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Go behind the scenes with the industry’s most seasoned trucking reporters. Heavy Duty Trucking’s editorial team uses decades of experience to bring you expert insights and interview industry professionals to discuss the latest news, trends, and technology that will help you run your fleet more efficiently, safely, and profitably.
 
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Internet security analysts say the number of ransomware attacks ballooned by 105% in 2022 compared to 2021 — and 2021 saw a 61% increase over 2020. Experts expect those numbers to be even higher next year. It’s no longer a case of if, but when, your trucking company will be targeted. This episode of HDT Talks Trucking is sponsored by Citgo. Learn m…
 
Explore some of the ways data can help you navigate some of the challenges facing trucking fleets, from fuel economy to downtime to parking. This episode of HDT's Leadership Insights podcast is sponsored by, and produced in partnership with, Geotab. It’s nearly impossible to compete and succeed in trucking without using data to keep your fleet prod…
 
Fingerprint scans, facial recognition, and vocal recognition are becoming relatively common in the trucking industry… and it’s leading to some lawsuits. Learn more about privacy rights and biometric data collection, and what trucking fleets should be looking out for, in this episode of HDT Talks Trucking. This episode is sponsored by Citgo. Learn m…
 
We’ve heard about smart trailers and smart tires and even smart wiring harnesses — what about smart suspensions? This episode of HDT's Leadership Insights podcast is sponsored by, and produced in partnership with, Link Manufacturing. In this HDT Leadership Insights interview, Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge talks to Link President Jim Huls about …
 
HDT Talk Trucking sits down with the founder of McLeod Software at the McLeod Software User Conference in Nashville to talk the progression of his trucking software company from simply printing a freight bill and driver paycheck in 1985 to what it is today. This episode is sponsored by Citgo. Learn more at citgolubes.com Learn more about Tom McLeod…
 
Why is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration contemplating changes to its mandatory electronic logging device rules — and what changes could be in the works? This episode of HDT Talks Trucking is sponsored by Citgo. Learn more ➡ www.citgolubes.com Behind the News: Our top story on Truckinginfo.com from September was a notice from the Fede…
 
Last year, Plus began selling its PlusDrive Level 2 autonomous control system, positioning it in the market as an advanced driver safety/assistance system. HDT Senior Contributing Editor Jack Roberts recently talked to Plus Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer Shawn Kerrigan about the pathway his company has followed and how he sees the future of…
 
Spencer Patton’s company is one of the largest FedEx Ground contractors in the United States — or it was, until his outspoken criticism of FedEx Ground led to the company canceling his contract and filing suit against another company he owns. HDT’s Deborah Lockridge talks to fellow fleet editor Chris Brown, who’s been covering the story and intervi…
 
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducts two major brake inspection initiatives each year, and year over year, the brake defect out-of-service rate remains about the same. Why aren’t we making progress in bringing that rate down? Will Schaefer is the Director of Safety Programs at the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, and he has some thoug…
 
If you think California’s AB5 law won’t affect you because you don’t run in the state or use owner-operators, you might be surprised. Deborah Lockridge, HDT editor in chief, talked to Dean Croke, principal industry analyst for DAT Freight & Analytics, about this law that restricts the use of independent contractors and its potential broader impacts…
 
Cummins recently invited transportation journalists to Columbus, Indiana to discuss zero and near-zero emissions powertrain products it has in development, including a 6.7-liter engine that runs on 87 octane gasoline, and an battery-electric drivetrain for a Class 7 delivery truck. Jack Roberts and Jim Park share their observations on these two veh…
 
News from the Supreme Court means the end of the owner-operator model as we know it in California – and it could have repercussions nationwide. HDT's editors share what they know about California's AB5 law in this episode of HDT Talks Trucking. This episode is sponsored by CAT Scale. Learn more about its WeighMyTruck app. Each month, HDT's editors …
 
Cummins is betting its new X15N 15-liter natural gas engine is going to change the market for natural-gas-powered trucks. HDT's Jim Park stopped by the Cummins booth at ACT Expo recently to learn more. This episode of HDT Talks Trucking is sponsored by Clarience Technologies. Puneet Jhawar, the general manager of Cummins global natural gas business…
 
Just what would it take for a truck stop to offer charging for long-haul electric trucks? We talk to Delia Meier of the Iowa 80 Group and CAT Scale to get the truck-stop view on that and on driver satisfaction. This episode of HDT's Leadership Insights podcast is sponsored by, and produced in partnership with, CAT Scale and its WeighMyTruck app. In…
 
What are the latest trends in the push to decarbonize the trucking industry? Is electrification the answer? HDT's editors share what they learned at ACT Expo in this episode of HDT Talks Trucking. This episode is sponsored by Clarience Technologies. Each month, HDT's editors take a look behind some of Truckinginfo.com's top stories of the month. Fo…
 
Are your recruiting and retention teams keeping up with the changing truck driver job market? Learn more in this episode of HDT Talks Trucking's Leadership Insights interview. This episode of HDT's Leadership Insights podcast is sponsored by, and produced in partnership with, Tenstreet. Tim Crawford, Tenstreet co-founder and CEO, talks to HDT’s Jim…
 
