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  • UPS to deploy hydraulic hybrids   2 weeks 3 days ago    

    I should say only that its awesome! The blog is informational and always produce amazing things.

  • Truck platooning requires more than technology   2 weeks 4 days ago    

    I have not seen any discussion of the impact that platooning will have on the 4-wheeler traffic. How will drivers of smaller vehicles deal with the platoon pair? Suppose an automobile pulls in between two trucks that are in platoon formation? In effect, it becomes part of the platoon, at least until the control software says otherwise. Presumably, the trailing truck must back off to "normal" trailing distance until the interloper leaves that lane. I think it will take a while for the non-professional driving public to recognize and react appropriately.

  • Make sure you are capturing every warranty dollar   2 weeks 5 days ago    

    Good sound guidance

  • When it comes to fuel economy it’s time to stop waiting for the next big thing   2 weeks 6 days ago    

    Diesel Water Emulsions have made significant strides in alternative fuels, with efficiency gains as high as 30% in 2010 and older trucks, while bringing emissions down to new truck standards. Fully automated systems are available at a fraction of the price of most alternative fuel options with minimal conversion costs.

  • Is natural gas regaining traction in trucking?   2 weeks 6 days ago    

    Another alternative fuel that is starting to gain some traction is Diesel Water Emulsions. DWE has moved from the lab to production with fully automated systems, providing older trucks with up to 30% better mileage and emissions comparable to new trucks; without the reliability issues common with new trucks.

  • Trucking regulatory update: What to watch in 2017   3 weeks 17 hours ago    

    The "science" behind ELD is flawed. The profiteering by vendors and carriers is all there, in the $2,000,000,000 startup income for vendors and the $2,000,000,000 income for Omnitracs & cohorts every year forever, income that comes, from the O/O perspective, straight out of profits. How about redoing the HOS so we all get paid for all hours, I repeat, all hours? Shucks, do that, and Omni and its salivating buddies couldn't reap their obscene profits, now could they? Oh, umm, ELDs will not make driving life safer: Gary Busch was interviewed in He said the hard braking OMG OMG response was more dangerous than the braking. He said it was so hateful to be called on the carpet for staying OUT of an accident, he 2nd guessing himself, and went thru a quick yellow that shot to red early. Just pay us for the job, c'mon, I dare ya.

  • PacLease launches coast-to-coast PacToll toll billing, management solution   3 weeks 1 day ago    

    Fleet Management Software is an administrative approach that allows companies to organize and coordinate work vehicles with the aim to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and provide compliance with government regulations.

  • Landstar downplays likelihood of capacity crunch over ELDs   3 weeks 4 days ago    

    Poor Joe, always looking on the spin side. Drivers we've talked to all around the country are fed up with being forced to use the Omnitracs because LDSR calls them and harrasses them if they have to brake hard to avoid an accident and then LDSR demands these "professionals" come to a training center and forces them to watch a 'training' tape, which they call a 'coaching event'. Ah, at this point, LDSR's happy lessees are employees, which dear Joe sorta forgot to tell them. Just wait until the IRS gets wind of this.

  • Report: Autonomous technology can cut commercial fleet costs   3 weeks 5 days ago    

    Yup, knew that is where this big push for Q's ECM/ELD is coming from. The end result of these convoys will be more welfare, but eventually there will be a slowdown in demand because we will all join the Amish and grow and sew our own, or we will all starve to death and then the poor greedy fleet owners will have no more business, and don't forget, then you reminiscing buffalo hunter wannabe's will be able to get your wish, 'cause that is who will end up filling the wide open spaces where the highways used to be. Hey, the abandoned self dring trucks will make great little vacation cottages, eh?

  • The Big Question: Cameras on the Driver or Not?   3 weeks 6 days ago    

    Dash Cam's facing the road and at the driver with audio. Invasion of privacy or not. The cab is basically home to a driver when on a long haul. Also when a vehicle cuts a truck driver off does the camera even get a good clear image of an incident. Or is all you see is the top of the cars because the camera is up as high as the dash. It would be nice if the camera would be helpful for a driver but not likely.

  • Another detention study   3 weeks 6 days ago    

    Better yet hold shippers and receivers accountable for the lost time , by making it mandatory to pay the entire detention time past 1 hour at a rate compel able to what the driver makes if he or she were driving the truck.

  • Another detention study   3 weeks 6 days ago    

    Better yet hold shippers and receivers accountable for the lost time , by making it mandatory to pay the entire detention time past 1 hour at a rate compel able to what the driver makes if he or she were driving the truck.

  • Another detention study   3 weeks 6 days ago    

    Better yet hold shippers and receivers accountable for the lost time , by making it mandatory to pay the entire detention time past 1 hour at a rate compel able to what the driver makes if he or she were driving the truck.

  • Will lumber tariffs offer U.S. truckers new opportunities?   3 weeks 6 days ago    

    "the U.S. National Association of Home Builders said the tariffs will boost housing prices by at least $1,000, and jeopardize thousands of jobs in the home construction industry."

    Seriously? What ridiculous hyperbole, houses cost $100k plus to build do they really think a 1k increase in material cost is going to collapse the market?

  • Report highlights medical certification problems   4 weeks 19 hours ago    

    Thank you for the technical correction on the data.

  • Roadside inspections: It’s the feedback loop that matters   4 weeks 19 hours ago    

    I would like to add that there is a simple way for any carrier to review their past 2 years worth of inspection violation history. It is already finished and ready for you or anyone because it is public to view. Go to and enter your DOT # or company name. DOT # is the best way to do this.

