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Apr 29, 2016

FIAT-CHRYSLER's news * Italy / USA: Adding trucks

* Lombardy / Michigan - ​Fiat Chrysler drops cars, adds trucks, shifts jobs

--- With lower gas prices shifting North American driving preferences toward bigger vehicles, Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) has accelerated its transition away from passenger cars with an impact on its manufacturing footprint across the globe... Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO, Sergio Marchionne, said previously that the market shift in the U.S. to trucks and SUVs is permanent, aided by low gasoline prices, and that Fiat Chrysler would adjust to it... The production changes will bring an increase in North American jobs, but some of the production will be moved to Mexico, Marchionne said... Here's what we know about the production plans so far:

 * FCA will retool a factory in Sterling Heights, Michigan, north of Detroit, so it can make a new Ram pickup truck that will come out early in 2018...
 * A factory in Warren, Michigan, that now makes the Ram pickup will be retooled to make the Jeep Wagoneer or Grand Wagoneer, an SUV that's larger than the Jeep Grand Cherokee...
 * Production of the aging Jeep Compass and Patriot compact SUVs would move to Toluca, Mexico, when a new version comes out. Those are now made at a 4,000-worker factory in Belvidere, Illinois... Last year's contract with the United Auto Workers union promised new vehicles for Sterling Heights and Belvidere...
 * FCA is talking with other manufacturers to make small and midsize cars, but Chief Financial Officer, Richard Palmer, said he couldn't discuss the talks. 
* FCA will continue to make larger rear-wheel-drive muscle and luxury cars, and it should be able to grow in that area, Marchionne said. But it's possible, he said, when the plans are finished that "the true passenger car side will represent the lesser portion of our portfolio than it does today."
 * ... That doesn't include Alfa Romeo, which is being built in Italy for export under plans to shift Italian production to higher-margin premium models... 

Fiat Chrysler said its North America adjusted earnings before interest and taxes doubled to 1.2 billion euros on higher revenues, lower advertising spending and lower recall campaign costs. Sales of Jeep, Ram trucks and minivans led an 8 percent boost in regional sales to 634,000 vehicles...
Milano, Lombardy, Italy / Auburn Hills, MICH, USA - CBS News - April 26, 2016

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Apr 28, 2016

SCANIA's TRUCKS BLACK BOX * Sweden - Anti-theft tool

* Stockholm - Scania black box designed to stop truck theft

--- Swedish truck OEM Scania said connected truck technology can not only help make heavy vehicles more efficient, but also prevent theft... With more than 170,000 Scania trucks connected across the world – including more than 1000 in Australia Scania said modern technology may be able to prevent theft in the first place, or help track down a missing truck in good time... If a Scania is reported stolen, the owner, in conjunction with Scania, can assist the police in tracking down the vehicle, the company added... In Sweden, Scania recently helped track and recover a stolen truck from Ulf Melin Entreprenad... According to Rickard Seijbold, Scania’s Area Manager for Fleet and Driver Services in Sweden, the company was also able to provide police with details of the truck’s route and where it stopped after it was stolen...
(Photo: A blackbox truck from PCM)  --  Soderdtajle, Sweden - Prime Mover (Australia) - 26th, April 2016

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NEIGHBOROUGH COMPLAINS * South Africa - AGAINST PORT TRUCKING

* KwaZulu-Natal - Trucking woes aired ahead of march

--- Residents of Glenwood and Umbilo came together to discuss how they could fight the growth of trucking to the port, which was bringing crime and grime to their communities... Earthlife said trucking had brought with it an increase in pollution and crime... Environmental activist, Desmond D’Sa, said trucks in the area posed a danger to residents because they were sometimes poorly maintained and crashed into homes, killing people. He said the trucks also increased noise pollution including at night... A resident who has lived in the Glenwood area for more than 30 years said inefficiencies at the container terminal were adding to the congestion on the roads... Residents and the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) were planning a march today in Langeberg Road, near Durban’s container terminal... Transnet National Ports Authority said it was aware of the protest... 
(Photo: More than 1 100 trucks have been hijacked so far this year, and that was before the pre-festive season rush)  --  Durban, KZN, SA - IOL, by Mphathi Nxumalo - 27 April 2016

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TAX INCREASE * Canada: TO AFFECT TRUCKING Cos.

