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ARLINGTON, VA – Chris Spear, president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Trucking Associations, has submitted a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary, Tom Price, calling on Washington to hastily provide guidelines and standards for the use of hair samples in mandatory drug testing of truck drivers.
The ATA, along with the industry, have been awaiting guidelines from the HHS. The HHS agency responsible for producing those standards, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will be holding its Drug Testing Advisory Board meetings this week to consider hair testing, leaving the HHS well behind its congressional mandated deadline.
"Many trucking companies are using urinalysis to meet federal requirements, while also paying the additional cost to conduct hair testing," Spear stated in his letter to the HHS. "We are frustrated that the previous administration failed to meet the statutory deadline and believe your leadership will finally see a resolution to this long-standing and important safety rule."
The ATA believes based on experience, hair testing is more effective at keeping habitual drug users from getting behind the wheel as professional drivers, subsequently improving road safety.
"Making sure America's truck drivers are safe and drug-free is among ATA's highest priorities," Spear said. "This commitment is why ATA led the charge for mandatory drug testing of commercial drivers, for the creation of a clearinghouse for drug and alcohol testing results and the use of hair testing."
SHREWSBURY TOWNSHIP, YORK COUNTY, Pa. -- It was slow going for drivers who decided to venture out on the roads Tuesday.
Governor Tom Wolf didn't declare a state of emergency, but PennDOT asked truck drivers to pull off the interstates as a precaution to help clear the way for crews plowing the state's major roadways.
Few people headed out on the roads during the day, but one thing drivers didn't see much of were tractor trailers.
PennDOT put the brakes on trucks with a travel restriction on major roadways throughout the state as a winter storm strikes Pennsylvania.
Truck driver Alfredo Dorville said "a lot of frozen ice on the road."
Truck driver Charles Prispin said "the worst part about today is that it doesn't look like it's slowing up, actually the winds are picking up."
"I saw how the conditions were getting and my dispatcher told me to pull out, because it was dangerous," Dorville said .
At the southern York County rest stop along northbound I-83, just past the Maryland border, several truckers heeded the warning signs and followed the travel restriction. Some didn’t, while others had no choice.
"We just saw a truck that was stuck over there for like half an hour, trying to get out. He couldn't get out. I told my co-driver lets stay in, it's a safe bet, and wait until they clean out everything good," Dorville said.
"We got to slow down, so you can't get the speed. What you think is a 2-hour or a normal hour-and-a-half run, your looking at two to three hours to delivery," Prispin said.
The storm didn't just stop truck drivers in their tracks, it also hit them where it counts the most.
"We get paid by the miles, so if our wheels aren't turnin', we're not earning,'" Prispin said.
"Right now, I'm sitting here waiting on a load, and I'm not making any money. They're not paying me to sit here," Prispin said.
Still, some truck drivers didn't seem to mind making an extra stop to take a break.
"I'm a safety first type of truck driver. If it's not feasible to be out there, why be out there," Dorville said.
"This is my second winter storm that I've gone through, so it's not fun. It's cold," Prispin said.
LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. - Several trucks crashed Wednesday morning on Highway 9 near the Lancaster-Chesterfield County line, shutting down the road for hours.
The crash happened before 6 a.m. and a log truck could be seen hanging over the embankment.
There were no life-threatening injuries reported, according to officials.
Emergency crews said the road is shut down and cleanup could take hours.
BERKELEY, Calif. — Volvo Trucks and Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH) recently completed its successful demonstration of partially automated truck platooning.
Three Volvo VNL 670 model tractors hauled cargo containers at the Los Angeles Port complex and along Interstate 110. The VNL trucks traveled at 55 mph while keeping 50 feet apart. Forward-facing sensors and
vehicle-to-vehicle communication helped maintain the speed and spacing without driver intervention.
Volvo says the trip showed public officials and other stakeholders the technology’s potential for improving highway safety, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing the capacity of transportation systems.
“Truck platooning can benefit freight companies and professional drivers alike through safer, more fuel-efficient operations,” said Magnus Koeck, Volvo Trucks vice-president of marketing and brand management. “Vehicle-to-vehicle communication is pivotal for platooning systems; it helps reduce the reaction time for braking and enables vehicles to follow closer. Reducing the traveling distance between vehicles not only reduces the aerodynamic drag, but also allows for greater highway utilization, thereby helping to alleviate traffic congestion.”
According to both groups, the demonstration was made possible by Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control technology (CACC).
CACC technology is an enhancement to the current Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) technology that enables closer and more accurate control of the gap between trucks with increased safety. The advanced technology, which makes platooning possible, is meant to serve as an aid, not a replacement for skilled professional truck drivers. Volvo stressed. Benefits of platooning through CACC include faster responses to hard braking while maintaining safety, superior longitudinal control while following in a lane, reduced emissions, and improved traffic flow.
The CACC technology being developed in conjunction with PATH has been sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration Advanced Research Program and Caltrans.
GREENBELT, MD – This year's Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's (CVSA) annual Roadcheck inspection blitz will be held June 6-8.
The 72-hour event will have inspectors from the U.S., Canada and Mexico conducting an increased number of inspections on commercial vehicles to “conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives.”
