Articles by CCJ Staff

Preventable or not? One-way ticket to bad day for Doe

On a sunny Friday afternoon, John Doe was maneuvering his straight truck down Butafooco Boulevard, a one-way thoroughfare in Bear Paw, S.D., daydreaming about his impending weekend visit to the Harley-Davidson dealership where he planned to buy an “almost-new” bike from Billy Bob, the shop’s ...

Registration for CCJ’s Spring Symposium opens; seminar for fleet execs to include sessions on regs, driver recruiting and more

Registration for CCJ’s annual Spring Symposium is now open. The annual summit for fleet executives and fleet managers will take place May 18-20 at the Renaissance Ross Bridge Resort outside of Birmingham, Ala., and will feature sessions on dealing with current and upcoming federal regulations, implementing ...

Janam Technologies packages XT1 mini tablet with T-Mobile plan

Janam Technologies, a provider of rugged mobile computers that scan barcodes and communicate wirelessly, announced a partnership with T-Mobile distributor One Shop Wireless. With the arrangement, Janam says its customers have access to the new Simply Connected promotion for T-Mobile’s DataStrong network. “Janam is committed to providing ...

Keystone XL pipeline construction vetoed by Pres. Obama, override unlikely

President Obama informed the Senate today (Feb. 24) that he has vetoed a bill passed this month that would have approved the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The bill now goes back to Congress, where two-thirds majorities are needed in both chambers to override the veto — which ...

TCA pushes trucking industry to hire 50,000 military vets in coming years

The Truckload Carriers Association announced this week it has committed the trucking industry to hiring 50,000 veterans in the next four years. The program, dubbed the Operation Heroes to Highways, is being done via partnership with Hiring Our Heroes and FASTPort. TCA says the commitment will help ...

Pro-Tread milestone: 7 million and counting

Instructional Technologies, Inc. (ITI) announced that more than 7 million Pro-TREAD lessons have been completed in the transportation industry. James Ekins, a driver for Ryder System, unknowingly completed the seven millionth lesson in January, 2015, titled Avoiding Fixed Objects. “Drivers and warehouse employees at Ryder complete approximately 200,000 hours ...

Ryder to train entire maintenance staff on natural gas vehicle technologies

Ryder System announced that it has launched a new online natural gas vehicle maintenance training program for its entire North American maintenance network.  Over 6,000 maintenance and service employees across Ryder’s 800 maintenance facilities will be trained on the new technology.  The program will provide the ...

FMCSA shuts down carrier for hours, maintenance violations

A small Colorado-based fleet has become the latest to be shut down by federal regulators, following a compliance investigation that revealed disregard for key safety regulations, FMCSA announced this week. Sorbon Transport of Aurora, Colorado, failed to properly inspect and maintain its equipment, did not ensure ...

TMC 2015: News roundup from Technology Maintenance Council’s annual meeting

CCJ editors hit the American Trucking Associations' Technology Maintenance Council's annual meeting this week in Nashville, Tenn., where several major industry manufacturers and industry groups made announcements. Here's a look at the announcements as they came in: Roadmaster introduces new tire, finalizes National Fleet Account Program plans Roadmaster, ...

Hyundai hints at entry into U.S. truck market

The South Korean-based Hyundai Motor Co. announced this week it is investing $1.8 billion in the next five years into commercial vehicle development, which could include bringing a heavy-duty truck to the U.S. market. CCJ sister site Successful Dealer’s Jason Cannon has a full write-up on ...

Gamber-Johnson’s laptop dock

Gamber-Johnson’s Panasonic Toughbook 54 vehicle docking station is designed to leverage the laptop’s expandability. The dock provides access to the bottom Insertable SmartCard Reader and is designed for the mobile worker; a spring-loaded docking connector helps faciliate connectivity over tough terrain, while a push-button keyed ...

Shell’s nitrate-free extended-life coolant

Shell Rotella Extended Life Coolant-Nitrite Free (ELC NF) joins the company’s coolant portfolio as the companion to Shell Rotella Ultra ELC. Both coolants are designed for nitrite-free engine antifreeze/coolant formulations to help protect aluminum components better. Shell Rotella ELC-NF also is formulated to protect modern ...

FMCSA orders shutdown of Nevada carrier

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered a three-truck fleet based in Nevada to cease operations after the agency discovered hours-of-service and other violations. FMCSA said during a compliance review it discovered that the Las Vegas-based JDJD Transportation failed to ensure its drivers complied with ...

QuikQ receives patent for fuel purchasing system

QuikQ, a provider of a cardless direct fuel connection between truck stop point-of-sale (POS) and motor carrier enterprise systems, has received a U.S. Patent for its method and system for managing and monitoring fuel transactions. “The QuikQ system significantly reduces the risk of fuel fraud and ...

Mobil Delvac’s Hurtado offers update on PC-11 development, natural gas market

Prior to this year's Technology and Maintenance Council's annual meeting, CCJ had the chance to talk to ExxonMobil's Lilo Hurtado, the company's senior applications engineer, about upcoming regulatory changes and changing technology in the trucking industry: CCJ: At this year’s TMC annual meeting, I am sure ...