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    ECONOMIC WATCH: Trailer orders surge, but does strength have legs?

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – U.S. net trailer orders totaled 28,319 units, a 49% improvement from July and up 160% year-over-year, ACT Research reports. “Conversations in recent months have indicated a change in fleet perspective, frequently phrased as more requests for quotes, ongoing negotiations, or a simple statement that ‘the phone is ringing a lot more lately’,” said Frank Maly, director, CV transportation analysis and research at ACT Research. “That shift started in late June, and we saw a minor gain in orders in July.” He added, “However, it’s still not all sunshine, as August’s orders included a substantial amount of large fleet demand, with strong e-commerce support, which bodes well for…

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    Laskowski laments inaction on Driver Inc.

    OTTAWA, Ont. – The biggest challenge facing the Canadian trucking industry is the underground economy, and it is time the government did something about it, the president of the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) said Thursday. “The compliant trucking industry is starting to lose to the non-compliant industry,” Stephen Laskowski said of the controversial Driver Inc. business model. Stephen Laskowski. (Screen grab) Driver Inc. classifies fleet employees as independent contractors. The drivers are incorporated and receive their pay without any source deductions. “The message to Ottawa is we need enforcement on the underground economy in our industry.” – Stephen Laskowski. president, the Canadian Trucking Alliance. Laskowski was speaking at a webinar…

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    Save the date for How We Move Matters – July 14 and 15, 2021

    Technology-enabled transportation services – like ridehailing, delivery apps, automated vehicles, and e-scooters – have revolutionized the way we move. But changing how we get around also impacts our environment. How does ridehailing affect air pollution in our communities? What are the environmental impacts of having packages delivered to our front door? Mark your calendars to join us on July 14-15, 2021 for How We Move Matters: Exploring theConnections between New Transportation and Mobility Options and Environmental Health–A Workshop. This workshop will bring together experts in transportation, consumer behavior, and environmental health to share perspectives on the environmental health impact of evolving mobility options. Participants will explore existing and needed research…

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    Three ways fleets can work with educators to solve their technician shortage

    Frustrated with the quality of technician talent your local school is churning out? Maybe you need to get more involved with the school to help solve the problem, rather than blaming the training providers and its graduates. That was a message during a panel discussion at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s fall meetings, on Supporting education to help resolve your technician shortage. Panelists included: Brad Kuykendall, CEO of Western Technical College; George Arrants, vice-president of the ASE Education Foundation; Kenneth Calhoun, fleet optimization manager, Altec; and Eric Benge, senior manager of fleet maintenance with Walmart’s supply chain division. They all urged technician employers to become more engaged with their local…

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    Glasvan Great Dane receives top honors

    MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Glasvan Great Dane has received Great Dane’s top honors for outstanding customer service and reefer sales, the company announced Thursday. “It’s of great honour to be awarded as a dealer who prides itself on providing customer service excellence,” said George Cobham Jr., vice-president of sales and marketing at Glasvan Great Dane. Glasvan Great Dane was honored for its customer service. (Photo: GGD) “Our staff plays a big role in winning this award, and each year we dedicate significant time and resources to enhance our service and the experience that we provide to our valued customers.” The annual customer service award recognizes Great Dane dealers in Canada, the…

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    Brian Dreher captures Best of Show at SuperRigs

    HOUSTON, Texas – Brian Dreher has won the Best of Show award for his 2016 Peterbilt 389 at the 38th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs, which was held virtually this year. The announcement Friday coincided with the National Truck Driver Appreciation Week in the U.S. Brian Dreher’s 2016 Peterbilt 389. (Photo: Shell Rotella) “Congratulations to Brian Dreher for winning Best of Show at Shell Rotella SuperRigs and to all of the award winners,” said Annie Peter, North American marketing manager at Shell Rotella. “Our 38th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs looked a little different this year, but the same spirit of community rose to the top.” Dreher will appear in the 2022…

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    National Academy of Engineering virtual annual meeting set for Oct. 4-7

    On October 4-7, the National Academy of Engineering will host its 56th annual meeting, on Engineering for Pandemics: Preparedness, Response, and Recovery. Plenary speakers and technical forum panelists will offer their perspectives on past pandemics, their impacts, and the role of engineering in preparing for and addressing them. The event will be held entirely online. The public program will begin at noon EDT Sunday, Oct. 4, with remarks by NAE Chair Donald C. Winter, NAE President John L. Anderson, and the introduction of the Class of 2020. At 4:30, two plenary speakers will set the stage for this year’s topic: • Lessons Learned: How to Prepare for Future Pandemics –…

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    Digital mirror gets FMCSA exemption

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Motor carriers can now use a digital mirror system as an alternative to the two rear-vision mirrors on commercial vehicles, thanks to an exemption granted by U.S. regulators. The decision by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was published in the Federal Register on Thursday. The exemption is valid for five years. Robert Bosch and Mekra Lang say their digital mirror system will help enhance safety. (Photo: Robert Bosch) The move follows a request by Robert Bosch and Mekra Lang North America to allow carriers to use their system. Federal regulations require that each commercial vehicle be equipped with two rear-vision mirrors, one at each side.…

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    The science behind trailer design, and why spring ride deserves a fresh look

    TORONTO, Ont. – Ever wonder what goes into the decisions behind which components come on your trailer? For an OEM, it’s a complex evaluation that takes many factors into account. Mark Ehrlich, senior director of engineering for Wabash National, gave a Technology & Maintenance Council study group some insight into the decision-making process. “The selection criteria is pretty intricate,” he said, referring to the evaluation of components such as suspensions, sliders, and wheel ends. “We are looking at multiple attributes in concert together to come up with the best result in terms of value.” Those considerations include performance, safety, ride quality, weight, longevity, maintenance requirements, warranty duration, replacement part availability,…

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    CleanBC Heavy-duty Vehicle Efficiency Program opens

    LANGLEY, B.C. – Registration is open for this year’s CleanBC Heavy-duty Vehicle Efficiency Program, the B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) announced Thursday. The program features a course for fleets on fuel management as well as incentives for the purchase and installation of approved devices. It is organized by the BCTA in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. The province has committed $1.4 million to a second year of the program, the association said. The BCTA will deliver the course in selected communities and via webinars for trucking companies across the province. “Our government is pleased to continue supporting the CleanBC Heavy-duty Vehicle Efficiency Program in partnership with the BC…