Many, if not all, trucking stakeholders feared that motor carriers would suffer a decline in productivity yet not benefit from a rise in safety once the current Hours of Service (HOS) regulations went into effect back on July 1st.
This conundrum— being forced to be less productive while not gaining from any safety dividend—was the crux of trucking’s well-organized efforts to thwart the new HOS rule from being implementation.
Very early this morning, President Obama signed into law a continuing resolution that ends the government shutdown that began Oct 1st, increases the nation’s debt-ceiling limit and establishes a special joint House-Senate committee to conference on the federal budget.
It’s been 40 years since diesel fuel was last viewed as cheap and 50 years since the first federal Clean Air Act was passed. In the decades since, a vast whirlwind of societal, political, economic and technological change has remarkably recast trucking into a solidly green industry. Yet reducing fuel consumption by integrating the design of highway tractors and trailers to drastically slash their wind resistance remains the holy grail of aerodynamics for commercial vehicles.
At a facility dedication yesterday in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico, Chrysler Group LLC chairman & CEO Sergio Marchionne announced manufacturing investments in the country by the OEM totaling US$1.25 billion— including US$1.085 billion just for a new plant to produce the Ram ProMaster commercial van.
Taken alone, the downgrading of Navistar International Corp.’s (NYSE: NAV) credit rating by Standard & Poor’s does not truly reflect the state of the truck and engine maker’s business health, according to what two Navistar spokespersons have told FleetOwner.
COLUMBUS, IN, OCT. 3rd. Earlier today, Cummins Inc.unveiled its ISV5.0, a new 5-liter V8 diesel that extends the engine maker’s range to cover various North American commercial light- and medium-duty vehicle applications, up through Class 5 GVW ratings, with a powerplant that the company said is engineered to “deliver performance and a low total cost of ownership” for buyers.
Key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or ACA – a.k.a. “Obamacare”— kick in today, even as a fierce faction in the House of Representatives continues to battle the rest of Congress and the President to roll back or at least rewrite parts of the landmark legislation.
While implementation of ACA’s employer mandate has been pushed back until 2015, the focus right now is on individuals-- and by extension for those employed, their employers.
By a whopping bipartisan vote of 405 to 0, the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed a bill (H.R. 3095) that will require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration(FMCSA) to follow its full rulemaking procedure—rather than merely furnish a “guidance”— when it addresses the issue of sleep apnea’s impact on commercial drivers.
West Point, MS. Under brilliant sunshine competing with the beaming smiles of hundreds of well-wishers, Yokohama Tire Corp. (YTC) officially broke ground here yesterday on a nearly 500-acre greenfield site for its new commercial- truck tire manufacturing plant. The plan will be YTC’s first “from-the-ground-up” manufacturing operation in the U.S.
ROMEO, MI. “Continuous improvement to the [light-duty] Ford F-150 never stops,” Jackie Dimarco, F-150 chief engineer, declared during a media test-drive event held here yesterday at the OEM’s Michigan Proving Ground (MPG).
Key improvements of particular appeal to commercial fleet buyers of pickups that Dimarco cited included:
Cummins Inc. announced this morning the launch of a global heavy-duty engine platform, the in-line six G Series. Engines in the series will be available in 10.5- and 11.8-liter displacements “to meet a broad variety of on-highway and off-highway global market requirements and emissions standards.”
While the initial G Series engines are designed to run on diesel fuel, Cummins told FleetOwner that “a natural gas option may come later.”