    Next, click on "SMS Results" in the upper right hand corner of the carriers home page. This takes you to the " BASIC status page. Look just below the blue block for Hours of Service and click on " Complete SMS Profile". It shows the BASIC areas that the Feds score carriers on but of course , the actual scores are no longer public. You need to log in with a PIN for your company to view these actual scores.

    Just below the BASIC blocks is the Violation Summary area. This is what you want. It shows the DOT section violated , the description of the violation, the # of violations , if it was OOS and how many, the CSA points attached to that violation and the BASIC category the points will be placed.

    Again, this is all PUBLIC. Anybody can go in and look at ANY carrier. This is a GREAT tool to use for the carriers direct benefit of their most common violations and you can usually determine that 75% of them should have been or could have been found during the Pre-Trip Inspection.

    Below the Violation Summary is the inspection history. It shows by date and license plate number every inspection over the last two years and any violations that were found. It does not show the drivers name. Carriers should check this frequently to insure that drivers are reporting all of their inspections to the company and to watch for any inspections given to your company which are not yours.

    I had an inspection on a church bus , yes some do need DOT #'s, from SC that had a DOT # one different than ours. The officer wrote the wrong number in and we got " credit " for it. I was able to Data Q it to have it removed from our record.

    Andy Blair

  • Manufacturing groups ask Trump to raise truck weights   4 weeks 19 hours ago    

    Those are good questions and some details could become clear when an infrastructure proposal is issued by President Trump and/or Congress. There still appears little chance a federal fuel tax increase will be considered.

  • Speed limiters, elephant races, and professional drivers   4 weeks 1 day ago    

    A short history lesson: go back to the pre-electronic control days. The Engine, transmission and rear axle and tire size were selected for the desired "road speed" that would occur with the engine at its maximum governed speed. That meant the the truck could possibly go few mph higher than that on level or downgrade. So, it was pretty common to gear for 65 mph or so. After the first so-called energy crisis, engine manufacturers offered engines with 1800 rpm max governed speed instead of 2100 rpm, to help save fuel. So, gearing was then selected using 1800 as the max engine rpm. That helped fuel economy because the engine ran in a more efficient region of the fuel consumption map.
    With electronic controls, the gearing could be chosen so that, in top gear, at the desired road speed, say 65 or 70 mph, the engine rpm could be quite a bit below the max governed speed. Ergo, the electronic "Road Speed Limiter" was needed. Otherwise, foolish drivers might run 90 or 100 mph, that is, up to max governed RPM or until road load exceed power available. That would definitely waste fuel.
    Suffice to say, a lot of drivers hated the "Road Speed Limiter" because they knew the truck could go a lot faster without it.

  • Near-zero emission vehicles   4 weeks 1 day ago    

    Diesel Water Emulsions can accomplish significant reductions in Particulate Matter, NOx and known carcinogens. New systems created by Fierce Fuel Systems Inc provide on board capabilities to create emulsified fuel on demand.

  • UPDATED: CARB may relax compliance for certain fleet types   4 weeks 2 days ago    

    Allen Schaeffer has no concept of his statement. Regarding his data on the registration of newer, or compliant option vehicles, the owners do not have a choice in complying or not. The rise in compliance registrations are directly connected to this fact!

  • Breaking down Project Portal   4 weeks 5 days ago    

    So, what is the source of the H2 and O2 to fuel my vehicle? And what emissions are generated in the production thereof? True, the vehicle is "0" emissions, but your production probably is not - at least at this point.

  • Report highlights medical certification problems   4 weeks 6 days ago    

    Please note that the article said: "Of drivers surveyed, 26.6% of drivers reported spending 20 minutes or less with their CME, with 6.5% of those drivers spending 10 minutes or less..."
    My understanding is that 6.5% of those that reported spending 20 minutes or less (or 6.5% of the 26.6%) spent less than 10 minutes with the CME. In other words, of the 900 truck drivers surveyed in this study 26.6% or 243 spent 20 minutes or less with the examiner, and out of the 243 6.5% or about 16 spent 10 minutes or less. Its not 6.5% of 900 drivers or about 58 that spent 10 minutes or less. Either way it's not good but still the total number that spent 10 minutes or less is 16 and not 58 if my math is correct.

  • Manufacturing groups ask Trump to raise truck weights   4 weeks 6 days ago    

    I wonder if there been any indications on what impact the higher limits would have for tax and other government mandated fees? That includes fuel tax - seems there could easily be pressure to push up the cents per gallon to help with infrastructure repair and upgrade initiatives.

  • Atlanta I-85 update: Costs and countdown to reopening   5 weeks 18 hours ago    

    Well, if government would get out of the way they should have it done in a coupla months. That won't happen, though. It'll probably be three or four months before they start clearing it out. We had a bridge burn up on IH40 here and they're saying it'll be 40-50 days to replace it. Lotta difference though. This one is 4lane divided, where IH85 is 8lane? The heavy traffic will slow the progress. Quite a challenge for the contractors

  • Chicken and egg, Tesla and trucks   5 weeks 1 day ago    

    While I agree with the author that an "electric" truck is not realistic in the near future, hybrid trucks are more likely.
    Diesel/electric technology has been in use for decades(trains), the hurdle is to tweak, tune and design the concept to work with a class 8 truck.
    I doubt Musk seriously believes he can bring an all electric class 8 to the market so he must be thinking hybrid.

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