The Quest for Peace and Quiet

Being a trucker might not seem like the most rewarding job, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a job some people choose to pursue nonetheless. And while some jobs are quieter than others, there’s always a search for quiet. When it comes to trucking, that includes the general life style — and the sounds the truck makes, as evidenced in the experimentation of different parts in “The Quest for Peace and Quiet.”

Key Takeaways:

  • Noise, Vibration & Harshness is not the name of a truck-chasing law firm.
  • NVH is something manufacturers try very hard to engineer out of their products, but it’s often like a game of whack-a-mole. Once you solve one problem, another shows up.
  • Engineers do everything possible to eliminate the obvious sources of noise and vibration – they design new cab and engine mounts, they isolate the frame and the powertrain from the cab as much as they can.

“Drivers have been known to tamper with their tractor air suspension leveling valve in the mistaken belief that lowering the ride height will produce a smoother ride. That’s generally not the case. Instead, altering the driveline angle places additional stress on the U-joints, which can instead create vibration, and may ultimately lead to a failure.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/equipment/article/story/2016/11/the-quest-for-peace-and-quiet.aspx

Dodge Dart Recalled for Windshield Wipers

Safety is the most priority ever at all levels in all fields and products , the main and most powerful way of success in any company is their honesty and respect their customers .

When a great company discover a flaw in one of their products and in a blink of an eye take the decision to correct that flaw just to avoid any danger that its customer might face is the greatest prove that this company is a leader just like when Dodge recalled specific model when they discovered that the windshield wipers might fail.

Dodge Dart Recalled for Windshield Wipers

Rockport Trucks Recalled for Stalling

It’s always a bad time when something ends up being recalled, but that bad time is always made worse when the thing being recalled is something you actually own — or something that will end up affecting you. For truck drivers and people who share the road with them, this is about Rockport trucks — which have been reported and recalled for stalling, as seen in ” Rockport Trucks Recalled for Stalling.”

Rockport Trucks Recalled for Stalling

Baylor Trucking Honors Veterans With Pay Increase

A new veterans program is being launched within the Baylor Trucking company, in order to honor their workers. The company will honor its Veterans with a $.01 per mile increase, $1 increase for local drivers and a 1% salary increase for office associates. The program also offers special trucks that are proudly wrapped in the American flag. Each Veteran will receive a special decal notating his/her service branch.

Key Takeaways:

  • Baylor Trucking has expanded its Veteran’s Recognition Program with a pay increase honoring all of those who have served.
  • The Veteran’s Recognition Program also provides veteran drivers with specially designed trucks displaying images of the U.S. flag, the Constitution, and patriotic themes.
  • Baylor Trucking itself was founded by a veteran, Chester Baylor, who started the company in 1946 with just a single truck.

“”For the sacrifices these brave men and women have made for our country, this program is another way our company can say thank you,” said Cari Baylor, president.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/story/2016/11/baylor-trucking-honors-veterans-with-pay-increase.aspx

Truckers hit hard across India

The withdrawal of currency notes of the denomination of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 brought the massive trucking industry to a halt in almost every part of India with functionaries of the All-India Motor Transport Congress estimating the numbers of stalled and idling trucks at a whopping Rs 60 lakh. Virtually all the transactions for toll fuel and the like are with Rs 500 or Rs 1,000 notes. The trucking industry is about 85 percent unorganized with a heavy emphasis on cash transactions.

Key Takeaways:

  • India’s withdrawal of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes has brought its massive trucking industry to a standstill.
  • Since early Wednesday morning, almost 90% of cargo transported across India has come to a halt.
  • The All-India Motor Transport Congress estimates the cost of these stalled and idling trucks at a whopping Rs 60 lakh.

“The withdrawal of currency notes of the denomination of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 brought the massive trucking industry to a halt in almost every part of India.”

http://www.topix.com/business/trucking/2016/11/truckers-hit-hard-across-india?fromrss=1

Isuzu Truck Recall Tied to Unintended Acceleration

Isuzu Technical Center of America is recalling 25,018 2014- to 2016-model year Isuzu NPR and NPR HD trucks and 2016-MY Chevrolet Low Cab Forward 3500 HD, 4500HD, and 4500XD trucks because of potential unintended acceleration, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Isuzu NPR and NPR HD trucks were manufactured from Aug. 26, 2013, to Nov. 11, 2016.

