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  • Truck Driving Would be a Great Job if You Got Paid   25 weeks 6 days ago    

    I totally agree with this article 100%. Right on point. But is anyone paying attention? Pun intended...

  • The road to the self-driving truck   25 weeks 6 days ago    

    wow..This can be a big change in Driving technology. However, I don't support this...just because if something goes wrong, truck will cause very serious accidents.

  • GM reveals redesigned GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverdo pickup trucks   25 weeks 6 days ago    

    GM is the most promising and popular motor company of USA. It is the best performer in the automotive industry over the years. after many troubles in recent years, I still believe in using their products.

  • Truck Driving Would be a Great Job if You Got Paid   25 weeks 6 days ago    

    No different "down under" nor for any driving industry. Ours is buses. It is always the guy/gal at the bottom of the pecking order that bears the brunt of the bosses decisions to cut costs. That pressure gets into other areas as well. The mechanic/technician gets pressured to get the vehicle out of the shop, work all sorts of ours, with no additional compensation per work hour (no overtime). Decisions are made for expediency not good practice.

  • Making good decisions about alternative power: a free webinar   26 weeks 1 day ago    

    Having this webinar is a really positive initiative that provides a platform for all enthusiasts to obtain reliable information from. People from various industries can also exchange opinions and knowledge during this event regarding energy storage, processes and many more.

  • Congestion cost trucking $23 billion in 2010   26 weeks 1 day ago    

    I think due to this wastage of fuel costs would definitely get the various companies brainstorming for new business strategies to tackle the issue. It would be rather contradicting that they are trying to save up on warehouse storage, but end up paying for fuel wastage costs due to congestion problems instead.

  • Heroes are his co-pilots   26 weeks 4 days ago    


  • Gratuitous Letterman post: Dave’s trucks   26 weeks 5 days ago    

    Thanks, Kevin. Funny, wonderful post.

  • House patches highway funding with summer extension   26 weeks 5 days ago    

    Why do we not hear ANY of the politicians or the self-promoting president & CEO of the ATA questioning WHY the HTF is empty?

    Why is it these politicians and business cronies won’t tackle the issue of what is draining money from the HTF?

    Why is it these clowns ALWAYS go the higher taxes route?

  • House patches highway funding with summer extension   26 weeks 5 days ago    

    Here’s an idea: How about those politicians that are SOOOOOO concerned over the funding of the transportation bill, get off their duffs and DO SOMETHING to stop the monies in the HTF from be STOLEN and used elsewhere? This would go a looooong way to putting the kibosh on any attempt to raise the fuel taxes we pay on every gallon.

  • Maintenance Horror Stories: All You Need Is A Flashlight   26 weeks 6 days ago    

    Preventative maintenance is always a good idea. Part of such a plan could ( and should) include a checkup by someone who is well versed in the 49 CFR Regulations and the Out of Service Criteria.

    Mechanics are great at fixing things but many are not current with the specific regulations , especially the OOS criteria that DOT trained officers are looking for. Every shop should have a copy of 49 CFR but more importantly a copy of the newest North American Standard Out of Service Criteria.

    This OOS book is THE guide that the officers use when they are looking to determine if a driver or a vehicle meets the requirements to be shut down. By mechanics becoming at least somewhat familiar with the standards, they can better do preventative maintenance and also possibly DataQ violations that they feel are not OOS.

    The OOS book comes out every April and can be purchased through JJ Keller or

    A good resource to have is to connect with a former roadside DOT Enforcement Officer who has done MANY inspections in his career and continues to do them as a post-retirement job.

    This is what I do. I travel mainly along the East Coast but have traveled farther with my coveralls and a creeper doing the exact same Level One inspections I used to do as an Officer but no longer do I place trucks or drivers OOS. I find the violations and give them to the companies to take care of so they can improve their CSA scores.

  • Maintenance Horror Stories: All You Need Is A Flashlight   26 weeks 6 days ago    

    This was also a failure on the part of the drivers as a proper daily vehicle inspection would have caught these problems. This gives us a check and balance system so fewer items are missed. Besides, it is the law!

  • Natural gas and climate change: problems in alternative power paradise?   27 weeks 2 hours ago    

    So CO2 has been de-throned by methane as the most evil of all greenhouse gases? Actually, water vapor ("clouds", for those in Rio Linda) is the number one all-time champion greenhouse gas, but we can't regulate clouds, now, can we? And if the increase in global temperature is scheduled to be 1.8 degrees F., in the next 100 years, why are we even having this discussion?

  • Alternative fuels: Finding the sweet spot   27 weeks 9 hours ago    

    Here is an infographic we recently created here at Total Motion - I hope you like it

  • The road to the self-driving truck   27 weeks 9 hours ago    

    The attention of the driver is critical for observation and control hand-back.

