American Trucker http://trucker.com/rss.xml en Operation Safe Driver is underway http://trucker.com/safety/operation-safe-driver-underway <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Annual enforcement effort aims to curb “unsafe” behaviors among truck drivers and motorists alike. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The annual week-long Operation Safe Driver enforcement campaign spearheaded by the <a href="http://www.cvsa.org/">Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance</a> (CVSA) kicked off on Sunday, with roadside inspectors engaging in &ldquo;heightened traffic safety enforcement and education&rdquo; across the U.S. aimed at combating dangerous driving behaviors.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/safety/operation-safe-driver-underway" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/safety/operation-safe-driver-underway#comments News Safety Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:19:00 +0000 23081 at http://trucker.com <p>Examples of &quot;unsafe behavior&quot; include speeding, failure to use a seatbelt, distracted driving, failure to obey traffic control devices, and improper lane changes. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> There’s a reason you trust your technology, even when it’s wrong http://trucker.com/technology/there-s-reason-you-trust-your-technology-even-when-it-s-wrong <div class="field-byline"> By Larry Kahaner </div> <div class="field-deck"> Human beings are rapidly becoming “conditioned” to trust what smart phones, tablets, and other devices are telling them. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>It&#39;s happened yet again.</p> <p>A trucker in mid-September drove his 18-wheeler on a pedestrian-only New Jersey boardwalk for nearly three miles before being stopped by a police officer. The driver, whose truck damaged 100 ft. of railing and the boardwalk during its removal, told police that he was just following his GPS. This was the second time in two months that a truck took the boardwalk route.</p> <p>Following a GPS-suggested route is commonplace, but why wouldn&#39;t drivers stop immediately when they realized they were no longer on a road?</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/technology/there-s-reason-you-trust-your-technology-even-when-it-s-wrong" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/technology/there-s-reason-you-trust-your-technology-even-when-it-s-wrong#comments News Technology Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:11:00 +0000 23071 at http://trucker.com <p>&quot;We are so trained to be compliant to the notifications that we get from our screens. That compliancy mirrors the compliancy we learned in early childhood.&quot; &mdash;Jaco Hamman, associate professor of religion, psychology, and culture at Vanderbilt Divinity School.</p> Repair tips for flood-damaged equipment http://trucker.com/trucks/repair-tips-flood-damaged-equipment <div class="field-byline"> By Jim Szudy, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems </div> <div class="field-deck"> Storm-generated flooding can cause all kinds of issues for trucks and trailers. Here is advice on the repair needs for water-damaged brakes and other components. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>The broad devastation wrought by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Nate include severe flooding for many southern portions of the U.S. &ndash; flooding that often involved sea water. And the salt in the sea water can be harmful long term to truck and trailer components, warns <strong>Jim Szudy</strong>, engineering manager for advanced systems engineering at <a href="http://www.bendix.com/en/">Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC</a>. In this guest column, he offers maintenance and repair advice to counteract the potential damage flooding can cause for fleets.</em></p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/trucks/repair-tips-flood-damaged-equipment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/trucks/repair-tips-flood-damaged-equipment#comments Trucks News Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:01:00 +0000 23061 at http://trucker.com <p>Pneumatic air brake valves that have been submerged have likely lost their lubrication, explained Bendix. (<em>Photo: ABC News</em>)</p> The road ahead for freight transportation http://trucker.com/business/road-ahead-freight-transportation <div class="field-byline"> By Rich Voreis, Marquette Transportation Finance </div> <div class="field-deck"> Uncertainties and opportunities abound for trucking in the months ahead. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>The impending changeover to <a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/three-eld-tips-small-fleets">electronic logging devices</a> (ELDs) is but one issues that will generate operational and fiscal of challenges for truckers near-term, according to <strong>Rich Voreis</strong>, CEO of <a href="https://www.marquette.com/industries-solutions/industries-solutions-home/trucking-transportation-industry">Marquette Transportation Finance</a>.