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  • Small business is confident; will that benefit trucking?   23 weeks 3 days ago    

    Transport companies also use trucking methods for shipping the vehicles like bikes or care if the conditions are suitable. Firms like wewilltransportit.com provides many shipping options like open or enclosed transport and services suitable to the client.

  • The Big Dipper: A drop in transportation operating costs that will last a decade   23 weeks 4 days ago    

    Another burdensome mandate by the federal government: "Don't argue; this really will be good for you. Trust us." Sounds an awful lot like 'If you like your doctor, you can keep him' and 'This is going to reduce your premiums by $2500 per year.'"

  • Carriers educating shippers on CSA safety reg   23 weeks 4 days ago    

    Great article. Drivers need to be given protection in this area from the " hurry up and wait " shippers.

  • Prestolite introduces starter for MX-11, MX-13 engines   23 weeks 5 days ago    

    FYI: All should be aware that Pretolite Electric was acquired by the Chinese in 2015, to be specific Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Co., Ltd (Zhongshan Dayang Dianji Gufen Youxian Gongsi / 中山大洋电机股份有限公司).

  • Diesel technicians: Is the shortage real?   23 weeks 6 days ago    

    I'm guessing that the shortage is not real if you have six techs in a six bay shop. I'm betting that if you only have three techs in that six bay shop and two more give their two weeks notice it's for darn sure real.

    “Most technicians leave for reasons other than pay; they just tell you that so you won’t bother them anymore.”

    That is a for doggone real fact. No longer being a part of management the techs talk to me, drivers too, they say things they wouldn't say to a manager. It's a quality of life thing. They are not going to work 10/12 hours on 2nd shift and go home and sleep all day, while their family goes on without them.

    Nobody gives a tool allowance anymore. Do these high mucky-mucks in the upstairs office realize what kind of investment these kids are going to have to put out to be a tech? Tell them to ask that baby-boomer with $40k in his rollaway toolbox. His toolbox, empty, probably costs as much as their car. I remember the days...years of bologna and cheese sandwiches and beans for supper cuz I had to have this tool or that.

    You say you pay yer techs good? $40-$50k? It ain't enough by half!

  • Diesel technicians: Is the shortage real?   23 weeks 6 days ago    

    This does not only apply to the diesel techs. You will find that the needs are the same across most fields with this new generation.

  • Underreported: Drivers not seeking help for mental health issues   23 weeks 6 days ago    

    I was reading this news trucknews.com features/lets-talk-mental-health/ related to this matter, not only drivers and but also their family members are suffering due to this issues.

  • ATA names new chairman, takes aim at speed limiter rule   24 weeks 4 days ago    

    After taking an extensive trip across North America, I feel I can speak to this even though I no longer drive commercially. I do however drive with a truckers eye and mentality.
    In Canada they have one speed for all traffic. Seems to work out well, although nobody pays attention to the speed limit and they drive pretty much how they want, cuz there's no coppers on the roads. I drove from SK to AK back through AB and entered the US at MT. I never saw an accident and never really had any driving issues.
    In the states, the only issue I had was on the 2lane undivided where the backwards thinking companies route their 62mph trucks on a 75mph road. An extremely dangerous situation. I only saw a coupla accidents the entire trip, unrelated to 2lane driving, but I saw how dangerous the 2lanes are with speed limiters on them. Wild drivers are gonna take wild chances. The longer they're stuck behind a turtle the quicker they'll be to take that chance. Bad things are bound to happen. It will also become an issue on the multi-lane divided, all the truck traffic at 62-65mph and the rest of the traffic still at 80-90mph? Stuff happens!

  • Nearly 2,000 truckers could lose their CDLs   24 weeks 4 days ago    

    Come on Florida. While the Driver Examiner appears to have done wrong ( but then the charges were dropped !!) how about checking the driving records of the students from this school. If they have been accident/ticket free for say 2 years , they should get a " grandfathered in " type of pass on this.

  • SuperTruck Update   24 weeks 4 days ago    

    “They need to be durable and reliable, of course, but in the end they must offer a way to reduce total cost of ownership in order for the customer to use them.” Well....I knew you guys understood where the Owner/Operator was coming from, but you forgot to "really" mean it. I would rather a truck get 6 miles per gallon, and be VERY reliable, than get 13mpg and be in the shop every other week with some sort of sensor problem that throws a code and lowers engine power to 40%...which is just what we are all driving (and paying for) right now! Look, I'm sure everybody's really impressed with all the "innovative developments" and all the "HUGE" fuel savings costs.....but for goodness sake, just stick to the basics. You know, why don't you just give your "NEW and IMPROVED" trucks a fancier paint job or something like that.......it's a simple thing...try just keeping it that way, for money savings for you, and for your customers.

  • Navistar SuperTruck, the CatalIST, hits 13 mpg   24 weeks 4 days ago    

    Here we go again! WHY must Navistar continue with "that" N13(12.7/12.4) engine. It costs a ton of money to maintain. With all those add ons....Like those really innovative Emission controls with their $5000 EGR Cooler and $1600 EGR Valve and that's just the cost of the item!! Add another $3500 for labor. It's not just a one time replacement either. The EGR valve on my "Highly Acclaimed" ProStar+ eagle (whatever you want to call it), sleeper truck has had 3 EGR valves replaced in just 100,000 miles!! My real concern with the great INTERNATIONAL TRUCK engineers is "Why must you TRY and reinvent the wheel with nee jerk decisions and then have your trusted customers pay the price?? Your new SUPER DUPER TRUCK, will more than likely be just another real life untested money pit for the independent owner operator.

  • ELD lessons: 'Cheater' changes mind, changes company   24 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   24 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’   24 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'   25 weeks 26 min ago    

    Thanks

  • Will GHG 2 kill off multi-sourced trucking drivetrains?   25 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?   25 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   25 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?   25 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   25 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   25 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   25 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   25 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.

    SCHEDULE SHOULD BE A DISTANCE SECOND ON THE PRIORITY LIST FOR ANY CDL DRIVER, unfortunately, it's not.

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

  • Are truck driver-facing cameras a necessity?   25 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   26 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!

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