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Leaders at the American Trucking Associations (ATA) said Tuesday they were cautiously optimistic that the second round of the Obama administration’s greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for commercial trucks would achieve the targets set out by the administration.
And they expressed hope that the 10-year phase-in period for the regulation would not be unduly disruptive to commercial fleets and truck manufacturers.
“While today’s fuel prices are more than 50 percent lower than those we experienced in 2008, fuel is still one of the top two operating expenses for most trucking companies,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “That’s why our industry has worked closely with both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) over the past three-and-a-half years to ensure these fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards took into account the wide diversity of equipment and operations across the trucking sector.”
Since EPA and NHTSA announced the second round of standards for commercial trucks, engines and trailers in 2015, ATA has been evaluating their potential impacts on the trucking industry and has been in constant dialogue with fleets, suppliers, and manufacturers to make sure that Phase 2 could be effectively implemented.
“ATA developed and adopted a set of 15 guiding principles to serve as our major parameters for inclusion in the final rule,” said ATA Vice President and Energy and Environmental Counsel Glen Kedzie. “We are pleased that our concerns — adequate lead-time for technology development, national harmonization of standards, and flexibility for manufacturers — have been heard and included in the final rule.
“While efficiency milestones for vehicles, engines and trailers have all been slightly increased over the agencies’ initial proposal, we are encouraged that they addressed several important issues in the final rule including undertaking annual rule assessments, not accelerating compliance timelines from those originally proposed and refining emissions modeling based on industry data,” he said. “However, while the potential for real cost savings and environmental benefits under this rule are there, fleets will ultimately determine the success or failure of this rule based on their comfort level purchasing these new technologies.”
“As we have for many years through the EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership or in the discussions we had with regulators as this rule has been developed, ATA will continue to work with its members and the agencies to ensure that the objectives of this regulation are achieved,” Spear said. “For that to happen, however, the process adopted by EPA and NHTSA must remain transparent, accommodating and sensitive to the concerns of manufacturers and fleets as they are the ones who ultimately must bear the burden of complying with these new requirements.”
Shippers can now tap a new door-to-door intermodal rail service connecting the U.S. and eastern Canada, after CSX Transportation beefed up service to its one of its newest terminals outside of Montreal.
The new service should be particularly attractive to shippers moving goods from the U.S. Southeast into Canada, as capacity in connecting trucking lanes has remained tight due to the ongoing trade imbalance between the two North American Free Trade Agreement partners.
CSX’s Salaberry-de-Valleyfield terminal, which opened last summer, is the first of its kind to offer north-south service to intermodal shippers out of Montreal, railway spokeswoman Melanie Cost told JOC.com Tuesday. The terminal allows shippers to bypass longer reroutes through the Great Lakes via Toronto and Chicago with lanes connecting Montreal along the U.S. East Coast to Florida, northwest Ohio — home of a major CSX hub — and St. Louis.
The new service at Valleyfield includes third morning availability to and from Chicago, fourth morning availability to and from Atlanta and sixth morning availability into Florida. But, Cost pointed out, CSX connections to other major Class I railroads will offer access to West Coast destinations, as well.
The door-to-door transit times compare favorably with CSX’s traditional intermodal transit times from the facility. Intermodal transit times from the Valleyfield terminal to Florida terminals in Jacksonville, Winter Haven and Miami are as low as seven days; as low as six days to St. Louis; and three days to North Baltimore, Ohio.
The new service should prove an asset to shippers looking for additional capacity on northbound U.S.-Canada lanes, where truck capacity has been tight. Over the long-term, cross-border truck traffic with Canada has been inching up after falling last year.
In the first quarter of 2016, however, cross-border traffic was up 3.27 percent year-over-year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
Between 2014 and 2015, U.S.-Canada truck traffic declined 0.19 percent, or roughly 11,188 tractor-trailers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
Those gains have been lopsided, however. While a strong U.S. dollar and weak Canadian loonie has encouraged exports to the U.S., northbound shipments have been harder to find. In 2015 alone, 52,899 more trucks traveled from Canada into the U.S. than in the opposite direction.
Roadrunner to handle Sameday's U.S. shipments; Sameday to reciprocate in eastern Canada. Mississauga, Ontario-based Sameday operates out of 32 terminals in Canada. As part of the agreement, Sameday will assist Roadrunner with cross-border management services. "Our new relationship will strengthen the capabilities of both organizations as it expands Roadrunner's coverage of eastern Canada and will increase our efficiency in cross-border shipments," said Grant Crawford, president of Cudahy, Wis.-based Roadrunner's LTL operation, in a statement. As an "asset-light" provider, Roadrunner doesn't own its assets but effectively controls them in support of its operations. It generates about twice the revenue from truckload services it does from LTL.