</em></p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/road-ahead-freight-transportation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/road-ahead-freight-transportation#comments Business News Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:09:00 +0000 23051 at http://trucker.com <p>ELD compliance may decrease cash flow and increase expenses for some trucking companies. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Training and Operation Safe Driver week http://trucker.com/safety/training-and-operation-safe-driver-week <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) roadside inspection effort focused on “unsafe driving behaviors” takes place Oct. 15-21. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>For the last 10 years, the <a href="http://www.cvsa.org/">Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance</a> (CVSA) has sponsored <a href="http://fleetowner.com/driver-management-resource-center/cvsa-reveals-2015-operation-safe-driver-results">Operation Safe Driver</a>; a week-long roadside inspection effort aimed at reducing &ldquo;unsafe operating behaviors&rdquo; among truck and bus drivers. The event, being held October 15-21 this year, focuses on traffic law compliance, safety belt enforcement, roadside vehicle inspections, regulatory compliance, and commercial driver education.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/safety/training-and-operation-safe-driver-week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/safety/training-and-operation-safe-driver-week#comments News Safety Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:08:00 +0000 23041 at http://trucker.com <p>&ldquo;Improving highway safety is a multi-pronged effort, and we believe raising awareness about safe driving practices is vital.&quot; &mdash;Fred Andersky, Bendix&rsquo;s director of government and industry affairs. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> DAT: Spot rates just keep on climbing http://trucker.com/business/dat-spot-rates-just-keep-climbing <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Dry van and refrigerated freight rates up sharply as truck capacity remains tight, firm said. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Spot truckload rates for the week of Oct. 7 set records again, according to <a href="http://www.dat.com/industry-trends/trendlines">data tracked</a> by load board operator <a href="http://www.dat.com/">DAT Solutions</a>. Though the number of available loads fell 3% after the close of the quarter, generally tight capacity kept spot load-to-truck&nbsp;ratios&nbsp;elevated and pushed rates higher &ndash; particularly where refrigerated freight was concerned:</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/dat-spot-rates-just-keep-climbing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/dat-spot-rates-just-keep-climbing#comments Business News Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:37:00 +0000 23031 at http://trucker.com <p>DAT said the market for dry van freight &ldquo;remains solid&rdquo; despite a 6% decline in volume and 1% increase in truck posts last week. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> An AOBRD option to meet ELD deadline http://trucker.com/technology/aobrd-option-meet-eld-deadline <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Adopting AOBRDs now gives truckers an extra two years to make ELD transition, according to Gorilla Safety. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Software and safety system provider <a href="http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gorillasafety.com%2F&amp;esheet=51697083&amp;newsitemid=20171010006513&amp;lan=en-US&amp;anchor=Gorilla+Safety&amp;index=1&amp;md5=b7aee2c0173d429864f294ac1d9b0be0">Gorilla Safety</a> is rolling out what it calls an <a href="http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fgorillasafety.com%2Fnews-room%2Flow-cost-aobrd-makes-transition-eld-easier%2F&amp;esheet=51697083&amp;newsitemid=20171010006513&amp;lan=en-US&amp;anchor=affordable+AOBRD+technology&amp;i</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/technology/aobrd-option-meet-eld-deadline" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/technology/aobrd-option-meet-eld-deadline#comments News Regulations Technology Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:23:00 +0000 23021 at http://trucker.com <p>The use of AOBRDs to comply with the ELD rule only applies to vehicles currently in operation and only for two years; until Dec. 16, 2019. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Short-term truck rental exemption from ELD rule http://trucker.com/regulations/short-term-truck-rental-exemption-eld-rule <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> FMCSA will waive the ELD requirements for rental trucks operating eight or fewer days. But if used past eight days, they must comply with the ELD mandate. