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Month: March 2016

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Another One Bites the Dust; an Industry Rant

The recent VW diesel emissions-cheating scandal is an interesting metaphor for our industry. Depending on your political views and/or your views on the automobile industry, the environment, corporate greed, leadership, etc. you may have been outraged or maybe you thought the media was making a mountain out of a molehill. Your opinion was largely dependent …

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Daimler Truck Leading Us to Autonomy?

Daimler Trucks announced an ambitious plan recently to greatly increase vehicle-to-vehicle connectivity and cooperative autonomy. Jeff Crissey of CCJ shares many of their impressive goals in an article posted earlier this week. Daimler’s leadership towards increased truck autonomy is reminiscent of their automobile company’s leadership in safety 25-30 years ago…at that time air bags, as safety …

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FMCSA to Allow Mexican Inspections; What’s Next?

The FMCSA just announced that they are accepting Mexican inspection standards. The Mexican standards have been recently published by their Secretary of Communication and Transportation (Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes) and are reportedly sufficiently close to our own so that FMCSA felt comfortable allowing Mexican annual inspections for trucks that are stationed there. I cannot help …

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Driver Fatigue & Appropriate Regulation; What Works?

Back on Feb. 10 I wrote about a trucking accident where the driver had been awake for 35 hours and had falsified his driver logs. Todd Dills has an article posted at Overdrive.com where he discusses driver fatigue, Minnesota’s attempt to regulate fatigue and the legitimate concern the issue is and the potential for over-reach by governing authorities on …

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Are You Ready for the New Food Safety Rules?

Sean Kilcarr has a great article over at FleetOwner.com discussing the upcoming new rules regarding food shipments and/or “reefer” trailer regulations. These new regulations are set to go into effect on March 31 of this year. They will be enforceable 12 months later. Kilcarr quotes Don Drum, Director of Strategic Customer Solutions for PLM Trailer Leasing, “But …

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