Mississauga, Ontario-based Sameday operates out of 32 terminals in Canada. As part of the agreement, Sameday will assist Roadrunner with cross-border management services.
"Our new relationship will strengthen the capabilities of both organizations as it expands Roadrunner's coverage of eastern Canada and will increase our efficiency in cross-border shipments," said Grant Crawford, president of Cudahy, Wis.-based Roadrunner's LTL operation, in a statement.
As an "asset-light" provider, Roadrunner doesn't own its assets but effectively controls them in support of its operations. It generates about twice the revenue from truckload services it does from LTL.Source of article click here: DC Velocity
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — FTR reported today that final July trailer orders came in below expectations at 9,500 units — down 20% from June and down 55% year over year.
Dry van orders were particularly weak, with other trailer segments experiencing noticeable order declines as well. Orders have totaled 260,000 units over the past 12 months. Backlogs dropped 9% and are now 21% lower than a year ago. Trailer build was also down for the month, down 7% (per day) from June.
Don Ake, FTR vice-president of commercial vehicles, said: “July is typically the weakest order month of the year, still the orders were lower than expected. Freight has been slow to recover from the manufacturing dip and fleets do not need as many trailers as they once forecast. Many second-half orders are being cancelled or moved to 2017. This is similar to what happened previously in the Class 8 market.
“Van backlogs remain viable and there are no significant economic factors driving down the market. The trailer market is highly cyclical and July appears to be the beginning of the decline. Production usually drops somewhat in July due to increased vacation days, so it will be interesting how much the August build numbers recover, if any.”
A trucking company is offering a $10,000 reward for the return of about $150,000 of maple syrup that was stolen from a holding facility in Montreal.
Police say the sticky-fingered thieves made off with the precious commodity overnight on Sunday, using a transport truck to haul the container trailer.
About three-quarters of the world’s syrup comes from Quebec. It’s worth about 25 times the price of oil.
The 20,000 litre-batch of maple syrup was supposed to be shipped to Japan last Thursday, but Mexuscan Transport had been forced to store the shipment at the holding facility due to a delay.
Police recovered the trailer in the west Montreal borough of Saint Laurent, but the maple syrup was gone.
Alfred Monaco, vice-president of the trucking company Mexuscan, says he's offering a $10,000 reward for the return of the maple syrup because trucking insurance doesn't cover the full cost of the theft. He said his policy has a $50,000 deductible.
Although the theft could prove costly for Mexuscan, it's not the sweetest heist ever pulled off in Quebec. That distinction belongs to the massive maple syrup heist of 2011-2012, in which 2.7 million litres of the stuff were stolen from a warehouse in Quebec. The syrup was estimated to be worth $18 million.
More than a dozen individuals were later arrested in the case.
Wisconsin Kenworth recently celebrated the grand opening of its new dealership near Madison. The celebration — held at the new 75,000-square-foot dealership — drew nearly 500 customers and guests, including Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch; Mike Dozier, Kenworth general manager and Paccar vice president; and Kevin Baney, Kenworth chief engineer.
The event featured tours to showcase the leading-edge building design and pioneering approach to customer service. As part of the celebration, Wisconsin Kenworth partnered with Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin to gather contributions that will provide more than 9,500 meals to area families.
“Our new Windsor location more than doubles our capacity to service our customers in this market,” said Mike Clark, CSM Companies president. “This outstanding working environment enables our employees to deliver exceptional customer service.
“The advanced technologies we’ve incorporated — which include energy-efficient lighting, geothermal heating, Kenworth PremierCare ExpressLane service bays and advanced diagnostics — make this one of the nation’s most advanced commercial vehicle dealerships. Our new facility is a great way for us to acknowledge the importance of the Windsor community where we first opened our doors in 1978.”
The new dealership is among Wisconsin’s largest commercial truck facilities. It features a 36-bay service shop and a 23,000 square-foot parts department. “Our new Windsor facility’s parts department features an industry first – a drive-through parts pick-up area that’s covered and heated, offering our customers a fast, comfortable and convenient way to pick up parts,” Clark said. “New high-density pallet racking and storage systems have enabled us to triple the size of our parts inventory. This will result in faster turnaround on equipment repairs and more uptime for customers.
