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Jul 21, 2016

VOLKSWAGEN: TRUCK BUSINESS ACQUISITION ? * Germany

* Munich - Navistar Corp or Paccar Inc as possible acquisition targets

--- Volkswagen is ready to make an acquisition for its trucks business in North America if the right opportunity comes along, despite the rising cost of its "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal, the head of the trucks division told Reuters... Andreas Renschler said in an interview that VW was under no pressure to do a trucks deal in the United States, adding it was important "to pick the right moment to take the right step"... He also declined to discuss potential deals. Analysts have suggested Navistar International Corp or Paccar Inc as possible acquisition targets or partners... Renschler said a public listing for VW's trucks business was not a top priority at the moment, though all options were being kept open to that end, he added, without being more specific... The trucks business made 24.4 billion euros of sales in 2015, out of a VW group total of 213.3 billion... 
 Munich, Bav, Germany - Reuters/The Daily Mail, by By Andreas Cremer and Irene Preisinger - July 20, 2016

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DANGEROUS HACKERS * USA: Truckmakers issues

* Michigan - Car and truck manufacturers look to confront cybersecurity issues

--- As manufacturers pack cars and trucks with electronics and wireless connections, security experts are increasingly worried about the potential for hackers to take control of vehicles... Already, hackers have demonstrated how they can take control of a Jeep Cherokee and drive it into a ditch... Police in Houston are investigating a series of unsolved vehicle robberies that may be the work of hackers... The hacking of the Jeep Cherokee forced Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to recall over 1.4 million vehicles using its Uconnect infotainment system... Nissan, meanwhile, had to disable a smartphone app developed for its Leaf battery-electric vehicle because hackers could gain personal information and possibly control some vehicle functions, such as charging... Automakers are looking for ways to get a step ahead of cybercriminals, in some cases turning to “white hat” hackers... Fiat Chrysler Automobiles last week announced it was partnering with Bugcrowd, a San Francisco-based start-up that claims to crowdsource cybersecurity solutions by turning to a network of 32,000 hackers. FCA will offer a “bug bounty” of up to $1,500 to anyone who can identify a potential vehicle “vulnerability” ... 
(Photo Taranfx/Flickr - Secured hacked green screen)   --  Detroit, MICH, USA - Trucks.com, by PAUL A. EISENSTEIN - July 20, 2016

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DANGEROUS TRUCKER * UK: For him, not traffic light

* England - Truck driver's dangerous mistake shows why you should always be careful on the road

--- In astonishing footage – shot by a fellow motorist in America – a truck driver casually cruises along a busy avenue... For him it's just another day, another dollar transporting goods... No red, amber or green as the traffic light is dragged along by the lorry... But what the silly trucker doesn't realise is that he's picked up a little accessory on the journey – a traffic light... In the video baffled motorists stop their cars and watch on as the lorry continues on its journey as if nothing is happening... He even turns left at a junction with the light still hanging over the top of the vehicle... 
 (Photo: TURNING: The witless driver makes a left turn with the traffic light hanging off his lorry)   --  London, EN, UK - The Daily Star, by Andrew McDonald - 20th July 2016

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UBER FOR TRUCKS * France: "Convargo"

* Paris - "Convargo" wants to connect shippers with truckers

--- A new startup is de-cloaking today. Convargo, launching in France, is the latest attempt to bring Uber-like convenience to the shipping industry, by connecting shippers with truckers... what exactly the startup does. Operating a model that sounds similar to U.S.-based Trucker Path and Cargomatic, Convargo’s platform connects shippers with local carriers, including facilitating the booking process... It claims to let you get a quote and book a shipment in just 3 clicks, while giving you access to thousands of local carriers. Through the app you can track the position of your goods in real time, and receive immediate proof of delivery upon arrival... For the carriers themselves, the startup promises to send them more business and reduce overheads as it’s effectively a cheaper middle person, with lower overheads itself. The usual online marketplace play, you might surmise. Interestingly, I’m told that 90 per cent of carriers in Europe have fewer than six trucks, so it’s a highly fragmented industry... 
(Photo: Uber for Truckers_France. Launching in France, Convargo)   --  Paris, Ile de France, France - TechnoCrunch, by Steve O'Hear - Jun 19, 2016

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UBER FOR TRUCKS * Brazil: "CargoX" described as

* Sao Paulo - Goldman Sachs leads $10M investment in Brazilian trucking startup CargoX


