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.

The Fleet Owner 500 Awards Finalists

To honor advances and innovation in private fleet operations across the country, Fleet Owner is holding its inaugural “Fleet Owner 500 Awards” ceremony this fall in conjunction with the North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) exposition in Atlanta, GA.

Eighteen fleets drawn from nine distinct industry segments are in the running for the awards, with these motor carriers selected from the annual “Fleet Owner 500” list of the largest private fleet operations in North America.

Leasing rules are changing, but fiscal advantages will remain

New lease accounting rules will hitting the books in a little over a year, changing how trucking companies that lease trucks, trailers and other equipment “recognize” the value of such assets on their balance sheets.

Canadian truckers await their own ELD mandate

Though it has been a long time coming in Canada, an electronic logging device (ELD) mandate similar to the one in the U.S. is poised to be issued by the close of 2017 if all goes as planned.

FMCSA offers further ELD details 1

There are more than a few questions regarding the federal policies and producers surrounding day-to-day operation of electronic logging devices (ELDs) – especially how the data recorded by those devices will be provided to law enforcement officers and/or safety officials during roadside inspections.

More insights from in.sight

From an explanation as to how e-commerce is reshaping the trucking industry to discussion of trends in cybersecuroity, autonomous vehicle development, regulations, and maintenance data analysis, the three-day 2017 in.sight user conference and exposition in Nashvilee, TN, offered up a chance to dig into some of the major issues affecting the freight world today. (All photos: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

Numbers, numbers, numbers 
There are all sorts of issues bedeviling motor carriers these days: the ongoing driver shortage, downward pressure on freight rates, and perhaps a mythical capacity crunch. And these are likely to change and grow more complicated in the months and years ahead.
Trucking by the Numbers 2017 
Sherlock Holmes, that great mythical detective, once said (by way of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in A Study in Scarlett) that "it is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data." Our Trucking by the Numbers feature provides a "snapshot" of just how vast and how vital the business of hauling cargo really is in big black-and-white numbers.
Covering the in.sight conference

With over 2,000 attendees and 80-plus exhibitors gathered in Nashville, TN, for TMW and PeopleNet's 2017 in.sight user conference and exposition, talk quickly turned to discussing major technology trends such as the chances of an electronic logging device (ELD) mandate delay and how data analysis will usher in a new wave of transportation efficiency. (All photos: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

The pace of technological change is accelerating in trucking 1

NASHVILLE. The demand for faster, cheaper and more accurate delivery of goods is only increasing, according to two top transportation technology executives speaking here at the 2017 PeopleNet and TMW Systems in.sight user conference and exposition.

Inside the in.sight conference and expo

Packed with over 350 educational sessions and 80 exhibitors, the three-day 2017 PeopleNet-TMW Systems user conference and exposition - dubbed "in.sight" - took place at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel outside Nashville, TN. The event included access to the "in.sight lab," where users could test out a variety of PeopleNet and TMW transportation system offerings. Some live country music added a festive air to the expo hall as well. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

Tires: Avoiding failures 2
Checking and maintaining proper air pressure for truck and trailer tires is probably one of the more irritating and time-consuming maintenance tasks faced by drivers and fleet managers alike. But simple steps can help fleets and their drivers avoid catastrophic truck and trailer tire debacles while on the road.
Recovery and repair training

When big rigs go off the road into a ditch or down a hill, a lot of specialized skills are required to get them back onto the asphalt. The same goes truck for military equipment, such as the Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) which is known as the Logistics Vehicle System (LVS) in the U.S. Marine Corps. Those units weight 24,500 lbs. to over 50,000 lbs., depending on the model type, and are none-too-easy to recover – especially when under fire. That’s why the U.S.

Riding & Driving in a Ram ProMaster Van

With a rental agreement signed, sealed and in hand, Fleet Owner took a 2017 Ram ProMaster 2500 HD high-roof full-size cargo van on a 540-mile two-day journey from North Virginia down through the Shenandoah Valley and back, fully-loaded and empty. The surprising thing about it:  how comfortable, capable and easy to handle a stripped-down model turned out to be. (All photos: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

Ryder’s 2017 Top Technician Competition

Every year, Ryder System hosts a global competition for its corps of 5,900 maintenance technicians located in North American and the United Kingdom. Some 1,800 Ryder technicians competed in the regional round, whittling their numbers down to just six for the final round, held this year in Nashville, TN. Who would win the $50,000 cash prize and title of “top technician”? (Photos: Ryder System)

Q&A: Tips for taking care of tires

It’s a well-worn cliché in the trucking business and yet it still holds true in the main: tires really are “where the rubber meets the road” in terms of productivity, uptime, and efficiency in the freight world. Tires are also one of the trucking industry’s major expenses, representing about 2% of overall costs.

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