Battery electric is currently the dominant alternative to diesel discussed as the way to a zero-emissions future, but it’s not the only option. Jim Park and John Zelasko, chief sales officer at FEV North America, explore the various powertrain technologies likely to power tomorrow's fleets. 🎙 In this episode: About FEV and its stake in the commerci…
 
Trucking fleets face more and more pressures to create strong sustainability goals. But how do you figure out the right goals for your operations? This episode is sponsored by, and produced in partnership, with Geotab. Steve White, Geotab’s business development manager, heavy truck, talks to HDT’s Deborah Lockridge about how fleets can use telemati…
 
Get insights behind the top trucking news from April 2022 with HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge, Managing Editor Vesna Brajkovic and Equipment Editor Jim Park on this episode of HDT Talks Trucking. This episode is sponsored by Clarience Technologies. Learn more about here. 🎙 Today's topics include: Achates Power developing an opposed-piston di…
 
The first functional diesel engine was tested in 1897, making the “heat engine” 125 years old this year. Will the diesel see 150 years of service? Allen Schaeffer, the executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum joined HDT’s Jim Park on Rudolph Diesel’s 164th birthday with a tribute to the engine’s inventor and look forward at its future. 🏫 R…
 
Get updates and insights on the top trucking news from March 2022 with HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge and Managing Editor Vesna Brajkovic on this episode of HDT Talks Trucking. This episode is sponsored by: Circle K Pro Learn more about the Circle K Fleet Card. Clarience Technologies Learn more about Clarience Technologies. 🎙 Today's topics …
 
Wireless electronic truck inspections could revolutionize the harvesting of data from commercial vehicles. Inspections will be faster and more comprehensive, allowing far more inspections to be conducted every day. But there’s infrastructure to consider, and cost, and fleet sensitivity to sharing proprietary data. On this episode of HDT Leadership …
 
This episode is sponsored by Circle K. Learn more about the Circle K Fleet Card. With diesel prices at or near record highs, HDT Talks Trucking shares tips from fuel-buying expert Glen Sokolis about how fleets can save money beyond better fuel mileage. Glen Sokolis is CEO of Sokolis Group, a company he founded nearly 20 years ago to help fleets sav…
 
The electrification of transport refrigeration equipment is evolving but charging and power sharing must be standardized before adoption occurs at scale. Host Jim Park and Matt Srnec, Thermo King’s lead electrical system engineer discuss the benefits and barriers to standardizing electric TRU technology. Fleets looking toward investing in electric …
 
Get updates and insights on the top trucking news from February 2022 with HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge and Managing Editor Vesna Brajkovic on this episode of HDT Talks Trucking. This episode is sponsored by Circle K Pro. Learn more about the Circle K Fleet Card. 🎙 Today's topics include: Cummins and the Road to Zero Emissions How Will Russ…
 
A study published late in 2021 by the Supply Chain Management Research Center at the University of Arkansas is casting doubt on the safety benefits of ELDs. Researchers found that crash rates and incidents of unsafe driving among small fleets and owner-operators increased relative to large fleets following ELD implementation in December 2017. On th…
 
Get updates and insights on the top trucking news from January 2022 with HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge and Managing Editor Vesna Brajkovic on this episode of HDT Talks Trucking. This episode is sponsored by Circle K. Learn more about the Circle K Fleet Card. 🎙 Today's topics include: Controversy Over COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates New FMCSA Lead…
 
The driver in the Lakewood, Colo. crash, Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, paid a stiff price for his actions on the afternoon of April 25, 2019. It would be easy to argue that the crash was entirely his fault, but my guest, Accident Plan founder and CEO, Brendan Dawson, says the carrier and the broker he was working for at the time bear some responsibility …
 
Battery size and weight are significant barriers to developing electric power systems for mobile refrigeration units. Integration of the charging systems and AC/DC converters is another challenge for system developers. As the strategic insights leader at Thermo King, Paul Kroes is responsible for finding solutions to these problems. In this episode…
 
Get updates and insights on the top trucking news from December 2021 with HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge and Managing Editor Vesna Brajkovic on this episode of HDT Talks Trucking. This episode is sponsored by Circle K. Learn more about the Circle K Fleet Card. 🎙 Today's topics include: Will a truck driver serve a 110-year sentence for a fata…
 
With the industry facing a shortage of qualified drivers, fleet managers are faced with the challenge of both retaining CDL drivers, as well as attracting new ones to their operations. Is one answer to the driver shortage introducing young people to trucking and prepping high schoolers to obtain their CDL early on? In this special report, hear from…
 
There are currently, dozens of driverless trucks operating on interstate highways (with safety drivers) mixing and mingling with humanized cars and trucks. The technology obviously works. As they log more and more miles, we are hearing about few reported incidents of automation gone wrong. Does that mean they are ready for prime time? Christopher H…
 
Ryder will soon be managing maintenance services for several fleets of autonomous vehicles. The company will be doing regular maintenance on the trucks as well as servicing the autonomous hardware and performing pre- and post-trip inspections. On this episode of HDT Talks Trucking, Ryder’s director of new product strategy, Mike Plasencia, explains …
 