--- CargoX, a Brazilian startup that has been described as “Uber for trucks,” is announcing that it has raised $10 million in Series B funding... The analogy is kind of irresistible, since Uber co-founder Oscar Salazary is one of CargoX’s investors — he’s certainly seen his share of “Uber for X” pitches, but he told me he sees a big opportunity here due to the fragmentation in the Brazilian trucking market... CEO Federico Vega said that Airbnb is probably a better analogy than Uber, but either way, the company works to connect businesses that need to ship freight with truckers who have excess capacity. Brazil reportedly has an excess of between 300,000 and 350,000 vehicles, with trucks running empty 40 percent of the time, so the goal here is to reduce the number of empty trucks on the highway, increasing revenue for truckers and reducing costs for freight owners... He added that CargoX has a network of 150,000 trucks. In some cases, truckers only contact the company if, say, they’ve made a delivery and are looking for freight to take on their return trip. Other truckers get all their freight from the company — “in an ideal world,” he said, CargoX would work with more and more truckers in that exclusive capacity... 
(Photo: CargoX CEO Federico Vega, with his director of logistics Alan Rubio)  --  São Paulo, SP, Brazil - TechCrunch, by Anthony Ha - 20 July 2016

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CATERPILLAR + AVID * USA: For highly efficient hybrid powertrain for heavy-duty trucks

* Massachusetts - AVID Technology and Caterpillar join forces to drive fuel efficiency standards

--- North East based automotive cleantech firm AVID Technology has secured a key position in a three year collaborative programme to develop more efficient vehicle powertrains with global OEM Caterpillar... In the project will collaborate to develop a highly efficient hybrid powertrain for heavy-duty on- and off-highway vehicles... The powertrain will utilise AVID’s advanced electrification technology for the engine’s ancillary devices to reduce the parasitic loads on the engine. Ancillary devices will be powered using waste heat energy that will be recovered from the exhaust... The system is expected to deliver significant fuel consumption reductions over real-world operating conditions...
This £5.2M, three year project encompasses software, hardware and control system design and development and will culminate with an on-engine demonstration using a Caterpillar-built Tier 4Final-compliant diesel engine... 
(Photo: A Caterpillar diesel engine) -- Burlington, MASS, USA - Automotive World - July 21, 2016

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TRUCKS SAVING FUEL * France - By up to 35 percent

* France - Adgero hybrid technology could revolutionise Australia’s trucking industry

--- World-first hybrid truck technology from Adgero could help Australian road transport operators cut fuel consumption by up to 25 per cent and radically reduce the trucking industry’s carbon footprint... The French transport technology company has developed the world’s first operational Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) for road transport to boost efficiency through fuel savings, extra power and reduced emissions for truck fleets... The UltraBoost system consists of an electrically driven axle mounted under the semi-trailer or rigid truck body, powered by a bank of graphene ultracapacitors and controlled by intelligent management software that automatically controls regenerative braking and acceleration boost... During braking the UltraBoost system harnesses kinetic energy and stores it in the ultracapacitors; that power is then delivered back to the axles in the form of a power boost during acceleration. Intelligent software management ensures smooth power delivery so drivers are only aware of the difference when checking their fuel consumption, which is maximised during start-stop traffic or traversing hilly terrain... 
(Photo: Adgero secures ultracapacitor technology)  --  Strasbourg, France - Automotive World (UK) - July 20, 2016

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Jul 20, 2016

VOLVO's news * USA: To lay off 300 workers -

* Virginia - Volvo Trucks to lay off 300 factory workers

--- Volvo Trucks North America plans to lay off 300 workers at its New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Va., in September... The Swedish truck company blamed sagging sales in the heavy-duty truck market for the cutback. It follows a layoff of 500 employees at the Virginia factory in February... Volvo on Tuesday also reported profits and sales fell in the second quarter. The company also lowered its industrywide 2016 North American market forecast to 240,000 units, down 10,000 trucks from its first quarter projection of 250,000. In the last quarter of 2015, Volvo had anticipated the industry would build 327,000 trucks for the North American market... Approximately 1,950 workers will remain at the plant, Mies said. It had employed about 2,800 employees at the beginning of 2016. The 1.6 million-square foot New River Valley Plant is Volvo’s largest truck manufacturing facility in the world... 
(Photo from Volvo: Workers assemble trucks at Volvo's New River Valley, Va., factory)  --  New River Valley, VA, USA - Trucks.com, by CLARISSA HAWES - JULY 19, 2016

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TRUCK RECALLS USA * Navistar's - ** PACCAR´s

* Illinois - Navistar recalls 1,200 trucks with defective Cummins Engines

--- Navistar Inc. is recalling 1,191 heavy duty diesel trucks in the U.S. equipped with defective Cummins engines that could increase the risk of a crash... The recall includes 2017 International ProStar, LoneStar, PayStar, HX and 9900 trucks produced between March and April... These vehicles are fitted with Cummins ISX15L engines equipped with a defective electronic system that could short circuit and blow a fuse. The engine could then stall and the driver would not be able to restart the truck, thereby increasing the risk of a collision... The engine can only be restarted once the ECM and fuse are replaced... 
(Photo: Navistar ProStar) -- Lisle, ILL, USA - Trucks.com, by CARINA OCKEDAHL - JULY 18, 2016


* Oregon - The same defect has sparked several other recalls by truck manufacturers

--- Paccar also recalled more than 3,000 Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks equipped with defective Cummins engines, and Spartan Motors USA recalled several vehicles as well... No injuries or crashes related to this issue have been reported...

