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07/23/14
EcoBoost engine options officially added to 2015 F-150 pickup line

Ford Motor Co. officially added two new V6 gasoline engine options to its 2015 F-150 pickup truck line this week: an optional 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 offering 325 hp, 375 lb.-ft. of torque, and an “Auto Start-Stop” feature as standard technology to save on fuel, along with a 3.5-liter V6 cranking out 283 hp. and 255 lb.-ft. of torque, which will be the standard engine for the 2015 F-150.

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07/23/14
OOIDA members sue to halt PSP

Six members of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Assn. (OOIDA) filed a federal class-action suit to halt the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Pre-employment Screening Program (PSP), OOIDA announced July 23. The truckers argue in a complaint filed in a U.S. district court in Boston that FMCSA is violating the Federal Privacy Act by unlawfully disseminating reports of driver safety records to potential employers.

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07/23/14
ATA presses for shorter trust fund fix

The U.S. Senate is expected as early as today, July 23, to take up legislation (H.R. 5021) to stave off an impending shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund and to authorize spending beyond the current Sept. 30 expiration, and the American Trucking Assns. is pushing for a patch that ends in December in order to preserve the possibility of action later this year on a longer-term measure that provides more money for highway development.

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07/23/14
FMCSA to change carriers’ SMS web display in August

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plans to launch changes to the display of carriers’ information on the public Safety Measurement System (SMS) website on Aug. 2, the agency announced in a Federal Register notice to be published July 24.

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07/23/14
Transplace: Impact on carrier finances and driver productivity key to gaining preferred-shipper status

Carriers are most swayed by how shippers affect them financially and operationally

How a shipper impacts a motor carrier financially and affects driver productivity will go a long way in determining whether a carrier will assign them “preferred shipper” status, per results of a survey conducted by Transplace of its own preferred-shipper program.

Transplace, a leading non-asset 3PL provider, explained that the study was conducted to gain insight into best practices for achieving preferred status with carrier partners. It drew on data from over 75 motor carriers.

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07/23/14
Positives outweigh the negatives for now

Despite the usual spate of ongoing problems – especially when it comes to the driver shortage – the outlook for trucking continues to brighten, which is mirroring rosier projections for the U.S. economy as a whole.

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07/23/14
Additional nozzles available for Binks Trophy manual spray guns

Two additional fluid nozzles are now available in five new promotional packages of Binks Trophy manual spray guns, manufacturer Finishing Brands said. With the bonus nozzles, an operator will have even more flexibility in meeting spray finishing needs with the Binks Trophy series, the company said.

These Trophy spray gun promotional packages are available only through authorized Binks distributors for a limited time.

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07/23/14
Wastequip launches aftermarket parts business for waste, recycling and construction equipment

Wastequip, a manufacturer of waste and recycling equipment, has launched Go To Parts, a new business that offers genuine OEM aftermarket parts for waste, recycling, and construction equipment.

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07/23/14
I.D. Systems names Norman Ellis COO

I.D. Systems has named former Qualcomm executive Norman Ellis chief operating officer. Ellis will be responsible for I.D. Systems’ customer-facing operations, including sales, marketing, customer service, implementation and support, the company said.

Prior to joining I.D. Systems, Ellis spent 16 years at Omnitracs, a provider of fleet management solutions and a division of Qualcomm. As vice president of sales, services and marketing for North America, he was responsible for nearly $400 million in annual sales.

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07/23/14
Westport to offer WiNG system for 2015 Ford Transit

Westport announced that its WiNG compressed natural gas system will be offered on both the Ford Transit van and cutaway models.

The Transit cutaway will be offered at 10,000 GVW and below. Both versions of the Transit van and cutaway will be EPA and CARB certified, Westport said.

The vehicles will offer a 3.7L gaseous prep engine.

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