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  • Six tips for getting the most out of your maintenance program   14 weeks 2 days ago    

    It seems like no matter how well you follow PM's and other maintenance, you get dinged on roadside inspections. As a former DOT Officer I know because I was the one who found and wrote these things up. Now retired, I can help you with your Vehicle Maintenance issues by coming to your yard and doing the exact same Level 1 inspection that I used to do.

    I still do the thorough around and underneath inspection I always did but no longer do I write tickets, put trucks OOS or cause expensive roadside delays. I can help you do occasional checkups on your fleet and that will get you some better CSA scores.

    I am here to help your company do better and I have the background and experience to do it.

    Andy Blair

  • Lubricants: A New Dawn   14 weeks 3 days ago    

    Thanks for all effort made to take care of costs and nature.

  • Married team truckers jailed after baking soda wrongly tested positive as cocaine   14 weeks 6 days ago    

    As a retired Police/DOT Officer this is just plain BAD. These people were wronged in so many ways under the color of justice. Farmerjk said it well. Their hopefully will be a FULL investigation by a state or Federal Law Enforcement Agency with a significant outcome. Chances are, things like this have happened before from this same agency. I also read it took an additional month to get their truck back !

    Fort Chaffee is a National Guard Training Base.

    2010 Fort Chaffee Fire and Police Chief - terminated.
    2013 Fort Chaffee Fire and Police operating on limited staff.

    Officers are something like armed guards with authority only on the base. They didn't even have any drug detection kits and had to ask a neighboring ( real ) Police Dept to do the testing. Even that was a failure. These drivers are going to be well compensated when its all over.

  • The Big Question: Cameras on the Driver or Not?   14 weeks 6 days ago    

    Gerald, you not alone in this situation. I myself have had both facing cameras, I am all for forward facing cameras, even side facing, driver facing, no. All it gives is the power to a company to micro manage a driver to death, and try to complain about everything a driver does, I have only been driving 11yrs, I am not perfect by any means but I never had any discipline by a company except one with the rear facing camera. I have been wrote up on many different areas, like having a Bluetooth on, which is legal and companies call you all the time, having a soda in the cupholder, or smoking a cig, to not having my hands at 10 and 2 at every moment, and having the radio on at a modest level. Companies that can get that 8 sec loop study every thing about you and what is around you, and forget that you are human and not a robot. They tend to forget if all you did was stare out the windshield in complete silence for hours on end, it creates boredom and then fatigue itself.

  • Married team truckers jailed after baking soda wrongly tested positive as cocaine   14 weeks 6 days ago    

    If this is true its a shame it happened,but I do believe there is more to the story.i was in law Enforcement for 27 years ,I learned there are 3 sides to every story ,My side,Your side and the truth

  • Autonomous trucking: In search of answers   15 weeks 2 hours ago    

    An "autonomous" truck is in some ways similar to an aircraft with autopilot engaged. The pilot (or co-pilot) is still in the cockpit - monitoring the flight progress, fuel consumption, weather, other aircraft, etc. So, do you count his HOS as the time he actually manipulated the controls during take-off and landing? I suspect that the air industry counts all of the flying hours PLUS pre- and post-flight activities. You might discount hours that the truck driver is not actually at the controls, but they do count for at least a portion of the on-duty time. It's not like he/she should be sleeping or watching a movie while the truck is operating in autonomous mode.

  • Low viscosity lubes - Just do it   15 weeks 7 hours ago    

    CK-4 oils are fully backwards compatible, just not to 2010 models. Please see API website or diesel oil matters.

  • Combating rate volatility in trucking   15 weeks 20 hours ago    

    Would like to get a better feel for the process both for Curiosity and for education of others as this was Posted in RPMM. I reached out, no one answered the phone and no one called back.. Is this a Future launch? a Concept? or an Actual Business?

  • Court gives ELD rule the green light   15 weeks 2 days ago    

    what green light?

  • Suggesting 60-68 mph, FMCSA, NHTSA propose truck speed limiters   15 weeks 4 days ago    

    NO NO NO NO leave us alone limit the cars out there.

