Fran Matso Lysiak

Fran Matso Lysiak

Features Editor

@franmatsolysiak

Fran has been an editor or reporter for more than 20 years. Before arriving at Transport Topics, she covered regional business news, legal news and she covered the insurance industry for nearly 13 years.


Business, Equipment

Avoid the Dreaded 'D' Word

Problems with engine exhaust aftertreatment systems have been near the top of the trucking maintenance list in recent years. Those components are often a key cause of the dreaded “D” word: downtime.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
April 26, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous

New TMC Chairman Kenneth Calhoun Aims to Bolster Technician Recruiting, Training

Kenneth Calhoun Calhoun has about 30 years of experience in the trucking industry. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Advancing the Technology & Maintenance Council’s efforts to address the trucking industry’s technician shortage and enhancing education and training for entry-level workers are among the top priorities for Kenneth Calhoun, the council’s new general chairman and treasurer.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
March 21, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Michelin Introduces Agilis CrossClimate Tire for Light Trucks, Commercial Delivery Vans

CrossClimate Murphy (Joe Terry/Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Michelin North America Inc. introduced an all-season, heavy-duty tire for light trucks and delivery vans geared to small business owners and commercial fleets.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
March 18, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

FlowBelow Tractor AeroKit to Be Offered on International Trucks

AeroKit Virginski (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — FlowBelow Aero announced that its Tractor AeroKit system will be offered as a factory-installed option on a fuel-efficiency package on International LT Series trucks starting this spring and also that it is looking to expand its presence in the trailer market.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
March 17, 2019
Business, Equipment

P.S.I. Announces Latest Tire Management Product TireView

TireView Sharkey (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Pressure Systems International announced a new tire pressure monitoring system for trucks, tractors and trailers at American Trucking Associations’ 2019 Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting March 17.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
March 17, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics

TMC Annual Meeting Goes ‘Beyond the Frontier of Maintenance’

ATA Share the Road truck at TMC 2018 The ATA Share The Road Truck at TMC 2018. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The evolution of trucks and truck maintenance is apparent in key highlights on the agenda for the upcoming annual meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
March 14, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Keeping an Eye on Truck Parts and Safety

The new year has arrived, and so has this first-quarter 2019 issue of Equipment & Maintenance Update. The two cover stories of this E&MU reflect in-depth features on timely issues and news developments that likely are to be of interest to those operating in the realm of trucking equipment and maintenance.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
January 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Tinkering Toward Improved Truck Safety Technology

Advances in technology are happening everyday and trucking is staying on top of the developments, Fran Matso Lysiak writes.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
November 9, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Like Motor Carriers, Truck Insurers Await Changes to Federal CSA Program

Officers perform a roadside inspection Officers perform a roadside inspection. There's more data than ever on carriers' operations, insurance experts say. (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)

With potentially big changes coming to the federal Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, insurance companies are hoping for a better way to identify unsafe motor carriers in an environment where insurers may be paying out much higher claims under the current system while some carriers are battling skyrocketing premiums.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
October 17, 2018

The Dog Days of Maintenance and Emissions Alphabet Soup

Dog in red truck Shutterstock

Canines and cats make great ride-long partners for some Class 8 truck drivers, but sometimes shedding pets can contribute to maintenance issues.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
September 21, 2018

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