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Partial ELD waiver for short-term truck rentals</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>FMCSA giving rental trucks operating eight or fewer days to have complete relief from the ELD mandate, but operators must still use paper logs and comply with applicable HOS rules.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>By FO staff</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov">Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration</a> (FMCSA) is providing a limited waiver from the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate for short-term truck rentals.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/short-term-truck-rental-exemption-eld-rule" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/short-term-truck-rental-exemption-eld-rule#comments News Regulations Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:56:00 +0000 23011 at http://trucker.com <p>While operating under this rental-truck exemption, drivers remain subject to standard HOS limits and must maintain a paper log. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Three ELD tips for small fleets http://trucker.com/regulations/three-eld-tips-small-fleets <div class="field-byline"> By Justin Green, truck consultant, Element Fleet Management </div> <div class="field-deck"> Done right, fleets will be able to turn the necessary challenge of ELD compliance into a profitable opportunity. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>As we all know, the <a href="http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/">Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration</a> (FMCSA) is requiring all U.S. trucks and buses to be equipped with <a href="http://trucker.com/technology/elds-time-plan">electronic logging devices (ELDs)</a> or automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRDs) by December 18 this year. Yet switching to electronic logging may seem daunting to smaller-sized motor carriers.</em></p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/three-eld-tips-small-fleets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/three-eld-tips-small-fleets#comments News Regulations Technology Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:47:00 +0000 23001 at http://trucker.com <p>Driver training is going to be critical as the ELD rule goes into effect. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Safety firms to jointly offer ELD http://trucker.com/technology/safety-firms-jointly-offer-eld <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Companies tout the “simplicity” of their electronic logging device system. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Vehicle camera system developer <a href="http://www.3rdeyecam.com/">3<sup>rd</sup> Eye</a> and <a href="http://email.prnewswire.com/wf/click?upn=TwIh0OIjG8BOSB67uKqqjw8yFWAnMHs27z8eiuUh7ydnhQN8Ni46UPEJi5MmccCt_HadmG3qRQ7xajFImo2YCpKkJO7WVuyDnjXSKnSlgkYcremwAfA2ckxVXu8lECQS0w7tPHl3PD8eiRs-2BNy2dKPuiMreBWlgOMhw4M3IAHIeyUfU2LBgqKe4oTwGR7fqiYropI9JcXfYeDYNwUyP237usU1X3ZLB2CQxsq-2FvQyMpeOJUktSDJBSccaJbPiciX-2FsTOBlWvTJZOszrnhN4FehsLlvWAW7nd3mDu2YEuKJ-2FhfkOzwgFuifM4sBplevqqsXpY6SgvQt-2Bc9o6s-2Fpzrv5nH81iVkMLJr4VwPTzJ9VsQ6iXjleP7UAedPmn3qDGNYss-2FegsGo4LuHp7t3FTQmGozQegWVf1nAkul4Or5e1Qyeg3kperinH</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/technology/safety-firms-jointly-offer-eld" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/technology/safety-firms-jointly-offer-eld#comments News Technology Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:29:00 +0000 22991 at http://trucker.com Will side-view mirrors disappear? http://trucker.com/technology/will-side-view-mirrors-disappear <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Report indicates it might happen in the light vehicle world and thus could eventually affect heavy trucks as well. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Rear-view and side-view mirrors on new vehicles will begin to see major changes over the next decade, according to analysis from consulting company <a href="http://www.ihsmarkit.com">IHS Markit</a>, as the combination of high-definition cameras and displays in place of &ndash; or in complement to &ndash; &ldquo;traditional&rdquo; mirror designs offers what the firm&rsquo;s analysts describe as a &ldquo;compelling case&rdquo; for improving fuel efficiency.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/technology/will-side-view-mirrors-disappear" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/technology/will-side-view-mirrors-disappear#comments News Technology Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:11:00 +0000 22981 at http://trucker.com <p>Navistar&#39;s CataLIST Super Truck dispenses with tradtiional side-view mirrors, repalcing them with cameras. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Higher economic costs results from lack of truck parking http://trucker.com/safety/higher-economic-costs-results-lack-truck-parking <div class="field-byline"> By Steve Lundeberg </div> <div class="field-deck"> University researchers find that “crash harm” is the main economic negative resulting from a dearth of truck parking. