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
Equipment, Government, Business

IRS Proposal Could Rewrite Rules on How Certain Equipment Is Taxed

Determination of whether a truck will be used for on- or off-highway duty is central to a proposal from the Internal Revenue Service that could rewrite the rules on how certain equipment is taxed.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
June 17, 2016
Equipment, Business, Fuel

48-Volt Electrical System Could Revolutionize Heavy-Duty Trucks

Industry exhibitions of trucking technology would not be the same without trucks showcasing components, systems and features intended to hit the road in the future. Some examples of future componentry come to market quickly, others never make it into production. Meanwhile, others represent demonstrations of technology that might be integrated into Class 8 trucks decades down the road.

Phil Romba | Contributing Writer
June 17, 2016

Graves Looks Back on ATA Tenure (with video)

Graves and Bill Canary on his first day in 2003/TT file photo

Trucking will continue to face familiar infrastructure funding battles as opportunity increasingly beckons for the industry to capitalize on dramatic technological advancements, said Bill Graves. And he should know.

June 13, 2016

Graves: ATA Is Evolving With Changing Industry

Graves with 2012 NTDC drivers/John Sommers for TT

As American Trucking Associations President Bill Graves moves closer to retirement at the year’s end, he believes the federation is “doing fine” as its leadership evaluates how to adjust its focus to serve a fast-changing industry.

June 13, 2016
Editorial, Business, Autonomous

Editorial: What Goes Up . . .

In many ways, this should not be a surprise: After several years of scorching new-truck sales, the market is rapidly cooling.

June 13, 2016
Perspective, Business, Government, Safety

Opinion: Safety Is About Big Understanding, Not Big Data

Many years ago, when I was new to transportation safety, our team crafted five tenets for safety success:

June 13, 2016
Government, Business

ATA's Bob Costello: Economy to Stay Weak

Trucking should expect a generally weak economy in 2016, though the long-standing inventory glut should ease in a few months to make the freight market feel better than today’s uninspiring conditions, American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello said.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
June 13, 2016

Companies Report ‘Conflict Minerals’ Progress

Several publicly traded truck makers and industry suppliers have told federal regulators they are making progress uncovering “conflict minerals” from central Africa that might be used in their complex supply chains.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 13, 2016

DUI Case Exposes Gaps in Safety Screening

On a late afternoon in March, state troopers found truck driver Yakov Zaverukha lying on his back in a mud puddle beside his big rig that was stuck in a ditch just off Interstate 57 in central Illinois.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 13, 2016