Higher fuel-efficiency and lower emission for cars are known to the world for about a half century. However, semi-trucks or trucks have always been incognito to the global emissions.
The information in the Green Card Report notes that the US, China as the European Union is responsible for one-fifth of the global oil. In other words, 17 million pipe of oil is used per day.
It also notes that there are just four countries who have a rule for energy efficiency for semi-trucks. Whether the U.S. is one of them, is not stated. On the other hand the U.S. in particular has made a lot of progress in reducing GHG and emissions.
By reducing the emission, request for oil and air population you can boost the effectiveness of trucks over decades, says the IEA report, ‘’The Future of Trucks: Implications for energy and the environment.’’ It notes that by 2025 globally the energy use in road freight can be condensed by 50% and emissions by 75%. The most important areas that need improvement are:
In the U.S. many fleets use the first two recommendations because there is a return on investment in saving on oil. Both, California Air Resources Board as the federal government have agreed to push Number 2 with emissions regulations and greenhouse gas.
Because of the ROI the third item, alternative fuels, is difficult to achieve. However, for some fleets, it really does make sense. The administration is doing the best to cut regulations, however some of the technology still will make a part of the global trend. Changing the vehicles to all hybrid or electric will be one of the solutions. France just announced that by 2024 all the vehicles will be changed to hybrid and electric vehicles.
It is important that the trucking companies in the U.S continue to raise the bar as high as possible on fuel economy. Keep your eyes open for changes, they may be coming soon.
DAC Services is a type of information system which is providing a complete background of drivers. The information includes MVR reports, credit reports,employment history, results of previous drug and alcohol tests and criminal records. They also report workmen’s comp and disability claims. Everything that is on your DAC report will affect your career and employment opportunities. It is important to know what DAC is, and what your DAC report says about you.
Consumer credit checks, in many other industries, are a standard part of a company’s pre-hireprocess. In the trucking industry, there is the DAC report. That notorious handful of papers filled with your personal information being used against you in the court of trucking industry opinion.
A driver does have certain rights when it comes to their DAC report. If you lose a job due to information on your DAC report, upon your request (at no charge) you must be provided with a copy of the report. DAC reports, like credit reports should be regularly reviewed by the driver for mistakes and misinformation. Knowing what is on your DAC report and making sure the information is correct can be the difference between getting a job and not.
The following information is usually included, for each of your previous employers:
As a driver you have many rights when it comes to your DAC report and the information that it contains. A driver has a right know who has accessed their DAC reports for the last two years. Drivers can also dispute any item on the report. Drivers may dispute any allegations on your DAC report within 30 days. Information that cannot be verified by the reporting motor carrier must be corrected or removed within 5 days of the conclusion of the investigation. It is up to the driver to provide a copy of the corrected report. If a disputed report is not found to be incorrect or the carrier chooses to stick by their report the driver has a right to rebut the information. All rebuttals will be permanent parts of the driver’s DAC reports. When you rebut a report or challenge a report it is important that you provide any and all official documents you can. Police report case numbers, witnesses and any memos you may have received concerning the incident from the carrier can all be helpful.
It’s very important that you regularly check your DAC report. Even with all the checks and steps being taken to ensure that the information on a DAC report is correct, you are the best person to know what is correct and what is a mistake regarding your personal record and information.
Heads Up Californians!
While driving on the freeway, the little bumps that make your car go thump, ya those little guys have reached the end of their road.
They have been at our service for over a half century. Elbert Botts developed this safety device in his lab in Sacramento. A popular referral to these devices was a loyal dog because of how long they serviced California. A half century later, they will be relived of duty by the end of this year. These white ceramic dots are losing their purpose in our new more innovative society. If once they were an amazing invention, nowadays they do not serve the same purpose with today’s driverless cars, lane departure warning systems, and many other computerized programs that assist drivers.
Although automated vehicles can be taught to “see” a variety of lane markings, including dots, federal officials and the vehicle industry say they want more uniformity nationally on lane lines.
Given that few states outside of California still employ the original cookie-shaped ceramic Botts Dot, the writing is on the wall.
The iconic Botts Dot could be retired later this year.
