Kevin Jones


Kevin Jones has an odd fascination with the supply chain. As editor of American Trucker, he focuses on the critical role owner-ops and small fleets play in the economy, locally and globally. And he likes big trucks.

FTR: Class 8 production to top 300,000 units in 2018
INDIANAPOLIS. North American Class 8 truck production will hit 300,000 units in 2018, a level seen only once in the past 10 years, according to the transportation equipment experts at FTR. In other forecasts presented at 2017 FTR Transportation Conference here this week, commercial vehicle trailer production will see a modest increase, paced by an improving flatbed market, while medium-duty truck production will mirror the U.S. economy, with slow but steady growth.
Challenges ahead for ELD ‘foot draggers,’ panel concludes

INDIANAPOLIS. Fleets that haven’t already made the transition to ELDs could have some unpleasant surprises in store, panelists at the 2017 FTR Transportation Conference explained here Tuesday. Issues include lost productivity, driver turnover, customer expectations, the availability of ELD units, and even whether or not the units will perform as advertised—and as required by the regulations.

New Volvo VNL focuses on driver, safety, efficiency
DUBLIN, VA. With the first substantial redesign in 20 years, Volvo Trucks North America on Tuesday revealed the new Volvo VNL series of long-haul tractors. In presentations at the brand new Volvo Trucks Customer Center here, company representatives touted the new VNL’s cutting-edge innovations in efficiency, productivity, safety and uptime.
Toward Zero Accidents: Volvo Active Driver Assist now standard
DUBLIN, VA. With a focus on reducing costly accidents, Volvo Trucks has made Volvo Active Driver Assist, which includes Bendix Wingman Fusion, standard equipment on the new Volvo VNR and VNL series.
Volvo VNL sneak peek: 'Radical, exciting'
DUBLIN, VA. In a semi-sneak preview (the press was here, yet details were few) Volvo Trucks North America rolled out the company's new flagship highway tractor Monday. But the “radical” new VNL is actually billed as just the “next step."
Shake, rattle, roll: Tour Daimler's HDPG
MADRAS, OR. The official first day of summer was still a month away, but the Pacific Northwest rainy season gave way to brilliant sunshine and mild temperatures just in time to allow Daimler executives and community leaders to forecast a bright future for a new truck testing facility here.
Real-time load tracking: At what price? 1

AUSTIN. Supply chain pressure runs downhill, but truckload carriers have nothing to fear from e-commerce—so long as they are, for all practical purposes, perfect.

And truckers not only need to be perfect, they’re increasingly expected to reassure shippers and receivers that everything’s fine with each and every load along the way.

So is real-time track and trace technology, or live load visibility, soon to be a standard offering, or is there a simpler way for carriers to keep customers happy?

Welcome to the Amazon jungle, truckers
AUSTIN. Truckload carriers have something to look forward to in the near term but, in looking a little further down the road, a leading industry analyst tosses around terms like “decimate,” “destroy,” “profound impact,” “seismic changes,” and, the kicker, “the whole world is going to turn upside down."
New oils greasing the skids for more to come

The transition to the latest heavy-duty engine oil specifications is well underway, according to the organization that manages the standards.  The American Petroleum Institute (API) has licensed about 400 CK-4 and more than 60 FA-4 oils submitted by large, medium, and small oil marketers.

Passing Inspections  2

While most trucking fleets place due emphasis on the driver’s safety responsibilities behind the wheel, all too often management has been less diligent when it comes to the day-to-day chore—and it is a chore—of equipment inspection. Thus, trucking gets oversight from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), with thousands of pages of U.S. code devoted to equipment and inspection standards, and the Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA)program that formally ties drivers and their companies together in the compliance effort.

Trump “considers” truckers’ call for fuel tax increase
With potentially conflicting campaign promises to lower taxes and to come up with a trillion dollars to upgrade the nation’s infrastructure, President Trump on Monday acknowledged the trucking industry’s concern over the deteriorating condition of highway system—and he opened the door to raising the federal tax on gasoline and diesel for the first time in almost 25 years.
Western Star XD OFFROAD: Working in the dirt
PHOENIX. With trucking editors on their way here for a Western Star 50th Anniversary event, XD and vocational sales manager John Tomlinson decided to look around for a venue more suitable than a parking lot for showing off the XD OFFROAD trucks he’d brought along. He found one.
OOIDA picks up latest Western Star for 'Spirit' tour
The Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association has once again received a new Western Star 5700XE to power its “Spirit of the American Trucker” tour trailer. The truck was presented to OOIDA at Western Star’s 50th Anniversary event in Phoenix on Thursday.
Western Star's XD-25: 'yellow iron' strong, versatile
PHOENIX. Targeting “the traditional yellow-iron customer,” Western Star Truck Sales Inc. has added a new option to its XD OFFROAD line. Based on the iconic Western Star 4900 platform, but with “considerably more material” to support off-road applications, the Western Star XD-25 is designed to be tough and versatile.
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