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TravelCenters of America Begin Accepting U.S. Bank Fleet Card

TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers brands and Minit Mart convenience stores, is expanding its relationship with U.S. Bank by accepting a new single Voyager Fleet Card at its truck stop and convenience store locations.

Rastrac, Magellan Partner on Fleet Telematics

Austin, Texas-based telematics provider Rastrac is partnering with Magellan on a system that vehicle tracking and reporting, including Hours of Service (HOS) compliance through an electronic logging device (ELD), according to the company.

California Toughens Greenhouse Gas Emission Rules

California is set to approve even tougher air-quality controls that would further reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, after the state Legislature passed Senate Bill 32 on Aug. 24.

Photo of Ford Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls Transits for Fuel Injection Pumps

The recall covers more than 2,000 2015-2016 model-year vans equipped with 3.2-liter diesel engines.

Audit: Indy-Vision Fleet Deal Poorly Executed

A new report from the Indianapolis Office of Audit and Performance faults the then-mayor Greg Ballard's administration for its poorly executed plan to lease 425 electric vehicles through Vision Fleet.

Photo of Ford Taurus courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls Multiple Models for Stalling

The recall covers 77,502 Taurus, Flex, Police Interceptor, Lincoln MKS, and Lincoln MKT vehicles in the 2013-2015 model years.

Photo via Flickr/Matthew Bellemare.

Conn. Fire Union Opposes Truck Downsizing

New Haven (Conn.) firefighters have criticized a city plan to replace a fire engine with two paramedic units, and said the move will hamper their ability to provide quality service.

Photo of 2016 Fusion Hybrid courtesy of Ford.

TCO for Hybrids Failing to Keep Pace

Only seven of 29 hybrids offered in the 2016 model year showed a lower total cost of ownership than their gasoline counterparts, representing a sharp decline from 2012 levels, according to an analysis by Vincentric.

A stronger U.S. economy, lower unemployment rates, and lower gas prices contributed to more miles driven in the first half of 2016.

Crash Fatalities Climb 9% in 2016’s First Half

If the trend continues, U.S. may see its deadliest driving year since 2007 and deadliest Labor Day since 2008, according to the National Safety Council.

Diesel Prices Increase For the First Time in Over 2 Months

The price of diesel fuel increased for the first time in over 2 months after slowly falling from a high of 2.43 in mid-June, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt Offers Lighter Steer Axle/Suspension, Safety Tech on 579 and 567

Peterbilt is making available the Bendix Wingman Fusion driver assistance system and a new integrated Softek NXT suspension and axle system from Hendrickson on its Model 579 and 567 trucks.

Fla. County Opens CNG Fueling Station

St. Johns County (Fla.) has opened a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station through a public-private partnership with Nopetro.

Two Ore. Fleet Technicians Face Drug Charges

Two city of Eugene (Ore.) fleet technicians face drug charges following the conviction of a colleague in January.

St. Louis Uses Spirited Street Sweepers

St. Louis, Mo. has shown community pride through its street sweepers. It started in 2003, when the city started using a Cardinals-themed street sweeper.

NYC to Test Renewable Diesel

New York City plans to test the use of renewable diesel in its fleet across at least four departments and in several hundred vehicles in 2017 to help meet Mayor Bill de Blasio's aggressive pledge to cut emissions from city fleet vehicles.

Safety Tip: Yielding to First Responders

Here are some tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that you can pass along to fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.

CEI Adds Driver Self-Reporting Feature

CEI has enhanced its DriverCare fleet driver safety and risk management application to make it easier for fleets to administer a driver violation self-reporting requirement.

Photo of the Freightliner at Denali National Park and Preserve courtesy of Lightning Hybrids.

Feds Add Hybrids to Two Fleets for Sustainability Efforts

Two federal entities have added hybrid vehicles into their fleet in response to President Obama's call for tougher goals for renewable energy in federal buildings and lower emission vehicles in the federal fleet.

Philly to Add $2M in CNG Waste Haulers

The City of Philadelphia will invest $2 million to purchase new refuse trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the city announced.

Ga. County Approves Vehicle Locators for Police

Chatham County (Ga.) Commissioners voted unanimously to place GPS locators in every vehicle of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department's fleet.

Photo courtesy of City of Atlanta.

Atlanta Deploys First EVs

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the Office of Sustainability presented five new electric vehicles this week, marking the launch of the city's electric vehicle program.

Illustration by herlitz_pbs, used under Creative Commons license.

Final Greenhouse Gas Phase 2 Regs Unveiled

The federal government released highly anticipated "Phase 2" greenhouse gas/fuel economy rules for medium and heavy-duty vehicles Tuesday, which in some ways go further than the original proposal unveiled last year.

Tom Gannon, retired fleet manager from Alameda County Public Works, and Rodney Michaelson from cleanfleets.net play a round of golf. Photo by Tom Fung.

Fleet Professionals Gather for Annual Golf Tournament

A group of fleet professionals gathered earlier this month for a golf and networking event in Northern California.

Video: Ford's Driverless Car to Arrive in 2021

Ford plans to produce a fully autonomous vehicle for commercial operation by 2021, as part of a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service.

Photo by ThorRune via Wikimedia Commons.

Pa. City Exempts Its Vehicles from Street Sweeping Tickets

The Allentown (Pa.) City Council has unanimously passed a bill exempting all municipal vehicles from receiving street sweeping tickets if they are parked on official city business.

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