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Oct 3, 2015

TRUCKERS' STRIKES * India: Against toll system -- ** Truck operators began indefinite strike

* Delhi - Truckers go on nationwide strike against toll system

-- Truckers today went on indefinite strike in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh on the call of the All-India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) to protest against the toll system across the region... Transporters went on indefinite strike after talks between the government and AIMTC delegation failed as the truckers’ body said the offer of electronic-toll system by December was not practical... However, essential commodities like milk, vegetables and medicine have been kept off the purview of the strike... Another trucker body AITWA has said that it is not joining the strike... Said Navin, member of AIMTC: “Our demand is that trucks are allowed free and hassle free movement,” he added, with proper system at place, wastage of fuel will be stopped, and delays in transportation of goods will come down... 
(Photo from PTI: Trucks seen parked during a strike against the increase in toll tax in Surat on Thursday) -- New Delhi, Chandigarh, India - The Tribune - October 1st 2015

** Tamil Nadu - Cargo transportation hit in south

-- Cargo movement on road and shipment through V. O. Chidambaranar Port were hit on Thursday as truck operators began their indefinite strike in support of their demands, including suspension of toll collection on highways... In Tirunelveli, cargo transportation was badly hit as more than 90 per cent of the lorries participated in the strike. Of the 4,000-odd lorries in the district, including 114 lorries operated to Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, more than 90 per cent struck work demanding the removal of 373 toll plazas and regularisation of toll collection points across the country. Since a good number of lorries that bring farm produces from The Nilgiris and Dindigul districts and also from Bengaluru are participating in the strike, fruit and vegetable prices are likely to go up from Friday... The strike would affect shipping activities and normal work at Tuticorin port. Around 4,000 trucks from various parts of the country normally enter Tuticorin every day, carrying cargo to be shipped through vessels... S. Murugesan, a lorry driver, said that only 10 per cent of the trucks were operated in Tuticorin city...
(Photo by N. Rajesh - AT A STANDSTILL: Lorries parked on the Bypass Road near Tuticorin Collectorate on Thursday)  --  Chennai, T.N., India - The Hindu - 2 Oct 2015


TRUCKS POLLUTION * India: 'Tax' plan for trucks in Delhi

* New Delhi - A compensatory surcharge on trucks driving through the city, in study

-- The Supreme Court today agreed to examine the question of imposing a compensatory surcharge on trucks driving in and out of Delhi to curb the capital's growing pollution levels... The suggestion was made by senior counsel Harish Salve - who has been assisting the court as amicus curiae on environment-related issues - to deter the trucks from entering the city. According to him, the levy for a heavy vehicle could be around Rs 1,200... In his brief submission suggesting the imposition of the levy, Salve said Delhi's air pollution levels were higher than those in other major cities in the world. " ...metros in other parts of the world close down when respirable suspended particulate matter, which is particularly toxic for human health, crosses 250ppm" ... NGO Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), the petitioner, suggested the situation was worse. "Last winter, it touched such limits within the top court and was close to 1000ppm in a place like Lodhi Gardens" ... According to the NGO, trucks account for roughly 70 per cent of Delhi's commercial traffic and are a major hurdle towards a green city... Salve cited statistics from the civic body and said 22,628 heavy commercial vehicles enter the city daily. The CSE has pegged the figure higher, at 38,588 trucks daily...
(Photo by Hemant Padalkar - View overlooking Parel in Mumbai)   --  New Delhi,India - The Telegraph - Oct. 1st, 2015


TRUCKS' PARKING SOLUTION * USA: Travel stop at Hungerford, Texas

* Oklahoma - Love’s Travel Stops opens in Hungerford; adds 83 parking spaces

-- Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) opened its doors for business today in Hungerford, Texas, along U.S. Highway 59. The new travel stop provides drivers with a place to rest and access to driver services along the nearly 2,000 mile highway that stretches from Canada to Mexico... Love’s provides professional truck drivers and motorists with gourmet coffee, fresh fruit, gift items, name-brand electronics and McDonald’s and Chester’s restaurants. The 24/7 travel stop features seven showers, 83 parking spaces, RFID cardless fueling, CAT scales and a Truck Tire Care center... 
(Photo: Hungerford, Texas latest Love's location) -- Oklahoma City, OK, USA - The Trucker News Services - 1 Oct 2015


HOS REGULATIONS * USA:Ttruck-driver 'restart' study

* DC - USA regulators start final stage of truck-driver 'restart' study

-- U.S. researchers are ready to crunch thousands of days worth of data collected from more than 220 truck drivers to determine how certain hours-of-service rules affect fatigue, health and safety... The data was collected this year for a congressionally mandated study of the impact of the revised restart provisions of the 2013 version of regulations that set daily and weekly work schedules for truckers... Congress suspended the 2013 changes to the restart provisions last December after trucking groups complained regulators didn’t complete such a study when developing the rules. The 2013 rules required truck drivers to include two consecutive 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods in any restart before beginning a new work week, a change broadly opposed by trucking interests... The agency said it is working to complete the report and submit it to the Department of Transportation Inspector General by the end of the year. An FMCSA official last month told the Intermodal Association of North America the report would go to Congress “by February” ... That means the current rules, which allow a truck driver to restart his or her weekly duty clock after 34 hours off-duty time, will remain in place throughout the fall peak season, at the least... 
Washington, DC, USA - JOC, by William B. Cassidy - Oct 01, 2015