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A recent pilot study conducted by Oregon State University discerned that there is a &ldquo;high economic cost&rdquo; of having too few safe places for commercial truck drivers to park and rest &ndash; costs resulting from a greater incidence of &ldquo;crash harm.&rdquo;</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/safety/higher-economic-costs-results-lack-truck-parking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/safety/higher-economic-costs-results-lack-truck-parking#comments Business News Safety Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:02:00 +0000 22971 at http://trucker.com <p>&quot;Crash trends&quot; in terms of time of day, day of the week, and month of the year follow the time periods drivers stated having trouble finding places to park, researchers found. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> VTNA upgrades VHD vocational truck http://trucker.com/equipment/vtna-upgrades-vhd-vocational-truck <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Enhancements focus on interior improvements aimed at boosting driver comfort and productivity. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="http://www.volvotrucks.com/splash.html">Volvo Trucks North America</a> (VTNA) is adding new interiors to its VHD series vocational models, with the Volvo VHD 300 daycab and VHD 400 regional sleeper interiors now featuring LED [light emitting diode] lighting, a range of new &ldquo;connectivity points&rdquo; for recharging phones and table computers, plus new seating choices for more &ldquo;optimized ergonomics&rdquo; and driver convenience.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/vtna-upgrades-vhd-vocational-truck" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/vtna-upgrades-vhd-vocational-truck#comments Equipment News Mon, 09 Oct 2017 12:15:00 +0000 22961 at http://trucker.com <p>An upgraded Volvo VHD on display at the recent NACV show. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> NHTSA: Large truck crash fatalities increased in 2016 http://trucker.com/safety/nhtsa-large-truck-crash-fatalities-increased-2016 <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> The number of large truck “occupants” killed in crashes jumped 8.6% last year, according to the agency. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>According to data released by the <a href="http://www.nhtsa.gov/">National Highway Traffic Safety Administration</a> (NHTSA), 4,317 fatalities occurring last year in crashes involving large trucks, which is 5.4% higher when compared to 2015 and is also the highest level of large truck crash deaths since 2007.</p> <p>Of those 4,317 fatalities, 722 or 16.7% were &ldquo;occupants&rdquo; of large trucks &ndash; which is up 8.6% from 665 deaths in 2016, NHTSA noted &ndash; with 10.8% &ldquo;non-occupants&rdquo; and 72.4% occupants of other vehicles.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/safety/nhtsa-large-truck-crash-fatalities-increased-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/safety/nhtsa-large-truck-crash-fatalities-increased-2016#comments News Safety Mon, 09 Oct 2017 11:46:00 +0000 22951 at http://trucker.com <p>Overall, 37,461 lives were lost on U.S. roads in 2016, an increase of 5.6% from calendar year 2015, according to the agency. (<em>File photo</em>)</p> The electrification push for heavy trucks http://trucker.com/trucks/electrification-push-heavy-trucks <div class="field-deck"> Rapid decline in battery prices along with a broad regulatory effort by California may help make electric power a much more affordable energy source for commercial vehicles. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Manufacturers that build cars and heavy trucks alike increasingly believe electricity &ndash; whether as <a href="http://fleetowner.com/emissions/closer-look-electric-power-truck-global-diesel-leader#slide-0-field_images-225501">stand-alone power</a> or as part of a <a href="http://fleetowner.com/running-green/nikola-one-electric-truck#slide-0-field_images-206771">hydrogen-based fuel cell system</a> &ndash; will play a critical role in powering motor vehicles in the not-so-distant future.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/trucks/electrification-push-heavy-trucks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/trucks/electrification-push-heavy-trucks#comments Trucks News Mon, 09 Oct 2017 11:17:00 +0000 22941 at http://trucker.com <p>A look at a Cummins-built all-electric prototype Class 7 tractor. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Cummins at NACV http://trucker.com/galleries/cummins-nacv <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Cummins displayed a wide range of products at the recent North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) show, including engines, the new Endurant heavy-duty automated gearbox developed jointly with Eaton, emission control systems, and its all-electric urban tractor prototype called the AEOS. (<em>All photos: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> </div> http://trucker.com/galleries/cummins-nacv#comments Equipment Galleries News Fri, 06 Oct 2017 09:31:00 +0000 22931 at http://trucker.com <p>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</p> Hate paper checks? You are not alone http://trucker.com/business/hate-paper-checks-you-are-not-alone <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> A new survey finds that consumers overwhelmingly prefer electronic payment methods – a trend that could be mirrored in trucking. