Trump Reverses Obama With Fuel Economy Review

Trump has reversed Obama with a fuel economy review. Donald Trump has vowed to end the assault on the American auto industry. Trump urged the automakers to build more assembly plants in the USA. Trump said that he would help to reduce regulations for automakers that would cause automotive manufacturing to move outside the states.

Key Takeaways:

  • Vowing to end the “assault on the American auto industry,” President Donald Trump promised to reopen a federal review of fuel economy standards that was concluded in the waning days of the Obama administration at an event outside of Detroit.
  • During a 19-minute speech to automotive executives, workers, and the media, Trump also urged automakers to build more assembly plants in the U.S. Trump spoke outside of Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti Township.
  • Trump saluted Ford, General Motors, and Fiat-Chrysler for recent announcements of new jobs and expansions of U.S.-based manufacturing. General Motors announced it would add or retain another 900 jobs in U.S. plants in the next 12 months ahead of Trump’s speech.

“During a 19-minute speech to automotive executives, workers, and the media, Trump also urged automakers to build more assembly plants in the U.S. Trump spoke outside of Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti Township.”

http://www.government-fleet.com/channel/fuel-management/news/story/2017/03/trump-reverses-obama-with-fuel-economy-review.aspx

Tire PMs: Low-Tech Solutions for Cost Control

There are many low tech solutions for cost control. Big Data and the Internet of Things are two of the buzz words in the trucking industry today. The terms show how important technology is to our operations and also our industry. Data has become very important to our management toolboxes.

Key Takeaways:

  • Old tools such as OBD-II and new tools such as telematics, ELDs, TPMS, and many others, all seem to scream how important data has become in our management toolboxes.
  • The reality is, big dollars are lost and unit availability is consistently compromised when our focus is diverted from those low-tech, time-honored shop floor techniques.
  • Tire carcasses disclose alignment practices, tire replacement history, adherence to DOT standards, recap quality (if recaps are used), tire age, etc.

“The reality is, big dollars are lost and unit availability is consistently compromised when our focus is diverted from those low-tech, time-honored shop floor techniques”

http://www.government-fleet.com/channel/maintenance/article/story/2017/03/tire-pms-low-tech-solutions-for-cost-control.aspx

Survey shows shift to adoption of shorter asset lifecycles

A survey has shown a shift to adoption of shorter asset lifecycles. More fleets are acquiring brand new trucks by leasing and shortening their asset lifecyles before replacement. This is compared to the previous years data which showed an average lifecycle of seven years. 22 percent of fleet respondents said that they were operating their trucks on a 3 to 5 year lifecycle in 2015.

Key Takeaways:

  • Survey shows shift to adoption of shorter asset lifecycles Another finding is a rise in leasing new equipment. MARCH 10, 2017 0 Tweet Share Among the takeaways from Fleet Advantage’s latest Annual Industry Pulse Survey, is more fleets are acquiring new trucks by leasing and shortening their asset lifecycles before replacement – as compared to the previous year’s data of an average lifecycle of seven years.
  • In 2015, 22 percent of fleet respondents said they were operating their trucks on a three- to five-year lifecycle. This increased to 44 percent in 2016.
  • In 2015, 22 percent of the fleets traded in old equipment; 40 percent in 2016, survey data showed. Wholesaling also increased, from 28 percent to 38 percent.

“More fleets are acquiring new trucks by leasing and shortening their asset lifecycles before replacement – as compared to the previous year’s data of an average lifecycle of seven years.”

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.vehicleservicepros.com/on-the-vehicle/in-vehicle/cab-body/article/20849720/survey-shows-shift-to-adoption-of-shorter-asset-lifecycles&ct=ga&cd=CAIyHGVmMDJlZjVhMWQ2YTBkNzI6Y29tOmVuOlVTOlI&usg=AFQjCNG9sk_R4GexVQtR0IQuiVNBkZpp9w

Kenworth T880 now available in all-wheel drive

The popular construction truck is now available in all-wheel drive. Customers may select a 1-speed or 2-speed transfer case according to their needs. The company believes the new high traction drive-train will be a welcome configuration. The trucks often see heavy service in utility, construction, and municipal emergency services. The company has plans to keep cost and delivery time manageable.

