2018 MATS

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
March 24, 2018 11:45 AM, EDT

More Powerful Charging Systems on the Rise

Homer Hogg of TA Truck Service

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Intermittent fault codes on a truck are often rooted in the starting and charging system, as so much of the truck depends on the electrical system, experts said at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Business, Equipment

SuperFan Rick McClerkin Wins Peterbilt's 1 Millionth Truck

SuperFan winner Rick McClerkin

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Rick McClerkin has been a Peterbilt truck lover since he was a kid. Now 61, he's officially the SuperFan and has a Model 567 to prove it.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 24, 2018
Government, Technology, Equipment

New FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez Grilled by Angry Drivers in Listening Session

FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In his first official “grass roots outreach” with a room full of truck drivers — and only a month on the job as the nation’s top trucking regulator — Raymond Martinez said he hoped the session would not be “an angry event.” It was.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 23, 2018
Business, Safety

Truck Drivers' Risk for Diabetes Far Greater Than National Average

Kay Pfeiffer of TrueLifeCare

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Health education specialist Kay Pfeiffer compares diabetic professional truck drivers who are not testing their blood sugar with “driving at night without headlights — and you’re going to crash.”

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 23, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

ELDs Hot Topic at MATS as April Enforcement Ramp-Up Nears

FMCSA officials Joe DeLorenzo, Bill Mahorney

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The federal mandate of electronic logging devices has been in effect since late last year, but some truckers still have lingering questions about the finer points of the regulation as tougher enforcement nears.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
March 23, 2018
Business, Equipment

Mack Cites Comeback of Longhaul Market in 2018

Jonathan Randall of Mack Trucks

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Fleets in the longhaul segment are increasingly spurring Class 8 demand as the highway market makes a comeback, according to Mack Trucks, whose new Anthem model is aimed directly at that segment.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
March 22, 2018

BFGoodrich Launches Two All-Terrain Tires to Meet Strong Demand

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — BFGoodrich has begun production of two new all-terrain commercial truck tires aimed at the surging oil and gas, construction and logging sectors — calling the Cross Control S and Cross Control D tires its most significant innovations for commercial truck tires in nearly two decades.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
March 22, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

New Technicians Lack Skills, Fleets Find as Demand Grows

Panelists at Fleet Maintenance Forum, 2018 MATS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — More technicians will be needed soon, nearly 77,000 more by 2026. However, plenty of students are in the pipeline. But questions remain about their ability to meet real-world needs in a shop, and about how to keep them once hired, experts said.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
March 21, 2018