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Archive for November, 2012

19
Nov

Linde Teams With C Cross Transporation to Demonstrate LNG Mobile Fueling Unit

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Linde North America, a gases and engineering company, reported a successful trial of its liquefied natural gas mobile fueling unit. The Linde mobile fueler allows customers to test the feasibility of using LNG as an alternative to fuels such as diesel.

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16
Nov

Using the Safety Management Cycle

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The Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement model has been fine-tuned on multiple occasions since the program’s inception by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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16
Nov

Are equipment prices the new diesel fuel?

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When it comes to the potential to drive carriers out of the industry, equipment is becoming the new diesel fuel, says Bob Costello, the chief economist of the American Trucking Associations.

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16
Nov

Ryder’s Natural Gas Fleet Surpasses 6 million miles

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Ryder System Inc. has achieved a significant milestone with its fleet of 250 natural gas vehicles by surpassing 6 million miles.

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16
Nov

First International with SCR Rolls Off Production Line

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Navistar announced that the first International ProStar+ Class 8 on-highway tractor equipped with the Cummins ISX15 and SCR-based Cummins Emission Solutions aftertreatment system rolled off the production line this week at the companys Escobedo, Mexico, plant.

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16
Nov

Freight Shipments Rose 0.2% in September from August

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The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.2% in September from August, rising after a one-month decline.

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16
Nov

Cat Trucks to Get Cummins SCR, But What About Big-Block Diesel?

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The idea of Cummins parts in a Caterpillar machine seems odd, but the shrinking world of industry consolidation will result in the use of Cummins-sourced selective catalytic reduction equipment on the Navistar-supplied diesels in Cat vocational trucks.

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16
Nov

Webinar Scheduled to Discuss Truck Parking Issues

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A free webinar Dec. 6 will cover the issues surrounding the truck parking shortage and innovative ways this problem can be addressed.

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16
Nov

Love’s Opens Two New Location to Serve Oil Boom Area

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Love’s Travel Stops announced it opened a new travel stops in Williston, N.D., to serve the booming oil business there, and another one in Leary, Texas.

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16
Nov

Spot Freight Market Down Year Over Year in October

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Spot freight was up only slightly in October from the previous month and fell year-over-year, according to the DAT North American Freight Index.

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16
Nov

Two Weeks Remain to Nominate HDT 2013 Truck Fleet Innovators

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Heavy Duty Trucking editors are now accepting nominations for 2013 HDT Truck Fleet Innovators.

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16
Nov

Fontaine Suppression Announces Leadership Changes

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Fontaine Suppression Co. announced two promotions and an addition to its leadership this week.

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16
Nov

XRS Corp. Announces 2nd Annual XRS User Event

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XRS Corp. (formerly Xata) announced its second XRS User Event will be held Aug. 18-20, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis

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15
Nov

A shortage of pilots? Really?

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A shortage of pilots? Really? At least one influential aviation figure begs to differ. Retired airline captain-turned-aviation-analyst, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger — yes, that “Sully” — says the airlines are crying wolf, trying to get regulators to back down from new entry requirements for commercial pilots.

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15
Nov

Navistar Making it Easier for Sandy-Stricken Customers

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Navistar International has set up a disaster relief program to help in Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts to get International Truck customers on the East Coast back in business as soon as possible.

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15
Nov

FMCSA Proposes Tough Sanctions for Carriers That Repeatedly Disregard Safety Rules

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Safety regulators want to impose the ultimate penalty, loss of registration, on truck and bus operations that show egregious disregard for the rules.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says that every year a small number of carriers try to avoid compliance or disguise non-compliance. These carriers often submit new applications under a different name after they have been placed out of service, the agency said.

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15
Nov

10.4 million Trucks Entered U.S. Last Year

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In 2011, 10.4 million trucks entered the United States from Canada and Mexico, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

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15
Nov

NTSB’S Most Wanted List Includes Mandatory Collision Avoidance, Aims at Distracted Driving

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The National Transportation Safety Board released its 2013 Most Wanted List, with six of the 10 issues focusing on highway travel. Particular priorities of interest to the trucking industry include mandating vehicle collision avoidance technology, preserving the transportation infrastructure, and eliminating distracted and impaired driving.