To help drivers stay productive while their truck is in the shop, the new facility’s driver’s lounge offers ultimate comfort featuring stadium recliner seating, work areas with high-speed recharge stations, and free WiFi to help drivers get caught up on paperwork or stay in touch with their families.
Other notable features incorporated into the design of the facility include:
The new Windsor dealership is at 4539 Kenworth Drive on a 21-acre site near U.S. Interstates 39, 90 and 94. The large site provides drivers plenty of room to maneuver and park their trucks and trailers.
Getting to the Canada/U.S. border in the Lower Mainland will soon be a little easier.
The Governments of Canada and British Columbia today announced a joint commitment of approximately $25.5 million to widen Highway 13 from 8th Avenue to 0 Avenue supporting border enhancements the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has recently implemented at the Aldergrove/Lynden border crossing.
The Government of Canada is committing just over $10 million through the Building Canada Fund and the B.C. government is committing $15.5 million towards the project.
This project will reduce traffic congestion, facilitate better and more streamlined Canada/United States border access for all traffic and mitigate the impact of border crossing activities on the local road system. As local development in the area continues to grow, along with growth in cross-border activity, there is a need for additional capacity at the border crossing.
In the southbound direction, the highway will be widened from one to three lanes, in order to accommodate a separate NEXUS and truck lane. These improvements on Highway 13 are expected to provide significant mobility benefits to travellers in terms of reduced wait times at the border crossing and overall delays on the corridor. These upgrades will also cut down on vehicle idling at the border, providing positive environmental benefits.
In the northbound direction, the highway will be widened from one to two lanes to accommodate a truck climbing lane. In addition, crews will build a new two-lane east-west connection at 3B Avenue, extending from Highway 13 to 264th Street.
The upcoming improvements are expected to provide mobility and safety benefits to travellers and commercial traffic by creating more room to travel and decreasing traffic congestion. Importantly, the highway upgrades will provide additional capacity at the Aldergrove/Lynden border crossing to improve movement of people and goods, and to increase tourism and trade.
The infrastructure improvement project is in the design phase now, with the tender expected in spring 2017. Construction will start once the contract has been awarded.
Expanding the capacity of our transportation network is critical to improving safety, attracting new investment and supporting economic growth. As outlined in B.C. on the Move, the B.C. government will invest approximately $1 billion over three years to ensure our network has the capacity and reliability to meet transport and trade needs, with maximum safety and minimal delays.
WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. regulators today issued a Phase 2 final rule governing greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling the rule a more “technology-forcing approach” than its Phase 1 predecessor.
Jointly developed by the EPA and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Phase 2 of the proposed U.S. standards aim to lower trucking’s CO2 emissions by about 1 billion metric tons, cut fuel costs by $170 billion, and reduce oil use by up to 1.8 billion barrels over the lifetime of the vehicles under the program, all by 2027.
The changes will be implemented in three stages through 2027, which is the target year for improving tractor fuel efficiency and cutting CO2 emissions, both by 25%. Trailers are also part of the Phase 2 focus, with the EPA expecting the industry to find fuel and emissions improvement somewhere between 3% to 9% by 2027.
The EPA states that tractor efficiencies will primarily be found through technologies around the engine, transmission, driveline, aerodynamics, tire-rolling resistance and idle performance. For trailers, the agency says the industry should be considering low-rolling resistance tires and tire pressure systems for most trailers, plus weight reduction and aerodynamic improvements such as side and rear fairings and gap closing devices.
The EPA notes that most of these technological enhancements currently have a low adoption rate in the industry.
Glen Kedzie, American Trucking Associations vice president and counsel for energy and the environment, responded that “while the potential for real cost savings and environmental benefits under this rule are there – fleets will ultimately determine the success or failure of this rule based on their comfort level purchasing these new technologies.”
The U.S. Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA) responded to the Phase 2 rule by calling it a "significantly more ambitious and complex regulatory program with increasingly challenging and more stringent requirements" than Phase 1. The association announced that it's currently reviewing the Phase 2 rule to determine if it aligns with manufacturers’ efforts and customer needs. "If not," states EMA president Jed Mandel, "the Phase 2 program would impose enormous costs on our customers, constrain customer choice, and, as a result, impose significant challenges to its successful implementation.”
The ATA says it hopes the 10-year phase-in period for the newly-approved regulations will not be “unduly disruptive” to fleets and manufacturers.
“ATA developed and adopted a set of 15 guiding principles to serve as our major parameters for inclusion in the final rule," announced Glen Kedzie ATA vice president and counsel for energy and the environment. "We are pleased that our concerns such as adequate lead-time for technology development, national harmonization of standards, and flexibility for manufacturers have been heard and included in the final rule,” added Kedzie.
