Two truckers are running for the governor positions in their states. One of them is a newcomer in the field of politics, while the other candidate is an evangelical minister.
One of the truckers who run for the governor position is 28-year-old Bryan Messenger. He is running for governor of Kentucky as a Republican. The other trucker is Jason Childs who is 46. He participates in elections as a Democrat. In addition, he runs for Alabama governorship.
Before becoming a truck driver three years ago, Bryan Messenger held a number of dead-end jobs. Messenger has more time for gaining public support for the Kentucky governor’s position. The election will not take place sooner than November 2019.
The Kentucky resident grown up in Florida told that the stimuli for entering a political arena about two years ago were the same as it was when he decided to become a truck driver. He just wanted to provide a better lifestyle for his children rather than he had.
Messenger’s political platform includes the following goals:
• To develop the level of economy in the state
• Larger support for the state’s justice system (instead of sending drug criminals to jail, send them to residential rehabilitation )
• Improve the level of the public education system- this infers greater support for teachers, as according to him teachers are overworked and poorly paid. He also aims to raise the level of education in public colleges by making the quality of education as good as it in the Ivy League
• Abolition of sanctuary cities and the deportation of illegal immigrants
• Improvement of the business and health care fields are considered to be very important by Messenger
After being forced out of his first job, Childs became a truck driver. At the age of 18, he became a Southern Baptist minister. However, the denomination required Childs to leave the pulpit after he and wife got divorced.
Thus, Childs got his CDL and started his career as trucker since 2006. Childs called his experience of trucking “an amazing experience.” Currently, he drives a 623-mile from northeast Alabama to Canton, Mississippi.
In 2010 Child’s political awakening launched. It was when the daughter of a friend told that she doesn’t want to go high school prom with her girlfriend. This girl’s case was successfully argued by Childs. It fosters him to create the Center for Progress in Alabama. He calls the center a progressive advocacy and public policy organization.
Child’s platform includes the following goals:
• Increasing the minimum pay to $10 per hour, eliminate the state tax on grocery items as well as increase state social service for people who live in bad social conditions
• Creating a state lottery and a casino zone along the gulf coast to make money to improve the education system of the state
• Increasing funding for law execution agencies
• Supporting the rights of the state’s LGBT residents
The general election is going to take place in November 2018.
The CVSA has announced that results from its unannounced Brake Safety Day examination event indicate that the majority of the vehicles investigated (79%) did not have any serious item vehicle violations. During the Break Safety Day, law enforcement agencies through North America are supposed to identify out-of-adjustment brakes, antilock braking system (ABS) violations as part of CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s) Operation Airbike Program.
The results indicate that from 9524 inspections conducted 79% of fleets did not have any serious item vehicle violations. It should be noted that 8140 of those inspections were conducted inside the U.S., and 1384 took place in Canada.
The main objective of Brake Safety Day was to conduct roadside inspections in order to find and remove those vehicles which have critical brake violations from the highway in an effort to decrease the number of crashes that are caused or made more serious because of the poorly kept braking systems on commercial vehicles.
In addition, 21% of all inspections resulted in a vehicle placed out of service for violations. Moreover, 12% from the above mentioned 21% resulted in a break-related violation putting a vehicle out of service.
The event also aimed to evaluate how well ABS are upheld in accordance with federal regulations. Several participating jurisdictions surveyed ABS acquiescence found the following:
• 4,635 air-braked trucks and tractors require ABS; 8% (391) of which had identified to have ABS violations
• 3,222 trailers require ABS; from which 15% (487) had identified to have ABS violations
• 723 hydraulic-backed trucks required ABS; 6% (41) had identified to have ABS violations
• 57 buses required ABS; 11 %( 6) had identified to have ABS violations
It should be noted that CVSA’s Operation Airbrake Program is going to hold brake safety enforcement event this year. The next Brake Safety Day event is going to take place on Thursday, September 7, 2017, through Canada, Mexico, and the U.S., participating jurisdictions.
Break Safety Day is portion of the Operation Airbrake Program sponsored by CVSA, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) as well as the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Everybody loves the electric car because it has a lot of benefits. Due to that a dramatic growth in electric cars could happen. According to National Grid the demand could jump by more than the capacity of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station by 2030.