* New Brunswick - Nfld budget hits trucks with spikes for diesel, HST, permits

--- The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association says Newfoundland & Labrador’s new provincial budget will hit hard with its five-cents per litre diesel tax jump combined with a 2% harmonized sales tax increase that will now affect vehicle insurance premiums on top of new fee spikes for licences and permits... Jean-Marc Picard, executive director of the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association, said, “The trucking industry is going to feel the effects of these costs increase for a long time and likely puts some companies at risk of shutting down” ... The HST increase kicks in July 1 when it will move from 13 to 15%... 
(Photo: Skyline of the port of Saint John s in Newfoundland and Labrador) -- Dieppe, NB, Canada - Today's Trucking - Apr 27, 2016

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PORT TRUCKERS * USA: Misscassified as independent contractors

* California - Port trucking company ordered to Court over unfair labor practices

-- In what's being called a historic case, the Los Angeles office of the National Labor Relations Board is looking into whether port trucking company Intermodal Bridge Transport engaged in unfair labor practices toward its drivers by misclassifying employees as independent contractors... The NLRB filed the complaint based on charges by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters UnionThe Teamsters also charged IBT with threatening and coercing drivers who participated in union-organized strikes... According to court documents, on two separate occasions drivers were interrogated by a supervisor at IBT about their support for the Teamsters union. The supervisor promised drivers more work to get them to stop union activities and later resorted to threatening them with unspecified consequences if they continued to support the union. The supervisor also threatened to close the facility if the Teamsters succeeded, according to the union... The driver misclassification issue is an ongoing one at Southern California ports, with several driver strikes occurring in the past few years affecting multiple trucking companies. Last year, the Los Angeles City Council called on port trucking companies to provide drivers with proper wages and benefits and comply with labor laws... 
(Photo via Teamsters Union) -- Los Angeles, CAL, USA - TruckingInfo, by Steven Martinez - April 26, 2016

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Apr 27, 2016

PACCAR's news * USA: Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks, the third-highest in the past 10 years

* Washington - Paccar sales slow, but demand for big trucks remains strong

--- The Bellevue-based truck maker Paccar posted strong but slower sales in the first quarter — with U.S. demand dipping and European demand picking up for its DAF trucks. Paccar reported first quarter revenue of $4.3 billion compared to $4.83 billion a year ago... It has manufacturing and distribution facilities in Renton, USA ... The company also reported a loss of $594.6 million during the quarter, in large part due to a non-recurring charge of $942.6 million due to the European Commission’s investigation of all European truck manufacturers... In Europe, Paccar saw a bump of sales of its DAF trucks, which are in the above 16-ton market... Its DAF trucks are the market share leader in that category in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Hungary and Poland... Paccar’s European sales offset a dip in trucks sold in the U.S. and Canada, where the majority of Paccar’s sales occur. Paccar delivered 18,500 new trucks compared to 24,400 last year. Sales dropped to $2.59 billion from nearly $2.3 billion during the same quarter a year ago. Going forward, Paccar Executive Vice President, Gary Moore, said he expects demand for sales of new Class 8 trucks — the category that its Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks fall into — to be the third-highest in the past 10 years, thanks to the continued strong economy and steady freight demand... 
(Photo: Paccar manufacturing and distribution facilities in Renton)   --  Bellevue, WASH, USA -- Puget Sound Business Journal - Apr 26, 2016

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VOLVO TRUCKS news * USA: Recall remains 800 vehicles

* DC - More than 800 Volvo trucks still need to be checked


--- More than 800 of the Volvo trucks recalled by the company March 23 remained unaccounted for April 26, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced... The trucks are Volvo 2016-2017 VNL, VNX and VNM models produced between May 11, 2015, and March 2016... The original recall covered 15,835 trucks which Volvo said have upper and lower steering shafts which can separate, raising the possibility of a crash. The OEM said there had been four reported incidents but no injuries... Vehicles that have been built will receive a one-piece shaft or an interim fix, which is inspecting the roll pin and securing the upper shaft, Volvo said. About 40% of production during the period covered by the recall was not affected since the vehicles had a one-piece steering shaft. The defect was tied to a part supplied by a German company... 
(Photo: Volvo trucks model VNL 430 e VNL 630) -- Washington, DC, USA - Transport Topics, by David Elfin - 26 April 2016

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CATERPILLAR's news * UK - Cuting 12,000 full-time jobs globally

* England - Peterlee truck maker Caterpillar warns of challenging year

--- An articulated truck maker has warned it faces a challenging future as weaker demand hits sales... Caterpillar, which runs a factory at Peterlee, east Durham, says troubles in the construction, oil and gas, mining and rail sectors have damaged its progress... Bosses say the slowdown mean sales and revenues fell to $9.5bn (£6.4bn) in its first quarter of 2016, from $12.7bn (£8.7bn) a year ago, adding they have been forced to cut nearly 12,000 full-time jobs across the business’ global operations... 
(Picture: DAVID WOOD - Workers fit parts to Caterpillar trucks at its Peterlee factory)  --  Peterlee, Durham, EN, UK - The Northern Echo, by Steven Hugill - 26 April 2016

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AMW Motors * India: To export more trucks

* Mumbai - AMW Motors eyes exports


--- Embattled truck-maker AMW Motors hopes to export to a number of geographies once a deal is reached to sell a strategic stake to a potential buyer... Bhuj-based AMW Motors had fallen into bad times following the auto industry recession of 2012-13... The company, which makes trucks ranging from 16 to 49 tonne, has a capacity of 50,000 vehicles at its Bhuj plant... Once the deal is inked, the truck manufacturer would look at exporting trucks to countries in West Asia, Africa, South America, Commonwealth of Independent States and South-East Asia... AMW Motors, which already has sold 40,000 trucks, will also foray into development of new trucks that meet emerging emission norms...
Mumbai, Tamil Nadu - The Hindu, by RAJESH KURUP & K RAM KUMAR - April 26, 2016

