Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

FMCSA Seeks Comments on Vehicle Maintenance Practices

A technician checks diagnostics on a tractor's engine A technician checks diagnostics on a tractor's engine. (Old Dominion Freight Line)

Federal trucking regulators have issued a request for comments on the role that vehicle maintenance plays in motor carrier safety. The responses will be included in research that will use online surveys to obtain data to address the study’s objectives.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 4, 2018
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 | Equipment Editor
November 9, 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, Technology, Equipment

All-Electric Trucks Present Training Challenges

All-electric Class 8 tractors can present new challenges for maintenance shops, including the training of technicians, but fleets said they expect overall maintenance requirements to decrease.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
May 11, 2018

Mobile Repair Shop Dickinson Buys Fleet Enterprises

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Independent fleet management firm Dickinson Fleet Services has purchased Fleet Enterprises Inc. and its operations in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Transport Topics
May 3, 2018

Fleet Managers Need Solid Grasp of Technology as Well as Knowing How to Fix Trucks, Exec Says

Darry Stuart, CEO of DWS Fleet Management Services (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Whether part of the older or younger crowd, today’s fleet maintenance managers and executives must have skills that blend the essential, basic knowledge of fixing trucks with a solid grasp of technology and data in order to survive and thrive, an industry executive said. 

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
March 15, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Career Pathways Are Evolving

In today’s data-driven world, where much of fleet management strives to solve all of its problems strictly by the numbers, consider the following truth: Data does not fix anything.

Darry Stuart | Past General Chairman and Treasurer, Technology & Maintenance Council
March 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Maintenance Shop Management

Venezia Bulk Transport maintenance shop Rich Bohannon (right), fleet maintenance manager at Venezia Bulk Transport, checks on the progress of a technician inspecting a truck. (Venezia Bulk Transport)

With the increasing complexity of modern trucks and an even higher premium placed on drivers’ time, Glen McDonald, maintenance director at Ozark Motor Lines, knew he needed to maximize shop labor and move trucks through his fleet’s maintenance shops more ­quickly, all of which required an updated approach.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
March 9, 2018

Noregon Adds Simulation, Education Modules to JPRO Maintenance Platform

Joseph Terry/Transport Topics

ATLANTA –Noregon announced updates to its suite of maintenance technology products during a press conference here at the Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
March 7, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Tips on Truck Electrical System Maintenance

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Troubleshooting problems with a truck’s electrical system takes knowledge and experience.“Always take a systems approach when you are spec’ing and maintaining your vehicles’ electrical systems,” said Bruce Purkey, CEO of Purkey’s Electrical Consulting, which helps fleets solve their electrical system problems.

John Baxter | Special to Transport Topics
January 19, 2018