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  • ACT's Vieth on driver shortage: "The feds plan to make it worse"   2 weeks 6 days ago    

    This has been the case for years . And that bunch of idiots at the ATA is driving their own drivers out supporting most of the crap from Washington.

  • Reworking the concept of mobility   3 weeks 2 days ago    

    I'm not a visionary. I'm shortsighted in many ways. Why would I drive to the city, park however far away, and then get out my bike for the rest of the way?? I thought that was the point of the electric/hybrids!! I think Ford should leave the bicycles to Schwinn!
    Have a good day,

  • Zombie survival by car? NOT by truck?   3 weeks 3 days ago    

    It is really surprising to know that Hyundai Company is making a Zombie Survival Machine. Well Hyundai is a very good car manufacturing company and it has delivered top classes of cars in last few years.
    Thanks Sean for sharing this info. I also like the video you have uploaded here. Keep sharing.

  • Survey indicates poor roads may be aggravating driver shortage   4 weeks 3 hours ago    

    Bike lanes and nature trails are much more important than good roads. Politicians don't get their names in the paper or on the 6:00 news for road repairs.

  • Where are the rate increases for trucking?   4 weeks 5 days ago    

    I've been saying for quite a few years now that I believe it's a shipper/broker issue. Most if not all shippers and brokers have no idea how much it costs to run a truck. They are always looking out for their own bottom line, which is generally good business, but doesn`t take into account how to keep their supplier in business. This industry has to built on partnerships and too many times the brokers and carriers treat each other like enemies.

    The shippers aren't privy to this relationship because all they want to do is ship their freight and at the cheapest rate possible. When they get 10 calls asking for their freight and every broker says they have capacity! The law of supply and demand says the freight rate should decrease. The problem is that the all these brokers are fighting over the same truck and therefore supply is actually low, not high. The numbers are all schewed because of all the brokers (new and old) in the market saying they have the magic key to capacity. Until some real discussions with shippers about what rates should be and what shortages there truly are in the market, this won't change.

    In case you're wondering I am a 17 year veteran as both a freight broker and asset-based operation manager. I now own a private consulting company to help asset-based companies earn direct contact with shippers.

  • Are small carriers facing extinction?   5 weeks 17 hours ago    

    Last time I looked, no federal regulation nor any presidential assurance gave any "small carrier" nor any ever larger ones, protection from the prospects of "facing extinction." While somewhat learned observers such as Borughton and Wilson decry the statistics as to recently-failed truckers, no one can accurately report the number of new firms recently entering the market. Go figure ... the "Laws of Nature" continue to rule supreme.

  • Mack introduces air suspension   5 weeks 20 hours ago    

    The Volvo-designed "Twin Y" air suspension is a sales disaster.

    The parabolic taperleaf mRide is actually a Volvo product from Europe, similar to Mercedes-Benz's U.S.-branded TufTrac used on Freightliner, Sterling and Western Star.

  • Mitsubishi Fuso names new CEO for North America   5 weeks 20 hours ago    

    I'm sure Ms. Glasman is a fine person.

    However, with zero background in the truck industry, and 12 years of unhelpful experience at software firm Comverse, one can't help but be shocked that Daimler would choose Ms. Glasman above a number of qualified truck industry professionals to run Mitsubishi Fuso's U.S. unit.

  • GHG Phase II: 10 key points in the proposed truck standards   5 weeks 1 day ago    

    No one has been able to tell us the truth about GHG It's been proven that all this is about is someone's legacy, power and money what it does to America doesn't matter anymore. Climate change is a hoax and our President knows it because he's proved he wants to destroy America and this one way he will do it!!!!

  • Forget bonuses for technicians. Pay them instead.   5 weeks 1 day ago    

    Darry, As a fleet shop, I post monthly how the the techs rank in the capturing of direct labor. Just need to post, they'll assure they're not on the bottom of the list. We utilize a 10 hr shift, 4 day work week, a safety incentive, hourly adjustments for certifications attained (taken away if certs are lost), we recognize techs for a "catch of the week", and we award add'l vacation days to techs for meeting certain attendance standards rather than taking sick days. Be happy to provide more info if desired. Bob

  • Senator pledges to solve the ‘insoluble’ highway funding impasse   5 weeks 2 days ago    

    Somebody has to tell these career politicians to look in the mirror to find out why we don't have the money to update the roads.

  • GHG Phase II: 10 key points in the proposed truck standards   5 weeks 3 days ago    

    I have experienced a "harder" ride with the low rolling resistance tires combined with the deplorable conditions of our Nation's highways. Perhaps coming up with long term funding for the Nation's infrastructure would go a long way towards better fuel economy. Enough of these 4 lane interstates that cause major waste of fuel due to closing one lane for repairs, start improving the capacity of the Nation's highways. We will then see in my opinion, a much greater improvement in fuel economy and GHG's. Thank you.

