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The three X-Treme Grip Tire Chains of ancra are intended to give added durability strength and stability when driving in extreme weather conditions such as snow, ice and rain. The scooter chains have a silver zinc finish, also each is outfitted with vbar studs that bite for added grip on roads that are frozen into ice. Heavy-duty-studded bicycle chains are preferred for off-road software like logging and browsing terrain. Square link tire chains should really be used when highway conditions consist of snow and ice and are coated with a protective plated silver zinc finish hockey. All the chains can be found in a single- or triple-chain alternative; while the square link bicycle chains are 7mm studded bicycle chains and the V-Bar are 8mm. Tensioning cams enable installation and adjustment. Each pair of chains ship at a storage container with tensioning tool included.

The TS5000 Trailer Stabilizer of rite-Hite is designed to lower the chance of landing gear collapse when loading or unloading spotted trailers . The unit includes an extra-wide high plate (1 2 by 66 inches) that covers as much as 65 percent of a trailer’s width, twin vertical supports and double 10-by-16-inch base discs, all engineered to help prevent injuries due to heavy loads before the landing gear, uneven loads and faulty landing gear, most which can get the trailer nose to drop or roll. The stabilizer has a static loading capacity of 70 tons (140,000 pounds) along with also three 13-inch ergonomic and tires positioning grips built to allow it to be transferred to position easily. The system retracts down to 40 inches and extends upwards to 56 inches. An optional communication flag alarms workers and drivers that the machine is placed.

DTNA will begin notifying affected truck owners around Sept. 24, and dealers will replace brake linings, brake spiders and tie rods at no cost. Owners can get Daimler customer support at 800-547-0712 with recall # FL782. NHTSA’s recall number is 18V-503.

Daimler Trucks united states alarmed NHTSA of trucks which may possibly be impacted, however, DTNA estimates that only one percent of trucks that are recalled.
More than 1,200 the model year 2012-2015 Freightliner and also Western Star tractors have been recalled based on records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
According to NHTSA documents, inside brake liner, the front axle, along with brake spider combinations, braking could cause high vibrations. A tie pole collapse could result in a disconnect between the wheels, leading to a loss in steering.

Trucks included in the recall are:

    • 2012-2015 Freightliner 114SD
  • 2012-2015 Freightliner Business Class M2
  • 2012-2015 Freightliner Coronado
  • 2012-2015 Freightliner Cascadia
  • 2012-2015 Western Star 4900

P.A.M. Transport Conducts Extensive Testing Before Adding FlowBelow to The Fleet

FlowBelow Aero Inc., the leading manufacturer of tractor-mounted aerodynamic products, announced today that P.A.M. Transportation Services Inc. (NASDAQ: PTSI) will be adding 550 new Peterbilt 579’s to its fleet with FlowBelow Tractor AeroKits factory installed by Peterbilt.

As part of its evaluation process, in 2017 P.A.M. Transport first conducted testing on FlowBelow products with 5 trucks, then followed that with a large-scale test on 200 trucks.  For the 200-truck test, 100 of P.A.M.’s new Peterbilt 579’s were spec’d with FlowBelow from the factory, and the other 100 did not have the system.  After nearly a year of testing, the 100 trucks with the product demonstrated a 2.20% average fuel savings as compared to the 100 trucks without the product.

“For any fuel-saving technology that we consider, we first look to see what the OEMs are doing,” said Paul Pettit, Vice President of Maintenance at P.A.M. Transport. “A demo truck that we received with the FlowBelow system performed extremely well and piqued our interest.  We then tested 5 FlowBelow units as an initial pilot.  That was followed by a more serious 50-50 test on 200 trucks and we confirmed the savings as well as the durability.  After validating the product, we requested it through our dealer, The Larson Group (TLG), for new truck orders.  TLG has since begun delivering our trucks with the product already installed, thereby saving us time and money.”

P.A.M. Transport is a SmartWay Transport Partner and operates a fleet of modern, efficient trucks and trailers.  The company invests substantially in training its drivers to achieve better fuel economy as well as its efforts to constantly improve the efficiency of its equipment.  According to P.A.M.’s CEO, Dan Cushman, “We believe that our pursuit of fuel efficiency is a necessity and that reducing costs is always a priority.   We have a program called ‘Mission MPG’ which has helped us save an estimated $3.5 Million in fuel.  In bonuses and prizes, we give almost three-quarters of a million dollars back to our drivers every year.”

