FMCSA-certified med examiners to set up shop at truck stops for DOT-required physicals

The newly formed Truck Stop Health Care announced Sept. 23 it will be placing certified medical examiners in truck stops in every U.S. state. TSHC says the move will help drivers more easily access DOT-certified medical examiners to perform the federally required bi-yearly physical.

Supply chain pros believe truckers no longer ‘crying wolf’ on driver shortage

In a standing-room-only conference session, the moderator asked for a show of hands: How many in the crowd truly believed that there was a shortage of truck drivers, that it’s not just "carrier rhetoric" to drive rate increases?

Video: Test driving Western Star’s new aero-minded 5700 XE

CCJ Equipment Editor Jack Roberts was on hand in Las Vegas earlier this month when Western Star unveiled its new 5700 XE tractor, designed for aerodynamic fuel savings and driver comfort. In this video above, Roberts takes the truck for a test spin and talks ...

Diesel continues price plummet, hits 26-month low

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell another 2.3 cents in the week ended Sept. 22 to $3.778, according to the Department of Energy. That’s the lowest average diesel price since the week ended July 16, 2012, and the 12th straight ...

Bill in House would force FMCSA to remove CSA scores from public view, revamp program

A bill has been introduced in the U.S. House to require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to remove from public view the carrier rankings and scores produced in the agency’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program from public view.

Update to TMC RP looks at driver’s impact on fuel economy

The RP currently lists four key ways: horsepower demand, idle time, vehicle speed, and brake use. The update looks at how newer technologies on the truck can be used by the driver to more effectively impact fuel savings.

What equipment is the most effective at reducing fuel consumption?

What equipment do you think helps best improve fuel economy? We want to hear from you.

ATRI unveils comprehensive guides to sustainable trucking practices

The American Transportation Research Institute last week unveiled a compendium of sustainable freight practices available on its website. The site covers practices ranging from driver training, idle reduction, speed management to vehicle aerodynamics, tires and engines systems.

TMC task force looks at calculating aero device ROI

Fritz Marinko's calculator, which he says takes approximately 10 minutes to fill out, takes head-on aero-manufacturers' claims of fuel savings that are based on averages, wind-tunnel and other non-real world condition testing.

DOT: ‘Low-balling’ carrier rep sentenced, trucker who lied on FMSCA forms indicted

A representative for a carrier who defrauded customers has been sentenced, while a truck driver who previously was charged with homicide after a fatal crash has been sentenced for making false statements on a driver employment application.

With GHG regs on their way, high-pressure tech can help new engines perform

While fuel systems will continue to play an increasing role in emissions control and overall vehicle fuel economy, the next generation of these engine components doesn’t face major redesigns or significant changes. At the same time, minor tweaks made by OEMs to these systems hold ...

CCJ Fall Symposium to offer sessions on driver recruiting and retention, regulatory outlook, improving CSA scores

Registration for CCJ’s Fall Symposium is now open, and the annual networking and educational opportunity for fleet owners and executives will include sessions on recruiting and retaining drivers, minimizing violations in roadside inspections, regulatory and economic outlooks and more.

Orbcomm launches service for next-gen OG2 satellites

Orbcomm, a global provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) systems, launched commercial service for its next-generation OG2 satellites.