How to choose the right outsource provider – Fleet Owner

By Team Writer / July 9, 2019

The author has repeatedly emphasized in his writings that fleets should learn how to manage the limited capital and human resources that they have taking into consideration the technological advancements and regulatory changes that they are faced with along with the fact that they also have driver and technician shortages. One option that is open to fleets to do this is outsourcing of the transportation function. Rather than carry out ownership of asset, a fleet can decide to lease assets. Rather than do maintenance of its vehicles, it can hire a company to carry it out for them. Also, there is the option of dedicated contract carriages that they can avail themselves of which is a trend in the operation of private fleets. Whatever the option that a fleet chooses, one thing it must make sure of is that it partners with a company that understands its needs and its operations. Some of the factors that a fleet can consider when contracting an outside company to do maintenance or provide dedicated contract carriage services would include the number of service bays that are required, number of required technicians and the technician’s certification level, as well as operating hours.

Key Takeaways:

  • You want to deal with a company that is transparent regarding their costs and earnings.
  • Other factors to consider are the number of service bays, the technicians’ training, and the company’s ability to digitally track maintenance.
  • You want to work with someone who understands your business, vision, and value and can offer you solid solutions.

“Fleets can also turn to dedicated contract carriage, an option that mimics the current operation of private fleets.”

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Under the hood of autonomous trucking in Tucson – Inside Tucson Business

By Team Writer / July 7, 2019

A record was made on August 10, 2018 when a truck without human intervention or an autonomous truck drove from Tucson to Phoenix. By June this year, it is estimated that that truck will be expanded into a fleet of 50 trucks. TuSimple is the company that is operating these semi-trucks using software and technology. The trucks will still have a human on it and this is necessary for cases of emergency although there are plans that this requirement will be shelved in the future. A spokesperson for Tusimple said that by 2020 or 2021, the trucks will go fully autonomous and they would not require a human intervention for emergency cases at all. According to the company, their ambition and mission is to bring the first self-driving truck to the industry and the market. This move they said would help to increase safety in the industry, reduce costs of transportation and labor, and also reduce their carbon emissions. But the question remains about how competitive the company will be compared to other trucking agencies in town with their new announcement. Currently, while operating the self-driving trucks, Tusimple have an engineer and a driver on board in case of emergencies although humans would be completely removed from the process in the future when customers demand it and conditions improve.

Key Takeaways:

  • A record was created on August 10, 2018 when a long haul vehicle successful made a delivery between Tucson and Phoenix without a human on it.
  • The company, TuSimple, states that their aim right now is that by 2020 all their vehicles will go fully without having any human on the vehicle.
  • The goal of the company which aligns with its mission is to reduce their carbon emission and increase safety while being the first to have a fully autonomous truck.

“These long-haul semi-trucks, operated and programmed by technology company TuSimple, still have humans onboard in case of an emergency.”

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How to ace the roadside inspection – Fleet Owner

By Team Writer / July 5, 2019

One of the facts of life for fleets is roadside inspections. Any violation of the road safety laws can mean a lot for the reputation of the fleet and can include downtime for the fleet along with having a lower road safety score. To ensure a smooth inspect for fleets, road safety officials and inspectors have outlined a number of steps that fleets need to take. One of these is that fleets should always be ready for an inspection at any time of the day and these can help prevent a lot of fatalities. An expert also tells fleets to be extra vigilant during the Roadcheck blitz that is coming up from June 4 to June 6 all across the United States and would be carried out by the commercial vehicle safety association as part of their roadcheck 2019 campaign. A spokesperson for J.B. Hunt states that they take safety as top priority at the company and they always make sure that their trucks and drivers are available for safety checks at any time and any day. They state that they coordinate with their drivers and maintenance crew to make sure that they are doing all the necessary things that they should be checking for including air leaks.

Key Takeaways:

  • Having a road inspection is one fact of life that every fleet knows and a violation can cost them dearly in terms of their reputation.
  • An expert states that for fleets not to be caught wanting in violations, fleets should always make sure they are ready for an inspection.
  • J.B. Hunt’s director of safety states that the company is always ready to train its drivers about ways in which they would make safety a priority.

“However, law enforcement and industry officials said there are steps fleets and drivers can take to ensure a smooth inspection.”

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That horse can really fly!

By Team Writer / July 3, 2019

One of the most prominent live animals that are moved on the air and this happening on an ongoing basis are horses. It is estimated that both flying domestically and internationally, in some cases they fly even more frequently than some frequent airline travelers. The author notes that thousands of horses are moved each year by air by airlines. But the question remains about why is it necessary to ship an horse by air? One of the more compelling reasons is that the horses have to participate in major races around the US and abroad as well as racehorses, shows, and exhibitions for horses including rodeo events, polo matches, mustang relocations, as well as to take advantage of changes in seasons for feeding and breeding. These reasons especially the last one account for the major regular movement of horses between US and Europe, as well as to the Gulf region. When a live animal is being transported on a plane, it is one of the most complex and complicated aspects of air cargo. There are several needs for the live animal during transportation which might include the movement of household pets, zoo animals and animals that are kept in aquariums.