The number of electric cars and vans could go from 90,000 vehicles up to 9m by 2030. This means that the falling electricity demand would have a reverse trend. Furthermore the air will get cleaner and the streets will get quieter. Also you won’t see so many people waiting at petrol stations.
We should be aware of challenges that comes with the adoption of battery-powered vehicles. The electric cars could make a problem for the power grids. For examples, if everybody gets home around 5pm and 6pm the demand could get higher as much as 8GW, National Grid said. If we don’t find a solution by 2030 this will become a huge problem. Shifting the time of charging the cars will lower the demand by 3.5G.
Climate change can also have an impact on the peak of electricity demand. The UK forecast said it will get hotter and as the temperatures get warmer the use of electricity will reach new levels.
Let’s not forget about the Tesla Model 3, which will start its delivery at the end of July 2017.
“Electric vehicles are coming – how quickly is the question. We are expecting battery-powered car sales to take off in the mid-2020s.” said Roisin Quinn, head of strategy at National Grid.
Police reported that a man was crushed to death when he chased and jumped onto a dump truck that was passing by. This was before he got pulled under the rear tire of the dump truck and was crushed. This horrible event took place on Monday night.
The 29 year old man, whose identity we are unaware of, was at the intersection of West 51st St and Broadway in New York. He stuck out his middle finger to the Department of Transportation truck, who was passing buy with two other dump trucks, and then proceeded to chases after it.
He caught up to the truck as it reached Eighth Ave and jumped on the the foot rail of the diesel tank on the drivers side.
The driver, who is 33 years old, turned into a construction site without realizing the presence of the man on his vehicle. Following the turn, the man’s backpack got caught on a metal fence nearby, which pulled him to the ground. This caused him to get run over and crushed by the rear tires of the dump truck.
According to sources, the driver realized something was wrong after the second truck, which was following him stopped.
“The victim was on the driver’s side under the back wheel. He had on a plaid shirt and a black hat,” said witness Terry Locke, 56.
“The responders came immediately. It looked like there were 50 of them, but they couldn’t get him out. He was stuck underneath. They raised the back on the truck and lowered the front to try to get him,” Locke added.
The police reported that the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
“It’s very upsetting, very disturbing,” Locke said.
The truck’s driver stayed at the scene and wasn’t immediately arrested or ticketed, police said.
Soon, truck drivers may be turning to Uber in finding a load to transport. Receiving a load is going to be as simple as pressing a button.
Uber Technologies is a soon to be logistics company. With the announcement of Uber Freight launch on Thursday, Uber may be an important player in the game sooner than expected.
So, what exactly is Uber Freight?
It’s not much different than what we know of Uber now. Uber drivers find passengers that need a ride, the Uber Freight app will connect truck drivers to big loads that need to be transported a long distance. The only difference is that the passenger ride hauling app relies on drivers who have no affiliation to taxi fleets whereas, the commercial trucking app will only be avalable o truckers who work for specific carriers.
The requirements for carriers to use the app require a Motor Carrier Number, a satisfactory safety rating and insurance. Also, Drivers must drive either a 53 ft long dry van or reefer truck, this is until Uber expands its vehicle types in the future.
“We’ve been in stealth since late last year, moving loads in Texas and a few other places,” says Eric Berdinis, senior product manager for Uber Freight. “Uber pioneered the notion of ‘press a button, get a car,’ and now we want to create ‘press a button, get a load.'”
Do you have cargo that needs to be shipped out?
Customers looking to ship goods with Uber Freight must contract directly with Uber by contacting the company. Shipments can be booked weeks in advance with deliveries as prompt as same-day.
How does payment work?
Payment is made to drivers within seven days and they have their rate confirmed ahead of time. Uber has not given a direct answer to the question that revolves way it splits fares with drivers and carriers.
The majority of the freight currently available for hauling in the Uber Freight app is in Texas, the company said, but the service is available across the U.S. The app has been designed to service carriers of all sizes, according to Uber, but it is best suited for small carriers and their drivers.
An auto safety group says that the possibility to be involved in fatal crashes of tractor-trailers with side guard rails mounted between their tires are less likely.
But the trucking industry says technology that prevents crashes in the first place is a better use of resources.
