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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, Equipment, Safety

CVSA Petitions FMCSA to Drop Rear Underride Guard Label Requirement

FMCSA A Stoughton Trailers rear impact guard. (Joseph Terry/Transport Topics)

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has petitioned federal regulators to eliminate a requirement that manufacturer certification stickers be on truck and trailer rear underride guards.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 9, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Trailers of the Future Will Be Smarter, Lighter, More Aerodynamic

Wabash National trailer Manufacturers say the trailers of the future will be lighter, more streamlined and more connected through telematics. (Wabash National Corp.)

Dry van and refrigerated trailers will evolve over the next 10 years to become more connected, lighter, more durable and more aerodynamic than today’s equipment, executives at major trailer manufacturers said.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
April 8, 2019
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Steering, Suspension Systems Focus of 2019 CVSA Roadcheck

2019 CVSA Roadcheck A Virginia State Police officer performs a load securement inspection during a previous International Roadcheck event. (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance)

Steering and suspension systems will be the focus of the annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance International Roadcheck event June 4-6.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 5, 2019
Business, Equipment

Dana Expands Aftermarket Portfolio

Dana signage at event John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Dana Inc. announced the addition of premium aftermarket differential carrier bearing kits to its Spicer Select all-makes drivetrain portfolio.

April 5, 2019
Business, Equipment, Fuel

Diesel Prices May Increase as Cargo Industry Makes 2020 Fuel Switch, Experts Say

Diesel Prices A refinery and a pump jack in an oil field near Corpus Christi, Texas. (Eddie Seal/Bloomberg News)

The looming adoption of a mandate that will require maritime vessels to burn cleaner fuel is projected to put upward pressure on diesel prices next year, but transportation experts are more concerned about how the change will affect the supply of diesel fuel for trucks.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
April 3, 2019
Government, Business, Equipment

CARB Certification Required for Trailer Makers to Sell in California

Utility trailer on exhibit Utility trailer on exhibit at an industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

To be able to sell trailers in California beginning Jan. 1, trailer makers must certify the equipment meets the state’s greenhouse gas emission standard and be approved by the state’s Air Resources Board.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
April 3, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

20-Year-Old Technician Ryan Meppelink Prepares for International Competition

Ryan Meppelink Ryan Meppelink shows off his skills at an industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Ryan Meppelink, a 20-year-old student from Zeeland, Mich., has been fascinated with all things mechanical since he was 14.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
April 2, 2019
Technology, Equipment

MATS Truck Awards: People’s Choice, Best of Show Winners Announced

People's Choice The 2014 Kenworth W900L that won the people's choice award. (Stars and Stripes)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The most tricked-out trucks competed at the 2019 Mid-America Trucking Show, and six came away with the big prizes known as “Best of Show,” with another three winning in the dump category at an awards ceremony March 30.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
April 2, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Industry Task Force to Tackle Electric Vehicle Charging System Standard

Electric Vehicle Charging NFI's Bill Bliem. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — A task force comprising trucking and transportation industry stakeholders is set to vote on adoption of recommended standards for power cables, connections and other equipment for high-powered electric charging stations for commercial vehicles.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
April 1, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Even Tech Companies Say, ‘There Are Always Going to Be Truck Drivers’

Technology panel at the Mid-America Trucking Show Technology panel at the Mid-America Trucking Show by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Is technology in the trucking industry moving too fast for the men and women who sit behind the wheel of big rigs? That was a concern voiced by a number of truck drivers attending a March 29 session at the 2019 Mid-America Trucking Show.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 29, 2019