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Archive for December, 2012

19
Dec

No crystal ball for natural gas

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Natural gas prices neared the lowest they’ve been in about a decade last winter, as utilities scrambled to take advantage of the fuel’s low price tag and producers began to turn away from the low-profit fuel.

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19
Dec

Drivewyze Bypass Now Available in New Mexico

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New Mexico officially became the 14th state to adopt Drivewyze PreClear as its new bypass service.

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19
Dec

Sleepsafe Drivers Adds SleepWorks Labs To Network

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Sleepsafe Drivers, a national provider of sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment programs for the transportation industry, has added SleepWorks to its Sleep Provider Network, effective immediately.

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19
Dec

Eaton Names Beering to Head Up Transmission Business

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Eaton Corp. named John Beering senior vice president and general manager, commercial vehicle transmission business, effective Jan. 1.

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19
Dec

Truck Tonnage Index Rebounds in November

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The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index jumped 3.7% in November. The first gain since July, it erased October’s 3.7% drop.

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19
Dec

CargoNet Offers Cargo Theft Prevention Tips

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CargoNet’s analysis of historical cargo theft data shows that the rate of cargo theft increases over holiday weekends, so it’s offering suggestions for how companies can help prevent theft.

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19
Dec

A Different Way to Sell

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‘People continue to sell as if they were in a quaint Norman Rockwell painting. That no longer works like it used to.”

Instead, says Rich Farrell, president of Tangent Knowledge Systems and author of the book “Selling has Nothing to do with Selling,” a salesperson should play the role of a “change agent” rather than the more typical product-centric transactional approach.

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19
Dec

OEMs Outline Natural Gas Product Plans

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If you’re wondering about whether parts and service for natural gas engines will be in your future, it might be useful to take a look at what engine and truck makers will be offering.

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19
Dec

8 Ways to Make Sure Your Diesel Fuel and More are Ready for Winter

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Weather forecasters are predicting not only one of the coldest, but the snowiest winters in the last five years. Here are a few simple tips to help maintain your equipment and fuel tanks.

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19
Dec

FleetPride Acquires Drake Supply Company

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FleetPride Inc., the nation’s largest retailer of heavy-duty truck and trailer parts, has acquired the assets of Drake Supply Co.

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19
Dec

Choosing the Best Moving Companies

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Best MoversLike within any industry, the household goods business has its share of rogue companies that have been known to prey on the general public.  From denying claims, lost belongings and holding the consumer’s items for “ransom”, reports of abuse by moving companies happen all too often.

The majority of these consumer abuses occur by those movers who are operating under their own authority and are normally not associated with a major van line, such as Allied, United, Bekins, Paul Arpin, Wheaton, Atlas and Mayflower.  These rogue movers will often work under their own generic “van line” name.

Forty million people move each year and the large majority are completed with customer satisfaction by both, van lines and independent movers.  These movers also tend with the negative impact placed on them and the industry by the fraudulent companies that take advantage of the consumer.

The major cause for the consumer who gets caught in one of these moving scams often lies with choosing the cheapest priced mover.  Economics is certainly understandable, but going with the cheapest price is usually a recipe for disaster.  Extensive research and understanding how the moving industry operates, play key factors in choosing the best moving company for your relocation.

With May through October being the busiest time for movers, the peak moving season will soon be approaching and there are steps that consumers can take to increase their chances of obtaining a care-free move:

  • Never hire a moving broker
  • Make sure the moving company has been in business for at least 7-10 years
  • Visit their office to make sure they are who they say they are
  • Never accept an “estimate” over the phone
  • Make sure their trucks show the appropriate markings as required under federal law
  • Check them out with the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
  • Check their ICC number against the FMCSA records

These are just a few steps that consumers can take to validate a moving company’s reputation and record.

A consumer guide to moving

A consumer guide to moving

For these and additional moving tips on choosing the best movers, GuaranteeMove.com provides a complimentary 54 page consumer guide for choosing moving companies and moving services for the best move. Through research and investigation and fully understanding the household goods moving process, consumers can avoid becoming the next victim to moving fraud.

© 2012, Allen Smith. All rights reserved.

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18
Dec

App Makes Finding Auto Transport Simple

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A1 Auto Transport

A1 Auto Transport

When you need auto transport, there are so many options it can be hard to know where to even start with finding a company. And once you do, how do you know that the company in question is reputable and will offer the types of service and pricing structure that you need? To start, it helps to work with an authoritative online resource, much like what A1 Auto Transport, Incorporated offers, to help you get started.

