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Apr 21, 2017

* EXPO CAM in Canada: VOLVO's and NAVISTAR's new truck models

* Montreal - Volvo, Navistar debut dueling regional haul trucks at ExpoCam


(Photo: Volvo's VNR model trucks)

--- With an eye to changing commerce patterns, Volvo Trucks North America and Navistar’s International division both unveiled regional semi-truck models for the North American Market at ExpoCam, Canada’s largest truck trade show... Volvo debuted its new VNR regional semi-truck, its first full redesign of a mid-range tractor since 1996, Wednesday night... 

(Photo: Navistar - International RH Series regional haul truck)
... Navistar introducted the International RH line... Navistar’s designers paid extra attention to how drivers navigate through urban settings and worked to build in safety features. The RH has redesigned side windows and mirrors that provide better side visibility than previous models. Other features such as the large swept-back windshield, mirror placement and an aerodynamic sloped hood offer drivers a better view... Not to be outdone, Navistar on Thursday also introduced its new generation International RH Series regional haul truck line at the Montreal trade show... 
Place Bonaventure, Montreal, Canada -- Trucks.com, by CLARISSA HAWES - APRIL 20, 2017

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TOYOTA's HYDROGEN TRUCK * USA: Why Toyota's truck is important and different

* Texas - Toyota has created a prototype electric tractor-trailer powered by hydrogen fuel cells

--- Toyota Motor Corporation revealed a surprise on Wednesday: The automaker has created a hydrogen fuel cell system to power zero-emission electric heavy trucks. Toyota engineers have installed a prototype of the system in a heavily modified Kenworth 18-wheeler that will soon begin operating in a test in California... Toyota actually has a working electric truck to show off right now... The number of battery cells required to move an 80,000-pound vehicle several hundred miles is very large, meaning that the battery pack in Tesla's truck is nearly certain to be bulky, heavy, and expensive. That big battery pack will take a long time to recharge, taking the truck out of service for several hours a day... Of course, unless you're in southern California, there aren't likely to be hydrogen stations nearby. But while that's an obstacle for fuel cell passenger cars, it seems like less of an obstacle for long-haul tractor-trailers owned by a fleet operator that can build its own strategically located stations along its routes... That's the bet Toyota is making...
(IMAGE SOURCE: TOYOTA - THIS BIG RIG IS POWERED BY ELECTRICITY GENERATED BY TOYOTA FUEL CELLS)   --   Plano, TXS, USA - The Motley Fool, by John Rosevear - Apr 20, 2017

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TESLA's SEMI-TRUCK & PICKUP TRUCK * USA

* California - Tesla Semi-truck due to arrive in September, “Seriously next level”

--- Elon Musk is on the loose again tweeting important details about Tesla’s future product lines. The multi-billionaire tech entrepreneur has announced that the Tesla semi-truck will be unveiled this September and will be “seriously next level”. He had previously spoken about a semi-truck that would be far better than anything on the road, and by reading into the statement one can presume that the next level he’s referring to is Level 4 or Level 5 autonomy... 
(Photo: Tesla semi)   --  Sillicon Valley, CAL, USA - Teslarati, by Christian Prenzler - April 13, 2017


* California - Tesla to unveil pickup truck before 2020, Elon Musk says


--- In responses to the onslaught of questions after a tweet, Musk confirmed a final unveiling of the Model 3 for July, said a Tesla pickup truck would be coming in 18 to 24 months, and mentioned that the next-generation Roadster would be a convertible... 
(Photo: The Tesla pickup truck) -- CAL, USA - MarketWatch, by Claudia Assis - Apr 14, 2017 

 A ‘Tesla Semi’ would be unveiled just months ahead of Model 3 launch

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FIVE-YEAR STANDARD WARRANTY * Australia: For FUSO TRUCKS

* NSW - Offer includes genuine Fuso parts and service from authorised dealers

--- Japanese truck maker Fuso has increased standard warranty on all of its new trucks to five years... The offer includes service from authorised Fuso dealers and genuine Fuso parts except for tyres, consumables, accidental damage, wear and tear items, non-factory supplied accessories and non-approved aftermarket modifications... Depending on the models, the manufacturer’s warranty will cover certain amount of kilometres and operating hours or a period of five years – whichever comes first... 
(Photo: Fuso trucks. The new warranty applies only to trucks registered and operated in normal conditions in Australia) -- Liverpool, NSW, Australia - ATN - 13 April 2017

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MORE CARGO * USA: HIGHER PRICING for hauling freight in

* New York - Glut of vehicles, uneven demand put trucking profits in the crosshairs