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Using paper checks to transfer money is rapidly falling out of favor with consumers, who increasingly prefer electronic forms of payment &ndash; a trend that may have implications for truckers and their freight payments.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/hate-paper-checks-you-are-not-alone" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/hate-paper-checks-you-are-not-alone#comments Business News Fri, 06 Oct 2017 09:25:00 +0000 22921 at http://trucker.com <p>The survey concludes companies must move from an &quot;analog payments&quot; model into &quot;digital ways&quot; to push funds to consumers. (<em>Photo: Comdata</em>)</p> Why trailers need to become smarter http://trucker.com/trailers/why-trailers-need-become-smarter <div class="field-deck"> A supplier’s view of why trailers need more connectivity, security, and tracking capabilities. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Rob Phillips, president and COO of <a href="http://phillipsind.com/">Phillips Industries</a>, will tell you that trailers can no longer be an afterthought in the trucking industry.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/trailers/why-trailers-need-become-smarter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/trailers/why-trailers-need-become-smarter#comments Trailers News Technology Fri, 06 Oct 2017 08:49:00 +0000 22911 at http://trucker.com <p>One challenge is to seamlessly get many sensor-driven components supplied by various component manufacturers to work together in a single system within a trailer. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Mack Trucks at NACV http://trucker.com/galleries/mack-trucks-nacv <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Mack Trucks brought several versions of its new axle back Class 8 tractor, <a href="http://fleetowner.com/trucks/mack-rolls-out-new-bad-ass-anthem-highway-truck#slide-0-field_images-226311">the Anthem</a>, to the North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) show in Atlanta last week, along with a few other offerings as well. (<em>Photos: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> </div> http://trucker.com/galleries/mack-trucks-nacv#comments Trucks Galleries News Thu, 05 Oct 2017 11:26:00 +0000 22901 at http://trucker.com Kenworth, Peterbilt officially add Endurant AMT option http://trucker.com/tractors/kenworth-peterbilt-officially-add-endurant-amt-option <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> New 12-speed Eaton Cummins automated gearbox aimed at both linehaul and regional operators, truck OEMs say. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="http://www.kenworth.com/">Kenworth Truck Co.</a> and <a href="http://www.peterbilt.com/">Peterbilt Motors Co.</a> &ndash; both divisions of manufacturing conglomerate PACCAR &ndash; are now officially adding the new <a href="http://trucker.com/trucks/new-12-speed-amt-heavy-trucks">12-speed Endurant automated manual transmission</a> (AMT) as an option for their popular highway tractor models.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/tractors/kenworth-peterbilt-officially-add-endurant-amt-option" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/tractors/kenworth-peterbilt-officially-add-endurant-amt-option#comments Tractors News Thu, 05 Oct 2017 11:17:00 +0000 22891 at http://trucker.com <p>The new 12-speed AMT can handle up to 110,000 lbs. GVW. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> DAT: Truck capacity continues to tighten http://trucker.com/business/dat-truck-capacity-continues-tighten <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> As a result, spot rates keep right on climbing, according to load board firm’s data. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The number of available loads on the <a href="http://www.dat.com/industry-trends/trendlines">spot truckload freight market</a> jumped 5.4% during the week ending Sept. 30 and tight capacity sent the load-to-truck ratio for van freight into uncharted territory, according to information compiled by <a href="http://www.dat.com/">DAT Solutions</a>.</p> <p>Overall the number of available trucks dropped 3.2% last week and pushed load-to-truck ratios higher for all three equipment types:</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/dat-truck-capacity-continues-tighten" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/dat-truck-capacity-continues-tighten#comments Business News Thu, 05 Oct 2017 10:48:00 +0000 22881 at http://trucker.com <p>Though rates and freight volumes returning to normal in the Southeast following hurricanes Harvey and Irma, supply chains throughout the rest of the U.S. are still feeling the ripple effects. