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DOT Tries to Streamline Private Involvement in Transit Projects

The Federal Transit Administration’s newly-approved Private Investment Project Procedures (PIPP) will allow private organizations that receive federal transportation funds to request waivers or modifications to specific FTA practices or rules that may be an obstacle to private sector participation in transportation projects. The goal is to help identify what changes in FTA’s rules and operating procedures might help facilitate private sector involvement and Public Private Partnerships. While the Trump Administration will have the ability to grant these waiver requests, they cannot override the National Environmental Policy Act or any other rule laid out in Federal statutes.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Private Investment Project Procedures main goal is to help the federal government become successful in their efforts towards public transportation.
  • They will be participating in developing designs, financial structure, maintenance and operations in general.
  • Under the new procedure, public transportation systems will be able to obtain extra funding for their services, if need be.

“The DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking this that would allow public transit projects to streamline some steps in the regulatory or permit approval process if they prove that it will attract more private investors.”

Read more: https://www.constructionequipment.com/dot-tries-streamline-private-involvement-transit-projects

Ferrari Loses Testarossa Trademark in Germany

In August 2017, a German court ruled in favor of a toy manufacturing company that wanted to use the name “Testarossa” for some of its own products, in spite of the existence of a Ferrari automobile by that name. While Ferrari does still provide support to Testarossa owners, the German Court was more interested in the fact that Ferrari hasn’t manufactured a Testarossa in more than twenty years. Per German law, an unused brand will eventually lose legal protection, and that is what happened to Ferrari.

Key Takeaways:

  • In August of 2017, a German court ruled against the Italian car company Ferrari.
  • Kurt Hesse brought the lawsuit against Ferrari, to gain the right to use the iconic Testarosa name without paying a license fee.
  • A court spokesperson explained that Ferrari’s failure to keep the name in use resulted in the car company using the name rights in Germany and internationally.

“Since the Italian automaker hasn’t used the Testarossa name on a car in more than two decades, the court decided it couldn’t keep others from using it.”

Read more: https://www.motortrend.com/news/ferrari-loses-testarossa-trademark-in-germany/

FMCSA to Let Carriers Dispute Crash Fault

On August 1, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will launch a demonstration program that will allow motor carriers to dispute the FMSCA’s determination of fault in some truck crashes. The agency proposed the program two years ago. Under the program, if the agency deems a crash “preventable” and the motor carrier disagrees, the carrier can submit a request for data review (RDR). To qualify for reevaluation, a crash must have occurred on or after June 1, 2017.

Key Takeaways:

  • Starting Aug. 1, motor carriers would be able to contest truck crashes deemed “preventable” by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in order to achieve compliance and safety.
  • The agency would be accepting requests for data reviews (RDRs) from motor carriers on its DataQs national data-correction system.
  • The data collected would be used to evaluate the preventability of crashes and will be useful in making decisions about longer-term crash preventability.

“In addition, FMCSA said if it reviews a crash and determines it to be “not preventable,” it will post a notification of preliminary determination on DataQs for 30 days.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/141473/fmcsa-to-let-carriers-dispute-crash-fault

Elon Musk’s Boring Company Tests Car Elevator (W/Video)

Elon Musk, Boring Company backer, has posted a video of a car elevator the Boring Company is testing. The elevator is designed to move cars underground from street level so that they can then be transported along the company’s underground tunnel system. The Boring Company’s tunnel can carry cars, goods and people on an electric skate, at a speed of up to 125 miles per hour. Musk recently announced verbal government approval for a tunnel running between New York and Washington, D.C., although the plan has not been formally approved.

Key Takeaways:

  • Elon Musk, the backer of the Boring company, that is building a tunnel in Los Angeles, showed a video about the tunnel that was different from the first one.
  • The tunnels, which can transport cars, people and goods, can help alleviate the incessant traffic problem, helping commuters to save time.
  • Elon Musk stated on social media that the company has received government approval for a tunnel that will connect New York and Washington, D.C.