Oct 2, 2015


* Missouri - Orange EV T-Series electric terminal truck

-- Electric terminal carmaker Orange EV announced Wednesday that it intends to meet increasing demand for its vehicles by expanding its operations in Kansas City, Mo. ... The Riverside-based startup also plans on keeping up with rising demand by filling up to 15 production and business management positions by the end of this year, according to NGT News... Among the Orange EV vehicles receiving more orders is the T-Series electric terminal truck, whose fuel is converted from diesel to pure electric energy. The company is able to do this by replacing the powertrain and control systems, and it says that it extend the truck's life while reducing pollution by recycling the chassis and other durable components... Orange EV also plans on moving to a new plant in Riverside that's six times the size of its original headquarters... 
(Photo: The T-Series electric terminal truck) -- Kansas City, MO, USA - Auto World News, by John Nassivera - Oct 01, 2015


AUTOS & TRUCK SALES * USA: 18.3 million vehicles sales for September -- ** Canada: Sales grow 2.7 per cent

* Michigan / USA - Labor Day deals boost September auto sales

-- U.S. auto sales accelerated to a blistering pace in September as Labor Day holiday weekend deals sweetened results for the Detroit Three and put the overall auto industry in a position to achieve its best year of sales since 2000... General Motors Co., Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Ford Motor Co. each posted double-digit percentage increases over a year ago as buyers splurged on pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles... They projected the overall sales pace for September will top 18 million vehicles on a seasonally adjusted annualized selling rate. GM’s forecast calls for a pace as high as 18.3 million vehicles for September, a level not seen since July 2005... Online car buying service TrueCar Inc. raised its 2015 sales forecast to 17.4 million light trucks and cars, saying sales growth for the rest of the year is “poised to remain vigorous.” If it bears out, that would be the highest yearly volume since 2000...
Detroit, MICH, USA - The WSJ, by ANNE STEELE And JEFF BENNETT - Oct. 1, 2015

** Ontario / Canada - Demand for light trucks helps Sept. auto sales grow 2.7 per cent

-- DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says demand for light trucks boosted auto sales 3.7 per cent last month compared with a year ago, making it the best September on record... Canadians snatched up a total of 174,337 light vehicles in September, up from 168,041 in the same period last year... Light truck sales rose 10.4 per cent to 111,357, while passenger car sales slipped 6.2 per cent to 62,980... Ford Canada came out on top, selling 28,214 light vehicles -- an increase of 3.9 per cent from September 2014. General Motors was in second place, with 24,960 vehicle sales, followed by Fiat Chrysler, which sold 24,007 light trucks and cars. DesRosiers says automakers are possibly on track for a record-setting year in Canada. Year-to-date, they have sold 1.5 million vehicles -- 2.5 per cent more than during the same period last year...
(Photo from AP, by Keith Srakocic - Clouds are reflected in the Ford sign at a dealership in Wexford, Pa., on Thursday, June 5, 2014)   --  Toronto, ONT, CAN - The Canadian Press/CTV News - October 1, 2015


TRUCKING NEWS * India: Truck rentals fell 5-6% August

* India - Less cargo to ferry but truck sales continue to thrive

-- Due to reduction in diesel prices by Rs 4.77 per litre on a couple of occasions and lack of availability of cargo from the agriculture, manufacturing and infrastructure sectors, truck rentals fell by 5-6% in August, report from Indian Foundation for Transport Research and Foundation showed... However, despite the low availability of freight, medium and heavy commercial sales continued to grow since December 2014... In August, the medium and heavy commercial vehicles sales increased by 35% y-o-y to 23,016 units. During April-August period the volumes of heavy commercial vehicles rose by 27% y-o-y to 108,153 vehicles. In July, rentals fell by 3-4%. Most of the manufacturers attribute this growth to the improving economic situation in the country but the fleet owners irrespective of the size have different opinion on the subject... According to them, the National Green Tribunal’s order banning diesel trucks more than 10 years old from plying in Delhi is compelling them to buy new trucks. This is hurting small time fleet owners who buy pre-owned vehicles from large fleet owners as they do not have the wherewithal to buy new trucks... Further, trucks older than 10 years are not allowed to ply on national routes and are used to transport goods within a particular state... Decreasing exports have hit the transport industry hard as the freight to and from the ports have decreased significantly... 
(Photo: Parking lot, with trucks awaiting cargo from the agriculture, manufacturing and infrastructure sectors)  --  Mumbai, India - Financial Express, by Malyaban Ghosh - September 29, 2015


TRUCKING COSTS * USA: Fuel, largest marginal one

* Virginia - Equipment, driver pay push operating costs higher, ATRI analysis says

-- Fuel now consistently represents the largest share of total average marginal cost for motor carriers, followed by driver wages and equipment lease or purchase payments... Driver benefits, repair and maintenance, insurance premiums, permits and licenses, tires, and toll costs have each consistently represented 10 percent or less of average total marginal costs throughout the seven years of this research... Falling fuel prices weren’t enough to offset more expensive equipment and driver pay increases, so the cost of trucking rose again last year, according to latest benchmarking report from the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI)... Released Tuesday, the 2015 update to An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking puts the average marginal cost per mile in 2014 at $1.703, about 3 cents higher than 2013. And the upward trend is expected to continue... 
(Image: Share of Total Average Marginal Cost, 2008-2014)  --   Arlington, VA, USA - Fleet Owner, by Kevin Jones - Sep 29, 2015