P.A.M.’s tractors and trailers are equipped with FlowBelow Tractor AeroKit Systems, APU’s, fuel tank fairings, low rolling resistance tires, trailer side skirts, and automatic tire pressure systems.

An all-new DrayNow Marketplace is ready to roll. For the past year, we’ve been listening to our customers’ feedback, observing their usage patterns, and benchmarking our platform against relevant best-in-class interfaces. Now, thanks largely to suggestions from our customers, it’s easier than ever to book and track Intermodal loads.

Combined with DrayNow’s immediate access to more motor carrier capacity than ever, we’re ready to help make today – and every day – easier for our customers.

Here are the top enhancements our customers are enjoying today:

1. Streamlined Interface: cleaner, simpler, and easier to use

The new order map visualizes all your loads geographically. A new layout organizes load and order information quicker.

2. Real-time ETAs

We now update load ETAs every 10 minutes to give our customers the most current status. No more follow-up calls trying to track down carrier information.

3. Instant Order Duplication

We minimized the need for order entry work, so users can focus on their jobs, not data entry. Users can also easily create a batch of similar orders.

4. Search

Instantly search for any order by reference or container number. No more scrolling through hundreds of loads.

5. Simplicity…on every screen

Everything customers relied upon in the web version of the DrayNow Marketplace is now accessible via smartphone or tablet. Even when they’re on-the-go, our customers have easy access to their orders.

Drivewyze PreClear weighs station bypass has expanded its service along I-44 and I-70 through Missouri with the re-activation of six bypass sites. Those join two existing bypass sites the company already has operational near Joplin on I-44 east and westbound.

Activation of the weigh station bypass sites began following the installation and calibration of new weigh-in-motion sensors embedded in the roadway.

“Missouri is a key state in the Drivewyze network, and with our sites now re-activated we’ve unlocked further coast-to-coast bypass opportunities for drivers,” said Brian Heath, president, and CEO of Drivewyze. “This is great news for our customers, and for other carriers that have been anticipating the reactivation of the Drivewyze service in the state. The Drivewyze network offers bypass opportunities at more than twice as many sites as any other provider. For years, the bypass market was under-served; Drivewyze is on a mission to change that. There has never been a better time for carriers to adopt this high-value service or to switch from old transponder- based systems. If you do the math, it’s an easy choice. More bypasses not only improves a carrier’s bottom line, it makes a positive impact on driver’s lives.”

The six newly activated Drivewyze sites are located in Foristell, Mayview, and St. Clair (both east and westbound). Foristell is on I-70 west of St. Louis (between St. Louis and Kansas City); Mayview is on I-70 east of Kansas City (between St. Louis and KC); St. Clair is on I-44 SW of St. Louis (between Spring Field and St. Louis).

The sites are located on the main arteries of Missouri, accounting for the majority of all truck traffic.

“We are pleased to have restored services in Missouri and will continue to fulfill the terms of our long-term partnership with the show-me state,” said Heath. “Missouri is a key state in the national transportation network and we know that restoring these sites back to full operation is welcome news for drivers and fleets.”

With the Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass service on their Drivewyze-enabled smartphones, tablets, and electronic logging devices customers can now receive bypass opportunities at more than 700 locations, in 43 states and provinces.

A significant amount of regional intermodal freight moves to and from the four intermodal facilities in Kansas City. Plus, more than 180 trucking companies call Joplin home with I-44 being one of two major routes connecting the Joplin region. Missouri is a major state for trucking and we are here to help them.”

The Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass application is available on a number of Drivewyze partner platforms, including Omnitracs, PeopleNet, Pegasus Transflo, Rand McNally, Zonar, and Platform Science. Fleets can request a free weigh station activity report to help them determine how much Drivewyze can potentially save them before activating the subscription-based weigh station bypass service. The application is also available for Android and iOS-based tablets or smartphones.

Drivewyze comes with a free Weigh Station Heads-Up service for real-time notifications at more than 1,200 weigh stations and inspection sites nationwide. To learn more about Drivewyze, please visit www.drivewyze.com.

As you know trailers and trailer parts classified under HTSUS 8716.39.00, 8716.90.50, 8708.70.45, and 8708.30.50 from the list of proposed products subject to the 25 percent tariff could affect your business and in the end, affect the consumer as well?

Warren Auwae’s testified at the International Trade Commission in Washington DC that might give you a better understanding of the effect these Tariffs could bring.