Remember the Y2K scare? At the time, many people worried airplanes would fall from the sky and every bit of digital data ever collected would simply vanish. As it happened, very little changed that winter night January 31, 1999. Come the spring of 2022, however, when some wireless service providers start turning off their 3G networks, some older te…
 
The FA-4 category oils have been available for almost five years now, but market penetration remains light. Despite the fuel saving benefits inherent to these lighter viscosity oils, fleets are being cautions about using it – and for a number of good reasons. In some cases, FA-4 is only recommended for engines from 2017 and newer. Certain restricti…
 
It has been said that as of today, more than 5 million trucks in North America could be converted from fossil-fuel power to electric. The sweeping simplicity of that statement, however, belies the complexity of actually making it happen. Jim Castalez, the chief technology officer and founder of Motive Power Systems has been electrifying Class 4-6 d…
 
How can fleets make informed decisions when buying fuel saving devices and technologies if they are looking at unreliable data? How often do we hear fleets say they automatically reduce vendor’s fuel-saving estimates by half? Our guest says he has the answer to that problem. Daryl Bear is the lead engineer & chief operating officer of Mesilla Valle…
 
Meet the newest member of HDT’s editorial team, managing editor, Vesna Brajkovic. Managing editors are to magazines what operations managers are to truck fleets. They tend to the day-to-day details of running a magazine and a website and are responsible for keeping everything on the rails. On this episode of HDT Talks Trucking, Vesna talks about wh…
 
Truckstops and trucking are very much dependent on one another, yet the relationship isn’t always mutually beneficial. Whether it’s fuel prices, restaurant prices or the debate over paid parking, trucking and truckstops don’t always see eye to eye. In this episode of HDT Talks Trucking, truckstop business consultant, Don Baglien -- aka That Truckst…
 
With medium- and heavy-duty truck electrification, we’re seeing a unique alignment of traditional truck manufacturers, tier-1 suppliers and start-up companies simultaneously competing and collaborating. We have companies that started building electric trucks in their garages now developing trucks for the parcel delivery market. We have two tier 1 s…
 
While the basic principles of Ohm’s Law haven’t changed, the architecture of a truck’s electrical system certainly has. Are fleets doing enough to keep their technicians ahead of the rapidly steepening technology adoption curve? Our guest on this episode of HDT Talks Trucking is Larry Rambeaux, a sales application engineer at Purkeys Fleet Electric…
 
Cruising down the highway at 900 rpm takes a bit of getting used to. Some drivers don’t like the way the truck feels, while others can’t get used to the way it sounds. And there are some drivers who don’t quite understand the relationship between engine torque and engine speed. There are proven fuel economy benefits to downsped engines, but drivers…
 
It’s going to take a lot more than better aerodynamics and low-rolling resistance tires to meet the EPA’s next round of emissions reductions for heavy trucks. Trucks from model-year 2021 are included in the rulemaking. All the OEMs met those requirements handily, and vehicle owners hardly noticed. That probably won’t be the case in 2024 and we will…
 
Volvo Trucks has committed to decarbonizing its share of the road transport system by 2050 using hydrogen fuel cells alongside battery-electric vehicles and biofuel- or possibly hydrogen-powered internal combustion engines. The Volvo group sees battery-electric and fuel-cell-electric trucks as complementary rather than competitive, depending on the…
 
The market for battery- or fuel-cell-electric trucks is still in its infancy. It could be another 10-15 years before production and deployment numbers achieve a critical mass where scale begins to provide significant cost reductions. In the meantime, subsidies and incentives will keep the industry moving forward while the electrical infrastructure …
 
The most recent update to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Hours of Service regulations went live September 29, 2020. They were two years in the making, and the changes came only after years of drivers asking for a bit more flexibility in how they manage their time. Did FMCSA get it right this time? To answer that question, we have…
 
Trucking's response to a crisis often tends to be reactive and defensive. That can leave a carrier on its back-foot when trying to defend a claim in court. It's not that we're not good at defending ourselves, it's that plaintiff's attorneys are better; they are often better organized and prepared, and they are better funded. Can trucking level that…
 
Autonomous truck teaching and testing is in full swing now, with close to a dozen companies in the game right now. One company, Locomation, says it can commercialize the technology faster by letting human drivers do some of the heavy lifting, while smoothing out the learning curve for the AI system. This, according to Locomation's co-founder and CE…
 
Aftertreatment systems remain the source of much confusion and frustration for fleets and drivers alike. In this episode we discuss some of the problems that arise from lack of maintenance and a general lack of understanding of how the systems function. Our guests bring nearly three decades of combined experience cleaning and servicing aftertreatme…
 
Season 6 of HDT Talks Trucking digs into bunch of hot-button issues, from aftertreatment system maintenance -- a perennial headache for fleets, to managing litigation costs resulting from accidents. We also have a fresh look at the burgeoning electric truck market. How soon will battery-powered trucks hit the mainstream? Automated trucks and Hours …
 
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