To the eye of ATA CEO Chris Spear, there are a lot of regulatory battles ahead for the industry, encompassing everything from developing the protocols governing autonomous vehicle operation to fighting against a mandate for speed limiters, and making changes to Phase 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) rules, such as removing the trailer mandate.
For the first time in nearly a decade, preliminary 2016 data from the National Safety Council estimates that as many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes last year – marking a 6% increase over 2015 and a 14% increase over 2014.
Three years ago at an auction in Nebraska, Bob Mertens bought a 1976 Peterbilt long-nose tractor – a unit in good shape mechanically for the most part but one definitely in need of a rebuild. Though the interior still needs some finishing work, the exterior is pretty much done. … (All photos courtesy of Bob Mertens)
There’s been enormous bottom-line pressure applied to small- to medium-sized trucking companies — those operating anywhere from three on up to 150 trucks — in recent years. Yet that pressure may be set to ease significantly in 2017 if capacity cuts and a proposed “regulatory rollback” occur as expected.
Andrew Uviedo will tell you that finding parking is a big deal for today’s truck drivers. As the general manager for the four year-old Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores facility in Natalia, TX, along I-35, he said that tractor-trailers start pulling into his location starting between 3 pm and 4 pm in the afternoon to secure one of his truck stop’s 150 slots for overnight parking.
For the first time ever, Dover Air Force Base in Dover, DE, played host to a “ground transportation rodeo” that pitted airmen from the 436th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) at Dover against the 87th LRS based out of McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ. Six two-man teams from each group went head-to-head in timed forklift and tractor-trailer operations, racing the clock while loading containers onto flatbed trailers as well as maneuvering them and the forklifts through an obstacle course. (All photos by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Aaron Jenne)
As of dec. 1, two new engine oil blends in development for over five years are officially available on the trucking market. CK-4 and FA-4 are the offspring of the Proposed Category 11, or PC-11, engine oil classification, which gained final approval from the American Petroleum Institute (API) in January.
Hot off the heels of investing $40 million into its network of 650-plus facilities this year – opening 17 new locations in 2016, with 15 in the U.S. and two in Canada, while adding some 1,300 new parking spaces – truck stop chain Pilot Flying J (PFJ) is planning to spend some $85 million in 2017 on a range of endeavors, which includes the addition of a roadside service fleet and construction of some 20 tire and light maintenance shops.
SALT LAKE CITY. During the unveiling of the new Nikola One hydrogen fuel cell powered Class 8 highway tractor, the company’s president and CEO told American Trucker he expects it to be the first “all-inclusive” model – incorporating fuel, maintenance, even a freight-matching service, into the purchase price.
Nikola Motor Co. revealed its new Nikola One all-electric Class 8 highway tractor during a media event held at its world headquarters in Salt City City, UT, this week. Using a hydrogen-powered fuel cell to keep the its 320 kilowatt-hour battery pack fully juiced, Trevor Milton, Nikola's president and CEO, said the Nikola One has an estimated range of 1,200 miles between "fill ups." He added that the company not only plans to build a network of 364 hydrogen refueling sites across the U.S.
The national average retail pump price for both diesel and gasoline declined for the week, according to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), though in some regions diesel prices are now higher than year-ago levels.
Swift Transportation Company held a special event at its Phoenix, AZ, headquarters to recognize its “Diamond Drivers” for 2016 – an honor bestowed on 207 Swift drivers this year based on their miles driven, commitment to safety, on-time deliverables, low customer service failure rate and total days of employment.
The devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Matthew is being alleviated to a degree by the stalwart efforts of National Guard units and their trucks. North Carolina National Guard troopers with the Company C, 120th Infantry Regiment, based in Parkton NC, recently traversed areas of the Tar Heel state flooded out by the store to deliver much-needed water and food supplies to destitute citizens. (Photos courtesy of the Department of Defense)
The rubber hits the regulatory road with the Phase 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions rules crafted by the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The future-focused truck fuel-efficiency standards have forced OEMs and their suppliers to review all of the components and parts that compose a tractor-trailer—and that includes tires; theoretically, all 18 of them.
Some gotta win, some gotta just go home with their really great trucks. We've got no beef with the winners, but—come on, man!—there were plenty of deserving rigs entered in the 2017 Paul K. Young Truck Beauty Championship at the Mid-America Trucking Show last weekend. And here they are, making the trucking industry look good. Really good. Just wait 'til next year...
While common driving mistakes are a routine nuisance and often lead to real problems, most of the idiocy truckers see on the highways are rooted in carelessness, maybe rudeness, and sometimes just plain meanness. But, whether we like to think about it or not, we share the public roads with some genuinely dangerous people—as this Dash Cam of the Week shows....More