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April 25, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Gets Earful on Autonomous Trucks at Atlanta Listening Session

Among the most common concerns at FMCSA's Autonomous Vehicle Listening Session were questions about changes to the Hours of Service rules and how actively engaged drivers should be while a truck is in autonomous driving mode. Photo: Jack Roberts

A listening session on autonomous vehicles drew public comment from law enforcement officers, truck drivers, fleet executives, OEM representatives and new technology developers, such as Uber.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, CVSA, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

FCMSA to Hold Autonomous Vehicle Listening Session in Atlanta

FMCSA will webcast its listening session from Atlanta on April 24. Photo: Peterbilt

How do you inspect an autonomous truck? That and other questions are on the minds of federal officials who scheduled a listening session, amid speculation the DOT is preparing to issue guidelines for autonomous vehicle use – perhaps before year's end.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Autonomous Vehicles

January 6, 2017 - Industry News

Could New Administration, Congress Scuttle GHG Phase 2 Rule?

Photo: Jim Park

Could the incoming administration or Congress deep-six the Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas rule? ATA's Glen Kedzie says it's entirely possible, but he cautions to "be careful what you ask for."

Tags: Emissions, GHG Phase 2, Donald Trump, Regulations

August 30, 2016 - Industry News

Phase 2 GHG Rules to Curtail Use of Glider Kits

Trucks are new but their engines are "pre-emission" -- a plus for buyers of gliders but a minus in the eyes of regulators. Photos: Tom Berg

Starting in January of 2021, under the new greenhouse gas regulations, glider kits will be allowed mostly for their original purpose, which was reclaiming late-model powertrains from wrecked trucks.

Tags: Emissions, Glider Kits, Regulations, EPA, GHG Phase 2

May 20, 2016 - Industry News

Calif. Clean Air Plan Calls for Further NOx, PM Reductions

As part of a broad-reaching clean air program, California has proposed a low-NOx engine standard for heavy trucks. Truck and engine makers have said in the past that striving for low NOx in diesels could conflict with federal efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by increasing fuel economy.

Tags: CARB, Regulations, California, NOx, Diesel Emissions

December 8, 2015 - Industry News

NHTSA Proposes More Effective Rear Impact Guards

The proposed rules would prevent "passenger compartment intrusion" of a car that rear-ends a trailer for 5 mph more than now.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed rules that would require “more robust” rear impact guards on trailers and semitrailers. The stronger guards would remain effective at up to 35 mph – compared to 30 mph for current guards.

Tags: Trailers, NHTSA, Safety, Underride Guard, Regulations

October 1, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Demand May Be Slower Through 2016

After a strong end to 2014 and early 2015, the truck market has softened. With several unknown factors like regulations and fluctuating economic conditions, it looks like this trend may continue for a while.

Tags: Economy, Regulations, ACT Research, Truck Orders

September 24, 2015 - Industry News

Proposed 'Mattress Tag Rule' Angers ATA's Engineering VP

Ted Scott, vice president of engineering for the American Trucking Associations, had a succinct assessment of a recent federal regulatory proposal: “FMCSA has finally gone crazy.”

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, FMSCA, Safety & Compliance, FMCSA, Safety, Regulations, Technology & Maintenance Council

June 30, 2015 - Industry News

Trailers Meeting Phase 2 Fuel-GHG Regs Already Out There

Trailers like this one being used by Nussbaum Transportation, equipped with aerodynamic fairings, plus low rolling-resistance tires and inflation devices, will probably meet EPA and NHTSA’s Phase 2 GHG standards into 2027.  Photo courtesy Nussbaum Transportation

Aerodynamic fairings, low-rolling-resistance tires and automatic tire-inflation systems will allow manufacturers to meet the regulations,

Tags: Greenhouse Gases, Regulations, Trailers, Fuel Economy

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

Makers of Collision-Mitigation Systems Say They Pay for Themselves

Reducing severity of rear-end collisions is all the products promise. But they can avoid some accidents, too. Photo: Meritor Wabco

Bendix and Meritor Wabco like the renewed attention put on their products by recommendations issued this week by the NTSB. But they don’t necessarily want to see them mandated.

Tags: Collision Avoidance Technology, Meritor Wabco, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, NTSB, NHTSA, Regulations

May 26, 2015 - Industry News

Cooper Tire Plant Recognized for Environmental Initiatives

The Cooper Tire plant in Tupelo, Miss., has earned the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s enHance Partnership Award for 2015.

