Equipment

The new cost of e-log compliance and FMCSA’s denial of small business exemption

Following a comment dust-up over the real costs of compliance of an ELD mandate, the agency relaxed certain portions of required device spec's in the mandate's ultimate version. But it also blocked attempts at exempting small trucking companies from compliance.

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POLL: Owner-operators, what model year is your truck?

Does your equipment fall under the pre-2000 model year exemption to compliance with the ELD Mandate, released Dec. 10? Do you run engine-connected e-logs already? This poll examines owner-operator preference for older trucks as of today.

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E-log mandate set to take effect Dec. 2017, rule set for DOT publication

The rule requires drivers currently required to keep paper logs to use ELDs, with a few exceptions. It also spells out hardware requirements for the devices, protections against driver harassment and more.

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Equipment Spotlight: LEDs

Today’s LED lights offer clear advantages for truckers when driving, parked or under the hood. Finely tuned light-emitting chips provide enhanced colors, enhancing visibility. Although LED lights cost more, the return on investment is greater due to longer lifespan. In addition, they remain almost as bright ...

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Peterbilt’s 58-inch sleeper available in 579, 567 models

Peterbilt’s 58-inch sleeper is now in production for the company’s Model 579 and vocational Model 567 in low- and mid-roof configurations.

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Peterbilt offers rollover protection as 579, 567 option

Peterbilt’s flagship on-highway Model 579 and vocational Model 567 now offers RollTek’s safety protection system integrated with the company’s Atlas II driver seats. A sensor located under the seat is engineered for continuous monitoring of the vehicle’s angular position and activates when it detects an imminent ...

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Daimler Trucks announces two new medium-duty engines

Daimler Trucks recently introduced its new DD5 and DD8 medium-duty engines, which will be manufactured at the Detroit brand headquarters and manufacturing facility in Redford, Mich.

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Senate nixes 33-foot twin trailer provision in DOT funding bill

The Senate’s original legislation included a provision to increase the tandem trailer limit to 33 feet, but an amendment brought to the Senate floor Wednesday stripped the bill of the provision. Its sponsor calls it a win for small business truckers.

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