--- More cargo is moving through U.S. ports and on the nation’s highways, but whether the added volumes will boost trucking profits is another matter... A test could come as soon as Monday, when J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc., one of the biggest U.S. freight carriers, is expected to announce its first-quarter earnings. J.B. Hunt operates a large trucking fleet and is the leading provider of “intermodal” services, which involves arranging for trucks and trains to move freight around the country... Often those journeys start at the docks, where imports have been surging in the past few weeks, including a 26% year-over-year jump in March at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif. But trucking companies tell a different story in the interior, where a glut of trucks and uneven demand are holding down the rates carriers charge retailers, manufacturers and other shippers... While the freight market has had a number of false starts in recent months, Mark Montague, a senior industry analyst with DAT, said he expects trucking rates to improve over the course of the year... 
(PHOTO: JULIO CORTEZ/ASSOCIATED PRESS - Trucks, tractor trailers and cars outside the Lincoln Tunnel in Weehawken, N.J., in December) -- NY, USA - The WSJ, by Jennifer Smith - April 15, 2017

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Grain transport * Australia - Trialing bigger trucks for

* NSW - Trucking industry is keen to try a WA trial to allow bigger trucks onto small back roads

--- The NSW bulk freight industry is eyeing a West Australian “last mile” access trial, which allowed bigger vehicles to use roads previously off limits... Western Australia’s harvest mass management scheme allows a 10 per cent mass variation for the transport of grain from farm to a registered ­receival operator. This allows for the difficulty caused by the natural variation of grain density when trucks are loaded on farm... WA Farmers grains presidentDuncan Young, said the group were involved with helping set up the trial and were supportive of it because it ­allowed farmers to be able get bigger trucks on roads they were previously denied and this was good for productivity... Young added, the harvest mass management scheme, now almost a decade old, had been a big success... 
(Photo: Load it up. The NSW freight industry is hoping a WA scheme will be adopted to boost productivity)  --  Sidney, New South Wales, Australia - The Weekly Times, by GABRIELLE JOHNSTON and EMMA FIELD - April 19, 2017

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Truck Makers' Cartel * Europe - Class Action against

* England - UK Road Haulage Group's Class Action. Release of EC decision shows depth of corruption

--- The ongoing case of the European truck cartel which has seen many of the manufacturers collude and conspire with regard to vehicle prices and emissions has reached a new phase with the release this week of the European Commission (EC) settlement decision on the matter... The Road Haulage Association (RHA) which, having obtained the non-confidential version of the EC ruling, says it serves to strongly reinforce the RHA’s determination to pursue the legal action against the manufacturers to reclaim the cost of overpayment for its members. The organisation is appealing for transport firms, whether they are RHA members or not, to get in touch if they want compensation. It also confirms there is no cost to haulage firms in joining the proposed legal action and anyone affected can register their interest here... The companies charged with antitrust activity reads like a who’s who of truck production with Volvo, DAF, Daimler, Fiat, Iveco, MAN and Renault just some of the names linked to the investigation. As several of the manufacturers (MAN, Daimler, Iveco, Volvo/Renault, and DAF) settled with the EC in clear and unequivocal terms, confirming their liability for infringing EU competition rules in relation to the main facts, the decision is not as detailed as it might have been, running to just over thirty pages... The RHA has appointed well known transport law specialist solicitors Backhouse Jones to deal with the class action suit it intends to bring against the truck makers... 
(Photo, by Dirk Kruell/Redux: A truck service area in Siegburg, Germany) -- London, UK – Handy Shipping Guide – 11 April 2017

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Apr 10, 2017

SCANIA TRUCKS + APPLE * USA: CarPlay into some of it heavy trucks

* California - Scania brings Apple's CarPlay to semi trucks for first time

--- A Swedish manufacturer, Scania, on Wednesday announced plans to build CarPlay into some of it heavy trucks, marking perhaps the first time Apple's platform has been integrated into non-consumer vehicles... CarPlay will come to Scania Infotainment Systems equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen and a voice control option, the company said. While the technology is being rolled out to new trucks starting in June, older vehicles should also be able to upgrade so long as they support voice control... To date CarPlay has been used primarily by automakers targeting the public, such as Honda, Chevrolet, and Kia. While Toyota is still refusing to install it, even long-time holdouts like Mazda have come onboard, if only sometimes providing retroactive upgrades. Otherwise, drivers have had to turn to aftermarket receivers... 
Cupertino, CAL, USA - Apple Insider, by Roger Fingas - April 05, 2017

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TRUCKMAKERS' NEW FEATURES * Japan - Truck makers delivering relief to weary drivers