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FORD's TRUCKS * Africa

* Ghana - Ford introduces new range of smart trucks

--- The Construction, Tractor and Road series of the Ford trucks which include trailers, tipper trucks, concrete mixers, sewage collectors, among others according to the company have been expertly engineered to not only effectively execute heavy-duty tasks, but at optimum fuel-efficiency... To further boost the security of the trucks, immobilizers have bene fixed in the trucks making it almost impossible for anybody to start the vehicle without the permission of the driver... And the introduction of a ‘retarder system’ which automatically slows down the vehicle in treacherous conditions like going down a slope with a heavy load... This he noted would go a long way to reducing the maintenance cost on the vehicles... 
Accra, Ghana - Joy Business, by Kuuku Abban - 25 April 2016

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DRAYAGE TRUCKS' FREE APP * USA

* California - Freight truck driver releases free app to speed container street turns at port

--- The latest news from the West Coast Port of Oakland where the latest aid to drivers is an app a harbour driver responsible for some of the container traffic actually passing through the port... Filex Fok, a licensed motor carrier at the Port, introduced the new app last week. Called Jupigo, his technology helps harbour truckers exchange empty cargo containers without ever entering the Port... The objective: keep truckers on the road, not waiting at busy terminal gates... Jupigo functions like a dating app for truck drivers who have equipment needs. Drivers with empty containers to return post their equipment availability on Jupigo. Truckers searching for empties post their requirements as well. The app automatically alerts both drivers, who can then initiate a container exchange...
Oakland, CAL, USA - Handy Shipping Guide - 26 April 2016

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DB Schenker logistics * Germany - In a public offering

* Berlin - Deutsche Bahn starts Schenker IPO move

-- Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s state-owned railway, is pressing ahead with plans to list its DB Schenker logistics unit on the stock market... Europe’s largest rail freight operator will in June select the lead banks to organize the initial public offering of one of the world’s leading freight forwarders and logistics providers, according to German media reports... Deutsche Bahn is expected to sell up to 40 percent of Schenker, currently valued at around 5 billion euros ($5.65 billion), on the Frankfurt stock exchange, most likely in 2018, with the estimated proceeds used to finance its restructuring and pay down debt... The Berlin-based company also plans to float Arriva, its international passenger operation, on the London stock exchange in 2017... The German government initially opposed the twin privatizations, fearing Deutsche Bahn was selling the “family silver” simply to reduce short-term debt...
Berlin, Germany - JOC, by Bruce Barnard - Apr 27, 2016

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TRUCKERS UNLIMITED * Canada: by 'Women Unlimited'

* Nova Scotia - 'There's no stopping us': Women breaking down barriers in trucking industry



 --- A group of Nova Scotia women are breaking down barriers in an industry traditionally dominated by men... The women are training to enter the trucking industry as part of 'Women Unlimited', a Nova Scotia Community College program that introduces women to opportunities in trades... Tammy Tortola says it's the "freedom" of driving on the open road that has attracted her to the industry... She said the idea that only men could drive long haul trucks is simply a stereotype that needs to be put to rest... Trucking school recruiter Emily Stokes said only three per cent of truck drivers currently on the road are female... Some of the women admit that they were worried their gender might be a barrier to entering the industry... 
Halifax, NS, CAN - CTVNews - April 26, 2016

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FEMALE TRUCKERS * USA: Could solve trucking industry driver shortage

* Wiscosin - Only 6% of truckers are female drivers


(Graphic: Shaye Anderson/Trucks.com - Women in Trucking Statistics Infographic)

 -- Women sit behind the wheel of just 6 percent of the commercial trucks crisscrossing American highways on any given day... To the American Trucking Associations, that stark number represents an opportunity at a time when the industry needs tens of thousands of new drivers to keep up with demand... Women are an obvious source of new drivers, the ATA said in a report on the shortage late last year — estimated to be 48,000 drivers and projected to keep growing. Women make up 47 percent of all U.S. workers. Yet the share of female drivers has remained stagnant between 4.5 percent and 6 percent since 2000, the ATA said... The barriers to raising that number are social, physical and institutional... “There’s still a perception that it’s a man’s job,” Klang said. “But trucking is 95 percent confidence, and 5 percent skills. It’s not physically strenuous” ...

