Sean Kilcarr

Executive 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.

Big Data, safety and truck care

Taking care of trucks these days is at once becoming easier and more complex simultaneously. First, the stream of “big data” coming from big rigs should help improve truck maintenance practices and lower costs as well. Yet to make them safer will require more up-front investment in pricier components and technologies, though those should help reduce truck lifecycle expenses over time.

Q&A: Tracking insurance trends in trucking

The world of trucking insurance as we know it is changing, thanks in large measure to the introduction of new safety technologies and especially video camera systems that’s helping not only

Military trucks battle West Coast flooding
ARTBA’s “bad bridge” report 1

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) recently issued a report that analyzed the Department of Transportation’s National Bridge Inventory database and determined that there are nearly 56,000 structurally compromised roadway bridges across the U.S., with 1,900 of them are on the interstate highway system.

Is a “high-side surprise” in store for trucking?

A spate of recent data points, from increased Class 8 orders in January (though actual heavy-truck sales declined) to strengthening trucking “conditions” metrics, are brightening the prospects for motor carriers in the near term.

Supply chain trends trucking needs to watch

Gary Brooks, chief marketing officer for Syncron – a cloud-based aftermarket “service optimization” firm – believes there are several major supply chain trends that are going to create lasting impact on the trucking industry in 2017. “Today’s supply chain has become more complicated than ever, even more so than it was five years ago,” he explained to Fleet Owner.

Training to escape trucks when trapped underwater 1
It’s one of the more frightening situations truck drivers must contemplate: being trapped in one’s truck when the vehicle falls off a bridge and starts sinking in the cold, dark waters below. This very scenario occurred to truck driver Joseph Chen as he crossed over Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
Is the tide turning for small trucking companies? 1
There’s been enormous bottom-line pressure applied to small- to medium-sized trucking companies — those operating anywhere from three on up to 150 trucks — in recent years. Yet that pressure may be set to ease significantly in 2017 if capacity cuts and a proposed “regulatory rollback” occur as expected.
Mercedes-Benz Vans Unveils Concept Metris
To highlight its new Master Solutions work van program unveiled last summer, Mercedes-Benz Vans showcased a concept "Toolbox Van" — note the giant handle on the roof — at this year's Chicago Auto Show.
Q&A: Bringing more intelligence to trailers via the IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is creating a lot of change within the transportation and logistics world, much of it disruptive in nature for trucking due to how it can help more deeply infuse the use of “Big Data<

Truck orders kept ticking up in January

Heavy- and medium-duty truck orders continued to climb in January, albeit at a cautious pace, according to data tracked and analyzed by FTR and ACT Research, with Michael Baudendistel, vice president of the Stifel Transportation & Logistics Research Group within Stifel Capital Markets, noting that broad “optimism” regarding the near- to medium-term outlook for freight markets and the broader economy may be driving this “pick up” in orders.

Beyond phase 2 powertrains 

The trucking industry is experiencing three phases of powertrain development being driven in part by the Phase 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations, which mandate fuel economy improvements for commercial trucks. That’s what Mike Roeth, executive director  of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, will tell you.

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