* Tokyo - Trucks with features to ease labor shortage are coming

--- Japanese truck companies are busy rolling out new models they say will help resolve the labor crunch currently afflicting the industry... Hino Motors unveiled its first fully redesigned Ranger midsize truck in 16 years on Wednesday at an event in Saitama. The heavy-duty Profia received its first full makeover in 14 years and will be available for purchase later this year... Hino sought to answer that demand by focusing on improving the operating performances of trucks. The new models come equipped with a communication system allowing remote monitoring of vehicle conditions in real time. Sensors inside the trucks relay data to truck dealers, who then give a heads up on when it's time for maintenance... Rival Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus has teamed up with UD Trucks to develop driver-friendly rigs. Their trucks featuring automatic transmissions are expected to help female and older drivers not used to driving stick, as well as boost fuel economy... Resolving the shortage of truck drivers hinges on attracting females and seniors. "Ease of driving will become an important trend," predicts Hino's Ichihashi... Unit sales of trucks capable of carrying at least four tons rose 11.2% in fiscal 2016 to 98,106, the seventh straight year of expansion... 
(Photo: Hino Motors unveiled fully redesigned midsize and heavy-duty trucks)  --  Saitama, Japan - Nikkei, by YUKI HANAI - April 6, 2017

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TRUCKMAKERS PILED UP * India - Big inventories of vehicles

* Tamil Nadu - Daimler India calls the bluff on other truck companies


--- In a rare show of aggression, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV's) CEO tore into a section of truck makers who sought to negate the pollution control measures by trying to interpret laws in their favour. A large section of truck makers sought legal clarifications on the grounds that April 1, 2017 was the cutoff date for manufacture of BS-IV vehicles and not sale date. BS-IV norms spew less pollution from the tail pipes of trucks compared to BS-III. In the run up to the legal verdict, manufacturers piled up inventory of trucks. Supreme Court ordered that from April 1, 2017 no sale of BS-III vehicles would be permitted, thereby forcing manufacturers to dump huge discounts in the market to offload their inventories before the cut-off date... 
(Photo: COIMBATORE: The ban on BS III vehicles would cost truck makers Rs 2,500 crore) --   Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India - Times of India - 8 April 2017

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COLLECTING DATA FROM LONG HAUL TRUCKS * India

* Karnakata - BlackBuck to use data to create a niche for itself in a crowded market
--- Business-to-business logistics firm BlackBuck, which raised $70 million in its series-C round, is trying to use data to create a niche for itself in a crowded market. The company was recently asked to identify the choke points on the national highways by the transport ministry. Indraneel Bommisetty, product and data science head at BlackBuck, told ET the company had collected GPS data from over 300 long haul trucks over 26 months, looking at 1.92 crore data points on the highways. in the country and had found interesting trends... 
 (Photo: Loaded Indian trucks on the roads)   --  Bengaluru, Karnataka, India - Tech Economic Times, by Priyanka Sangani - April 05, 2017

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TOTAL GROUP * France: Introduces natural gas fuel for trucks

* Nantes - 200 New Natural Gas fueling stations in Europe

--- Total yesterday officially inaugurated its first natural gas fueling station in France, in Nantes. Natural gas fuel is an alternative fuel primarily used by trucks and transporters of materials or goods, such as garbage trucks, and passengers, such as buses. Another 15 stations will be opened this year, followed by an additional 10 a year. The aim is to create a network of 110 outlets — either Total or AS24*, the Group affiliate specialized in marketing fuel to truckers and transporters — supplying natural gas fuel in France... Total already has a network of 450 natural gas fueling stations worldwide. The Group markets compressed natural gas (CNG) in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Egypt, Pakistan and now in France. It opened its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling station in 2015, in Belgium, near the port of Antwerp... 
(Photo: New LNG from TOTAL/AS24)  --  Nantes, France - Total.com (PR) - 6 April 2017

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Carrying hazardous chemicals * Canada - Truckers' ask for new safety measures

* Ontario - Councillors say bad weather and trucks carrying dangerous chemicals don’t mix


--- The weather was bad. Road conditions not much better. But that wasn’t enough to keep trucks off the 401... And as the snowstorm raged – a catastrophic pileup near Gananoque killed one driver and a truck spilled a toxic chemical all over the roadway... Dozens of people including emergency responders were treated for possible exposure during a Code Orange at Kingston General Hospital... Now a local councillor says its time to hit the brakes on transports carrying hazardous chemicals during severe weather conditions. And his fellow councillors agree... Mayor Bryan Paterson says banning certain transports may not be the solution but adds last month’s fatal crash serves as a reminder of just how dangerous winter driving can be... Les Struthers works at a local truck stop and sees hundreds of transports daily. He’s in favour of implementing new safety measures for trucks carrying threatening chemicals... 
Kingston, ONT, Canada - CKWS TV - April 05, 2017