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15
Nov

FreightWatch Notes an Increase in Theft of Meat

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According to a special report from FreightWatch, the price of beef, pork and chicken (meats) in the United States has increased substantially since the second quarter of 2010, driving up thefts of meat products in FreightWatch’s Food/Drinks category.

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15
Nov

ATD, Heavy Duty Trucking Announce Nominees for Truck Dealer of the Year

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Six commercial truck dealers were nominated for the 2013 Truck Dealer of the Year, a national award presented by the American Truck Dealers and Heavy Duty Trucking magazine.

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15
Nov

Bendix Recycling Efforts Drive 92% Waste Diversion

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Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC has achieved a 92% waste diversion rate through its ongoing company-wide emphasis on recycling and remanufacturing.

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15
Nov

Meritor Reports 2012 Fourth Quarter Results, Projections for 2013

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For the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012, Meritor posted sales of $986 million, down 19% from the same period last year due to lower sales volumes in global markets as well as weaker currency translation.

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15
Nov

Descartes Acquires Exentra

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Descartes Systems Group acquired Exentra Transport Solutions Limited, a UK-based provider of software-as-a-service driver compliance solutions for the European Union.

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15
Nov

EcoDual, Freightliner of Arizona Announce Distribution Agreement

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EcoDual LLC, a provider of diesel-to-natural-gas dual fuel conversion systems for heavy-duty diesel trucks, and Freightliner of Arizona announced a distribution and servicing agreement to deliver and support the EcoDual product line.

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15
Nov

Online CDL Medical Self-Certification

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Online CDL Medical Self-Certification

Online CDL Medical Self-Certification

CDL holders operating in certain types of commerce are now required to submit a current medical examiner’s certificate to their State driver licensing agencies (SDLA) to obtain a certified medical status as part of their driving record.

Simply put, the SDLA will be adding your medical certification status and the information on your medical examiner’s certificate to the Commercial driver’s license system record. The new medical certification requirement actually began January 30th, 2012 and must be completed no later than January 30th, 2014.

Since most commercial drivers are considered as “non-excepted interstate commerce” drivers, the new requirement affects a large majority of the nation’s truck drivers.

To comply with the requirement, drivers must visit their local DMV office and provide them with their DOT medical card in order for the DMV to physically combine the medical card with their CDL license.

Drivers with access to a computer and scanner can meet the requirement by visiting their State’s medical certificate submission website. Drivers can scan their medical card and save it as a JPEG file. Once on the site, they must fill in their DL number, DOB and the last four digits of their social security and information as listed on the medical card.

Once information is filled completely, drivers can upload the JPEG file and will then be given a confirmation with the transaction number, status and submission date. Drivers should print this page for future reference.

Drivers should then return to the site several days later to see if their transaction has been approved or denied.

Florida truck drivers who must comply with the requirement can file online at the Florida Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles website.

Professional drivers can locate their State’s medical certificate submission website by performing a search for: CDL Self and Medical Certification, followed by the name of the
State, as in the example of: CDL Self and Medical Certification Michigan.

Not all State’s allow for online self certification, but instructions on how to comply will be clearly described on the site as shown in this example for the State of Iowa.

The FMCSA urges drivers to complete the certification process as soon as possible.

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14
Nov

EOBRs mandate still has issues

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By: Allen Smith

Anne Ferro, Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), has made the agency’s commitment to the EOBR rulemaking very clear by stating, “It is definitely on the way.” Professional truck drivers who oppose any such mandate are now faced with the reality that, like or not, EOBRs may be coming.

A question today for drivers is which EOBR company would you rather be associated with: a company that is focused on the benefits of the motor carrier only, or a company that is supportive of the carrier and driver and who actually makes the effort to listen to the concerns of those drivers?

Opponents of the EOBR mandate can continue to fight against its implementation, but if it is to become a rule, as it appears it may, drivers must have a plan B in place; that plan is to align themselves with the best possible alternative to yet another industry regulation.

