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The Daily Dash: Independent truck repair and zero-emission trailers

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The Daily Dash is a quick look at what is happening in the freight ecosystem. In today’s edition, voters in Massachusetts will be voting on a bill that would allow independent repair shops to access otherwise proprietary vehicle repair data. Plus, refrigerated trailers are looking for zero-emission solutions and Xos is one of the suppliers to the new Hino-Toyota fuel cell truck.

Right to repair and your truck

A ballot initiative in Massachusetts could break the logjam that is proprietary telematics data, giving local repair shops access to critical vehicle repair information.

John Gallagher explains: ‘Right to repair’ proposal touted as major cost saver for truck owners

The power of the sun

The push for zero emissions is slowly starting to permeate the refrigerated trailer market, where solar-electric units are becoming more viable.

Linda Baker has more on the push: Ditching the diesel, keeping the cool

Xos signs onto Hino’s fuel cell truck

Details are emerging about the Hino-Toyota fuel cell truck announced this week. Xos, a startup that hoped to electrify Class 8 trucks before pivoting to medium-duty, is one of the main suppliers.

Alan Adler looks at who the suppliers are: Xos gets first Class 8 electric truck deal from Hino

Not so lean anymore

Staffing firm Lean Staffing Solutions has raised $42.5 million to continue its growth trajectory as it works to help transportation companies fill jobs ranging from back-office roles to IT.

John Paul Hampstead has more: Lean Staffing Solutions raises $42.5 million from FTV Capital

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Did you miss this?

A Florida jury has handed down a $411 million judgement against a single-truck motor carrier that is alleged to have caused a 45-vehicle pileup in 2018. The award is believed to be the largest single verdict against a single-truck company in U.S. history.

John Kingston has more on what led to the verdict: Whopping $411 million nuclear verdict in Florida said to be biggest ever and tough to collect

Hammer down, everyone,

Brian Straight

Managing Editor

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Brian Straight

Brian Straight leads FreightWaves' Modern Shipper brand as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler. You can reach him at [email protected].