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Government, Business, Safety

Jeff Denham, Sam Graves, Derek Kan to Headline Ripon Panel

Ripon Panel Graves (left) and Denham both spoke at the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors meeting May 16. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

Two top transportation authorizers in the U.S. House and a senior official at the U.S. Department of Transportation are scheduled to headline a discussion about the future of the country’s infrastructure at the Ripon Society on Sept. 27.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 21, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Technician Shortage Spurs Fleets to Outsource More Work

Technician shortage (Shell Lubricants)

The truck technician shortage is causing some fleets to outsource more of their repair and maintenance work to dealerships.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
September 21, 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, Safety

Not Your Typical Repairs

Typical Repairs Technicians can use remote programming kits from Diesel Laptops to work on a wide variety of equipment. (Diesel Laptops)

Most of the work maintenance shops do is repetitive, but sometimes a unique problem can arise, and finding the solution can be a time-consuming process.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
September 21, 2018
Business, Equipment, Safety

Liftgates Versus Ramps

Driver using a liftgate Anthony Liftgates Inc.

Liftgates, once beset with maintenance and power problems, largely have overcome those issues and are being used to help deliver more freight faster while preventing driver injuries, industry experts said.

Susan L. Hodges | Special to Transport Topics
September 21, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous

Electrification, Technology Take Center Stage at IAA 2018

IAA 2018 The Daimler display at IAA features everything from highway tractors to medium- and light-duty trucks and vans. (Joe Howard/Transport Topics)

HANOVER, Germany — The global truck manufacturers and suppliers exhibiting here at the massive IAA Commercial Vehicles show expressed a broadly shared vision that connectivity, automated driving and electric power are the dominant trends that will mold the future of commercial vehicles.

Joe Howard and Seth Clevenger | Staff Reporters
September 20, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

PHMSA Exempts Hazmat, Secure-Cargo Carriers From California Rest Rule

Hazardous materials placards FMCSA

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has pre-empted motor carriers hauling hazardous materials, explosives and security-sensitive cargo from California’s meal-and-rest-break requirements.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
September 20, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Officers Issue 57,405 Citations, 87,907 Warnings During Operation Safe Driver Week

Operation Safe Driver Week Enforcement during a past Operation Safe Driver Week. (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance)

Commercial motor vehicle enforcement officers patrolling U.S. and Canadian highways issued more than 57,000 citations and nearly 88,000 warnings for unsafe driving behaviors during 2018 Operation Safe Driver Week, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance reported Sept. 19.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
September 19, 2018
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

ASCE Gives California's Kern County C on Infrastructure

Kern County An aerial view of Bakersfield, a city in Kern County. (Adam Reeder/Flickr)

Kern County, California’s third largest by surface area, has earned an overall C on an infrastructure report card developed by the region’s American Society of Civil Engineers division.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 19, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

Large Ocean Vessels Create Challenges for Shippers

Large Ocean Vessels A ship at the Port of Long Beach. (Mindy Long)

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Ports throughout the United States are prepared to accept megaships carrying 18,000 TEUs or more, but while the larger vessels create efficiencies for maritime providers, they take more time to unload and can create bottlenecks for those at the port and the drivers hauling the loads. 

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
September 19, 2018

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