While the event and the particular focus of the inspectors hasn't been formally announced the by the CVSA, the dates have been published on its website. Last year, the inspections narrowed in on tires and level I inspections.
In last year's blitz, 62,796 inspections were performed with 21.5% of trucks inspected being put out of service by inspectors. In addition, 3.4% of drivers were put out of service – which equates to 9,080 trucks or 1,436 drivers. The CVSA says brakes and hours were the top out-of-service violations in 2016.
The CVSA provides a list of what inspectors will be looking for during their inspections on their website.
Crime Stoppers needs your help in solving a theft and a hit and run that occurred at the intersection of Hwy 14-16 and Hwy 59. Unknown persons took a Black Peterbuild semi-truck from the area of Edwards Street and Jasper Street. The truck then left the roadway at the intersection of Hwy 14/16 and Hwy 59, causing significant damage to the traffic lights and to the truck.
If you have information that can solve this or any other crime, please call or text Crime Stoppers at 307-228-4276. You can remain anonymous and may earn up to $1,000 in reward.
Isuzu FTR family. (Photo: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America)
Isuzu Commercial Truck of America said it will start production of an all-new Class 6 medium-duty F-Series truck with a segment-first four-cylinder diesel engine.
The new truck – the 2018 Isuzu FTR – is designed to navigate dense, urban environments and will be built at a new 85,000-square-foot Spartan Motors facility in Charlotte, Mich., starting in May, Isuzu said at the start of the 2017 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis Tuesday.
Isuzu said it will begin to take orders of the truck next month, which will have a starting retail price of $82,180.
“The all-new FTR is truly a game-changer,” said Shaun Skinner, president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America.
He said the truck’s combination of low-cab-forward design and Class 6 weight rating will offer greater maneuverability and cargo capacity than a conventional truck in its segment.
“Its four-cylinder diesel engine is environmentally friendly and gives the truck outstanding fuel efficiency,” Skinner said.
Isuzu is taking a chance offering a smaller engine in a truck class that usually starts at six-cylinder power plants.
While Daimler’s Freightliner division has eyed the greater use of four-cylinder engines in trucks, most manufacturers queried by Trucks.com said the plan to stick to bigger engines for Class 6 and larger trucks.
Navistar said it doesn’t have plans to offer four-cylinder engines. Likewise, Cummins Engine, one of the world’s largest diesel engine manufacturers, “does not envision a convincing rationale for introducing a four-cylinder engine to the medium-duty and vocation truck market in North America in the near future,” Kevan Browne, a company spokesman, told Trucks.com last year.
The FTR will be powered by the Isuzu 4HK1-TC 5.2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine—a first in the segment.
“We believe that more and more competitors in this class will be turning to four-cylinder engines, because they are cleaner and more efficient,” Skinner said. “Our 4HK engine goes beyond environmental friendliness and economy—it’s also durable and powerful.”
Isuzu said the engine now carries a B-10 durability rating of 375,000 miles—meaning that 90 percent of engines should reach that mileage before requiring an overhaul. That represents an increase of 65,000 miles from the engine’s previous 310,000-mile B-10 rating.
The new truck’s low-cab-forward configuration gives it more cargo space within a given overall length than comparable conventional Class 6 trucks, Skinner said. It will come in eight wheelbase lengths, ranging from 152 to 248 inches, and will accommodate bodies from 14 feet to 30 feet, allowing for a wide variety of body applications.
The FTR’s low-cab-forward design makes it easier to drive in traffic, he said.
“With inner 50-degree wheel cut, this truck has an incredibly tight turning radius,” Skinner said. “This saves drivers time as they navigate crowded city streets where the FTR is expected to be in greatest demand.”
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — A vehicle fire shut down all southbound lanes and at least two northbound lanes of Florida's Turnpike Wednesday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews are on scene. Officials have not said what caused the fire.
According to responding crews, the truck leaked around 300 gallons of fuel onto the roads. It was also loaded with electronic equipment.
Semi smoking after catching on fire with 300 gallons of fuel in saddle tanks on Turnpike in b/w Boynton Beach Blvd & Lake
The driver of the truck was injured and taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Mitusubishi Fuso launches eCanter electric truck at 2017 Work Truck Show. (Photo: Jerry Hirsch/Trucks.com)
Mitsubishi Fuso plans to bring a new line of electric work trucks to the North American market.
The division of German automotive giant Daimler AG, which owns Mercedes-Benz, introduced Fuso’s eCanter electric truck at the 2017 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis on Wednesday.
Fuso said it will be the first fully-electric work truck designed and produced by a major truck manufacturer. The first models will be delivered to U.S. customers later this year.
“We want Fuso to be the Tesla of electric trucks,” said Jecka Glasman, chief executive of Fuso.
Glasman told Trucks.com that increased congestion in city centers and a global movement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and noise pollution will create a market for electric trucks.
By 2030 approximately 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities with populations between one and 10 million people, Glasman said.
“Goods will still need to be delivered,” she said. “The all-electric trucks will be a good option.”