(Photo: Women in Trucking Association. Ellen Voie, CEO of the WTA) 

... Still, there are physical differences between men and women that present a challenge to getting more females into the cab, Ellen Voie, president of the Women In Trucking Association in Plover, Wis., told Trucks.com ... With an average height of 5 feet, 4 inches, female truck drivers are 6 inches shorter than the typical male driver. Female truck drivers have an average weight of 160 pounds, Voie said, while their male counterparts are 213 pounds. Their smaller and shorter stature makes it harder for women to reach the controls... She met with Peterbilt engineers at the manufacturer’s factory in Denton, Texas, earlier this year. And Voie also addressed the Future Truck Committee at the ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council Conference in Nashville in late February... 


* Michigan - “There’s still a perception that it’s a man’s job”


--- The shortage of truck drivers isn’t the only reason that recruiting women makes good business sense. It could potentially improve safety...  Male drivers, on average, have twice the number of crashes as women. They are more likely to be involved in crashes that occur on curves, in the dark or while passing other vehicles, according to a report by the Social Issues Research Centre in Oxford, England... Stephanie Klang acknowledges that recruiting women to the industry is a challenge because trucking can take its toll on family life. In her case, that means an average of 280 nights away from home each year... She rides shotgun in her Conway's Kenworth T680... The daily grind varies, but Klang prefers hitting the road by 4 or 5 in the morning and driving for nearly 10 hours before finding a spot for the evening. “Legally we can drive 11 if everything works out — you know, construction, traffic,” she said. “Our biggest worry every day now is where are we going to park tonight” ... She listens to NPR by day and watches her flat-screen television by night.. The bed, where Klang sleeps three-quarters of the year, is a twin extra long... In 2006, Klang married again — this time to a fellow Con-way trucker with a cat of his own... 
(Photo: Stephanie Klang and her truck) -- - Ann Arbor Charter Township, , USA Trucks, by JACLYN TROP- April 26, 2016

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TRUCKING BEWARE * USA: An example of a dangerous truck accident

* Illinois - A specific example


--- A graduate student was driving in moderate stop-and-go traffic on the interstate. While he was stopped in a line of cars, a tanker truck driver that was traveling at about 25 mph rear ended a vehicle that was 2 cars behind the student’s vehicle. As a result, a chain-reaction impact occurred. The car behind the graduate student’s car rear ended his car, causing his seat to break. His car was then forced into the car in front of him... The graduate student sued the trucking company, alleging that the driver was negligent in failing to keep a proper lookout and for its driver’s failure to brake timely to avoid causing the collision. The defendant admitted liability but disputed the extent of the plaintiff’s injuries. The defendant argued that the injuries would not affect the plaintiff’s future career plans... The plaintiff demanded $7.31 million, while the defendant offered $5 million. The jury awarded $17.4 million, including $7 million for past pain and suffering, $5.5 million for future pain and suffering, about $2.75 million for future medical expenses, $2 million for future loss of earnings capacity, approximately $142,000 for past medical expenses, and about $5,100 for past lost earnings. Since then, the case has been settled... This case illustrates the dangers that trucks can pose to other vehicles on the roadway. What may have been caused by a simple failure to pay attention to the traffic conditions ahead resulted in catastrophic injuries to an innocent driver. Although the vast majority of truckers are good, safe drivers, a simple mistake while on the road can have drastic, far-reaching consequences...
 Western Springs, ILL, USA - The National Law Review - 25 April 2016

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TRUCKERS' TURNOVER RATE * USA: 2015 up to 102 percent

* Ohio - Turnover rates at trucking companies set milestone not seen in five years

--- It seems one of the hardest industries to keep workers continues to be the trucking industry... The annualized turnover rate for large truckload fleets rose two percentage points in the fourth quarter of 2015 to 102 percent, the second straight quarter it was at least 100 percent - the first such streak since 2012, according to the American Trucking Associations... “This elevated turnover rate shows that the driver market remains a challenge for truckload fleets,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “Obviously, attracting and retaining drivers remains a top concern for the industry” ... The turnover rate at small truckload carriers – fleets with less than $30 million in annual revenue – surged 21 points to 89 percent in the final quarter of 2015. Despite this surge, churn at smaller fleets is still six points lower than during the fourth quarter of 2014 and averaged just 79 percent... The turnover rate at less-than-truckload carriers rose one point to 11 percent in the final quarter, and averaged 11 percent for all of 2015... The lack of truckers is being felt in the Dayton region, which is a hub for trucking firms because of the intersection of Interstates 75 and 70... 
Dayton, OH, USA - The Dayton Business Journal, by SARAH BENNETT - Apr 26, 2016

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TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDS * Australia

* Victoria - Has transport infrastructure focus in Budget

-- Public transport spending the main game as roads also get a boost... The Victorian Budget has big ticket transport infrastructure spending to tackle congestion with the exception being anything for a northern connection between the Western Ring Road and the Eastlink freeway... While the other road-related spending will be welcome, that connection is dear to the industry, other road-user groups and local residents... The Budget provides $7 billion in total for road projects including duplicating Yan Yean Rd and Thompsons Rd, building the Western Distributor, upgrading the Monash Freeway, streamlining Hoddle Street, and for other projects to improve road safety and reduce congestion... 
(Map: Project to link, the Western Ring Road and the Eastlink freeway, Victoria, Australia) -- Melbourne, VIC, Australia - Fully Loaded/ATN - 27 April 2016

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NEW NATIONAL TRUCK INSPECTION MANUAL * Australia: Coming on July 1st.