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TRUCKERS' PAYMENT * Canada - Six container trucking companies underpaid their workers

* BC - Vancouver port truckers could be owed "millions" in back pay: union

-- The roots of the dispute go back to the one-month strike in March 2014 that brought Vancouver's port to a standstill... An audit that found six container trucking companies had underpaid their workers is just the tip of the iceberg, according to the union that represents some of Metro Vancouver’s 1800 port truckers... B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation stated today that an audit conducted by Port Metro Vancouver had found six companies investigated did not pay their drivers the retroactive rates required by an agreement signed December 2014... The audit process is ongoing, although the six audits announced today were described as "concluded." In an email to Business in Vancouver, ministry staff wrote that the names of the companies aren't being released because the province's Office of Trucking Commissioner is still notifying the companies... In a press conference today, Stone said the consequences could include fines or suspended or revoked licenses...
(Photo by Chung Chow - Container trucks awaiting loading at a Vancouver port terminal)  --   Vancouver, B.C., Canada - Business Vancouver - 29 Sept 2015


STRIKE UAW MEMBERS? * USA: Rejected tentative contract with Fiat Chrysler

* Michigan - UAW-FCA deal appears headed for defeat

-- For the first time in 33 years, it appears that United Auto Workers rank-and-file with Chrysler have defied leadership’s recommendation and rejected a tentative contract with the automaker... Large majorities of workers voting against the deal at Toledo Assembly and Sterling Heights Assembly on Tuesday seem to have mathematically sealed the deal’s fate; at least seven large local UAW chapters representing between 1,000 and 6,000 hourly workers have had majorities vote against the contract. Only a handful of locals are known to have had more than 50 percent of workers support the deal... The rejection by United Auto Workers members of a tentative contract with Fiat Chrysler for the first time in a generation is pushing leaders of both sides down an unpredictable road that doesn’t guarantee a better deal for the union’s 40,000 members... Although the union had not released a final tally of national voting numbers late Wednesday, an overwhelming rejection of the contract by Belvidere Assembly workers cemented its defeat, according to an analysis of results by The Detroit News... A return to the bargaining table could mean contentious talks between the same negotiating committees that had been able to reach the initial deal. The rejection could lead to union strike actions. Fiat Chrysler could threaten to move production of future cars and trucks outside the United States if the UAW is unwilling to bend... 
(Photo: David Coates / The Detroit News - Protestors outside UAW Solidarity House in Detroit on Wednesday 9.23.15. Protestors picket outside the UAW Solidarity House) -- Auburn Hills, MICH, USA - The Detroit News, by Michael Wayland - September 30, 2015



* Stockholm - Volvo Trucks launches a unique combination of steering system and front suspension

-- Volvo Trucks’ individual front suspension can now be specified in combination with Volvo Dynamic Steering... The combination comes into its own in the long haul segment, where the difference in terms of stability, precision and control is particularly noticeable during the long workday typical of this sector. What is more, steering is lighter and smoother at low speeds...
... Thanks to individual front suspension, the front wheels are not affected by each other, which results in smoother and more stable progress on the highway. The system’s rack and pinion steering offers more direct steering feedback and gives a crisper feeling of precision and control... 
(Photo: Volvo Road 1) -- Stockholm, Sweden - UKHAULIER - 1st October 2015


* Brazil NEW PICKUP TRUCK the FIAT "Toro" -- ** PICKUP SALES USA: New 2016 Ram ProMaster Vans sold to U.S. Postal Service

* Michigan - This is the new Fiat Toro sport pickup truck

-- Fiat not only dropped the first teaser of their upcoming pickup truck today, but they also confirmed its name as the 'Toro'... It will launch early next year in South America, with Fiat stating that it will "debut a new segment," that of the "Sport Utility Pickup or SUP," combining the "strength and characteristics of a truck" with "all the comfort features and drivability of an SUV"...
(Photo U Spy: Is This Fiat's New Pickup Truck?)
... The darkened teaser image suggests that the Toro will have a sharp looking front with some references to last year's Fiat FCC4 four-door pickup truck concept placed on a more conventional body, as seen in our scoop photo below... No other details have been released with the picture, but the internet rumor-mill is saying that the Toro will launch in South America with an entry-level, bi-fuel 1.8-liter engine producing around 140-horses in both two- and four-wheel drive setups... 
Auburn Hills, MICH, USA - CarScoops, by John Halas - September 29, 2015

** Michigan - FCA to supply 9,113 new 2016 Ram ProMaster Vans to U.S. Postal Service

-- FCA US LLC announced today that it will supply 9,113 new 2016 Ram ProMaster 2500 cargo vans to the United States Postal Service (USPS)... The cargo van selected by USPS features the award-winning, gasoline-fueled 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine rated at 280-horsepower output with peak torque of 260 lb.-ft. The engine is paired with a proven, smooth-shifting, six-speed automatic transmission, upgraded to accommodate the ProMaster's exceptional cargo-hauling capability... The Postal Service operates one of the largest vehicle fleets in the nation. USPS uses an estimated 190,000 vehicles to collect and deliver mail, including about 142,000 long-life vehicles (LLVs). The Ram ProMaster order is independent of USPS' acquisition program to supply the next generation of its delivery vehicles... 
(Photo: RAM ProMaster Van) -- Auburns Hills, MICH, USA - PRNewswire/MarketWatch - Sept. 29, 2015

