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Mack Museum Displays Fancy Fruehauf Van

News and Commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Mack LTF leads a Fruehauf insulated van at the Mack Trucks Historical Museum in Allentown, Pa. Both vehicles were built in 1950. Glossy paint, chrome trim and whitewall tires make the old Mack look better than new. Photos: Tom Berg

November 21, 2017

The 32-foot insulated van, built in 1950 like its companion Mack LFT tractor, “has all the interior and floor required to make it a refrigerated trailer by adding a cooling unit,” an informational placard says.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Museums, Trucking History, Fruehauf

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, November 21, 2017 10:44 PM | » Comments(0)

The Tesla Semi: Lots More Sizzle, Still No Steak

Blog Commentary by Equipment Editor Jim Park

Image: Tesla

November 20, 2017

Seven months after we were teased with a ghostly image of Tesla's ersatz electric semi, we still don't know anything substantive about it. Maybe that's all we need to know, says Jim Park in his On the Road blog.

Tags: Tesla Semi, Cummins, BYD, Motiv Power Systems, TransPower, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Vehicles

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Monday, November 20, 2017 9:07 PM | » Comments(3)

ELDs, Hours of Service, Detention – And Data

Blog commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

November 14, 2017

What can data from electronic logging devices tell us about the effect of detention times? Deborah Lockridge has more in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Drivers, Safety & Compliance, ELDs, Detention Pay, ELD Mandate

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:03 PM | » Comments(5)

Talbert Celebrates Removable Gooseneck’s 70th Anniversary

News and blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Present-day gooseneck low-bed trailer is one of many heavy-haul products made by today’s Talbert Manufacturing, now in Rensselaer, Indiana.

November 14, 2017

The mechanical gooseneck revolutionized equipment loading by eliminating the need to drive machinery up and over the trailer tires, says Talbert. Tom Berg has more in the Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Gooseneck, Heavy-haul trailers, Lowboy Trailers, Talbert Manufacturing, Trailers, History, Trucking History

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, November 14, 2017 5:37 AM | » Comments(0)

Truck Driver Gets the Blame in Driverless Shuttle Bus Crash

Blog commentary by Equipment Editor Jim Park

November 9, 2017

Media outlets are reporting a collision between a driverless shuttle bus and a tractor-trailer in Las Vegas just hours after the bus was unveiled - and the truck driver was blamed. Equipment Editor Jim Park has more in his On the Road blog.

Tags: Accidents, Shuttle Bus, Las Vegas, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, November 9, 2017 10:46 AM | » Comments(5)

End Dump Plays the Middle Man in Grain Transfer Operation

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Soybeans move from Killbros field cart (right) into East end dump and then into a silo for storage. Photos: Tom Berg

November 8, 2017

A big two-wheel field cart has brought beans directly to a silo but needed the semi to dump them into an auger. Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Tags: Trailers, Dump Trailers, Military Trucks, Farm Equipment

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, November 8, 2017 6:40 AM | » Comments(0)

No CDL Needed to Operate This Trailer Spotter

Compact walk-behind machine slips under a trailer's nose, lifts it, and pulls it away. Optional air system hooks up to brakes to release them. Photos: Screen capture from DJ Products video

October 30, 2017

TrailerCaddy is battery-electric powered and can move empty and loaded semitrailers weighing up to 70,000 pounds, its maker says. Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor.

Tags: Battery-Electric Vehicles, Terminal Tractors, Yard Trucks

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, October 30, 2017 2:55 PM | » Comments(0)

At ATA, Thoughts on Policy-Making and Politicking

Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) speaking to ATA committee in Orlando. Photo: David Cullen

October 24, 2017

You could certainly be forgiven if you were attending the American Trucking Associations’ annual confab here in Orlando this week and thought you’d made a wrong turn and stumbled into one of those partisan party retreats that Capitol Hill denizens hold somewhere outside the Beltway every now and then. Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, U.S. DOT, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Tuesday, October 24, 2017 9:09 PM | » Comments(0)

You Don't See a Sperry Truck Every Day

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Sperry Rail Services truck with specialized body and equipment is parked outside a Kroger grocery store in Delaware, Ohio. Maybe its crew was inside buying vittles. Sperry operates nationwide.  Photo: Tom Berg

October 24, 2017

Sperry's specially equipped vehicles scoot along railroad tracks testing for imperfections that could cause derailments. Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Tags: Railroads, Special Specs, Special Service Vehicles, Specialty Vehicles

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, October 24, 2017 12:01 PM | » Comments(0)

Trump Talks Taxes – but What about Roads?

Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

Photo: via Twitter, @realDonaldTrump

October 12, 2017

Trump deploys trucks to talk up taxes – but shouldn't trucking take him to task on funding infrastructure? David Cullen wonders in his Passing Zone blog.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, Tax Reform, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump, Legislation

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Thursday, October 12, 2017 2:16 PM | » Comments(2)

Autonomous Truck Technology: Stepping Stones and Stumbling Blocks

Blog commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Companies such as Daimler are testing autonomous technologies. But how soon will they truly be commercially viable? Photo: Daimler Trucks

October 6, 2017

There's no doubt that research and development work on the building blocks of autonomous and automated truck techologies is proceeding apace. It was one of the key themes at the inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta recently. But it may yet be quite a while before people truly trust these technologies -- or before large numbers of fleets find them to be a worthwhile investment.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, NACV Show, ADAS

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, October 6, 2017 3:06 PM | » Comments(1)

Ray of Hope: Trucking's Beacon of Fuel Efficiency

Blog commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

Richard Branson (center) expounds on how trucking's mpg efforts are a "ray of hope" in the global campaign to save fuel and protect the planet from climate change. Looking on (right) is NACFE's Mike Roeth. Photo: David Cullen

September 19, 2017

David Cullen lets you in on why Sir Richard Branson is so excited about trucks these days.

Tags: NACFE, Run on Less, Fuel Efficiency, Carbon War Room, Richard Branson, Climate Change, CO2, Greenhouse Gases

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Tuesday, September 19, 2017 6:20 PM | » Comments(0)

Can a Fleet of Many Colors Help Recruit and Retain Drivers?

Blog commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Plastic Express's fleet is so colorful it's been nicknamed the "jelly bean" fleet -- but its trucks are well known in the regions it runs. Photo: Plastic Express

September 13, 2017

In the quest to attract and retain drivers, these three trucking companies have found that a fleet of colorful tractors is one stepping stone on the path to success. Learn why in Deborah Lockridge's All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Drivers, Recruiting, Driver Retention, Halvor Lines, Plastic Express

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, September 13, 2017 7:14 PM | » Comments(0)

In the Land Where Zero Wins

Blog commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

“Choose Your Ride” is literally a publicity vehicle. Wittily marked up by WisDOT as half State Patrol cruiser and half taxi, it’s an award-winning public-service ad warning against the danger and expense of drunk driving. Photo: Wisconsin DOT

August 24, 2017

David Cullen takes you to The Badger State, where the state DOT is determined to change the human culture around highway safety for the better, in his Passing Zone blog.

Tags: Highway Safety, Wisconsin, Highway Fatalities

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Thursday, August 24, 2017 2:34 PM | » Comments(0)

The Race to 10 MPG

Blog Commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Sharp Transport driver James Thorne is trying to get 10 mpg with Cumberland International's C10 demo truck. Photo: Sharp Transport

August 21, 2017

Last year, our annual special June fuel issue focused on the question of how feasible it was to hit 10 mpg in real-world operations, not a million-dollar concept SuperTruck. This summer, a couple of initiatives are putting that to the test.

Tags: Fuel Economy, NACFE, MPG

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, August 21, 2017 5:58 AM | » Comments(4)

Meritor Looks to Electrified Future

Blog Commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Meritor CEO Jay Craig talks to CNBC "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer. Screen shot

August 10, 2017

Meritor, in the midst of a three-year push to unveil 20 significant new products as part of its growth strategy, is also looking to a not-so-distant future where electrification will be a major factor in commercial trucks.

Tags: Meritor, Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuels

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, August 10, 2017 6:04 AM | » Comments(0)

Speed Kills — But You Can Help Stop It

Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

“You can’t tackle our rising epidemic of roadway deaths without tackling speeding,” said NTSB Acting Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt, “and you can’t tackle speeding without the most current research. Speed kills." Photo: Minnesoto DOT/Julie Bottolfson

August 1, 2017

A report by the National Transportation Safety Board points an unwavering finger at the deadly toll that speeding by motorists keeps taking on our highways. Executive Editor David Cullen looks at the report in his Passing Zone blog.

Tags: Driver Safety, Highway Safety, NTSB, Speeding

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Tuesday, August 1, 2017 2:30 PM | » Comments(6)

Electric Semi: More Sizzle than Steak?

Blog commentary by Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Tesla founder Elon Musk tweeted this image of his upcoming all-electric tractor during a TED talk in Vancouver on April 29. Source: Twitter

May 2, 2017

The first image of Tesla's Electric Semi seem to show exactly the wrong type of electric truck. Is this for the benefit of investors or the trucking industry? Equipment Editor Jim Park explores the question in his On the Road blog.

Tags: Electric Vehicles, Elon Musk, Tesla, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, May 2, 2017 11:00 AM | » Comments(3)

Terror by Truck: It's Happened Again

Blog commentary by Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Unattended trucks could become instruments of destruction. Photo by Jim Park

April 7, 2017

Someone in Stockholm, Sweden, crashed a delivery truck into a crowded department store, killing at least three. It's been described as an act of terror, but it may also have been a crime of opportunity. In his On the Road blog, Equipment Editor Jim Park asks: Are we ready to prevent or defend against such an attack?

Tags: Cybersecurity, Terrorism

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Friday, April 7, 2017 1:04 PM | » Comments(3)

Do You Have a Will?

It's far easier to get your will in order than it will be for your family to figure out your wishes after your gone without a will. Photo by Jim Park

February 9, 2017

Without a clear statement of your intentions in the form of a will, the state might make these decisions for you, or decide how to divvy up your assets – possibly including your truck if you're an owner-operator. Jim Park blogs about why drivers (and others) need to give this some thought.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Driver Health

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, February 9, 2017 8:14 PM | » Comments(0)

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