“My name is Warren Auwae. I’m the president and General Manager of Central California Truck and Trailer Sales, LLC. We are the largest commercial trailer dealer in California by geography. We have six locations that span from Sacramento in North to San Diego in the South. I’m here today to represent our 30 employees as well as ten suppliers/vendors. That employee over 350 plus US workers.

I’m here to urge the administration to remove trailers and trailer parts classified under HTSUS 8716.39.00, 8716.90.50, 8708.70.45, and 8708.30.50 from the list of proposed products subject to the 25 percent tariff. If these tariffs are put into place it will result in an immediate 15-20% drop in sales. In addition, 10-15% of our workforce will be impacted by layoffs or decrease hours.

Our trailers are built in America at three plants located throughout the United States. We use some parts and components sourced from China to do this. All of the products that are sourced from China can’t be sourced locally. Thus, these tariffs would cause irreversible damage to our supply chain.

The transportation industry is the tip of the spear of commerce in the United States. Any change to efficiency or productivity of this industry will have devastating effects on our economy. We are currently in a transportation equipment shortage. These tariffs would only serve to exasperate this problem.

In closing, I urge the administration to remove these import codes from the list of potential tariff’s. We understand the reasoning behind the tariffs. However, we know that tariffs on the transportation industry will only cause higher prices for consumers as well as impede GDP growth”

???? How Can Your Voice Be Heard? ????
If you would like to submit comments about the negative impact of the tariffs on your business, you can do so online by September 6, 2018, at the following link: https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=USTR-2018-0026-0001. Please be sure to identify the HTSUS codes that are affected (listed in the Federal Register Notice).
( HTSUS 8716.39.00, 8716.90.50, 8708.70.45, and 8708.30.50 )

Please submit your comments by these methods. Please DO NOT CALL FMCSA to submit your comments. Calling is not one of the methods allowed in this Docket Number FMCSA-2018-0248.
These are the following methods :
  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Then search for FMCSA-2018-0248, look for ANRPM: Hours of Service of Drivers. Choose the comment button ” Hours Of Service” give your comments in the box provided, name and other required information. There is optional information if you want you can fill it up. Review your comments and then submit. 

  • Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
  • Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
  • Fax: 202-493-2251.

If you want FMCSA to send you confirmation that they receive your comments, Please send a self-stamped postcard with your mail. Please make sure to put this Docket Number FMCSA-2018-0248.

These are 4 topics you need to comment:

A. Short-Haul Operations

Under 49 CFR 395.1(e)(1)(ii)(A), drivers do not have to prepare RODS or use an ELD if they meet certain conditions, including a return to their work reporting location and release from work within 12 consecutive hours. Drivers operating under this provision, therefore, have a 12-hour window in which to drive up to 11 total hours. Other truck (though not bus) drivers have a 14-hour window in which to drive up to 11 total hours. [49 CFR 395.3(a)(2)-(3)].

B. Adverse Driving Conditions

The current rule in § 395.1(b)(1) allows 2 additional hours of driving time under adverse conditions, which are defined in § 395.2 as “snow, sleet, fog, other adverse weather conditions, a highway covered with snow or ice, or unusual road and traffic conditions, none of which were apparent on the basis of information known to the person dispatching the run at the time it was begun.” Although the rule allows up to 13 hours of driving time under adverse conditions, instead of the normal 11 hours, it does not provide a corresponding extension of the 14-hour driving window to 16 hours.

C. 30-Minute Break

Under 49 CFR 395.3(a)(3)(ii), except for drivers who qualify for either of the short-haul exceptions in § 395.1(e)(1) or (2), driving is not permitted if more than 8 hours have passed since the end of the driver’s last off-duty or sleeper-berth period of at least 30 minutes. (The 30-minute break rule does not apply to drivers who operate CMVs within a 100 air-mile radius of their normal work reporting location and return to that location within 12 hours, as authorized by § 395.1(e)(1), or to drivers who do not need a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), operate within a 150 air-mile radius of their work reporting location, and meet certain other requirements, as authorized by § 395.1(e)(2)).

D. Split Sleeper Berth Time

There are special HOS rules for CMV drivers who operate vehicles equipped with a sleeper-berth. In essence, these rules allow a sleeper-berth user to divide the minimum 10 hours off-duty into an equivalent two separate periods. Drivers who use sleeper berths, as defined in § 393.76, must take at least 8 consecutive hours of the 10-hour off-duty period in the sleeper berth as required by § 395.1(g)(1)(ii)(A)(1). In Start Printed Page 42634addition to the 8- through 10-hour sleeper-berth period, in order to acquire additional driving time the driver using the sleeper berth exception must, either earlier or later in the duty period, have a separate period of at least 2 hours off-duty, which may be in the sleeper berth if desired. It does not matter which rest period is taken first. After the second required rest period is completed, the driver will have a new point on the clock from which to calculate hours available.

