Month: February 2020

This multipart series over the next weeks will explore issues related to the financial security of freight brokers and how some shady operators exploit loopholes in current regulatory processes to cheat owner-operators, despite unenforced statutes intended to better prevent the practice. A congressional mandate to fix huge loopholes pertaining to the financial security of transportation
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Building on its Intelligent Antilock Braking System (iABS) introduced late last year, Wabco now offers a connected intelligent trailer platform that not only provides fleets with actionable intelligence from the trailer, but also opens up opportunities for third-party system integration and allows fleets more spec’ing and diagnostic flexibility. Wabco announced the intelligent trailer platform and
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Trucking news and briefs for Friday, Feb. 28, 2020: FMCSA seeks approval for plan to study harassment, assaults against female, minority truckersThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is moving forward with its plan to study the prevalence of harassment and assaults against minority and female truck drivers. The agency is once again submitting an information collection
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South central Michigan now has 93 new trucking spots located at the new Love’s Travel center that opened Thursday, Feb. 27 along U.S. 23 in Milan, about 15 miles south of Ann Arbor. The location is open 24/7 and offers: “We’re excited to expand to seven locations now opened in Michigan,” said Tom Love, founder
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FMCSA says it has accumulated evidence that points to “a serious pattern of harassment- and assault-related crimes against female and minority male truckers.” Photo: Halvor Motor Lines Based on evidence it has accumulated that points to “a serious pattern of harassment- and assault-related crimes against female and minority male truckers,” the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
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The various truck models in Volvo’s range are available with many different cab variants and can be optimised for a wide range of applications. In long-haul trucks, the cab is often the driver’s second home. In regional transport trucks it often serves as a mobile office, while in construction the trucks are robust, practical work
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Trucks drive over a ground-installed sensor and camera system, which instantly records key data such as tire pressure, tread depth, vehicle weight and tire temperature. Photo: Snider Fleet Solutions Snider Fleet Solutions is now offering a drive-over system that measures tire pressure, tread depth, vehicle weight, sidewall damage and tire temperature, flagging problems before the
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TMC Chairman Ken Calhoun and HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park present the awards to Stoneridge’s Vice President of Business Development Stephen Fox. Photo: TMC Stoneridge was presented the Jim Winsor Memorial Technical Achievement Award for its MirrorEye Camera Monitor System during the ATA Technology & Maintenance Council’s annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. MirrorEye CMS was
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The Fleet Forward Conference is designed to educate fleet operators regarding all types of mobility solutions with the goal to create more efficient fleets, while providing the fleet industry thought leadership on the road to the future.  Photo by Tabrizi Productions. Bobit Business Media announces that the 2020 Fleet Forward Conference will convene Nov. 11-13 at The Forager
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One of the leading truck shows in the U.S. is revving things up this year. The 38th Annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs truck show will put drivers and their trucks center stage at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth June 4-6 as part of the race-filled IndyCar Series and NASCAR Truck Series weekend. The truck beauty
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Trucking news and briefs for Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020:  Drug and alcohol clearinghouse use by roadside enforcement detailed in new inspection bulletin, updated out-of-service criteriaThe Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s updated 2020 North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria is now available. The new criteria go into effect on April 1, 2020. The criteria identify critical vehicle inspection
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Image: Uber Freight Samsara has announced a new partnership with Uber Freight to decrease the cost of compliance and increase efficiency for shippers, carriers, and drivers. As part of the partnership, Uber Freight will recommend Samsara as a strategic technology partner for eligible fleets with six or more vehicles. Eligible carriers will receive the following
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Speaking to the gathering of the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association last week in Charlotte, N.C., while digging in on the view that the ELD mandate is a safety-positive rule, FMCSA Acting Administrator Jim Mullen made it clear he believed the flawed rigidity of the current hours of service regulations needs modification to benefit drivers. And
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Earnings for flatbed haulers dropped more than 12% last year, while reefer haulers experienced a two-year gain of almost $7,800. ATBS forecasts owner-operators will need to run more miles in 2020 to keep up with an anemic market. Owner-operators’ net income dropped 3.6% last year to $62,992, reports ATBS, a financial services provider that serves
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Sometimes a truckload of fresh broccoli is not just a load of green vegetables destined to delight American vegans and others. On Feb. 16, U.S. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents found a load at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility in Pharr, Texas, also contained what added up to be a mixed bag of
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Trucking news and briefs for Monday, Feb. 24, 2020: Michigan institutes spring weight restrictionsThe Michigan Department of Transportation and local agencies are enacting spring weight restrictions. Effective 6 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, weight restrictions are being imposed and enforced on all state highways within the following area of Michigan to protect highways: Highways north of
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Due to flooding from excess rains across Alabama this month, Gov. Kay Ivey issued an emergency declaration, which automatically triggers a suspension of hours of service regulations for truckers providing emergency relief to flooded areas in the state. Ivey’s declaration says flooding has caused “significant damage to public and private property and may seriously disrupt
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Dana said it is the first to market with this e-Axle classification in North America and is the only supplier with the in-house capability to manufacture all components of the system. Image: Dana Dana has begun production of its Spicer Electrified eS9000r e-Axle for Class 4 and 5 trucks. The e-Axle will be available for ordering
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