HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

January 2014

Cover Story
Save Fuel, Increase Profit, Save the Planet
By Tom Berg

Is this a case of win-win? Do the new regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions help both the environment and truck operators’ bottom lines? So it seems.

Features

Taking the Costs Out Electronic driver vehicle inspection tools such as Zonar’s EVIR help fleets control the maintenance part of its costs-per-mile.

By Jim Beach

Whether you operate one truck or 1,000, monitoring and managing costs is one of your most important tasks. Fleets have used technology to help them control costs for some time, but the latest third- or fourth-generation systems are capable of generating tremendous amounts of information fleets can put to use.

Truck Buying Options: New, Used, Buy or Lease

By Tom Berg

What’ll it be, buddy? New or used? Buy or lease? A salesperson could throw those questions at a prospective buyer and get a combination of answers, and none of them would be absolutely wrong. Because like everything in trucking, “it depends.”

Reman’s Place in Your Parts Strategy Used compressors are disassembled and inspected at the Bendix remanufacturing facility in Huntington, Ind.

By Denise Rondini

While remanufactured components have been around for quite some time, not every one is clear on exactly what they are. Yet they could be a valuable component of your parts strategy.

Once Around the Yard: How Salvation Army Won its P&D Battles Henry Filoteo began buying new trucks to eliminate breakdowns.

By Tom Berg

Over the Christmas holidays, the Salvation Army’s bell ringers raise money to help fund its disaster and human-relief efforts. But considerable dollars also come from its daily pick-ups of donated household and office goods that are delivered to warehouses for sorting and refurbishment. These items are then resold in its Family Stores. For this, SA employs a fleet of medium-duty trucks.

Will Truck Owners Face GHG Enforcement?

By Tom Berg and Oliver Patton

Truck owners and manufacturers share responsibility for compliance with new limits on carbon dioxide emissions and fuel economy.

Departments

Keeping Your Wheels in the Game (updated) Pictures are worth a thousand words, they say. What sort of a message do the wheels on this trailer convey about its owner?

By Jim Park

Back in 1984, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a regulation requiring that truck wheels be stripped of rust and debris before mounting a tire. Easier said than done, the industry moaned at the time. Labor was less costly then, but wire brushes and elbow grease weren’t going to cut it.

Trailers: Save Pounds By Looking Down Pounds can be shed on parts underneath the trailer including landing gear, suspensions, axles and fifth wheels.

By Kate Harlow

As fleets everywhere work on cutting fuel expenses, one strategy is shedding pounds anywhere they can stand to lose them. “Most fleets that are fuel conscientious are weight conscientious. The heavier the unit weighs, the higher cost per mile to operate it."

When Worker’s Comp & the ADA Overlap Under ADA, even short-term conditions can be considered disabling if they are severe enough.

By Edwin Zalewski, J.J. Keller & Associates

Drivers and other employees who get injured at work may be temporarily unable to perform their jobs. If an injury prevents an employee from working, you might wonder what steps you need to take to get the employee back on the job, or how much time must pass before you can hire a replacement.

Dual-Fuel Gliders: A Way to Get Into Natural Gas for Less Money Technicians at Penn Commercial Vehicle, a WheelTime member based in Glenmore, Pa., assembled this Coronado daycab demo tractor from a Freightliner glider kit. It has an APG dual-fuel diesel-natural gas system and a Webasto coolant heater.

By Tom Berg

Dual-fuel glider kits are a relatively new alternative for fleets looking to tap into the benefits of natural gas but at less cost than buying a new, dedicated NG vehicle. A glider is a new truck without some powertrain components. Shops in the field add rebuilt or remanufactured engines, transmissions and rear axles.

Editorials

Commentary: Torque Rules

By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

Racing cars in the top echelons of motorsports have tons of horsepower. But could they pull a load of firewood out of the bush? No way. They can barely get themselves moving from a dead stop.

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