Key Takeaways:

  • Isuzu is recalling 25,018 2014-2016 vehicles over concerns of unintended acceleration.
  • These vehicles have an accelerator pedal that may get stuck under the steel stopper bolt, causing the pedal to remain in the full throttle position.
  • Isuzu dealers will remove and replace the defective stopper bolt with a flanged plate at no cost.

“A stuck open accelerator pedal may result in very high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop the vehicle, which could cause a crash, serious injury or death.”

http://www.businessfleet.com/channel/safety-accident-management/news/story/2016/11/isuzu-truck-recall-tied-to-unintended-acceleration.aspx?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BusinessFleet+%28Business+Fleet%29

Orange EV to Give $150K Discounts for NY Fleets

Under a new program in the state of New York, customers of the manufacturer Orange EV can save up to $150,000 per pure electric terminal truck. The discounts are being funded by the New York State Electric Vehicle – Voucher Incentive Fund, from now through December 31st. Fleet customers will receive the discount at the point of sale, afterwards it is redeemed by Orange EV.

Key Takeaways:

  • Orange EV, a manufacturer of pure electric heavy-duty trucks, announced that fleets in the state of New York can now save up to $150,000 per T-Series pure electric terminal truck.
  • Orange EV electric terminal trucks are commercially deployed and have been operating up to 24+ hours per charge at sites from single shift to 24×7 in railroad inter-modal, LTL freight, manufacturing, retail distribution, waste management, and warehouse container handling facilities.
  • Under this program, fleet customers receive a discount at the point of sale from Orange EV. After delivering purchased trucks, Orange EV redeems the voucher incentive.

“Under this program, fleet customers receive a discount at the point of sale from Orange EV. After delivering purchased trucks, Orange EV redeems the voucher incentive.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/fuel-smarts/news/story/2016/11/orange-ev-to-give-150k-discounts-for-ny-fleets.aspx

ATRI releases findings on fleet fuel economy and fuel usage

Fuel economy and fuel usage results have just been released as part of a collaboration between The American Transportation Institute, The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and ExxonMobil. They’re findings indicate that the fleet wide fuel economy sits at 6.5 miles per gallon. This is being accomplished using a wide selection of fuel saving methods.

ATRI releases findings on fleet fuel economy and fuel usage

Methods to Help Management Prevent Crashes

According to a new study, the number of reported crashes has increased 20% over the last 3 years. Measuring a driver’s telematics score through a variety of parameters such as driving speed, number of miles traveled and events to determine potentially unsafe driving behaviors. The problem is a few severely bad drivers can skewer the data very easily.

Key Takeaways:

  • Driving these costs are medical care expenses, which now outpace the Consumer Price Index, along with higher bodily injury and property damage payments.
  • Managers can score and rank drivers using parameters such as the number of events recorded in total, per driver, per set number of miles, and type of event.
  • The problem is that a few bad performers can drive up the average event rate, leaving mediocre drivers looking like excellent performers.

“Managers can score and rank drivers using parameters such as the number of events recorded in total, per driver, per set number of miles, and type of event.”

http://www.constructionequipment.com/methods-help-management-prevent-crashes?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+constructionequipment%2Fnews+%28Construction+Equipment+%7C+Breaking+News%29

Wash. City Converts Service Fleet to Propane Autogas

Ten city services trucks out of Redmond, Washington are receiving modifications to run on propane fuel. The vans are primarily used for parks, construction and water works and will be designed to have a very minor carbon footprint. The city reports say they’ve saved $1 per gallon after pursuing this effort and hope for it to serve as a role model for expanding more sustainable sources of fuel.

Key Takeaways:

  • The City of Redmond, Wash., has converted 10 of its service trucks to run on propane autogas in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint.
  • In addition to reducing its carbon footprint, the city hopes that this will serve as proof of concept for expanding propane autogas adoption across more of its fleet.
  • So far, the city has reported savings in excess of $1 per gal. compared to gasoline and a 10% annual reduction in carbon emissions from its service fleet.

“The fleet of pickup trucks and vans is primarily used for its parks, construction, and water departments.”

http://www.greenfleetmagazine.com/channel/propane/news/story/2016/11/wash-city-converts-service-fleet-to-propane-autogas.aspx

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