* ACT - New national wheels and tyres rules anticipated

-- The NHVR's new national truck inspection manual comes into effect soon, and there is no more important section than the one on wheels and tyres... A breakthrough for better truck maintenance comes into force in most parts of Australia... That’s the start date for the first nationally consistent inspection manual for heavy vehicles... The manual is produced by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, which holds sway everywhere except in Western Australia and the Northern Territory... The previous manual had not been updated since 2004, and each state had its own version with variations, so driving across a border could see drivers being nabbed for something which was OK somewhere else... The sections of the new manual most relevant to the trucking industry are on vehicle identification and dimensions; brakes; couplings; steering and suspension; wheels, tyres and hubs; structure and body condition; seats and seatbelts; lights and reflectors; mirrors; windscreens and windows; and trailers... Manual example: Meanwhile point c) is fairly obvious when it comes to tyre rejection: "A tyre (including sidewalls) has deep cuts, chunking, bumps, bulges, exposed cords or other signs of carcass failure" ... 
(Photo: NHVR's new manual will cover tyres and wheels when it comes into effect in July) -- Canberra, ACT, Australia - Fully Loaded/ATN, by Steve Skinner - 27 April 2016

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TAX REDUCTION * Australia: Road user charge reduction

* ACT - Trucking gains fuel tax rate reduction

--- The Coalition has loosened another pre-election shot across the Opposition’s trucking bows with a road user charge reduction ahead of the federal Budget... Following its abolition of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT), Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Darren Chester, has pared the truck fuel tax rate from 26.14 to 25.9 cents per litre from July 1... In welcoming a move it had called for, the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) calculates it will save a typical owner-driver about $200 in 2016-17, and a typical small fleet operator about $1,100... The road user charge is imposed as a reduction in the fuel tax credits that trucking businesses can claim through the BAS process, the ATA notes... As a result of the decision, the fuel tax credit rate for eligible heavy vehicles will increase from 13.36 cents per litre to 13.6 cents per litre from July 1... 
(Photo: PowerTrans multi-trailer minings trucks)  --  Canberra, Australia Capitol Territory, Australia - Fully Loaded/ATN - 26 April 2016

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TRUCKING SATISFACTION * Australia: For abolition of the RSRT

* NSW - Truck industry tribunal hits the road

-- The abolition of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal was "the only sensible decision there was", according to Blanchard Haulage's, Michael Blanchard... The legislation to remove the tribunal, created by the Labor Government in 2012, came into effect on April 21... Mr Blanchard said if the tribunal stayed, it would create in effect a two-tiered transport system and an uneven playing field between owner-operator truck drivers and larger trucking companies... Mr Blanchard believes the Heavy Vehicle National Regulator will help create one set of nation-wide rules to improve the safety of the heavy vehicle transport industry... 
(Photo: JoJo Newby/The Daily Examiner - Blanchard's Operations Manager Michael Blanchard with one of the many trucks at the depot in Grafton)   --  Grafton, NSW, Australia - - The Daily Examiner, by Jarrard Potter - 27th Apr 2016

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Apr 26, 2016

* India TRUCK MARKET PROGNOSIS: Technology & Trucking:

* Delhi- How new innovations are adding up to the benefits of trucking aggregation

-- Whenever Indians think of trucks and the trucking business, their minds conjure up the image of a garishly painted, heavily embellished vehicle with a vest-clad, bearded trucker sitting in its cockpit singing loudly to the tune of his radio. The reason behind this image is pretty obvious – the long-haul logistics industry is still very much a brick-and-mortar industry. While the last-mile logistics sector has by and large adopted the benefits that technology brings in, the long-haul segment has resisted the change for years... A McKinsey report on the Indian logistics ecosystem expected it to grow at an average of 7-8 percent year on year, while the freight traffic is estimated to demonstrate a 2.5 fold growth till 2020. With their state-of-the-art tech-driven offerings, technology-driven trucking aggregators are well positioned to disrupt the market segment and tap into the massive business potential that is at present locked within the industry, which is currently estimated to be worth $220 billion. The end-game, in this case, is quite obvious – revolutionising the trucking business through tech-driven offerings and adding more value to all the stakeholders in the supply chain... 
New Delhi, India - Iam Wire, by Jayaram Raju - April 25, 2016

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* USA MAXIMUM TRUCK TONNAGE: For TCA: 80,000-pound limit

