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Infographic: ATA makes plea to Congress for higher fuel taxes, better highways

Inflation, better fuel economy and increased costs of labor and construction “have eroded…the purchasing power” of the Highway Trust Fund, ATA says, adding that increasing fuel taxes would help mitigate the revenue shortfall. Infographic included.

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Trucking groups on FMCSA’s crash accountability study: Incomplete data in CSA still inexcusable

NASTC, ATA, OOIDA and most readers lodge displeasure with FMCSA's crash-fault analysis, while some readers suggest the feds may have it right in reticence to rely on police reports to assess fault.

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Driver pay: Survey shows truck operators prefer percentage pay over mileage, hourly packages

Survey says: Truck operators who receive pay based on a percentage split are generally more satisfied with their jobs than those who are paid based on hourly or mileage pay, according to survey results released this week.

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PDA Xpress designed to speed up accident appraisals

Property Damage Appraisers, a national network of vehicle damage appraisers, has launched PDA Xpress, a solution designed to turn customers’ smartphones into fast easy-to-use estimate tools that lighten adjusters’ workloads and help manage estimates. The company says PDA Xpress increases efficiency, decreases cycle time and helps adjusters close claims quicker, making it suitable for commercial heavy-duty and medium-duty trucks and trailers, as well as other heavy equipment. PDA says that in cases where extensive damage occurs and ...

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Penske Used Trucks opens 3 new dealerships

Penske Used Trucks has doubled its commercial truck dealership footprint in North America, introducing centers in Dallas, metro Atlanta and Ontario. The company now has six locations including Phoenix; Torrance, Calif.; and Charlotte, N.C. Here are local details: • Dallas: 4415 Irving Blvd.; Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon; 972-728-4209. • Conyers, Ga.: 1481 Dogwood Drive S.W.; Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; 770-483-5263. • Mississauga, Ontario: 1610 Enterprise Road, Unit B; Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; 905-696-7775.

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Eaton enhances split shaft PTO for UltraShift Plus

Eaton said it has expanded the company’s lineup of UltraShift Plus automated transmissions for vocational applications through enhanced split shaft power take-off capabilities that allow for transmission gear selection and clutch control outside of a vehicle’s cab. The company said that eliminating the need for operators to enter and exit the cab to change transmission gears helps enhance jobsite efficiency and reduce fatigue. Based on vehicle application and body builder design, the transmission also allows ...

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Onspot’s GSA contract renewed

Onspot of North America, a provider of automatic tire chains, announced that its General Services Administration contract has been renewed for another five years. Onspot’s automatic tire chains are designed to allow the operator to engage and disengage tire chains with a dashboard switch without stopping, enhancing traction and braking in snow and ice while remaining productive. Under the GSA contract, Onspot supplies its devices to the Army, Navy, Air Force and National Parks and Recreation Department, ...

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Two more e-log makers update software to reflect restart rollback

The VDO RoadLog ELD and the iGlobal ELOG are the latest to receive updates to account for December's suspension of certain hours-of-service provisions.

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Craig Ryan’s 1965 International CO4000: Lookback photos, more

Craig Ryan gives a personal account of his brief time trucking leased to Dart and otherwise hauling bees in the 70s and shares photos of his 1965 International CO4000 cabover.

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Fleet news roundup: Teamsters lose votes at FedEx, Werner adds Freedom fleet driver

FedEx announced more of its drivers have rejected Teamsters affiliation, while Werner named an Army vet the driver of one of its Operation Freedom military-themed trucks.

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