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.

TCA 2017: Day 2

The second day of the 2017 Truckload Carriers association (TCA) annual meeting featured welcoming remarks from Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, a performance by noted country music artists Lindsey Lawler in recognition of Daniel Sieczkarski from Melton Truck Lines, Inc., being named the 2016 Highway Angel of the Year, and a talk by noted futurist and Forbes writer Rich Karlgaard about what the Trump era holds in store for trucking. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner)


Bison explains how it rebuilt its safety culture 1

NASHVILLE. Garth Pitzel will tell you that in the 1990s, as Bison Transport grew into one of North America’s largest fleets by adding over 100 trucks a year, the company aimed just to be “compliant” with safety regulations while focusing more on how to deliver customer freight on time, every time.

TCA 2017: Day 1

The 2017 Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) set up shop in Nashville, TN, and the exhibit hall at the groups's yearly gathering showcased a bevy of offerings for fleets, ones largely oriented towards technology: electronic logging devices (ELDs), transportation management systems (TMS), freight costing programs, and the like. Here are a few of the initial sights seen at the TCA's annual convention. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner)

Tweaking the van into a better work tool

Whether you are talking about compact city vans equipped to serve tradesmen such as plumbers, electricians, and the like, or larger "bread van" units aimed at the food truck and parcel delivery markets, those platforms are undergoing a series of "tweaks" for lack of a better term to improve their functionality. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner)

Trump meets with truckers

At a special White House event this week, members of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), along with a contingent of Road Team Captains, a group of professional drivers who act as industry "ambassadors," met with President Trump to discuss a range of issues affecting motor carriers, including health care.

Focusing on functionality for work trucks

John Schwegman will tell that while demand for greater fuel economy “has always been important and will stay that way” for light- and medium-duty units “work truck” roles, the desire now is for more options and more overall “functionality” when it comes to vocational-focused platforms.

Checking out Daimler's work trucks

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) brought a wide assortment of its wares to the 2017 NTEA Work Truck Show: Trucks sporting the Freightliner, Western Star, and Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) brand names as well as a selection of its Detroit engines, including its latest offering, the diesel-fired medium-duty duty DD8.

The work van side of Mercedes Benz

Mercedes Benz Vans USA (MBUSA Vans) recently showed off several iterations of its Sprinter full-size and Metris mid-size work van platforms: including a unique concept vehicle dubbed the “Mercedes-Benz Metris Master Solutions Toolbox Van,” which is designed to literally be a tool box on wheels. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner)

Chevrolet flexes its work truck muscle

The Chevrolet division of General Motors is flexing a lot of “work truck” muscle these days. At the 2017 NTEA Work Truck Show, the company announced its soon-to-be-unveiled Class 4-5 medium-duty conventional truck, being jointly built with Navistar, will be powered by its Duramax diesel engine mated to an Allison Transmission automatic gearbox.

Nissan shows off its work side

At the 2017 NTEA Work Truck Show, Nissan showed off a bevy of its pickups and vans in “work truck mode.” The OEM also brought one of its unique concept vehicles to the show as well: the NV Cargo X, a Cummins-powered off-road van. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner)

Ram at the Work Truck Show

The Ram Trucks division of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) showed off a wide range of truck and van models, along with highlight some new programs, at the 2017 National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Work Truck Show, including an eye-popping red Power Wagon pickup spec’d with a premium time level.

Snow plow test drive

At the 2017 National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Work Truck Show, Mack Trucks offered to take journalists for a spin in one of its Mack Granite Medium Heavy Duty (MHD

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