Sean Kilcarr

Senior Editor

Sean reports and comments on trends affecting the many different strata of the trucking industry -- light and medium duty fleets up through over-the-road truckload, less-than-truckload, and private fleet operations Also be sure to visit Sean's blog Trucks at Work where he offers analysis on a variety of different topics inside the trucking industry.

Fuel prices keep sliding downward

U.S. diesel and gasoline process continued their precipitous decline this week, according to data tracked by the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

The national average retail pump price for diesel dropped 4.2 cents to $3.656 per gallon, which is 23 cents per gallon cheaper compared to the same week in 2013, EIA noted.

Telematics viewed as a vehicle safety game-changer

A variety of current and “on-the-horizon” technologies will significantly improve the safety footprint of light vehicles and heavy commercial trucks in the near term, but the biggest – and still not fully utilized – safety enhancer remains telematics system, in the eyes of several experts.

October 20, 2014: Examining oil & gas trucking; Congress looking to boost rail competition; starting a truck driver school

This guest editorial in Fuel Fix magazine analyses the potential benefits and pitfalls of getting into the oil and gas trucking segment.

KWCH News reports on a local Kansas community college’s effort to start a truck driver training program.

October 17, 2014: Proposing 82 hours for truck drivers; ABF’s Slagle retires; can you catch Ebola by using public transportation?

Here is a look at what is happening in the world of transportation this morning:

The Hill reports on a brewing battle over Congressional efforts to extend weekly truck driver on-duty time to 82 hours versus the current 70.

Wisconsin inspectors say truck safety violations are on the rise in the Badger state, according to WISN 12.

October 16, 2014: FedEx Freight drivers unionize; Illinois boosting tolls; college grads pointed to transportation jobs

FedEx Freight drivers in Philadelphia vote to join the Teamsters union, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Truckers take heed: the Chicago Daily Herald reports that higher tolls for commercial vehicles traveling in Illinois will be initiated in 2015.

October 15, 2014: FedEx Freight drivers reject Teamsters, crossing into Mexico and bad fuel strands trucks

Here is a look at what is happening in the world of transportation today:

Get the TMS you want 

Whether they are called transportation management systems (TMS) or fleet management systems (FMS), the goal for such technology in trucking remains the same: generating and delivering data so fleet managers and drivers alike can make faster, wiser and more profitable decisions. The challenge for systems today, however, is to provide what Jim Coffren, vice president-maintenance for Hirschbach Motor Lines, calls more “contextual data,” i.e., data packaged in terms of how it impacts a trucking operation as a whole.

Smooth switch 

Manager: Pat Mitchell

Title: Director of transportation

Fleet: Mobile County Public Schools, Mobile, AL

Operation: A 1,500-unit fleet with a mix of school buses (740 in all), cars and light trucks.


Switching to an alternative fuel always poses challenges for any fleet operation. Pat Mitchell will tell you those challenges are amplified when the cargo you carry every day are 26,000 school children ranging in age from kindergartners to high school seniors.

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