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May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

ATA asks FMCSA to Eliminate Tire Underinflation Violation

Inspectors wrote more than 30,000 violations for under-inflated tires over a two-year period. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

There is no official definition of underinflated against which to write citations, so the cops have historically been sort of making it up as they go along -- more than 30,000 tickets written on a regulation that has been proven impossible to determine.

Tags: ATA, TMC, CVSA, Tire Inflation, Tires

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Get Ready to Say Goodbye to Paper Logs

By Oliver Patton

After 28 years of proposals, studies, drafts, revisions, legal battles and technological innovations – not to mention an Act of Congress – federal regulators are close to requiring most interstate commercial drivers to keep track of their work hours with an electronic device.

Tags: gps, FMCSA, ATA, HOS, OOIDA, ELDs

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Are Your Aftermarket Truck Parts the Real Deal?

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By Jane Clark, NationaLease

Phony designer handbags…fake Rolex watches…buy these without realizing it and you’ll undoubtedly overpay for inferior products. Your wallet and your ego will both take a hit, but you’ll survive. But if you purchase fake aftermarket truck parts, the results can be disastrous.

Tags: Maintenance, ATA, Aftermarket Parts, TMC, Aftermarket, NationaLease

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Will Truck Owners Face GHG Enforcement?

By Tom Berg and Oliver Patton

Truck owners and manufacturers share responsibility for compliance with new limits on carbon dioxide emissions and fuel economy.

Tags: ATA, GHG, TMC, EPA, Clean Air Act, GHG Emissions, NHTSA

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

8 Things to Expect on Tomorrow’s Trucks

Freightliner&amp;rsquo;s Revolution concept truck took some fairly radical approaches to designing a better truck for a regional or hub-and-spoke trucking operation.

By Deborah Lockridge

In some ways, the truck of the future is here today. What would a truck driver from decades ago think if he were suddenly transported from his own time into one of today’s state-of-the-art rigs?

Tags: Volvo, Isuzu, Kenworth, Ryder, ATA, Mitsubishi, Navistar, Freightliner, Peterbilt, GHG, TMC, EPA, Fuel Economy, Zonar, APU, Drivewyze, Daimler, Idle Reduction, eNow, Maverick Transportation, SuperTruck, Automated transmissions, Detroit Connect, Future Trucks

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hiring Veterans

Soldiers from the Army&amp;rsquo;s Fort Drum, N.Y., as well as Guard and Reserve troops, learn how to operate manual transmissions and other skills specific to civilian truck driving at the National Tractor Trailer School. Rick Catlin (in the white shirt) is a master instructor at the school.

By Tom Berg

“Veterans make excellent employees,” says Boyd Stephenson, who heads the American Trucking Associations’ driver licensing efforts. “They’re conscientious, they’re focused, they’re responsible; they’re everything you could want in an employee.”

Tags: Ryder, ATA, Veterans, Schneider, Hiring Veterans

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

7 Tips for Teaching New Log Rules

By HDT partner, Today's Trucking

New hours of service rules go into effect July 1. Are you ready? The American Trucking Associations has published an easy-to-use, free tipsheet to help you help your drivers understand the new HOS rules.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, Training, Driver Training, Hours of Service

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Veterans in the Driver's Seat

The Army National Guard&#39;s &quot;Drive the Guard&quot; program is putting soldiers behind the wheel while they are in uniform and helping them to qualify for fulltime civilian employment as a truck driver.

By Oliver Patton

In the past two years, 34 states have adopted laws that allow motor vehicle departments to waive the CDL skills test for qualified military veterans, the Obama administration says in a new report. Nine more states plus the District of Columbia are considering legislation to do the same thing.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Driver Shortage, Veterans, Immigration reform, Drivers, Recruiting

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Hard Road to Highway Funding

By Deborah Lockridge

In my January editorial, as part of three resolutions I'd like to see this year, I called on Congress to fix highway funding.

Tags: ATA, fuel tax, Highway Funding

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ATA Adopts New Position on Sleep Disorder Screening and Testing

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

LAS VEGAS - Seeing disturbing indications that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration may plan to address the issue of sleep apnea among truck drivers with a "guidance" rather than a rulemaking, the American Trucking Associations has a new policy positio

Tags: Issues, ATA, Sleep Apnea, Health

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ATA Summit: Plenty of Natural Gas to go Around, but Few Users So Far

Up to 8% of the Class 6-8 truck population could be natural gas fueled by 2017.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

There are only about 167,000 natural gas-fueled vehicles in the United States, according the head of a group that promotes natural gas as a vehicle fuel, but its abundance and cheap price is spurring so much interest that an almost overflow crowd turned up at the American Trucking Associations Natural Gas Summit, which began yesterday in Alexandria, Va

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, ATA, Alternative Fuels

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ATA Adopts New Position on Sleep Disorder Screening and Testing

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

LAS VEGAS - Seeing disturbing indications that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration may plan to address the issue of sleep apnea among truck drivers with a "guidance" rather than a rulemaking, the American Trucking Associations has a new policy positio

Tags: Health Issues, Sleep Apnea, ATA, Health, sleep disorders

December 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Upcoming Diesels in Focus

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

SCR or EGR? Education and confrontation point the ways forward to meet the EPA 2010 emissions mandate.

Tags: ATA, SCR, TMC

December 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ATA's Safety Bid

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

There's a new player on the highway safety scene in Washington. It's an outfit called American Trucking Associations.

Tags: Safety, ATA, Seat Belts

June 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Fuel Crisis Survival

By Oliver Patton

Diesel price hikes take trucking into uncharted territory. Industry pushes for help on Capitol Hill.

Tags: ATA, Fuel Prices

May 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Searching For Middle Ground In Highway Debate

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Searching for a middle ground in the highway debate

Tags: ATA, Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Highways

April 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Coping With The Fuel Crisis

By Deb Whistler, Editor

Conserving fuel: More critical than ever.

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, fuel consumption, independent operators, Fuel Costs

September 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ATA Pushes National Clearinghouse For Drug And Alcohol Test Results

By HDT staff

The ATA is pushing Congress and the Department of Transportation to set up a national system to identify truck drivers who have tested positive for drugs and alcohol.

Tags: ATA, Drug Testing, drug

June 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Betting on Biodiesel

By Oliver Patton

Fuel made from vegetable and animal feedstocks and then blended with diesel will some day be commonplace in trucking.

Tags: Biodiesel, ATA, Soybean Oil

April 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Government SNAFUs Over APUs

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

The regs mean any APU or heating device will have to have its own diesel particulate trap technology.

Tags: CARB, ATA, APU

April 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Get Trucking!

By Deborah Whistler, Editor

ATA launches a media campaign to reach drivers outside the traditional pool.

Tags: ATA

March 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Taking a Walkabout at TMC

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Wandering around the exhibits and demonstrations at TMC is like participating in time travel.

Tags: ATA, TMC

August 2006, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

What Has ATA Done For Us Lately? Plenty.

By Doug Condra, President

ATA may not be perfect, but it's better than some people think.

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations

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