Posts Tagged ‘freight trucking’

Long Haul Drivers Have Your Back

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Lots of freight trucking drivers will have a tale or two to tell about stopping to help someone in trouble while they were conducting long haul freight services on the roads and highways of the United States of America. In fact, this kind of event has become so common on the transport roads of America that the Truckload Carriers Association has started a program called the Highway Angel program, which is dedicated to recognizing the daily good deeds of heavy haul trucking professionals around the United States of America. Freight shipping professionals that do good deeds that range from just simple acts of human kindness, such as stopping to help someone fix a tire, to heroic life-saving deeds, such as putting their own lives on the line to pull another human being out of a burning wreck and administering life-saving CPR.

The newest inductee to the Truckload Carrier Association’s fraternity of Highway Angels is one Michael Taylor, who on December 21, 2008 stopped to help a shivering man that had come in out of the cold to get something to eat and warm up in the truckstop Michael had decided to stop at in Adairsville, Ga. Michael thought quickly when he saw this gentlemen having trouble breathing and slumped over, and jumped to the gentlemen’s aid when he fell to the floor. Calling to the fuel attendant to call for help, Michael talked to the man and searched for a pulse, but could find none. Working quickly with a truckstop employee named Blanche Michael administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), while Blanch performed chest compressions, and after a few minutes the man was revived. The paramedics arrived on scene to talk to the man as he was now revived enough to talk weakly and take him away to the safety of the hospital.

This is only one of many similar scenes that occur on the roads of the United States every day between Americans and the trucking professionals tasked with delivering roro and ltl freight. If you know a trucking professional you think should be nominated for the Highway Angel program, contact the Truckload Carriers Association and let them know. We want to let America know that the professional truckers they see on the roads every day stand ready to help them whenever they see they need help out on the roads of the United States of America and that they can count of the trucking industry to deliver the goods they need on a daily basis.

Trucking unit uses less fluid

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

The long haul news is in from Navistar International’s third-party testing of its ProStar+ tractor with a 2010-legal MaxxForce 13 diesel and the results are probably going to surprise a heavy haul specialist or two. According to the professionals who conducted the third-party tests, ProStar+ tractor with a 2010 MaxxForce 13 diesel engine proved to be more efficient than two other major competitors when both fuel and diesel exhaust fluid are added into the final equation. A claim that will of course have to be verified by other independent sources that if true is going to change the landscape for Navistar International and its competitors in the business of heavy-duty truck manufacturing and the business of freight trucking in the United States of America in the years ahead in the century of the environment.

Sources indicate that the formal on-road tests were conducted earlier in the summer of 2010 on the transport roads of Indiana and pitted a MaxxForce 13-powered ProStar+ against a Freightliner Cascadia with a Detroit Diesel DD15 and a Kenworth T660 with a Cummins ISX15. What were the final results of this heads up test of one freight shipping transport against another? The scientists in charge of the on-road tests concluded after significant time on the road that the MaxxForce 13-powered ProStar+ used about 0.9 percent less fluid than the Fereightliner Cascadia with a Detroit Diesel DD15. In addition to using about 2.5 percent less fluid than the Kenworth T660 with a Cummins ISX15, which is certainly going to surprise quite a few Kenworth drivers.

This is great news for Navistar International and the freight shipping industry of the United States of America, and a kind of ringing of the bell for Navistar International’s competitors, which are certainly going to have to answer the bell with some new products that meet or exceed the standards set by Navistar International’s ProStar+ tractor with a MaxxForce 13 diesel engine. Navistar International isn’t finished the on-roads tests of the MaxxForce 13, either, as sources indicate that will be conducting more on-road tests later this year, in anticipation for going to full production sometime in 2011.

Freight Trucking All-Electric Transport Truck

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Long haul professionals conducting freight trucking services on the streets and highways of the United States of America will be glad to hear that Smith Electric Vehicles United States Corporation has recently announced that it would increasing production of its Newton, all-electric medium and heavy-duty freight shipping transport truck in the United States of America in the days and weeks ahead in the century of the environment. Apparently, demand for this all-electric truck has been so good that the company feels they need to increase production of this truck at their Kansas City factory, which has been producing about two trucks per week, to about 10 trucks per week. Smith Electric Vehicles also plans to expand production in America in the months ahead with as many as five new truck factories in the works, according to sources around the American freight industry.