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Apr 7, 2017

DRIVERS's SHORTAGE * USA: MILLENIALS TRUCKERS RECRUITMENT

* California - Trucking companies using new recruitment strategies to attract younger truck drivers

--- As the trucking industry continues to struggle with a growing shortage of drivers, transportation companies are using more tech-oriented recruitment strategies to attract younger drivers... According to the 2017 Transportation Spotlight report by employee background check firm HireRight, trucking companies are using fresh tactics to bolster driver recruitment and to attract a more diverse audience... Other sectors, including manufacturing and construction, are also changing strategies to attract and retain the growing generation. Compared to older generations, millennials typically want more flexibility, time off and options that support a work-life balance... A recent survey by Deloitte found that employers that reward employees with a higher degree of flexible working environments tend to earn greater loyalty from millennial workers. Organizations who offered such arrangements also said it had a positive impact on financial performance... 
 (Photo from frozencokefridays: Big Rig baby, thats got to pull the horn rope too)  --  Irvine, CAL, USA - Trucks.com, by CRAIG GUILLOT - April 6, 2017

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TRUCKING REQUEST * USA: To Congressists

* DC - Senators quiz trucking execs on highway funding, truck size, driverless tech

--- Truckers took advantage of a wide-ranging Senate hearing Tuesday to push for sustainable, user-fee based highway funding, federal support of advanced truck safety systems, free trade, and tax relief—topics that found a sympathetic audience in the Republican-led Commerce subcommittee on surface transportation. Some members, however, did express safety and modal competitiveness concerns regarding a renewed call for twin 33-ft. trailers and the development of autonomous truck technology... He also pointed to the importance of innovation, citing emerging technologies such as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications and autonomous vehicles, and said FedEx supports national uniformity in “reasonable and flexible guidelines” ... In terms of modernization, he called on Congress to review trucking equipment standards that haven’t been changed in more than 25 years. Specifically, FedEx “strongly supports” increasing twin trailer limits from 28 feet to 33 feet “with no, repeat, no change in the federal weight limit” ...
 Washington, DC, USA - Fleet Owner, by Kevin Jones - Apr 5, 2017

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TRUCK TROUBLES * USA: PERSIST on RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS

* New York - In Nassau County noisy trucks illegally barreling through residential streets

(Video by VentureAHighway) 

--- Noisy trucks are barreling through residential Long Island neighborhoods, even though they’re banned... It’s hard to miss the signs on Waukena Avenue in Oceanside. Despite the calls for no trucks, the big rigs keep on trucking... Commercial trucks are illegally barreling through residential streets... Both Sandy and Sheldon say the racket from passing trucks has broken an outdoor water main six times in the past year. Inside their home, they say the vibration from the trucks causes their home to shake and resettle. On nearby Foxhurst Avenue, residents blame truckers cutting through for tearing up their road too... Another man calls the roadway “a disaster” ... The township deferred to the Nassau County Police Department, who say they’ve already written 109 summonses this year for truck violations on Waukena Avenue... CBS2 reports that the fines for overweight trucks can run into the thousands of dollars per offense, depending upon how big the truck is...
Oceanside, Long Island, NY, USA - CBS New York, by Carolyn Gusoff - April 4, 2017

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INFRASTRUCTURES * USA: The world’s largest tunnel drill

* Washington - Bertha’s breakthrough just ‘halftime’ for tunnel project

--- After nearly four years for boring under downtown Seattle, Bertha emerged into daylight on Tuesday in South Lake Union... The world’s largest tunnel drill has halted for cleanup work, after it spent Tuesday morning kicking up dust and grinding into daylight... Workers and politicians celebrated, but a lot of work remains before motorists drive the double-deck, four-lane tunnel, says a project administrator... AND ... Who pays what may take years to resolve... State Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama, last week filed a bill that would withhold state revenue sharing for transportation, liquor and marijuana taxes for health programs, and municipal courts unless Seattle pays any future cost overruns... The state’s 2009 legislation approving a tunnel said excess state costs would be borne by property owners who benefit, and “a promise is a promise,” Orcutt argues... 
Seattle, WASH, USA - The Seattle Times, by Mike Lindblom - April 5, 2017

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Apr 6, 2017

China's Yinlong * Europe: + Serbian Ikarbus

* Serbia - China's Yinlong offers 10 mln euro for purchase of Serbian bus maker Ikarbus

