.

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Goodyear Highway Hero risked life at burning tanker wreck

When he came upon another trucker who had fallen from a burning tanker truck that was hanging over the side of a freeway overpass, Ivan Vasovic sprang into action. For risking his life to save the driver, Vasovic today accepted the 31st Goodyear North America Highway Hero Award during the Mid-America Trucking Show. He received $5,000, a trophy and a ring from Goodyear. The three other finalists, Tim Horton, Brian Dunn and Scott Rosenberg, received $2,500 each. Vasovic ...

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