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  • Cruisin' Along   7 weeks 5 days ago    

    I certainly see it as a way of reducing the impact of driver variation on fuel economy. All these "assistance" systems are making it so that the vehicle optimally controls itself to achieve better fuel economy. Fleets have wanted drivers to use curie control more often for decades now. The combination of these GPS based systems and automated transmissions makes it more likely that cruise will be used.

  • Cruisin' Along   7 weeks 5 days ago    

    Paul, I don't think anyone has ever compiled such a list--thank you! Do you see all the innovation in the area of cruise control as a lead-up to self-driving vehicles?

  • OOIDA says safety data lacking from cross-border trucking pilot   7 weeks 5 days ago    

    Let's tell it like it is Sean. There is no issue with statistically valid data as Spencer claims. It is just another way for them to derail this from going forward.

    OOIDA and their allies tried to convince the public and their members that there would be 10's of 1,000's of unsafe US salvage trucks running roughshod across the entire USA, operated by unqualified and drug using drivers who would take American jobs and bringing trucks and illegals to the country. Ludicrous yes, but people believed and it never happened.

    The one that successfully passed the obstacles thrown in their path came her with a business plan and a work ethic where personal responsibility assures compliance with rules, because in Mexico, non-compliance can mean loss of license and prison.

    But that is not enough for OOIDA. There could have been 500 Mexican companies participating in the Pilot Program and have a 100% compliance rate and still Spencer and Johnston would find something to whine about.

    And all the while they ignore the enterprise carriers, Mexican-owned carrier that is domiciled in the United States; operates in the United States, conducting cross-border transportation of international cargo that originates in or is destined for a foreign country; and is subject to all U.S., state, and local laws pertaining to motor carrier operations and their vehicles. the Certificate carriers, Mexico-domiciled carriers that have authority to operate its trucks throughout the United States by virtue of having been granted this authority prior to the 1982 moratorium on long-haul Mexican trucking.....

    If OOIDA and Spencer want statistically valid data, this is where to look, not treat these groups as if they don't exist, because to acknowledge them would through their bogus claims out the window.

    In FYI 2013....
    Enterprise carriers were inspected 27,393 times with a driver OOS rate of 1.34% and a vehicle OOS rate of 18.28%, far below the national OOS rates for US carriers and drivers.

    Certificate carriers were inspected 5,597 returning with a driver OOS rate of 1.66% and a vehicle OOS rate of 19.06% still below the national average for US carriers.

    Oh, and for the commercial zone carriers, the drayage trucks, the "junk" that opponents like to refer to when they talk about Mexican trucks?

    FYI 2013 OP-2 carriers were subjected to 465,231 inspections, the majority full inspections.. These "junk" made a pathetic showing... The driver OOS rate for drayage drivers was 2.03% and the vehicle OOS rate was an astounding 16.34% The national OOS average for the US fleet is 5.0% for drivers and just below 22% OOS rate for vehicles.

  • Physical challenges for female drivers   7 weeks 6 days ago    

    Great question, as it is all about adaptability in allowing greater ranges for reach differences in arms and legs.

  • Physical challenges for female drivers   7 weeks 6 days ago    

    Ellen, Interesting! Do you see an approach to addressing this problem? Is it a matter of further expanding ergonomic templates in truck design?

  • Don’t Ride Out the Storms: Measure and Manage Them   7 weeks 6 days ago    

    Anyone factor winter weather into rates?

  • Con-way Freight boosting driver pay   8 weeks 4 hours ago    

    So how much is the pay increase?
    And what do they pay, this is something that every one would like to know, or do we have to research that, then no use for your report.

  • Ford making moves on several fronts   8 weeks 1 day ago    

    we're growing, and I believe it will bring new life to everyone

  • Ford making moves on several fronts   8 weeks 2 days ago    

    My brother bought a 2013 F-150 and I was able to ride in it and drive it last year. I really liked it. I decided to trade my old GMC for one, but the local dealer wouldn't deal with me. Same with GMC. I went to get a Ram and bought it for about $2500 less than either set up the same way. A person would think a guy comes in with cash in hand (check) it would get somebodys attention. Oh well, Ram it is ...for another 10yrs.

  • SkyBitz introduces new asset management and tracking solution   8 weeks 2 days ago    

    I recently came across to a product Verayu (www.verayu.com), They are providing a GPS device (Matchbox size) which can give you 15+ days tracking on single charge.

