Keep ‘em clean

Joseph Evangelist, Executive Vice President, Transervice

All too often fleets look at the cleaning of their trucks as an expense. And while it does cost money to keep a truck clean, the benefits far outweigh the cost.

The subject of vehicle washing is so important that the Technology & Maintenance Council has an entire Recommended Practice (RP433) devoted to it. If you haven’t already done so, you may want to read it.

Perhaps the most important reason to keep your truck clean is that you actually extend its road life. It’s no secret that the de-icing chemicals used on today’s roads are extremely corrosive. The longer they remain on the undercarriage of your trucks the more damage they do.

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VTBA Notice from FMCSA regarding Pennsylvania Interstate and Turnpike Restrictions

Due to the impending winter storm PennDOT will be proactively implementing the following restrictions at 10pm this evening (March 13, 2017):

–          45mph Speed Limit

–          No Tandem and Empty Trailers

–          No Super Loads on Tuesday and possibly Wednesday

–          No RVs, Motorcycles, Trailers and Buses

Areas impacted:

–          All interstates East of I-99 including I-99 and I-70 from the Bedford Turnpike Interchange South

–          I-80 from I-99 eastward

–          PA Turnpike from the Bedford Interchange East


Tim Cotter, FMCSA

Kenworth’s Truckers Against Trafficking auction truck the result of industry collaboration

Lucas Deal@lddeal85| March 7, 2017

Kenworth’s project to auction off a brand new T680 to benefit Truckers Against Trafficking is one that’s been nearly two years in the making, says Don Blake, new truck sales manager at Inland Kenworth.

Blake met Truckers Against Trafficking Executive Director Kendis Paris at that time and became aware of the human trafficking problem that exists in the trucking industry. TAT fights to combat trafficking by educating the trucking industry on how human traffickers exploit the industry to move these victims, and by educating drivers to spot and report possible cases of trafficking found in North America.

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International Roadcheck

International Roadcheck, in its 30th year in 2017, is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 15 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute across North America during a 72-hour period.

International Roadcheck is an annual three-day event when CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle and driver safety.

Since its inception in 1988, roadside inspections conducted during International Roadcheck have numbered more than 1.4 million. Roadcheck also provides an opportunity to educate industry and the general public about the importance of safe commercial vehicle operations and the roadside inspection program.

CVSA sponsors International Roadcheck with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico).

This year’s International Roadcheck will take place June 6-8, 2017.

When inspiration is confused with insanity

Wendy Parker|March 08, 2017

Y’all ain’t gonna believe this.

You probably already saw the article about a cat who survived 400 miles in the undercarriage of his owner’s truck. If you didn’t, here’s a quick synopsis: Trucker/cat lover gets sick and has to park for several hours with the truck idling, to run the A/C. Sometime during the trucker/cat lover’s illness, his cat gets out of the truck by letting the automatic window down. Trucker/cat lover recovers, can’t find his cat, and has to move on to deliver a load. Trucker/cat lover posts probably the saddest Facebook post ever, telling people to look out for his cat, and he takes off.

Lo and behold, after making two deliveries 400 miles in total away from the spot he had parked, trucker/cat lover finds his pet stowed away in the undercarriage of his truck. Trucker/cat lover posts the happiest ending Facebook post ever, and becomes internet famous overnight.

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Senate Confirms Chao To Head DOT Under Trump

The Senate confirmed Tuesday Elaine Chao as the next Secretary of Transportation. With broad bipartisan support, the Senate voted 93-6 to confirm President Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Transportation.

Chao told a Senate panel earlier this month her three main goals as head of the U.S. DOT will be to bolster infrastructure funding, bridge the divide over rural and urban transportation needs and find better balance between federal regulations and the concerns of businesses regulated by the DOT.

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Building The Gremlin Wall

Our truck has magical powers, but clearly they’re not as strong as the force gremlins have. It’s a daily battle with an older truck, and sometimes with brand-new trucks. There is nothing in the world more aggravating than evil spirits who won’t act up when the truck is in a shop bay.

I know very little about the workings of our diesel, but I’ve ridden enough miles with her to know when something isn’t right, just by the sound of it. George, like most all owner-ops, spends the first fifteen minutes of every day listening and looking intently for anything that sounds expensive. It’s the most stressful fifteen minutes of the day for me, especially when the truck is cold and she needs to chug a minute before she gets her groove. Those first few gurgles and chokes make my blood run cold, but when the bubble and perk start cycling good, relief is as warm as the engine.

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