Evan Lockridge

Business, Technology, Logistics

Load Boards Evolve

Perry and Hutto of Truckstop.com Truckstop.com's Perry (left) and Hutto debut the load board operator's spot-market rate forecasting service, which the company launched last fall. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

Load boards have changed a lot from their humble beginnings about 40 years ago. Long gone are written notes tacked up on truck stop bulletin boards to help drivers find freight, or using telephones at truck stop restaurant tables and paying expensive long-distance rates to get loads lined up.

Evan Lockridge | Special to Transport Topics
April 20, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Tire Inflation System Suppliers React to Regulatory Reversal

Aperia Halo Installation Aperia Technologies

While the market for automatic tire inflation systems has grown tremendously from its beginnings about 25 years ago, one regulatory factor that was expected to be a boon for adoption is now in limbo.

Evan Lockridge | Special to Transport Topics
February 12, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Automatic Inflation Tech Expands to Tractor Tires

PSI Truck Pressure Systems International

Systems that monitor tire pressure and automatically add air when needed have been available in trucking for more than 20 years. But the use of these automatic tire inflation systems, or ATIS, has been limited because they have only been able to service the tires on trailers. Now, that’s ­finally changing.

Evan Lockridge | Special to Transport Topics
February 12, 2018
Business, Equipment

Auctions Move Variety of Truck Types; More Buying Activity Shifting Online

Taylor & Martin

The used equipment sold at modern truck auctions includes much more than older models on their final legs. Today’s auctions move a wide range of equipment ages and types for a diverse set of buyers and sellers.

Evan Lockridge | Special to Transport Topics
May 22, 2017
Technology, Business

Searching for an ELD? It’s Buyer Beware

Whether a fleet already has selected a system to comply with the electronic logging device mandate or still is waiting to do so until later this year, there is no guarantee that those products will be legal for use later on.

Evan Lockridge | Special to Transport Topics
April 21, 2017
Equipment, Business

Truck Dealers Talk Challenges in Service, Uptime

Kenworth Sales Co.

While it’s no secret trucking fleets have been frustrated in recent years when it comes to getting problems with their rigs diagnosed and repaired in a timely manner, truck dealers say they are working harder than ever to improve service and uptime for their customers. But, they say, fleets need to step up to the plate as well.

Evan Lockridge | Special to Transport Topics
January 27, 2017
Technology, Business

Streamlining Tolls & Weigh Stations

Tolls and weigh stations add to the time and expense of moving freight, but technology-enabled services are helping fleets streamline these costs of doing business in trucking.

Evan Lockridge | Special to Transport Topics
November 18, 2016
Business, Equipment

In Typical Roadside Tire Emergencies, It’s Often Tire Makers to the Rescue

Michelin Americas Truck Tires

Roadside tire emergencies typically strike without warning, despite the best-laid preventive maintenance programs of fleet and maintenance managers.

Evan Lockridge | Special to Transport Topics
August 15, 2016
Equipment, Business

Gauging an Engine’s Life Expectancy Starts with B-Life Rating

TT File Photo

Engine makers are providing customers a gauge to help them determine how dependable and durable an engine is supposed to be, called a B-life rating. It’s regarded as the industry standard for measuring the life expectancy of an engine, but the figures are sometimes misunderstood.

Evan Lockridge | Special to Transport Topics
June 17, 2016

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