* DC - Truckload group splits with ATA policy on truck size and weight issue

--- In a behind-the-scenes split that highlights the divergent interests between truckload carriers and the less-than-truckload (LTL) industry, the Truckload Carriers Association has officially split from the larger American Trucking Associations’ official policy position on truck sizes and weights... During its recent convention in Las Vegas, the TCA officially changed its policy stance. It is endorsing the current five-axle, 80,000-pound weight restriction. Since 2011, the TCA and ATA had been united in seeking a five-axle, 88,000-pound weight limit or six-axle, 97,000-pound limit that is found elsewhere in North America... At issue is TCA blowback from a failed lobbying effort fueled by FedEx Chairman Frederick Smith to try and allow twin 33-foot trailers for the LTL sector, a change from the current twin 28-foot legal limit. ATA lobbied extensively for that change late last year. That change would have benefited FedEx, UPS and a handful of LTL carriers, but would have resulted in little benefit for TL carriers, which largely utilize single 53-foot trailers rather than the twin “pups” preferred by LTL carriers... Now, the group representing the truckload industry is officially changing its position on truck size and weights, sticking with the current 80,000-pound limit that has been in place for more than two decades...
Washington, DC, USA - Logistic Management, by John D. Schulz - April 25, 2016

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DAIMLER's TRUCKS RECALL * USA

* DC - Daimler recalling 3,700 Freightliner Trucks and other vehicles to fix brakes

-- Daimler Trucks North America is recalling 3,691 Freightliner trucks and other vehicles to correct defects that could affect their ability to brake, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported Monday... The manufacturer is recalling 702 Freightliner M2 Business Class, 108SD, 114SD, and Columbia trucks produced between Jan. 6, 2010 and Feb. 29, to fix the rear disk brake caliper... Poorly installed calipers could come into contact with the vehicle’s spring suspension, creating a crash risk... The German auto and truck company also is recalling 2,989 recreational vehicle chassis with a faulty brake activation signal... When combined with a towing device, the brake activation signal could remain active even when the vehicle chassis service brakes are released. The brakes on a towed device could then remain engaged, increasing the risk of an injury and collision... 
(Photo: Daimler - Freightliner M2 Business Class Medium-Duty Truck)   --  Washington, DC, USA - Trucks, by Carina Ockedahl - April 25, 2016

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RENAULT'S news * Australia: 4 x 4 VANS

* Victoria - New traction technology for Renault vans unveiled

---  Renault has introduced a new traction control technology and 4x4 transmission for light commercial vehicles to provide them with more grip in difficult terrain. Dubbed Renault X-Track, the new technology was developed to achieve higher traction performance and will be available across the Kangoo, Trafic and Master ranges, with an Australian launch on the cards later in 2016... Renault Master 4x4 drivers can choose between two modes: 4x2 transmission for normal roads or a 4x4 mode for poor quality roads or off-road use. The 4x4 feature is being made available by the factory for both versions of the Master cab-chassis, for Single and Dual Cab models, as well as for rear-wheel drive van bodies... 
(Photo: Renault LCV range gain X-Track) -- Mulgrave, VIC, Australia - Prime Mover Magazine - 20th, April 2016

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ELECTRIC TRUCK MAKERS * UK: "Charge"

* Oxfordshire - British electric truck maker ‘Charge’ announces global partnership with Formula E

-- Charge the British based automotive technology company and maker of “smart electric trucks” today announces a global sponsorship with Formula E to become the official electric truck partner effective immediately... The agreement will see Charge supply electric trucks to all Formula E circuits in flagship cities worldwide... Charge is re-defining the way trucks should be made with a fully integrated software solution that enables the hardware to be instantly upgraded with every aspect of the vehicle connected... Charge is based in Oxfordshire surrounded by the most advanced automotive technology companies. Charge aims to create hundreds of jobs in the UK and will continue to grow as the company scales its production significantly over the coming months... This partnership was announced to coincide with the Paris agreement and World Earth Day - two large-scale efforts to reverse climate change... 
Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK - Motorsport - 24 April 2016

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EICHER´news * India: New Mini truck

* Tami Nadu - Eicher Pro 1049 mini truck launched in India

-- Eicher Trucks & Buses, part of VE Commercial Vehicles, announced its foray into the sub 5T category of commercial vehicles with the launch of Eicher Pro 1049 (Eicher Pro 1000 series)... The Eicher Pro 1049 comes with the longest cargo body (10ft) and highest payload (4.9T GVW) in the segment... This mini truck has been designed to cater to the last mile distribution in urban, semi-urban and rural areas across the country. With this launch, Eicher Trucks and Buses plans to strengthen its leadership in the Light and Medium Duty (LMD) segment and is aligned with the company's commitment to usher in the future of Indian trucking with next generation products and technologies... "The Eicher Pro 1049 offers best in class fuel efficiency and better turnaround time in Sub 5 Ton GVW category," said a company statement... 
(Photo: Eicher Pro 1049 and Pro 3016 trucks on display at Auto Expo 2016) -- Chennai, TN, India - The Times of India, by Nandini Sen Gupta - Apr 25, 2016

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Apr 25, 2016

DAIMLER NA * USA: A truck for the "Inspiration"