A majority of professional truckers remain concerned with electronic on-board recorder issues such as driver harassment, hours of service data integrity and detention time pay. If there is no technology available that can be installed within the EOBRs that can prevent such issues, then further FMCSA regulations must be mandated to ensure driver protection.

XRS Corporation, a compliance, performance and fleet optimization company, recently began its move away from EOBRs and believes that the days of expensive, hard-wired, on-board installations such as the EOBRs are over and the future of fleet optimization technology is mobile.

In a recent Examiner article, Making a case for trucking industry EOBR mandate, XRS responded to some of the driver concerns that were included in the article, in their blog post: Do EOBRs Benefit Truckers?

  • EOBRs will not guarantee that drivers will receive retention time pay

“That could very well be the case. However, CSA is changing the way trucking businesses must operate. Now, CSA scores are easily accessible to shippers, insurance companies and prospective drivers for review. In order to remain competitive in the industry, carriers must maintain strong CSA scores—and that means attracting and retaining drivers with excellent safety records. In a blog post we shared this spring, we illustrated a number of ways carriers can improve their driver retention programs. One of those suggestions involved paying drivers for time lost at shippers’ docks. With the data to support those extra charges, carriers have the ability to bill for the time and compensate their drivers accordingly. Carriers would be wise to reward the drivers that help them maintain strong CSA scores. If they feel under-appreciated, they may look for work elsewhere.”

  • Carriers can edit a trucker’s e-logs, remove legal hours and push tired drivers to keep on driving

“We contend that this is not an issue of electronic logging technology, but of management. A carrier that pushes its drivers to run illegally will do so regardless of whether or not their drivers are running on EOBRs; it all comes down to their commitment to safety. We’d also like to reiterate that a carrier can’t unilaterally alter a driver’s hours without the driver’s knowledge. If a log is edited, the trucker must review the changes and determine if their e-log is true and accurate. If it isn’t, the driver should not accept the changes. This is completely within their control, just as refusing a load is when they’re tired.”

As questions, concerns and answers are freely given by drivers and other industry professionals, the answers given usually lead to more questions and concerns. Should a driver deny the carrier’s change in his or her electronic logging records, they could easily find themselves removed from the carrier’s employment. The real-word reality of truck driving has proven many times over, that drivers who refuse  to run under fatigue or any other such CSA basic, often find themselves unemployed.

However, XRS Corporation is showing a supportive concern for all of their customers, carriers and drivers, placing a high regard for safety-commitment on both parties. Without commitment to safety and the use of EOBRs or in the case of XRS, the mobile technology platform, by the motor carrier and driver, these problem issues will continue or even increase.

Christian Schenk

Christian Schenk

Christian Schenk, vice president of market development and product marketing and Megan Derkey, marketing communications manager for XRS Corporation will join us as guests on the Truth About Trucking “LIVE” talk radio program on Thursday, November 15th, 2013 at 7 pm ET for: Replacing EOBRs with Mobile Fleet Optimization.

Megan Derkey

Megan Derkey

We will discuss their newest mobile technology, the future of electronic on-board recorders and still ask the tough questions of most concern by the professional trucker.

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12
Nov

High-cube Canadian rig might become controversial for equipment and emissions reasons

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What’s this? A modern reiteration of a 1930s truck-and-trailer combination? Sort of. It’s a recently built high-capacity tractor-trailer combination recently assembled in Ontario for possible use by Walmart Canada which calls it a “super cube” truck. And it’s generating a bit of controversy.

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12
Nov

Aegis Mobility Acquires ZoomSafer

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Aegis Mobility announced the acquisition of ZoomSafer Inc. for an undisclosed sum.

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12
Nov

NY Thruway Toll Increases for Trucks Still Undecided

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Questions about whether or not trucks would see an increase in toll costs on the New York State Thruway still remain unanswered.

The New York State Thruway Authority postponed a meeting, originally scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9, until the following Tuesday. The authority gave no reasons for why the meeting was delayed.

