Drivers can expect lane and ramp closures and one-way traffic controls throughout this month as construction work takes place on Interstate 80 — a major east–west route between California and Nevada — and Highway 49 in Nevada and Placer counties.
In a continued effort to promote the benefits of natural gas vehicles for commercial truck fleets, Ryder System is offering businesses in the Sacramento, CA, area an opportunity to test drive alternative fuel trucks free for three days.
TrailerTail is a lightweight, thermoplastic composite fairing installed at the back of a tractor-trailer to streamline airflow behind the trailer, reducing aerodynamic drag and reducing fuel consumption by 6.6% when the vehicle is traveling at 65 mph, the manufacturer said.
In its current form, FMCSA’s CSA safety rating program has inaccuracies, arbitrary weightings, no due process and is unfair to small business, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Assn. (OOIDA) testified in a July 11 hearing held by the U.S House Committee on Small Business.
Researchers in India have developed a technology that not only jams cell phone calls while a vehicle is in motion, but can report a driver's attempt to use their mobile communication devices to the authorities.
The technology, based on RFIDs, is aimed at preventing truck drivers and other road users from using their cell phones while driving and could also be integrated with police traffic monitoring, developers said.
For the first time, heavy- and medium-duty trucks will have to reach government-mandated fuel economy standards starting in 2014. Those standards will become even more stringent by 2018. What will this mean to fleets? Most likely it will limit the number of components truck buyers will be able to specify in the future, which can be viewed both positively and negatively, according to industry experts.
An accident at a U.S. Postal distribution center in Urbandale, IA, that killed a truck driver could have been prevented, according to an employee at the Des Moines Network Distribution Center where the accident occurred.
Carl Magee, 46, of Pekin, Ill., reportedly was run over by his own tractor-trailer after it slipped out of gear at a loading dock last Thursday. Police said Magee’s rig started to roll north through the center’s parking lot. The truck driver reportedly jumped onto the rig in an attempt to stop it.
The New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (PBA) announced they will conduct air monitoring at the Peace Bridge to assess how reducing traffic congestion at the span connecting the U.S. and Canada affects air quality. The monitoring will assess air quality prior to prospective renovations to the plaza as well as after improvements, which are designed to reduce congestion, are complete. Monitoring is expected to start in August.
An Ohio trucker is being called a hero after frantically steering his speeding, out-of-control rig through a busy intersection and avoiding crashing into a busy shopping center, sacrificing himself by pointing the truck into a tree in the process, according to a WKYC News report.
A 64-door facility was opened on a four-acre site at 640 W. Taft St. in Orange, CA. Strategically located to railroad heads, ports and highways, including Interstate 5 and California Highways 22, 55, 57 and 91, the center will help serve increased freight traffic in southern California, the company said.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ordered Tennessee-based truck company Three Angels Farms and its owners, Edwin Ayache and Dorian Ayache, to immediately cease all transportation services based on serious safety violations that posed an imminent hazard to public safety.
The shutdown order was the result of FMCSA’s findings of multiple federal violations in hours-of-service compliance, driver qualification requirements, drug and alcohol testing and vehicle maintenance, the agency said.
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum will host a 100th Birthday party for its 1912 Saurer and 1912 Mack Jr. trucks on Friday, July 13, at 2:30 p.m. The special celebration will coincide with the Walcott Truckers Jamboree, July 12-13.
“It’s very fitting that we are celebrating both the Saurer and Mack Jr. trucks, since both nameplates were forerunners to the Mack trucks we see on the road today,” said Dave Meier, museum curator.