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FMCSA announces proposed improvements to its Safety Measurement System

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced proposed changes to its Safety Measurement System (SMS) to reduce and prevent crashes. According to the administration, the SMS uses data from roadside inspections, crash reports, and investigations to identify and prioritize for intervention the motor carriers that pose the greatest risk to safety. As part of

What new hours of service regulations mean for you

Recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published its final rule updating hours of service (HOS) rules. FMCSA’s final rule on hours of service offers four revisions to the existing HOS rules, which are as follows: Flexibility has been added for the 30-minute break rule by requiring a break after 8 hours of consecutive

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Volvo saves money with ‘energy treasure hunt’

Volvo Group North America recently conducted an “energy treasure hunt” at its Charlotte, North Carolina, remanufacturing facility, identifying energy savings equivalent to 15% of the site’s utility expenditures.

Volvo facilities report improved energy performance

Volvo Group North America improved its energy performance at 14 of its U.S. facilities by 17.5% since Volvo re-pledged the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge in 2014 to reduce energy consumption by 25% in 10 years, the company says.

Daimler Trucks North America pledges support for EPA Cleaner Truck Initiative

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has announced support for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s recently announced Cleaner Truck Initiative. DTNA says that it strongly supports the EPA’s initiative to streamline regulatory requirements and improve air quality, while maintaining a regulatory framework that encourages reliable, durable products with low total cost of ownership (TCO). The company cites

Outgoing ATA chairman goes over the association’s plans for this year and next

Dave Manning, chairman of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), has only a few short weeks left in that role until a new chairman is chosen at the ATA Management Conference and Exhibition (MCE), Oct. 27-31. As Manning closes in on the end of his tenure, he went over seven major issues that ATA is prioritizing,

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Steering shaft assembly issues prompt Freightliner recall

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has announced a recall on select Freightliner 108SD, 114SD, and Business Class M2 vehicles. The steering shaft assembly of the affected vehicles may have been installed incorrectly, potentially leading to a loss of control. The full recall notice appears below: Incorrectly Installed Steering Shaft Assembly A loss of connection

SambaSafety prepares new CSA Scorecard

SambaSafety, a provider of driver risk management solutions in North America, has announced the development of a new CSA Scorecard, which will soon be available to customers. The company began testing the Item Response Theory (IRT) methodology for the CSA Fast Act Score Model two years before its planned release by the Federal Motor Carrier

Ford recalling 2 million trucks over unsafe over potentially fire-causing seat belts

  Ford is recalling about 2 million F-150 pickups over seatbelts that can spark and cause fires, the AP reports. The recall covers vehicles from 2015 to 2018 and comes a month after the NHTSA began to investigate reports of fires in the vehicles. The company has acknowledged 23 reports of smoke or fire in

XL’s electrified Ford F-250 earns California Air Resources Board approval

XL announced it has received approval from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to sell hybrid electric Ford F-250 pickup trucks in California. According to the company, upfitting the 2018 Ford F-250 with the XLH hybrid electric system can lead to as much as a 25% improvement in fuel efficiency, along with accompanying reductions in CO2 emissions. “The

Agility Fuel Solutions receives CARB approval for 6.0L natural gas engine

Agility Fuel Solutions has received California Air Resources Board (CARB) certifications for its natural gas-powered engine. The Agility 366NGTM, a General Motors 6.0L engine with an Agility natural gas fuel system, is certified to meet the CARB Optional Low NOx Emissions Standards and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards. Agility also received CARB Heavy-Duty On-Board Diagnostics (HD-OBD)

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Safety Management Systems launches Fleet360 compliance solution

Safety Management Systems Inc. (SMS), an EHS and regulatory compliance provider, announced the launch of Fleet360, a scalable, compliance and EHS Solution for any size fleet. The launch of Fleet360, which focuses predominately on DOT Compliance, joins SMS’s EHS OSHA software—SMS360 as an affordable solution for small and mid-sized businesses to manage risk. Fleet360 includes

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