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Phase 2 GHG Regs for Trailers Both Simple and Complex

Box-type and vocational trailers are both affected in 2018-27 rules, and the U.S. is the first country in the world to regulate them.

Flatbeds, among the vocational trailers newly regulated for fuel economy and emissions by the federal Phase 2 rules, will need tire pressure management devices and low rolling-resistance tires to comply. Photo: Tom Berg

August 24, 2016

Trailers have long been regulated for safety. But trailers’ contributions to fuel economy and reduced emissions are new matters for for federal authorities.

Tags: Trailers, EPA, Fuel Economy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, NHTSA

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, August 24, 2016 1:53 PM | » Comments(1)

The Rocky Road to Automating Freight Matching

Two contrasting bits of news about the so-called “Uber for trucking” marketplace – and should we really be calling it that, anyway?

Photo: Loadsmart

August 23, 2016

Two contrasting bits of news about the so-called “Uber for trucking” marketplace prompted this All That's Trucking blog from Deborah Lockridge, who asks, should we really be calling it that, anyway?

Tags: Mobile Apps, Cargomatic, Freight Uberization, Loadsmart

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, August 23, 2016 7:13 AM | » Comments(0)

Test Drive Shows the Hyliion Trailer Hybrid Works

The electric-powered tandem captures braking energy that helps propel the trailer to reduce engine effort and thus save fuel.

Hyliion engineer Morgan Culbertson, who wrote the control program, here controls the tandem with sliding toggles. Production models will be automatic and not linked to the tractor.

August 19, 2016

Company execs say Initial assembly of fleet-test units will be later this year with full production a few months later.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Hybrids

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, August 19, 2016 8:21 AM | » Comments(1)

Flowers Foods Facing Employee Misclassification Problems

Tastykake is one of many brands owned by Flowers Foods. 2009 photo by Ezra Wolfe, used under Creative Commons license.

August 11, 2016

The Department of Labor may be getting involved in an employee “misclassification” situation involving delivery drivers at Flowers Foods, the Georgia-based company that owns Wonder Bread, Nature’s Own, Tastykake and other brands.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Department of Labor, Private Fleets, Independent Contractors, Delivery Fleets, Flowers Foods

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, August 11, 2016 7:45 AM | » Comments(0)

When Cummins Went to Indy

The #28 Cummins Special diesel race car is much more than a colorful relic from the past.

Bruce Watson, driver and caretaker of the Cummins #28 Special. Photo by Jim Park

August 10, 2016

Cummins Engine Co. founder Clessie Cummins knew a thing or two about making engines. As it turns out he had a twisted genius for marketing too.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Cummins, Racing, History

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, August 10, 2016 1:38 PM | » Comments(0)

Tailgating Driver Not a Complete Idiot

Incredibly, she was not hurt at all because she was wearing her seat-and-shoulder belt. And we can hope she received a life's lesson.

Out-of-control car has bumped the semi and now veers to the left and will mangle itself on the rock wall, then.... Photo: Tom Berg from ADPS video.

August 8, 2016

A motorist doing some high-speed tailgating on an Interstate highway in Arizona loses control, bumps a semi and crashes big time.

Tags: Seat Belts, Driving Safety, Tailgating

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, August 8, 2016 5:30 AM | » Comments(3)

NTSB Confirms Tesla Was Speeding When It Hit That Trailer

That explains why the rig turned left in front of the approaching car; the truck driver thought he had more time than there really was.

The speeding Tesla went under the 53-foot van in the area circled in red. The trailer sustained very little damage but the car's upper portion was mangled. Photo: NTSB

July 29, 2016

If Joshua Brown had been watching where his car was going, he’d have simply stepped on the brake pedal and probably avoided the crash.

Tags: driver safety, Vehicle Safety, NTSB, Autonomous Vehicles, Tesla Motors

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, July 29, 2016 11:30 AM | » Comments(3)

Parsing the Party Platforms on Transportation

July 24, 2016

The text of both the Democratic and Republican 2016 platforms runs for about 50 pages and each devotes just about 200 words to issues directly related to transportation. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the positions presented are largely mirror images; that is to say, they are direct opposites.

Tags: Politics, Infrastructure Funding, The White House

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Sunday, July 24, 2016 7:00 PM | » Comments(0)

Force Field Could Form 'Electric Boat Tail' to Cut Turbulence

Now being developed for aircraft and cars, the concept has fuel-saving possibilities for tractor-trailers, its backers say.

Actuators installed on the top and sides of a van. They will work with swing and roll-up doors.

July 22, 2016

Plasma, the stuff of lightning and the Northern Lights, can be harnessed to alter the flow of air over trucks.

Tags: Trailers, Aerodynamics, P.S.I.

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, July 22, 2016 8:15 AM | » Comments(0)

Autonomous Truck Development Marches On

"We want people who start a trip to finish it."

