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What in the World is a One Ton Truck?

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If you ever mosey on down to the local dealership to shop for pick-up trucks, it’s pretty normal to hear some unusual verbiage. Salesmen will be talking about wheelbase & glow plugs. Customers will be asking about block heaters and chassis cabs. It can get confusing. But there’s a common set of terms that everyone knows: ½ Ton, ¾ Ton & 1 Ton. You’ve heard about truck tonnage for years. But do you know what it really means? If you understand the meaning or not, salesmen and customers alike have at least accepted in a broad since that it… Continue reading

International Roadcheck 2016 Tire Inspection

International Roadcheck 2016 Tire InspectionAvoid getting a violation in next weeks International Roadcheck 2016! CVSA’s International Roadcheck 2016 is June 7th– 9th. During this 72-hour period approximately 10,000 federal, state, provincial, territorial, and local inspectors will conduct commercial vehicle and driver inspections at thousands of locations across the country.

Nearly 17 trucks or buses are inspected every minute during this 72-hour period! This event is designed to emphasize the importance of driver and truck safety inspections in hopes of reducing roadway tragedies. Each year, the International Roadcheck focuses on a specific area of violations.

This year’s emphasis is on tire… Continue reading

Proper Load Security

Proper load security is required to be used by drivers who driver commercial motor vehicles. The process of transferring things from one place to another with a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) can be tedious and dangerous. Although, to the average drivers of America, some may believe that it is an easy task. However, the process of loading, transporting, and then unloading cargo could cause serious injuries or even fatalities if the driver of the CMV is not careful. The drivers of large CMVs are exposed to many dangers when loading/unloading their vehicles. They have the risk of heavy objects… Continue reading

Right to Repair

The Right to Repair bill is something everyone needs in today’s age. This is because vehicle manufacturers are fighting to “lock out” all vehicle owners. What this means is the manufacturers are trying to prevent owners from maintaining their vehicles. Primarily the vehicle’s computer system. By locking out vehicle owners, manufacturers are able to drive more business back to their dealerships. If this were to happen, it means anything from a simple tire change to adjusting the transmission could cost a lot more than simply doing it yourself.

Should manufacturers make it this way, shopping around for the best deal,… Continue reading

CMVs and Using Cell Phones

Commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) are restricted from using cell phones while driving. Cell phones are a large part of our everyday life. This includes the lives of those who drive for a living. Research done by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) shows that a safety-critical event (e.g., crash, near-crash, unintentional lane deviation) is 6 times greater for CMV drivers dialing cell  phones while driving than for those who do not. Drivers who take their eyes off the road are averaging at 3.8 seconds of not focusing on the road. At 55 mph (or 80.7 feet per second) this… Continue reading

Diesel Exhaust Fluid Reduces Pollution

Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) is here to stay. All light, medium, and heavy duty trucks created in 2010 and newer are now incorporating DEF tanks. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing towards enforcing the Clean Air. By doing this, EPA is hoping to reduce, or at least regulate the dangerous NOx emissions that are given off by vehicles. Diesel vehicles happen to be one of the top contributors to the NOx emissions. DEF was created to help reduce these emissions.

Diesel exhaust fluid is a nonhazardous solution that is sprayed down into the exhaust stream of all diesel vehicles.… Continue reading

Hours of Service Regulations — Why They Should Matter to You

Federal service regulations has declared that drives who operate commercial motor vehicles, or CMVs, who is part of a business that takes part in interstate commerce should abide by the Hours of Service (HOS). HOS regulations are by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). They ensure the safety of commercial truck drivers.

What these regulations do is provide a standard of how many hours a driver should be driving and how long he/she should be resting. With these regulations, truck drivers are able to have a safe commute to and from the destinations.

Guidelines require several items. For example,… Continue reading

CARB Steps Up Border Area Enforcement

The California Air Resources Board (CARB), is stepping up its enforcement of  the stringent diesel truck regulations. They want to ensure that vehicles from other states coming into California are in compliance with the anti-pollution laws.

They’ve been going to border towns looking for “dray-offs”, when a compliant truck exchanges cargo with a noncompliant truck. Truckers may receive very stiff penalties for participating in this. In addition,

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California Regs Throw Kinks Into Traditional Equipment Cycles

Chris Shimoda, manager of environmental policy for the California Trucking Association moderated a panel with Mark Sturdevant , fleet sales & emissions specialist for the Velocity Vehicle Group and Robert Tennies, truck sales consultant for Western Parts & Equipment, at the 2013 Fleet Executive Conference in Las Vegas. They discussed how the 2007 California Regulations have disrupted traditional equipment cycles.

It was the consensus that the 2007 emissions requirements have been huge and even egregious. So much so that it has been driving many owner-operators out of business in California. It’s not uncommon for owner-operators to not qualify for a truck loan these days.

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Healthcare Law Will Affect Truck Businesses

The signing of the United States’ Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March of 2010 means big changes for trucking companies beginning in 2014.

The law says that employers with over 50 full-time employees will need to provide insurance for their employees beginning in 2014. The formula defines a full-time employee as anyone working more than 30 hours a week. Part-time employees are categorized as anyone working less than that, and are included in a staff total on a sliding scale.

To calculate how many part-time employees a trucking company has, take the number of part-time hours it assigns… Continue reading