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TRUCKMAKERS CHEATING * USA: Caught with 'defeat devices'

* DC - Volkswagen only the latest in list of car, that include GM, Ford, and Honda

-- Volkswagen is far from the first company to stand accused of trying to game required emissions tests. Almost since the passage of the Clean Air Act in 1970, major manufacturers of cars, trucks and heavy equipment have been busted for using what regulators call “defeat devices” _ typically programing a vehicle’s on-board computer to boost horsepower or fuel mileage by belching out dirtier exhaust than allowed... Critics blame a federal regulatory system that largely relies on manufacturers to "self-certify" that their vehicles meet required fuel economy and emissions standards. The Environmental Protection Agency spot-checks only a low percentage of the vehicles made in the U.S. or imported to test the accuracy of the data reported by manufacturers... Donald Stedman, a University of Denver chemistry professor who specializes in testing the real-world emissions of cars and trucks, said the economics of the auto industry can make it profitable to cheat. Complying with clean air regulations can add thousands of dollars to a vehicle's sticker price while diminishing the driving performance that customers demand... Revelations this month that Volkswagen used sophisticated software on its "Clean Diesel" models to beat emissions tests has rattled the auto industry and angered hundreds of thousands of customers who thought they bought environmentally friendly vehicles. Both state and federal investigations are under way and congressional hearings are planned... Over the years, several major auto manufacturers — including GM, Ford, Honda and, yes, Volkswagen — have been forced to pay hefty fines and recall vehicles after getting caught using defeat devices... In stock car racing, there's an old adage: If you ain't cheatin', you ain't tryin'. You could say the same sometimes for auto makers up against stricter environmental rules... 
(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer - In this Sept. 23, 2015 file photo, diesel Volkswagens are seen behind a security fence on a storage lot near a VW dealership in Salt Lake City) -- Washington, DC, USA - AP/The Province (CAN), by Michael Biesecker - Sept 30, 2015)

* DC - EPA to require road tests on GM diesel engine pickups

-- The EPA has implemented stricter emissions testing and put manufacturers on notice that all new vehicles could be subjected to a road tests in addition to standard lab testing... General Motors appears to be among the first automakers held to this standard, as Automotive News reports that the new diesel-engine Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon both must undergo a road test before getting EPA approval... In the September 25 letter, the agency says it "may test" vehicles on the road to seek out defeat devices, but odds are it will test for the foreseeable future to avoid getting duped again... Chevy Colorado spokesman Otie McKinley said, he doesn't anticipate the additional testing will delaying the release of the 2016 diesel engine trucks. The standard gasoline engine versions of the truck will use the same technology as the current model year and, therefore, don't need to be tested...
(Photo: The 2016 GMC Canyon) -- Washington, DC, USA - The New York Daily News, by Kyle Campbell - September 29, 2015


UAW STRIKE * USA: Againsts Ford, unless new local deal can be reached

* Michigan - UAW gets ready to strike Ford’s Truck Plant in Kansas City

-- Strike will happen in five days unless new local deal can be reached, union says... The United Auto Workers union is getting ready to strike Ford Motor Co.’s truck plant in Kansas City, Mo., putting one of the company’s most important factories at risk for a work stoppage... The dispute hinges on issues specific to the local contract, such as manpower provisions and scheduling for skilled trade workers... A strike would be crippling for Ford, which builds its highly-profitable F-150 truck at the 7,500-worker plant. The no. 2 U.S. auto maker has already lost production of its top-selling truck this year due to a lengthy factory changeover to prepare for the pickup’s new aluminum body... The UAW is also in the midst of negotiating a new national agreement with Ford for the company’s nearly 53,000 U.S. factory workers...
(Photo by Charlie Riedel/AP - A worker inspects an Ford F-150 truck at the company's Kansas City assembly Plant. The United Auto Workers union is getting ready to strike at the plant after talks broke down over a new local agreement)  --  Detroit, MICH, USA - The WSJ, by CHRISTINA ROGERS - Sept. 29, 2015


Oct 1, 2015

GM & Navistar * USA: To develop commercial trucks

* Michigan - GM and Navistar will make trucks

-- U.S. automaker General Motors Co said on Wednesday it will jointly develop and assemble medium-duty commercial vehicles with truck and engine maker Navistar International Corp... GM said on Wednesday the agreement will help boost its Chevrolet commercial truck business... The future products will be jointly developed using Navistar's rolling chassis configurations and manufacturing capabilities, and GM commercial components and engines... Production will begin in 2018 at Navistar's plant in Springfield, Ohio... Navistar said it would add 300 jobs and invest more than $12 million to upgrade the factory and equipment... The deal with GM will help Navistar "enhance our medium-duty product portfolio and leverage our scale and expertise in manufacturing medium-duty trucks," said Bill Kozek, president of trucks and parts at Navistar... 
(Photo from REUTERS, by Jeff Kowalsky - The General Motors logo is seen outside its headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan in this file photograph taken August 25, 2009)   --   Detroit, MICH, USA - Reuters, by Nick Carey / Arunima Banerjee and Ted Kerr - Sep 30, 2015



