Fleet Owner Staff

Fleet Owner Staff


Ram Truck improves initial quality by nearly 25%
Ram Truck is touting that it's the industry's most improved truck brand with more than a 24% improvement in initial quality, as judged by J.D. Power, compared with last year's scoring.
Fleetmatics launches LogBook HOS management system for iOS
Commercial truck drivers keeping track of their hours of service (HOS) with Fleetmatics' LogBook system have the option to run it on iOS devices, with the company announcing that availability today.
New legislation aims to repeal federal excise tax on trucks

U.S. Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) introduced a bill this week that seeks to eliminate the 12% federal excise tax or “FET” most heavy-duty trucks, tractors and commercial trailers – a levy the American Truck Dealers (ATD) group claims can add anywhere from $12,000 to $22,000 to the sticker prices for such equipment.

ATA Truck Tonnage Index jumped 6.5% in May

American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 6.5% in May, following a 1.5% decline during April. In May, the index equaled 144.1 (2000=100), up from 135.3 in April.

Compared with May 2016, the SA index increased 4.8%, which was the largest year-over-year gain since November. In April, the index contracted 0.8% on a year-over-year basis. Year-to-date, compared with the same five months in 2016, the index is up 0.9%. For all of 2016, tonnage was up 2.5%.

Webinar: ELD Do’s & Don’ts

As everyone knows, the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate goes into effect Dec. 18 this year. Whether you operate one truck or a fleet of one thousand, your commercial vehicle must have one of these devices onboard for drivers to record their hours of service (HOS) information.

More performance, efficiency for 2018 Ford F-150
Lightweight materials, new engines and a newly available 10-speed automatic transmission up the ante for the 2018 Ford F-150 on performance, capability and efficiency, according to Ford Motor Co.
VMAC launches air compressor for 2017 Ford F-250, F-350
VMAC's Underhood30 air compressor for 2017 Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks is designed to fit with the Ford 6.2L V8 gasoline engine while maintaining the trucks' warranty.
Rotary Lift's new pre-cast, in-ground lift installation saves time, works in any weather
Rotary Lift unveiled what it bills as "a patent-pending installation method for heavy-duty in-ground lifts that drastically reduces installation time and can improve environmental protection."
Crete Carrier raises maximum speed to 65 mph

Crete Carrier Corp. has increased the maximum speed for its truckers in cruise control to 65 mph from 62 mph.

Although Crete and subsidiaries Shaffer Trucking and Hunt Transportation have been limiting speed for safety and fuel economy, the company said improved safety technologies and aerodynamics “have had a major impact on these factors,” the company said in its announcement.

Accuride agrees to buy German maker of steel wheels

Accuride Corp. has reached an agreement to acquire Mefro Wheels, a privately owned supplier of steel wheels to the European and Asian markets based in Solingen, Germany.

Trucker Path obtains $30 million in additional financing

Trucker Path said it has secured an additional $30 million in funding to enhance its financial services to the trucking industry. 

The company launched in 2013 to assist truck drivers in finding available parking spaces. It since has started a freight-matching platform and also offers freight factoring and fuel advances.

Love's opens new travel stop in Wisconsin

Love’s Travel Stops said it has opened a new location in Sheboygan, WI, its sixth in the state.

Located at Interstate 43 and South Business Drive, Exit 120, the travel stop will add about 70 jobs.

 “We are excited to provide services to drivers and residents in this area,” said Greg Love, co-CEO of Love’s. “The store will serve drivers in the Sheboygan area using the freight corridor between Green Bay and Milwaukee.”