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  • Mack introduces air suspension   25 weeks 4 days ago    

    I believe 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.

  • Putting the drive in driver training   26 weeks 1 day ago    

    part of the problem to get new drivers into the industry is that no one will take a chance with new drivers, and they have to commit themselves of going on the road for 3 years before they can come home. If the industry wanted to grow and get new drivers, then they need to develope incentives for local companies to take on new drivers and train them to be truck drivers. I think that a new driver can be trainned properly if they do not feel the pressure of having to be on the road for 3 years and spending some 6 months sleeping with an instructor in the truck and wondering when they will get home. if they knew that every night they would be home, I feel that a lot of the stress of being a driver would go away and it may intise more people to look at the trucking industry. But with that being said companies have to have some kind of incentive to hire and train new drivers. Sure you gain another driver if they work out but that is a big exspense to take on for a big if.

  • Big blind spots detected in teenage driver knowledge   26 weeks 3 days ago    

    ....and there are those that want to put these same teens on the road with 18 wheels hauling 80k. That's the way to aleviate the driver shortage....or clear the roads.

  • DEF in the Radiator?   27 weeks 1 day ago    

    Interesting Article Darry
    This has been a common problem in the industry for over 15 years I have seen this clear ammonia coolant many times.
    The dye additive that you mentioned in your article is more than just a dye it is also a ph indicator called phenolphthalein (the same stuff used to test ph in pools) so when it goes clear it is letting you know that the coolant ph has become acidic. The reasons that we have seen that cause this are
    1. stray current in the coolant system usually caused from poor chassis to engine grounding. Another good reason to maintain good grounds on a vehicle.
    2. lack of maintenance of the additive package if it is a fully formulated coolant.
    3. newer egr engines are running hotter temps in the egr cooler and this increased heat causes the additive package to break down quickly. Keeping the coolant system performing at 100% is critical.

  • Rethinking LNG as price of diesel plummets   27 weeks 1 day ago    

    I saw the headline (diesel plummets) and I thought, well this must be in Europe, South Amerca or anywhere but the US. Then I began reading the article saying "a long slow decline". I thought that's more to the point. Fuel cost never has and never will go down as fast as it goes up and it never goes back to the previous level. If it did, we'd be paying 30¢ a gallon today.

  • “Free yet faster” becoming key e-commerce shipping demand   27 weeks 2 days ago    

    Sustainability in shipping and supply chain is ciritical especially in apparel retail, where 3rd party suppliers play a major role. I work for McGladrey and there's a very informative whitepaper on our website that readers of this article will be interested in "Count, manage and move: Warehouse inventory control strategies"@

  • Cruisin' Along   29 weeks 21 hours 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   29 weeks 23 hours 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   29 weeks 1 day 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   29 weeks 2 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   29 weeks 2 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   29 weeks 2 days ago    

    Anyone factor winter weather into rates?

  • Con-way Freight boosting driver pay   29 weeks 3 days 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   29 weeks 4 days ago    

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

  • Ford making moves on several fronts   29 weeks 4 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   29 weeks 5 days ago    

    I recently came across to a product Verayu (, 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   30 weeks 3 days 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   30 weeks 4 days 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   30 weeks 4 days 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   31 weeks 1 day ago    

    Any comments from fleets using 6x2s?

  • When is the right time to sell your fleet?   31 weeks 2 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   31 weeks 3 days 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?   31 weeks 4 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   31 weeks 4 days ago    

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

  • Wage Theft   31 weeks 4 days ago    

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

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