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FTC looks to crack down on 'right to repair' violators
The FTC said it will now prioritize investigations into unlawful repair restrictions under relevant statutes, such as the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act. Also: Ohio KW dealership opens new service center.
July 27, 2021
Using telematics to improve maintenance practices
One way to help control maintenance costs is for fleets to mitigate the chances of unscheduled roadside maintenance. Marco Encinas with Teletrac Navman said fleets can use telematics to help keep unscheduled maintenance in check.
July 22, 2021
Oil sampling offers insights into engine health
There are more benefits to engine oil sampling than just evaluating how far you can push drain intervals.
July 15, 2021
Where have all the truck parts gone?
From EGR coolers and sensors to water pumps, fleets are scrambling to find the repair parts they need.
July 11, 2021
Safety & Compliance
FMCSA looks to expand definition, mounting position of vehicle safety tech
FMCSA proposes to amend its regs to allow lower mounting of vehicle safety tech. Also, Yokohama Tire Corporation will implement a price increase next month; WEL Companies (CCJ Top 250, No. 178) is increasing driver pay for the second time this year.
July 6, 2021
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Lack of tire inflation education is alarming
A recent survey revealed that 48% of drivers don’t know how often to check tire pressure and that 53% don’t know how to check tread wear to determine if tires show signs of damage.
July 4, 2021
EV tech shortage concern looms as zero-emission mandates draw near
As more commercial and consumer EVs hit the road, industry experts say fleets need to plan ahead and consider how these high-tech wonders just might attract a broader pool of technicians, particularly women, which could help alleviate a tech shortage.
June 29, 2021
Jackknife investigation should start with the tires
Tire manufacturers publish load-to-inflation charts for every commercial truck tire, which indicate for every change in load, what the change in tire PSI should be.
June 29, 2021
Supply chain woes hit salvage market with increased parts demand
The salvage market has started to receive an uptick in sales and customer inquiries of many common (and not so common) used and rebuilt aftermarket parts.
June 27, 2021
Extending engine oil drains could be as simple as opening the owner's manual
Depending on engine OEM and duty cycle, recommended drain intervals have skyrocketed by more than 300% over the 25,000 mile benchmark.
June 17, 2021
Fleet owner sentenced for falsifying FCMSA documents
He will serve jail time and must pay restitution for trying to hide his affiliation with a company under an out-of-service order. Also: Great Dane trailers recalled; fleet rebrands as 3PL.
June 10, 2021
Navigating the minefield of fleet innovation
Some great ideas take a sales and marketing team to sell them. Unfortunately, the world still does not beat a path to your door unless you are Apple.
June 9, 2021
Controlling maintenance costs
Maintenance decisions should be based on what makes the most sense given an application and the duty cycle of vehicles.
June 1, 2021
How to get the most out of your batteries
A truck’s components could be in top working order. But the wrong battery configuration based on use case and temperature can zap a truck’s power.
May 27, 2021
Nine maintenance tips to reduce CSA violations
It's near-impossible to avoid all CSA violations but you can significantly reduce them.
May 20, 2021
How to: Check for wheel-end seal leaks
A properly functioning wheel-end hub is essential to all medium- and heavy-duty truck and trailer brake systems. Which means when a hub begins to leak, the outcome if untreated can quickly become catastrophic.
May 12, 2021
How to make more informed asset purchase decisions
Maintenance and repair data will also show abnormally high-cost trends that you should analyze and leverage in the component specification selection process.
May 11, 2021
Set and follow best practices to lower light and HOS infractions
This year's Roadcheck takes place May 4-6 with an emphasis on lighting, the 'number one vehicle violation' and hours-of-service which continue to rank as the top cause for out-of-service driver violations. CCJ talked with experts about both.
April 29, 2021
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Tesla delays electric Semi for third time
Tesla cites "limited availability of battery cells and global supply chain challenges," in third delay of its Semi truck launch.
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Mergers & Acquisitions
Paschall Truck Lines parent acquires Missouri carrier
Fleets see results from automated per diem program
Truck Tonnage Index falls for second consecutive month, spot rates sliding
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