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SCANIA´s * Sweden: Researching 40% weight reduction on trucks

* Stockholm - Scania of the future to be made of the right stuff

--- The use of composite materials in the structure of a vehicle’s chassis can reduce weight by up to 40%, according to new research from Scania and Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology... New lightweight materials such as composites will play an increasingly large role in the heavy vehicles of tomorrow, particularly in city buses and distribution trucks... Working in association with researcher Magnus Burman from Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Scania is investigating the potential for using lighter materials in both chassis structures and other load-bearing parts of vehicles... Reduced vehicle weight, or so called structural weight, means more cargo per transport shipment and, as a result, the potential for fewer runs. This light, self-supporting structures could replace the traditional frame... Scania has produced a vision for an integrated lightweight chassis made from carbon fibre composite-material and adapted for use in a long-range, completely electric vehicle... The light, self-supporting structure borrows materials and design concepts from the aviation industry. The battery is located in the space in the middle.represents a major opportunity both for the environment and for future electrified solutions of various kinds... 
(Photo: Scanias of the future will be made of composite materials) -- Stockholm, Sweden - Big Rigs (Australia) - 20th Jul 2016

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HIV & TRUCKERS * Africa - Truck drivers and sex workers

* Mozambique - Fighting HIV in two high-risk groups: Sex Workers and Truck Drivers


--- She's a sex worker. She's clutching a glass of beer. She's drunk and can barely stand up... She triumphantly declares she's going to sleep with 20 men tonight... The woman is one of the many sex workers in the city of Beira in Mozambique — and one of the targets of a new pilot program set up by Doctors Without Borders to prevent the spread of HIV. The initiative focuses on sex workers and another group at high risk of infection — truck drivers... This part of southern Africa has been hit harder by HIV than any place in the world. In Mozambique roughly 1 in 10 adults are infected with the virus. And according to UNAIDS sex workers are 10 times more likely than the general population to be HIV positive... The city is a relatively small gritty port on the Indian Ocean. Trucks constantly move in and out of docks hauling cargo in to parts of Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo... Truckers spend weeks, even months, on the road ferrying loads of sugar, gasoline, auto parts and other loads of cargo between Beira and Central Africa. But it's not just cargo that moves along these transportation routes, it's also HIV... Not far from the Beira docks, there's a trash-strewn alleyway that at night becomes a hub of prostitution. Women and girls in tight skirts lean against a cement wall waiting for clients. Some of the sex workers are from Mozambique. But so many of them are from neighboring Zimbabwe... The Doctors Without Borders program offers weekly HIV testing and counseling for truckers all along the highway up to the border with Malawi. They also distribute free condoms at truck stops – and to sex workers... But just like the local trucker drivers, sex workers can easily move along the highway that extends from Mozambique into Central Africa...
 (Photo by Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images - The alleyway known as the Beira "corridor" is part of the city's informal prostitution zone, where sex workers wait to meet clients) Beira, Mozambique - NPR.org, by Jason Beaubien - July 18, 20164

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HUNGRY Venezuelans ON THE BORDER WITH Colombia

* Colombia  - Sends 46 trucks to restock after 120,000 Venezuelans cross border to buy goods

--- After more than 123,000 Venezuelans entered Colombia over the weekend to buy basic goods, Colombian officials sent 46 trucks to restock the border town of Cucuta... Colombia's Foreign Ministry estimates 35,000 Venezuelans entered on Saturday, while 88,000 entered on Sunday. Venezuelans began queuing at the town of San Antonio del Tachira to cross the Simón Bolívar bridge to reach the Colombian town of Cucuta in the Norte de Santander province. Venezuelans also entered Colombia through the Pedro Maria Ureña international bridge... The Colombian National Police escorted the 46 trucks to Cucuta after fears of skyrocketing prices and scarcity due to unprecedented demand... 
(Photo courtesy of Colombian National Police - Colombian officials sent 43 trucks full of basic goods to the Norte de Santander province after more than 120,000 Venezuelans crossed the border into Colombia to purchase basic goods) -- Snatander, Colombia - UPI, by Andrew V. Pestano - July 18, 2016

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TRUCKERS' SLEEP APNEA * Australia: As bad as drink driving

