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Commercial freight transportation is a machine-based business. Highly technical equipment and advanced engineering are at the center of supply chain and require constant innovation. Transport Topics equipment coverage focuses on the machines and other physical assets that make delivery possible. It looks closely at available truck, trailer, and chassis models, developments in the engineering space, and maintenance innovations and best practices. 

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
Government, Business, Equipment

Cerberus to Acquire 70% Interest in Navistar Defense

Navistar Defense vehicle Navistar Defense

Cerberus Capital Management, an investment firm specializing in credit, private equity and real estate, will acquire 70% interest in Navistar Defense, according to a Dec. 3 press release.

Transport Topics
December 4, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment

Manufacturers Urge New Congress to ‘Start With Infrastructure’

Construction generator Caterpillar construction equipment. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers is launching a new digital ad campaign to remind Congress and the Trump administration of the bipartisan support for upgrading U.S. public works and urging them to “start with infrastructure” in 2019.

Mark Niquette | Bloomberg News
December 3, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Daimler's Mexican Division Braces for Change

Daimler Flavio Rivera by Joe Howard/Transport Topics

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico — The adoption of tougher emissions standards and the arrival of a new Mexican president are among the key changes Daimler Commercial Vehicles Mexico will face in the year ahead and beyond, company President Flavio Rivera said here.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
November 29, 2018
Business, Equipment

Average Used Class 8 Costs More in October as Sales Climb

Used Class 8 The SelecTrucks of Louisville dealership in Louisville, Ky. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The average price for a used Class 8 truck in October rose 11% year-over-year to $45,378 as buyers pushed sales 9% higher despite inventory levels that remained tight, ACT Research Co. reported.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 28, 2018
Business, Equipment, Safety, Top 100

Effective Cab Ergonomics Has Key Role in Driver Productivity, Safety and Health, Industry Experts Say

Driver behind wheel Effective cab design boosts driver comfort and performance, helps prevent injuries and reduces driver fatigue, industry experts say. (Ryder System Inc.)

Manufacturers that supply over-the-road trucks, as well as those who operate them, have something to say about their trucks’ cab design. And ergonomics plays a critical role to help enable drivers to perform efficiently.

Jim Romeo | Special to Transport Topics
November 28, 2018
Business, Equipment

Palmer Trucks Opens Parts-Only Store in Kentucky

Palmer Trucks Palmer Trucks' Indianapolis location. (Palmer Trucks via Youtube)

Palmer Trucks, a regional provider of Kenworth products, has opened a parts-only store, TRP of Northern Kentucky, in Erlanger, Ky. The store opened Nov. 19, according to a Nov. 20 press release.

Transport Topics
November 28, 2018
Business, Equipment

Penske Partners with TechForce on Technician Recruitment

A technician repairs a Class 8 truck Legacy Truck Centers Inc.

Penske Truck Leasing has partnered with TechForce Foundation on the latter’s FutureTech Success campaign, which supports the recruitment of new fleet-maintenance technicians.

Transport Topics
November 28, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Nov. 26: One More for the Road

Thanksgiving traffic 2018 Motorists were looking to get a jump on their Thanksgiving travels on Nov. 20. (CBS This Morning via YouTube)

If you don’t travel much, but you were among the millions of Americans who set out to visit loved ones this past Thanksgiving weekend, the traffic nightmare you experienced was indeed an anomaly. But there's hope. Here's a look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 26, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Fiat Said to Weigh Robotics Unit Sale for Up to $2.3 Billion

Fiat Motors Factory Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg News

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is considering options for its robotics arm, Comau, including a potential sale at a value of 1.5 billion euros to 2 billion euros ($1.7 billion to $2.3 billion), sources familiar with the matter said. The shares rose the most since July.

Bloomberg News
November 26, 2018