David Cullen

Executive Editor

David Cullen offers his take on how actions taken by government agencies, industry suppliers and other trucking stakeholders impact truck fleet owners.

Articles by David Cullen
Report slams FMCSA’s HOS restart field study for extensive research flaws

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has released what it terms its “independent evaluation” of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA’s) recent “field study report” on the current Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules.  ATRI is the not-for-profit research arm of the American Trucking Assns. (ATA), trucking’s largest lobby.

UPDATED: CARB may relax compliance for certain fleet types

A proposal by the staff of California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) would provide “lower-cost compliance options” for certain types of truck operations as the agency continues the rollout of its strict emission rules for “in-use heavy-duty diesel-fueled vehicles.”

UPDATED: Report pushes “value-added” tolling 

Seeking “to find common ground on a way forward” to fund the estimated trillion-dollar cost of modernizing the Interstate highway system, a 21-pg “policy brief” issued by the Reason Foundation nonprofit think tank puts forth a set of “value-added tolling” policy proposals.

TRB blasts DOT research on truck size/weight reform 

An initial “peer review” by a leading private nonprofit research body faults research conducted by the Dept. of Transportation to inform its Comprehensive Truck Size & Weight Limits (CTSW) study as amounting overall to being “a missed opportunity.”

Dealing with dealers 

What’s happening at dealers and with the OEMs they represent should benefit fleet owners open to tapping into changes being made to better serve a marketplace in flux. Trucking is evolving away from the days when fleets were largely islands unto themselves.  To get the most out of their business relationships with dealers, fleets are wise to grasp how these providers of everything from new trucks to vehicle parts and service are adapting to attract more business.

NRC weighs in on Phase II of GHG/MPG rules 

A report released this morning by the National Research Council (NRC) calls for the federal Phase II Rule on fuel consumption and greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions to include:

MATS: Summing up trucking’s big show

Last week again found droves of heavy-duty suppliers filling every square inch of exhibit space inside and outside the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville for the industry’s annual rite of spring, the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS).

The editors of FleetOwner were there in force to report on developments revealed at the show as well as at dozens of press conferences and during other newsworthy events.

Michelin adds linehaul trailer tire and companion retread to its X One wide-base line

LOUISVILLE, KY. Along with celebrating its two-millionth X One wide-base single truck tire, Michelin Americas Truck Tires rolled out its new X One Line Energy T linehaul trailer tire and the accompanying X One Line Energy T Pre-Mold retread here at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

“Since the introduction of the X One, Michelin has led in the wide-base single category with tires and retreads for every application, many on their second or third generation,” said Ted Becker, vice president of marketing.

Continental rolls out new radial tires at Mid-America

LOUISVILLE, KY. Continental Tire the Americas, LLC debuted five new radial tires for truck and bus applications here at the Mid-America Truck Show, including a steer tire for its low-rolling-resistance EcoPlus line of long-haul tires; a “hybrid” steer/all-position tire for fleets running both regionally and long haul; and an off-road drive tire for vocational trucks.

Navistar talks up tech—keying in on SCR and telematics

LOUISVILLE, KY. Bill Kozek, Navistar’s president of North America Truck and Parts, declared right at the start of the International Trucks news conference here at MATS that the OEM is “producing the best products that we have ever offered--  and we are gaining recognition for it from the industry.”

Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience concept rig

Walmart, in cooperation with Great Dane Trailers, Peterbilt Motors and Roush Engineering, displayed the Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience (AVE) “demonstration concept” tractor-trailer at the Mid-America Trucking Show this week.

Walmart rolls out futuristic fuel-saving rig

LOUISVILLE, KY. Great Dane Trailers’ booth here at the Mid America Trucking Show is hosting the trucking industry’s first viewing of the Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience (AVE) “demonstration concept” tractor-trailer.

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