Author: blythe

Fleetmatics releases iOS version of LogBook app

Five years ago, Fleetmatics, a Verizon company, released an AOBRD-compliant (395.15) version of its LogBook application for Android devices. “We were one of first to use a mobile platform for the driver interface,” said Todd Ewing, director of product management at Fleetmatics. Today the company announced LogBook for iOS with plans to release an ELD-compliant (395.16) version for both platforms before the December 18, 2017, enforcement deadline. Fleetmatics LogBook manages drivers’ HOS by combining data from the vehicle with status updates made in the mobile application by the driver. Drivers log into the mobile app and start driving while their...

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Bill aims to repeal 12% federal truck sales tax

U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) introduced Tuesday a bill that seeks to repeal the federal excise tax (FET) on the retail sale of most heavy-duty trucks, tractors and trailers. Bills similar to H.R. 2946, “Heavy Truck, Tractor and Trailer Retail Federal Excise Tax Repeal Act of 2017,” have been introduced over the past several years, with none gaining enough traction to get the 12-percent tax removed from the sticker price of the truck. LaMalfa’s bill now heads to the House Ways and Means Committee. “The excessive 12-percent federal excise tax on heavy trucks adds tens of thousands of dollars to truck...

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Tire mounting practices critical to tire life, safety

This blog was provided exclusively to CCJ by Joe Puff, vice president of truck technology and maintenance, NationaLease.  Joe Puff, vice president of truck technology and maintenance, NationaLease Tire mounting procedures are extremely important and you should always comply with OEM and OSHA regulations when mounting and balancing tires. OSHA has very specific requirements outlining tire procedures (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.177). These must be followed to ensure the safety of the technicians who mount and balance tires and to ensure the tires and wheels operate safely when on the truck is on the road. Make sure your shop has...

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CVSA’s Brake Safety Day inspection spree set for September 7

Commercial vehicle inspectors will focus on brakes during CVSA’s Brake Safety Day, set for Sept. 7. Commercial vehicle inspectors across North America will key in on brake safety on Sept. 7 for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual Brake Safety Day. Inspectors will be looking for out-of-adjustment brakes, along with brake system and antilock braking system violations. CVSA says the goal of Brake Safety Day is to cut down on crashes caused by poorly maintained brakes. Brakes violations make up the largest percentage of out-of-service violations, CVSA says, representing 45.7 percent of all OOS violations during 2016’s International Roadcheck...

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Indicators: Truck tonnage jumped in May

CCJ‘s Indicators rounds up the latest reports on trucking business indicators on rates, freight, equipment, the economy and more. The amount of freight moved by the for-hire trucking industry, as measured by the American Trucking Associations’ monthly Truck Tonnage Index, climbed 6.5 percent in May from April. Tonnage was up 4.8 percent from May 2016, ATA notes. Year-to-date, however, tonnage is only up nine-tenths of a percent. “After three straight declines totaling 2.6 percent, truck tonnage...

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