“The Boring Company plans to launch its first underground tunnel system around Los Angeles, and it’s now testing an elevator that will transport cars from the street to below ground, as evidenced by a new video.”

Read more: https://www.motortrend.com/news/elon-musks-boring-company-tests-car-elevator-wvideo/

Oil drain intervals, OEM recommendations and whether you should extend

Now that some heavy duty diesel vehicles are using advanced lubrication systems, they need fewer oil changes. Cummins engines are now able to drain and change oil every 35,000 to 50,000 miles depending on if they are X15 or X12 models. Detroit DD13 and Volvo engines can go to 60,000 miles before changing oil is recommended, International’s A26 can go up to 70,000 before a change, but check specifications. Be sure to check with your engine manufacturer as well as the oil provider for specifics because your gas mileage will be affecting by your engine’s performance.

Key Takeaways:

  • The oil drain interval (ODI) recommendations for Cummins trucks are: 5.5 to 6.5 MPG range, X15 efficiency and performance is 35,000 miles; 6-6.9 MPG range is 50,000 miles.
  • The ODI for Detroit DD13 is that the oil and filter should be changed every 35,000 miles while for long haul, the average is 60,000 annual miles.
  • To extend the oil drain interval for a truck in a fleet, it is recommended that the fleet manager should not go it alone. Involve the oil supplier.

“Manufacturer recommended oil drain intervals (ODI) are equally engineered to provide the best performance, and they’re aggressive. Check out the latest oil drain interval recommendations.”

Read more: http://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/oil-drain-intervals-oem-recommendations-and-whether-you-should-extend/

Ford Takes Action on Carbon Monoxide Concerns

Ford Motor Company is planning to cover the costs associated with fixing police interceptor cars which are reportedly having issues with carbon monoxide. It appears upon examination that some cars have unsealed holes which may have happened in after market installation of emergency lighting systems. If these holes weren’t sealed properly, the exhaust can come into the cars. Ford will be sealing the rear of the vehicles to keep exhaust from entering the cars, providing new air conditioning systems, and checking exhaust manifolds for damage.

Key Takeaways:

  • According to a Ford executive who was reacting to a report that police was pulling Ford vehicles because of carbon monoxide concerns, Ford was taking this very seriously.
  • Ford has done an investigation and discovered holes and leaks in some vehicles installed with Police equipment that were delivered by Ford.
  • Ford has stated that for every hole discovered, it will seal off the holes at the rear where discovered, and provide new air conditioning calibration systems.

“To address these concerns, Ford stated the company will cover the costs of specific repairs in every Police Interceptor Utility that may have this concern, regardless of age, mileage, or aftermarket modifications made after purchase.”

Read more: https://www.government-fleet.com/141501/ford-takes-action-on-carbon-monoxide-concerns

Cleaning Company Stocks Fleet with Police Cruisers

In the business world, one has to seize the day, and that is what the cleaning service Carpe Deim has done. She needed to grow the business, but found that most employees were not willing to drive their own vehicles or carpool in personal vehicles to jobs. This presented a problem in overall cost management and retaining personnel. While on her county’s municipal site , she saw an opportunity, a police auction. The local government was selling retired police cruisers. She bought them cheap and since they have plenty of room for personnel and supplies, she was able to expand her business, hire more people and continue to grow.

Key Takeaways:

  • One entrepreneur needed vehicles for her cleaning business and went to an auction and purchased two police vehicles.
  • Wendy Clark has been in business since 1994. Now she has 35 employees and 12 old police cars.
  • Even though the vehicles use a lot of gas, break downs are fewer and parts are cheaper.

“In order to grow her home cleaning business, Wendy Clark needed to build a vehicle fleet at a reasonable price.”

Read more: https://www.businessfleet.com/157621/cleaning-company-stocks-fleet-with-police-cruisers

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