Wednesday, February 25, 2015

YRC Rolls Out New Tractors, Safety Programs For 2015

YRC Worldwide Inc. is revamping its vehicle fleet in 2015 by adding new tractors and trailers as well as safety features to its current fleet.

The Overland Park-based less-than-truckload carrier plans to roll out 600 new tractors and more than 2,000 new trailers for YRC Freight and YRC's regional carriers, Holland, New Penn and Reddaway. In addition, it's adding in-cab safety features to help prevent accidents.

The Kansas City Business Journal was granted an exclusive opportunity to see one of the new tractors — a 2015 Volvo Trucks North America VNM42T — and see its safety features in action.

Mitch Lilly, YRC's senior vice president of employee and labor relations, said YRC Freight placed an order for 200 new Volvo trucks with Kansas City-based truck dealership Westfall GMC Truck Inc. late last year. Lilly said that 50 trucks have been delivered, with the rest arriving throughout 2015.

Those tractors will be distributed throughout the YRC Freight network as they arrive.

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