Kenworth T880 now available in all-wheel drive

Cummins, Valvoline Premium Blue extend oil drain intervals by 10,000 miles

The two Purkey’s solar-energy-powered products are the Solar Bolt and Solar Dash:-

The Solar Bolt is a supplemental liftgate charging system that uses solar energy to help keep liftgate and auxiliary batteries charged.The Solar Dash is a solar-powered battery charger that was created to sit on the dashboard of a vehicle to help counter parasitic loads-especially useful when vehicles are parked for extended periods of time.
The results were proven through extensive collaborative development efforts, covering millions of miles of real-world truck testing, the company explained. In an analysis of cost savings potential.

Cummins, Valvoline Premium Blue extend oil drain intervals by 10,000 miles

Of Employees and Independent Contractors: The Ninth Circuit to Consider Where Truck Drivers Fall

What distinguishes truck drivers as independent contractors? A federal court is set to hear arguments in a class action claiming one company incorrectly used the classification to avoid paying proper wages under the law. The action in the Ninth Circuit Court should be instructive if not the final word on the complex matter which has been judged inconsistently by courts across the nations.

Key Takeaways:

  • Arizona, Senior U.S. District Judge John W. Sedwick stayed a proposed class action against Swift Transportation Co., Inc.
  • Plaintiffs alleged that Swift Transporation incorrectly classified them as independent contractors and failed to pay them proper wages.
  • The Swift Transportation case will be instructive in determining whether truckers can be treated as independent contractors as opposed to employees.

“While the Swift Transportation case will be instructive in determining whether truckers can be treated as independent contractors as opposed to employees, the lack of consistency among the circuits means that independent truckers will continue to be subject to challenge.”

http://www.topix.com/business/trucking/2017/03/of-employees-and-independent-contractors-the-ninth-circuit-to-consider-where-truck-drivers-fall?fromrss=1

Tennessee Trucking Firm Keeps Drivers Longer With Feedback Software

In an effort to keep their long haul truckers happy while away from home, a Chattanooga-based transport company turned to a software solution. Real time feedback helps pinpoint individual needs allowing the company to solve problems more quickly. A case study of the new system reveals it has reduced driver turnover last year and saved the company over a half a million dollars in hiring related costs.

Key Takeaways:

  • Southern Refrigerated Transport, one of the trucking subsidiaries of the Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Covenant Transport, prides itself on its family atmosphere.
  • According to American Trucking Associations, driver turnover in the industry among longhaul drivers is more than 100%.
  • SRT was able to cut its turnover by using a Chattanooga-based software company that helps carriers like SRT get better and faster feedback from drivers on the road.

“Southern Refrigerated Transport, one of the trucking subsidiaries of the Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Covenant Transport, prides itself on its family atmosphere.”

http://www.topix.com/business/trucking/2017/03/tennessee-trucking-firm-keeps-drivers-longer-with-feedback-software?fromrss=1

Fla. PD Upgrades Equipment After Critical Audit

Fort Meyers Florida PD, in response to an audit’s findings that the agency lacks resources, has approved vehicle equipment upgrades. It noted that officers often had to drive back to the station to file reports because there were no in-vehicle computers. To prevent officers from leaving to join other departments, 75,000 dollars will be used to buy computers, docking stations and printer to use in their vehicles, new job positions are also expected to be created.

Fla. PD Upgrades Equipment After Critical Audit

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon has Tech to Prevent Wheel Hop

The slow rollout continues. In its umpteenth teaser video for the Demon, Dodge has detailed key components it has used to protect the driveline from all the torque the car makes. One of these new features is a control module to prevent wheel hop, allowing for smoother launches on the drag stip.

Key Takeaways:

  • In its umpteenth teaser video for the Demon, Dodge has detailed key components it has used to protect the driveline from all the torque the car makes.
  • The Demon boasts an upgraded prop shaft that increases torque capacity by 15 percent, utilizing 20-percent thicker tubes, heat-treated stub-shafts, and plenty of high-strength steel.
  • To prevent wheel hop, Dodge utilizes a special Launch Assist feature. As part of the feature, wheel speed sensors look for signs of tire slipping.

“In its umpteenth teaser video for the Demon, Dodge has detailed key components it has used to protect the driveline from all the torque the car makes. One of these new features is a control module to prevent wheel hop, allowing for smoother launches on the drag stip.”

http://www.motortrend.com/news/2018-dodge-challenger-srt-demon-has-tech-to-prevent-wheel-hop/

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