Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

House Panel Approves Self-Driving Measure That Pre-empts State Regulations

Daimler Future Truck Daimler's Future Truck, an autonomous vehicle, or AV. (Daimler AG)

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection unanimously approved a legislative markup July 19 to advance self-driving vehicle technology. Navigating the autonomous vehicle landscape has been difficult because of the traditional boundaries it breaks.

Ryan McCauley | Government Technology
July 24, 2017
Business, Equipment

Class 8 Production Hits 19-Month High

Production TT File Photo

North American Class 8 production reached a 19-month high in June after stronger orders earlier this year, according to ACT Research Co.

Transport Topics
July 24, 2017
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Fleets Weigh the Benefits of Retreads Versus New Tires

retread tires Katie Pyzyk

Old habits die hard, as well as negative perceptions. Such is the case with unfavorable views of retread tires. But many fleets are choosing retreads over new tires due to improvements in product quality combined with cost savings.

Katie Pyzyk | Contributing Writer
July 24, 2017
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Truck Safety: Human and Equipment Factors

The intersection of the human and equipment-­related elements of truck safety is reflected in the two cover stories in this issue of Equipment & Maintenance Update.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
July 24, 2017
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Opinion: Trailer Side Underride Guards

Underride Guard Airflow Deflector Inc.

In the case of semi-trailers, safety advocates, insurance companies and industry suppliers believe that if side underride guards are built, fleets will come and buy them.

July 24, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Powering Up: Fleets Investing in In-Cab Power for Driver Medical Devices

Schneider driver and his CPAP A Schneider driver shows off a machine he uses to treat sleep apnea. (Mike Roemer)

Over the past five years, Martin Singh, vice president of maintenance and procurement at Trans-System Inc., has seen an increase in the number of drivers in the industry being treated for sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that causes brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. Those drivers rely on continuous positive airway pressure machines, called CPAPs, that connect to a pump and provide positive flow of air into nasal passages to keep the airway open.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
July 24, 2017
Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Engine Maker Cummins Endorses Fuel Additives Amid Tighter Emissions Regulations

Steve Muth Steve Muth, Penray's chief chemist, mixes diesel fuel additive at the company's Wheeling, Ill., laboratory. (Penray)

Cummins Inc. recently endorsed two fuel additives, marking the first time the diesel engine maker has taken such a step.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
July 24, 2017
Technology, Equipment, Safety

ESC Mandate to Improve Safety, Fleets Say

ESC Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said that by preventing crashes, electronic stability control will save lives, prevent property damage and reduce congestion.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
July 24, 2017
Technology, Equipment

Electronic Stability Control: A New Standard for Trucking Industry

ESC Meritor Wabco

New Classes 7-8 tractors sold on or after Aug. 1 must be equipped with electronic stability control, which means that more fleets will need a greater understanding of the technology.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
July 24, 2017
Business, Equipment, TCA

Analysis: Is Regulation Driving the Driver Shortage?

CDL students learning to drive Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

The trucking industry is predicting solid growth in the coming years, but it faces hurdles caused by increased regulation and an ongoing shortage of truckers.

Erin Mundahl | (Washington, D.C.)
July 21, 2017