Study: Big rigs susceptible to fire in crashes

Large trucks — semi-trucks in particular — are more likely to catch fire in higher speed vehicle crashes compared to light trucks and passenger vehicles, according to a recent study by the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC). In the study of Kentucky motor vehicle collisions between the 2000 and 2009, the large truck…

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Clutches added to aftermarket product line

New medium- and heavy-duty truck clutches have been added to the growing aftermarket line available from Meritor. The new clutches, available in 14-in. and 15.5-in. standard and easy-pedal effort models, will be sold under the Euclid brand throughout North America, Meritor said. “Truck operators of all sizes want a complete solution for drivetrain and braking…

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Schneider replacing about one-third of its fleet tractors

Schneider National will replace about one-third of its tractor fleet by the end of this year, the company said. The national truckload carrier is purchasing 3,000 2012 and 2013 tractors this year, each installed with the OnGuard collision mitigation system. The company has approximately 10,000 tractors.  The vehicles will primarily be Freightliner models, Schneider said,…

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Penske Truck Leasing refinances, extends partnership to 2023

Penske Truck Leasing Co., LP (PTL) has announced completion of a series of transactions that include $700 million of new equity investments from its existing partners– Penske Corp., Penske Automotive Group and General Electric Capital Corp.– and a new $1.0 billion five-year unsecured senior credit facility established with a group of 17 financial institutions.  In…

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FMCSA issues rule to stop ‘reincarnated’ carriers – rule effective May 29, 2012

A new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rule establishes procedures for issuing out-of-service orders to “reincarnated” motor carriers in order to ensure that carriers who have a proven history of unsafe operations are not able to evade regulation by simply forming a new company or obtaining new registration. The rule establishes procedures that will provide…

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