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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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Mack Trucks adding focus on highway market

Fuel efficiency and uptime remain top priorities for Mack Trucks, and will help the company increase its market share in the highway market, officials said today at the Mid- America Trucking Show. The company has hired more sales staff and begun special training to help dealerships sell long-haul trucks, said Stephen Roy, president of Mack Trucks North American sales and marketing. However, the company will continue building its core segments of refuse, regional and construction, he ...

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Navistar develops, improves technologies to improve uptime

Technologies aimed at maximizing vehicle uptime while offering customers more options and control were the topics discussed by Navistar Inc. leaders Thursday during the company’s annual press event at the Mid-America Trucking Show. The offerings – OnCommand Connection, Diamond Logic and fully automatic and automated manual transmissions – are designed to make vehicles more fuel efficient, safer, capable and more productive. “We are thinking harder about the role of new technologies to help customers every day while ...

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Alcoa rolls out new, lighter aluminum wheel at MATS

Amid a lot of fanfare and anticipation, Alcoa rolled out a new, lighter aluminum wheel at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., Thursday. The new Ultra ONE can shed upward of 1,400 pounds from an 18-wheeler fully equipped with what Tim Myers, President, Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products, calls the lightest heavy duty wheel in the world. Alcoa’s new 40-pound wheel is 47 percent lighter than steel wheels of the same size, and five ...

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OOIDA’s Spencer: Driver treatment a key element in ‘driver image’

Driver image is a two-sided issue, OOIDA's Todd Spencer said: Part of image, he says, in addition to what the public and trucking outsiders think, is also what truck drivers think of themselves.

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Daimler brands display ‘star power’ at MATS

From show-stopping tie-ins to Optimus Prime, NASCAR and tire-smoking tractors, to more mundane matters such as fuel efficiency improvements and automated transmission sales, Daimler Trucks North America used its press preview hour at the Mid-America Trucking Show to highlight a wide range of industry-leading products from the company’s various brands – and to hint at more to come. Among the more interesting items, and a likely crowd favorite when the doors officially open Thursday, Daimler’s Western ...

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Heil returns to stainless steel tanker market

After a 15 year absence, trailer manufacturer Heil is again manufacturing and selling stainless steel tanker trailers for general chemical hauling applications. The new line of tankers consists of four different application-based models including a round/double conical model, a dry bulk model, a stainless steel round/double conical design and a carbon steel round cryogenic trailer. Heil says the new trailers are highly adaptable for a variety of applications including an easy-to-clean 1611 trailer model. Other features Heil has ...

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Cummins announces new technology focus and vehicle telematics system

If you hold press credentials for the Mid-America Truck Show in Louisville, KY, then the traditional kickoff event for the show is always a dinner hosted by Cummins the evening before press days begin. This year, Cummins used the opportunity to showcase several new products targeting fuel economy and fleet efficiency enhancements. According to Jennifer Rumsey, Vice President of Cummins' heavy-duty, mid-range engine businesses, for the past several years, Cummins has been focused on meeting sequenced Federal ...

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Meritor WABCO to release ProView performance management system in May 2014

Meritor WABCO is working with SmartDrive Systems to develop what the company bills as the commercial vehicle industry’s most comprehensive and efficient performance management system. Designed to help fleets improve safety and operational efficiency, ProView Powered by SmartDrive will be available starting in May 2014. “By offering video and data analytics and delivering critical event video content fast, fleets can identify and significantly reduce potentially dangerous situations,” says Jon Morrison, president and general manager for ...

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