* Michigan - Ford recalls 37,000 F-150 trucks due to brake malfunction

-- Some Ford F-150's could hit the brakes when they're not supposed to, possibly causing an accident, the manufacturer said Wednesday... Ford has recalled 37,000 of the best-selling trucks for the problem, which happens when its automatic braking system incorrectly senses that there's another vehicle in its lane... The problem will only occur when an F-150 is in what's called "adaptive cruise control" mode, which will apply the brakes if it detects an obstacle. Ford said the problem can occur when the pickup passes a large, highly reflective truck. The radar can be fooled into thinking that large truck is in the F-150's lane and then hit the brakes. The collision-warning system would also activate, flashing red lights and sounding an alarm in the F-150's cab... Ford said it's aware of one accident that could be a result of this problem, but that is is not aware of any injuries. The problem can be addressed with a software update... SEE OTHER FORD's RECALL here.
(Photo from Wikipedia - The 2015 Ford F-150 extended cab, or SuperCab, earned good ratings in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety‘s moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint evaluations but just a marginal rating for occupant protection in a small overlap front crash)   --  New York, NY, USA - CNN/Las Vegas Review Journal, by Chris Isidore - September 30, 2015


Sep 30, 2015

MORE AUTO & TRUCKS RECALLS * USA: Takata air bag inflator

* Michigan - The recall could expand to more auto, truck makers

-- Seven more companies including electric car maker Tesla Motors could be facing recalls because they use air bag inflators made by Takata Corp... The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration raised the possibility in letters sent to the manufacturers last week... So far about 23.4 million Takata driver and passenger air bag inflators have been recalled on 19.2 million U.S. vehicles sold by 11 different companies, including Honda and Fiat Chrysler. The inflators can explode with too much force, spewing metal shrapnel. At least eight people have died worldwide and hundreds have been injured because of the problem... The agency sent letters last week to Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar-Land Rover, Suzuki, Tesla, Volvo Trucks, Volkswagen and Spartan Motors seeking information on which models have Takata inflators... 
(Photo: Defective Takata's airbags, on Honda car)   --  Detroit, MICH, USA - The Associated Press/The Globe and Mail - Sep. 28, 2015

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TRUCKMAKERS NEWS USA: * Navistar's add 300 jobs -- ** Daimler trucks' safety systems

* Ohio - Navistar to add 300 jobs, invest $12.8M

-- Navistar will add 300 jobs and invest about $12.8 million in its Springfield truck facility, a dramatic turnaround from just five years ago when the plant had only a few hundred workers. The Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved Monday a 60 percent, six-year income tax credit for the manufacturer. “This is a huge psychological victory for our community,” said Horton Hobbs, vice president of economic development for the Chamber of Greater Springfield, during the tax board hearing. Navistar plays a significant role in the region’s economy and employs between 1,400 and 1,500 workers at its Springfield manufacturing site, including management and contractors. Thousands of company retirees also live in the area. The state tax credit application doesn’t specify what the new jobs are or describe the expansion project. But the project will give the truck maker the capacity to double the number of vehicles produced in Springfield, the application says, and most of the $12.8 million investment will go toward new machinery and equipment...
(Photo by Bill Lackey/Staff: Workers assemble truck cabs at the Navistar Springfield plant)  --   Springfield, OH, USA - Dayton Daily News, by Matt Sanctis - Sept. 28, 2015 

* Nevada - Safety Systems have reasonable ROI, DTNA executives say

-- Daimler Trucks North America executives said that advanced truck safety systems are an investment with a reasonable return. They said in a briefing here on Sept. 15 that they are eager to bring new technologies to the market... Diane Hames, a DTNA general manager said, "The company, parent of Freightliner and Western Star Trucks, has appealed to fleets that are 'early adopters' of safety options such as electronic stability control, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning... Asked about cost, when tractor prices are rising from environmental equipment, Hames said the original equipment manufacturer is “looking to add value, not just cost, and to provide a payback to customers. We have to demonstrate a payback on safety” ... The company also will continue offering trimmed-down trucks for those buyers who don’t desire such technologically advanced features...
(Photo: A Daimler truck with electronic stability control)  --  Henderson, NEV, USA - Transport Topics - 28 Sept 2015


VOLKSWAGEN AFFAIR * Germany: Testing also took place on light trucks

* Berlin - German minister: VW fudged tests in light trucks

-- Manipulation of emissions testing also took place on Volkswagen AG's light trucks, besides cars, German transport minister Alexander Dobrindt said Friday... The German transport ministry this week launched a special investigation into Volkswagen's emissions scandal that has erased almost one-third of the company's market value. The affair, which prompted the resignation of Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn earlier this week, was triggered by last week's disclosure by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that Europe's biggest auto maker employed software on some VW and Audi diesel-powered cars to manipulate the results of routine emissions tests... Mr. Dobrindt's ministry is working with Volkswagen to determine which vehicles were affected. On Thursday, he said spot tests were also being conducted on cars made by other brands, German and foreign... Volkswagen said earlier this week that the software was installed on as many as 11 million cars world-wide and Mr. Dobrindt said on Thursday that cars in Europe were also affected... 
(Photo: VW's headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany)  --  Berlin, Germany - MarketWatch (USA), by Ruth Bender and Friedrich Geiger - Sept 25, 2015


REGULATIONS * USA: California's toughest-in-the-nation carbon emissions standards