Key Takeaways:

  • There are two companies that transport horses by domestic air travel in the US: FedEx and the Tex Sutton Forwarding Company.
  • International flights are more complicated due to individual country requirements for quarantines, health certificates, bloodwork, customs clearance, passports and other factors.
  • US export and import shipments of horses are valued at close to $1 billion total annually, with the UK being the largest export destination, and Germany the top country for inbound shipments.

“On this latter point, there are regular annual moves of horses at different times of year between Argentina, Florida, northern Europe and the Gulf region, and between the southern U.S. states like Florida and northern states.”

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U.S. Postal Service mail, packages are headed to Dallas by self-driving truck – Dallas News

By Team Writer / July 1, 2019

Postal mail and packages must have traveled hundreds of miles on the back of a truck before they arrive at the doorstep of the intended recipient. Now, the United States Postal Service is testing out how it could shuttle that mail and package by using trucks that do not need a human driver at the wheels. TuSimple has also announced that starting this week it will be using self-driving trucks to deliver packages from Phoenix to Dallas. This is going to be a two-week pilot that the San Diego company is carrying out in conjunction with an agency. The trucks will be making a journey that involves driving for 22 hours between delivery centers in the country and each way they are expected to make trips of more than 1,000 miles. There will be a total of five trips made by Tusimple using three trucks. There will be a human onboard though during the trip which might be a safety engineer or driver whose aim is to monitor the performance of the trucks while they are on the road. These pilot tests are among the many that are ongoing that seeks to find out how trucks being driven without human intervention could help companies cut their costs, boost fuel efficiency, and make trucking easier for people.

Key Takeaways:

  • Trucks will have to transport mail and deliveries thousands of miles and through several terrains before they arrive at the owner’s doorsteps.
  • Recently, the United States Postal Serivice announcing the idea that it is intending to shuttle mail and other deliveries through trucks that are self-driving.
  • The trucks that are part of the service will carry out a 1,000 mile journey as they strive to deliver mail in a 22-hour journey.

“Starting this week, self-driving trucks from TuSimple are driving mail from Phoenix to Dallas.”

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Beating the Blitz: Highway patrol shares inspection tips ahead of CVSA Roadcheck blitz

By Team Writer / June 29, 2019

Bobby Simmons is employed as a trooper by the Florida Highway Patrol and his work is to inspect vehicles on the road. He regularly hunches over trucks on I-10 highway and carries out a random inspection of their parts, starting with the steering tie rod which he checks for whether it has a tight fit. Then he goes on to tie rod bolts, steering arm ball joints and other moving parts to make sure they can move and work properly. Bobby Simmons used to work as a mechanic that is why his work of inspection is second nature to him. He will be among the 255 inspectors that are employed nationwide to check trucks for defects and road worthiness in this year’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck blitz that will run from June 4 to June 6. The theme of this year’s inspection is to check on steering and suspension systems. When one considers all the moving parts in a vehicle which include U-joints, gear box, Pitman arm and the rest, the key to doing a successful inspection is to know the tolerance for movement of all these parts.

Key Takeaways:

  • Bobby Simmons is an inspection official that is employed by the Florida Highway Patrol as a trooper and he carries out vehicle inspections.
  • Bobby Simmons will carry out an inspection by first grabbing a truck’s steering tie rod to check for whether it is tightly fitted.
  • A steering system has a lot of parts that are moving such as the U-joint, gear box, and Pitman arm, and the key is to know their movement tolerances.

“According to CVSA, last year’s Roadcheck blitz took 11,910 vehicles off the road for out-of-service violations in the U.S. and Canada.”

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10-4 Good Buddy: GTCC Gets Truck Driving School – The Rhino Times of Greensboro – The Rhino TImes

By Team Writer / June 27, 2019

There has been an increased demand for drivers in the area where the Guilford Technical community college (GTCC) is operating and to help fill this demand the school has started a truck driving school. The GTCC president made the announcement this week during the school’s meeting at the Cameron campus. To kickstart the school, they have procured two tractors which are not the type used for farming but of the trailer-truck type which they will use to teach students how to drive big rigs. The school expects that many persons will be interested in the program because there is a high demand for drivers of big rigs in the area. The Chairman of Guilford county board of Commissioners, Alan Branson, runs a company that is involved in trucking and he has stated that his company like many others would appreciate the program because they are in need of persons to fill their driver vacancies. He said that a lot of their present truck drivers are getting old and they need younger persons for the job. The new program being started by GTCC will help make young people to be interested in driving trucks and fill the demand in the area.

Key Takeaways:

  • A truck driving school is being started by the Guilford Technical Community College in order to help fill the rising demand for available jobs in the area.
  • Students will be trained on how they can drive big rigs and that is why the school has procured two trailer tractors for that purpose.
  • The area has been said by many persons to be one where many businesses are looking for drivers but cannot find any.

“GTCC President Randy Parker announced the new program this week at a meeting of the Guilford County Economic Development Alliance (GCEDA) at the community college’s Cameron Campus in Colfax.”

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