Sean Kilcarr

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.

Articles by Sean Kilcarr
Sense of complacency may be compromising corporate security efforts

A recent survey by HID Global regarding the security measures used to guard buildings and information technology (IT) networks are compromised by a sense of “complacency” within in the business community – a situation the firm believes could lead to significant consequences for trucking.

Drivers: New tools for recruiting 

Many fleets might view an online recruiting tool pitched as “eHarmony for truck drivers” with a great deal of suspicion, if not laughing off the idea right from the start.  An Internet-based matchmaking system designed to unearth the “perfect dimensions of compatibility” between driver candidates and carriers?  Really? 

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Manager: Jack Mitchell
Title: Vice president-remarketing
Fleet: Penske Truck Leasing
Operation: 215,000 light, medium and heavy trucks plus trailers

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Visiting Virginia's Memorial for Fallen Highway Workers

Built in 2004, Virginia's memorial to its fallen highway workers stands flanked by two flagstaffs at milepost 102 heading east on I-64 two-thirds of the way down Afton Mountain. It honors the 132 Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) highway workers who lost their lives on the job between 1928 and 2012. All photos courtesy of VDOT.

Finding ways to reduce highway work zone crashes

A new study indicates that vehicle operators and passengers are more likely to be killed or injured in highway work zone crashes versus workers in those construction zones – with speeding the major cause of vehicles crashes in highway work zones.

Transportation funding not a Congressional priority, says LaHood

With what he termed a “hotly contested” election approaching in November, Ray LaHood – the former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation and now senior policy advisor at the global law firm DLA Piper – says that crafting a long-term transportation funding solution is “not a priority” in Congress right now and that a short-term continuation of existing commitments using general fund revenues is likely to occur.

Projecting trucking’s future pricing path

Though capacity remains exceptionally tight, with drivers in short supply, industry experts remain unsure what kind of rate increases – if any – carriers may be able to achieve and keep going forward, as well as how “accessorial charges” for fuel, detention time, and others may be affected.

Kentucky Trailer to offer factory-fitted TrailerTail

Drop frame trailer maker Kentucky Trailer and trailer aerodynamic device maker ATDynamics recently formed a partnership whereby Kentucky Trailers will offer a factory-installed TrailerTail device as a standard order option for new trailer orders.

SmartTruck highlights SmartWay “Elite” aerodynamic compliance

At the 2014 Mid America Trucking Show, aerodynamic trailer device maker SmartTruck noted that its UT6-Plus product package complies with the new “Elite” level designation for trailer aerodynamic devices announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its SmartWay program at the 2014 Technology & Maintenance Council in early March.

Touring Peterbilt's 75th anniversary trailer at the 2014 Mid America Trucking Show

On April 1 this year, Peterbilt Motors Co. is launching a special “75th Anniversary Tour” to provide a retrospective look at its heritage as well as an overview products hints about its future efforts. Peterbilt brought the centerpiece of this year-long tour to Mid America: a custom-built double-expandable 53-foot trailer that provides what the OEM calls an “immersive experience.” The company added that its “mobile exhibition” trailer will be pulled by a special Model 579 Anniversary Edition highway tractor.

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