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  • Truck vs. Rail   2 years 22 weeks ago    

    Thanks for the article. To be fair, this is really a Shipper vs Rail fight, rather than Truck vs. Rail.

  • Amp charges into electric trucks, delivery drones   2 years 22 weeks ago    

    I'm betting they don't fly the drones too much in November. They look too much like ducks.

  • Military standards   2 years 22 weeks ago    

    Thank you Sean for running this article! It is much appreciated. Any venue to discuss how good our military drivers are to the public is important in helping get our Veterans hired into the trucking industry. If you would like more info on how you can help or how Veterans can help your company, please email me at

  • Cold-Chain Management for Safety, Profitability, or Both?   2 years 23 weeks ago    

    What a fantastic idea!!! I truly can't wait to hear more about My Food Chain!

  • Distracted driving: One thing at a time   2 years 23 weeks ago    

    Jim, fyi. Frank

  • Will natural gas stall out as heavy-duty alternative?   2 years 23 weeks ago    

    With diesel still selling for $3.50 per gallon or more (which is certainly not a bargain!), and the ability to buy your own CNG for as low as $1.50 per diesel gallon equivalent, there are still substantial savings to be had. NG projects still make a lot of sense; the key is to make sure they are properly designed and executed. Those that understand the economics and savings are still moving full speed ahead.

  • Transportation may be the biggest election winner   2 years 24 weeks ago    

    Mr Kilcarr is looking through rose colored glasses. While the public may have shown interest and/or approval for road and transportation projects, the Republicans in congress have historically and continually refused to adequately fund the highway bills and other funding for infrastructure needs. Ken Simonson, chief economist for AGC, said yesterday at the AEMP Management Symposium in Nashville that he expects transportation projects to drop off due to the habitual lack of funding from the Republican majority in the federal government. In the complicated dance the states must do with the Feds to get matching funds, the new Republican congress will do their best to continue to be wallflowers. Wave at your roadcrews now because they won't be around next year.

  • Mid-Terms: How trucking may score on Capitol Hill   2 years 24 weeks ago    

    This piece just drips with sadness that Rahall lost and DeFazio will be forced to keep the pork flowing.
    We in the industry all seem to scream for low taxes except when it benefits our interests.

  • Get the TMS you want   2 years 24 weeks ago    

    The CMS and its diversification as TMS and FMS and so on in future is definitely a welcome one. Thanks a lof for sharing for this. It will be definitely nice when such ides will be developed as apps enabling all management systems as it is said so in

  • SmartDrive rolls out have-it-your-way onboard video monitoring choices   2 years 24 weeks ago    

    It is great knowing that they are offering packages for fleet industries. There are other auto businesses that cannot dedicate and provide excessive expenses for security cameras, so them being laid up with options is great. They can choose smaller packages that only fits their budget. And also at the same time, they get to be secured in their travel. Well, as an advice, I recommend this security home alarm business named the for affordable but high quality video monitoring products.

  • Get ready for a wave of trucking regulations   2 years 24 weeks ago    

    Interesting. Osiecki, thinks that even if Republicans gain control of Senate in tomorrow’s vote – giving them a majority in both houses of Congress – the pace of that regulatory oversight will only slow down; it won’t stop completely. Thus motor carriers need to figure out ways to cope with it all.
    He adds: “Instead the 800 pound regulatory gorilla tends to press ahead, at a slow pace, with no one in Congress or in the trucking industry having the power to slow it much or dramatically modify its contents,”
    For all the trucking/fleet executives here, doesn't that bother you? Doubtful; you'll just keep voting Republican thinking they'll help you.
    It's a good thing you're not this naïve in your daily business dealings.
    If Democrats are a speed boat to statism, Republicans are a barge...they'll get there; it'll just take 'em longer.

  • Putting the drive in driver training   2 years 26 weeks 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   2 years 26 weeks 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?   2 years 27 weeks 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   2 years 27 weeks 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   2 years 27 weeks 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   2 years 29 weeks 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   2 years 29 weeks 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   2 years 29 weeks 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   2 years 29 weeks 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   2 years 29 weeks 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   2 years 29 weeks ago    

    Anyone factor winter weather into rates?

  • Con-way Freight boosting driver pay   2 years 29 weeks 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   2 years 29 weeks ago    

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

  • Ford making moves on several fronts   2 years 29 weeks 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.

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