Sources indicate that at present plans include the building of a new West Coast facility, sometime in the future, just when is of course the question. A second facility could be built on the East Coast, if sources are correct, which is going to give Smith Electric Vehicles a presence nation wide. There hasn’t been any mention as of yet where the other three possible factories could be located in the United States, but we are sure Smith Electric Vehicles is probably looking at possible sites. The work building and getting the possible five new factories up and running for Smith Electric Vehicles is supposed to be up and running by the end of 2011, according to the company. This does appear to be a rather tight timetable, but it could be that the plans of Smith Electric Vehicles are a little further down the road to completion, than the company is letting on at the present moment?

Owner Operator Trucking, EOBR & CSA 2010, PeopleNet wants to help you!

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Owner operator trucking professionals who are getting a little nervous about the upcoming implementation of CSA 2010 and EOBR (electronic onboard recorder) regulations should take a look at two new service offerings from PeopleNet. PeopleNet has created two new services they expect to have a positive impact on a freight carriers CSA 2010 score. In fact, they are so confident they even offer a no-cost guarantee for trucking services that sign up.

The CSA 2010 is designed to assess carriers and drivers most recent 24 months of driving history and crash data using the new Safety Measurement System (SMS). Using this data they hope to identify problems with unsafe driver behaviour before it becomes a serious problem and reducing the number of accidents, fatalities and injuries related to the trailer trucking industry.

PeopleNet’s EOBR is in line with current safety regulations and will continue to be in compliant with the recent FMCSA ruling 395.16. A low-cost fleet management system with eDriver Logs that allows fleets to electronically monitor drivers hours of service and stay in compliance with the hours-of-service regulations in force.
PeopleNet’s CSA 2010 service bundle is a little more involved and covers the full range of safety features that help transport trucking professionals when they’re on the road. On board event recording of all of the important information; engine-fault-code monitoring, speed alarms and more with Speedgauge; and onsite help by PeopleNet Professional Services to make sure customers are ready for CSA 2010 by helping them understand the technology and how to implement it to assess, measure and impact trucking safety performance.

There could be some heavy fines on the horizon for trucking firms and owner operator trucking professionals that aren’t ready for EOBR and CSA 2010, if sources and the FMCSA are correct? Current estimates around the freight trucking industry indicate that freight carriers will be up to 8.5 times more likely to end up paying more than normal and being told by the FMCSA what they need to do to get in line with the new regulations.

What violations are the ones most cited by the FMCSA? According to sources five of the top 10 most frequently cited violations in 2009 were related to hours-of-service violations, so you might want to make sure your paper work is in order and correct?

White House Pushes For Truck Fuel Economy Standard

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Car Transport FuelThe White House announced that fuel efficiency standards for larger trucks will be in the offing for the 2014 model year; that will change what is under the hood for freight carriers and possibly change how they do their business. That will force truck makers to improve the fuel efficiency of standard truck engines and increase the emphasis on alternative fuel trucks. Truck manufacturers will likely look to hybrid technologies, battery-powered engines, aerodynamics, and other fuel-saving techniques, especially for short-haul trucks that can recharge their batteries back at base at the end of the day.

While the amount of battery power required to run a Class 8 truck would be rather massive, an extended tractor that could hold a bay of batteries would be feasible if there was an incentive for the truck makers to make such a monster battery grid. If the grid had, say, a 600-mile range, it could run for ten hours straight at 60MPH and then charge while the driver was taking its down-time at a truck stop equipped with chargers. However, that would require getting a network of recharging stations at truck stops or rest areas, which might become a DOT budget item to encourage those places to install chargers.

The new engines will likely be costlier and make demand for the 2014 models drop at first, just as the new 2010 emission standards raised prices for this year’s models; that will likely see a jump in costs and thus a corresponding jump in freight rates in the mid 10s, if the reduced fuel costs from better efficiency don’t offset the increased price of the engines.

Freight Carrier Movements in South Africa Slow

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Freight carriers trying to move freight into and out of the ports of South Africa are still running up against the picket lines of South Africa’s transport workers and disruptions in port services is causing South Africa’s import and export trade to virtually come to a halt. Apparently, last night the scheduled talks didn’t quite go as both parties probably hoped and at present there appears to be no light down the dark tunnel before this affair. This of course means that freight carrier movements in South Africa’s ports will continue to be slowed, at least until the sides in this affair can find some common ground upon which to stand together.

The port operator Transnet apparently told the unions that their demands for a 15 percent hike in their current pay structure wouldn’t be forth coming and this has had the expected result of the unions quickly telling their workers to continue their battle for their rights. The present offer by Transnet is apparently around 11 percent, so we might see the unions decide after awhile to accept this offer and go back to work. At this point however freight carrier services in the ports are apparently still managing to do a little business, but how much of this is true we have no idea at this point. Capacity at this point is really low and with no new meetings between Transnet and the unions currently set, it might be awhile before we see capacity in the ports of South Africa return to normal.