* WA - Driving with sleep apnoea as bad as drink driving

--- Suffering from even mild sleep apnoea is proven to be as bad as drink driving, and if 20% of middle-aged Australians have the condition, it’s a serious safety concern... Truckies have a high rate of apnoea, and it basically means they stop breathing constantly throughout the night which triggers the brain to send a wake-up call and it means they wake up tired... Chair of the sleep health foundation Professor David Hillman is a Perth-based sleep physician who has worked with a range of transport workers across his career... A study from 2009 found that suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) can up to triple a person’s risk of car accident or injury, and findings like that are the reason people diagnosed have to get treatment in order to retain their commercial licence... The more alarming statistic though, is that up to 20% of middle-aged people stop breathing five to 15 times per hour, which is considered mild sleep apnoea... A range of documented studies have found that the health issues associated with sleep apnoea include blood pressure, depression, risk of stroke, heart attack, impotence in men, diabetes and even cancer... 
(Photo by Rob Williams - SOUND REST: Sleep scientist and manager of CPAP Direct in Booval Jamie Williams with the gear)  --  Perth, Western A., Australia - Big Rigs, by Cobey Bartels - 16th Jul 2016

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TRUCKERS' & DRUGS * Philippines

* Manila - Truck drivers, porters under watch for drug use

--- Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno, ordered yesterday the Philippine National Police (PNP) to strictly monitor cargo truck drivers and porters following reports that some of them are using illegal drugs to keep them awake in their long trips... Sueno also directed concerned local government units (LGU) and their police forces to monitor the activities inside roadside eateries which are long used as drug dens or fronts for drug transactions... The DILG chief said he got information that some truck drivers reportedly buy marijuana and shabu from small-time drug pushers in roadside eateries where they usually stop over to take their meals... Sueno said drivers who are applying for a license to drive trucks should be subjected to regular drug tests to minimize the incidence of road accidents...
(Photo) -- Manila, Philippines - Tempo Online - July 19, 2016

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XPO Logistics' * USA: TEAMSTERS vs. COPS

* Georgia - Trying to unionize some truck drivers in the South. Then the cops showed up.

--- Three Teamsters stood outside the gates of a company called XPO Logistics on June 10, passing out flyers along the side of the road... The City of Port Wentworth disagreed... As the Teamsters later learned, someone from XPO called the police to report them. When two officers arrived, Ben Speight, one of three organizers, explained to them that he and his colleagues were merely passing out fliers... But the police said they were impeding the flow of traffic ― even though the public road dead ends at the company gates, and there was no traffic other than the occasional truck leaving the facility... A lawyer for the Teamsters sent a letter to the city attorney saying the union would sue Port Wentworth if the charges against the organizers are not thrown out... XPO did not respond to a voicemail message left at its headquarters on Friday... The organizers are due in court on July 20... 
(Photo: Ben Speight, one of three organizers, explained to two officers when arrived, that he and his colleagues were merely passing out fliers) -- Port Wentworth, GA, USA - The Huffington Post, by Dave Jamieson - 18 July 2016

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Jul 19, 2016

EUROPEAN TRUCKMAKERS * Fined with 3,32 billions Euros - ** Each country hauliers could sue too

* Belgium - EU to fine truck makers over price-fixing and other collusion 

--- The European Union’s antitrust regulator is poised to impose its largest cartel fine ever on Tuesday, handing truck makers around €3 billion ($3.32 billion) in penalties after a probe into price-fixing and other collusion, several people familiar with the matter said... The European Commission has been investigating a handful of European truck makers for around five years over suspicions they fixed prices and colluded on timing over when to implement new emissions control technologies... U.S. heavy-truck maker Paccar Inc. said earlier this year it put aside $942.6 million for the case. Paccar’s European unit, DAF, makes trucks in the Netherlands, Belgium and the U.K. and sells them in Western and Eastern Europe... Germany’s Daimler AG has also said it has provisioned for more than €600 million in connection with the probe, while Iveco, a unit of Netherlands-based CNH Industrial NV, in March said it had set aside around $500 million... Swedish truck maker Volvo AB in late June boosted its provision to a total of €650 million...
(PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES - European Union members' flags in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg)  --  Brussels, Belgium - The WSJ, by VALENTINA POP and NATALIA DROZDIAK - July 18, 2016


** Ireland - Truck makers may be sued by Irish hauliers in wake of fine 

--- European Commission fines Daimler, DAF, Iveco and Volvo/Renault over price fixing... Irish hauliers could sue the truck makers on which the EU yesterday imposed a record €2.9 billion fine for price fixing cartel between 1997 and 2011... Volkswagen-owned MAN was also involved in the scheme, but escaped a penalty because it tipped off the commission to the cartel’s existence... Under European law, Irish trucking companies that bought vehicles made by any of the companies during the period can sue the manufacturers if they believe they suffered damage as a result of the price fixing... President of Irish Road Hauliers’ Association Verona Murphy confirmed that new legislation due to come into force in the Republic by the end of this year would make it easier for anyone in this jurisdiction to take action against the companies found guilty of price fixing... Ms Murphy explained the new law, an EU directive, is due to come into force here by December 27th this year. It will allow Irish people to sue in the Republic’s courts on foot of rulings by other European competition authorities... 
Dublin, Ireland - Irish Times, by Barry O'Halloran - Jul 19, 2016