* California - Regulators restore emissions-cutting fuel rule

-- California regulators on Friday restored ambitious rules to cut transportation fuel emissions 10 percent within 5 years... The rules further strengthen California's toughest-in-the-nation carbon emissions standards, but oil producers warn the changes could drive up costs for consumers at the gas pump... The board says the change would cost a typical commuter $20 to $24 extra in 2017, increasing to $52 to $56 annually in 2020... The rules require producers to cut the carbon content of fuels 10 percent by 2020 to help the state meet its emission-reductions goals... Environmentalists and some business groups say the plan will encourage greater use of cleaner biofuels and electric vehicles. Oil producers say it's unworkable and too costly... 
(Photo: Associated Press, by RICH PEDRONCELLI - California Air Resources Board member Daniel Sperling comments on a proposal. At right is CARB board member Judy Mitchell)   --   Sacramento, CAL, USA - The Associated Press/The Trucker, by JUDY LIN - 25 Sept 2015

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2015 ROADCHECK * USA: Lowest rates of out-of-service violations since 1991

* DC - Results: Inspectors found 3.6 percent of drivers and 21.6 percent of vehicles with out-of-service violations

-- The results are in, and the 2015 edition of International Roadcheck resulted in the lowest rates of out-of-service violations since the event started keeping records in 1991, according to the international association of commercial vehicle enforcement agencies... The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, which sponsors the three-day commercial vehicle enforcement operation in the U.S. and Canada, announced the results via press release on Tuesday, Sept. 29... From June 2 to June 4, commercial motor vehicle inspectors across North America completed 69,472 truck and bus inspections. Of the 69,472 total inspections during this year’s Roadcheck, 44,989 were North American Standard Level I Inspections, which is the most thorough roadside inspection. A CVSA spokesman confirmed for Land Line that no Mexican authorities participated in this year’s enforcement campaign... Of Level I Inspections, inspectors found 1,623 or 3.6 percent of drivers and 9,732 or 21.6 percent of vehicles with out-of-service (OOS) violations, historically the lowest rates for which CVSA has data, back to 1991, according to the release. Of all inspections, 777 seat belt violations were issued... Brake adjustment and brake systems were the top OOS violations for vehicles in 2015, accounting for 43 percent of all vehicle violations. Hours-of-service violations were the top violation for drivers, accounting for 46 percent of all violations... Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. The special emphasis for 2015 was cargo securement. During the event, inspectors issued 2,439 violations for load securement. The leading load securement violations, by number of violations issued, were: 1) failure to prevent shifting/loss of load; 2) failure to secure truck equipment (tarps, dunnage, doors, tailgates, spare tires); 3) damaged tie downs (typically unacceptable wear on chain or cuts and tears on web straps); 4) insufficient tie downs; and 5) loose tie downs. Load securement enforcement is a normal part of Level I Inspections, but securing cargo and equipment are vital to safe operations... 
(Photo)  --  Washington, DC, USA - Land Line, by Greg Grisolano - 29 Sept 2015


DRIVERS' SHORTAGE * UK: Lorry driver shortage hits the industry

* England - The trucker is becoming an endangered species as

-- There is a shortage of 60,000 drivers and a quarter of truckers are set to retire in the next ten years.. The great British trucker is in danger of disappearing from the nation’s roads, transport bosses have warned... With 85% of all goods consumed in the UK being moved by road, a shortage of lorry drivers threatens to bring the industry to a grinding halt... The 600,000 HGV-licensed drivers currently registered in the UK have an average age of 57, with around a quarter set to retire in the coming decade... Numbers are already short by up to 60,000 drivers but tyre-makers Dunlop and the Road Haulage Association (RHA) say we are headed for crisis unless more new truckers take up the business... Only 17,000 new HGV drivers qualify each year, so over time, the shortage is set to increase... The trucking industry currently employs 2.2 million people - the UK’s fifth largest employer - and is worth £74bn to the UK economy...
(Photo - Road to nowhere: Not enough new drivers are coming into the industry) -- London, EN, UK - The Mirror, by Ben Rossington - 27 Sept 2015


DANGEROUS TRUCKS * Australia: Failure to monitor heavy vehicles

* NSW - Victorian failure to monitor dangerous trucks putting NSW drivers at risk

-- The failure of Victorian and Queensland authorities to monitor dangerous heavy vehicles is creating huge risks across the country's roads, exasperated NSW officials say... The triple fatality at Menangle in 2012, when a Lennons truck killed Donald and Patricia Logan and their son Calvyn, and the grounding of the Cootes fleet in 2013, prompted a re-examination of the way in which heavy vehicles are monitored in NSW... In response the number of trucks speeding in NSW has dropped by about 90 per cent, and the defect rate in trucks in NSW has halved... But local authorities are increasingly frustrated by the refusal of interstate jurisdictions to adopt similar methods to those employed in NSW... For instance, the linked Safe-T-Cam system that operates in NSW and South Australia enables Roads and Maritime Services to check vehicle speed, registration, and whether they have been passing through heavy vehicle checking stations. The system also enables them to inspect trucking fleets on a "risk-based" basis, rather than having to rely on random inspections... But because there are no Safe-T-Cams in other eastern states, NSW authorities are unable to monitor the risks of truck drivers and fleets. This means they are unable to get a gauge on whether drivers are taking their mandated breaks... 
(Photo by Peter Rae - Heavy Vehicle Safety Stations at Marulan on the Hume Highway. Photo shows, A truck is checked for faults on the south bound station) -- Sydney, New South Wales, Australia - The Sydney Morning Herald, by Jacob Saulwick - September 28, 2015

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TRUCKING COSTS * Canada: How much did 9/11 affect cost of northern cross-border trucking? - ** INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT: new bridge

* Ontario - Goods across the border U.S.A. / Canada increased from .3 to 0.6 percent of their value

(Photo: Trucks backed up for kilometres near the border in Windsor, Ontario) 
-- Statistics Canada released a report in July that shows that since Sept. 11, 2001, the cost of trucking goods across the border between the U.S. and Canada has increased from .3 percent of the value of goods shipped to .6 percent... The study pointed to the obvious, the implementation of new security measures designed to prevent illegal shipments at border crossing points... Statistics Canada said the study resulted from data collected by Statistic Canada’s Trucking Commodity origin and Destination Survey...

