Last September, Frank ruled that during inspection, troopers are to observe drivers for impairment resulting from fatigue or illness. However, troopers cannot expand the driver portion of the inspection to determine impairment without reasonable articulable suspicion of driver impairment.
Drivers will not be ordered OOS for fatigue without probable cause to believe the drivers’ fatigue or illness has made them an imminent public safety risk, he wrote.
The newest CVSA criteria states that when, based on reasonable suspicion, drivers are fatigued enough that they should not continue the trip, then they should be declared out of service until rested.
OOIDA has asked the court that CVSA and MSP defend why they should not be held in contempt for what the association said is a violation of the court’s ruling.
The court will continue jurisdiction of the issue until September 2013.
— Jill Dunn
SPEED LIMITERS are unsafe, arbitrary and violate the principles of justice, according to a June ruling by an Ontario judge. The case involved owner-operator Gene Michaud of St. Catharines, Ontario, who challenged the province’s law requiring speed limiters on trucks.
CATERPILLAR HAS PARTNERED with Westport Innovations to co-develop natural gas technology for off-road equipment, including mining trucks. The companies will combine technologies, like Westport’s High Pressure Direction injection and Caterpillar’s off-road engine tech.
PRELIMINARY DATA show Class 8 truck orders in May at 17,650 units for all major North American manufacturers, says FTR Associates. May orders are up 5 percent from April and down 24 percent from May 2011.
Freightliner unveils Cascadia Evolution
Freightliner Trucks and parent company Daimler Trucks North America unveiled the new Cascadia Evolution in Washington, D.C., on May 30.
Key advancements have made fuel economy increases possible for the Evolution, which will be the standard Cascadia spec beginning in 2014, says David Hames, general manager, marketing and strategy for Daimler Trucks North America. These improvements include substantial upgrades to DTNA’s Detroit DD15 diesel engine, including a new, ACRS fuel rail system, a new water pump design to reduce parasitic engine drag and an asymmetric compounding turbocharger.
These enhancements are combined with an exterior aerodynamic package to achieve substantial fuel economy gains that DTNA says have been validated in wind tunnel, closed-track and real-world test conditions.
The Cascadia Evolution will also include a premium fuel efficiency specification model that has extras like an integrated automated manual transmission, wide-based single tires, wheel covers and trailer aerodynamics.
The truck will enter production in the first quarter of 2013.
— Jack Roberts
Panel discusses hauling in California
Dealing with California Air Resources Board regulations, congestion, limited parking and frequent inspections can make operating in California one big headache. But a panel of fleet executives at the inaugural Great West Fleet Executive Conference in Las Vegas last month told attendees that there are also plenty of opportunities in the Sunshine State.