Federal law requires big trucks to have rear underride guards, which stop cars from traveling underneath the truck in an accident. But the government doesn’t require side guards. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says side guards could prevent hundreds of traffic deaths per year in the U.S. alone. In 2015, 301 passenger vehicle occupants were killed when the cars they were riding in struck the side of a trailer.
The institute tested AngelWing, a steel rail covered with fiberglass that was mounted on a 53-foot trailer. The system is made by Quebec-based Airflow Deflector Inc.
When a midsize car going 35 miles per hour hit the guard rail, the front crumpled but the car’s air bags and seat belt protected the test dummy inside. In a test with no guard rails, the crash sheared off the car’s roof and the car came to rest under the trailer. The institute said that crash likely would have been fatal in real life.
“We think a mandate for side underride guards on large trucks has merit, especially as crash deaths continue to rise on our roads,” said David Zuby, the institute’s executive vice president and chief research officer.
The American Trucking Associations said the industry hasn’t come to an agreement on guard rails because they require trade-offs, including added weight. Side guard rails require stiffer trailers that can develop cracks in their frames, which presents another safety risk, ATA spokesman Sean McNally said.
McNally said the trucking industry wants to avoid crashes in the first place, and is supporting efforts to deploy safety technology like automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning systems. Electronic logging devices, which track truckers’ driving and will be required by the end of this year, will also help to prevent crashes, he said.
“It’s important to recognize that all crashes are tragedies, but we also need to recognize that these guards are collision mitigation – and not collision avoidance – equipment and ATA’s primary safety goal is to prevent crashes,” McNally said.
Nowadays, drayage vehicles, school buses, garbage trucks and cargo haulers are also going electric, so sexy Tesla sports cars aren’t the only vehicles that deserve the battery treatment.
According to a panel discussion at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, Calif., on Thursday, the ranks of those electric vehicles are swelling.
TransPower, battery-electric technology company, built 12 batter-electric trucks on the Peterbilt 579 chassis, which will be demonstrated in 2018 and 2019. The company presented its electric Kalmar T2 tractor this week and is sending it to work next week at Grimmway Farms in Bakersfield, Calif. And 8 more coming on board in 2017.
The eHighway project testing in Carsin, Calif., that the South Coast Air Quality Management District is working on with German engineering giant Siemens and several other partners.
Tesla Inc. chief executive Elon Musk, in a TED talk in late April, teased the company’s upcoming electric big rig, saying that the “spry,” single-speed vehicle will be able to “out-torque any diesel semi.” The truck will be debuting in September.
Daimler Trucks has already begin building a small batch of the vehicles , which can haul up to 26 tons. The full production will begin by 2020 if demand allows.
ACT panelist Michael Simon, TransPower’s chief executive,said that “The technology is real and the technology works”.
Andy Swanton, the Los Angeles-based vice president of truck sales for electric vehicle manufacturer BYD said, ” Norway, where battery electric vehicles have the largest market share out of any other country, saw a surge in from 2.5 percent in 2011 to more than a third of all sales in 2016″.
In China roughly 120.000 zero-emission battery-electric buses are running, making up more than 20 percent of the domestic market share. Swanton said, that it’s compared with some 10,000 similar buses. He said, that vehicles that travel 50 to 200 miles in a single -duty cycle are the best candidates for electrification here.
For passenger cars, the purchase price before incentives is 85 percent higher on average for an electric vehicle, Swanton said. The differential ranges from 19 percent between a Mercedes Benz C Class and an electric B250e to a whopping 163 percent between Nissan’s Versa and its electric Leaf model.
For a 40-foot transit bus, that’s a jump from $450,000 for a diesel vehicle to $750,000 for an electric version. Electric trucks, meanwhile, cost two to three times more than conventional ones, Swanton said.
“There’s no panacea,” he said. “We have to ask what’s realistic, what can I do on my retrofit fleets today, because I’m not going to buy all-new electric tomorrow.
Abas Goodarzi, chief executive of US Hybrid Corp., suggested customizing electrification technology already in place for monorails and other applications, rather than starting development from scratch.
Reeser promoted an analytics system that can track driver style, vehicle health and other factors external to the technology itself that might affect how electrification performs. For a fleet with a few hundred buses, collecting and analyzing data manually could cost millions of dollars in lost fuel efficiency, he said.