* Oregon - Daimler Trucks North America built a semi truck that drives itself

  (Video from Freightliner Trucks - May 5, 2015: Our customers have always inspired us to look for ways to make vehicles more efficient and safe. Using radar, cameras and advanced sensors, the autonomous Freightliner Inspiration Truck is the next step forward) 

-- Daimler Trucks North America have created the first road legal self-driving semi truck, and they did it in Portland... That's right: a truck that drives itself. Last year, Daimler's Freightliner Inspiration was granted a license for open road driving in Nevada, making it the first large autonomous truck of its kind that can legally drive on highways in the world. The Inspiration uses radar sensors, cameras and servomotors to detect other vehicles, road markings and objects and respond to them without the need of a driver to steer, brake or accelerate... The technology powering the Inspiration is more than just Transformers come to life—it could revolutionize the American economy... According to Daimler, trucks transported 70% of all freight in the US in 2012, and 90% of crashes caused by driver distraction or drowsiness can be prevented by autonomous technology. In short, the implications of this technology could save thousands of lives and millions of dollars... 
Salem, ORE, USA - Willamette Week, by Walker MacMurdo - April 22 2016

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MACK TRUCKS' USA * Vocational ones on-highway - ** Adds Predictive Cruise to mDrive

* Texas - Mack benefiting from strengthening vocational truck market

--- Truck orders have experienced a steep drop over the past seven months but vocational orders are strengthening relative to on-highway. And that’s good news for Mack Trucks... Last year through February, long-haul truck orders represented 49% of total orders. This year through the same time period that has decreased to 46.9%, while construction truck orders have grown from 17.5% of all orders in the first two months of 2015 to 20.5% of all orders during the same period this year... 
(Photo: Mack Granite Series 03) -- Austin, TXS, USA - Truck News (CAN), by James Menzies - April 22, 2016 


** Mack to improve fuel economy in 2017 engines


--- Mack is updating its engines to provide fuel efficiency gains of up to 8.8% through the use of turbo-compounding, a new common rail fuel injection system and other enhancements... The upgrades will be offered on the 2017 MP7 and MP8 engines; the MP8 improvements will enter production this October and the MP7 updates will take effect in January 2017... The changes to Mack’s engine line will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its products... The greatest of improvements will be seen in the 445-hp MP8 with turbo-compounding. The system converts hot exhaust gas into 50 additional horsepower but rather than offering more power, Mack is taking the opportunity to improve efficiency by reducing the horsepower generated by the engine. So the 445-horse MP8 will effectively be as fuel-efficient as a 395-hp engine...
(Photo: The Mack MP8 engine with turbo-compounding)  --  Austin, TXS, USA - Truck News (CAN), by James Menzies - April 22, 2016

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FORD's * USA: RAPTORS to China

* Michigan - Why is Ford Sending big pickup trucks to China?


-- Ford said it will start selling the high-performance F-150 Raptor in China in 2017. It makes sense to offer the Raptor to Chinese off-road enthusiasts. But one Fool wonders if this is the beginning of a bigger move to introduce Chinese customers to full-size American pickups... The Raptor is a high-performance off-road version of the F-150, powered by a souped-up version of Ford's 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6. Its debut in China will mark the first time Ford has tried to sell a full-size pickup in the world's largest auto market... What's Ford thinking here? Don't be surprised if Ford uses the Raptor to test the waters a bit -- and if Ford decides to start sending regular F-150s to China in a few years as well... 
(Photo source Ford: Ford's Raptor pickup) -- Dearborn, MICH, USA - The Motley Fool, by John Rosevear - 24 April 2016

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TRUCKERS UNEMPLOYED * USA - Why Bernie Sanders it wants ?

* Mississippi - American Truck Showrooms wants to know why?

-- American Truck Showrooms believes that the recent statement by presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, “We could do incredible things… we can build a state-of-the-art rail system, which takes trucks off the road…” is a notion that is ill conceived, reckless, and fraught with many impossibilities, as it pertains to the transportation industry. Whether it is the food we eat, the clothes we wear, or any other household good purchased by the American consumer, all of these products were delivered by one of the nation’s 3.5 million truckers... The majority of all shipments of goods in the U.S. are based on a “Just In Time” inventory management system, which cannot be accomplished by any means other than by truck. Few retail establishments in the United States have access to delivery by rail, and no other logistical system, short of anti-gravitational spacecraft, can compete with the efficiency and effectiveness of the semi-truck... 
Gulfport, MISS, USA - BUSINESS WIRE - April 21, 2016

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TRUCKS' FEES & TAXES at RUSSIAN ZONE

