Penske Exhibiting at National Private Truck Council Conference

Penske facilityPenske Truck Leasing will be an exhibitor at the National Private Truck Council (NPTC) Annual Education Management Conference & Exhibition, from April 13 to April 15 in Cincinnati. It will take place at the Duke Energy Convention Center and Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel. [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 Urges Truck Fleets to Choose GPS Systems Wisely

Freightliner_blueThe U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is reminding truck drivers and fleet operators to choose their GPS navigation systems carefully. Failing to select a GPS navigation unit designed for commercial vehicles can lead to serious safety concerns. [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…]

Guest Editorial: What’s Driving Demand for Dedicated Contract Carriage?

According to researchers at Armstrong & Associates the market for dedicated contract carriage (DCC) services continued its resurgence last year in parallel with modest improvements in the freight economy.  In my view, this trend is continuing into 2012. Part of what is driving DCC demand is that shippers operating truck fleets are pressuring their logistics managers to operate fleets more profitably. [Read more…]

Penske Truck Leasing to Exhibit at National Private Truck Council Conference

Penske Truck Leasing will exhibit at the National Private Truck Council (NPTC) Annual Education Management Conference & Exhibition, from April 29 to May 1 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  It will once again take place at the Duke Energy Convention Center and Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel. [Read more…]

Using CSA Data to Your Advantage

It has been almost two years since the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) launched the new safety protocol Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA), but motor carriers and the third-party companies that hire those carriers are still working to better understand the program and decipher how it applies to them. [Read more…]

Tracking CSA Data and Top Violations

Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) program that calculates fleets’ safety scores and determines which fleets warrant intervention, was introduced nationwide earlier this year, and carriers are continuing to review their safety data and determine what inspectors are focusing on at roadside inspections. [Read more…]

Driver Shortage Remains a Top Concern

The availability of qualified truck drivers is always a long-term industry concern, but rebounding freight volumes in 2010 have brought the driver shortage issue back to the forefront and numbers continue to rise. 

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) reported that the turnover rate for over-the-road truck drivers rose to 79 percent in the second quarter of 2011, the latest period for which figures are available. [Read more…]

Inspections Under CSA Becoming More Targeted Yet Vary by State

Compliance Safety Accountability—the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) program that calculate fleets’ safety scores—is allowing officials to more readily see the specific safety problems associated with carriers by using more of the data inspectors collect at roadside.

What’s more, under CSA, several states are updating their databases and taking the randomness out of roadside inspections by equipping inspectors with carrier-specific information.   [Read more…]