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12
Nov

XRS Promotes Christian Schenk to SVP, Product Strategy & Market Growth

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XRS Corp. (formerly Xata Corporation) announced that the company’s board of directors has promoted and appointed Christian Schenk to senior vice president, product strategy & market growth,

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12
Nov

NADA Offers Vehicle Owners Post-Hurricane Advice on Water-Damaged Vehicles

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Heavy vehicle components that are submerged in contaminated floodwater as a result of the recent hurricanes may have sustained damage that includes, but is not limited to, rust and corrosion.

The National Automobile Dealers Association is urging vehicle owners to take caution before trying to start or move a rain-soaked or flooded vehicle following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.

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12
Nov

Program to Stop Human Trafficking in Colorado Kicks Off

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The Colorado Motor Carriers Association, Colorado Truckstop Conference, local elected and law enforcement officials will be kicking off an education and awareness campaign focused on combatting the human trafficking of underage children who are being forced to engage in prostitution.

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8
Nov

The Truth Behind European Trucking

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Snooper’s range of specialist electronic systems can help improve the efficiency and security of your fleet.

Professional driving in Europe differs greatly from trucking in the USA.  This is due to the fact that Europe has more languages and cultures in a smaller geographical area.  This does add variety to your days however it can make your work harder as you battle with countries speaking different languages, which can cause issues trying to get across borders quickly.

Europe has set working times that must be adhered to.  These are set by the Europe Commission.  There are rules about how long you can drive for in 24 hours as well as the total number of hours you can drive in a fortnight.  There are also rules about the minimum rest periods you can have for daily and weekly drives.  If you are driving haulage vehicles or passenger vehicles these rules still apply.

In the US the highways are well built for trucks however in Europe the roads can be a lot narrower and can be much harder to negotiate your way around.  Due to the small amount of space as you can imagine the parking can be trickier after 7 pm as many of the truckers ‘in the know’ will have taken the best places to park.  In Europe it is important to be mindful that other truckers may block you in.

Europe has a wide variety of food choices however it comes at a cost.  Many European truckers plan out their stops so that they can park somewhere which has a car park large enough to house a truck.  Countries such as Poland have limited choice in terms of restaurants and therefore the parking spots are in high demand.  France and Germany are a little easier as they are more accommodating of truckers.  The UK is very expensive when buying food and also a lot of the service stations will charge you to stop for longer than two hours.

Europe is vastly historical and there is therefore many opportunities to see iconic points such as the Eiffel tower. Europe may be expensive, difficult to park and provide you with language issues however no day will be the same as you meet people from different cultures and see some truly iconic sights.

Snooper is a company based in Europe who are specialists in truck sat navs.

www.snooper.co.uk

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8
Nov

5 things you should know about cloud computing

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Cloud computing has been getting a lot of attention in the information technology space. Before you put your head in the cloud, though, there are some things you should understand about the concept of cloud computing.

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8
Nov

TARA Chooses Wade & Partners as New Association Manager

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The Truck Frame and Axle Repair Association has decided to make Wade & Partners the management team to lead the association, effective immediately.

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8
Nov

Republic Services Invests $25 million in CNG Trucks

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Republic Services, a recycling and waste company that serves more than 200,000 households and 27,000 businesses in the St. Louis region, is investing nearly $25 million to enhance its fleet with 72 compressed natural gas collection vehicles.

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8
Nov

Vote Clears Path for New Border Bridge in Detroit

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Michigan residents Tuesday voted down an effort to prevent construction of a new bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, that will offer an alternative to the privately owned Ambassador Bridge.

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8
Nov

Registration Open for Green Truck Summit 2013

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Registration is now open for the educational forum on clean vehicle technologies, the Green Truck Summit. The Green Truck Summit kicks off the extensive educational conference at The Work Truck Show 2013 on March 5.

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8
Nov

Link Discovered Between Driver Obesity and Crash Risk

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A study has confirmed what many in trucking already believed — that there’s a direct connection between a truck driver’s crash risk and his or her body mass index. Obese truckers, during their first two years on the road, are 43% to 55% more likely to be involved in a crash when compared against those truckers with a normal BMI.

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8
Nov

Meritor Recognizes Three Aftermarket Parts Centers

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Three aftermarket customers of Meritor have been recognized in a national “Drive to 100 Store Decor” contest to improve retail store showroom decor.

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