To avoid duplication, please use only one of these four methods. See the “Public Participation and Request for Comments” portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for instructions on submitting comments, including the collection of information comments for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB.

Updated buyout program offers fleets an affordable option to improve safety and increase efficiency

KeepTruckin, the #1 rated electronic logs and fleet management platform, today announced that new customers participating in its Shifting Gears buyout program will be offered free KeepTruckin Smart Dashcams for a year. Inspired by successful deployments by early adopters, the addition of the Smart Dashcam offers fleets of all sizes an affordable plug-and-play solution to improve safety, reduce risk, and streamline operations.

Working together to form an integrated platform, the KeepTruckin Electronic Logging Device (ELD) and Smart Dashcam offer a tamper-proof solution that provides real-time visibility into events as they unfolded from the driver’s perspective. By expanding its buyout program to include the Smart Dashcam, KeepTruckin has removed previous financial barriers for small- to medium-sized fleets looking to deploy a modern fleet management system that integrates hours of service compliance and video intelligence in one package. Participating in the KeepTruckin Shifting Gears program helps fleets cover the cost of switching to KeepTruckin solutions and addresses the needs of many fleets and drivers who can’t change ELD providers without the risk of high fees.

“We firmly believe that integrated dash cams are the way forward to making roads safer,” said Shoaib Makani, CEO, and co-founder, KeepTruckin. “The addition of our Smart Dashcam to the buyout program will make video intelligence more accessible to fleets and is the first step in seeing safety technologies as standard equipment across the trucking industry.”

Despite passenger vehicles being at fault in 85% of truck-passenger accidents, commercial drivers are more likely to be blamed when cases are litigated. Having undoctored recordings of critical events, such as hard braking, hard acceleration, or hard corners, provides fleet managers with transparency into events as they unfolded. Unlike other standalone, road-facing dash cams that are connected to vehicles and used by multiple drivers, videos recorded by the Smart Dashcam are automatically associated to a driver based on ELD data. By integrating hours of service with video monitoring, fleet managers are provided the context to clearly understand exactly what took place.

More information please click here

 

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it is seeking public comment on revising four specific areas of current hours-of-service (HOS) regulations, which limit the operating hours of commercial truck drivers.

The upcoming Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), which will be published in the Federal Register, responds to widespread Congressional, industry, and citizen concerns and seeks feedback from the public to determine if HOS revisions may alleviate unnecessary burdens placed on drivers while maintaining safety on our nation’s highways and roads.  The comment period will be open for 30 days.

The four specific areas under consideration for revision are:

  • Expanding the current 100 air-mile “short-haul” exemption from 12 hours on-duty to 14 hours on-duty, in order to be consistent with the rules for long-haul truck drivers;
  • Extending the current 14-hour on-duty limitation by up to two hours when a truck driver encounters adverse driving conditions;
  • Revising the current mandatory 30-minute break for truck drivers after 8-hours of continuous driving; and
  • Reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour off-duty rest break for drivers operating trucks that are equipped with a sleeper-berth compartment.

In addition, the ANPRM seeks public comment and relevant data on two recently submitted petitions requesting regulatory relief from HOS rules (1) pertaining to the 14-hour on-duty limitation (filed by the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association) and (2) pertaining to the 10-hour off-duty requirement (filed by TruckerNation).

Earlier this year, the congressionally mandated electronic logging device (ELD) rule, which required most FMCSA-regulated motor carriers to convert their records from paper to an electronic format, became effective. While compliance with the ELD rule has reached nearly 99 percent across the trucking industry, it has also brought focus to HOS regulations, especially with regard to certain regulations having a significant impact on agriculture and other sectors of trucking.

Additional information on the ANPRM, including how to submit comments to the Federal Register docket, is available here.

The first in a series of public listening sessions on the ANPRM will take place Friday, August 24, 2018, in Dallas, Texas, at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time.  Further information is available here

Information on current HOS regulations is available here.

Information on electronic logging devices (ELDs) carried onboard long-haul trucks and used by commercial vehicle enforcement officers to check compliance with HOS regulations is available here.