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SmartDrive releases two new driver safety telematics offerings

SmartDrive Systems announced the release of SmartSense for Speeding for Conditions and SmartSense for Sitting Duck, new intelligent driver-assist offerings. According to the company, SmartSense for Speeding for Conditions helps fleets alert drivers so they can avoid driving too fast in poor weather or road conditions; while SmartSense for Sitting Duck assists drivers who may

ACT Research: June truck orders approach a return to normal

According to ACT Research’s latest numbers, May and June commercial vehicle orders have returned to something closer to life as usual, following the shutdowns of March and April. “A survey of the current business landscape shows a picture of intensifying cross-currents, with an uncertain outcome,” said Kenny Vieth, ACT Research’s president and senior analyst. “On

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Preliminary used Class 8 data shows YTD sales flat

Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) grew 54% month-over-month in June, according to the latest preliminary numbers from ACT Research. Longer-term, volumes rose 6% compared to June 2019, but were flat when measured against the first six months of last year. Other data released in ACT’s preliminary report included month-over-month comparisons for June

Volvo Trucks North America talks electrification, the truck market, and redesigned trucks

It’s certainly been an odd time to be in the trucking industry (or any industry, really), but nonetheless Volvo Trucks North America has made plenty of headlines this summer. Among them: redesigns of its VHD vocational model and its VAH auto hauling truck; offering of its uptime services package free to customers; and, in April,

FMCSA extends HOS emergency declaration until Aug. 14

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is continuing the extension of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002, which gives commercial motor vehicle drivers responding to COVID-19 relief from hours of service regulations. This extension continues the exemption granted from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) through Aug. 14. Emergency Declaration

Volvo Trucks adds free uptime services package extension

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Volvo Trucks North America is extending the coverage period for its Volvo Trucks Uptime Services support bundle at no cost through the end of the year, or for a minimum of three months (whichever is longer). The free program extension is retroactive and available on all Volvo Trucks North America models

The engine impact on furloughed trucks that are ready to start

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a story of two extremes—some fleets have been running harder than ever delivering essential goods and other fleets have had to park their trucks. As states across the country reopen and business starts picking up, the maintenance needs of your furloughed trucks should be taken into consideration.

Heavy-, medium-duty truck orders rebound in June

According to the numbers from both ACT Research and FTR, medium- and heavy-duty truck orders saw a rebound in June. ACT Research reports that preliminary North American Class 8 net orders in June were 16,000 units, rising 139% from May, and up 23% from a year-ago comparison. FTR reported preliminary numbers at 15,500 units. The

COVID-19 fuels the digital acceleration of the aftermarket

Adaptability continues to be a key attribute in navigating the Coronavirus pandemic. If your fleet operation spans several states, you’re having to juggle shifting regulations and practices as some states begin to reopen, but social distancing is here to stay for everyone. For suppliers that are used to working hand-in-hand with customers to solve equipment

ACT Research: CV industry looking toward recovery

In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research says it found more to like about the state of the economy today than was visible a month ago, now that U.S. re-opening is underway. “The re-openings that have been occurring since late April represent the first steps in the march toward economy recovery, and

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National Fleet releases portable, vehicle-mounted hand-washing station

National Fleet Products has introduced new portable and vehicle-mounted hand-washing stations. The company says the product design allows water and hand sanitizer to be dispensed virtually anywhere, and application-specific hardware enables units to stand on their own or to be mounted to a variety of vehicles. The black or translucent white water-dispensing tanks come in

Podcast: What new hours of service regulations mean for your trucks’ lifecycles

After FMCSA’s recent revision to the rules, you may be wondering how the soon-to-be-implemented hours of service regulations will impact your trucks. If you’re a regional haul fleet, you’ll have more opportunities to run them, so what does this mean for the trucks’ lifecycles? To answer this, FE spoke with Jim Griffin, COO and CTO

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