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.

Armstrong: 3PL growth in U.S. to climb yet higher

Given his recently revised estimates of market activity, consultant Evan Armstrong, president of Armstrong & Associates, now expects 3PL  growth in the U.S. from 2013-2016 to accelerate beyond the pace it achieved from 2010-2013. He offered that assessment yesterday during a Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. conference call.

FMCSA finds scant evidence of carriers harassing drivers with ELD data

Based on the findings of a research paper released today, it seems unlikely the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will be issuing a rule aimed at preventing motor carriers from using Hours of Service information logged electronically to “harass” their truck drivers.

Will natural gas stall out as heavy-duty alternative? 1

Just two years ago, natural gas power was forecast to fuel up to 20% of new heavy-duty trucks by the end of the decade. But now, thanks to everything from declining diesel prices to fleet concerns about natural-gas payback and fueling infrastructure, it appears those earlier predictions of the future strength of natural gas were too rosy.

The state of trucking 

Trucking has undergone a major transformation in the past five years as fleets have re-examined every aspect of their operations from equipment to business plans.  Think about just a few of the major issues fleets have had to address in recent years: evaluating new fuel options, navigating basic changes to safety regulations, a rapid evolution in truck technologies, a slow-growth economic recovery, and the list goes on. 

Better oils, better choices 

Oil. It’s the lifeblood of an engine. Nothing’s changed about that since the birth of the automotive age. But when it comes to heavy-duty diesel engines, right now a lot about oil is changing. What’s more, say major lubricant suppliers, the changes under way are all for the better. Driving the ongoing push to develop and bring to market new multi-grade oil formulations is the growing recognition that this liquid gold can pump value into trucking operations beyond delivering on its core mission of protecting expensive engines.

Navistar restructures leadership; announces retirement of Jack Allen

Navistar, Inc. this morning stated that it has restructured its senior leadership team by giving three executives-- Walter Borst, Bill Kozek and Persio Lisboa-- additional responsibilities. The truck and engine builder also said that Jack Allen, 56, its executive vice president & COO since April 2013, is retiring after more than 33 years of service to the company.

According to Navistar, the leadership changes were made “to accelerate its transformation and performance” and are effective immediately.

Mid-Terms: How trucking may score on Capitol Hill 1

How legislation favorable to trucking will fare during the upcoming 114th Congress will be predicated on more than the obvious expectation that business interests will be well-served by the GOP victories rolled up across the country in yesterday’s mid-term elections.

Voters put the Republican Party firmly in control of the U.S. Senate, expanded its GOP majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and increased its tally of governorships.

Cat CT681 axle-forward work truck

Caterpillar showed off its new  CT681 Class 8 on-highway work truck at an Oct. 30th  media briefing at its Edwards (IL) Demonstration & Learning Center. The company said the new axle-forward truck has entered full production. It is the second truck in Cat's CT Series truck line-- the first being the axle-back CT660 that was launched in 2011.

Cat rolls out set-forward-axle Class 8 work truck

EDWARDS, IL. Caterpillar officially launched its CT681 Class 8 truck at a media briefing yesterday here at its Edwards Demonstration & Learning Center. The company said the new truck has entered full production-- and also revealed it will roll out another heavy-duty Class 8 next year.

Caterpillar Vocational Truck overview

Ron Schultz, Cat's sales manager-global on-highway trucks, provides an overview of OEM's new axle-forward CT681 Class 8 truck model. The CT681 is now in production and is the second model in Cat's on-highway truck line, the other being the CT660 axle-back configuration rolled out in 2011.

LaHood: Send a message and up fuel tax to fix roads

EDWARDS, IL. “Tolling and public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects are all good [approaches], but what we need now for our highways and bridges is more basic,” said former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood while addressing the media last evening at the Caterpillar Demonstration & Learning Center here.

Used-truck prices fell in Q3, except for heavy-duty at auction

At the end of Q3, used-truck prices at auction were up from Q2 for heavy- duty units, but down for medium-duties, according to the Truck Blue Book (TBB) report on the used-truck market for September.

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