Equipment

Top stories of 2015, Part 1: 1970s trucking, owner-operator pay, suicide by truck, med cert changes and more

Counting down the year's top stories: a look back at the states with the toughest hours enforcement, trucking in the 1970s, the U.S.' first road-legal autonomous truck, owner-operator pay figures and more.

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Peterbilt adds auto-start to no-idle system

Peterbilt enhanced its SmartAir no-idle system with new auto-start technology that helps keep both the main and auxiliary batteries charged while running the air-conditioning system and using electric-powered devices. Auto-start is available as a factory-installed option on Model 579s equipped with SmartAir and either a 72- ...

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National Seating offers RollTek safety system

RollTek’s side roll airbag protection system now is available on the National Seating platform. A sensor located under the seat is engineered for continuous monitoring of the vehicle’s angular position and activates when it detects an imminent rollover, deploying side-roll airbags, tightening the safety belt ...

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Doonan’s new drop deck/boat trailer design

The design of a niche series of 48-foot by 102-inch Black Gold Dropdeck trailers encompasses a 10-foot top deck, V–type cross-members and a 5-foot rear pull-out extension for boat, deck freight hauling.

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Navistar nears settlement with SEC in emissions-related probe

Navistar International said Thursday the company hopes to pay a fine as part of a settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Navistar posts $184M loss for 2015 FY, fourth straight annual loss

Navistar International Corporation Thursday reported a fourth quarter 2015 net loss of $50 million, an improvement of $22 million from a fourth quarter 2014.

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The new cost of e-log compliance and FMCSA’s denial of small business exemption

Following a comment dust-up over the real costs of compliance of an ELD mandate, the agency relaxed certain portions of required device spec's in the mandate's ultimate version. But it also blocked attempts at exempting small trucking companies from compliance.

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POLL: Owner-operators, what model year is your truck?

Does your equipment fall under the pre-2000 model year exemption to compliance with the ELD Mandate, released Dec. 10? Do you run engine-connected e-logs already? This poll examines owner-operator preference for older trucks as of today.

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