Equipment

TrailerTail manufacturer asks DOT for mounting exemption

Stemco is seeking an exemption from federal regulations to move certain lights on van trailers lower to allow its TrailerTails to maximize their aerodynamic effect.

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New rule to cut truck emissions, implement fuel economy minimums moves to White House

The standards will begin taking effect for trailers in 2018. Tractor requirements take effect in 2021. The plan goes through 2027, when the entire vehicle ­­– engine, truck and trailer – will be required to meet the standards.

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On the scene: Roadcheck 2016 sights from a Mississippi scale house

Overdrive spent some time with the Mississippi Department of Transportation at the westbound Kewanee weigh station on I-20/59 as Roadcheck 2016 kicked off Tuesday morning, detailed in the photos here.

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Navistar International sees first profit since 2012

The $4 million in net income is well above the $64 million net loss Navistar reported for the same time period in 2015. The truck and engine maker has been battling back from the financial fallout brought on by its 2010 emissions strategy.

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DOT issues rule to require truck passengers to wear seat belts, hold truckers accountable

The agency's rule will “hold motor carriers and drivers responsible” for making sure passengers in their trucks wear seat belts, the agency says. The rule will take effect Aug. 8.

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Staying ahead of the inspectors

Though it may be too late to prep for this year's Roadcheck, kicking off this week, don't take any chances on your equipment passing inspection. This story, newly updated, rounds up coverage on a wealth of maintenance topics in Overdrive in recent years.

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FMCSA gets two extra weeks to issue response to ELD court challenge

FMCSA must now issue its response by June 15. The plaintiffs in the case, which includes the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and truckers Mark Elrod and Richard Pingel, under the new schedule now have until June 29 to file a court response to the agency’s ...

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Ahead of nationwide June inspection blitz, Bendix and Goodyear offer tire prep tips

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual International Roadcheck inspection blitz, which will focus this year on tire safety, will be held June 7-9. In advance of Roadcheck, Goodyear and Bendix have released some tips on tire safety to help owner-operators prepare for the inspection spree.

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