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  • ELD lessons: 'Cheater' changes mind, changes company   8 weeks 4 days ago    

    ELD has nothing to do with safety. I want to drive when I decide it is safe to do it and not the computer. in 15years I have no crashes and God helped it no ELDs. I grow up in a communist country and they told us all the time what's "better for us". It was the worst thing ever. Please let the people have the right to choose it.

  • Limiting speed doesn’t mean limiting efficiency   8 weeks 5 days ago    

    An Electronic Speed Limiter (ESL) cannot be a "one size fits all" proposition. Interstates and limited-access highways might have one higher/maximum limit. State roads and highways might need lower limits, especially in the transition between urban and rural environments. Also, weather conditions could dictate lower maximum speeds for every vehicle on the road. Can the ESL adapt to these and other scenarios? The implication is that it would need to be coupled to a GPS device.
    I agree with the author's premise that speed limiting is already in place in many fleets, either by using electronics or horsepower/torque rangs or both. The modern practice of "gear fast/run slow" has shown the potential to lower fuel consumption. But, the ESL is necessary to prevent some drivers from taking advantage of the higher speed capability that comes as a consequence. Of course, the same thing can be said for all the 4-wheelers out there. If we are going to limit the maximum speed capability of commercial vehicles, it seems that we should also consider how to rein in the chronic speeders in our midst.

  • OTTO, Uber and true ‘no touch freight’   8 weeks 6 days ago    

    Computers are not perfect and that has been proven when the self-driving car could not see the trailer in front that was across the road. Also, have they tested these trucks on snow, ice and steep grades? Not all roads are dry and flat. Wonder who will unload the freight the driver unloads today? Cattle would be interesting for a self-driving truck. They go down dirt paths out in the sticks that don't show up on GPS. Interesting.

  • New ATA CEO: 'Don't mess with trucking'   9 weeks 33 min ago    


  • Will GHG 2 kill off multi-sourced trucking drivetrains?   9 weeks 1 day ago    

    C'mon Jack, I know you heard of the term 'integrated drivetrain' prior to 15 years ago.

    The former Mack Trucks, Inc. in 1966 literally invented the concept in the modern era with the introduction of the revolutionary Maxidyne/Maxitorque drivetrain concept.

  • Will GHG 2 kill off multi-sourced trucking drivetrains?   9 weeks 3 days ago    

    Integrated Drive line 15 yrs ago? What about Mack?From the 50's you could get integrated driveline from Mack.237 engine w/Mack 5spd and Mack rears..

  • Driverless trucks: Where they’ll work, where they won’t   9 weeks 4 days ago    

    Have any of you given any thought at all to the fact that Russia,China,and ISIS hate our guts? Seeing how the wealthy corporations wont make any products in America because they might have to pay a living wage,all the tech in these vehicles will be built by our enemies.all it will take is a single safe code,and every automomous vehicle on the road will shut down and open our nation to devastating consequences. Giving our nation HIV does not sound like a proper course into the future.

  • Will GHG 2 kill off multi-sourced trucking drivetrains?   9 weeks 4 days ago    

    Mack trucks has been offering an integrated drive train for a lot longer than 15 years. That has been a knock on Mack on the west coast but now the consumers are seeing the benefit to having one warranty for all.

  • Driverless trucks: Where they’ll work, where they won’t   9 weeks 5 days ago    

    This is why the trucking industry is so screwed up i mean the things there saying is stupid yes tru the automated truck will only be able to operate in certa8n areas haha funny because i dont know were that could possible be even out west u still got major road construction scale houses heavy winds were in the hell will this truck be able to operate in the winter im a driver for 15 years and aint no automous truck gonna drive me over no snow or black ice heavy winds are u crazy so really when and were will the driver have time to relax or take a nap this is dumb i mean i cant see it no were near the east coast see thats scary to no they spend all this money on this technology and they forget about all the obsticles it faces i mean the tesla car killed a man because it said the suns reflection detered it no i will no be driving an automous vehicle n platooning r u serious have anyone noticed the amount of traffic there is out here road construction is crazy that should have been regulated its heavy construction every 50 to 100 miles yall really need to go back to the drawing board and rethink ssomethings yall a r about to cause a catastrophe woe or leaders

  • A salute to tow truck operators   9 weeks 5 days ago    

    For those who don't slow down in PA , a $300 + fine awaits. Includes Police, Fire, EMS or any roadside assistance vehicles as long as they are making use of their visual signals to warn you. If you cause serious injury or death, loss of license and fines up to $10,000 are there. A non-Law Enforcement Officer can initiate a complaint against someone too. PA Vehicle Code 3327

  • Suggesting 60-68 mph, FMCSA, NHTSA propose truck speed limiters   9 weeks 5 days ago    

    As an ex-pat Brit I can tell you from experience that speed limiters will NOT work .. just take a look at the highways in Britain. Once six lane highways are now reduced to one lane for the 4 wheelers and two lanes for the trucks as they struggle to pass each other with small fractions of mph differences between them. It will add to more congestion and frustration and will do nothing to improve safety. You have only to look at the reduced congestion in IL and Oh since they removed their split speed limits, re-imposing this via a limiter will just re-introduce the problem. Be warned politicians and motorists, I for one will not hesitate to pull out and pass a truck travelling at 1/4 mph slower than me ... and you will sit behind me for the 5 miles it takes me to pass him !

  • Tick, tock: It’s a truck clock   9 weeks 5 days ago    

    This seemed like a pretty cool event to be involved with, but call me boring, or cynical or whatever else, but the attention this brings to individual safety of our vehicle operators, is nil.