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VOLVO TRUCKS news * Sweden - Beats earnings forecast

* Stockholm - Volvo, sees U.S. market weaken

--- Swedish truckmaker Volvo reported better than expected second-quarter earnings on Tuesday as cost cuts and rising European sales helped fortify it against slumping U.S. demand for commercial vehicles... Volvo, which sells trucks under the Mack, Renault and UD brands as well as its own name, scaled back its outlook for North America, saying it expected industry wide sales of 240,000 trucks, down from a forecast for 250,000 given in April... It reported adjusted operating margin of 7.8 percent compared with a year-ago 7.1 percent and the 7.0 percent seen by analysts... 
(Photo from REUTERS/BOB STRONG - The logo of Volvo is seen on the front grill of a Volvo truck in a customer showroom at its company headquarters in Gothenburg September 23, 2008)   --   Stockholm, Sweden - Reuters, by NIKLAS POLLARD & JOHANNES HELLSTROM - Jul 19, 2016

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TRUCKING JOBS DISRUPTION * USA: By hiring practices

* NY-NJ - Port truckers prepare for potential disruption from hiring protest

--- Truckers that service the Port of New York and New Jersey are preparing for possible congestion and delays Monday tied to a planned protest on longshore hiring practices... A New Jersey judge Friday outlined a strategy for the Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, in which part of the port sits, to move ahead with a planned protest at what the mayor sees as the lack of local and diverse hiring at the port... An Essex County Judge ordered officials from Newark and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to “engage in good faith negotiations” to come up with a plan that complies with port authority permitting rules for a Monday morning motorcade through the port led by the mayor, according to a draft of the judge’s order provided to JOC.com by the City of Newark... A release from Baraka that came out Friday morning promoting the motorcade event said the gathering would demand “that the International Longshoremen’s Association end discriminatory practices in hiring,” and added that the protest would go ahead “despite efforts by the Port Authority to prevent the protest” ... 
(Credit: Port Driver - Truckers fear that regular truck lines into the NY-NJ port, such as the one pictured, will become worse because of a protest against hiring practices at the port)  --  Newark, NJ, USA - JOC, by Hugh R. Morley - Jul 17, 2016

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TRUCKERS' STRIKE & PROTESTS * Colombia: Too much foreign commercial vehicles

* Bogota - Why Colombia’s truckers are angry

--- For the 13th time in 15 years, Colombia’s truckers went on strike. This time, things have gone violent. Because, according to the protesters, the government has allowed multinational transport companies to flood the country with trucks... The abundance of foreign trucks has virtually eliminated tens of thousands of local truckers’ ability to make a living they way they were able to before... Large transport companies would be able to cover losses for an extended period of time, but individual truckers can not and they are afraid they are purposely being run out of business by the multinationals... According to the truckers, the Transport Ministry even illegally granted 50,000 trucking licenses to befriended companies... The truckers are additionally angry that the government has consistently raised fuel prices when crude oil prices went up, but is refusing to lower gas prices now that crude oil is low... According to the striking truckers, clauses in a controversial free trade agreement with the United States are at the root of what they consider the “monopolization of the economy” ... 
 Bogota, Colombia - Colombia Reports, by Adriaan Alsema - July 17, 2016

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Jul 18, 2016

INTERNATIONAL trucks * USA: New predictive cruise control

* Illinois - International rolls out Predictive Cruise Control for class 8 trucks


--- International Truck has announced it is now offering predictive cruise control technology as an option on its ProStar and LoneStar Class 8 on-highway truck models... The proprietary system uses preinstalled GPS maps and the latest commercial route data to make adjustments to cruising speed without the need to “pre-drive” routes... Predictive cruise control optimizes cruising speed based on topographical GPS data inputs to help maximize fuel economy. International’s system monitors driver speed, engine load, truck weight and road grade to optimize the vehicle’s performance based on the road ahead. As the terrain changes, the predictive control modulates cruising speed to correspond to the topography...
 (Photo: International Truck)  --  Lisle, Ill, USA - Truckinginfo - July 13, 2016

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UD Trucks * Japan: New Quester range for Middle East

* Japan - UD Trucks launches GCC-specific Quester range

--- UD Trucks (owned by Volvo), has conducted the Middle East launch of Quester, a range designed specifically for the Middle East operating environment... The models have been designed specifically for the region, according to the Japanese automaker... The UD Quester range was unveiled at launch events in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Oman. The heavy-duty models can be used for a variety of applications, including on- and off-highway use, construction, distribution, and long-haul transportation... Three UD Quester units were tested by six Saudi Arabian customers for a period of six months. The units – a water tanker, a tipper, and a garbage compactor – were operated in real working conditions, and the manufacturer received positive customer feedback...
Tokyo, Japan - Construction Week On Line, by James Morgan- Jul 14, 2016