  • GM sees efficiency as key to midsize pickup market   9 weeks 5 hours ago    

    I went to the GMC website and went to build and price and built a truck like I would want and it was not much cheaper than a full size GMC truck and as of right now they are not offering some of the features I would want in this new midsize truck.

  • Technology offering a clear path to self-driving trucks   9 weeks 1 day ago    

    Man, I wish they woulda had this in the 70s and 80s. Go to sleep in Barstow and wake up in Amarillo. That's truckin'.

  • GM sees efficiency as key to midsize pickup market   9 weeks 1 day ago    

    None of this will do them any good unless they deal with the public. I shopped a new truck in July. I went to GMC, Chevy, and Ford...finally bought a Ram the way I wanted it set up for $2500 less than any of the others

  • An Oldie But a Goodie With Technology   9 weeks 5 days ago    

    Any comments from fleets using 6x2s?

  • When is the right time to sell your fleet?   9 weeks 6 days ago    

    Not really – the overabundance of capital is driving valuations to new heights. With a less robust market, owners could actually achieve lower valuations even with improved profitability.

  • Wage Theft   10 weeks 7 hours ago    

    While I'm certainly not going to give you any legal advice, my understanding is that any company that utilizes labor from people or firms they classify as independent contractors are subject to the requirements that these people or companies truly be "independent contractors". The risk for fleets and shippers here is that they cannot simply call these subcontractors "independent" if they actually exercise firm control over the performance of those duties.

  • When is the right time to sell your fleet?   10 weeks 2 days ago    

    Many forecast that capacity will continue to tighten and lead to increased rates. Does that scenario argue against selling now in anticipation of improved profitability?

  • No Need For Speed   10 weeks 2 days ago    

    They may arrive less tired, but what about the impact on earnings when drivers are paid by the mile?

  • Wage Theft   10 weeks 2 days ago    

    What about non-asset-based carriers? Are they vulnerable to this type of suit?

  • Why is the trucking industry so resistant to new safety regulations and technologies?   11 weeks 18 hours ago    

    OK,,You still refuse to state what you think these effective safety systems are.. If a driver needs something to help him do his job,or to be safe then he was never properly trained..
    If the companies you spend time with were to stop lobbying for usless expensive products that they want to force on everyone,,and actually start lobbying for more real hos rules,and better flexibility and start actually training their drivers we would NOT need any help..the numbers would prove we are being safe..
    If you want to level the field as you convey then lets go all the way,,lets make small fleets get the same break on fuel prices as the large companies...Lets give the small fleets extra tax breaks like the large fleets,,lets give the small fleets special financing rates like the large fleets...
    NO SIR we don't get to have things the big companies have but they and you want to force the small fleets to spend money they don't have on things they don't need just so you can have a level playing field?? If you look we can see that the large companies are the ones with the BAD safety records...so why are you wanting to say the rules are not being complied with by the small fleets? NO SIR ,,,the single one most safety problem we have is people that think like you...
    Why are you so adamant about having everyone on ELDs ? Do you think that will make us safe? Do you want to force more drivers to fall into the" idiot that don't know how it works " and thinks he has to sit on the fuel island because he is afraid to move to the other side of the truck stop while on his break? That's what is happening to these idiots that are NOT trained...I don't like ELDs because I don't need a baby sitter,and refuse to be monitored to that extent...I am one that will stand up for my rights..I am the kind of person that is not afraid to take on the world ..I took IRS to federal tax court, represented myself and I won. That's the reason I will never use ELDs.. I can tell you are one that believes that ELDs means that you are running in compliance,,but that is far from true...There is nothing in any ELD that makes it 100% compliant. So if I did run one I would still not do like the big company wants me to,I would decide when I needed a nap and would take one...I would never do like the idiots that make the rules want me to do.I will always put safety over compliance every time//
    When are you people that think you know trucking because you went to school a few extra years going to learn that compliance and safety are two different things,you cant legislate SAFETY,and in trying to do so you have made the roads more dangerous..Every time you hire a driver and don't train him ,every time you try to force a driver to drive when he should have stopped to wait out traffic ..and an accident happens ,,,you should be held responsible for the accident ,because you lobbyed for FMCSA to pass rules that kills people....
    No sir I will not ever be using an ELD.....and I bet while I was writing this at least one driver of a company that does use them had a violation and at least one had an accident

  • Why is the trucking industry so resistant to new safety regulations and technologies?   11 weeks 1 day ago    

    Proper driver training is indeed a cornerstone of highway safety. Effective safety systems need to be designed to help drivers do their jobs more effectively and efficiently -- and safely. But some of those systems are going to audit rules compliance, to ensure that everyone is playing by those rules.
    I'm curious why you're so opposed to ELDs. I have little doubt that ELDs will be in every truck very soon, and if you're driving legally, I don't see why that should bother you.

