Articles by CCJ Staff

DOT issues updated Ebola hauling guidelines

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued Oct. 30 a Safety Advisory saying that Ebola contaminated materials must be packaged in compliance Category A infectious substances hazmat regulations. Click here to see the latest DOT advisory. The notice makes points similar to the guidance issued earlier ...

Twitter, video log: Caterpillar unveils truck for vocational applications

Caterpillar may be out of the engine game for Class 8 trucks, but they're not out of trucking. In fact, they're growing their presence once again. CCJ Equipment Editor Jack Roberts is at Caterpillar headquarters this week in Peoria, Ill., where the equipment maker unveiled a ...

PPG’s epoxy primers

PPG Commercial Coatings’ Delfleet Evolution F4935, F4936 and F4937 HS Epoxy Primers are formulated to provide added adhesion and corrosion resistance over a variety of substrates. The high-solid primers – F4935 white, F4936 gray and F4937 black – have a VOC level of 2.1 pounds ...

Toyo’s drive tire

Toyo’s M650 drive tire is suited for regional haul service and higher-torque operating conditions and is verified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay program for low rolling resistance. The tire is designed to provide added traction and even wear and incorporates the company’s proprietary ...

LaHood again pushes bolstering highway funding, economic impacts of doing so

Continuing his “America is one big pothole” theme, former U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood used an appearance at a Caterpillar press event Wednesday night to lambast the present direction of U.S. transportation policy. Calling the 2-year transportation bill passed in 2012 “chintzy,” LaHood called ...

TCA, Overdrive seeking nominations for year’s top owner-operator, company driver

The Truckload Carriers Association, in conjunction with CCJ sister sites Overdrive and Truckers News, is looking for the best company drivers and owner-operators in the land. In an annual joint effort with TCA, the two name a Company Driver of the Year and an Owner-Operator of ...

Preventable or not? Lowered dock door ruins Doe’s day

On a sunny but chilly morning, trucker John Doe arrived at the Frugal Family Grocery Store in Denver with a trailer loaded with produce. After calling upon store personnel to raise the facility’s overhead door, Doe expertly backed his vehicle until it was positioned at ...

Hogebuilt’s half-tandem fender

Hogebuilt’s Ultimate Low Rider half-tandem fender has a three-inch flange produced with 14-gauge stainless steel. The fender has a 35½-inch drop and is available in premium 304 mirror-finish and mid-grade 430 mirror-shine stainless steel. Hogebuilt, www.hogebuilt.com

Watson & Chalin’s heavy-duty suspension

Watson & Chalin’s SL13K-1190 suspension with air disc brakes is suited for dump, mixer, refuse and heavy-haul applications and is designed with sufficient clearance to facilitate faster installation, proper torqued fasteners and the ability to maintain track. The SL 13K Series Tru-Track Alumilite is engineered ...

Driver medication use, carrier insurance hike, cross-border trucking on FMCSA committee agendas this week

Two Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration committees meet today, Oct. 27, and Tuesday, Oct. 28, to discuss drivers’ use of Schedule II drugs (like painkillers and amphetamines), the agency’s work on raising liability insurance minimums for carriers and the future of the cross-border trucking program. The ...

Transplace develops ‘Optimize Prime’ platform for shipment routing

Transplace, a provider of transportation management services and logistics technology, announced the release of Optimize Prime – a platform that designs, analyzes and optimizes transportation distribution networks to eliminate waste and reduce transportation costs. Optimize Prime works with the third party logistics (3PL) provider’s Transportation Management ...

SmartDrive receives patent for video-based event triggering

SmartDrive Systems announced that it has been notified by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that a patent will be issued  for its application for advanced driving maneuver detection and integration with on board active safety systems. SmartDrive, based in San Diego, says it has built an ...

Ridewell’s steerable auxiliary suspension system

Ridewell’s expanded RSS-233 product line now includes a 20K steerable auxiliary suspension system designed to reduce weight without sacrificing durability. The 20,000-pound-capacity system features a compact mounting envelope, an adjustable frame width to help simplify installation and dust shields to help extend the service life ...

Photos, video: CCJ takes Peterbilt’s new 579 EPIQ for a test drive

CCJ Equipment Editor Jack Roberts is at Peterbilt headquarters in Denton, Texas, this week to get the details on Peterbilt's new 579 EPIQ tractor and take it for a test drive. Below are live tweets and video coverage from the action: https://twitter.com/JackRobertsCCJ/status/525298111930175488 https://twitter.com/JackRobertsCCJ/status/525286551291719680 https://twitter.com/JackRobertsCCJ/status/525285598949806080 https://twitter.com/JackRobertsCCJ/status/525285200037941248 https://twitter.com/JackRobertsCCJ/status/525283362601439232 https://twitter.com/JackRobertsCCJ/status/525278229154639872

Hauling Ebola: Dallas hazmat clean-up team’s story of transporting hospital’s waste

The “Cleaning Guys” have a new line item to add to their list of hauled contaminants: The Ebola virus. The Texas-based hazmat haulers and clean-up response service was on the front lines of the clean-up efforts in Dallas, where three Ebola patients have been treated. Erick McCallum, ...