** Ontario - New bridge on the border USA/Canada

(Photo: New bridge to be named after Gordie Howe)
-- Canada’s plan to build the Gordie Howe International Bridge is aimed in part at adding faster, cheaper shipping alternatives for such exports... The billion-dollar project calls for a six-lane bridge between Windsor and Detroit complete with a $250 million U.S. Customs plaza that Canada has agreed to fund. The bridge is scheduled to open by 2020... According to the CBC, the U.S. and Canada have the largest bilateral trading relationship in the world – measuring at $870 billion in 2014. An estimated $2.4 billion in goods and services cross the U.S.-Canada border every day... 
 Ottawa, ONT, CAN - Land Line, by Charlie Morasch - 25 Sept 2015

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Sep 29, 2015

ALTERNATIVE FUELS * Canada - Natural gas: A promise starting to be realized

* Alberta - Here’s how Natural Gas will bring on the demise of diesel. NG has long been touted as a natural replacement for diesel

... The case for switching to LNG is a simple one: It costs less than diesel to use, and it emits fewer gases in the process. When oil prices were higher, the savings that LNG offered over diesel approached 50 per cent, and while that spread has narrowed lately it’s still wide enough to encourage switching... In the long-haul trucking business, where enormous volumes of fuel are consumed in order to produce generally thin operating margins, those savings could make a big difference to a company’s bottom line...
Edmonton, Alberta, CAN - Alberta Oil Magazine, by ANTHONY MANERO - September 25, 2015

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BORDER TROUBLES * India / Nepal: Hundreds of cargo trucks halted at border

* Nepal - Summons Indian envoy as hundreds of cargo trucks are halted at border

-- Nepal considers fuel rationing as protesters block trucks... Hundreds of freight-carrying trucks and fuel tankers remained halted on the Indian side of the international border following concerns about violent protests in Nepal in the wake of the promulgation of the new constitution. The Indian envoy also held separate meetings with top leaders of major political parties of Nepal... The agitating Madhesi parties from the Terai region maintain that the Terai-based people and ethnic groups fail to find adequate representation in the country’s new constitution that was promulgated on September 20... 
 (AP Photo/Ram Sarraf - Nepalese policemen face protestors belonging to ethnic and religious groups dissatisfied with Nepal’s new constitution adopted on Sunday, in Birgunj, a town bordering India in Nepal, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015)   --  Katmandu, Nepal - The Wire (India) - 26 Sept 2015


TRUCKING INDUSTRY Australia: * Truckers' Restart government program -- ** Truckers could be jailed -- *** Trucking innovativeness questioned

* ACT - Government gives older truckies a Restart

-- Minister for Employment Senator, Eric Abetz, has announced that the Australian Government’s Restart program has helped 173 older Australians find transport, postal and warehousing jobs... Restart offers employers up to $10,000 in wage subsidies to help with recruitment and related costs when they hire an eligible job seeker aged 50 or over... The 173 placements were reportedly made in the period 1 July 2014 to 15 September 2015... In the same period, there have been 42 Restart agreements recorded as truck drivers and 31 recorded as delivery drivers in the transport, postal and warehousing industries. Across all industries, there were 85 Restart agreements recorded as truck drivers and 79 recorded as delivery drivers... Abetz urged employers to consider taking on older workers and to find out how Restart and other jobactive programs can help... 
Canberra, Australian Capitol Territory - Prime Mover - 27 September 2015

** South Australia - Truck drivers could be jailed if low gear not used on South Eastern Freeway descent in Adelaide Hills

-- Truck drivers who fail to engage low gear when descending the South Eastern Freeway in the Adelaide Hills could be jailed under legislation the South Australian Government is drafting... Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan said the Government was responding to coronial recommendations over the deaths of two men in separate cases when trucks going down the freeway got out of control... 
(Photo from ABC News: A coronial recommendation the freeway get a third arrester bed was rejected by the Transport Department)  --  Adelaide, S.A., Australia - ABC net, by Leah MacLennan - 23 Sept 2015

* ACT - Transport industry questions Australia’s innovativeness

-- National Australia Bank (NAB) has uncovered a distinct mismatch in perception when it comes to Australian businesses rating their own ability to innovative and that of the domestic economy as a whole... In a new study, the Bank found that only 13 per cent of all firms rate Australia as a “highly innovative” environment, but more than one in four would identify themselves as a highly innovative business... The mismatch is especially strong in the transport and storage industries, where conditions are considered especially bad while businesses are still slightly confident or at least neutral about their own abilities... What's more, around 70 per cent of firms believe Australia to be at least “mildly” innovative, prompting NAB to suggest that there could be a misunderstanding about the nation’s true innovation potential... 
Canberra, ACT, Australia - Prime Mover - 29, September 2015


