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Speed limiters aim to save $1 billion in fuel costs annually

Because of speeding accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are proposing changes. To control the number of accidents from those speeding on the highways, vehicles that are over 13 tons, (travel buses, school buses, and trucks) will possibly be limited in such a way as to only drive up to certain speeds. These alterations are for the service life of these multi-passenger vehicles. With these measures put into place, the number of accidents will hopefully be greatly reduced. Express your thoughts at regulations.gov.

Key Takeaways:

  • NHTSA and FMCSA are proposing regulations that would require vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 26,000 lbs. to be equipped with a speed limiting device initially set to a speed to be specified in a final rule.
  • Motor carriers operating commercial vehicles in interstate commerce would be responsible for maintaining the speed limiting devices at or below the designated speed for the service life of the vehicle under the proposal.
  • FMCSA is proposing a complementary Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation requiring each commercial motor vehicle with a GVWR of more than 26,000 lbs. to be equipped with a speed-limiting device meeting the requirements of the proposed FMVSS applicable to the vehicle at the time of manufacture.

“Motor carriers operating commercial vehicles in interstate commerce would be responsible for maintaining the speed limiting devices at or below the designated speed for the service life of the vehicle under the proposal.”

http://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/heavy-duty-truck-speed-limiters-saving-fuel-costs/

Lincoln Continental Hits West Coast, Livery Style

Many people are excited about the introduction of the new Lincoln Continental liverly sedan. Father and son Ron Stein and Brandon Stein both pruchased a black-on-black Lincoln continental sedan, and plan to purchase 20 sedans for their business. The new 2017 sedan features new designs, and is an upgrade from the old Lincoln. The car is very expensive; it costs $48,000. Even though it is less than luxury vehicles, it is more expensive that the old Lincoln town car.

Lincoln Continental Hits West Coast, Livery Style

Climbing the Data Mountain

Rolf Lockwood discussed how knowing how to manage data is necessary for a successful maintenance of a truck fleet in 2016. He recently spoke at the Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit in Toronto. One of the biggest challenges is going through all the data to find hidden information. Knowing where to aim your attention is the secret to success on the data mountain. He also advised others to focus on the money made from the warranties recoveries.

Climbing the Data Mountain

Trailer Aerodynamics Not Overly Popular, Study Shows

Gas mileage. How important is it for truckers? A recent study of the top 17 companies hauling across the states and Canada found that most are not taking aerodynamic measures to maximize their gas consumption. Unfortunately many companies although aware of the possible cost savings have chosen not to add aerodynamic skirts and other props to save fuel because in the past gas has been low enough that the cost savings does not pay for itself. Currently their is a 21% adoption rate for truck aerodynamics. This should increase as the greenhouse gas rules come into phase 2.

Key Takeaways:

  • Peterbuilt released results of a study showing a 1.5 mpg savings when applying trailer aerodynamics
  • It took more than 20 years for the technology to gain wide acceptance
  • Trailer aerodynamics is still the least accepted fuel-saving technique

“While the 21% adoption rate for trailer aerodynamics is still relatively low, it will no doubt increase because trailers are a major focus of the federal Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas rules released last month.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/blog/trailer-talk/story/2016/09/trailer-aerodynamics-not-overly-popular-study-shows.aspx

3 Things to be Ready for in a Coercion Complaint Investigation

The author has written this article hoping to target a specific audience, semi-truck drivers. The article starts out by describing a few changes in the way the FMCSA reacts to coercion complaints and then gives the top 3 steps to help you get ready for the process, the top tip is ensuring that your E-log settings are up to date with the federal standard requirements.

Key Takeaways:

  • The driver coercion rule that went into effect earlier this year has changed the focus for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: It has caused them to move complaints from the bottom of their list to the top.
  • Just because your CSA scores are good doesn’t mean you can let your guard down. Fleets need to remain focused on having the processes and procedures in place to ensure they are compliant.
  • Simply having a good CSA score does not mean you are off the hook. Make sure your AOBRDs and ELDs line up to ensure you remain compliant.

“Banking laws require that the time of transaction be recorded for fuel purchases. If your report does not have the time recorded, you need to contact your supplier and make sure your reports have this information (otherwise FMCSA will certainly do it for you when they come in.)”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/safety-compliance/article/story/2016/09/3-things-to-be-ready-for-in-a-coercion-complaint-investigation.aspx

OWL Detects Overhead Obstacles for Oversize Loads

For all of you who drive big rigs or call any oversized cargo this new system is for you. The new Overhead Wire Laser-Detector, or OWL, is magnetically mounted to the top of a rig and can notify the driver/operator of any overhanging obstacles that could damage the vehicle or cargo. The OWL takes up to 32 measurements across the road 10 times per second and can be related to the driver/operator. It will also show obstacles in real time if going 25 miles per hour or less.

OWL Detects Overhead Obstacles for Oversize Loads

NHTSA Vehicle Research and Test Center Director to Address Fleet Technology Expo

At this year’s Fleet Technology Expo Mr. Tim Johnson, director of NHTSA’s Vehicle Research and Test Center, will be on hand will be there to speak about new technologies for automobiles. This will be an exciting Expo to attend and learn about new technologies that drive how we produce our automobiles today. Topics will include cTim Johnson, director of NHTSA’s Vehicle Research and Test Center, will be on hand at this year’s Fleet Technology Expo at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill., to open the event on Tuesday, October 18. Topics of interest will include camera based crash avoidance systems, radar, and even autonomous vehicles. This year’s Fleet Technology Expo will be held the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill., and is scheduled to commence o October 18.

NHTSA Vehicle Research and Test Center Director to Address Fleet Technology Expo

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