The ATA also noted that while today's fuel prices are more than 50% lower than 2008 levels, fuel is still one of the top two operating expenses for most trucking companies. Despite fuel savings from technological enhancements, the EPA estimates that Phase 2 could cost the industry more than $25 billion in upfront costs to buy more fuel-efficient vehicles.
ELYRIA, OH – Bendix has unveiled a no-cost permanent remedy to repair Bendix SR-5 trailer spring brake valves included in a voluntary safety recall campaign.
Vehicle owners can work through Original Equipment Manufacturers or an authorized Bendix parts outlet to obtain the related repair kit, depending on how each manufacturer elects to administer the recall.
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on May 10 about the recall for the valves that are both sold outright and included in Antilock Braking System (ABS) kits for trailers.
The recall covers about 200,000 Bendix SR-5 trailer spring brake valves produced between January 1, 2014 and March 4, 2016, including those sold in Canada.
“Under a combination of a unique set of circumstances, it is possible (though not probable) for an internal leakage to develop in the SR-5 unit, resulting in slow-to-apply spring brakes when parking the trailer. The leak is heard or observed at the supply (red) gladhand when uncoupled from the tractor – or, if coupled, from the exhaust of the park control valve,” Bendix reports.
Sometimes life allows us to reunite with a long-lost friend.
Sometimes life allows us to reunite with a long-lost friend.
Some of those reunions are with people or animals. In Jerry Whittmore’s story, his reunion was with a truck.
Whittmore bought the custom Peterbuilt truck in 1991 when he was 21 years old.
“I was the youngest driver for National Carriers out of Kansas at the time,” Whittmore said. “So I bought this truck, and had it custom built for me.”
After a while, Whittmore said he sold it to his dad, Vernon Whittmore, who drove it for a few years before he sold it to someone outside the family, and they thought that was the end of that particular chapter with he and his first Peterbuilt.
“When dad sold it, I never gave it much thought,” Whittmore said. “We just moved on with life like you do, and that was that.”
Fast forward to 2014. One day Whittmore’s 15-year old son, Jeron, was looking through some old photo albums and asked his dad whatever happened to his first truck.
“All he would say was he sold it to my granddad, and then he sold it,” Jeron Whittmore said. “Back then you really couldn’t track a vehicle as easily as you can today.”
Jeron said he couldn’t let go of the thought of that truck, and after he got the last six numbers off of the cab in the old pictures, he contacted Peterbuilt, which helped him with the rest of the vehicle identification number and then it was on to the Internet.
“I got on one of those car tracking websites,” Jeron said.
Five or six owners later, he found his dad’s first truck in Texas.
“I called the guy numerous times,” Jeron said. “He wasn’t even sure if he still owned it or not, because he had just sold a bunch of equipment before I tracked him down.”
He finally got back with Jeron, but didn’t want to sell it because they were still using it. After Jeron explained the story behind the truck and wanting to buy it, the owner finally agreed to sell the truck back to the Whittmores.
“Jeron came into me one morning and said we needed to make a trip to Texas, Jerry said. “I asked him why, and he told me we were going to pick up my old truck. I couldn’t believe this 15-year old kid did all of this.”
After they got to Texas, to their surprise the truck was still drivable, given the condition they found it.
“The truck had 2.6 million miles on it,” Jerry said. “The truck was completely trashed inside and out. It had barn paint on the outside, and we still were able to drive it the 600 miles back home.”
After getting it home, the truck became a community project, Jerry said.
A semi-trailer truck caught fire and flames spread to a toll plaza on the Indiana Toll Road near Portage on Aug. 10, 2016. (Credit: CBS)
A semi-trailer truck caught fire at a toll booth on the Indiana Toll Road near Portage on Wednesday, setting the toll plaza on fire, and forcing police to shut down the toll road for part of the morning rush.
Indiana State Police said a truck stopped under the awning of a toll plaza near Portage caught fire around 6 a.m.
Flames spread to the toll plaza itself, prompting police to shut down the Toll Road in both directions.
All westbound lanes have since reopened, and police expected three eastbound lanes to reopen around 9:45 a.m., but the remaining lanes will remain closed for a structural analysis of the damaged canopy.
No injuries were reported, but the fire caused an estimated $1 million in damage to the truck and toll plaza. The cause of the fire was under investigation.
The truck was carrying a load of potatoes and apples, police said.
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