Fran Matso Lysiak

Fran Matso Lysiak

Features Editor


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

Ultralift Power Tool for Trailer Gear Designed to Reduce Driver Injuries

UltraLift engineer Darrell Brubaker at TMC UltraLift's Brubaker displays power tool designed to raise and lower trailer landing gear. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Ultralift Technologies has a power tool for raising and lowering trailer landing gear that the company said could help reduce the number of repetitive motion injuries among truck drivers.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
March 7, 2018
Business, Equipment

Mack Trucks Touts Over-the-Air Uptime

Mack's David Pardue Mack's David Pardue by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

ATLANTA — Mack Trucks announced an expansion of its connected-vehicle services with the rollout of Mack Over The Air, which enables remote software updates for powertrain components and vehicle parameters for trucks equipped with its proprietary 2017 or newer engines.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
March 6, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Peterson Launches Intelligent Trailer System

Peterson System Pulse System by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

ATLANTA — Peterson Manufacturing Co. introduced an intelligent trailer system that the company said brings expanded connectivity and telematics capability to trailers.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
March 6, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous

Technology of Tomorrow to Be Key Topic at TMC Annual Meeting

TMC 2017 exhibit floor A view of the exhibit floor during TMC 2017 in Nashville, Tenn. This year's annual meeting will be in Atlanta. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Future advancements in the trucking industry will be at the forefront of the Technology & Maintenance Council’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition set for early next month.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
February 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Gliders, E-Axles: E&MU Looks at 'Old' and 'New'

The January/February edition of Equipment & Maintenance Update examines electric axles, one of the industry’s latest technology advancements, and glider kits, which some truck operators view as a more reliable, cost-effective option compared with trucks with new engines.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
January 19, 2018
Business, Equipment

Experts Say Fleets Should Prepare for New Lease Accounting Rules

Penske Truck TT File Photo

Fleets that lease their trucks should start preparing now for new lease accounting rules that begin taking effect for public companies at the end of next year, accounting professionals and industry experts said.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
November 20, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment

FedEx Freight’s Mark McLean Wins Third SuperTech Crown

SuperTech Grand Champion Mark McLean TMC SuperTech Grand Champion Mark McLean. (Jaclyn O'Laughlin)

ORLANDO, Fla. — FedEx Freight technician Mark McLean captured his third Grand Champion title Sept. 19 at American Trucking Associations’ Technology and Maintenance Council National Technicians Skills Competitions, most in the 13-year history of the event.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
September 19, 2017
Technology, Equipment, Safety

TMC Fall Meeting to Focus on Implementation of New Technologies

SuperTech Vos FedEx Freight Technician Vos (Jaclyn O'Laughlin)

The Technology & Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations will hold its 2017 Fall Meeting & National Technician Skills Competitions on Sept. 16-21 in Orlando, Fla.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
September 7, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Certain Insurance Coverages May Not Protect Fleets Against Cyberattack Losses, Experts Warn

TNT Express truck A TNT truck travels a highway. The company recently was hacked. (Graham Richardson/Plymouth Transit)

The cyberattack that befell FedEx Corp.’s TNT Express unit earlier this summer highlights an ever-increasing risk that many trucking fleets are up against — and which may not be insured under the typical coverages they carry, insurance industry experts say.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
August 17, 2017
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Truck Safety: Human and Equipment Factors

The intersection of the human and equipment-­related elements of truck safety is reflected in the two cover stories in this issue of Equipment & Maintenance Update.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
July 24, 2017