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Taking the Individualized Approach to Safety

Massachusetts-based company Boyle Transportation recently won the HDT Safety & Compliance award and for good reason. The company places immense value on their drivers and even refers to them as ‘professional drivers’. Boyle sets the bar high with their industry-standard safety initiatives and programs that every person in the company embraces with enthusiasm. Boyle has even been named the “Best Fleet to Drive For” several years in a row by the Truckload Carriers Association. According to transportation manager Mike Lasko, safety and security is not something that he has to ‘sell’ to staff, it’s just what Boyle does. Lasko cites himself as a source of advocacy and support for the drivers, taking a proactive approach whenever they need a helping hand.

Key Takeaways:

  • Michael Lasko first thought that the offer from Boyle Transportation to be its safety manager was “too good to be true” until he met with its managers.
  • Lasko observed that instead of treating its drivers as just drivers, everyone he spoke to at Boyle referred to them as “professional drivers” which impressed him.
  • Lasko has worked with some of the best hands at three different companies as safety manager.

“Lasko deals with challenges during his day-to-day duties, including the biggest challenge of all — creating and implementing safety programs and initiatives that everyone will not just tolerate but embrace.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/321483/taking-the-individualized-approach-to-safety

No Cab? No Driver? No Problem

Recently at Almedalsveckan Week, Swedish company Einride unveiled its new T Pod truck, the company’s first attempt at autonomous trucking. The T Pod truck measures 23-feet long and can haul up to 15 pallets of cargo in urban delivery settings. The T Pod has an all-electric design and can travel about 124 miles powered by one charge. While there is no driver in the vehicle, the T Pod is operated remotely by a human. According to Einride executives, by 2020, the company will roll out a complete network of T Pods, along with charging stations.

Key Takeaways:

  • The T Pod is an autonomous truck unveiled by a Swedish company that was launched on July 4.
  • The T Pod is the first of its kind because it was designed as a completely driverless vehicle. There is no driver compartment even.
  • To enhance its T Pod truck, the company, Einride, is planning to install a network of charging stations connecting Swedish cities by 2020.

“The company said that, initially, the T Pod can be controlled remotely by human drivers, although it is working to establish the necessary infrastructure and support elements that will eventually allow the truck to operate completely autonomously without any active human input whatsoever.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/141585/no-cab-no-driver-no-problem

Keys to Managing Fleet Safety With Telematics

A properly-deployed telematics system can provide useful insights into vehicle and driver performance, especially when there is not a full-time human safety manager. Telematics can alert you to drivers who employ potentially hazardous maneuvers like jackrabbit starts, hard braking and driving too fast. Some telematics systems prevent drivers from using phones on the road, and may even provide immediate feedback to drivers. They can also help prevent tailgating. Telematics can also provide both managers and drivers with comprehensive “scorecards” gauging each driver’s absolute and relative safety patterns, and giving both a clearer picture of how to improve.

Key Takeaways:

  • Telematic systems are a great tool for fleet companies. They provide several information including vehicle location, fuel economy and erratic driving events.
  • It has been estimated that a driver-related incident in a fleet could have disastrous consequences for the company and that is why telematics is important.
  • Some telematic systems offer alerts to the driver to curb overspeeding and inform him about erratic driving patterns.

“Measuring engine diagnostics provides another safety net, as understanding pending parts failures can stave off the potential for an on-road incident while shortening maintenance downtime.”

Read more: https://www.businessfleet.com/157559/keys-to-managing-fleet-safety-with-telematics

California Funds More Hydrogen Stations

Houston-based Equilon Enterprises, an affiliate of Shell, has just received a $16 million contract from the California Energy Commission. Equilon will be required to build three new hydrogen fueling stations in San Francisco, another pair of them in Sacramento, and one each in Walnut and in Berkeley. This new contract, approved in summer 2017, will bring the total number of hydrogen stations funded by the California Energy Commission up to 60, with 29 of those being operational.

Key Takeaways:

  • Of the seven hydrogen stations which were awarded, three will be in San Francisco, and two in Sacramento. The remaining two will be in Walnut Creek and Berkeley.
  • The grant for seven hydrogen stations was awarded to Equilon Enterprises LLC whose business name is also Shell Oil Products US.
  • The California Energy commission has so far commissioned 60 projects all over the state. Of these 60, 29 are presently in operation.

“The California Energy Commission has awarded $16 million to a Houston-based company to develop seven new hydrogen stations in the northern part of the state, according to a release.”

Read more: https://www.greenfleetmagazine.com/141739/california-funds-more-hydrogen-stations

Focus on steer axles: The importance of application and how they work with brakes and tires

Every component of a truck is directly impacted by the application associated with the truck. The context in which the truck will be used determines how to avoid overloading the axles and shapes the optimum distribution of weight. Weight, turn width, disc brake characteristics and beam drop are all crucial factors for these decisions. For example, trucks that will need to navigate narrow roads or cramped environments need higher turn angles. Higher angles reduce the need for complicated multi-point turns.

Key Takeaways:

  • Application, application, application, is the mantra on the mind of the manager of a fleet. This is because all parts of a truck are affected by its application.
  • For better maintenance and mitigating axle overload situations, the fleet manager needs to know where and how the truck will be used.
  • The steer angle that is offered by axles has to be taken into account because for specific applications, high angle capability is important.

“As for steer axle maintenance, first and foremost it’s important to keep the axle’s recommended maintenance intervals, and the warranty that’s offered with purchase, at the top of your mind.”

Read more: http://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/focus-heavy-duty-steer-axles-application-tires-brakes/

Bollinger Motors Unveils Electric Utility Truck

Bollinger Motors has released a new electric utility truck to be used for park rangers. The truck is called the B1 and was presented on July 27th in New York City. This utility truck has three hundred sixty horsepower and 472 pounds of torque per foot. The vehicle will also feature a few different options for the battery pack. It also features an encased and water-tight sealed batter compartments, meaning it can be in about three feet of water for about thirty minutes.

Key Takeaways:

  • The battery electric B1 utility truck unveiled by Bollinger motors is touted to be suited for tradespeople, construction companies and government fleets.
  • The B1 was officially launched on July 27 at a media event in New York that was held at the Classic Car Club of Manhattan.
  • The battery packs are of two types – lithium-ion battery packs of 60 KWh with a range of 120 miles or 100 KWh with a convenient range of 200 miles.

“Battery components are encased with water-tight seals, so the vehicle can be submersed in 3.3 feet of water for 30 minutes.”

Read more: https://www.worktruckonline.com/141500/bollinger-motors-unveils-electric-utility-truck

Truck Tire Replacement & Pricing Trending Upward

Tires are trending more expensive recently due to an increase in demand. Although the overall trend is up, some sectors have seen larger growth than others. The largest increase in truck tire price has been at the lower price point. The forecast for the future is that the prices are going to continue to rise. This is due to the increase in demand and also supply concerns for the future. The rising prices are in part due to increases in tariffs which get passed on to consumers.

Key Takeaways:

  • Although the market for replacement tires is thriving and strong, this is not a good thing for fleet companies as they make an impact in cost.
  • Some of the factors that are outside the control of tire manufacturers for keeping tire prices low for fleets are the possible Chinese tariff on tires.
  • The tire market is following the recorded overall strong trucking market. E-commerce has also been one of its enablers.

“Tires are one of the top three operating costs for fleets. Budgeting for this top fleet expense is tough, with everything from the economy to drivers making an impact.”

Read more: https://www.worktruckonline.com/320985/truck-tire-replacement-pricing-trending-upward

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