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TRUCK SALES * USA: Natural gas vehicles up 48%

* Iowa - Natural-Gas truck sales recover from slow start in 2016

--- Retail sales of Class 8 natural gas trucks in the U.S. and Canada improved in May, after getting off to a slow start earlier in the year, according to a report published by ACT Research... The majority of natural-gas vehicle sales were attributed to repeat sales as well as purchases made by transit bus and refuse truck operators, according to ACT... The lower price of diesel fuel has stunted the return on investment fleets might have for gained by adopting the alternative fuel, making the turn toward natural gas a less lucrative prospect for fleets... Sales were up 48% over the previous month. But they are down 21% over the past 12 months and 24% year-to-date compared to 2015... 
Iowa City, IO, USA - Truckinginfo - July 14, 2016

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WOMEN IN TRUCKING * Canada - Drivers' shortage

* Prince Edward Islands - Trucking industry wants more women behind the wheel

--- Industry facing a shortage of 30,000 by 2020 nationwide... The Island's trucking industry is facing a major shortage of workers, and officials hope women will step up to help fill the gap... According to the P.E.I. Trucking Sector Council, truckers are aging and many are set to retire in the next several years... Executive director Brian Oulton says approximately 30,000 truck drivers are needed nationwide by 2020, several hundred on Prince Edward Island.... Jobs 'everywhere' on the Island... Oulton said many trucking jobs on the Island go unfilled, and getting more women behind the wheel would make a big difference... 
(Photo by Jessica Doria-Brown/CBC - Amy Herring loves driving a truck because, 'You see a lot, and every trip is different')  --  London, ONT, CAN - CBC News, by Jessica Doria-Brown - Jul 15, 2016

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MILITARY TRUCKS * UK: Self-driving - ** USA: Modifying commercial ones

* UK - Self-driving ‘drone’ trucks trialed by British army to supply frontlines
--- Unmanned military trucks will be trialed by the UK military as early as 2017 with the aim of resupplying troops engaged in operations without risking drivers... Trials of the autonomous vehicles will begin next year. The innovation is thought to have been initiated because of the substantial loss of life among military drivers due to roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan... The Ministry of Defence (MoD), along with the US Department of Defense (DoD), will ask arms companies to compete for contracts from September 2016, with testing scheduled to start in the US in October... Provisional testing along similar lines has already taken place. The US demonstrated in 2014 that prototypes of unmanned cargo vehicles could negotiate hazardous conditions during a trial... The UK will announce its own automated delivery system program on Thursday at the Farnborough Air Show – the annual centerpiece of the UK arms trade calendar... 
(Photo by Jason Cohn / Reuters) -- London, EN, UK - RT - 14 Jul, 2016 


* DC - Battelle to up-armor Special Forces trucks 

--- Battelle Memorial Institute has received a contract to modify commercial trucks and SUVs for the U.S. Special Operations Command... The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee deal spans seven years. Its estimated worth is $170 million... The contract involves modifying commercial trucks and SUVs, retaining the original equipment manufacturer's profile while supporting the integration of armor, heavy-duty suspension and brakes, run flat tires and wheels, and communication equipment... The contract will be funded at the delivery order level with procurement appropriation... Most work will be performed in Ohio, with an estimated completion date of July 2023... Special Operations Command is the contracting activity... 
Washington, DC, USA - UPI, by by Geoff Ziezulewicz - July 14, 2016

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TRUCKS EMISSIONS * USA: Little progress - ** Europe: Introducing CO2 limits

* Michigan / USA  - Trucks have made remarkably little progress in reducing emissions

--- New cars, pickups, and SUVs sold in the U.S. have become remarkably more fuel-efficient, and their contributions to the national carbon footprint have declined significantly. In 1990, these vehicles represented 15.6 percent of total emissions in the U.S.; in 2014 they made up just 16.1 percent, according to a new report by Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle, researchers at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute... Transportation still has a long way to go in reducing emissions. That becomes abundantly clear when considering the growing impact of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. According to the same report, the share of total U.S. emissions from long-haul trucks, garbage trucks, ambulances and other types of five-ton-and-up mammoths has increased steadily and substantially, from 3.6 percent in 1990 to 6 percent in 2014. Absolute emissions from passenger vehicles leveled off over that period, but absolute emissions from heavier-duty trucks soared to 76 percent... As Julian Spector reported for CityLab in May, some engineers and entrepreneurs are beginning to confront the challenge, with innovations in battery technology, streamlined design, and calls for updated regulations around truck size and weight. With efficiency in heavy-duty vehicles astoundingly low as is, “even small improvements... can have a big effect on overall emissions,” Spector wrote...
Ann Arbor, MICH, USA - City Lab, by Laura Bliss - Jul 13, 2016

