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OOIDA warns against EPA’s ‘next big rig crackdown’ 

The Owner-Operator Drivers Assn. (OOIDA) spoke out about money earmarked for what it calls EPA’s “next big rig crackdown” in the Environmental Protection Agency’s $8.3 billion 2013 budget...

Event seeks to mobilize move to natural gas 

FT. WORTH, TX.At a special customer event organized by Peterbilt Motors Co. here at the Texas Motor Speedway, fleets and dealers were provided with an opportunity to investigate a variety of natural gas-powered truck models along with refueling strategies and return on investment (ROI) to establish the economics of switching over to this alternative fuel in the face of rising diesel costs....

Diesel surpasses $4 nationwide 

The bad news is that diesel fuel prices have surpassed $4/gal. nationally this week, rising 9 cents from a week ago to settle at $4.05/gal. There may be some good news, though, on the horizon...

Groups cite driver fatigue in HOS suit 

Claiming the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) revamp of the truck driver hours-of-service (HOS) rule “fails to address driver fatigue,” the interest groups Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Public Citizen and the Truck Safety Coalition as well as two individual truck drivers have filed a lawsuit challenging the new rule...

England: Fuel economy remains the focus 

In a speech given during the 2012 Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting this week, Dan England – chairman and president of TL carrier C.R. England – stressed that obtaining better fuel economy must remain a critical core strategy for the trucking industry going forward, and that carriers should devote resources to keep improving it...

Trucking challenges keep on piling up 

Higher fuel prices, upward pressure on driver pay and a suddenly more sluggish freight market are creating more challenges for the trucking industry– challenges that may continue to build as 2012 progresses...

Rebate money still available for idle reduction systems 

Fleets can still receive rebates through Cascade Sierra Solutions (CSS) when they purchase and install pre-approved idle-reduction systems that are capable of taking advantage of shorepower (AC), but time is running out...

A look at the downside of CSA 

Although he started off with some good news on truck-crash stats, safety consultant Rick Gobbell of Franklin, TN-based Gobbell Transportation Safety soon went on to point out ongoing issues of concern he has with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) CSA safety-measuring system...

ATA sues FMCSA over HOS 

Taking issue both with certain provisions of the latest hours-of-service (HOS) rule and the regulatory analysis that underlies its provisions, this morning the American Trucking Assns. (ATA) filed a petition with the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia asking the court to review the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) recently published final rule changing the HOS regs for commercial truck drivers...

The ‘digitization’ of truck maintenance 

The personal computer – and various iterations thereof – is only going to grow in importance as a maintenance tool for commercial vehicles, and a wide range of experts believe fleets and truck repair organizations alike must prepare themselves to invest heavily in training going forward to support what’s likely to be ever-greater demands for technician computer skills in the future...

New HD oil category coming 

Work has officially begun on a new heavy-duty oil category requested by engine makers to help them meet upcoming CO2 and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards. Unlike previous categories, the new one may not be backwards compatible with older diesels...

Nissan rolls out ‘right-sized’ NV200 compact cargo van 

CHICAGO. Widening the Class 1 commercial cargo-van segment by a third, Nissan North America (NNA) rolled out its new Nissan NV200 compact cargo van - the second distinct van model in its commercial-vehicle portfolio— here yesterday afternoon at the Chicago Auto Show. According to NNA, the 2013 model is a “new entry point” for cargo van and small pickup buyers “looking for a compact, efficient alternative to their larger, less fuel-efficient vehicles...

Diesel prices still a concern 

Though the average price of diesel fuel in the U.S. has stayed relatively flat over the last few weeks, trucking companies are concerned about the high level they are stabilizing at, along with their efforts to recoup that extra cost to their operations...

Replacement demand remains key truck-sales driver 

The need to replace aging equipment – especially in the Class 8 segment – is what will keep truck sales strong not only for 2012 but well into 2013, according to analysts and OEMs...

A thinking man’s approach to driver hiring 

Solid thinking is behind the most successful tools. Whether they are high-tech or pencil-and-paper, intelligence and inspiration shine through everything that works well...

Faulty valve affects as many as 60,000 trucks 

Driver complaints in December 2011 helped Bendix uncover a faulty valve on vehicles equipped with its traction control and stability systems. The issue, a Bendix spokesperson told Fleet Owner, has been resolved, but as many as 50,000-60,000 vehicles may be affected...

House highway bill includes truck size, weight reforms 

With a news conference late yesterday, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, chaired by Rep. John L. Mica (R-FL), started to get down to business on the House version of a long-overdue comprehensive highway bill...

Managing driver performance drives bottom-line gains 

Drivers are key to the success of any trucking operation, so it only makes sense to invest in how they are hired, retained and managed to be successful on the job. Implement a good driver-performance management program based on solid data and you could start to see results “almost immediately” ...

Dealers gaining maintenance edge 

Dealerships will be getting more maintenance business from North America’s truck fleets, at least in the short to medium term, thanks largely to their continued development of skilled technicians, according to Kumar Saha, an industry analyst with Frost and Sullivan’s Automotive & Transportation practice...

Trucking braces for impact of new food safety law 

All the practical implications of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (now Public Law 111-353) are not yet spelled out when it comes to the trucking industry. What is clear, however, is that the new law, if it withstands post-enactment efforts by opponents still seeking revisions and/or financing cuts, will further tighten federal control over the transportation of food - from equipment and procedures to traceability and accountability...

TCP: Health care costs eating carriers alive 

A quarterly survey of fleets conducted by Transport Capital Partners (TCP) indicates that rising health care costs are increasing fiscal pressure on their bottom lines as well as complicating efforts to recruit drivers and independent contractors...

Obama light on specifics for trucking 

In a rousing State of the Union address replete with numerous rhetorical flourishes pitched at the Washington establishment and above all to voters nationwide in this thus far tumultuous election year, President Obama detailed his Administration’s accomplishments to date, but gave few specifics on elements of his “blueprint for an economy that's built to last – an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values”—that would most directly benefit trucking ...

U.S. headed for slow but steady growth 

LAS VEGAS. The U.S. has entered a period of sustained but slow economic growth that bodes well for trucking, according to economists at the 2012 Heavy Duty Dialogue...

OEMs ponder new math for truck pricing 

There’s a new “math equation,” so to speak, for truck pricing being deployed by OEMs as a way to provide a cost advantage for both themselves and their customers – one that seeks higher sticker prices in return for lower operating costs over the vehicle’s initial ownership period...

Study sees seismic shift starting in engine oil market 

A soon-to-be released study by global research firm Frost & Sullivan predicts major change for the U.S. engine oil market for Class 4-8 trucks by 2018, driven heavily by the need to boost fuel efficiency ahead of new federal greenhouse gas (GHG) mandates for commercial trucks along with increased use of smaller engine blocks and hybrid propulsion systems...

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