    " "How does the system detect that the driver is there and conscious?” Almqvist says. "

    This is now solved following Seeing Machines Fleet launch in April. Cameras view and analyse the wakefulness of drivers for fatigue management purposes.

  • Five Things Your Drivers Don't Know About Roadside Inspections   27 weeks 18 hours ago    

    This is great advice for a driver wanting to avoid problems during an inspection. A clean vehicle and a clear head will go a long way toward having a positve experience with an enforcement officer. I've been an CMV enforcement officer for 33 years and we try to help those driver that demonstrate they attempting to comply. Keep your attitude in check. We will treat you with courtesy and respect but we expect the same from you.

  • Caterpillar unveils new CT680 model   27 weeks 2 days ago    

    Nice trucks in both design and appearance. Too bad they're made in Mexico instead of the U.S.A.

  • New Samsung tablet comes preloaded with compliance applications   27 weeks 4 days ago    

    We are using EverTrack app from to manage our fleet with mobile phones. The system works fine, we can solve many problems with tracking the mobiles.

  • Data-driven decisions   27 weeks 6 days ago    

    Great article on how a growing fleet is using technology to create an added differentiated advantage, in addition to helping facilitate growth.

  • Why one state thinks fuel taxes are outdated   27 weeks 6 days ago    

    Maybe if they quit misappropriating money on Capitol Hill, I.e., private jets, huge salary increases etc., there would be some more money available for things like this... But to squeeze a truck driver for even more than they already do while they continue to stuff their pockets is ridiculous...

  • Sleeper-berth occupants at risk   28 weeks 10 hours ago    

    Sleeper-berth occupants at risk

  • American Trucking Trends: 7 slides of interest   28 weeks 19 hours ago    

    What exactly is Slide 2 Stating?..."Distribution of
    U.S. For Hire Carriers"....

  • Why one state thinks fuel taxes are outdated   28 weeks 1 day ago    

    I was told by a taxation and finance compliance officer that this is why we need to keep track of mileage traveled and fuel purchased in their state and pay a quarterly fee to cover for the taxes not collected for buying fuel in the state. He said " that is how you pay for the use of our roads", thus we needed to apply for IFTA permits. Have I been misinformed, or are state governments trying to collect more taxes under a different name?

  • Why one state thinks fuel taxes are outdated   28 weeks 2 days ago    

    Not only evasion, but also a chilling affect on travel generally. All governments have the same major problem: how to pay for all the government services that the public wants. Maybe if the public would demand fewer services, our beloved city/state/federal governments wouldn't want so much of our money in taxes/fees. (Yeah, that's sarcasm)

  • Are carriers and drivers being hurt by CSA scores?   28 weeks 5 days ago    

    The FMCSA relies on the Police Accident Report for the data which ultimately ends up in your CSA score.

    Officers are relied upon to indicate whether or not your vehicle meets the legal definition of a CMV. AND also whether or not it is considered " reportable". To be a reportable crash, their are three separate criteria and one of them must be met.

    1. Any injury to any person who receives medical treatment away from the scene of the crash.

    2. A fatality.

    3. Any of the vehicles is disabled requiring towing.

    If you are involved in a crash and medical treatment is only given at the scene or the vehicle is repaired on scene.....than it isn't reportable and should not be considered a reportable crash. DataQ if this were to occur.

    If you are running non-CDL trucks , make sure the officer knows if you are intrastate ( when at or under 17,000 pounds. A lot of officers are not truck inspectors and if they see something with duals or even just a DOT number on it, they assume it is a CMV. Its up to you and your drivers to let them know.

    Beyond that , the company accident information which is public on shows a lot of information. Obviously . This comes directly from the police accident report. The report is usually around seven or eight pages and includes things like the GVWR and GCWR of a truck.

    The officer lists the vehicle that committed a violation ( which caused or contributed to the crash) as Unit 1. They would then list the other vehicle as Unit 2. So, you always want to be Unit 2 in a crash. It is possible to be Unit 2 and have committed a lesser violation.

    Of the many, many blocks the officer has to check off, an additional block could be added to indicate whether the CMV driver / truck had any violations that caused or contributed to the crash.

    With this added block, the FMCSA could quickly and easily determine if they will charge the carrier as responsible. Otherwise, they would have to read the entire report which is their current reason they say they can't do doesn't make every crash chargeable.

    Most crashes are easy to determine who is at fault , trucks are just big cars. There are times there are equipment issues ( or HOS ) that the average officer can't enforce as they aren't trained in that area.

    Ultimately, this would go a long way to alleviate carriers from being held responsible for most crashes that are NOT their fault.

    I was a Municipal Police Officer fro 26 years and was DOT/ HM and weigh aster certified.

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