David Cullen

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.

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ATA pledges its members to hire 100,000 vets

The American Trucking Assns. (ATA) has committed its member companies to hire 100,000 military veterans within two years as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s “Hiring 500,000 Heroes” employment initiative.

Self-driving trucks: How the road ahead may shape up

Proponents of so-called “self-driving trucks” contend that their enabling technologies will work in concert to cut fuel consumption, reduce emissions and ensure highway safety much more effectively than today’s commercial vehicles.

Cargo theft: Thwart it with common sense

The holiday shopping stretch that nowadays begins before Thanksgiving helps drive the annual peak shipping period, which runs from September through January.  Of course, the latter season is more about taking than giving— at least for cargo thieves.

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. 

Saluting the past 

As France’s Thierry Becker, whose hobby is restoring U.S. military vehicles from WWII, worked to bring this 1942 Diamond T969 wrecker back to working order, he discovered that the truck’s original Timken axle bearings were still in good operating condition. Indeed, the 72-year-old bearings were in such good shape that Becker only had to replace the oil seals on the axles. He contacted Timken about that and the company provided him the seals as a gift.

Better oils, better choices 

When it comes to heavy-duty diesel engines, right now a lot is changing. .

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.

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