If fleets had access to creative financing – such as partial leases – or dedicated utility rates for commercial vehicle charging, they might be more inclined to electrify their inventory, panelists said.
“A big piece of this is education from the manufacturers, who need to say that, yes, electricity is expensive, but we can prove how they’re more cost-effective in the long-term,” Swanton said. “And we need to be investing ahead of the curve to prove that this stuff works.”
A provider of GPS navigation systems, Magellan, and Samsung Electronics America,Inc. partner to deliver commercial-grade truck navigation and Electronic Logging Device (ELD) that are compliant Hours of Service tracking to most trucking businesses.
Samsung moble devices, due to this agreement, are now a part of Magellan’s fleet management solutions portfolio that are now available to fleet trucking operations. It’s very important for the trucking industry because of the new requirement the government has issued regarding truck drivers tracking their hours of service logs using an ELD by december 2017.
Being a member of Samsung’s Enterprise Alliance Partner program, Magellan will show its solutions on Samsung devices at the NAFA 2017 Fleet Management Institute and Expo in Tampa, Florida April 25 to 28. It’s designed to help short and long-haul trucking business have improved performance and drivers to perform with more ease. These devices have multiple purposes ranging from bussines to personal.
As Kevin Gilroy said, “Helping the trucking industry be compliant with ELD standards by the end of the year is critical and Samsung is committed to bringing these solutions forward,” said Kevin Gilroy, EVP & GM, Samsung Electronics America. The Magellan HOS Compliance solution is a powerful, comprehensive product that brings the best of fleet navigation software to the market. We are excited to be working in close alignment with Magellan for this program.”
Magellan and Samsung include these important features:
“Samsung’s commercial tablets with Magellan Fleet Navigation are an excellent value for fleets and drivers,” said Mark Perini, VP, Automotive Business. “We’ve been working diligently with the Samsung team to ensure a compliance-critical solution, and we believe our Hours of Service capability is the best in the market.”
Navistar is recalling over than 2,700 heavy-duty International trucks due to a potential brake issue that could lengthen the distance needed to stop and increase the risk of a crash.
The OEM is recalling 2,733 2016-2018 International LT; 2016-2017 International ProStar; 2017 International LoneStar, and 2017-2018 International RH trucks.
The defect involves an air-dryer mounting bracket that may fracture, which could cause the air dryer to separate from the vehicle frame with possible airline separation from the dryer. This could result in air system leaks or loss of air pressure to the brake system, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The issue results from insufficient material strength, which causes bracket fatigue failure. A generous loss of air pressure on the air gauge or an audible buzzer in the cab may indicate that the problem has occurred.
The remedy involves replacing the air-dryer mounting bracket with a bracket made of heavier gauge steel and thicker gussets.
Navistar will notify owners and dealers of the need to replace the air-dryer mounting bracket, which will be done free of charge.
The recall is expected to start on May 12, 2017. Truck owners may contact Navistar customer service at 1-800-448-7825. Navistar’s recall number recall is 17502.
President Donald Trump’s infrastructure plant which is to cost $1 trillion is in favor of America’s truckers. It is believed that the infrastructure plan will cause a rise in the trucking industry and the US economy. Although we have not yet seen the plan in fine print, the plan to introduce the $1 trillion infrastructure plan is highly supported by some businesses that rely on roads, bridges, railways and airports.
According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, poor roads will cost business $1.1 trillion by 2040. The entire economy is estimated to be impacted by $3 trillion.
Bumpy and congested roads cost truckers greatly. These inadequate road conditions increase $49.6 billion in costs to the trucking industry. Another $100 billion is lost because traffic.
According to industry representatives, investing in new roads and repairs will be a great benefit. This is because of the fact that trucks move 56% of the country’s GDP and roughly one of every 16 jobs can be found in trucking. Not to mention, the billions of dollars spent to repair pothole damage and other effects of bumpy roads..
America’s infrastructure received a grade of D+ in the ASCE’s 2013 report card. Roads (D) and bridges (C+) both received poor grades, and the ASCE estimates that 42% of major urban highways remain congested.
Trump. when addressing Congress recently, stated that he will ask lawmakers to pass a bill that budgets $1 trillion into infrastructure projects over a 10-year span. The plan would be financed through public and private funds, according to Trump.
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