Tags: Green, Regulations, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Tires

April 13, 2015 - Product News

XTRA Lease Offers 2015 Size and Weight Guide

Photo: XTRA Lease

A reference guide containing state-by-state listings of size and weight regulations, called the 2015 Size and Weight Guide, has been made available for download by XTRA Lease.

Tags: Regulations, Xtra Lease, Size and Weight, Trailers

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

Electric Truck Maker Developing Drone Deployment System

Photo: AMP

AMP Electric Vehicles' Workhorse E-Gen Truck features an extended-range electric drive, and a number of forward-thinking features, including a drone delivery system.

Tags: Regulations, Delivery Truck, Drones, AMP Electric Vehicles, Workhorse

January 23, 2015 - Industry News

Copper-Free Brake Initiative Signed by Trucking Groups

The signing ceremony for the Copper Free Brake Initiative. Photo courtesy of MEMA.

Several motor vehicle industry associations including the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association and Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association pledged to reduce the amount of copper in brake pads.

Tags: Regulations, EPA, HDMA, Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association, Air Brakes

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

NTSB Takes Aim at Commercial Trucking Safety, Distracted Driving

Photo via NTSB

Strengthening commercial trucking safety is one of four new issues on the National Transportation Safety Board's Most Wanted List for 2015, including active safety systems and underride guard improvements, while distracted driving returns to the list.

Tags: Regulations, Distracted Driving, NTSB, Driver Health, Underride Guard, Medical Examiners

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

What Will California Governor's Energy Goals Mean for Trucking?

In his inaugural address this week, California Gov. Jerry Brown laid out what he called “bold commitments” to sustain the environment in the nation’s most populous state, by reducing energy consumption.

Tags: Emissions, Diesel, Regulations, California, Renewable Fuel, CARB

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

EPA's Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Rules Still Unknown

Proposals for Phase 2 of the federal government’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions regulations are approaching a deadline for publication, but neither the Environmental Protection Agency nor the manufacturers affected know much about what will be in them.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, EPA, GHG Phase 2, Trailers, Regulations, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 16, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Administration, Suppliers Agree to Phase Out HFC Refrigerants

The Obama administration and refrigeration suppliers have joined in an effort to reduce greenhouse gases, a move that will affect use of refrigerants in trucks.

Tags: EPA, Refrigerant, Greenhouse Gas, Emissions, Regulations, Barack Obama, Carrier Transicold, Thermo King

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

CARB’s 2007 Reefer Deadline at End of August

The California Air Resources Board has issued a reminder there are just a few days left before the Aug. 31 deadline for ordering new transport refrigeration units, known commonly as reefers, and engines, if you want to qualify for an extension.

Tags: CARB, Regulations, California, Reefers, Emissions, Trailers

August 8, 2014 - Industry News

Poll: Americans Want More Fuel Efficient Trucks

While Congress is out on vacation, one lobby group is reminding lawmakers while they are out talking with voters back home that a large majority of Americans favor requiring truck manufacturers to increase the fuel economy of large trucks, at least according to its poll.

Tags: Regulations, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Survey

July 11, 2014 - Industry News

NHTSA to Issue New Rules on Underride Guards

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested underride guards and found many lacking.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has granted a petition from the Truck Safety Coalition and will issue an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking pertaining to rear impact/underride guards and other safety strategies for single unit trucks.

Tags: Regulations, Trailers, Underride, NHTSA

June 10, 2014 - Industry News

CARB Fines Trucking Operation Nearly $141,000 for Violating Air Regulations

When the California Air Resources Board says it is serious about fining trucking companies for violating state regulations over air quality it isn’t kidding.

Tags: CARB, Regulations, California, Diesel Emissions, Reefers

May 2, 2014 - Industry News

Fired CARB Critic and Researcher Heading to Court

A tough critic of the California Air Resources Board and its policies over its regulation of diesel emissions, who was fired from his job at a California university, is finally getting his day in court this coming November.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, California, Litigation

April 26, 2014 - Industry News

CARB Extends Compliance Dates for Small Trucking Operations

The California Air Resources Board on Friday adopted amendments to its Truck and Bus Regulation, giving new compliance options to fleets with three or fewer trucks and owner operators.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, California

April 6, 2014 - Industry News

Bendix Expects Stability Control, Collision Avoidance Mandates

Bendix expects a mandate for collision avoidance systems.

By the time 2020 rolls around, you can expect new trucks to be equipped with mandatory stability control and collision avoidance technology, according to Fred Andersky, director of government and industry affairs for Bendix.

Tags: Regulations, Electronic Stability Control, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix, Mid-America Trucking Show, NHTSA

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