Hours of Service Rules Changes?, Freight trucking, Trailer Trucking, Trucking services

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

The trailer trucking industry’s reaction to the driver hours-of-service rules that have been in use have been luke warm, with the majority appearing to be in favor of the present rules and a smaller percentage opposed to the present situation. The industry has said that the new hours-of-service rules were working, but they need to be altered a bit to make it better for truckers. The reaction obviously wasn’t what the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was hoping for, because they appear to have firmly decided to head down the road to revisions of the current hours-of-service rules in place. This is great news for the the trucking transport industry, which has been asking for changes to the rules that would give them greater ability to control the hours that drivers sleep in berths.

Work still continues on the desire to create a workable system to monitor the hours drivers spend behind the wheel using an electronic device installed in the truck, but at present the FMCSA hasn’t any definite word on this. They still have to finish working on the first similar decision they made awhile ago, so maybe this is just a continuation of a previous idea that didn’t quite get off the ground.

The industry wants the FMCSA to concentrate on using the available assets on teaching the trucking services industry about the effects of sleep disorder on drivers and monitoring drivers to make sure they aren’t suffering from the effects of sleep disorders. They also want them to work with organizations dedicated to implementing programs designed to teach drivers about the risks of fatigue on the job. The last item mentioned by industry professionals was the need for more truck stops on the busiest freight corridors in the United States and education of drivers on the availability of truck stops on all of corridors they’re using.

There were public meetings held on Friday, January 22 in Dallas to discuss the revisions that are planned to the hours rules and today in Los Angeles they’re holding a public meeting to talk about the rules. If you want to have your say or check out the changes they’re planning to make to the rules and live in Davenport, Iowa or are near this area on January 28, you can attend the public meeting being held to hear what the public has to say about the proposed changes to the rules.…s/hos/index.htm…s_category_id=3

The Price of Moving Canadian Freight, Canadian freight, Freight Transport, Freight Carrier, Trucking Transport

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

The price of freight transport along the roads of Canada decreased a little in October, according to the Canadian General Freight Index (CGFI). This is a surprise after the costs went up in September, but is certainly a nice trend that they would like to continue. The price of freight transport using trucking transport in Canada went up eight of the first ten months of 2009 and increased by a total of 9.6 percent during this time. Hopefully, this isn’t just a temporary change and the costs will continue to move down, which will be a great help to firms during the current financial crisis.

The Canadian General Freight Index indicates that the overall industry results went down during October in Canada, despite an increase in base rates of 0.3 percent, which represents only the second increase in 2009. Industry experts think that the benefits of the increase in base rates was partially offset by the decrease in fuel surcharges, but resulted in overall costs that were less than previous months. Whatever the reason, this is good news and hopefully a trend that will continue to build momentum moving into 2010. Any decrease in costs will help firms deal with the future and problems that are coming down the track and will improve business. The Canadian General Freight Index is brought to us by Nulogx, an industry leader in Transportation Management Solutions. They help shippers and freight carriers improve services, make plans to help improve future business and make sure their customers sign business deals that are competitive.

Freight Trucks Powered by Natural Gas?, Trucking freight the natural way

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Trucking freight using vehicles powered by natural gas is a viable solution for the freight trucking industry that makes some sense for a diesel powered industry that needs to find energy sources that are considered more environmentally-friendly. Could we be seeing fleets of trucking transports in the years to come powered by natural gas? The answer is one that many freight trucking industry experts have considered in the last few years, especially with proposed environmental changes still being decided on.

The sound of laughter might be heard in many freight trucking lunchrooms, when they read this, but the use of natural gas to power trucks is a feasible scenario that scientists are definitely looking at. While it’s true that the infrastructure to allow for the implementation of natural gas as a fuel source for every day cars isn’t feasible, it’s feasible to use natural gas for fleet operations because they don’t need as many stations and such operations use a large volume of fuel.

Electric powering a truck on the other hand would require the use of heavy batteries, which studies show can reduce the amount of freight a truck can carry by as much as twenty percent. The implementation of a hybrid electric-diesel system in a large truck has similar problems, so natural gas is one of the obvious energy sources we have available to do the job.

In America, incentives to help individuals or firms thinking about making a switch to natural gas already exist in the form of tax credits for those who purchase natural gas and vehicles powered by natural gas. The environment hasn’t been the focus of the administration, lately, but natural gas has been noticed by the administration and we might even see a few more incentives for those thinking about switching to natural gas usage.