Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

The Analytical Dilemma

Does “old school” detective work still have a part in fleet maintenance programs today? TMC Technical Director Jack Legler gives his answer.

Jack Legler | Technical Director, Technology & Maintenance Council
November 9, 2018
Government, Technology, Safety

Inspectors Take Nearly 5,000 CMVs Off the Road During Brake Safety Week

Brake Safety Week An officer performs an inspection during a previous Brake Safety Week. (CVSA)

Law enforcement personnel in 57 jurisdictions throughout the United States and Canada took nearly 5,000 commercial motor vehicles off the road for “critical brake violations” during a weeklong focused brake enforcement effort in September, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced Nov. 6.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 6, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Rigorous Maintenance Essential to Avoiding Brake Problems

Truck brake inspection A Maryland officer inspects a truck's brakes. Air leaks often are difficult to trace but can lead to costly out-of-service violations. (TT File Photo)

Preventive maintenance on the pneumatic system of brakes is essential to keeping Class 8 trucks on the road.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
September 21, 2018
Business, Equipment

Brake Manufacturer Knorr-Bremse Plans IPO

Bendix/Knorr-Bremse booth at MATS The Bendix booth at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Knorr-Bremse AG has opted to list shares in Frankfurt later this year after majority billionaire owner Heinz Hermann Thiele explored a range of strategic options for one of the world’s largest makers of truck and train brakes.

Christoph Rauwald and Eyk Henning | Bloomberg News
September 17, 2018
Safety, Logistics

Italy Bridge Collapse Witness Tells of Truck’s Escape

Green truck on edge of collapsed Morandi Bridge A green truck stopped just short of the edge of the collapsed Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy. (Antonio Calanni/AP)

ROME — A witness to the deadly Genoa highway bridge collapse has provided a dramatic account to Italian television SKY TG24, including a description of how a green truck stopped just short of the abyss.

Associated Press
August 15, 2018
Government, Equipment, Safety

CVSA to Conduct Brake Safety Week Sept. 16-22

Brake inspection TT file photo

Commercial vehicle inspectors will be out in force beginning Sept. 16 to conduct brake system inspections on large trucks and buses throughout the United States and Canada.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
July 3, 2018
Business, Equipment, Safety

Jacobs Launches Less Complex Engine Brake

Jacobs Vehicle Systems announced its 1.5 Stroke HPD, a new variation of the innovative high power density engine brake that the company introduced on a demonstration truck in 2016.

Transport Topics
May 18, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

CVSA Symposium Emphasizes Advances in Brake Technology

Foot on brake pedal TT file photo

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — The trouble with brakes is that so many things can go wrong. That was one of the takeaways from the first day of a two-day Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance brake symposium aiming to educate motor carriers, commercial vehicle inspectors and technicians on the latest advances and challenges in keeping brakes in good working order.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
May 16, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Blue Tree Systems Adds ‘Anticipation’ Feature

Telematics provider Blue Tree Systems released a feature that analyzes drivers’ braking habits on Brake Safety Day, an event sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

Transport Topics
September 11, 2017
Equipment, Safety, TCA

Long Downhill Grades Require Engine Braking, Experts Say

runaway truck ramp Arizona Department of Transportation

Tractor trailer drivers who crest a hill shouldn’t rely solely on brakes to slow them on the way down. Trucking experts say doing so can result in brake failure and preventable accidents, which they say are often caused by young and inexperienced drivers.

Eddie Burkhalter | The Anniston (Ala.) Star
July 13, 2017