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> How truckers can prepare for natural disasters http://trucker.com/business/how-truckers-can-prepare-natural-disasters <div class="field-byline"> By Jeremy Robison, Tetra Capital </div> <div class="field-deck"> Money in the bank is key to tiding you over if there is no freight to haul following a major weather event. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>Even if you are not directly affected by a natural disaster, Jeremy Robison, president of </em><a href="http://www.tetracapital.com"><em>Tetra Capital</em></a><em>, an independent company offering freight bill factoring services, says such events can bring your business to a standstill if there is no freight to haul in your area. In this guest column, Robison shares some fiscal advice for small fleets and owner-operators in terms of planning for the extreme freight conditions natural disasters can create. </em></p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/how-truckers-can-prepare-natural-disasters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/how-truckers-can-prepare-natural-disasters#comments Business News Wed, 04 Oct 2017 11:28:00 +0000 22871 at http://trucker.com <p>Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) trucks deployed to conduct resuce opertaions during Hurricane Hravey. (<em>Photo: CBP</em>)</p> Landstar launches owner-operator smartphone app for available loads http://trucker.com/technology/landstar-launches-owner-operator-smartphone-app-available-loads <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker Staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Available Loads app gives exclusive, real-time access to Landstar's online load board </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Owner-operators leased to Landstar now have access to thousands of Landstar loads available at any given time via their smartphones.</p> <p>Landstar System, a worldwide, asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions, on Tuesday announced the launch of Available Loads, its enhanced mobile app that enables owner-operators to rapidly search, save and book loads.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/technology/landstar-launches-owner-operator-smartphone-app-available-loads" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/technology/landstar-launches-owner-operator-smartphone-app-available-loads#comments News Technology Wed, 04 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +0000 22861 at http://trucker.com <p>Designed with input from Landstar owner-operators, the app provides immediate access to the most commonly used features of its online load board. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Navistar rolls out new vocational truck model http://trucker.com/trucks/navistar-rolls-out-new-vocational-truck-model <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> New International HV Series characterized as a “new breed” of vocational truck. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The new <a href="https://www.internationaltrucks.com/HVSeries">International HV Series</a> from Navistar is being touted as the &ldquo;go-to&rdquo; truck for vocational fleets, according to Michael Cancelliere, president of truck and parts for the OEM, and is a vehicle &ldquo;redesigned from the inside out&rdquo; to give drivers a more comfortable and productive work environment.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/trucks/navistar-rolls-out-new-vocational-truck-model" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/trucks/navistar-rolls-out-new-vocational-truck-model#comments Trucks News Tue, 03 Oct 2017 11:57:00 +0000 22851 at http://trucker.com <p>The new HV Series vocational truck model from Navistar. It will be ready for market delivery by March 2018. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> PACCAR AMT can now be ordered for Kenworth T680 http://trucker.com/tractors/paccar-amt-can-now-be-ordered-kenworth-t680 <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> AMT’s are now “becoming the norm” in on-highway applications, according to Kenworth. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>PACCAR&rsquo;s brand <a href="http://trucker.com/trucks/new-12-speed-amt-unveiled-paccar">new 12-speed automated manual transmission</a> (AMT), built in conjunction with <a href="http://www.eaton.com/Eaton/ProductsbyMarket/Vehicles/On-HighwayTruckBus/index.htm">Eaton Corp.</a>, is now available for <a href="http://www.kenworth.com/">Kenworth Truck Co.&rsquo;s</a> T680 highway tractor in both linehaul and regional haul applications.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/tractors/paccar-amt-can-now-be-ordered-kenworth-t680" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/tractors/paccar-amt-can-now-be-ordered-kenworth-t680#comments Tractors News Tue, 03 Oct 2017 11:32:00 +0000 22841 at http://trucker.com <p>Kenworth said over 70% of its highway tractor orders come spec&#39;d with an AMT now. (<em>Photo: Kenworth</em>)</p> Prestolite introduces drop-in alternators in North America http://trucker.com/equipment/prestolite-introduces-drop-alternators-north-america <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> AC172 family of alternators, originally developed for European market, now coming to North America. