Monthly Archives: November 2011

Monitoring Driver Behavior can Improve Safety and Reduce Costs

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief Driver monitoring has evolved tremendously in recent years. Some carriers still rely on reports from a 1-800 "how's my driving" number to find out when a driver is driving poorly, but many more are putting technology to work to take advantage of near-real-time reporting on [...]

Hino Trucks Signs Transmission Pact With Allison

 UPDATED: 11/30/2011 4:00:00 PM Write a Letter to the Editor Tweet Print This   Hino Trucks has signed a multi-year contract that makes Allison Transmission the exclusive supplier of transmissions for all Hino conventional trucks in the United States. Hino, a subsidiary of Japan’s Toyota Group Co., said it has used Allison transmissions since introducing [...]

Long-Life Trailer Specs

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor Everything has a life span, but some of the things we make die sooner than they used to. For trailers, shortened lives usually can be blamed on corrosion caused by aggressive anti-icing chemicals spread on road pavements. But abuse by those who work around them is also a factor. Trailer [...]

FMCSA Expects Final Hours-of-Service Rule Within 30 Days

 UPDATED: 11/29/2011 12:00:00 PM Write a Letter to the Editor Tweet Print This   The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration expects to complete work on a final hours-of-service rule within the next 30 days, according to a joint report of the agency and plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit. “The final [HOS] rule is under review [...]

Quickspin: Driving the new Cat Truck

Short demo drive of Caterpillar's first on-highway truck reveals whether it lives up to its 'premium' billing. By Tom Berg, Senior Editor We came, we saw, we drove -- but not far. Caterpillar people are very proud of their CT660 vocational truck. They introduced it earlier this year at the ConExpo show in Las Vegas, [...]

DOT Sets Final Rule Banning Truck Drivers’ Use of Hand-Held Phones

 UPDATED: 11/28/2011 11:30:00 AM Write a Letter to the Editor Tweet Print This   The Department of Transportation announced a final rule that will ban interstate truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cellphones while operating their vehicles. The rule, issued by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, [...]

Trailer Bridge Reports Third-Quarter Loss

 UPDATED: 11/22/2011 1:00:00 PM Write a Letter to the Editor Tweet Print This   Trailer Bridge Inc. reported a third-quarter loss of $1.9 million, or 16 cents per share, compared to net income of $6,900, or zero cents, a year ago. Revenue rose 6.1% to $31 million, the company said in a statement Monday. Operating [...]

Most Truckers See CSA as an Improvement, ATRI Study Says

 UPDATED: 11/22/2011 3:00:00 PM Write a Letter to the Editor Tweet Print This   Most trucking companies believe the federal government’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program is an improvement over the SafeStat system it replaced, the American Transportation Research Institute said. ATRI’s survey of carriers’ perspectives of CSA found that carriers with higher safety violation levels [...]

Jobless Claims Rise for Week

 UPDATED: 11/23/2011 8:40:00 AM Write a Letter to the Editor Tweet Print This   Initial jobless claims increased by 2,000 last week to 393,000, the Labor Department said Wednesday. Economists had forecast 390,000 new claims, Bloomberg reported. The four-week moving average, a less volatile measure, declined to 394,250, the lowest since April, from 397,500 the [...]

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