Innovative cars aren’t the only reason for the end of the dot era. The dots, which are normally glued to the roads in rows of four, break loose too frequently under heavier truck traffic. Caltrans officials say it is dangerous for maintenance crews to keep replacing them amid speeding freeway traffic. It also is costing too much.
Officials cited the state’s aging population as another factor. The baby boom generation is now turning 70. Officials said reflective thermoplastic lines and newer reflective plastic markers are more visible to older eyes. Although white and ceramic, Botts Dots are not considered reflective. The thermoplastic lane lines, a material used by Caltrans and other states that looks at a glance like paint, but is thick like cake icing, and is reflective and more durable than paint.
The dots already have largely been removed in some areas of the state. Caltrans has largely gotten rid of Botts Dots on Sacramento Valley highways in favor of reflective striping materials.
Furthermore, Sacramento city and county also replaced Botts Dots a few years back on surface streets in favor of plastic “paint” and reflective markers, although you can still occasionally see a few leftover Botts Dots stubbornly sticking to the pavement in various spots.
Now days every industry on the planet uses big data. Due to internet and computer technology, we can assemble data faster than ever before.
We live in a world increasingly driven by data. Big data is a technical term that shows all of the information collected about you and every other driver. This information, such as driving history and drug test results, assembled and analyzed to look for patterns. With all these, data analysts can try to prevent accidents or other problems. It’s simply much easier to use big data than it is to independently interview and monitor every single trucker to get this information.
The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) have been working on ways to collect and analyze data for a while now. One such project is the FMCSA driver drug and alcohol testing clearinghouse, which will be one massive database where all screening results are collected. They was recently put into action, therefore it will take some time before we can learn anything from this big data.
E-log books will be the kick starter of the big data gathering campaign. Due to e-logs, the trucking industry will have all kinds of data to play with.
The CSA system is one of the top ways that the FMCSA analyzes big data in the trucking industry. As the CSA stands now there are too many circumstances, mainly the accessibility of scores and lack of transparency for those who are getting scored, that prevent the scorecard from being a good source for big data. If the FMCSA could correct some of the validation points, such as offering more transparency for incident reports, this has the potential for being a major source of data for trucking. Hopefully this is one of the situations being addressed by the new Presidential administration.
The main reason for gathering big data is to use this information to understand a large group of people in a short amount of time. While it is not possible, for example, to ride along with every truck driver in the US all day long, we can use data points from different drivers to help gain an overall perspective of truck drivers. This is sampling, and it’s the same thing that is used for surveys and other data gathering techniques.
Many factors come in to play when determining the cost to ship your car.
More miles mean more expensive shipping service, in general. Quite often automobiles that need to be transported to a small rural town cost more to ship just because the vehicle is located at an isolated area away from a major highway. But the distance is not always the decisive factor. A vehicle shipping from a major city such as Los Angeles to a major city such as New York will cost less to transport than a vehicle going to a small remote town in Tennessee state. Every time you need to ship a car from or to a remote area it may cost more to transport if it is away from a major highway.
Smaller vehicles would cost less to ship a car, while bigger and heavier automobiles will cost more. Therefore, the price of transporting a car across the country will change based on the direction you are going.
The condition of the car
The condition of the car also influences the price greatly. A non-running vehicle will cost more to transport than one in a running condition. It Is always a good idea to request a few car shipping quotes and compare.
In most cases modifications mean that the usual weight and size will change and thus the price to transport the vehicle. Modifications affect the carrier’s total weight of the trailer and this is a reason why the price to ship the vehicle goes up.
Open and enclosed type of transport
Open auto transport is less expensive and is requested the most by private customers and auto dealerships. Enclosed auto transport is the preferred method for sports, luxury, and classic cars because enclosed trailers offer more protection to the vehicle and it’s more expensive than open.
Seasonality affects the price for shipping vehicle. For example, shipping a car to some of the warmer states such as Florida, Arizona and Texas could get more expensive during the snowbird season every spring and winter. For example, you need to transport a car from New York to Arizona, the prices will go up in the winter.
The current price of the fuel
Nowadays the quickly changing gas prices affect the auto transport prices. This is a factor we should not forget about.
Taking all these factors on the consideration, our company is best able to offer you the most affordable price in the industry. Give AM PM Auto Transport a call for a free quote at (877) 241-2676.
