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New Study on Clean Diesel Technology Affirms Near-Zero Emissions, No Significant Health Impact

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 in Technology

  The group issued the following statement regarding the final report of the multi-year Advanced Collaborative Emissions Study (ACES) conducted by the Boston-based Health Effects Institute (HEI). “HEI conducted the independent study of new technology diesel engines to determine whether the engines achieved the expected emissions reductions, thereby improving air quality for public health, as well as whether the new technologies resulted in any unintended increases in emission components.” “The study concluded that exposure to new technology diesel exhaust...

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New App to Help Offset Deadheading

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 in Technology

  Here’s how it works: ComFreight is accessible from any smart phone, tablet or device with a data connection. Freight matching on the platform is done by allowing carriers and logistics companies who are using the system to setup customizable alerts for finding freight on or within range of specific lanes and within specific weight and lengths of loads within time windows specified by the users. The users only get alerted if loads match up to their capacity posts...

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Dry Van Carrier with Fleet of 950 Trucks Opts for Driver Retention Program

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 in Career

  Even better, during the first six months, Super Service reduced its turnover rate of the highest-risk 10 percent of drivers from 203 percent to 66 percent, retaining an average of 20 drivers per month, and saved more than $60,000. The company noted that previously, its “approach to driver retention was reactive,” according Vaughn Yow, vice president of operations at Super Service.  The new system, provided by Omnitracs, has been instrumental in the company improving driver retention by “identifying...

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Super Service retains more drivers with predictive modeling

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 in Career, Finance

  Omnitracs Analytics, a business unit of Omnitracs formerly known as FleetRisk Advisors, announced that Super Service, a 950-truck privately held dry-van carrier delivering consumer products, beverages and paper, deployed Omnitracs Analytics’ Driver Retention Model across its entire fleet. During the first six months, Super Service reduced its turnover rate of the highest-risk 10 percent of drivers from 203 percent to 66 percent, retaining an average of 20 drivers per month and saving more than $60,000. “Prior to deploying...

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Expanded Dayton tire line

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 in Equipment

  Bridgestone Commercial’s latest line of Dayton truck tires consists of eight patterns that doubles the brand’s product coverage for small fleets and owner-operators in a multitude of segments. The lineup features expanded size and ply rating offerings and three SmartWay-verified options: • D510S: All-position on-highway tire recommended for the steer position; EPA SmartWay-verified and CARB-compliant; available in 11R22.5 (G&H load range), 295/75R22.5, 11R24.5 and 285/75R24.5; recommended for long-haul service in truckload and less-than-truckload applications; • D610D: On-highway drive...

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SmartDrive Systems doubles growth in 2014

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 in Equipment, Safety, Technology

    SmartDrive Systems announced record growth in 2014. Growth in its fiscal third quarter, which it just concluded, exceeded 130 percent year over year. Headquartered in San Diego, the company offers a video-based risk management program for commercial vehicles and transit agencies that is designed to reduce collisions and improve fuel efficiency. In Nov., 2014, CCJ was granted an exclusive visit to SmartDrive’s headquarters. In making the announcement, SmartDrive attributed growth in 2014, which included an expansion of its customer base by 45 percent,...

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Diesel projected to average $2.85 in 2015 nearly $1 lower than 2014

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 in Finance

The recent nosedive of diesel prices may be the new normal — or at least a temporary normal — according to the latest projection from the Department of Energy. In its January edition of the Short Term Energy Outlook, the DOE’s Energy Information Administration forecasts the price of diesel to average $2.85 this year, which would be a 98-cent drop from 2014’s average of $3.83. The projection is based on the expectation that crude oil prices will remain low, $58...

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