The Mercedes-Benz Future Bus is Daimler's latest entry into the autonomous commercial vehicle realm.

July 21, 2016

Autonomous Tesla big rigs and a self-driving bus ... and what's the federal government going to do about regulating this fast-changing technology? Learn more in Deborah Lockridge's All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Tesla Motors, Daimler AG, Autonomous Vehicles

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, July 21, 2016 7:24 AM | » Comments(1)

Rodeo du Camion is a Trucking Event Like No Other

Photo: Jim Park

July 20, 2016

Anyone who says all the fun has gone from trucking has never been to Rodeo du Camion. It's a trucking event like no other, where drivers pull 45-ton loads of 2x4 lumber up a 12% grade in pursuit of a few thousands dollars in prize money. Jim Park has more in his On the Road blog.

Tags: Canada, Rodeo du Camion

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, July 20, 2016 6:30 AM | » Comments(4)

Drivers Behaving Badly

July 20, 2016

There are bad apples in any profession, but the visibility of tractor-trailers tends to result in more media coverage. There were a few real doozies this week that Deborah Lockridge highlights in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Image, In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, July 20, 2016 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Changing Perceptions, One Mind at a Time

Truck safety advocate Ron Wood rides with veteran Walmart driver Carol Nixon. Photo courtesy Women in Trucking.

July 18, 2016

When it comes to changing perceptions about trucking, nothing beats a hands-on show-and-tell experience. Read about what one association is doing in this arena in Deborah Lockridge's All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Image, Women in Trucking, Truck Safety Coalition

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, July 18, 2016 9:50 AM | » Comments(1)

Could House Caucus Drive Forward Self-Driving Trucks?

Photo: Daimler Trucks North America

April 29, 2016

Although the makeup of its initial members as well as its stated goals strongly suggest its main focus will be on benefiting the auto industry, the new bipartisan House Smart Transportation Caucus may also help put autonomous trucks on the nation’s highway.

Tags: Connected Vehicle Technology, Autonomous Vehicles

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Friday, April 29, 2016 1:15 PM | » Comments(1)

Some Shippers Serve Up a Different Take on Green

The Jolly Green Giant of General Mills Image: generalmills.com

April 8, 2016

Eleven natural food suppliers plus outdoors outfitter Patagonia are urging the proposed Phase 2 round of GHG/MPG standards be tightened and sped up.

Tags: Phase 2 GHG Proposals, EPA, NHTSA

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Friday, April 8, 2016 12:55 PM | » Comments(1)

Leaky Roofs, Plugged DPFs and a Rainbow of Coolants: TMC Tackles them All

Photo by Jim Park

March 3, 2016

What we learn from sessions like TMC's Fleet Forum is that you probably aren't the only truck owner having a particular problem. It puts the boots to the oft-heard comment from dealers, "Gee, I've never heard that one before."

Tags: TMC, DPF, Heavy Duty Coolants, Antifreeze, Maintenance

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, March 3, 2016 10:37 PM | » Comments(0)

Cosmo and the Woman Trucker

Rusty Dow, a Corps truck driver, traversed the Alaska Highway during the 1940s. Image: Army Corps of Engineers

February 9, 2016

Cosmopolitan is not where most would-be truckers will turn for advice on launching a career behind the wheel.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Women Drivers

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Tuesday, February 9, 2016 2:37 PM | » Comments(0)

Will Highway Trust Fund Run Dry in 5 Years?

The Congressional Budget Office now projects that the Highway Trust Fund will be insolvent by the end of 2021.

Image: U.S. Department of Transportation

February 8, 2016

A new projections from the Congressional Budget Office about where the Highway Trust Fund will be by the end of 2021 illustrates the inherent flaw in how Congress chose to fund the FAST Act. David Cullen explores the ramifications in his "Passing Zone" blog.

Tags: Congress, Congressional Budget Office, AASHTO, Highway Bill

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Monday, February 8, 2016 2:00 PM | » Comments(0)

For Whom the ELD Bell Tolls

Life with ELDs will be an easy transition for some, not so easy for others. Photo by Jim Park.

December 10, 2015

It's official, finally; hours of service is going electronic. In his On the Road blog, Equipment Editor and former driver Jim Park tells fleets and owner-operators to prepare now for a cut in productivity and make the necessary adjustment to your operation while you still can.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Hours of Service

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, December 10, 2015 11:28 AM | » Comments(1)

Ladies, Gentlemen; Please Meet THE Dumbest Truck Driver in the World

YouTube screen capture

August 24, 2015

You simply won't believe your eyes when you see what some dumb-*ss truck driver is doing in this YouTube video. Equipment editor Jim Park is just glad he was kind enough to leave behind this bit of evidence. Does anybody have any idea who this guy is?

Tags: driver safety, Driver Behavior

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Monday, August 24, 2015 10:45 PM | » Comments(13)

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