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Archive for December, 2012

11
Dec

Hard braking sending unsecured loads through trailers’ noses, fleet exec says

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Loads breaking through the noses of vans under hard braking? Its happening out there, reports Jim Park, our senior equipment editor, who has been in touch with Claude Robert of Robert Transport in Quebec, Canada.

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11
Dec

Interstate Distributor Co. Green Lights Owner Operator Settlement Cycle

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Interstate Distributor Co. announced that effective Dec. 1, they will now be accelerating the Owner Operator settlement cycle.

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11
Dec

Maintenance Tips for Air and Fuel Systems

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There’s been a lot of attention paid lately to engine problems driven by new, more complex equipment developed to meet emissions regulations. Sometimes the most basic systems get overlooked because they aren’t part of the new technology-driven dynamic.

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11
Dec

Obama Praises Detroit Investment as Daimler Announces American Production of Automated Transmission

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President Barack Obama today visited Detroit Diesel Corp. in Redford, Mich., to recognize Daimler Trucks North America’s decision to invest $120 million in facilities to build the new Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission and the new Detroit DD15 proprietary asymmetric turbocharger in the United States.

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11
Dec

Prices Fall at the Pump, Crude Hits One-month Low

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Diesel and gasoline prices have once again seen a price decrease this past week. Gasoline prices fell 4.5 cents while the price of a gallon of diesel decreased 3.6 cents.

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11
Dec

Cummins Builds Two-Millionth Ram Diesel For Chrysler Group

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Cummins Inc. has produced its 2-millionth diesel engine for Ram Trucks.

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11
Dec

Mack Supports Disaster Relief in New York City

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Mack Trucks presented a $25,000 check to New York City Commissioner of Sanitation John J. Doherty to support relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy.

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11
Dec

Rush Truck Centers Tech Skills Rodeo in Full Swing

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Almost 100 truck technicians from across the Rush Truck Centers dealer chain are gathered in San Antonio test their skill levels against their peers.

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11
Dec

Retail Imports to Increase 3.9% in December Despite Port Strike

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Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 3.9% in December despite a strike that closed the nation’s largest port complex for the first few days of the month.

Retailers are keeping a close watch on a possible strike on the East Coast and Gulf Coast, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

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10
Dec

Paul Will Replaces Steve Russel as Celadon CEO

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Celadon Group Inc. announced changes to the roles of members of its executive team. The changes are effective immediately.

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10
Dec

Dupre Expands Presence in Houston Area with Channelview Terminal

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Dupre Logistics, Lafayette, La., announced the expansion of its Houston area operations with the addition of a new full-service facility located in Channelview, Texas.

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10
Dec

President to Visit Detroit Diesel Plant

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President Obama is scheduled to travel today to Redford Township, Mich., for an event on the economy at the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant.

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10
Dec

FMCSA Orders Two Companies to Shut Down

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered LEX Express Inc. (DBA Lincolnland Express) of Champaign, Ill., and Ben Gordon Enterprises LLC (DBA Gordon’s Tree Service) of Slidell, La., to immediately cease all transportation services.

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10
Dec

Pennsylvania Opens Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection began accepting applications Dec. 1 for its Natural Gas Vehicle Grant program, which will provide up to $20 million over the next three years to help pay for the incremental purchase and conversion costs of heavy-duty natural gas fleet vehicles.

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8
Dec

Truck Tuning: What You Need To Know About Remapping

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Truck Tuning | Power Trucks | HGV RemappingTruck Tuning | increased fuel economy on average by 10%.

 

We know that there are a lot of truck racing fans out there, and that they love the highly-tuned trucks you see tearing round tracks at surprising speeds. For the average truck driver though, there is often very little interest in making modifications, aside from extra lights, decals or decorations. In reality however, there are considerable benefits in having your truck tuned, and the main method is through ECU remapping

This process changes the instructions to the engine in relation to the fuel delivery and spark plug activation, with the aim of increasing the engine’s power output. This might seem like a pointless requirement for a truck, but there are several benefits in this. The most obvious is that driving is made easier and more comfortable. With 20% extra horsepower and torque, pulling away becomes easier, and climbing hills requires less effort, and doesn’t cause such a reduction in speed.

The other major benefit, which will be attractive to business owners especially, is that remapping often increases fuel economy by around 10%, which has the potential to save a huge amount of money in diesel costs.
This happens because of the remap itself, and the fact that you don’t have to work the engine as hard to yield the same results.

Remapping is generally one of the cheapest methods of tuning, because it’s all done electronically through the on-board diagnostics port; no additional parts are required, and labor is relatively simple. The work can also be completed at speed too. Due to the fuel saving potential of an ECU flash, it could pay for itself very quickly indeed.

Most re-mappers will offer money back guarantees, so there’s no reason not to give tuning a go, even if it’s just to improve fuel economy

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7
Dec

Diagnostics on the Move: Telematics Help Fleets Stay Ahead in Maintenance

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Technology in the shop is nothing new; in fact, it’s absolutely necessary to diagnose, troubleshoot and repair today’s trucks. But fleets are finding there are technologies they can use outside of the shop to monitor vehicle health and diagnose problems.

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7
Dec

Clean Energy Completes First Stage of Natural Gas Fueling Network

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With the completion of its LNG truck fueling station in Matthews, Mo., this month, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. concludes the first stage of what it’s calling America’s Natural Gas Highway,

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7
Dec

DOE Predicts Growth in U.S. Energy Production to Outpace Consumption Growth

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration projects that under current policies, crude oil production in the U.S. will rise sharply over the next decade, while gasoline and petroleum-based diesel use will fall.