The eCanter is designed for densely populated areas such as Manhattan and Brooklyn where there is a constant need for refrigerated food delivery and urban cargo hauling, said Otto Schmid, director of product management for Fuso.
“This is a positive development for businesses that can benefit from fuel savings,” said Luke Tonachel, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s clean vehicles and fuels project. “There are communities that absolutely need these cleaner trucks to reduce pollution, especially near roadways and ports.”
The truck will have a range of 100 miles per charge. Fuso plans a lease-only plan for two years and expects to rapidly replace this first model with a new version with greater range and technology.
Glasman said Fuso plans to charge a 15 percent to 20 percent premium for the electric truck over its comparable diesel truck.
Standard equipment on the eCanter includes six Mercedes-Benz liquid-cooled, 360V, 82.8 kWh lithium-ion batteries. The gross vehicle weight rating is 15,995 pounds and it has a payload capacity of 9,380 pounds. It’s charging time is about eight hours.
The truck will be among the first from Fuso that will employ Mobileye’s 6 Series Collision Avoidance System.
“We recognize that driver efficiency and safety have direct impact on the bottom line for all of our Fuso customers,” Schmid said.
Fuso has found in testing that the Mobileye system slashed the number of incidents that trigger warnings for tailgating, lane departure, urban and rural highway collision by 50 percent, Glasman said.
The truck will have a V8 gas-powered engine and will be assembled by Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp.at a factory in South Carolina. Freightliner is also a Daimler division.
WASHINGTON — Swift Transportation has accepted an invitation to join the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, better known as the Trucking Alliance.
Swift Transportation is the fourth largest U.S. trucking company and the nation’s largest full truckload freight carrier.
The company is headquartered in Phoenix.
“The Trucking Alliance is advancing safety reforms that we support,” said Richard Stocking, Swift’s president and CEO, “and we believe the Alliance’s operating principles are setting a new safety standard for our industry.”
“Swift Transportation is the largest full truckload carrier in the United States and its leadership team is one of the best in the business,” said Steve Williams, chairman and CEO of Maverick USA and Trucking Alliance president, “and so it’s gratifying that Swift will be part of the Trucking Alliance going forward, as we work to lower the number of truck accidents and improve highway safety, for our drivers and the general public.”
Williams said that Stocking will join the Alliance board of directors and David Berry, vice president, will join the Alliance’s Advisory Group, which analyzes legislative and regulatory proposals and assists with the organization’s advocacy efforts.
With the addition of Swift Transportation, Trucking Alliance companies now collectively employ 68,000 professional drivers, management and logistics personnel who are utilizing 52,000 trucks and 175,000 semitrailers and containers to deliver products throughout North America.
Swift Transportation is a multi-faceted transportation services company and the largest full truckload freight carrier in North America. The company employs more than 21,000 people and has 40-plus terminal locations.
Swift’s fleet comprises approximately 14,000 company tractors, 65,000 semitrailers and 9,000 intermodal containers.
Services include line-haul services, dedicated customer contracts, temperature-controlled units,
intermodal freight solutions, cross-border United States/Mexico and United States/Canada freight, flatbed hauling, freight brokerage and logistics.
More information can be found at http://www.swifttrans.com/
The Trucking Alliance is a leading proponent of safety reforms in the trucking industry; a select coalition of transportation, logistics and other businesses working to reduce large truck accidents, injuries and fatalities on our nation’s highways.
Affiliation in the Trucking Alliance is by invitation.
Trucking Alliance companies adopt six safety principles, all of which exceed the minimum federal requirements for operating as a motor carrier in the United States. These principles include:
Trucking Alliance companies and the states in which they are headquartered are Cargo Transporters (North Carolina), Dupré Logistics (Louisiana), J.B. Hunt Transport Services (Arkansas), KLLM Transport Services (Mississippi), Knight Transportation (Arizona), Maverick USA (Arkansas), Swift Transportation (Arizona), and US Xpress (Tennessee).
Lane Kidd, principal of The Kidd Group LLC in Washington serves as the Trucking Alliance managing director.
More information can be found at http://truckingalliance.org/
LISLE, Ill. – Navistar reported a US$62 million net loss in the first quarter of 2017.
Revenues were $1.7 billion, down 6% year-over-year, due to weaker truck sales in the overall Class 8 market.
“Our results are on track with our plan for the year, and demonstrate our ability to effectively manage costs at a time of persistent Class 8 industry headwinds,” said Troy A. Clarke, chairman, president and CEO. “Our order share continues to outpace our market share, which confirms our confidence in the retail share improvement to come. At the same time, we are rolling out a steady stream of new product introductions that are helping us generate new sales opportunities, and position us to take advantage of the anticipated Class 8 rebound in the second half.”
Navistar said it continues with the aggressive refreshment of its entire product line. It has also seen growth in remote diagnostics, and now has more than 270,000 subscribers to its OnCommand Connection platform.
The company reiterated and updated its 2017 guidance and is anticipating retail deliveries of Classes 6-8 trucks and buses in the US and Canada to total 305,000 to 335,000 units for the fiscal year 2017. Navistar says it expects revenue to be similar to 2017.