Truckers continue striking at SoCal ports over wages, conditions

| July 10, 2014

An indefinite strike by some truckers at three Los Angeles area drayage companies entered its third day July 9 with little fanfare, and according to a press release issued July 10, picketing will continue throughout the day today.

A new ‘alt’ fuel? GTL turns nat gas into usable diesel

| July 09, 2014

Shell's gas-to-liquid plant takes natural gas and turns it into a form of diesel that can be dropped into diesel engines already on the road. But it's cleaner, quieter and has a higher cetane rating.

Video log: Remote-controlled tractor-trailers, ZF’s new automated transmission

| July 09, 2014

Transmission maker ZF unveiled a new automated transmission and a new system that allows drivers to operate their truck from outside of the cab using a tablet computer. Here's OD Equipment Editor Jack Roberts' footage from test driving both.

Agency extends CDL skills test waiver for former military members

| July 09, 2014

Former military members who operated commercial-type vehicles in the service can now obtain their commercial driver's license in any state without having to take a skills test within the first year of their separation from the military, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced this week.

Four-wheelers, too: Highway safety should be a widely shared aim

Rick Blatter | July 09, 2014

"Why would lawmakers discourage (for all intents and purposes) tired drivers from taking a nap/ safety break?" reader Rick Blatter asks in this opinion in response to an opinion piece in a New Jersey newspaper.

Remote controlled trucks, new automated transmission highlight ZF’s new product showcase

| July 09, 2014

ZF showed off a wide array of new systems this week, but the highlights are an all-new dual-clutch automated manual transmission and the new Smart Truck Maneuvering System, which allows trucks to be "driven" remotely with a tablet computer.

PrePass: 475k trucks using service

| July 08, 2014

PrePass weigh station bypass service announced July 8 that its participation in May reached 475,000, a record-high for the company.  PrePass has 304 opreation sites in 31 states and is the largest truck safety pre-clearance system ...

Navistar hit with 3 lawsuits over EGR-only engines as carriers claim defects, losses

| July 08, 2014

Three trucking companies have filed lawsuits against truck and engine maker Navistar, claiming its '11-'12 MaxxForce engines were defective and didn’t meet federal emissions standards. The lawsuits further allege Navistar knew its engines were flawed yet concealed that information.

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