* Maryland / USA - 41% of nation’s commercial trucks use clean diesel engines

--- More than 40 percent of all medium- and heavy-duty diesel commercial trucks in operation in the United States — 4 million of 9.5 million diesel trucks — are now equipped with newer technology clean diesel engines, according to a new Diesel Technology Forum (DTF) analysis... The report includes IHS Automotive vehicles in operation representing Class 3-8 diesel trucks from Model Year 2007 through 2015 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Beginning in 2007, all heavy-duty diesel trucks sold had to meet particulate emissions levels of no more than 0.01 grams per brake horse-power hour (g/HP-hr.) — a level near zero... Allen Schaefferexecutive director of the Diesel Technology Forum said, there are now four states – Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma and Texas – where more than 50 percent of the registered diesel trucks are the newer cleaner trucks. And in 2015, Oregon had the largest increase in the nation of newer diesel truck registrations with a 35 percent increase over 2014... California has the largest fleet of commercial truck registrations on an absolute number basis; however, it ranks near the bottom for adoption of newer trucks on a percentage basis, based on the analysis... In December 2000, EPA promulgated a rule that established stringent standards designed to reduce emissions from on-road heavy-duty trucks and buses by up to 95 percent and to cut the allowable levels of sulfur in diesel fuel by 97 percent by 2010. To achieve these new standards, the new clean diesel system relies on an efficient engine and combustion system utilizing the most advanced fuel-injection, turbocharging and engine management strategies coupled with advanced emissions controls and after-treatment technologies including particulate filters and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems, all running on ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel...
 Frederick, MD, USA - Trucking News - July 15, 2016


** Belgium - EU to introduce CO2 emission limits for trucks

--- The European Commission will propose limits for the first time on CO2 emissions from trucks and will also set new fuel efficiency standards for cars and vans from 2020, according to a draft document seen by Reuters... The European Union currently has no limits on truck emissions, unlike other countries such as the United States, China, Japan and Canada, which already have truck fuel efficiency standards... The European Union has a limit of 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer (g/km) by 2021 for cars and vans but has so far not done the same for trucks, which are responsible for around a quarter of road transport emissions and that share of emissions could increase by 2030, according to the Commission... In Europe, the industry, which includes manufacturers Daimler, Renault and Volkswagen, has resisted targets for trucks on the grounds that their different shapes and sizes make a "one-size-fits-all" approach to limiting CO2 emissions difficult and that fuel efficiency has already helped lower their carbon footprint... To prepare the ground for the new limits the Commission will propose a law on the certification of CO2 emissions and fuel consumption of new trucks - namely a CO2 test procedure - as well as a law on monitoring and reporting trucks' fuel consumption... In the United States, standards on truck emissions could lead to a 33 percent reduction of fuel consumption rates from 2010 levels, according to researchers... 
Brussels, Belgium - Reuters (UK), by Julia Fioretti/Alexandra Hudson and Jane Merriman - Jul 15, 2016



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TRUCKER TURN TIMES USA: * At L.A. and Long Beach's ports - ** Survey: More than 3 hours at shippers

* California - Rolling faster using trucker appointment system


--- Big rigs are rolling in and out of the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports faster thanks in part to the wider use of a trucker appointment system, according to marine terminal operators that run the gate system... So-called turn times, the minutes it takes for a trucker to pull into a terminal, load up or drop off a container and then hit the road, fell to below 40 minutes during May and June... Weston LaBar, executive director of the Harbor Trucking Association that monitors turn times, said trucks spent about 64 minutes last month inside the port. More problematic, he said, is that those turn times don’t include the minutes trucks are waiting in the queue to get into the terminals... Cushing acknowledges that many truckers wait at the gate, but he said it would be unfair to count those minutes since some are just waiting until they can enter the port without paying a fee... 
(Photo: Los Angeles Port)    --   Los Angeles, CAL, USA - Daily Breeze, by Rachel Uranga - 13 July 16


** Oregon - DAT survey: 63% of truckers spend more than 3 hours at shippers

--- Nearly 63 percent of commercial truck drivers spend more than three hours at a shipper’s dock waiting for their vehicle to be loaded and unloaded, according to a recent survey by DAT Solutions... Of the 247 carriers surveyed, 54 percent reported typical detention times of three to four hours, while 9 percent said it was common to be detained five or more hours... Among motor carriers, detention is one of the top five business problems they face, according to 84 percent of the survey respondents... Both brokers and carriers defined detention as holding a driver and truck at the dock for more than two hours while loading or unloading... Most of the carriers surveyed said they are seldom paid for detention, and when payment is offered, it does not cover the full business cost that results from the delay... Only 3 percent of carriers were paid on 90 percent or more of their detention claims, at a rate between $30 and $50 per hour, according to survey respondents. Even when the claims were paid, however, that level of compensation did not cover the opportunity costs to their business... Carriers were often forced to turn down other loads while their trucks were detained and unavailable. One owner-operator reported losing two loads, with combined revenue of $1,900, because his truck was detained too long at a receiver’s dock... 
(Photo: Truck at the dock for more than two hours while loading or unloading) -- Portland, ORE, USA - The Trucker News Services - 15 July 2016

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TRUCKS AS DEADLY WEAPON ? * Europe: Terrorist trucker ... again !!!

