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Trucking Group Supports DOT for ‘Common Sense Trucking Safety Ruling’ – Material Handling & Logistics

Right now, fleet operators are told to review and comply to a list of state rest break guidelines that are often repetitive and lack common sense. Fortunately, a movement started by Elaine Chao, the Transportation Secretary, is being funded to provide truckers with common sense rules that promote safe driving. The American Trucking Associations have come forward to commend the idea driven by Chao, and related departments are eager to see how these rules will be more comprehensive and straight-forward.

Key Takeaways:

  • Chris Spear asserts that the new rules is good not only for the trucking industry, but also for the economy and Americans.
  • The ATA petitioned the DOT about rest rules stating that the rules related to driver hours harms safety, conflicts with federal rules, and is unnecessarily burdening interstate commerce.
  • Spear states that congress has been slow in enforcing the rules despite bipartisan, bicameral support despite their importance for the work and safety of truck drivers.

“The American Trucking Associations commended Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao recently for granting the Federation’s petition to pre-empt confusing and duplicative state rest break rules, asserting the federal government’s critical role in regulating interstate commerce.”

Read more: https://www.mhlnews.com/transportation-distribution/trucking-group-supports-dot-common-sense-trucking-safety-ruling

4 Critical Factors for World Class Fleet Management

If you are managing major equipment such as those in the fleet management field, there are several critical factors that you need to become familiar with. It is important to know how to stop your equipment from prematurely breaking, the art behind managing the average fleet size for your company, and knowing how to maximize your fleet utilization. Managers should also be equipped with the knowledge on how to estimate the costs that will go into their current and future projects.

Key Takeaways:

  • Many equipment-management companies are bothered about what they can do to be world class but the author states the answer can be complicated or it can be broad.
  • A world class equipment management company stops equipment from breaking. They do this by putting construction in place safely, on time, and on budget.
  • A world class equipment management company makes sure that it focuses on its operators. They have more effect on reliability and costs than other factors.

“Down events will occur, but you must reduce them to an absolute minimum.”

Read more: https://www.constructionequipment.com/4-critical-factors-world-class-fleet-management

Future Fleet Management Trends

In order to stay relevant in the fleet industry, it is important for owners of transportation companies to stay on top of current trends. Right now, the number one trend in fleet management is that the manager role has transformed into a style of tactical management that requires efficient strategy. Other trends include issues such as maintaining cyber security, the domination of telematics, and being able to successfully analyze any big data that revolves around your company.

Key Takeaways:

  • Fleets have to keep up with emerging trends in the auto industry or they might find themselves scrambling to become relevant.
  • A future trend that is expected in fleet management is the role of the fleet manager. He would have to move from being tactical to strategic management styles.
  • Vehicle sharing services are being developed which are being touted as useful alternatives to standard vehicle leasing or buying strategies.

“While certain developing technological concepts such as autonomous vehicles aren’t anything fleets need to immediately worry over, changes are happening at a rapid pace.”

Read more: https://www.businessfleet.com/321417/future-fleet-management-trends

Elements of an Effective Fleet Contract

Contract specialists and legal departments are essential in the process of establishing a successful fleet contract for your company’s transportation department. Each contract should include sections such as invoices, a summary of financial deals, and details surrounding the terms of termination. It is also imperative to include a request for information (RFI), as well as a request for proposal (RFP) so that all of your company’s fleet procedures and standards are kept from the wrong hands in the future.

Key Takeaways:

  • Fleet procurement contracts are many, including referral agreements and reseller agreements.
  • Specific service agreements can be broken down to staffing, training and legal and financial service agreements.
  • A capital lease leasing structure, which is the norm in North America, may require a master services agreement to cover fuel and maintenance.

“An effective process comes when we can engage in discussions with key procurement specialists and company stakeholders, understand supplier and negotiation strategies with vendors, and measure key performance indicators (KPIs).”

Read more: https://www.fleetfinancials.com/321539/how-to-secure-an-ideal-fleet-contract

Report: Public Agencies Should Buy Smaller, Safer Trucks

Public service and safety vehicles are involved in a larger accident rate per capita than any other vehicle. One thing that might help this is designing a better vehicle to accommodate the job it does. This is a complex matter , as first response vehicles typically carry large of heavy amounts of cargo, such as fire and waste management trucks, or must carry a wide variety of equipment and supplies, such as an ambulance and have room to work.

Key Takeaways:

  • A new report has outlined the need for public agencies to concentrate not on buying large vehicles but on buying vehicles with improved design to reduce fatalities.
  • Over the past year, overall traffic fatalities declined slightly but fatalities from large trucks increased by 9 percent.
  • Larger vehicles and trucks make it difficult for street designers to improve safety for everyone because large vehicles need wider lanes, larger turning radii, and considerable space to park.

“Large vehicles — including fire trucks, waste management vehicles, and freight trucks — count for a disproportionate, and growing, number of fatalities on U.S. streets.”

Read more: https://www.government-fleet.com/321071/report-public-agencies-should-buy-smaller-safer-trucks

How to Use the 2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon’s Electric Winch

If you’re ever faced with an emergency that requires you to tow another vehicle to a different location, then knowing how to set up your Ram’s electric winch will be a top priority. You’re going to want to connect the controller onto the plug after the anchor has been set into place. Then you can slowly retract the cable with the controller in order to get enough leverage to hook it up onto the vehicle that is in need.

Key Takeaways:

  • The power winch has been designed to be useful in the event that the truck gets stuck, or flipped over.
  • When the power winch is in operation be sure the transmission is in neutral and that someone is in the cab manning the brakes.
  • The winch has 90 feet of cable, which should never be wrapped around a tree, as it can lead to breaking.

“When finding trouble on the trail, the Power Wagon’s winch has you covered”

Read more: https://www.motortrend.com/news/how-to-use-the-2017-ram-2500-power-wagon-electric-winch/

Answers Still Vague in Horrific La Mesa Big Rig Accident

A recent accident that occurred in the city of La Mesa unfortunately ended fatally for a mother and daughter, with another young girl experiencing critical injuries. La Mesa residents are in shock when it comes to how vague the details surrounding the crash are, and they are even more flabbergasted by how poorly it was handled. The Swift Transportation company apparently didn’t even notify the proper authorities about the incident until the reporting deadline was well out of reach.

Key Takeaways:

  • In August of 2017 a big rig turned over in La Mesa, killing a mother and daughter and seriously injuring another young female child.
  • After two days of investigation, the Hughway Patrol has ruled out drugs and alcohol as incipient factors.
  • News stations sent emails to the truck company to ascertain if the driver was fired or sudpended, without any immediate reply.

“Trucking news continually updated from thousands of sources around the net.”

Read more: http://www.topix.com/business/trucking

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