--- Chinese bus maker Yinlong placed a 10 million euro ($10.65 million) bid for the purchase of a 51% stake in the capital of Serbian sector player Ikarbus and committed to investing additional 30 million euro in the company, Serbian media reported... Chinese investors also negotiated the purchase of Serbian truck maker Fabrika Automobila Priboj (FAP) during the Belgrade Motor Show, Serbian public broadcaster Radio Televizija Srbije (RTS) said on Monday... China is interested in relocating the production of trucks and buses closer to the European Union (EU) and aims to transfer to Serbia technology for the production of electric vehicles, RTS said... 
Belgrade, Serbia - SeeNews – April 4, 2017

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Apr 5, 2017

FORD's PICKUP TRUCKS RECALL * USA

* Michigan - Ford recalls 53,000 F-250 series pickup trucks, they could roll away while in park

--- Ford is recalling nearly 53,000 of its F-250 series pickup trucks due to the risk that they could roll away while in park due to a manufacturing error. .. The recall affects the 2017 Ford F-250 built at the Kentucky Assembly Plant between Oct. 9, 2015 and March 30, 2017. The truck comes with a gasoline 6.2-liter engine... "In the affected vehicles, a damaged park rod actuating plate might not achieve mechanical park within the automatic transmission after the driver moves the shift lever to park," Ford reports in a news release. "If the parking brake is not applied, this could result in unintended vehicle movement with the gear selector in park without warning, increasing the risk of injury or crash" ... So until drivers are able to get that F-250 into the dealership, make sure the parking brake is active to make sure that big truck doesn't go rolling away... 
Dearborn, MICH, USA - Mlive.com By Benjamin Raven - April 03, 2017

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CHEVROLET' TRUCK * USA: Fueled by hydrogen cells

* Michigan - Chevrolet ZH2 truck brings hydrogen closer to the battlefield

--- The camouflaged military truck sped across the dirt and mud in near silence. The only noise was a low air-compressor whine and the crunch of tires through the rough terrain... This futuristic pickup – a modified Chevrolet Colorado – runs on electricity generated by a hydrogen fuel cell. The zero-emissions truck is the result of a $4-million partnership between General Motors and the U.S. Army to determine whether hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are ready for the combat zone... GM brought the truck, code-named ZH2, to its proving grounds in Milford, Mich., on a windy March afternoon to demonstrate the pickup’s capabilities... The ZH2 will soon be delivered to the Army for testing. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have the potential to offer greater range, fuel efficiency and noise reduction than the diesel-powered trucks currently in use... 
(Photo by Ryan ZumMallen/Trucks.com - Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 hydrogen fuell cell truck)   --   Milford, Mich, USA - Trucks.com, by RYAN ZUMMALLEN - APRIL 3, 2017

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HIGHWAY TOLL INCREASE * Russia

* Moscow - Russian highway toll increase lower than expected

--- The government's decision will make it easier for trucking to maintain its dominance in the market of domestic Russian shipping... The Russian government has backed off plans to double tolls for federal road use as part of the Platon electronic toll collection system thanks to strikes and protests by truckers, but tolls will still increase 25 percent to 1.9 rubles ($0.033) per kilometer (0.6 miles) starting April 15... The lower level of increase makes it less likely that shippers will move volumes to Russian rail operators as some shippers and transportation analysts predicted... Russia’s busiest domestic route, between St. Petersburg and Moscow, illustrates the cost advantages of trucking. It costs 42,000 rubles ($745) to move a container between those destinations, compared with 49,000 rubles by rail... 
(Photo: Russian trucks on Russia's Highways) -- Moscow, Russia - JOC, by Eugene Gerden - Apr 03, 2017

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TRUCKING & INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDS * Australia: Discussions

* Victoria - Pallas says trucking in not paying its way on infrastructure


--- Tim Pallas, Victorian treasurer, has taken an opposite view to the industry on the cost burden. Pallas has rejected the trucking industry’s position that it overcompensates for the use and building of road infrastructure... The assertion comes as the nation’s highest-profile industry figure and Pallas have taken to mainstream media over the state government’s truck-centric tolling strategy... In an ongoing argument over toll increases of up to 125 per cent on Melbourne’s Transurban-run CityLink route, Linfox founder Lindsay Fox, argues "residential streets should remain residential" and not be subject to truck traffic, but this must be supported by upgrades to Victorian infrastructure... 
(Photo: Infrastructures in Victoria, Australia) -- Melbourne, VIC, Australia - ATN - 3 April 2017


* Victoria - Pledge for local truck bans with West Gate Tunnel

--- Industry says advice ignored as Victorian government forces more costs on operators, about its newly named West Gate Tunnel Projectthe former Western Distributor, the trucking industry digested more cost increases and the crimping of its ability to transport goods in Melbourne... The carrot of twin tunnels between the Westgate Freeway’s western West Gate Bridge approaches and the Port of Melbourne has been accompanied by the sticks of new forced tolls and the permanent banning of routes through Footscray... It has not gone down well with Victorian Transport Association (VTA), which notes the industry is "already under financial attack from disproportionate CityLink toll increases, higher registration and user charges and razor thin operating margins", while Container Transport Alliance Australia (CTAA) is calling for a ‘fair go’ on toll pricing for the link... 