* France: The everyday commercial truck used as a weapon for crazed terrorist drivers

(Video by SECURITY - Jul 14, 2016: #PrayForNice - If you are in France, remember to follow the authorities instructions, and notify relatives and tell them that you're okay) 

 --- The horrific terror attack committed in Nice, France, highlights a disturbing use for the everyday commercial truck, one most of us in this industry don’t like thinking about: as a weapon for mayhem and murder... Some 84 people are now known to be killed, along with scores of others maimed and wounded, after a terrorist behind the wheel of a straight truck plowed into a crowd of Bastille Day revelers at high speed, then exited the cab and began shooting... But using a truck as a weapon … it’s been done before with extremely deadly effect all over the world: The 1983 Marine barracks bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, (for which the Iranians must now pay damages); the first World Trade Center attack in 1993; and the infamous Oklahoma City bombing carried out by Timothy McVeigh in 1995... The challenge facing transportation experts now is to figure out what kinds of trucks pose the biggest “weaponized” threat and how to counteract it... 


* France - Bastille Day truck attack kills 84 in Nice - After Nice, ban trucks?

... The jihadist truck attack in Nice, France, killed and wounded scores of citizens gathered to watch Bastille Day fireworks. The day chosen was intended to be symbolic—“Your sovereignty means nothing to us. We can strike wherever and whenever we will” ... But the main point remains. Trucks do not kill scores of Frenchmen. It is their drivers. Guns do not kill. It is those who shoot them for political and ideological purposes... If we cannot understand this truth, the very spirit of which is written in our Founding, we do not deserve to live in peace in the streets of our cities... 
(Photo: David Ramos / Getty Images)   --   Detroit, MICH, USA - The Detroit News, by James Schall - July 15, 2016


* New York / USA - Devastating use of truck adds to security challenges

--- Nice attack likely to heighten alert for potential copycats, lead to increased security at public events... In a 2010 article in the al Qaeda magazine “Inspire,” a leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula urged followers to pursue “individual jihad” by using pickup trucks to run down civilians, mounting sharp blades on the front to maximize deaths and injuries. “The idea is to use a pickup truck as a mowing machine, not to mow grass, but mow down the enemies of Allah,” he wrote... 

RECENT TRUCK ATTACKS
 * Dec. 21, 2014 Dijon and Nantes, France: A driver shouting Islamic phrases ran down 13 pedestrians in a half-hour span, seriously injuring two. The next day, another man drove into a crowd of holiday shoppers, wounding 11 people. 
 * Oct. 28, 2013 Beijing: Five people were killed after a Jeep crashed in front of the Forbidden City. Chinese police described it as a terrorist attack.
 * May 15, 2011 Tel Aviv: One man was killed and 16 others injured after a truck crashed into several vehicles and pedestrians on a crowded Tel Aviv roadway. The driver denied intentionally causing the collision.
 * June 8, 2008 Tokyo: A man drove a truck into a popular shopping street, killing three men with the vehicle before stabbing 14 people. Four of the stabbing victims died.
 * April 19, 1995 Oklahoma City: Timothy McVeigh parked a rental truck packed with explosives in front of a federal building in downtown Oklahoma City. The detonation killed 168, including 19 children, and injured more than 500 people...
(PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS - The north side of the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City after a truck bomb exploded on April 19, 1995. After that attack, security officials were conditioned to look for bombs, but the Nice incident is a reminder of the deadly use vehicles can have in the hands of a terrorist)   --  NY, USA - The WSJ, by ANDREW TANGEL and DEVLIN BARRETT - July 15, 2016

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Jul 17, 2016

MERCEDES' news * Germany - 3D PRINT PLASTIC TRUCKS PARTS available now worldwide

* Stuttgart - Daimler's 3D Print trucks parts


--- German truck manufacturer Daimler AG has announced it will utilise 3D printing to cost-effectively and efficiently produce plastic spare parts from September... Rather than warehousing and shipping parts from Germany to customers around the globe, the truck maker says it will be printing parts locally from a series of stored blueprints... Printed with "state-of-the-art 3D printers based on the Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) printing process," Daimler says a customer orders the specific part, a design is sourced from Daimler headquarters, and the part is then created... The parts include covers, spacers, spring caps, air and cable ducts, clamps, mountings, control elements, and more... 
 (Photo: Mercedes-Benz Trucks already produces 30 spare parts with the 3D SLS printing processes) -- Stuttart, Germany - Trade Trucks (Australia) - 14 July 2016

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