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.
Travis Kalanick who is the Uber Technologies Inc chief executive, wants to “grow up” and get help. This happened after a video was published that showed him arguing with an Uber driving who has his complaints about pay rates.
Travis Kalanick is the co-founder of the company. The video shows the argument between the two men. The driver began to complain about the pay rates being cut and him losing money because of it. The co-founders response was full of anger and revolved around the fact that people are not taking responsibility of their own actions.
Uber has been faced with so many embarrassments in a very short period of time. Another recent issue was the lawsuit that derived from Alphabet Inc, Waymo, about Uber stealing their latest designs in relation to self-driving vehicles, in which Uber still denies the claim.
Sexual harassment is a big topic at Uber headquarters. There are current investigations going on about allegations of sexual harassment within the company. Recently, a former female engineer at Uber published a blog post, which is very widely read, about how the company had failed to punish her manager after she reported unwanted and uncalled for sexual advances towards her. She was even threatened with a poor performance review.
Uber also is investigating allegations of sexual harassment in its own organisation. Earlier this month, a female former engineer at Uber said in a widely read blog post that managers and human resources officers at the company had not punished her manager after she reported his unwanted sexual advances, and even threatened her with a poor performance review.
In the video, the driver in a dash cam tells Travis Kalanick, who was the passenger, that “people are not trusting you anymore,” and complains that rates for drivers have fallen.
Kalanick’s response was, “Some people don’t like to take responsibility for their own sh*t. They blame everything in their life on somebody else. Good luck!”
Kalanick released a statement later stating that he was ashamed for treating the driver disrespectfully, and he apologized to the driver and others.
A truck driver has restored our belief in the existence of Good Samaritans. A woman was more than thankful when a delivery truck driver escorted her visually impaired daughter through snow banks and busy traffic.
The woman, Carole Buchanan was driving her 41 year old daughter, Jenny Morash to an afternoon hair appointment when a Sysco delivery truck ahead of her stopped ahead of her. She was trapped between the delivery van, snow backs, and traffic.
She talked about her stressful situation and how she was trying to back out and get free. Then a man appeared who assisted her to get to a safe spot where her daughter could exit. Due to the snow banks, Carole Buchanan was still stuck. He asked if it was okay to escort her daughter whom he realized was visually impaired. He then very carefully and very gently escorted her to the sidewalk.
Carole Buchanan noted the drivers offer as “heartwarming”. The driver could’ve just driven off, he was not entitled to help.
There has been no word from the company yet. While waiting for her daughter she took pictures of the delivery van and posted them on the company’s Facebook page.
The situation might not have been life or death but she wanted to share his good deed with his employers. It was important to her to make the company aware of what a good employee they had.
Lines at Starbucks are growing out of control and mobile orders are to be blamed. Mobile orders are said to cause delays for customers who come into the store to order.
Recently, Starbucks admitted to the issue. This problem has taken a toll on Starbucks’s revenue for the year and has lowered its expectations regarding the rise in expected sales. Its shares have decreased in 3.8 percent. Starbucks also saw a decrease in its transactions in the last quarter.
Starbucks represents too much of a demand.
The solution Starbucks has come up with is to focus on hiring baristas who will only be working on mobile orders and payments, especially during its busiest hours.
The mobile app is growing uncontrollably showing a complete disregard to all the problems that come with it. The number of members for Starbucks Rewards has increased 16 percent from last year, which bring the total to 13 million active members. 27 percent of US Starbucks transactions were made up of mobile transactions.
Starbucks recently announced that it will be adding a virtual barista for its customers. “My Starbucks Barista” will allow customers to order and pay for their food and drinks by only speaking. Starbucks is collaborating with Amazon to release this feature with Alexa. The feature will require customers to have the mobile app downloaded and have an account logged in. There is also a reorder option that allows the customer to reorder his or her usual favorite by simply just asking Alexa to do it. There is also a chat option were the customer can interact with the barista.
The big question is how much of a benefit is this new release to Starbucks if they’re having issues with fulfilling their mobile orders on time. This new release will only increase the orders being placed through the mobile app.
Do you think that Starbucks lines are really out of control? Will you ever use My Starbucks Barista?
In June 2016, we learned of a massacre that took place in Florida at Pulse Nightclub. 49 people were massacred by the attacker as he swore allegiance to ISIS.
This week, we learned that the attacker’s wife, Noor Salman had been arrested by the FBI in California in connection to the mass shooting. She is being charged with obstruction and giving support to a terrorist organization.
Noor Salman’s attorney spoke on her behalf and stated that she had no advanced knowledge of the attack her husband was planning and she was wrongfully charged. Noor spoke of the abuse she faced while living with her husband. Her attorney also stated that charging an innocent person dishonors the memories of the victims.
Early on into the case, it was stated by authorities that charges will be filed against Noor Salman, who was present at the time her husband was purchasing ammo, she also exchanged text messaged with him during the attack, if any proof was found that she was aware of what her husband was planning to do and did nothing to stop him.
