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Hours of Service Suspension – Senate Hearing

The effort to suspend the hours of service restart provision will come to a head on the Senate floor this week, possibly this afternoon.

Trucking companies that want the restart suspended while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studies its effects are pressing to keep that provision in the Senate’s transportation appropriations bill.

On the other side are other carriers allied with safety advocates and the safety enforcement community. They want to keep the current restart in place while the agency conducts the study. The Senate is scheduled to begin debate today on the appropriations bill containing the amendment that would suspend the restart. It may not reach the restart issue before close of business, however.

American Trucking Associations is leading the push to preserve the amendment championed by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, that would suspend the current restart.

ATA is hosting a call-in this morning for trucking executives to discuss how the current restart provision is affecting their business. The association says the restart cuts productivity, harms drivers and does not improve safety.

The opposing side has scheduled a call-in for this afternoon.

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety is hosting a call that will include Steve Williams, chairman and CEO of Maverick USA, in support of a move by Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., to remove the Collins amendment.

Williams is also chairman of The Trucking Alliance, a group of a half-dozen carriers that would prefer to keep the restart as it is while FMCSA completes the study.

Also on the call will be Steve Keppler, executive director of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, which Monday posted a statement opposing the suspension.

“Legislating changes to the HOS rules now, not even a year since becoming effective, creates significant uniformity […]

By |June 17th, 2014|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Press Releases|Comments Off on Hours of Service Suspension – Senate Hearing

Road construction update for Truckers – I-95 Virginia this summer

ATTENTION: Truckers, lane closures on I-95. Just a quick heads up.

Road Construction on I-95 this summer in Virginia with lane closures

To all over the road truckers, just in case you hadn’t heard. There is a massive construction project going on in Virginia on I-95 that will continue throughout the summer of 2014 and in to 2015.

From the commuterconnections.org website:

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced today at an Orange Cones. No Phones. safe-driving
event held on the 95 Express Lanes construction corridor that drivers traveling on I-95 in Northern Virginia should prepare for more lane closures and traffic impacts this summer. Drivers will face continued closures of the existing HOV and regular lanes on I-395/95 during overnight hours and weekends, as well as on weekdays during non-rush hours, as crews work to advance the Express Lanes to completion. The 95 Express Lanes project is more than 75 percent complete, and remains on-schedule to be substantially finished by late 2014 and open to traffic in early….Read More

Click here to download PDF with more info.

By |May 27th, 2014|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Press Releases|Comments Off on Road construction update for Truckers – I-95 Virginia this summer

Isuzu N-Series Diesel Truck Lineup for 2014 and 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Isuzu introduces New 2014 and 2015 N-Series Diesel Model Commercial Truck Lineup

Press Release From the isuzucv.com website:

24 Months/60,000 Miles Covered Maintenance Program Extended to New Trucks
ANAHEIM, Calif.—Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc, distributor of America’s best-selling low cab forward trucks, today unveiled its lineup of 2014 and 2015 model year N-Series diesel models. The company also announced that it would extend its 24 Months/60,000 Miles Covered Maintenance Program to all the diesel models sold through June 30, 2014. The changes were announced during Isuzu’s continuing celebration of the 30th anniversary of Isuzu trucks in the U.S. market.
2014 NPR ECO-MAX
The allowable frontal area of the popular 12,000-lb. GVWR NPR ECO-MAX has been increased for the 2014 model year from 6.92 square meters to 7.4 square meters (7.86 square meters with air deflector). As a result, non-air-deflector equipped models can now handle bodies with inside heights of up to 85 inches (an increase of six inches) without application approval from Isuzu. Meanwhile, models equipped with the air deflector can accommodate bodies with inside heights of up to 91 inches with Isuzu application approval.
In addition, the 151-inch wheelbase ECO-MAX model offers a dual fuel tank option for the first time. The additional tank is side mounted and carries 33 gallons of fuel. Although pricing has not yet been announced, it is expected to be equivalent to the dual fuel tank option already available on Isuzu NPR-HD, NQR and NRR models.
The NPR ECO-MAX and all 2014 and 2015 Isuzu N-Series diesel models, receive a new AM/FM stereo radio with CD player. The new system includes simplified controls and a standard auxiliary jack input and USB port to accommodate the latest audio technology.
These changes make the NPR ECO-MAX […]

By |March 14th, 2014|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Isuzu Trucks|Comments Off on Isuzu N-Series Diesel Truck Lineup for 2014 and 2015

Truckers use Cruise Control for safety and efficiency

Use your cruise control under proper conditions

We found some helpful info about cruise control for truckers on the Fleet Response website.

Cruise control can be beneficial when used under proper road, climate and traffic conditions. It enables you to maintain a safe speed without keeping your foot on the gas pedal thereby reducing driver fatigue during a long trip. While there are benefits it is important to know when it is appropriate to use the system.

In order to be a safer driver, only use cruise control when:

-The pavement is dry (no rain, sleet, ice or snow
-The road is straight and clear ahead (not under repair, no barricades or posted detours
-Traffic is light and all lanes are moving at reasonable speeds

It is not safe to use cruise control when:

-You cannot drive at a steady speed
-You are driving on winding roads or in heavy traffic
-The road is under repair or construction with obstacles or barricades on the roadway
-You do not have clear visibility of the road ahead
-There is heavy vehicle or pedestrian traffic or signal control lights at frequent intervals

By |February 27th, 2014|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Press Releases, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Truckers use Cruise Control for safety and efficiency