(Photo: West Gate Tunnel Project announcement has left the industry deeply concerned)  --   Melbourne, VIC, Australia - ATN - 3 April 2017

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TRUCKERS & REGULATIONS * USA

* DC - Tell Lawmakers which bad regs have hurt your business

--- According to the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, very few government regulations have been shown to improve highway safety. Many truck drivers would agree, and now OOIDA is asking for their stories... In its new campaign “Knock Out Bad Regs,” OOIDA states “Interstate truckers must put up with thousands of trucking-specific federal regulatory rules. It takes a publication the size of a thick phone book and hundreds of pages of tiny print to contain all those regs, yet very few have been shown to advance highway safety. With the new President and Congressional leadership on Capitol Hill committing to reduce regulatory burdens on small businesses, we are launching a multifaceted campaign to rally the trucking community to push lawmakers and the White House to keep their promises. LET’S KNOCK OUT BAD REGS!” ... They are calling on their members to identify regulations most harmful to them and their business and share them... 
(Photo) -- Washington, DC, USA - Go By Truck News - April 3, 2017

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TRUCKERS' STRIKE * India - and SCARCITY OF PERISHABLE GOODS

* West Bengal - 80 per cent truckers join nationwide lorry strike

--- There are apprehensions that the indefinite strike, which commenced from April 1, would lead to a scarcity in availability of perishable goods... Truck operators in West Bengal on Monday claimed that nearly 80 per cent truckers in the state have joined a strike called by its national body to protest hike in insurance and traffic penalties... There are apprehensions that the indefinite strike, which commenced from April 1, would lead to a scarcity in availability of perishable goods like vegetables, fruits, fish and eggs, thus leading to increase in prices... 
(Photo AFP OpenLorry - Truck Strike. An Indian truck driver (L) checks his cellphone near parked trucks during a strike in Siliguri on April 1, 2017) - Kolkata, W. Bengal, India - The Telangana Today - 3 April 2017

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OWNERS DRIVERS * UK: or EMPLOYEMENT TRUCKERS (?)

* North Ireland - Fresh legal action on behalf of workers in 'gig' economy

... The GMB union is taking a case against logistics firm UK Express, which is based in Birmingham but employs staff across the UK... The GMB said it believes the drivers fall into the same category as those at taxi firm Uber, and should be classed as workers, not self-employed... The case is the latest being brought by the GMB to tackle the growing trend of what it calls "bogus" self-employment Maria Ludkin, GMB legal director, said: "This is another case in a long line of legal battles around bogus self-employment. Employers might not like paying the minimum wage or giving their workers the protections they're entitled to in the workplace, but I'm afraid it's not optional" ... "The drivers delivering for Amazon, like Uber drivers and delivery drivers for DX, cannot be classed as anything other than employed when you look at the law" ...  
(Photo: On a typical day a driver has 150-200 parcels to deliver)   --   Belfast, N.I., UK - The Belfast Telegraph - 31 March 2017

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SHORTAGE OF DRIVERS * USA: or SKILLED LABOR WORKERS ? STUDY

* DC - Study: Automated trucking’s rapid rise overlooks the need for skilled labor


... The trucking industry as a whole relies on a variety of workers who are also less susceptible to automation according to O*NET. Truck drivers only make up 60 percent of the nearly 1.5 million workers in this industry. Other support workers fill roles across more than 150 different occupations, from truck mechanics to cargo agents to accountants, who have a relatively low degree of automation (25.5) on average. In this way, even as automated trucks may alter the actual shipment of goods, these technologies are unlikely to supplant all of the various technical, financial, and logistical work activities in support of that movement... Indeed, regardless of how these automated technologies play out, truck drivers and their fellow support workers are going to still carry out several specialized tasks, which will require continued on-the-job training and familiarity with precise sets of tools. O*NET tracks the particular types of tools used by individual occupations to better understand the technical skills and familiarity required to fill a given job, ranging from utility knives and two-way radios to personal computers and GPS receivers. On average, workers across all occupations nationally use about six tools to perform their jobs; however, workers in the trucking industry use about 27 tools on average, requiring a greater depth of knowledge and training that make it more difficult to automate their activities. Some workers use considerably more tools, including automotive service technicians (173), compliance officers (108), and truck mechanics (97)... 