    Our vehicle operators, who have a very important job, are not operating near as safe as they can because they have the talking heads promoting schedule, schedule, schedule (where is safety?), and they don't know how to deal with that.

    Fatalities may be slightly (I stress, "slightly") down, but collisions are apparently up 23% and here we are talking about schedule, schedule, schedule. We may never wake up from this, but I will never fall for it.

    I talk to professionals every day who's most important issue is schedule I've seen them drive, and they drive like schedule IS the most important thing to them.


    This article and message just promotes the continued bad behavior of our drivers.

  • Are truck driver-facing cameras a necessity?   9 weeks 6 days ago    

    I have been approved and am set for orientation at ACT next week, but I never was told anything by the recruiter about these cameras. That fact plus the fact that they have them to begin with, means I will not be showing up for their orientation. I will call and cancel. I have been driving OTR for 19 years without an accident and that should be enough for them to trust me. There's only one reason they are installing these in their trucks and it has nothing to do with their "concern" for the driver's safety or even their truck and trailer or cargo's safety: They are getting a big discount on their insurance. That's it. It's all about money.

  • TMW and PeopleNet: Connected technology today, what's coming tomorrow   10 weeks 2 hours ago    

    Such a joke, we have both systems and all we get is finger pointing at each other. Still fighting same problems as two years ago, the only change we get is the rep and the promises!

  • Getting a handle on hydraulic hybrid drivetrains   10 weeks 1 day ago    

    Many refuse collection operations are using the Autocar E3 hydraulic hybrid in class 8 trucks, which has proven fuel savings of 45% to 50%, plus savings in brake wear, less noise, and productivity gains due to better acceleration.

  • Hiring drivers   10 weeks 4 days ago    

    Another problem new entrants can face is funding the costs for sleep apnea testing if they are screened high risk at their new hire or training school sponsored Dot physical.

  • FMCSA clears way for windshield-mounted safety devices   10 weeks 5 days ago    

    Just because you CAN do something does not mean it is a good idea. I am all for equipment / devices to make a drivers job better/safer and more enjoyable but anything that obstructs the drivers view is just not a great idea.

  • Battle of the brands   10 weeks 5 days ago    

    We can instantly identify their logos. We can hum along to their jingles. We’re on a first name basis with their mascots. We can repeat their slogans as mantra... was it the competition?

  • Fleetmatics to provide fleet management solution for DIRECTV   10 weeks 5 days ago    

    Fleetmatics sound like an excellent tool that allows managers to hold the workforce accountable while still providing a great customer experience.

  • SAFETY AND THE BOTTOM LINE   10 weeks 5 days ago    

    Mr Van Dyne contradicted himself. He said a crash by a driver who was known to have previous safety violations would be magically avoided with an ELD. If his company ignored the previous violations before, just installing the magic box would still demand that the trucking company perform due diligence. Magic boxes are no better than the hands-on hard work of hiring and rewarding good drivers and terminating bad drivers. As to hard braking, jeepers cripes people, haven't any of you been aware of how erratic car drivers are anymore? In one hour in Wisconsin recently, autos were responsible for 2 near collisions with us because of last minute lane changes to beat us into a work zone or a rest area. I'll say it again, it is the cars that need to be watched and regulated for speed and ignorant driving habits. In Wisconsin, little Sara Jane the minimum wage dispatcher would have been all aflutter after our exciting evening. Coaching? Ya sure..... don't think so. The real world 4wheelers seem to be rushing to get into the front of the line on Darwin's List. That's the problem in a nutshell. Mr Van Dyne should spend some serious time out on the road like we do 14 hours every day. Perhaps he would change his tune.

  • A better way to pay drivers   10 weeks 5 days ago    

    I am sure Mr. Evangelist figures are accurate. Having worked under "Activity based pay" and "Hourly based pay" I can say I do prefer the activity based pay structure better.
    The unintended consiquince is that the activity based pay structure incentifies poor customer service, manipulation of actual time on duty, not adjusting speed to conditions and generally taking short cuts where ever possible.
    Unfortunately the reality of planning trips by someone in a planning center has not kept up with the traffic congestion of today. I almost forgot to mention tipping the dock hands in order to stay on schedule.
    What ever happened to managing the driver that habitually "Milks" the clock?

  • A better way to pay drivers   10 weeks 5 days ago    

    Well at least they told the truth set the pay in a way a driver has to break his neck to make a decent check rush rush im still with the hourly

  • A better way to pay drivers   10 weeks 6 days ago    

    Obviously Mr. Evangelist does not know drivers or this industry very well. Drivers would much rather be at off after 8 hours rather than "milk" the clock for a measly $25 or $50. The truth is, the wait times at shippers & receivers is beyond the drivers control. The thing the driver has control over is the truck. If you want to foster unsafe driving and high maintenance cost from speeding and such, then go ahead with this piece meal pay structure. I am taken aback by his article. All drivers want is to be paid fairly for their time. If you are running an operation that drivers are inclined to cheat the company by "milking" the clock, then maybe you need to take a hard look at your operation. Because I can assure there is other problems other than wages going on.

  • Rethinking trucking from drivers to leadership   10 weeks 6 days ago    

    Interesting insight to the gathering of information as the point of delviery that is not all internal specific. If used properly, that could save thousands of dollars in routing expenses as well as save many more thousands in turnover.

  • FMCSA addresses ELD self-certification, transition questions   10 weeks 6 days ago    

    2 years for compliance is standard for any regulation. This is a whole lot bigger. Going by his answers looks like he was given the ?'s ahead of time.

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