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Spot market gains in the last week — dry van, reefer at record volumes

Up, up, up: Spot market volumes hit an all-time high on the top 100 van lanes last week. And at $1.94 per mile, the national van rate is the highest it’s been in two and a half years – 16 cents higher than the overall August average.

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ELD provider measuring driver ‘anticipation’ performance

Blue Tree Systems' new 'Anticipation' feature measures the gap between acceleration and brake usage, and is intended to provide operators a window into their brake usage to reduction wear and tear on brakes and operate more efficiently and safely.

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Bendix system aims to prevent truck rollaways

The Intellipark system is an electronic parking brake that automatically engages truck and trailer air brakes if a driver forgets to and exits the vehicle, leaving the truck vulnerable to rollaways. Bendix says 60 percent of fleets surveyed in a Frost & Sullivan survey said they had experienced a rollaway incident within the previous two years.

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Allison to bring 9-speed transmission to market by 2020

Allison Transmission announced it will release a nine-speed fully automatic transmission for medium- and heavy-duty vehicle markets around the globe by 2020, ahead of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Phase 2 greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards.

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CFI driver recognized for helping fellow driver who had stroke, fell out of truck

Efferson saw a driver on the ground under a truck, ran over to see if the driver was still alive and found him conscious. At this point, she stayed by the man’s side to keep him calm until medics arrived. She soon learned the man had suffered a stroke, which caused him to fall out of his truck.

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FMCSA doles out $70M for driver training entities

Grants were awarded to states to fund commercial vehicle safety efforts and CDL training, while some commercial driver training schools received grants to help train military veterans to drive trucks.

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OOIDA, ATA say they intend to work with bureaucrat Martinez, Trump’s pick for FMCSA head

Longtime bureaucrat Ray Martinez has little experience dealing directly with the trucking industry. But the country's three most prominent trucking trade groups say they intend to work with Martinez on the industry's most pressing regulatory issues.

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Electric truck, integrated powertrain on deck for Navistar-Volkswagen partnership

Top executives at Navistar and Volkswagen announced Tuesday joint initiatives planned for the coming years, including a proprietary integrated powertrain for the North American market. The companies also said they plan to introduce an electric truck by the end of 2019. Navistar also plans to develop a big-bore 15-liter engine in conjunction Volkswagen for use in International Trucks.

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Transflo’s ELD/telematics partnership with EFS

Under the terms of the agreement, EFS adds Transflo Telematics and its electronic logging device to its portfolio of data, payment, and compliance solutions for the transportation industry. A unique purchase method offers a digital coupon and in-store Pilot Flying J pickup.

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National Coffee Day: Pilot Flying J, Love’s running promotions Sept. 29

Coffee lovers are in for a treat Sept. 29 as truck stops offer free and discounted coffee in celebration of National Coffee Day.

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