... Finally, there are some overarching regulations that could stall the automation impacts from driverless technologies. States currently maintain oversight for whether driverless trucks can operate within their borders—and those regulations are inconsistent from state to state. Those inconsistencies will likely limit interstate shippers from using these vehicles to easily move goods across different states until certain regulatory thresholds are consistent. You can apply the same thinking to local regulations. Without approvals for driverless trucks to operate along specific rights of way—say a busy pedestrian corridor—municipalities and counties could make it difficult for trucking firms to use the technology... 
(Photo 1: Atlanta city scene - Photo 2. Automated trucking's rapid rise overlooks the need for skilled labor)  --   Washington, DC. USA - Brooking.edu, by Joseph Kane and Adie Tomer - March 21, 2017

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PELOTON TRUCKS TESTED * USA

* Ohio - Turnpike travelers will see semi-autonomous trucks on the road this spring

--- Ohio this spring will begin a new phase in its autonomous vehicle exploration... California-based Peloton Technology will roll out an evolving vehicle tech known as 'platooning' on the Ohio Turnpike... Platooning involves creating pairs of semi-autonomous commercial trucks. Vehicle-to-vehicle communication allows the vehicles to travel close together, which reduces fuel burn and cuts wind resistance. The trucks communicate on braking and speed... Peloton-operated trucks operate in pairs, follow about 50 feet behind one another, are equipped with forward collision avoidance systems and have a driver in each cab to steer... And, if a car cuts in between the two trucks, the trucks automatically extend their distance until the car clears the area... The platooning efforts are the next step in the turnpike's foray into autonomous and connected vehicle research. Last fall, Otto - the self-driving truck company owned by Uber - began testing on the turnpike... 
(Image Peloton, this spring will roll out an evolving vehicle tech known as platooning on the Ohio Turnpike)v  --  Cleveland, OH, USA - The Plain Dealer, by Ginger Chris - April 01, 2017

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Apr 4, 2017

TRUCKS' FIRE SALE * India: Stocks of 40,000-45,000 unsold BS-III trucks and buses

* New Delhi - BS 3 fire sale: Tata Motors stuck with half of Rs 5400 cr unsold commercial vehicles

--- Despite offering sky-high discounts during the last three days of March the commercial vehicle industry is saddled with stocks of 40,000-45,000 unsold BS-III trucks and buses... Commercial vehicle companies were not as lucky as two-wheeler manufacturers as at least half of their BS-III stock remains unsold which are collectively worth more than Rs 5,400 crore... Despite offering sky-high discounts during the last two days of March the commercial vehicle industry is saddled with stocks of 40,000-45,000 unsold BS-III trucks and buses... Tata Motors, the country’s largest CV maker, is believed to own at least half of that inventory while the balance is shared between Ashok Leyland, VE Commercial Vehicles and Mahindra & Mahindra... When the Supreme Court asked the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers to submit data on unsold BS-III stock it was learnt that there were 97,000 units (equivalent to 1.7 months of sales) valued at Rs 11,600 crore left to be sold... 
(Photo: New BSIII trucks waiting purchasers, in India)  --  N. Delhi, India -  Moneycontrol.com, by Swaraj Baggonkar - Apr 03, 2017

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SCANIA's new TRUCK MODELS * Australia & Ireland

* Victoria/Australia - Scania S500 to make guest appearance


--- Scania will present the International Truck of the Year 2017 and winner of Europe's 1,000-point heavy vehicle comparison test, the at the Brisbane Truck Show from 25-28 May, 2017. .. This will be the first time an example of the New Truck Generation Scania will be seen in Australia, and its first public presentation in the Southern Hemisphere, following the global reveal in Paris last August... The Brisbane Truck Show Scania S 500 display vehicle will be brought out specifically for the show and will return to Europe immediately after it concludes... "The truck on display is representative of a specification that could be offered to the Australian market once the New Truck Generation Scania is launched here" ... 
(Photo: ON SHOW: Punters will get their first upclose look at the Scania S500 at the Brisbane Truck show)   --  Campbellfield, VIC, Australia - Big Rigs - 3rd Apr 2017


* C. Clare/Ireland - Clean Ireland invests in Scania CNG Gas trucks 

---   The beginning of the end for environmentally harmful diesel powered commercial vehicles has arrived with the delivery of the very first dedicated Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) waste collection trucks into Ireland...  In a €750,000 overall investment in new CNG Scania trucks and a compressor and refuelling station at its Shannon, Co. Clare operation, Mid-West based waste management company Clean Ireland Recycling will have the first ever dedicated CNG waste collection trucks on the road in Ireland... The investment will deliver a 22 per cent saving on carbon emissions and 99 per cent less particulate matter but also a fuel cost saving of up to 30 per cent per vehicle compared with its diesel equivalent... Clean Ireland Recycling is, in association with Gas Networks Ireland, currently commissioning a compressor and refuelling station at its Shannon, Co. Clare plant...

