Volvo Trucks Rolls out Online Spec’ing Tool Click to view online.

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May 10, 2018
<p>Truck upfitting has come a long way since this early dump truck model upfit from 1918. <em>(Photo courtesy of Auto Truck Group)</em></p> Commemorating Auto Truck Group’s Centennial

A steadfast commitment to its customers and employees has helped the company weather change and celebrate 100 years of success.

<p><strong>The Volvo Trucks online configurator allows users to spec out the new Volvo VNR and VNL models, selecting exterior options, interiors, powertrain and uptime services.</strong> <em>Screenshot via Volvo Trucks</em></p> Volvo Trucks Rolls out Online Spec’ing Tool

Volvo Trucks has released a new online configurator tool for building and customizing new Volvo VNR and VNL models.

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<p>An annual MVR is required for both CDL and non-CDL drivers. The carrier must generate a note that it performed a review of the driving record to ensure the driver is qualified.&nbsp;<em>(Photo courtesy of <a href="" target="_blank">Wikimedia</a> Commons)</em></p> CDL & Non-CDL Driver’s Files: What’s the Difference?

If you employ drivers who are required to hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and regulated drivers who are not, are you aware of the differences between the two when it comes to driver qualification (DQ) files?

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Three Steps to a Successful Upfit: Plan, Plan, Plan

Upfitting a vehicle to perform a specific task is one of the more complicated aspects of fleet management that is fraught with many opportunities to make mistakes, sometimes very expensive ones. We all agree that planning is crucial to the success of any project, but it is especially important when spec’ing a new upfit. Conceptually, most fleet managers will agree with this statement, but it isn’t always followed in actual practice.

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