* Russia - Doubles transit fees for foreign trucks

-- The Russian Government has doubled the levy on transit of foreign freight trucks on the country’s roads... The fee has been adjusted in line with the depreciation of the ruble. “The previous fee was set when the euro was 35 rubles. It is 2.3 times less than the current exchange rate of the euro," said the press service... Foreign carriers will now have to pay 120,000 rubles (about $1,800) per year. The daily payment has increased from 385 to 850 rubles (about $13). These fees apply to vehicles with a capacity from 3.5 to 12 tons... The Government has also expanded the list of countries that have to pay the fees. It now includes Latvia and Lithuania. The measure is in response to similar fees introduced by the two Baltic countries... Since July 2014, foreign carriers, including those from Russia, must pay Latvian authorities from €8 to €11 per day (€484 to €925 euro per year). Lithuania introduced a similar measure in December 2015. In such cases, Russian legislation provides for the introduction of symmetric measures, the government said... 
(Photo by Viktor Tolochko / Sputnik) -- Moscow, Russia - RT.com. business - 22 Apr, 2016

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TRAILER MAKERS NEWS * USA

* Indiana - Truckers order 30 percent fewer trailers in March

-- U.S. trailer orders plunged last month as a backlog builds and trucking companies adjust buying plans, ACT Research said Friday... The orders fell 30 percent to 15,000 in March compared to the previous month, and 36 percent from the same period last year... Changes in fleet order patterns are behind the decline, Frank Maly, director of CV Transportation Analysis and Research at ACT Research, told Trucks.com. ... Currently, trailer order backlogs can last almost seven months, which means that fleets with a long backlog may have to wait until the fall to receive their equipment... 
 (Photo Flickr - Ace Solid Waste Red Semi Truck)   --  Columbus, IND, USA - Trucks, by Carina Ockedahl - April 22, 2016

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TRUCKS POLLUTION * India

* Delhi - Pollution comes from trucks industries diesel generators and open burning


-- "In an alarming bad-air situation like in Delhi, the public transport should ideally be based on electric rather than fossil fuel-based engines. There are other sectors that demand simultaneous action" ... Vehicles are certainly an important contributor to the problem of pollution and require to be controlled... Several studies assessed the impact of the odd-even scheme on pollutant concentrations and concluded a limited reduction of 5-13% in pollutant concentrations. It is mainly because the share of private cars towards prevailing PM concentrations is small ( less than 5%) and, even after accounting for additional reductions due to less idling by vehicles and reduced road dust re-suspension emissions, the impact could be limited... The air pollution issue in Delhi cannot be expected to be solved by looking at the city in isolation and taking remedial actions just within its boundaries. Modelling studies at the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) have suggested that the whole Indo-Gangetic plain is heavily polluted by particulate matter and the NCR is one of the hotspots. There are over 13 million vehicles in the NCR, with more than 8 million in Delhi itself...
Delhi, India -- The Economic Times, by Jai Malik and Sumit Sharma - 23 April 2016

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INSPIRATIONAL STORY * India: The only woman truck mechanic

* Delhi - Inspirational story of Shanti Devi

-- Shanti Devi is believed to be India’s only woman truck mechanic. She says that it feels really weird to see people looking at her surprisingly, especially when she replaces tyres. She also tells that she finds no such job which only men can do or only women can do. She believes in following her heart and not remaining confined to parameters set by others... She told that she feels like a team with her husband, Ram Bahadur. It is easy for her to handle her job as well as household duties, side by side. She says she feels equal comfort in cooking for the family and working on the sewing machine as she feels when she fixes a punctured tyre at our workshop... Shanti Devi shares that initially men would stare at her, wondering what she was doing in a profession that is stereotypically meant for men. But things have changed now. Now many women are joining their husbands’ businesses and becoming a helping hand... Shanti says that she learnt everything about automobiles by observing her husband and other mechanics. Now, she knows a lot about the same. In fact, she is a better mechanic than most men today. Shanti Devi believes that a woman can do any job if she has a passion for it... 
(Image Source: Gulf News: Shanti-Devi) -- Delhi, India - World News Day, by Sonam Rana - 24 April 2016

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DANGEROUS UNEXPERIENCED TRUCKERS * New Zealand: Because lower pay rates

* Northland - Police told to get tough on dangerous truck drivers

-- A leading voice in transport in Northland is one of those calling for a police crackdown on careless truck drivers... Tree trunks on a logging truck on 29 August 2013 in Kaitaia, Northland... Regional Transport Committee chair John Bain said the three log truck rollovers in Whangarei last week were caused by excessive speed on bends - and there was no excuse for it... Low pay rates a factor in truck crashes, said a union organiser. Northland trucking companies could not attract experienced drivers because they did not pay enough... First Union's Gary Hetherington said pay rates for log truck drivers in Northland were the lowest in the country - with some getting as little as $16.50 an hour... Mr Hetherington said professional drivers could not make a decent living at Northland rates and as a result young inexperienced people were operating big machinery... He said log truck drivers were also under pressure from companies to make a set number of return trips each day from the forests to the port, on crowded and inadequate roads...
(Photo: 123RF - Police said speed and possibly fatigue were factors in the three log truck crashes in Whangarei last week)   --  Whangarei, Northland, NZ - Radio NZ, by Lois Williams - 24 April 2016

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