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January 23, 2013

Aftermarket Outlook: Near-Term Spotty; Consolidation, Reman Among Long-Term Trends

LAS VEGAS -- The aftermarket, like the trucking industry at large, has been in a bit of a slump the last six or seven months, and Stu MacKay, president of MacKay & Co., thinks it will continue for at least a little while

January 14, 2013

Patent Case Before Supreme Court Could Have 'Chilling' Effect on Reman

The Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association has joined two other trade associations in filing a friend of the court brief in the United States Supreme Court opposing the right of a patent holder to impose post-sale restrictions on the use of its patented products.

January 8, 2013

CSA Changes Mean More Attention to Maintenance Items Than Ever

The latest revision to the way the federal government assesses fleet safety and compliance will mean the Vehicle Maintenance BASIC just got more important than ever

January 6, 2013

ATA Adopts New Position on Sleep Disorder Screening and Testing

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

January 6, 2013

Upcoming Changes for Commercial Driver's License Holders

Regulations for commercial vehicle drivers are changing, in particular with regards to medical cards

January 6, 2013

FMCSA Implements CSA Improvements

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration implemented a number of improvements to its CSA safety enforcement program, including dropping the Cargo-Related BASIC and adding a new Hazardous Materials BASIC that is expected to put more scrutiny on carriers hauling hazmat

January 6, 2013

CSA Advisory Committee Takes on Daunting Analysis

The advisory committee that is preparing recommendations on the CSA enforcement program for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a dense thicket to chop through

December 18, 2012

OEMs Outline Natural Gas Product Plans

If you're wondering about whether parts and service for natural gas engines will be in your future, it might be useful to take a look at what engine and truck makers will be offering

December 11, 2012

4 Ways to Avoid Selling Counterfeit or Substandard Parts

One of your customers gets sued when his truck is involved in a fatal crash. Faulty brake parts are blamed. Before you know it, you get dragged into court because you sold it to him. You may say, "I didn't make it! I didn't know it wasn't safe!" The answer from the courts may well be, "You should have.

November 13, 2012

Massachusetts Votes in Right to Repair; Truck, Engine Makers Say it's a Bad Fit

When the Massachusetts state Legislature passed the nation's first right to repair law earlier this year, it excluded vehicles over 10,000 pounds. Last week, state voters overwhelmingly approved a different version of the law, which includes all motor vehicles sold in the state

October 24, 2012

Investcorp Sells Fleetpride

Investcorp is selling heavy-duty truck and trailer parts retailer FleetPride Inc. to global investment firm TPG. FleetPride, based in The Woodlands, Texas, was established in 1999 as a result of the merger of Quality Distribution Service Partners and HDA Parts System Inc. It was bought by Bahrain-based Investcorp in 2006.

July 3, 2012

Five Easy Ways to Reduce Fuel Consumption

There are still legions of drivers who are not practicing even the most basic fuel-saving techniques. Just hang around an intersection with a lot of truck traffic and liste

June 1, 2012

Owner-Operators: 
Today's New Breed

There are three kinds of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened. The recent recession culled many owner-operators from the latter category

May 22, 2012

Dart Driver Prefers Owner-Operator Lifestyle

As an owner-operator for more than 30 years, John Borofka advises truck drivers aspiring to start their own businesses to "start out by driving for somebody at a company and see if it works out." That's exactly what he did before becoming an owner-operator

May 2, 2012

Cargo Securement: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You Under CSA

You can hide a multitude of sins inside a van trailer, but with an open deck trailer, any indiscretions are out in the open for all to see -- including DOT roadside inspectors

April 13, 2012

Owner-Operators: Today's New Breed

Think the owner-operator is dead? Think again. Today's independents are smarter, more professional and more business-savvy than ever

January 17, 2012

Dealer Perspective

Each year, I spend some time chatting with some of the nation's top truck dealers, those nominated for the Truck Dealer of the Year award from American Truck Dealers association and sister publication Heavy Duty Trucking

January 17, 2012

The Great Secret

Everyone is always looking for a competitive advantage, one that will take them over the top. Well, your search can stop, at least for today. Spend your time looking into the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations

October 26, 2011

Extended Trade Cycles: Examining the Value of a Savvy Parts and Service Provider

Nobody likes surprises. Nevertheless, in the depths of the recent recession, fleets believing they could save a few dollars by holding onto equipment for another year or so got their share of surprises

October 26, 2011

New CSA Federal Safety Program a Game-Changer for Aftermarket Service Shops

There's an alarm going off for businesses that repair and maintain heavy-duty trucks. Those who hear it are working hard to prepare themselves for the game-changing new federal truck safety regim

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