  • Forget bonuses for technicians. Pay them instead.   5 weeks 3 days ago    

    Barry, I run a fleet of 10 garbage trucks and I have come up with a system that creates a little competition month to month but we don't use a bonus system. It's more a matter of seeing if we can do better than we did last month. The system isn't perfect but it works like this; we track our repairs by category, driver reports and mechanic inspections or the things we "catch" (X), versus PM, Warranty, accident, driver abuse (Y). I also track road calls and mechanic errors. I then take total repairs (T) and subtract (Y) and then take X and divide by Y. That gives me a "catch rate" or the percentage of repairs that we caught before they became a road call breakdown. A good month is when we are in the 85% or higher range. You obviously can't catch everything but we do our best in our 2 man shop to keep the bar high. We sit down every month and look at the numbers from last month and see if there was anything we could do different and try to learn from that.

  • Forget bonuses for technicians. Pay them instead.   5 weeks 3 days ago    

    Barry, I wholeheartedly agree that there are many variables involved in technician incentives, and I believe that the dynamics of that will change as technician pay continues to rise. What was the most important to past generations, is not the same to the current generation Z techs that are and will be manning the tools.
    One incentive that All generations in all categories can appreciate is a strong sense of community in their immediate workplace. A bond that exists between employees, that not only exists at work, but outside in social interactions, builds a greater desire to overcome adversity and less desirous of leaving due to the loss of friendships. These friendships spread to families and children who come to know each other and continue to build a stronger community. Family gatherings at work, Christmas parties, summer picnics which are run and arranged by employees with management involvement and blessing, can help to make up for not making the highest wages. Who doesn't envy those who tell us that they love their job?
    Of course all this cannot happen without management buy-in and full support. They must not be the center of this community, but the fabric that binds the community together.

  • Obama administration publishes Phase II of GHG plan   5 weeks 6 days ago    

    This Hog Wash, Get the government out of our hair GHG is a government made hoax to grab power and money the average American citizen has more common sense then those clown in Washington.

  • Your June 17 Pre-Trip: GOP gets 45-day highway deadline   6 weeks 11 hours ago    

    Yes i was there in rhode island and with the Senate Finance Committee will consider and would toll tractor-trailers to help repair the state’s bridges and roads of $700 million proposals collectively.

  • GM's return to medium-duty   6 weeks 23 hours ago    

    Always liked the Astro/Titan back in the day.

  • It’s your skin in this game   6 weeks 1 day ago    

    The article has really peaks my interest.

  • What’s important when buying a fleet?   6 weeks 6 days ago    

    Very well stated. Whenever buying a business, do your homework and investigate everything. Get help in areas that you are not comfortable. Assess the risks associated with the ownership change. Have a plan. There are thousands of small fleets out there that will change hands.

  • 2016 Silverado pickups to gain prognostic capability   7 weeks 4 hours ago    

    The technology coming out in the next few years is awesome! Eventually (when quantum computers are perfected) freight hauling using human drivers will be history. And so, too, will bus/cab drivers, airplane pilots and military personnel in combat arms. Close to retiring now, I'll just sit and watch, amazed that I was one of those who carried a rifle in combat and drove a big truck across the USA and Canada and now I'm part of history.

  • Transport America increases pay for owner operators   7 weeks 6 hours ago    

    What are you getting/paying?

  • Transport America increases pay for owner operators   7 weeks 1 day ago    

    Dollar a mile. Really? I must be missing something. Wow Get serious

  • Customer needs drove design of Kalmar Ottawa T2   7 weeks 1 day ago    

    When is the Drone version going to be available?

  • AMTs deliver operational rewards and higher costs.   7 weeks 2 days ago    

    Darry, I've been waiting a long time for someone in the industry media to speak out and say the things you did about automatics in something other than mid-range or vocational trucks where they are proven and preferred. Wait til folks figure out that torque converters are a better way to launch a vehicle and enable comparable or better fuel economy because the system is more efficient than one that interrupts power at every shift (i.e. a manual or an AMT). Thanks for being objective.

  • Diagnosis: drivers bedeviled by inexperience, lack of skills   7 weeks 2 days ago    

    People tend to think of driving a motor vehicle as a "right". Driving is something that all individuals must prove they are capable of doing safely before they are issued a license. So, with that in mind, I suggest that teenagers go through a more intensive training program along with the simulator and hands-on driver training, getting their regular license when (and if) they graduate from high school.

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