Sean Kilcarr

Senior 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.

Battle brews over HOS “restart rider” in budget bill 1

A political battle is brewing over a rider attached to a federal government funding bill that would suspend the hotly-contested 34-hour rule added to hours of service (HOS) regulations in July last year.

Known as the “Collins Amendment” after its sponsor, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), the budget bill provision would suspend the restrictions imposed on drivers using the 34-hour restart – specifically that it requires two off-duty periods between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. while limiting the use of the restart to once per week.

Navistar unveils new ProStar ES fuel efficiency package

Truck and engine maker Navistar is rolling out a new fuel efficiency package for its International ProStar highway tractor, dubbed the ProStar ES – a designation that stands for “efficiency specification.”

Available for order later this month, Navistar said its new ProStar ES will come with a “full aerodynamic package” combined with several drivetrain options and low rolling resistance tires.

Truck driver demographics approaching “cliff” 1

A new white paper compiled by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) indicates that truck driver demographic trends are rapidly approaching an alarming “cliff” as too few younger workers are on hand to replace a driver population rapidly approaching retirement age.

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