 (Photo: Compressed Natural Gas powered Scania trucks)  --  Ennis, County Clare, Ireland - Transport Pars/Irish News, by John Loughran - April 3, 2017

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DAF Trucks * Australia - The new CF series

* Victoria - A Dutch treat fires up

--- DAF trucks have been on Australian roads for nearly 30 years, and owned by Kenworth parent company Paccar for the past 20... However, the Dutch breed lags significantly behind other northern European trucks such as Volvo and Scania, the brand has never made significant inroads into the Australian market... With the globalisation of the truck market, Paccar and DAF are using manufacturing efficiencies and streamlining specifications to meet market vocations around the world and as far as we are concerned, be better placed to target niche vocations in Australia where DAF is releasing its mid range CF series... The CF 510 with a 12.9 litre 510hp, 2500Nm of torque MX engine stretches the CF market suitability into the lighter end of intrastate B-double work, particularly distribution pocket B-doubles... 
(Photo by Bruce Honeywill - The DAF CF85 is out to claim the intrastate market)   --   Bayswater North, VIC, Australia - Big Rigs, by Bruce Honeywill -- 3rd. April 2017

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RENAULT's GREEN TRUCKS.* Ireland

* Leinster - AES choose Renault for fleet replacement programme

--- Leinster and North Munster-based Advanced Environmental Solutions (AES Bord na Móna) have just put into service 10 new Renault Range C380 8×4 trucks complete with Dennis Olympus OL27 bodies, Zoeller lifts and Moba weighing systems... All 10 trucks are fitted with the Opti-driver extreme gearbox and Voith retarders. The bodies are both single compartment and dual compartment configurations... In addition AES have also taken delivery of 4 new Renault Range D320 6×2 rear-steer with Allison gearboxes...
 (Photo: One of the Range C380 8×4 trucks supplied by Setanta Vehicle Sales Ltd. of Dublin that went into service recently with Leinster and North Munster-based Advanced Environmental Solutions)   --  Dublin, Leinster, Ireland  - Transport Parts, by Declan O'Byrne - March 29, 2017

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AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES * UK - "Revolutionising Mobility in Society"

* London - Connected and autonomous vehicles ‘will transform lives’

--- Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs), for which commercial vehicles play a significant role in the development of new technology, will transform the lives of six out of every 10 people in the UK, according to new research published recently by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). This UK-based study of the human impact of CAVs, canvassed the views of more than 3,600 respondents and found that this new technology will offer freedom to some of society’s most disadvantaged, including those with disabilities, older people and the young... The CV Sector plays a critical role in bringing CAV systems to market, as the nature of larger vehicles makes it easier for designers and engineers to test prototype systems, as proven by autonomous truck trials that are already taking place in the USA... Automatic braking and parking and a vehicle’s ability to self-diagnose faults were cited as features most likely to reduce stress – the biggest attraction of owning a CAV among all groups... Although fully connected and autonomous vehicles aren’t expected to become mainstream until 2030, most new vehicles are now connected via sat nav or Bluetooth, and many are available with safety systems such as collision warning or autonomous emergency braking... 
London, UK - Transport Parts (Ireland), by Padraic Deane - 31 Mar 2017

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DANGEROUS DRIVERS II * Ireland: But motorist support techonology to enhance road safety

* Dublin - Half of drivers back blanket block on mobiles

--- Mobile phone use behind the wheel continues to be a significant problem on Ireland’s roads but a new survey of Irish motorists reveals that nearly half of drivers (46 per cent) would support the introduction of technology to disable certain phone functions for the sake of safety... More than one in four respondents (26 per cent) felt that some form of blocking device would be more effective at deterring mobile phone use than the introduction of harsher penalties... In terms of the main activity that drivers engage in on their phones while behind the wheel, making / receiving calls and texting are still the most common activities – nearly two thirds or 64 per cent of those who admit to using a phone behind the wheel say this is their most regular activity on the phone... In addition to the need to improve motorists’ behaviour, it is apparent that there is a strong desire for technology to help deliver the solution and enhance road safety. Nearly a half of drivers, 46 per cent think the Government should enforce a device to disable web-browsing, emails and the ability to send and receive texts... 
Dublin, Ireland - Transport Parts, by Declan O'Byrne - 29 Mar 2017

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