Transportation Carriers Work to Mitigate Cargo Theft

Warehouse loading dockCargo theft continues to increase throughout the U.S. and carriers are responding by training drivers, embracing tracking technology and sharing information to protect valuable loads. [Read more...]

Penske Truck Rental Ahead of Schedule with LED Headlight Retrofit

Penske Truck Rental is ahead of schedule with its planned retrofitting of 5,000 commercial semi-tractors with cutting edge custom LED headlights from Truck-Lite, an initiative it announced in late November of 2012. Penske Truck Rental is the first company to offer these LED headlights. [Read more...]

FMCSA Moves Closer to Electronic On-Board Recorder Rule

Penske stock photo on-the-roadThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said it is continuing to work toward an electronic on-board recorder (EOBR) rule, which was mandated in the most recent highway authorization bill, and expects to issue its initial rule in March. [Read more...]

Industry, Government Continue to Look at Truck Size and Weight

Highway photoFor years, the trucking industry has advocated for increased truck size and weight, and now the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is investigating the effect on safety and infrastructure if vehicle weights up to 97,000 pounds are allowed. [Read more...]

Penske Announces 2012-2013 National Technical Challenge Results

Penske Truck Leasing has announced the winners of its 2012-2013 National Technical Challenge. The Tech Challenge is a company event that will be held every other year to test the skillsets of its truck maintenance technician workforce via hands-on and written assessments. There were two types of entries: a two-person vehicle systems team and individual competitors in the preventive maintenance (PM) event. [Read more...]

Penske Installing Truck-Lite LED headlights on 5,000 Rental Semi-Trucks

Penske Truck Leasing is retrofitting 5,000 of its 2012 and 2013 semi-tractors currently within its commercial truck rental fleet with new, cutting-edge LED headlights from Truck-Lite. Penske is the first and only commercial truck rental operation to currently offer this innovative headlamp option within its fleet. [Read more...]

Government Eases CDL Requirements for Veterans

As the trucking industry works to attract new drivers, federal and state legislation is making it easier for veterans and active-duty members of the military to obtain their commercial driver’s license (CDL) and become professional drivers.

In late October, U.S. President Barack Obama signed the Military Commercial Driver’s License Act of 2012 into law, which allows states to issue a CDL to members of the armed forces in the state in which they are stationed, even if they are away from home. [Read more...]

Penske Truck Rental Ready Following Hurricane Sandy

Penske’s call centers for consumer and commercial truck rental reservations are fully operational following Hurricane Sandy. However, please note some local offices and truck rental agents may experience delays, closures or road restrictions due to the recent storm. [Read more...]

UTI Grads Find Career Success at Penske

After 10 years as a high school history and government teacher, Brendan Cotter (photo right) decided it was time for a change. While he enjoyed teaching, he was far less enamored with the politics that accompanied it. It was time to shake things up. So, Cotter enrolled at Universal Technical Institute in Los Angeles, to become a diesel truck maintenance technician. [Read more...]

Careers in Fleet Maintenance Outside the Toolbox

After beginning work with Penske Truck Leasing nine years ago as a truck collision center clerk, Tess Bilbruck is today a branch service manager in Tempe, Ariz., where she manages a team of 14 well-trained maintenance technicians.

In Bilbruck’s current role she and her team are responsible for ensuring over 420 Penske trucks remain in peak condition for the company’s full-service lease and truck rental customers. [Read more...]