  • Married team truckers jailed after baking soda wrongly tested positive as cocaine   15 weeks 4 days ago    

    This is an outrage!!! There must be something that can be done legally to bring these law enforcement thugs to justice.
    This should also be headlines in every paper in the country and on every news website. Those who did or in anyway condoned such action should be held accountable and restitution made along with job lose for those that did this. I support our law enforcement officers for they have a job to do, but not when they act as criminals themselves. Our citizens are supposed to be treated innocent until proved otherwise. They are also to have speedy due process with access to legal representation. None of this appears to have been the case.They should also be able to expect that their property will be protected while held by law enforcement. In too many instances our protectors have become our enemies, this is wrong.

  • MaxxForce 13 engine available to emergency vehicle market   15 weeks 5 days ago    

    International Maxxforce engines should be banned from being used in emergency response vehicles ! Bad enough that these vehicles log more miles on the back of a tow truck and more hours running frequent regens ( because of the oil and soot buildup in the exhaust from turbos passing oil, leaking EGR coolers dumping coolant into the exhaust, plugged / leaking Aftertreatment Fuel Injector not allowing regen to complete ) but then, you want to sell these JUNK engines in an emergency vehicle that WILL inevitably break down or derate the engine power during an emergency response. It's a good thing ( at least ) that Navistar chose to NOT manufacture commercial aircraft engines !

  • International offers efficiency guarantee   15 weeks 5 days ago    

    OMG, this article is absolutely hilarious ! I wish I had known about these articles when they were "breaking news" so that my comments would have been more relevant and, hopefully, would have saved some unsuspecting fleet owner or owner operator from buying these engines which, are to this day what they were then -- Worthless junk that attaches itself to your bank account like a giant leech and sucks every dime from your account.
    As a highly trained and seasoned International dealership technician, I can attest that these engines NEVER leave our dealership for more than a few days at a time before they come right back with yet another problem -- leaking High Pressure fuel pump diluting fuel and reducing lubricity ( BAD for critical internal engine parts ), the rising oil level then gets scavenged by the ( now poorly lubricated ) dual turbochargers which sprays the oil through the charge air cooler , intake system and downstream to the exhaust. The constant oil mist, combined with the EGR continues to build up a thick pastey sludge and which costs THOUSANDS of dollars to repair, clean and replace damaged, worn, plugged and contaminated parts !
    Way to go Navistar ! Bait someone to buy this junk with the promise of a $1000 fuel card because they won't be buying much fuel with the truck constantly broke down on the side of the road, being towed to a repair facility and sitting in a service bay waiting for the endless barrage of time-suck tests to be performed to replace yet another __________________ ( Fill in the blank ) that is also on National Backorder because you can't make enough replacement parts fast enough to match the speed of their failure !

  • Trucking can learn from the auto industry   16 weeks 1 day ago    

    Cars have gotten progressively lighter in weight over the years,so smaller engines can be used.Yes technologyhas produced more hose power and torque from smaller ,lighter powerplants.
    Trucks have tried for years to achieve lighter and lighter weights.
    What is the result?
    Shippers load heavier loads and gross weight is still 80K.
    For years I've read road test after road test with the reports of better mpg.
    Look closer at the reports.

    How many test are in are in real world conditions?
    80K westbound on I70 from Baltimore to I 15 ?

  • Trucking can learn from the auto industry   16 weeks 2 days ago    


    I do not think that you or those in charge of trucking in the US should take much score by what the figures say about cars and cutting emissions.

    I have a 7 seater Multi Purpose Vehicle, the government testing figures read 72 miles per gallon (imperial) and yet the trip computer shows a consistent 47.8 mpg average on a instantainious read out.

    If those same government test, which show 72 mpg are used ti indicate CO2 and other emissions then they will be way out by 33% or there abouts.

    Waste of time and they want now to be in charge of on the vehicle testing at great expense, why not just complete a few thousand miles in real time and make use the trip computer. No need for special equipment that they can fix, lets have it real.
    Al Scott UK

  • Pros outweigh cons for 68-mph limit on speed governors   16 weeks 2 days ago    

    Oh yeh, forgot to mention one thing. "We're gonna extend your day, make your job this much harder to accomplish so we're gonna bump your pay up an average of $10k a year. Said no owner or pork belly corporate boss ev-er!!!

