Dan Sobic, executive vice president of Paccar Inc, described a recovering truck market that will demand the highest levels of quality and cooperation from vehicle and supplier manufacturers.
FTR Associates President Eric Starks said “substantial downside risks in the marketplace” make positive forecasts difficult, but his firm’s Trucking Conditions Index suggests the industry broadly “will feel better and better through June 2011.”
American Trucking Associations Chairman Tommy Hodges says the industry’s recent uptick is due to tighter capacity. Nearly, 5,500 carrier failures have taken nearly 200,000 trucks out of the market.
Ron Abbott, vice president of safety for the American Trucking Associations, spoke about key safety issues for carriers.
Donald Broughton, managing director and senior analyst with Avondale Partners, reviewed historical data correlations and predicted positive trends for the industry.
The changing roles of OEMs, suppliers, dealers and fleets was discussed by a panel: Jim O’Neal, O&S Trucking; Joe Plomin, Arvin Meritor CVS; Scott Kress, Volvo Trucks North America; and Rusty Rush, Rush Enterprises.
Another panel focused on fleets’ handling of cost and productivity challenges: Max Fuller, U.S. Xpress; Leo Suggs, Greatwide Logistics Services; and Tom Kretsinger, American Central Transport.
CVOC was produced by Commercial Carrier Journal magazine and sponsored by Castrol, Kenworth, Peterbilt, Paccar Engines, Paccar Parts, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Utility Trailer and Volvo Trucks North America.
— Staff reports
Study shows safety technology benefits
Truck crash warning systems enhance driver safety and help prevent potential accidents, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and Con-way Freight announced Sept. 9.
The results of a year-long field test, done with federal funding, are available in a newly issued report.
Con-way supported the study by providing 10 tractors equipped with the Integrated Vehicle-Based Safety System technology.
While the test vehicles were driven, data acquisition systems recorded driver actions and responses to the integrated warning system.