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Seat belt use by truck and bus drivers has risen to 86%, compared to 65% in 2007, according to FCMSA survey. Photo: IMMI

Seat Belt Use by Commercial Drivers Hits All-Time High

According to a survey conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 86% truck and bus drivers now regularly use their safety belts while driving.

Graphic courtesy of AAA.

More Vehicles Lacking Spare Tire

AAA research finds that nearly one-third of 2017 model-year vehicles don’t include a spare tire as standard equipment.

Video Safety Tip: Winter Emergency Kits

With temperatures dropping and snowfall forecast for many areas, now is a great time for fleet drivers to make sure their winter emergency kit is fully replenished and onboard.

Photo of 2018 NV cargo vans courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Prices 2018 NV Vans

Nissan's 2018 NV full-size vans will retail for at least $30,025 for the cargo model and $36,345 for the passenger variant, Nissan announced.

Courtesy of Manheim.

Manheim's Used Vehicle Values Rise 6 Straight Months

Wholesale used vehicle prices rose for the sixth month in a row in October, increasing by 1.02%, according to Manheim’s October Used Vehicle Value Index. This brought the index to 136.3, an 8.1% rise from a year ago.

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More Than Half of Small Fleets Not ELD Compliant

With less than six weeks until the Dec. 18 deadline for fleets to install mandatory electronic logging devices, it looks like there will still be a lot of smaller fleets who will be at risk for citations and fines – or who will give up on the industry altogether.

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L.A. Auto Show to Feature 60+ Vehicle Debuts

Automakers will announce more than 60 vehicles for the first time globally and in North America at AutoMobilityLA, the Los Angeles Auto Show's trade show preceding the public opening of the event later this month.

Photo of Mercedes-Benz Metris courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz Metris Recalled for Wheel Bearings

The recall, issued to address a wheel detachment risk, covers 109 vans in the 2017 model year.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Gasoline Demand Reaches Highest October Level in 15 Years

The demand for gasoline in late October was at the highest level since October of 2006, which pushed the nation's average price of a gallon of regular unleaded to $2.53 on Nov. 6, reports AAA.

Photo of Workhorse W-15 by Chris Brown.

Workhorse to Debut Electric Delivery Van at CES

Workhorse Group Inc. will showcase its latest electric delivery van at CES 2018, along with its previously unveiled plug-in hybrid pickup truck and a hybrid electric helicopter.

Video Safety Tip: Driving in Snow

It's that time of year again. A number of areas have already seen the first snowfall of the season. AAA offers advice for driving in wintry conditions.

House Plan Would Eliminate EV Tax Credit

A $7,500 federal tax credit that has fueled sales of plug-in electric vehicles in recent years could be eliminated if House Republicans can include the proposal in the tax cut bill now under discussion, reports Reuters.

Photo courtesy of Lightning Systems.

Lightning Systems Offers $4,000 Rebate for Electric Transit Van

Lightning Systems is offering a rebate to fleets that order its battery-electric Ford Transit 350HD passenger wagon, van, cutaway and chassis cab models.

Photo of 2017-MY half-ton pickups courtey of manufacturers.

Commercial Fleet Sales Climb 3.7% in October

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from eight manufactures increased 3.7% to 49,801 in October with strong truck sales outweighing a nearly 30% decline in cars, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Photo of 2018 Passat courtesy of VW.

Volkswagen Rolls Out More 2018-MY Fleet Incentives

Volkswagen has added several more fleet incentives to its 2018 model-year lineup to go with two previously-announced incentives for its new Atlas and Tiguan SUVs.

(From left) Alan Batey, president, GM North America; Judy Curran, Ford Motor Co. director, planning & strategy-vehicle components and systems; Pietro Gorlier, head of parts and service, MOPAR, FCA display their proudly won awards. (Photo courtesy of PR Newswire)

Ford F-Series Named Hottest Truck at SEMA

Selected by manufacturing exhibitors of the world's premier automotive trade show, the Ford F-Series was named the "Hottest Truck" at the automotive trade show. The F-Series has received the honor three years in a row.

Photo of Toyota's first U.S. headquarters in Hollywood, Calif., courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Celebrates 60 Years in the U.S.

Since its humble beginnings in a 3,000-square-foot, one-time Rambler dealership, Toyota has woven itself into the cultural fabric of America. Sixty years in, it encompasses a presence in every state, including 10 manufacturing facilities and nearly 1,500 Toyota and Lexus dealerships.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Gasoline Rises to $2.47 Per Gallon

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded increased 1 cent to $2.47 in the past week as prices have shown some volatility depending on the region, reports AAA.

Andrés Irlando, Verizon Telematics CEO, speaks at the 2017 Latitude conference. Photo courtesy of Verizon.

Verizon Telematics Expands Offerings

Verizon Telematics has become the largest provider of built-in telematics and mobile applications for commercial vehicles and has moved closer to rebranding its product offerings for its customers, CEO Andrés Irlando told an audience gathered at the annual Latitude conference.

The new Snow Plow Prep Package features high-capacity, heavy-duty front springs and is available for use with five leading snow plow manufacturers. (Photo courtesy of Nissan)

2018 Nissan TItan XD Adds Snow Plow Prep Package

Though winter officially doesn’t start until December 21, the 2018 Nissan TITAN XD full-size pickup will be ready for the worst the season can throw at it with the arrival of a new Snow Plow Prep Package.

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Video Safety Tip: Precautions for Halloween

Here's safety advice, provided by AAA Exchange, to help keep motorists and trick-or-treaters safe on Tuesday night.

Photo of 2018 NV200 courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan's 2018 NV200 Cargo Van Starts at $22,755

Nissan is increasing the starting retail price of the NV200 compact cargo van by $450 to $22,755 for the 2018 model year and adding a few enhancements, Nissan has announced.

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Orders Open for Electrified Transit Van Conversion

Lightning Systems is now accepting pre-orders for its new zero-emissions LightningElectric system for Ford Transit, a battery conversion package.

New York Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Agents will be on hand to enforce moving and parking violations, double parking, and off-route trucks as the city experiments with curbside delivery restrictions to help ease traffic. Photo via NYC Office of the Mayor.

NYC to Test Ban on Curbside Deliveries

The city will also be expanding its off-hour delivery program for businesses that are interested in receiving deliveries during less busy times.

Photo of Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls 30K F-150 Pickups

The company issues three separate safety recalls that involve trucks in North America.

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