Go Online

Starting with a site like A1 Auto Transport is your best bet because it eliminates the time spent searching the Internet to find companies to suit your needs. Instead, you can get on the Internet and enter your information into just one website, getting back results that allow you to filter companies based on price, range of services and any other components that you may use to vet a company. This saves you time you likely don’t have if you are moving or planning a long term trip.

It also helps if you need specialty auto transport, such as international car shipping or custom/classic car transport. It can be hard to find these types of companies, but since A1 Auto Transport works with companies of all types in this industry, this is your one-stop-shop to get what you need to make an informed decision as a consumer.

Use Your Phone

That’s right, you aren’t even tied to getting on a computer or table to get the information you need. The A1 Auto Transport app, available via iTunes, makes it easy for you to get the information you need from your smartphone. After all, you can do just about everything through your phone, from paying for your morning coffee to locking the doors to your home. Why should finding and scheduling auto transport be any different?

The A1 Auto Transport iTunes app makes it easy to find a company that will work for your needs. Simply enter in your point of origin, a few key points about your vehicle and your destination and await the results in your Inbox. If you are making a permanent move, you can also enter in that information and get quotes for companies that can move your household items as well.

The point of using one site, and now one app, to book auto transport is to make the process as seamless as possible. With the option of using both the core website and the iTunes auto transport app, you now have enough choices availed to you. This makes it easy for you to find the right company for your budget and your needs and book your services in a timely fashion.

Once the issue of auto transport is out of the way, then you focus on other aspects of the moving process. After all, it is important to tend to all possible details when making a move or planning a trip and taking auto transport off the list once you’ve found a reputable company will give you peace of mind as you continue to book services and plan your move.

© 2012, Allen Smith. All rights reserved.

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17
Dec

Suppliers Outline Natural Gas Product Plans

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The engine products of the joint venture between Cummins Inc. and Westport Innovations now dominate the existing, albeit small, market for natural gas trucks, but more are on the way from other sources, indicated manufacturer representatives during the American Trucking Associations’ recent Natural Gas Summit.

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17
Dec

Trucking Industry Transports Record Number of Wreaths to Veterans’ Cemeteries

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Last week, 65 trucking companies hauled 126 loads of fresh remembrance wreaths (about 610,000 in all) to be laid on graves at more than 800 veterans’ cemeteries across the nation.

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17
Dec

Former FMCSA Administrator Hill to Head Up Indiana Homeland Security

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Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence has named former Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator John Hill executive director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

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17
Dec

DOT Orders Two Dayes Trucking, Two Dayes Transport to Shut Down

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered Two Dayes Trucking and Two Dayes Transport, based in Murfreesboro, N.C., to immediately cease all transportation services

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17
Dec

Kentucky, Ohio Agree to Build New Ohio River bridge

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed an agreement that describes in broad terms how their two states will cooperatively build a new bridge over the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Covington.

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17
Dec

Court Schedules Oral Arguments in Hours of Service Case

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Oral arguments in the lawsuit challenging the hours of service rule will be held March 15 at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

It typically takes the court two to three months to rule following arguments, which means it should hand down its decision before the new HOS rule is scheduled to take effect in July.

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17
Dec

Hot Line Freight System Opens Quad City Terminal

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Hot Line Freight System, a regional trucking company based in West Salem, Wis., opened a new terminal in Davenport, Iowa.

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17
Dec

SpeedGauge Partners with International Telematics

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SpeedGauge announced a new partnership with International Telematics which extends SpeedGauge technology more deeply into Australia and New Zealand, while SpeedGauge enhances International Telematics’ presence in the North American market.

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14
Dec

Missouri’s I-49 Designation Makes History

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With the designation of former U.S. Route 71 to become part of Interstate 49, this week, the plan for an uninterrupted I-49 is beginning to take shape.

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14
Dec

FMCSA Plans Surveys on EOBR Harassment

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Federal safety regulators are preparing surveys to learn whether or not electronic onboard recorders might be used to harass drivers. The surveys of drivers and carriers are part of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s preparation for a proposed new EOBR rule, due next July.

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14
Dec

New Love’s Locations Open in Iowa and Idaho

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Love’s Travel Stops opened two new locations recently in Davenport, Iowa, at Interstate 80, and Idaho Falls, Idaho, at Interstate 15.

