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Senator Worries Vehicles Are Vulnerable to Hackers

New vehicles that have fully adopted Bluetooth and wireless internet technology leave themselves open to hackers, according to a new report from U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.).

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Sharing the Road With Snow Plows

Here is some timely advice from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and a plow driver based in Iowa.

Average Diesel Price Posts First Weekly Gain Since November

The average cost of on-highway diesel has posted its first price increase so far this year, but remains well below the level from the same time a year ago.

Video: Ford Debuts Stability Control on 2015 Focus

Enhanced transitional stability technology, available on the 2015 model-year Focus, can help deliver better handling in highly dynamic driving maneuvers.

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NYC Adding Truck Side Guards to Protect Pedestrians, Cyclists

New York City will begin adding side guards to 240 of its medium-duty trucks that will prevent a pedestrian or cyclist from being caught under a vehicle during a collision, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced.

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Drugged Driving on the Rise, NHTSA Says

Despite a drop in drunk driving, new NHTSA research finds that growing use of marijuana and prescription drugs is raising new safety concerns.

Nominations Open for 2015 Fleet Manager of the Year Award

Government Fleet magazine is now accepting nominations for the Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award. Any industry professional can nominate a fleet manager for this award.

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GM to Update Chevrolet Equinox Compact SUV for 2016

General Motors will update its Chevrolet Equinox compact SUV for the 2016 model year and unveil the new vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 12, the automaker announced.

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San Francisco to Reuse Bodies From New Ambulances

The San Francisco Fire Department has purchased 19 ambulances that allow the agency to remount the body onto a new chassis in the future rather than replacing the entire vehicle.

File photo.Philadelphia-based PECO's Terex XT55 hybrid bucket truck that had been supplied by Dueco in 2014.

Terex Corp. Acquires Dueco

Connecticut-based Terex Corp. has acquired the assets of Dueco, Inc., a Wisconsin company that sells and services utility trucks. Dueco is the distribution and service arm for Terex products in 17 states.

Wash. Utility Appoints Transportation Manager

Mark Stephens, CAFM, was recently appointed Transportation Services Manager for Snohomish County Public Utility District in Everett, Wash.

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Fuel Economy Improves for First Time Since August

The average fuel economy of new U.S. vehicles increased 0.3 mpg and logged the first improvement since August, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute's monthly report.

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Ohio City Fleet Opens Doors to Cub Scouts

The City of Dublin, Ohio, recently opened its doors to a local Cub Scouts group, providing seven second-graders a tour of its Fleet Management department.

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Blossman Adds Government, Small Engine Specialists

Blossman Gas has hired two new associates to lead their efforts in the municipal and law enforcement market, as well as the sales of small engines.

NTSB: 'Slight' Drop in Highway Deaths

The drop in highway fatalities included fewer deaths assigned to NTSB’s medium-and-heavy trucks and light-trucks-and-vans as well as less passenger-car fatalities, but deaths attributed to buses rose sharply.

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Fords Adds 1,550 Jobs to Support F-150 Production

Ford is adding 1,550 jobs to four production facilities to meet the growing demand for the 2015 F-150 pickup, Ford has announced.

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Colorado by Vince Taroc.

Fleet Sales Rise 21% in January

Sales of vehicles from nine automakers to government fleets rose 21.8% in January compared to the same month a year ago on the strength of trucks, vans, and SUVs.

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Sacramento City Fleet Manager Moves to County

Keith Leech, previously fleet manager for the City of Sacramento, is now the chief of Sacramento County's Fleet Division & Parking Enterprise. He started at his new position on Jan. 26.

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Vehicle Depreciation to Accelerate in 2015

Last year the depreciation rate on used vehicles reached 12.1 percent, which was lower than the initial forecast. For 2015, depreciation levels are expected to hit 14.5 percent, according to a new report from Black Book and Fitch Ratings.

Calif. Summit Encourages Low-Carbon Fuel Usage

Industry leaders met to discuss the state of low-carbon fuels in California at the Clean, Low-Carbon Fuels Summit, an annual event held by the clean transportation consortium CALSTART.

PERC Updates Propane Autogas Branding

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) debuted its first-ever logo and brand identity made specifically for propane autogas: PROPANE AUTOGAS Clean American Energy.

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Analyzing President Obama’s Highway Plan

A “Budget Highlights” document issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation details how the $478 billion apportioned for spending on surface-transportation infrastructure over the next six years would be put to work.

Kelley Platt is succeeding Michael Jackson as the Western Star general manager. Photo courtesy of DTNA

Western Star Names New General Manager

Michael Jackson is retiring as general manager of Western Star Truck Sales after 10 years with Daimler Trucks North America. He is being succeeded by Kelley Platt.

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Ford to Update Police Interceptor Utility

Ford will unveil a redesigned version of its Police Interceptor Utility at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 12, Ford has announced.

Photo of Ford Transit by Vince Taroc.

Ford Records Best Van Sales Month in 14 Years

Ford sold more vans in January than any other January since 2001 on the strength of its new 2015 Transit full-size van and redesigned Transit Connect compact van, Ford announced.

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