Volvo Trucks enters agreement with Geotab for connected vehicle services

By Team Writer / October 19, 2016

Recently there has been some insight given into Volvo trucks entering an agreement with Geotab for connected vehicle services. Recently Volvo Trucks North America announced in particular that they entered in to a memorandum of understanding with the particular telematics provider Geotab. Currently customers are not equipped with the company’s remote diagnostics telematics platform.

Key Takeaways:

  • Volvo Trucks North America has announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with telematics provider Geotab.
  • Through this MOU, Volvo customers not currently equipped with the company’s Remote Diagnostics telematics platform will have connectivity options through a partnership with Geotab, which will help connect legacy Volvo vehicles.
  • The partnership with Geotab will enable customers to make informed decisions to enhance uptime, productivity, fuel efficiency, compliance and safety.

“Volvo Trucks North America has announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with telematics provider Geotab”

http://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/volvo-trucks-geotab-connected-vehicle-services/

USA Truck Boosts Pay for Independent Contractors

By Team Writer / October 19, 2016

As part of a new incentive called the new Independent Contractor Compensation Program, USA Truck has increased pay for contractors that work independent of any company ties. Rates were originally $1.02 per mile and have now increased to $1.35 per mile under the new contract. This rate became effective on October 1. Read on to learn more!

Key Takeaways:

  • Independent contract drivers received a pay raise as part of a new program from USA Truck.
  • Independent drivers pay went from $1.02 per mile to $1.35 per mile.
  • The program also gives drivers a discount at some retail gas chains.

“The program improves mileage rates for all new independent contractors. Effective Oct. 1, rates were increased to $1.02 per mile to $1.35 per mile, depending on the length of haul.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/drivers/news/story/2016/10/usa-truck-boosts-pay-for-independent-contractors.aspx

5 Takeaways from ATA MC&E

By Team Writer / October 16, 2016

Recently the American Trucking Associations annual management conference and exhibition wrapped up in Las Vegas. There were some key particular themes involved for this conference including the we are mad as hell and we are not gonna take it anymore, muddy roads and blind curves, data is king, as well as a few others in particular.

Key Takeaways:

  • Former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card emphasized the need to unite, emphasizing the “We the people” of the constitution.
  • Everyone acknowledged that there’s a slump in truck freight and in truck sales, but no one had a clear answer for why.
  • One area many agree may serve as a stepping stone toward autonomous trucks is truck platooning, which may be happening on U.S. roads as early as next year.

“Everyone acknowledged that there’s a slump in truck freight and in truck sales, but no one had a clear answer for why. Uncertainty, in fact, ruled the day.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/blog/all-thats-trucking/story/2016/10/5-takeaways-from-ata-mc-e.aspx

NY Regulators Treat Two Uber Drivers Like Employees

By Team Writer / October 16, 2016

Two former drivers for Uber are eligible for unemployment payments, New York state regulators have ruled, finding they should be treated as employees rather than independent contractors, as the company has maintained. The decision could make it more difficult for Uber, its rival Lyft and other new businesses operating in what is known as the gig economy by raising their costs and challenging their business model.

NY Regulators Treat Two Uber Drivers Like Employees

Detroit Diesel to Pay $28.5 Million in Clean Air Act Settlement

By Team Writer / October 16, 2016

Recently there has been some insight given into Detroit Diesel having to pay twenty eight point five million dollars in the clean air act settlement. In particular this is part due to a combination of fines and funding for pollution reduction projects themselves in order to settle alleged violations of the clean air act the were not certified by the Environment Protection Agency.

Key Takeaways:

  • Detroit Diesel Corp. will pay $28.5 million, in a combination of fines and funding for pollution-reduction projects
  • The complaint also alleges that the engines did not conform to emission standards applicable to model year 2010 engines.
  • The engine maker then stored the short block engines temporarily and completed the remaining assembly in early 2010.

“This case demonstrates the critical importance of EPA’s vehicle and engine certification program to achieving the goals of the Clean Air Act.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/fleet-management/news/story/2016/10/detroit-diesel-to-pay-28-5-million-in-clean-air-act-settlement.aspx

Seven maintenance practices to preserve tire casing integrity

By Team Writer / October 15, 2016

Preserving tire casing integrity should be an integral part of an overall tire maintenance strategy. There are a number of factors to consider in order to make the correct tire choice for your needs, tire-casing including vehicle usage and tire performance characteristics such as fuel economy, durability, traction, miles to removal, safety and price—as well as casing retreadability. The following are certain factors that should be monitored daily: Maintain Proper Tire Inflation, Routine Tire Rotations, Check for Irregular Wear, Ensure Proper Bead Seating and Tire Installation, Choose The Right Tire for the Application, Total Vehicle Alignment, Removing Tires for Retreading

Key Takeaways:

  • Preserving tire casing integrity should be an integral part of an overall tire maintenance strategy.
  • Tires and wheels/rims should be thoroughly inspected on a regular basis, before each trip and daily during continuous service, with special attention to inflation pressure.
  • Also, it’s important to determine the proper tire for the service application.

“”Since tires are often the biggest operating expense after fuel, a lot of money is riding on a vehicle’s wheels…” – Gary Schroeder, director of commercial vehicle and global OEM sales for Cooper Tire and Rubber Co., assigned to the Roadmaster brand”

http://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/maintenance-practices-preserve-tire-casing-integrity/

Kia Recalls Optima for Driveshaft

By Team Writer / October 15, 2016

Kia Motors America is recalling 12,214 2016-model year Kia Optima sedans — each equipped with a 2.4L engine — because the right front axle driveshaft may crack and fail, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Kia dealers will replace the front axle driveshaft, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin Nov. 29.

Kia Recalls Optima for Driveshaft

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