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14
Dec

Ohio Governor Decides Not to Privatize Turnpike

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced plans to generate $3 billion for state road projects — without leasing it or selling it to a private outside concern.

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14
Dec

Hankook Tire America Names New President

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Hankook Tire has appointed Byeong Jin Lee as its new President of Hankook Tire America Corp., effective Jan. 1.

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14
Dec

ContiLifeCycle Expands into Pennsylvania with Bergey’s Tire

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Long-time Continental and General truck tire dealer Bergey’s Tire, headquartered in Souderton, Pa., announced the expansion of its product offering with a retreading solution from Continental Tire’s Commercial Vehicle Tire Business Unit.

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14
Dec

PacLease Network Adds Eight New Franchises

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Paccar Leasing recently added eight new franchise locations in six states and one Canadian province.

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14
Dec

Truck-Lite Announces Marketing Appointments

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Truck-Lite recently announced two significant changes to its marketing team. Bob Ives has assumed the position of Executive Vice President of Business Development, and Beth W. English joined the organization as Vice President of Marketing.

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12
Dec

4 Ways to Avoid Selling Counterfeit or Substandard Parts

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One of your customers gets sued when his truck is involved in a fatal crash. Faulty brake parts are blamed. Before you know it, you get dragged into court because you sold it to him.

You may say, “I didn’t make it! I didn’t know it wasn’t safe!” The answer from the courts may well be, “You should have.”

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12
Dec

Jason Swann Wins Top Heavy-duty Tech at Rush Rodeo

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For the third time in his career, Jason Swann of Rush Truck Centers in Dallas was named the All Around Winner in the heavy-duty division in the Rush Truck Centers Skills Rodeo.

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12
Dec

2011 Highway Deaths Down, but Truck Occupant Deaths up 20%

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a new analysis showing that highway deaths fell to 32,367 in 2011, marking the lowest level since 1949 and a 1.9% decrease from the previous year. Large-truck fatalities, however, rose, with the number of large-truck occupants killed jumping by 20%.

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12
Dec

NTSB Says Driver Inattention, Bad Brakes Led to Amtrak-Truck Collision

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An inattentive driver and poorly maintained brakes, including antilock brakes that had been rendered inoperable, were the probable cause of a commercial truck hitting an Amtrak passenger train in the Nevada desert last summer, killing six and injuring 16, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.

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12
Dec

HDA Truck Pride Expands Master Warehouse Program

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HDA Truck Pride has expanded its Master Warehouse to a new, larger facility in the metropolitan St Louis area.

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12
Dec

Driver Turnover at Truckload Carriers Remains High in Q3

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The annualized linehaul driver turnover rate at large truckload fleets remained over 100% for the second straight month, and the churn at smaller truckload carriers rose to a five-year high, according to American Trucking Associations Trucking Activity Report.

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12
Dec

Energy Department Predicts Oil, Fuel Prices for 2013

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The U.S. Department of Energy predicts that domestic crude oil production next year will reach its highest annual average rate of production since 1992 and diesel prices will average less than $4 per gallon in 2013.

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12
Dec

Sandy Helps Drive Van, Reefer Spot Freight up in November

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Spot freight rose 3.6% in the U.S. and Canada November over October, according to the DAT North American Freight Index — the first time November freight volumes outpaced October levels since the DAT Freight Index was established in 1996.

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12
Dec

Access America to Add 550 Jobs in Tennessee

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Access America Transport will expand its Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tenn., facilities and create 550 jobs during a five year period – 450 additional jobs at the Chattanooga facility and 100 additional jobs at the Knoxville facility.

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12
Dec

Used Truck Association Honors Tom Horne

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Tom Horne of Pennsylvania-based Hunter Peterbilt was posthumously awarded the Marvin F Gordon Lifetime Achievement Award at this years 2012 Used Truck Association Convention.

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12
Dec

Honeywell Buying Intermec

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Honeywell International is buying Intermec, known in trucking for its handheld barcode readers, RFID products and rugged mobile devices, for approximately $600 million.

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11
Dec

Truck Stop Electrification Survey Analysis

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A recently conducted survey through Trucking Social Media was performed of driver attitudes in regard to truck stop electrification.

The survey was a result from a previous Truth About Trucking “LIVE” broadcast, Idling Alternatives for the Trucking Industry.

The program featured Rick Shaff, Director of Sales Hodyon Dynasys APU, Roger Southall, Sales Manager AireDock, Ethan Garber, CEO IdleAir and Andy Warcaba, President Andrew J. Warcaba & Associates, Inc.

