Monthly Archives: June 2012

IT and MPG

Driver and vehicle performance data gathered by IT solutions is often presented in dashboard-style format, allowing fleet managers to quickly spot problem areas. By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor In the abstract, reducing fuel cost represents a pretty straightforward undertaking: Get as many miles as possible out of every gallon of fuel, pay as little as [...]

Research Cites ‘Driver-Related Factors’ With Third of Truckers in Fatal Crashes

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U.S. Department of Transportation Orders Three Angels Farms to Shut Down

U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Public Affairs 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E. Washington, DC 20590www.dot.gov/affairs/index.html FMCSA 17-12 Friday, June 29, 2012 Contact: Shashunga Clayton Tel.: (202) 366-9999 U.S. Department of Transportation Orders Three Angels Farms to Shut Down FMCSA finds Tennessee-based truck company an imminent safety hazard WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Transportation's [...]

Traction 
vs.
 Fuel Economy?

Are we giving up traction in order to lessen 
rolling resistance? The short answer is yes, but not to the degree some might imagine. By Jim Park, Equipment Editor Traction is a funny thing: We know when we don't have enough of it, but can we quantify how much is enough? It's a question that [...]

Supreme Court Upholds Healthcare Law

6/28/2012 3:30:00 PM Write a Letter to the Editor Tweet Print This   The Supreme Court Thursday upheld President Obama’s healthcare law that expands insurance to millions of Americans, Bloomberg reported. In a 5-4 vote, the court rule that Congress had the power to make Americans carry insurance or pay a penalty. Chief Justice John [...]

Five Easy Ways to Reduce Fuel Consumption

The basics of driving for better fuel economy include progressive shifting and taking advantage of downhill rides. By Jim Park, Equipment Editor There are still legions of drivers who are not practicing even the most basic fuel-saving techniques. Just hang around an intersection with a lot of truck traffic and listen to how drivers go [...]

Congress Reaches Tentative Agreement on Highway Bill

6/27/2012 4:15:00 PM Write a Letter to the Editor Tweet Print This   Congressional leaders said Wednesday they have reached tentative agreement on a federal highway bill. The measure drops a requirement that the government approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the Associated Press said, citing congressional sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because [...]

New Fixed Rates for the Hazardous Materials Safety Permit (HMSP) Program & Notice to Denied HMSP Holders

New Fixed Rates for the HMSP Program On June 27, 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued new fixed out-of-service (OOS) rates for determining eligibility for a permit under the HMSP Program. These rates are now in effect and are being used to establish a company's eligibility for an HMSP. Detailed information on [...]

Driving Fuel Efficiency

Fuel efficiency is about the whole spec, from the powertrain to the tires, from the sloped hood and roof fairing to the gap between the tractor and the trailer. Leave no stone unturned. By Jim Park, Equipment Editor What's in it for me? That's what drivers want to know when you try to get them [...]

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