In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in crashes related to distracted driving according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Another study by GPSSystems.net, revealed that under inflated tires are a contributing factor in more than 20 percent of accidents. These kinds of accidents are especially tragic because they could have easily been avoided.
If we really want to make a difference, it’s important we give our support and teach safe driving habits. Here are few tips for drivers, that can help prevent distracted driving:
Many accidents happen because the driver is too exhausted. Try to move away from the road to be safe if you feel even a little sleepy and wont be able to reach your destination.
Many drivers have a habit of making calls while driving, the others play with the radio or their music player while driving. Do these things before you drive in order to be safe on the road. Multi-tasking should be kept outside of the car.
If you are eating while driving is a distraction itself, if your food spills, it becomes a distraction to the power of two. It is best to be safe and keep away from eating anything while driving.
Making or receiving calls or texting can divert a drivers attention. Cell phones should only be used in case of emergency. So the driver should pull over to a safe area and then make a call.
5. Knowing better all the features in your car
It is important that before you drive a car, you know how to use its features. You must know how to turn on the wipers, air conditioner, or music without taking your eyes of the road.
Most companies can offer their drivers the following tips which can assist their drivers steer away from distracted driving:
The Truckload Carriers Association restated its support of the current five-axle, 80,000-pound federal gross vehicle weight limit for trucks. This was stated in an April 5 letter to the leaders of both the Senate Committee on Appropriations and the House Committee on Appropriations.
TCA President John Lyboldt wrote to the lawmakers saying that the association and its trucking company members are “concerned about allowing freight-shipping trucks to carry a maximum of 91,000 pounds with the addition of a 6th axle, up from the current 80,000 pounds standard.”
While recognizing that this idea is an effort to improve the trucking industry, he mentioned that “it clearly would only benefit a minority of carriers, while forcing the rest of the industry either to divert critical resources into these new configurations or risk becoming obsolete.”
Furthermore, that is often the best argument put up by truckload carriers that are against mitigating federal rules to allow 33-foot-long “turnpike” double trailers to operate on Interstate and other highways— despite state laws.
TCA was one of the groups that lobbied Congress successfully to keep a measure allowing twin 33s from being passed in 2015.
About a year ago, the TCA was not open to changing it’s mind aboutthe two policy position it has been supporting since 2011. This policy called for increasing the weight limits in trucks by allowing a five-axle, 88,000 pound weight limit or six-axle, 91,000 pound limit.
The letter stated a detailed explanation of TCA’s worry that changing the weight limit via a 6th axles would increase both capital and operating costs for truckload carriers. This would also not allow them to redeem those costs through rate adjustments.
“Truckload’s shift from 48’ trailers to 53’ trailers was exactly this issue, only in reverse,” he pointed out, offering a history lesson. “Shippers who filled trailers by volume before maximizing the allowable weight put pressure on industry to move to 53’ trailers. Like the proposal today, there were pilot programs prior to it being legalized across the nation. Only half of the loads cubed out before they weighed out, yet the entire industry was forced to move.”
Lyboldt stated that while “the market demands ultimate flexibility from general freight haulers, those who cannot provide the service simply disappear. As has happened before, maximum capacities become the norm. Carriers are forced to adjust their equipment to accommodate 91,000/6, despite the fact that they will likely never recoup the costs of the adjustment or haul loads requiring the 6th axle.”
He added that truckload carriers “simply cannot afford” a rule that would allow 91,000 pounds on 6 axles.
“TCA supports a policy of no increase in truck weight,” Lyboldt stated flatly in the letter. “As an association, we will continue to examine components of increasing productivity as they arise.”
Very clearly, he added that “TCA reiterates that we are opposed to the stand-alone concept of 91,000 pounds on 6 axles; however, TCA is open to any and all discussions with key stakeholders in regards to improving overall transportation efficiency and productivity on our nation’s highways.”
Ford Motor is in a great position when it referring to seeing great benefits from the new coming autonomous vehicles.
That is the result of a study that was released on Monday by Navigant Research.
The automaker took the top spot by showing it’s ability of strategic vision and execution capabilities. This is for both developing automated driving systems as well as deploying them across a range of mobility platforms.