Sep 28, 2015

TRUCKERS' SLEEP APNEA * USA: Some F-M truckers frustrated

* North Dakota - By growing push for sleep apnea testing

-- Truck driver Joey Romero, 26, wears his autopap mask in front of a semi tractor Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Fargo. Though Romero has been sleeping with the sleep apnea treatment since May, he doesn't feel that it has been effective... In May, Joey Romero went in for his annual physical, as truck drivers are required to do once a year. He didn't realize this time would result in a $2,500 expense... Romero, an owner-operator with Fargo Cargo, was diagnosed with mild sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing stops and starts during sleep, causing sleepiness the next day... But even after purchasing an AutoPAP machine and a "highly uncomfortable" mask that is supposed to regulate his breathing, Romero doesn't feel any different... He's one of many frustrated local truck drivers who've had to undergo costly sleep studies due to a federal policy change last year... 
(Photo by Michael Vosburg / Forum)  --  Fargo, ND, USA - Inforum, by Grace Lyden - Sep 25, 2015

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TRUCKS PARKING SHORTAGE * Canada: Massive semi-truck park proposed for south east Surrey

* B.C. - Truckers say they're parking on the street, or in their driveways because there's no place

-- Semi truck drivers in Surrey, who have been complaining about a shortage of parking for a decade, may soon have a place to leave their big rigs... A company called GG Metro Holdings is applying to develop 75 acres near 16 Avenue and 192 Street into what it describes as a trucker's oasis... "We certainly have a lot of trucks that travel in and throughout the Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver and there aren't as many truck parking opportunities as we would like," said BC Trucking Association President Louise Yako... If approved, the site will include washing facilities, office space and tire repair centres... Council estimates 1,300 semis routinely park illegally in the city...
(Image from City of Surrey: This is what a proposed semi truck park in south east Surrey could look like)   --  City Surrey, British Columbia, CAN - CBC News, by Jesse Johnston - Sep 24, 2015



* Illinois - Caterpillar slashes revenue forecast, cutting up to 10,000 jobs 

-- Caterpillar Inc slashed its 2015 revenue forecast on Thursday and said it will cut as many as 10,000 jobs through 2018, joining a list of big U.S. industrial companies grappling with the mining and energy downturn... Shares of Caterpillar tumbled as much as 8 percent to a five-year low, pulling down the sector and knocking as much as 37 points off the Dow Jones industrial average, DJI... Over the past year, miners and energy companies have chopped budgets and put expansion projects on hold as prices of raw materials such as crude oil, copper, coal and iron ore have plunged to six-year lows amid lingering worries about oversupplies and China’s slowing economic growth. As a result, orders for equipment have dried up... 
Peoria, ILL, USA - Reuters, by LISA VON AHN - Sep 24, 2015


Sep 27, 2015

PICKUP TRUCKMAKERS NEWS USA: * The new 2016 RAM -- ** 2017 Ford Super Duty Trucks Go Aluminum -- *** Chevy's 2016 Silverado pickups

* Michigan - Ram Truck brand reveals 2016 model lineup

 -- Ram officially announced its 2016 model lineup... For the Ram Truck brand, the 2016 model year is all about power and luxury... Upgrades for the Ram Truck brand includes a range of new optional features with more availability for the brand’s popular ParkSense package, including a new front park-assist system. Each 2016 model will have a new center console design, focusing on keeping drivers comfortable and focused on the road. Bluetooth® connectivity is available on entry-level radios, allowing all Ram 1500s to offer hands-free phone calls...  
(Photo: Heavy Duty Power: The 2016 Ram Heavy Duty will offer a big boost in power)  --  Auburn Hills, MICH, USA - The News Wheel - 24 Sept 2015

** Michigan - 2017 Ford Super Duty Trucks go aluminum but keep big V-8, V-10 engines

-- Last year, Ford rocked the conservative, evolutionary pace of change in the U.S. pickup-truck arena with the introduction of a radically new, aluminum-bodied F-150 family... And now it’s following suit in the heavy-duty segment, with fully redesigned 2017 Ford F-Series Super-Duty trucks that build on some of those same developments—but of course with added attention to the even higher layload and towing capacity (and durability) that commercial users demand... In what may be the biggest differentiator between the light-duty (F-150) pickups and the Super Duty models, which will again include F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 models, and ‘dually’ versions of some, the Super-Duty trucks stay with big-displacement V-8 and V-10 engines... 
Dearborn, MICH, USA - The Car Connection, by Bengt Halvorson - Sep 24, 2015

 *** Michigan - Chevy rolls out refreshed 2016 Silverado pickups 

-- The new 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 brings muscular designs and new customer-focused technologies to the most dependable, longest-lasting family of full-size pickups on the road... Chevrolet will show the trucks during a media event at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas. A Chevrolet spokesman said the trucks have tested very well in clinics with potential customers... New safety features are available on the 2016 Silverado, including forward-collision alert and lane keep assist. The trucks support Apple CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto... New headlamps, grille, hood and taillights are among the changes; the truck’s headlights now integrated into the grille, and turn signals and brake lights wrap around the truck’s corners. A remote locking tailgate also will be offered... Each Silverado trim level gets a unique look. The LT and LTZ models get a chrome grille and bumper...
 (Photo: The new 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500) -- Detroit, MICH, USA - The Detroit News, by Melissa Burden - September 24, 2015