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Mobility Conference Debuts for Fleets

Convening Nov. 7-8 at Miami Hilton Downtown, Fleet Forward Conference is designed to bring fleets, fleet suppliers, and technology providers together to provide education and networking on smart mobility concepts and end-user solutions.

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House Bill Aims to Clarify Independent Contractor Status

A bill newly proposed in the House would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to change the classification of employers and employees. “Currently, it is difficult and overly complicated for businesses to use independent contractors, which limits companies’ growth and individuals’ work,” said Rep. Erik Paulsen, who introduced H.R. 3396.

NTEA Offers Commercial Van Report

NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry recently released Commercial Van Overview and Market Data Insights, a report delivering an update on this popular vehicle segment and its influence on work truck industry dynamics.

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Gasoline Reaches Six-Week High

The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded increase 4 cents to $2.32 and reached a high-water mark for the past six weeks. It has increased for 12 of the past 15 days, reports AAA.

Marc Llistosella, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corp., describes production requirements of the new eCanter to Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, president of the Portuguese Republic. Photo: Mitsubishi Fuso

Mitsubishi Fuso Starts Production of Electric Truck

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus has announced the start of small-scale series production of its electric medium-duty truck, the Fuso eCanter.

Photo by Don Graham (inknife_2000)/flickr.

Safety Tip: 4 Mistakes While Driving Near Trucks

The Arkansas State Police offers advice on what common mistakes to avoid while driving near semitrailer trucks.

Photo of Ram 1500 EcoDiesel by Vince Taroc.

FCA to Restart Sales of Diesel Ram 1500

Fiat Chrysler can begin selling diesel-powered versions of its 2017 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles, after receiving approval from state and federal environmental regulators.

Photo courtesy of the National Safety Council.

43% of Americans Admit to Risk-Raising Fatigue

A new National Safety Council Study also finds that 97% of Americans acknowledge having at least one of the nine main risk factors for fatigue.

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VW Diesel Settlement Gains Final Approval From Regulators

Federal and California environmental regulators have given final approval to Volkswagen's plan to fix or buy back about half of the diesel cars involved in its emissions scandal, which includes an additional $153 million payment to that state.

Photo of Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls F-150 and 3 Other Models for Seats

The recall, tied to defective attaching bolts, covers more than 94,000 Ford F-150, E-Series, Escape and Lincoln MKC vehicles in the U.S.  

The recall covers more than 40,000 GM cars and trucks. Photo courtesy of GM.

GM Recalls Multiple Models for Air Bags, Seat Belts

A software update that was part of a previous recall might have been incomplete, affecting more than 40,000 cars and trucks.

Timeline courtesy of Ford.

Ford Celebrates 100 Years of Work Trucks

Ford is celebrating the centennial of its first purpose-built truck, the 1917 Model TT, which eventually led to the company producing many iconic work trucks, including the F-Series that has been the best-selling truck lineup for 35 years.

Safety Board Calls for More Speed Cameras

A new report from the National Transportation Safety Board recommends a number of policy actions to prevent speeding -– a major cause of road deaths.

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GM to Launch Collision Certification Program

Set to debut in early 2018, the program will establish a comprehensive set of standards for collision repair of GM vehicles.

Photo of E-450 cutaway courtesy of Ford.

Ford Offers More 2018-MY Incentives

Ford has added fleet incentives for 11 additional 2018 model-year vehicles, including its E-450 cutaway and stripped chassis van, as well as its police lineup.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Gasoline Rises 3+ Cents in 39 States

The average national gasoline price increased at least 3 cents in 39 states to reach $2.28, which is also 3 cents higher than it was a week ago, according to AAA.

Photo of 2018 Ridgeline Sport courtesy of Honda.

Honda Ridgeline Returns for 2018 with Few Tweaks

Honda's 2018 Ridgeline adds $155 to its base price and will offer a few minor tweaks including a streamlined trim walk from 12 to nine and new exterior colors, Honda has announced.

Safety Tip: Spotting Signs of Misaligned Wheels

Pep Boys and CNET provide advice on how to recognize symptoms of wheel misalignment.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Vehicle Maintenance Tips for Summer Heat

AAA offers seasonal advice to help drivers protect their vehicles during soaring temperatures.

Photo of 2017 Silverado 2500HD courtesy of GM.

EPA Certifies AGA's Natural Gas System for 2018 GM Trucks

The Environmental Protection Agency has certified AGA Systems' bi-fuel and dedicated compressed natural gas fueling system for General Motors' 2018 lineup of Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500, 3500, and 4500 trucks.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

California's Climate Change Deal May Increase Fuel Prices

California's Legislature has voted to extend the state's cap-and-trade program through 2030, which could result in an increase to the gasoline tax and would codify the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) into law.

Photo of self-driving Ford Fusion Hybrid courtesy of Ford.

House Subcommittee Weighs Automated Vehicle Bill

Proponents of the legislation hope to hasten deployment of self-driving vehicles by consolidating regulatory authority at the federal level, eliminating a patchwork of state laws.

Photo of 2018 CX-5 courtesy of Mazda.

Mazda Sets 2018-MY Fleet Incentives

Mazda will offer fleet incentives for seven of its 2018 model-year vehicles, including the CX-5 compact SUV.

Photo: FMCSA

Could House Bill Slow or Even Stop ELD Rule?

The House Transportation Committee has attached a directive to this year’s Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill that could end up delaying or repealing the electronic logging device mandate set to go into effect on Dec. 18.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Gasoline Falls to $2.25 Per Gallon

The national average price of regular unleaded fell 1 cent to $2.25 per gallon for the week ending July 17 due to near all-time levels of demand while supply has ebbed lower.

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