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FMCSA Issues Two Narrow ELD Exemptions to All Carriers

Having decided to grant part of a United Parcel Service request for a limited 5-year exemption from some provisions of the electronic logging device mandate, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will now allow all motor carriers — not just UPS — and drivers to make use of two new temporary exemptions from the ELD rule.

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Landi Renzo to Offer Natural Gas 2018 Ford Trucks by April

Landi Renzo is expecting certification from the California Air Resource Board (CARB) to sell natural gas-powered models of several 2018 Ford vehicles, including the E-350 and F-250/F-350 by April 1.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette

GM Reaches Ignition-Switch Settlement With 49 States

The automaker agrees to pay $120 million to resolve state claims associated with the defective ignition switches that spurred 2014 recalls.

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Safety Tip: Reminders for the Time Change

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, Nov. 5. Here's some night driving advice from the National Safety Council and the National Sleep Foundation.

Photo of 2018 Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford F-150 Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

Thanks to optional automatic braking, the pickup truck now qualifies for the prestigious award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Photo of Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls 1.3M Trucks for Door Latches

The recall affects more than 1.3 million 2015-2017 trucks in North America, including 1.1 million in the U.S.

Jeep Compass Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

The award, given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, applies to 2017 Jeep Compass SUVs equipped with optional front crash prevention.

Safety Tip: Avoiding Crashes in Parking Lots

AAA offers advice on how to stay safe and avoid collisions in parking lots.

FMSCA to Exempt Short-Term Truck Rentals from ELD Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is expected to announce on Oct. 11 that it will grant an exemption from being required to use an electronic logging device to “all drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles rented for eight days or less, regardless of reason.”

Screen shot of Chrysler 200 via YouTube.

FCA Recalls 470K SUVs, Sedans for Head Restraints

The recall includes more than 414,000 Jeep Liberty, Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger vehicles in the U.S. in the 2012 and 2013 model years.

Graphic courtesy of ROUSH CleanTech.

ROUSH CleanTech to Offer LPG E-350 Cutaway

ROUSH CleanTech will offer a propane autogas-fueled Ford F-350 single-rear-wheel and dual-rear-wheel cutaway van that can be set up as a delivery truck for food and beverage or parcel delivery fleets, the company announced.

Are Your Drivers Pencil Whipping Their DVIRs?

It’s important for drivers to do a proper walk-around of their vehicles and to complete a driver vehicle inspection report (DVIR) every day. This way, your maintenance provider can be on top of needed repairs before they become catastrophic failures.

Safety Tip: Warning Motorists After a Breakdown

The Kentucky State Police and AAA offer advice on what measures a driver should take to warn other motorists after a vehicle breakdown.

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Gasoline 18 Cents Cheaper Than Month Ago

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded is now 18 cents lower than a month ago, when two hurricanes caused havoc in the Gulf Coast region, according to AAA.

A tow truck operator prepares to tow away a fire-damaged car from a California freeway. Automotive Fleet photo.

Safety Tip: Vehicle Fire Prevention and Response

State Farm offers advice on how to spot warning signs of vehicle fire risk, and the National Safety Council provides tips on what to do if a fire starts while you're driving.

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U.S. Road Deaths Rise 5.6% in 2016

Speeding, alcohol impairment and failure to buckle up contribute to the disturbing trend, according to newly released data from NHTSA.

Hurricane Replacement Still Boosting Used Vehicle Prices

The average price of used vehicles model years 2012-2016 fell 0.7% in September, with the lion’s share of that depreciation coming from the car segment, according to Black Book. As of September, all vehicles are averaging a 12-month depreciation of 14.5%.

Photo of 2018 Range Rover Sport courtesy of Land Rover.

Range Rover Sport Adds Plug-in Hybrid for 2019

Land Rover's Range Rover Sport will add light updates in 2018 ahead of bigger changes for the 2019 model year that include a plug-in hybrid variant of the luxury SUV, the company has announced.

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GM to Launch 20 EVs by 2023

General Motors will add two battery-electric vehicles to its lineup in the next 18 months as part of its plan to roll out 20 such vehicles by 2023, the company has announced.

Photo of the 2018 Silverado 1500 Centennial Edition courtesy of Chevrolet.

Chevrolet Celebrates Truck Centennial with Special Editions

Chevrolet is celebrating 100 years of producing pickup trucks by offering special editions of its Silverado and Colorado pickups that have been inspired by earlier trucks in its history, including the 1918 One-Ton.

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Sprinter Vans Recalled for Fire Risk

The recall covers 109 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans in the 2016 model year.

Photo of 2018 Chevrolet Express 2500 courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet Express Van Adds Fleet-Oriented Options for 2018

Chevrolet will offer four new option packages with its 2018 Express full-size van based on feedback from fleet and other commercial purchasers, the company has announced.

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MetTel Offers Connected Workforce Management Product

New York City-based MetTel will offer a mobile workforce solution called Fleet Management Solutions to help companies and municipal governments connect their workforce and vehicle fleet assets to the internet.

Shell's T5 10W-30 Synthetic Blend is one of the three Shell oils approved for Ford's Super Duty trucks that meet the API CK-4 specification. Photo: Shell Rotella

Ford Approves Trio of Shell Oils for Diesel Trucks

Ford Motor Co. has approved three Shell Rotella heavy-duty engine oils for its diesel-powered Super Duty trucks that meet the API CK-4 specification, Shell has announced.

Leading Transportation Strategist to Keynote Fleet Forward Conference

Dr. Stefan Heck will address how the fleet industry is leading the way regarding vehicle autonomy, connectivity, electrification, and sharing.

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