  • Why is the trucking industry so resistant to new safety regulations and technologies?   11 weeks 2 days ago    

    How about some examples of what your talking about.
    Safety improvements is a broad description .
    Are you talking ELDs ? Are you talking crash avoidance devices ? Or are you talking the single most important thing on safety that can not be overlooked or replaced with any device,,,,,,,,TRAINING. The driver... The fleets that train the driver and have less turnover are always the safest fleets,but you never want to admit that

  • Why is the trucking industry so resistant to new safety regulations and technologies?   11 weeks 2 days ago    

    Please tell me just how you think my view will not fly.
    Well intentioned ? You and the people you talk with that don't know the real world may call them that ,but my friend we all know that safety can not be legislated .
    The ongoing defiance of companies to better train and realize the actual problems is the single most contributor to the safety problem.
    The fact is the ones you try to support in your statements are the ones causing the problem.
    Yes we need better rules and regulations ,but every time FMCSA has a listening session they make it hard for drivers to get there,and then the company fools come along and get things like ELD or speed limiters suggested ...
    You continue to avoid the single most factor in safety,and that's driver training . Fleets don't want to spend money on training ,it leaves when the driver leaves,but Eloise , crash avoidance equipment etc. is counted off their taxes and something they retain when the driver leaves.
    I will never drive with an ELD ,I will quit first.
    I found this story via a link on OOIDA fb page,if you really want to know what people that know trucking think about your story go look at the 80 comments there...
    You may know publishing but you don't have a clue about safety.. Compliance can be legislated but safety can never be successfully legislated...
    Come ride in a truck for a couple weeks if you want to learn truckiinh

  • Why is the trucking industry so resistant to new safety regulations and technologies?   11 weeks 2 days ago    

    Ed, I'm sorry to say that you're view of the safety world just isn't going to fly. The more fleets resist well-intentioned moves by regulators to increase highway safety, the more likely fleets are to find new regulations imposed upon them. I believe trucking needs to work with regulators to put in place a reasonable set of rules that encourage the highest level of safe operations and permit fleets and drivers to make a good living. And you can count on having electronic monitoring devices in your tractor to verify HOS compliance.

  • Why is the trucking industry so resistant to new safety regulations and technologies?   11 weeks 3 days ago    

    They do enforce the rules for all fleets,,But the rules have nothing to do with SAFETY..
    So enfocment of the rules has nothing to do with it..
    How can you call your self an expert and still NOT understand the problems we have ? You are a expert at media,or maybe publishing,but you are far from an expert on what the industry needs to be safe..
    The equipment that you think we need is not going to make the driver safe. I think this has been proven several times in the last year. The Wal Mart truck involved in the Tracy Morgan accident had all the required so called safety equipment plus a couple of things people like you are pushing for.Yet they all failed to prevent the accident,We have still not found out just how safe the Van was,or how safe the driver of the van was,the entire focus has been on the TRUCK DRIVER,,Now you tell me what magic wand your going to wave to prevent media from doing that. The companies involved and the industry are all trying to BLAME the driver,some even focus on the carrier. ITS NOT the public that is the problem its the media,and you writing articles trying to say the industry needs more rules and more equipment ? You should be writing a story about what we need to do when things like this happen to get the TRUTH out ,,instead of claiming we need to step up,,and do more things like Europe..
    I have to disagree with you on every point you tried to make,And when you say things like we need to make them crack down,and we should set a GOLD STANDARD ,that just shows how misinformed you really are..You may get some CEO to believe you,or maybe even some safety director that never gets out of his office,but for the drivers and the hands on people in this industry that see what the problems are ,you sound more like the enemy than you do a friend.
    Thanks for letting me rant,even if you don't let my rant get through.
    E.L.McMahan

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