Month: September 2021

For refrigerated haulers, telematics introduces a first-ever capability — the ability to monitor and control transport refrigeration equipment from a central location. Photo: Thermo King For refrigerated haulers, telematics introduces a first-ever capability — the ability to monitor and control transport refrigeration equipment from a central location, including changing cargo temperature profiles and setpoints, and
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30th September 2021 A Freedom of Information request revealed 62% of UK test centres have waiting lists of at least 11 weeks.  Meanwhile, some test centres are facing a delay of 24 weeks. The FOI was requested by HGV training company, Driver Hire Training.  Specifically, it investigated how long the current driving test waiting periods
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Daimler Truck and Torc Robotics are in their third year of partnership, and are working toward commercialization of the first scalable, profitable Level 4 autonomous truck. Photo: Daimler Daimler Truck and Torc Robotics are in their third year of partnership, and are working toward commercialization of the first scalable, profitable Level 4 autonomous truck. This
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29th September 2021 Gist has announced training to tackle the current issue surrounding HGV driver numbers. The company has announced plans to get more people behind the wheel to deal with the ongoing shortages. Specifically, aspiring HGV drivers can now jump the queue for training and sit their Class C+E driving test.  Gist will run
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Nussbaum Transportation (417 drivers) won Best Overall Fleet in the large carrier category Photo: TCA During the Truckload Carriers Association’s annual convention in Las Vegas, TCA and CarriersEdge named Illinois-based Nussbaum Transportation and Massachusetts-based Boyle Transportation the Best Overall Fleets in the Best Fleet to Drive For contest.  The Best Fleets to Drive For contest, now in its 13th year,
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28th September 2021 Delivery company ParcelHero has criticised the government’s plans to offer visas to EU truck drivers.  For example, the company has called the offer to 5,000 drivers a ‘compromise’. Furthermore, it suggests that the decision has ‘infuriated Brexiteers’ by going against promises made about leaving the EU. In addition, ParcelHero believes it will
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Gatik’s medium-duty fleet will deploy Goodyear SightLine tires using connected tech to improve stopping distances in commercial AVs and monitor tire pressure in real time. Photo courtesy Gatik Goodyear and Gatik announced a multi-year collaboration to advance the development of mobility solutions for the autonomous B2B short-haul logistics industry. The news release on Sept. 28 says that the
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28th September 2021 New electric truck developments have given a boost to British business. Firstly, Ricardo has won government funding to investigate future clean vehicles.  In addition, Tevva has unveiled the first British-designed 7.5-truck for mass production in the UK.  The Ricardo new electric truck work covers two separate innovation projects.  The consulting company will partner
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Paccar’s autonomously-enabled trucks configured with the Aurora autonomous Driver platform will haul FedEx loads between Dallas and Houston along the I-45 corridor. Photo: Aurora Paccar has teamed up with Fedex and Aurora to launch a commercial pilot of autonomous trucks in linehaul trucking operations. Paccar’s autonomously-enabled trucks configured with the Aurora autonomous Driver platform will
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With the shorter hood and a wheel cut up to 50 degrees, the 47X further optimizes maneuverability for work on construction sites or operation in congested urban environments. Photo: Western Star Western Star introduced the 47X vocational truck, a lighter-weight complement to the Western Star 49X. The introduction extends the Western Star X-Series into entirely
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Larger fleets, even though many have been encouraging drivers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, are concerned about a new mandate. Photo: Christian Emmer It’s no secret that the trucking industry is heavily regulated by an alphabet soup of government agencies, including FMCSA, EPA, and NHTSA, to name a few. But an emergency regulation regarding COVID-19
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Toyota and Kenworth have been jointly developing hydrogen fuel cell technology for Class 8 trucks since 2017, putting Toyota hydrogen fuel cells in Kenworth T680 truck chassis. Ten second-generation prototypes are being built, with the first five already operating with fleets in port drayage in southern California as part of a demonstration project called Shore-to-Store.
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Ryder plans to serve as Embark’s transfer point operator, managing the logistical operations throughout the yard, performing pre- and post-trip inspections, and providing maintenance services for the vehicles, as well as the autonomous hardware. Photo: Ryder Ryder System and autonomous technology company Embark Trucks have formed a partnership to launch a nationwide network of up to
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HDT Graphic Heavy Duty Trucking’s editors are looking for under-40 trucking fleet leaders to honor as 2021 HDT Emerging Leaders in the December issue. The award honors leaders who are making a difference in both the trucking industry and within their work for a for-hire, private, government, or vocational fleet. These leaders are influential in
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American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 0.5% in August after falling 1.1% in July. Graph: ATA American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 0.5% in August after falling 1.1% in July. In August, the index equaled 110.3 compared with 109.8 in July. “August’s monthly gain, while
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24th September 2021 A debate around net zero emissions has taken place online. The event was organised by Iveco and Shell. In addition, it involved experts and thought leaders from other industry figures. For example, contributions came from Deloitte, the International Road Transport Union (IRU) and FTI Consulting.  Specifically, the goal was to decide the
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24th September 2021 Logistics UK is calling for the government to freeze fuel duty forever. The move, said the business group, should help the move to Net Zero. Specifically, it would help move the sector to alternative fuelled vehicles. David Wells, chief executive at Logistics UK, believes the time is right.  “The logistics industry is
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NACFE’s Run-on-Less-Electric demonstration has shown that millions of trucks could be practically electrified today, saving more than 100 million tons of CO2. Photo: NACFE The North American Council on Freight Efficiency continues to strip away some of the mysteries surrounding truck electrification. The recently completed Run on Less – Electric (RoL-E) real-world technology demonstration verified
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The agreement will allow technical development to expand the operating range at which emissions reductions can be achieved when CDA and DSF technology is combined. Photo: Jacobs Vehicle Systems Jacobs Vehicle Systems and Tula Technology have signed an agreement to accelerate the development of Jacobs cylinder deactivation (CDA) valve actuation technology in conjunction with Tula’s dynamic skip
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