Noor Salman who is 30 years oldwas being held at the Santa Rita Jail until her appearance at federal court that happened on Tuesday, in which Noor stayed mostly quiet expect for the very few words spoken about understanding her rights and about her husband abusing her. She pleaded not guilty.
A bail hearing has been set for February 1. After the trial, prosecutors have planned to send her to Orlando, Florida, where the massacre occurred, to face the charges.
Salman’s family members spoke on her behalf stating that she is a very simple person and should also be seen as a victim.
Going back in time to 2015, we learned of a tragic event that occurred at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Dylann Roof, a convicted killer and white supremacist, who is responsible for the horrid event, was sentenced today for murdering nine people at the church.
After just 3 hours of careful consideration, the jury came to a final decision. The judge will formally announce the decision today morning. During the trial this morning, the families are going to address Roof directly. He has also asked to speak.
The relatives of Dylann Roof have expressed their grief in a written statement. Unlike his relatives, Roof did not ask for forgiveness in his final statement to the jury. In fact, he did not even ask for a life sentence. Roof said that he is aware it is within his right to ask for a life sentence but he doesn’t think it will change anything.
He also felt no remorse for his actions. He said “I felt I had to do it & I still feel like I had to do it.” He believes that anyone who hates him “misled”.
The prosecutor stated that Roof with his beliefs and statements, proved that he deserves the death penalty.
Roof executed his victims one by one, one after another. Loved ones shed tears as the prosecution showed the victims bloody on the ground. Also reviewed at court were the racist writings that belonged to Roof. These writings explained why he wanted to take action. It was because he believed that “Blacks were raping women and taking over the world.”
He thought out and properly prepared for his mission by purchasing guns and target practicing in his backyard. Also, he studied racist websites and drove up to the church several times prior to the attack.
He has not one ounce of remorse. He believed that all his victims were less than human.
Prosecution thinks Dylann Roof should be given the death penalty for killing nine innocent people .Jury convicted roof for 33 counts for his brutal church slaying in December. He is expected to receive the death penalty as recommended by the jury. He will be the first crime defendant to receive the death penalty.
California regulators had a big question for the public on Wednesday regarding permitting the use for self-driving cars on public roads. Self-driving cars do not contain steering wheel or pedals.
A workshop was hosted by the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles in the state Capitol. The biggest worry state by attendees, which were mostly made up of company representatives, was that they are afraid that the technology would be pushed on the public too soon.
As of today, self-driving cars remain in the prototype phase. Supporters of this technology are suggesting that in the next year or two, self-driving cars will be ready to be released onto public roads. The testing of these cars is done on some roads in California. Prototype testing requires a trained behind the wheel driver that can take control of the vehicle just in case of an emergency.
The department officials drafted certain regulations that pertain to how the general public can obtain the cars once proved safe. These regulations have taken years to write due to the fact of how fresh and complicated self-driving cars are.
In December 2015, when the first draft of the regulations was released by the department, it was stated that a licensed driver was always to be present in a self-driving vehicle. Many companies expressed their disappointment because their vision included the car without a steering wheel or pedals. One of these disappointed companies was the maker of the Google self-driving car.
When the updated version of the regulations was released, it contained a whole new set of regulations which did not include the necessity of a licensed driver, in fact, no one is needed to be present in the carÂ what-so-ever while it is operating, as long it was deemed safe by the federal government.
A federal policy involving the collaboration between the department of motor vehicles and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was released late September 2016. This federal policy provided a outline for state regulators.
2014 and 2015 were marked with the high truck build rates, which means that in the next few years the market will be flooded with 3-5 year old tractors. This will put pressure down on used trucks prices.
The current supply of used trucks is determined on what was retailed 3-5 years ago. For instance, in July this year, 5 year old (2011) trucks were down 15% comparing with July 2015, and 3 year old trucks (2013) were down 18%.
According to experts, the amount of trucks that will come back as used trucks will keep growing to peak around 2020. Increased supply will also have its effect on pricing.
The market of used trucks also depends greatly on buyers, as truck drivers buy their vehicles to make profits. When a market makes it difficult for them to make profits, at some point prices stop going up.
After the low truck builds in 2008-2010 that were a result of the Great Recession, the supply started stabilizing in 2013. In 2015 rates and freight started to drop. Demand on used tractors came to pricing equation, and the prices began falling in the middle of the last year.
The average diesel price has been gradually falling for two weeks, according to the Department of Energyâ€™s report on the week ending Sept 12.
The national average diesel price for a gallon fell 0.8 cents and it currently at $2.399 per gallon. The prices started falling in September 2014 and started gradually rising again after February 2016, gaining about 40 cents since.
The prices dropped in all regions in the country in the week ending Sept 12, except for the West Coast, where prices rose 1 cent in California. It is also where the most expensive diesel of the week was, averaging at $2.756. The cheapest diesel in the country was on the Gulf Coast averaging at $2.256.
The Lower Atlantic subregion saw the largest drop of the week â€“ the average here fell 1.2 cents. It is followed by the Midwest where the average fell 1.1 cents. In New England and the West Coast Less California regions the averages fell a penny each.
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