It was noted that still, many drivers were unaware of truck stop electrification technology and the survey was implemented to draw a better understanding of the TSE usage, specifically from a professional truck driver’s point of view.

Questions for the survey were provided by IdleAir and the analysis was presented by AireDock.  The complete survey results, including graphs, can also be downloaded through the PDF version:

Truck Stop Electrification Survey Analysis — PDF

  • Are you an owner operator, a leased operator, or a company driver?   31.1% answered owner operator with 8.9% as leased and 60% company driver.

Analysis:   As companies realized that logistics is a critical element of their strategy, truck operations have been brought in-house or contracted out to large, national fleet operators.  Therefore, the high percentage of respondents who identify themselves as “company drivers” is consistent with industry trends.

  • About how many nights do you spend on the road each year?   0-100 = 11.1%, 101-200 = 8.9%, 201-300 = 40% and 301+ = 40%.

Analysis:  Trucking remains a critical element of the country’s shipping infrastructure.  With the exponential growth of e-Commerce and its reliance network of fulfillment centers close to population centers, long-distance hauling by trucks has grown in importance.  In turn, drivers are spending more and more nights away from their home base.

  • Where do you usually park for the night?    Company terminal = 26.7%, Shipper-Receiver = 48.9%, Rest Area = 57.8%, Truck Stop = 86.7%, Other = 22.2%.

Analysis:  To date, AireDock has focused its marketing efforts on truck stops and rest areas throughout the country.  While these locations are the most important to meet TSE needs of drivers, a huge opportunity to save fuel and reduce emissions involves installing equipment at shipping and receiving points.  AireDock is currently working to install its technology adjacent to the JFK Air Cargo facilities.  This pilot program would provide invaluable insight on the value of TSE at a shipper/receiver parking area.

  • Do you idle most nights?   Yes = 42.2%,   No = 57.8%

Analysis:  AireDock’s internal field surveys suggest that the main alternative to idling is a sleeping bag and drivers’ tolerance for discomfort.  While this does save on fuel and cuts emissions, drivers do not get a full night’s rest which, in turn, impacts their daytime alertness and overall highway safety.

  • Does your company provide an APU?   Yes = 28.9%,  No = 71.1%

Analysis:  APU is an important technology. However, costs and weight (over 400 pounds) have been significant inhibitors.  There is no national legislation that excludes the weight of an APU unit from the overall weight limits.  With an emphasis on maximizing loads, the weight factor is significant.

  • Does your company pay for TSE Services?   Yes = 6.7%,  No = 93.3%
  • Does your company pay for hotel rooms instead of idling?   Yes = 6.7%,  No = 93.3%

Analysis:  Trucking companies have done little to provide alternatives to idling.  Over 93% of drivers reported that their employers do not pay for either TSE usage or lodging.  Since these same employers will pay for fuel, few drivers have an incentive to turn off their engines.  Even those instances where the company will cover the cost of alternatives to idling, drivers report that reimbursement is slow.

  • Does your company offer you a fuel bonus?   Yes = 24.4 %,  No = 75.6%

Analysis:  Again, there is a disconnect between driver rewards and the financial savings of TSE, which includes lower fuel consumption and reduction engine wear.  Over 75% of drivers receive no incentive to reduce fuel consumption.

  • Do you regularly see TSE locations (AireDock, CabAire, EnviroDock, IdleAir, Shorepower) where you shut down overnight?   Yes = 8.9%,  No = 91.1%
  • Do you regularly pass TSE locations along your route?   Yes = 35.6%,   No = 64.4%

Analysis:  The largest challenge to the industry is readily available TSE sites especially along the major highway corridors.  While AireDock is encouraged by the progress in some regions (e.g. Texas and the Northwest), there is much to be done to make TSE facilities ubiquitous.

  • Have you ever tried truck stop electrification (TSE) services before?   Yes = 28.9%,  No = 71.1%

Analysis:  Truck Stop Electrification makes sense to drivers.  Even with limited availability, nearly 30% of the respondents have tried it.

  • If your company paid for you to use TSE, would you try it?    Yes = 86.7%,  No = 13.3%

Analysis:  Clearly, the single largest barrier to using TSE is economic.  As seen in the prior responses, a large majority of drivers have no incentives to save fuel.  If anti-idling was covered by freight companies, utilization would increase significantly.

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