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7
Dec

ATA White Paper Outlines Flaws in CSA Data

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In a new white paper, the American Trucking Associations demonstrates how the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s safety monitoring and measurement system, Compliance Safety Accountability, lacks sufficient data on the majority of the industry to render meaningful scores for most motor carriers.

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7
Dec

Arnold Transportation Services to Merge with LinkAmerica Corp.

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U.S. Xpress announced a merger of the companys Arnold Transportation Services with LinkAmerica Corp., a Ft. Worth-based truckload and logistics carrier serving the Southeast and Southwest.

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7
Dec

Natural Gas Vehicle Institute Recognized as ASE-Certified CASE Training Provider

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The Natural Gas Vehicle Institute has received certification from the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence for the companys training programs.

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7
Dec

FMCSA Cracks Down on Household Goods Movers

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is going after two California carriers for holding household goods hostage, using the new authority granted to it under the highway bill passed earlier this year.

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6
Dec

Federal field testing proves ROI on automatic tire inflation systems

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We now have conclusive proof that automated tire inflation systems and tire pressure monitoring systems offer quantifiable payback.

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6
Dec

November Truck Orders Slow

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November truck orders dropped from October’s unexpectedly high level, and are expected to be around 20,000 units for Class 8 when final numbers come in.

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6
Dec

House Bill Would Require Pilot Program for DOT Hair Testing for Drugs

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Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wisc.) introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives requiring the U.S. Department of Transportation to conduct a pilot program to evaluate the use of hair samples to test commercial drivers for illicit drug use.

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6
Dec

CSA Advisory Committee Takes on Daunting Analysis

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The advisory committee that is preparing recommendations on the CSA enforcement program for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a dense thicket to chop through.

The complexities and contradictions of CSA were on full display yesterday as a subcommittee of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee took in testimony from the analysts who designed the program and researchers who have enumerated its flaws.

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6
Dec

Mack Delivers Christmas to the U.S. Capitol

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The 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree was illuminated in an official lighting ceremony Dec. 4 on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol, following a 5,300-mile multi-week journey powered by a Mack Pinnacle truck.

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6
Dec

Penray Names New Product Manager

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Wheeling, Ill.-based Penray, a supplier of cooling system treatments, fuel treatments, and shop chemicals, named Gilbert Riley product manager.

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5
Dec

Boyd Bros. Acquires Mid Seven Transportation

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Boyd Bros. Transportation recently acquired Mid Seven Transportation in Des Moines, Iowa.

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5
Dec

CARB Deadlines Looms For Trucks and Buses

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The California Air Resources Board is reminding truck and bus owners to check now to see if their vehicle fleets are among those that will have new rules to follow as of Jan. 1, 2013.

As the new year begins, heavy-duty trucks and buses (more than 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating) with 2000 – 2004 model year engines will likely need diesel soot filters as required by the state’s Truck and Bus Regulation.

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5
Dec

New Volvo Trucks Chief Plans to Take on Vocational Market

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Expect Volvo Trucks in North America to work on making inroads into the vocational market as well as enhancing ways to benefit customers as long as they own the truck, under Goran Nyberg, the company’s new president of North American Sales & Marketing.

After a whirlwind first two months on the job traveling across the country to meet customers and dealers (and finding some time to get behind the wheel of a truck), Nyberg spoke to HDT about Volvo and the North American market.

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5
Dec

Transplace Acquires Torus Freight Systems

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Transplace, a provider of transportation management services and logistics technology, announced it has acquired Torus Freight Systems, a Canadian-based logistics services company focused on Canadian cross-border and intra-Canada freight.

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5
Dec

TBEI Appoints New General Manager for Ox Bodies Inc.

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TBEI Inc., a manufacturer of dump truck bodies, equipment and end dump trailers, has named Terry Campbell as its new General Manager of Ox Bodies Inc.

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5
Dec

Fleets Gearing up for Wreaths Across America

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At least 50 trucking companies, ranging from single-truck owner-operators to some of the largest and best-known fleets in the country, have volunteered to donate transportation for Wreaths Across America on Saturday, Dec. 15.

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5
Dec

Baldwin Filters Promotes Yaw To Vice President, International

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Baldwin Filters in Kearney announced the promotion of Brent Yaw to the position of Vice President, International, effective immediately.

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5
Dec

Covering Trucking for 90 years: Part 2 – The 1970s through the 1980s

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We continue our reflection back on the past 90 years of HDT’s history. We start Part Two of the series in the 1970s.

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3
Dec

Scheduling for National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

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FMCSA National Registry of Medical Examiners

Today, December 3, 2012, PSI Services LLC (PSI), FMCSA’s first approved test delivery organization, begins on-line scheduling for the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners certification test.

The first available date to sit for the exam will be December 17, 2012. PSI has 260 test centers throughout the United States.
To locate a test center near you, please visit the National Registry website .

To register to take the exam you must access the PSI website

To be eligible to take the exam you must:

  • Be licensed, certified, or registered in accordance with applicable State laws and regulations to perform physical examinations;
  • Log onto the National Registry System and receive a unique identifier; and
  • Complete requisite training.

Be sure to take the following with you to the test center:

  • Valid Picture ID;
  • Valid license to practice in your healthcare profession;
  • Certificate of completion of training provided by an accredited training organization; and
  • National Registry Number.

Remember: Register on December 3, 2012,for the National Registry Certification Exam.

 


Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Website: www.fmcsa.dot.gov
Medical Review Board Website: www.mrb.fmcsa.dot.gov
National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners Website: www.nrcme.fmcsa.dot.gov
If you have questions or comments about FMCSA, the MRB, or the National Registry, please send an email to contactnrcme@dot.gov.

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