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Proper fifth wheel maintenance is important to ensure the tractor and trailer stay together.
Why Proper Fifth Wheel Maintenance is Important
By Denise Rondini
Proper fifth wheel maintenance is important to ensure the tractor and trailer stay together.
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California Aims to Regulate Sustainability Into Freight System
By David Cullen
Trucking stakeholders across the country will be keenly watching developments in California after a recent proclamation by Gov. Jerry Brown called for zero-emission technologies in vehicles.
Photo: Omnitracs
ELD Mandate Update
By Tom Cuthbertson, Omnitracs LLC
A review of key topics addressed in the recently issued Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on electronic logging devices
How Bendix’s Wingman Fusion Can Stop a Truck [Video]
By Tom Berg
As the government contemplates making collision avoidance systems mandatory, HDT's Tom Berg takes you behind the wheel of one of the systems currently available for heavy trucks, the Bendix Wingman Fusion.
Fred Andersky Photo: Bendix
Q&A: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems' Fred Andersky
By David Cullen
We talk about pending stability control and collision avoidance mandates and other regulatory topics with Bendix's Fred Andersky who guides the company's regulatory, legislative and advocacy efforts.

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FMCSA Defends Crash Data as ‘Clearly Sufficient’
By David Cullen
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released a report on Oct 8 that finds that “the amount of data used in the agency’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) is clearly sufficient to allow FMCSA to identify high-risk truck and bus companies.”
Photo courtesy of McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing.
McNeilus Recalls Concrete Mixers, Refuse Trucks
The recall, due to begin this month, affects more than 6,700 vehicles equipped with fire extinguishers that may be defective.
Photo of North Carolina highway crews digging trenches to drain a flooded road courtesy of NCDOT.
Flooding Takes Toll on Carolina Fleets
The governors of South Carolina and North Carolina have issued executive orders that suspend hours-of-service requirements as well as certain truck size and weight limits for loads deemed necessary to help speed emergency relief in their states.
FMCSA Ends Restart Study Data Collection
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has concluded data collection for the congressionally-mandated study on the effects of hours-of-service restart regulations.
Photo of Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford.
Ford Recalls F-150 Pickups for Unexpected Braking
The recall, covering 33,481 pickups in the U.S., will address a potential braking problem tied to the adaptive cruise control radar.
Roadcheck Uncovers Fewer Out-of-Service Violations
By Steven Martinez
Out-of-service violations were given out at all-time low rates by inspectors during this year’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance International Roadcheck.
Proposed 'Mattress Tag Rule' Angers ATA's Engineering VP
By Tom Berg
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.”
The NPTC's National Driver All-Stars. Photo: NPTC
NPTC Recognizes National Driver All-Stars
The National Private Truck Council recognized 18 private-fleet truck drivers with its National Driver All-Stars award for excellence in customer service, safety, community service and adherence to company and regulatory standards.
Photo: Volvo
Volvo Recalls Trucks Over Hand-Brake Trim Panel Defect
Volvo Trucks is recalling certain 2014 and 2015 VNL models over a defect in the trim panel that may restrict the trailer hand brake from returning to the off position.
Photo: Omnitracs
ELD Mandate Pushed Back One Month
By David Cullen
Citing the need for “additional coordination,” the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a “new projected date” of October 30th for issuing its final rule mandating Electronic Logging Devices.


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LockLight Indicates When a Lift is Safe Rotary Lift’s LockLight technology is available for the Mach Series mobile column lifts, allowing technicians, supervisors or inspectors to see at a glance if a lift is secure on its locks.
US Cargo Control Adds Wheel Chock Product Line US Cargo Control has expanded its line of safety supply products to include wheel chocks in several types and sizes for different applications.
MiX In-Cab Monitoring Coming To U.S. The MiX Vision in-cab monitoring system is now being offered in the U.S. offering a video-based driver monitoring solution for fleets.
Rotating Brush Cleans Vehicle Tops The tops of van trailers and truck bodies and decks of flatbeds can be swept clean by the product.
J.J. Keller Develops DOT Handbook for Drivers J.J. Keller & Associates has developed a guide for new drivers called the DOT Handbook: A Compliance Guide for Truck Drivers.
Is Your Business Ready for the ELD Mandate?
This white paper will cover the current landscape of HOS, the new ELD mandate, who must comply, and what fleets need to do to meet the new regulations.
Traffic Violations are on the Rise: How Fleets Can Prepare
Fuel, insurance, preventive maintenance and repairs are generally accepted as standard operating costs for fleets. What about vehicle-issued violations, such as parking, toll and photo enforcement tickets?


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