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p style="font-size: 12.8px;"><a href="http://www.prestolite.com/Corporate/" style="font-size: 12.8px;" target="_blank">Prestolite&nbsp;Electric</a>&nbsp;expanded its range of high-output, drop-in replacement alternators with the North American launch of the&nbsp;AC172&nbsp;Series from&nbsp;Leece-Neville&nbsp;Heavy Duty Systems, a family of 24V, 155-amp alternators for&nbsp;bus, motor coach and transit operations, the company announced this week.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/prestolite-introduces-drop-alternators-north-america" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/prestolite-introduces-drop-alternators-north-america#comments Equipment News Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:03:00 +0000 22831 at http://trucker.com PeopleNet offers ELD compliance solution to small fleets http://trucker.com/technology/peoplenet-offers-eld-compliance-solution-small-fleets <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> This ELD solution is being specifically to fleets with fewer than 50 vehicles, PeopleNet says. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="http://peoplenetonline.com" target="_blank">PeopleNet</a>, a provider of fleet mobility technology, last week announced it will sell ISE Fleet Services&rsquo; eFleetSuite electronic logging devices (ELDs). The ELDs would help small fleets meet the nearing federal ELD mandate in December.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/technology/peoplenet-offers-eld-compliance-solution-small-fleets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/technology/peoplenet-offers-eld-compliance-solution-small-fleets#comments News Regulations Technology Mon, 02 Oct 2017 13:16:00 +0000 22821 at http://trucker.com VTNA at NACV http://trucker.com/galleries/vtna-nacv <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) showed off its renewed line of highway products, including its long-haul VNL and regional VNR tractor models, along with its in-house engine and automated manual transmission (AMT) offerings as well at the recent North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) show. (<em>Photos: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> </div> http://trucker.com/galleries/vtna-nacv#comments Trucks Galleries News Mon, 02 Oct 2017 12:43:00 +0000 22811 at http://trucker.com Stifel: Upswing underway for truck freight rates http://trucker.com/business/stifel-upswing-underway-truck-freight-rates <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Double-hurricane blow of Harvey and Irma seen as an added “catalyst” for higher rates. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Recent analysis by <a href="http://www.stifel.com/">Stifel Capital Markets</a> concludes that the spot freight market &ldquo;is red hot&rdquo; and is now &ldquo;finally providing some much needed levitation&rdquo; for contract freight rate pricing front &ndash; with a 5% to 10% jump in contract pricing forecasted by the firm over the next three quarters.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/stifel-upswing-underway-truck-freight-rates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/stifel-upswing-underway-truck-freight-rates#comments Business News Mon, 02 Oct 2017 12:33:00 +0000 22801 at http://trucker.com <p>A &quot;prolonged period&quot; of elevated freight demand may be ahead for truckers. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Lawsuit filed over change to UCR open date http://trucker.com/regulations/lawsuit-filed-over-change-ucr-open-date <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Group representing small transportation business interests takes aim at “11th hour” meeting that delays “open date” for UCR registration. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The <a href="http://www.smalltransportation.org/">Small Business in Transportation Coalition</a> (SBTC) has filed a <a href="http://smalltransportation.org/files/125348755.pdf" target="_blank">federal lawsuit</a> against the <a href="https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/faq/what-unified-carrier-registration-ucr-system-and-how-do-i-sign">Unified Carrier Registration</a> (UCR) board of directors and the Indiana Department of Revenue for delaying to delay the UCR &ldquo;open date&rdquo; from Oct. 1 to Nov. 1 this year, thus shortening the compliance period from the usual 90 days to 60 days.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/lawsuit-filed-over-change-ucr-open-date" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/lawsuit-filed-over-change-ucr-open-date#comments News Regulations Mon, 02 Oct 2017 12:03:00 +0000 22791 at http://trucker.com <p>Group trying to head off UCR fee collection issues.</p>