Many automakers are targeting 2021 for a premiere of autonomous vehicles that likely will be part of a ride-sharing network. Widespread personal ownership of autonomous vehicles is considered far off due to high purchase and maintenance costs.
“Many traditional OEMs were initially skeptical about the commercial prospects for automated driving,” Navigant’s study says. “Most notable was Ford under its previous CEO Alan Mulally, who frequently spoke publicly about how people actually enjoy driving. However, through a combination of strategic investments and development of supporting business models, Ford and other OEMs have begun to move to the forefront.”
The runner up was General Motors, followed by Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler. Navigant’s prior survey, in 2015, didn’t include technology companies, who in the previous few years had taken big steps in not only on the tech front but also in making ties with automakers.
Waymo, Alphabet’s new name for its long-running Google car project, was in seventh in the most current study, while Tesla ranked twelfth and Uber was sixteenth. Apple was not included because it has never publicly acknowledged having an autonomous car research team.
Although Waymo’s project began about eight years ago, Navigant’s focus on both strategy and execution of self-driving tech resulted in low scores for its production strategy and its sales and marketing plans. Waymo currently is in a partnership with Fiat Chrysler for the production of 100 Chrysler Pacifica minivans, which will help speed up Waymo’s tech development cycle.
Uber meanwhile has lost points for not having a good production strategy or technology. The company currently is fighting in-house culture issues as well as holding off a lawsuit from Waymo stating that its LiDAR tech is made off of stolen Waymo data. Uber also scored low on staying power.
“It’s not clear there’s a clear path to profitability for ride-hailing companies,” says Sam Abuelsamid, one of the authors of Navigant’s study. “They may lose money because they have to pay drivers, but remember they have no capital expenditures. What happens to their business model if they have to spend tens of billions on autonomous vehicles?”
Abuelsamid says it’s more likely that that automakers will get into the ride-hailing game than it is for Uber and Lyft to get into the auto manufacturing business.
This question has been a widely talked about controversy. There is a matter of state laws and federal laws that all have to be considered. As a trucker, the job may require you to move from one state to another. The fact that every state has a different gun law calls for issues to appear.
When referring to normal drivers, who for one do not have concealed carry permits, they can carry fire arms. How else would they be able to get their weapons home from the gun store? They are only advised to place the gun in a location where in driver or the passenger cannot reach. Most likely somewhere in the trunk. All guns in the vehicle also should be unloaded and stored separately from the ammunition.
As for people who drive station wagons or trucks, you are not allowed to keep a weapon in the trunk. You must travel with the gun in plain sight. This is because you can notify an officer of the guns presence without raising alarm. You should keep the gun visible but not visible enough for the car stopped at a red light next to you could see. It is better to keep it locked in a case. You should give your permit along with your license and registration to the reporting officer.
With a concealed weapon permit you are (in most cases) allowed to carry a gun on you or near you. It is IMPORTANT to know your state laws very well. Make yourself aware of the gun laws in your state and the states you may be crossing. It may be legal in your state but other states might have other laws that don’t reflect on your states laws.
The Department of Transportation has made themselves clear that any concealed weapon law is based on the state.
Here is some information about state gun laws:
States that issue guns to only their residents:
– New Mexico
– South Dakota
– West Virginia
States that issue gun permits to both residents and non residents
States that may issue to residents only
-New York City
States that may issue to residents and non-residents
-District of Columbia
States that deny the right to carry
-North Mariana Island
Truck Idling may result to numerous additional costs for your fleet aside from wasted fuel, environmental violations, damage to the vehicle’s life cycle.
Today, competition is so high that all sections of a company are looking for ways to cut and/or reduce costs without cutting efficiencies. The first to go would be those costs that are avoidable. For fleets, that should be to substantially reduce idle time.
Better fuel efficiency is a priority for fleets, yet idling trucks burn fuel unnecessarily. This can result in fines from breaking local, state, and federal environmental and idle time regulations. And it can mean even greater maintenance and repair costs on a vehicle that’s essentially rarely powered down. Overnight idling alone costs about $5,640 a year per vehicle!
We all face the problem of driver shortage, so if we simply set a rule that limits idle time, we could be subjecting drivers to work in uncomfortable situations, like cab that are too cold or too hot, depending on the season.
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