  • Pros outweigh cons for 68-mph limit on speed governors   16 weeks 2 days ago    

    “But data shows that speed kills"

    Do people actually believe this drivel? At what point does speed kill? 100mph? 200mph? 500mph? How do NASCAR drivers survive?

    Inattentive driving kills! The 300 different alerts that are now put in trucks to take your attention off the road kills!

    Just saying speed kills is an egregious statement that comes no where near addressing the problems of the road. Nobody, from the beat cop patrolling to the most self important politician, knows how to address the "inattentive driver" so they just say "speed kills" and hope the problem will go away or find another rule, law, regulation totally unrelated to the issue just to say " look at me...look what I did".

    Let me say this. If you hit a wall at 55mph or at 75mph in a truck your just as dead.

  • Trucking can learn from the auto industry   16 weeks 2 days ago    

    Mike, as a technology innovator, manufacturer, and vendor of fuel and tire saving technologies, we appreciate your comments. No one in our industry, regardless of political view, wants to spend more on fuel versus less. No one wants more pollution versus less.

    Fleets are rightly skeptical when we as vendors approach them with claims - they've seen a lot of 'snake oil' come across their desks. We appreciate your service to the industry as an unbiased beacon for improvement.

    Bob Montgomery
    VP STEMCO Innovative Tire & Mileage Solutions

  • Trucking can learn from the auto industry   16 weeks 2 days ago    

    Agree with Mike USA Trucking can catch on to the Auto industry and to the Europe and Japanese trucking industry, technologies are available today to raise the national fuel economy and reduce GHG. Like the Auto industry, Trucking will benefit from incentive program like Cash for Clunkers. Many truckers will love to get better MPG, but they can't afford a new truck. They love their payment free truck. Rgds Mario Sanchez-Lara

  • Mitigating the weather’s impact on trucking   16 weeks 2 days ago    

    We need to talk! There's a few of us that work through scanners & twitter during bad weather or hazardous events....maybe we could work together & get a solid system put together.

  • The weak link in cybersecurity: Your own workers   16 weeks 6 days ago    

    So, the bottom line of this article is that "human element" is the "weakest link" and .... burdensome liability (?)

  • Court upholds dismissal of driver for refusing carrier-requested sleep study   17 weeks 1 day ago    

    As a company owner, I can see the professional side of the Carrier. We are the ones who put a driver behind the steering wheel, and we are the one accountable for drivers mistakes, we have the right to required drivers to be in good health. It don't matter if you have a medical card. I had a driver who passed a DOT drug screen and was always kind of funny. After 2 months, I decided to talk to my attorney and have a meeting with the Dr. who gave him the medical card. We all together talked to Quest LAb, and find out the driver was abusing pain killers, but because he had a medical order, he was :legal", No, he was not legal. It is against the law to drive under pain killers effects. Results? Driver got fired and after a while, he went to rehab. The same thing happens with Sleep abnea. I had another driver that I was worry about his physical conditions, and after I supended him and gave him 30 days to take care of sleep abnea study, he went to doctor, an realized how sick he was. Consequences? He is enjoying better life conditions. After he came back to work, he thanks me for been so pushy and having see the doctor.

  • Car connectivity creating driver concern   17 weeks 1 day ago    

    While driving a car we must focus on drive. We must be alert while driving a car and focus on the road. Car accidents are common now a days. We must be conscious while driving and obey the traffic rules. Road traffic crashes are one of the worlds largest injury problem. Driving is not only the cause for road accident. It also depends on the construction of road. Many roads have been damaged in the rainy season. Most of the people die due to accident for this reckless driving only. We must know to drive car properly. Self driving is the best way to save your own life.

  • Suggesting 60-68 mph, FMCSA, NHTSA propose truck speed limiters   17 weeks 2 days ago    

    Speed limiters Will not Save Lives
    How Dumb are these people
    Look for more highway crashes road rage with cars who drive reckless around trucks now.
    30 years of driving I've never had a crash because of speeding
    I received more tickets from driving a truck with governor on it due too not paying attention boredom . when I have full control of my semi I'm more n charge.....when will drivers stop allowing these companies n agencies to treat them as emotionless ROBOTS

  • How long should you keep your assets?   17 weeks 3 days ago    

    "...aided by government regulations..." I'm not sure the correct word was used here since most "aid" by the government comes in the form of edicts made by bureaucrats.

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