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.

Wrapping up ATA's MC&E 2015

A few final news notes emerged from the American Trucking Associations (ATA) annual Management Conference & Exhibition (MC&E), which wrapped up this week in Philadelphia.

Idle Smart to offer remote control capability

Idle Smart is planning to add a new remote control twist to its automated start/stop engine control system next year; a system designed to reduce truck engine idling, keep truck batteries charged, and prevent cold starts.

Based on the Android operating system, Idle Smart will offer remote management capabilities via a smart phone application along with easy-to-understand desktop performance reporting and diagnostics.

ATA MC&E 2015: Day Four

The final day of the annual American Trucking Associations (ATA) Management Conference & Exhibition (MC&E), held in Philadelphia this year, included a session looking at the future effect of telematics on commercial vehicles. (Photos by Sean Kilcarr)

Shuster: Confident long-term highway bill can get done

PHILADELPHIA. Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA), chairman of the transportation and infrastructure committee within the House of Representatives, expressed “confidence” that a long-term highway bill “can get done” and sent to the White House, though more time will be needed to do so.

“We need a multi-year highway bill; we need that certainty,” he said during a speech here at the 2105 American Trucking Associations (ATA) Management Conference & Exposition (MC&E).

ATA MC&E 2015: Day Three

On this day, activity at the American Trucking Associations (ATA) 2015 Management Conference & Exposition (MC&E) included presentations by retired U.S. Army four star general Stanley McChrystal, Congressman Bill Shuster, educational sessions on the threat of cyber crime and cargo theft to trucking ... and the one and only Paul McCartney, who performed at Freightliner's annual MC&E customer appreciation event. (Photos by Sean Kilcarr)

FMCSA’s Darling: ELD rule coming 3

PHILADELPHIA. Scott Darling, acting administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), said the agency’s long awaited final rule mandating electronic logging devices (ELDs) for the trucking industry should be “out in the next several months” as it is in the “final stages” of approval at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

ATA MC&E 2015: Day Two

The second full day of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) Management Conference & Exhibition (MC&E) featured speeches by Bill Graves, the trade group's president and CEO, as well as Scott Darling, acting administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), plus an exhibit hall packed with everything from self-driving trucks down to the latest software products. (Photos by Sean Kilcarr)

HOS sits atop trucking’s critical issue list

PHILADELPHIA. The annual survey conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) to rank trucking’s most critical issues found that hours of service (HOS) is again at the top of the list for the third year in a row.

ATA MC&E 2015: Awards

A host of trucking industry executives, drivers, and technicians were honored at the annual American Trucking Associations (ATA) Management Conference & Exhibition (MC&E) being held in Philadelphia this year. (Photos by Sean Kilcarr)

New trailer fairing offers 2% fuel savings

PHILADELPHIA. Designed to eliminate drag from the front end of a trailer by generating lift like an airplane wing, the new LeadEdge Top Fairing introduced here by SmartTruck aims to “manipulate and manage” airflow created in the gap between cab and trailer or between doubles.

18 year olds: Attracting the best teens to trucking 4

Though 18 year-olds are already allowed to obtain commercial driver licenses (CDLs) and operate heavy truck within a state’s borders, they cannot drive such vehicles between states – an interstate restriction many safety groups want to keep in place.

Freight hitting soft patch as manufacturing optimism dims

Sentiment regarding the direction of the global economy took a sharp turn downward among U.S. industrial manufacturers over the last three months of this year, noted a quarterly survey compiled by global consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), accompanied by a “softening” of the freight markets as well, according to recent analysis by Stifel Financial Corp.

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