Trucking News and Briefs for Tuesday, October 27, 2020:
Over 5,000 people parked for out-of-service brake violations during Brake Safety Week
Road inspectors certified by the Alliance for Commercial Vehicle Safety in jurisdictions of the United States, Canada and Mexico temporarily removed 5,156 trucks from highways with out-of-service violations in effect, representing 12% of the 43,565 trucks inspected during Brake Safety Week’s blitz. The same took place from August 23 to 29.
“Although many commercial vehicle law enforcement agencies were forced to cut services in the spring due to the pandemic, it was important that we resume inspection and enforcement functions as soon as it was possible. was sure to do it, ”said ACSV President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police. “With truck drivers being designated as ‘essential personnel’ by the government, we had to make sure that vehicles crossing our roads were safe to support commercial drivers as they continued to work selflessly during such a difficult time and difficult.
During the inspection frenzy, inspectors detected the friction of the brake hoses. CVSA indicates that the rubbed pipes were separated into five levels based on gravity, with two levels being out of service conditions.
A total of 6,697 pipe friction violations were reported by inspectors, of which 1,012 resulted in outages.
Freightliner partners with Google’s Waymo for a standalone Cascadia
Daimler Trucks and Waymo, the autonomous driving division of Alphabet, parent company of Google, announced on Monday a strategic global partnership to deploy SAE Level 4 autonomous technology.
Considered “high automation”, level 4 is the first level of autonomous driving to which the vehicle itself can intervene in the event of a system failure and does not require human intervention in most circumstances. Humans always have the option of overriding functions manually.
The Waymo partnership marks Daimler Trucks’ second foray into driverless driving, after acquiring a majority stake in autonomous truck software developer Torc Robotics early last year. Daimler Trucks North America President and CEO Roger Nielsen said the company’s continued efforts for more automated driving are more than a technological demonstration, adding that “we are delivering engineered solutions. which are primarily aimed at increasing safety and helping our customers improve their business efficiency. “
Under the terms of the partnership, Waymo will integrate its driving technology into Freightliner’s Cascadia to enable autonomous driving. Freightliner – which along with the 2020 Cascadia became the first trucking OEM with a Level 2 self-driving truck – expects its autonomous Cascadia, equipped with the Waymo Driver platform, to be available to customers in the States. -United “in the years to come”. The companies plan to explore expansion to other markets and brands “in the near future”.
The truck project will initially focus on highway driving, but Waymo CEO John Krafcik said there were plans to “unlock a full range of driving abilities”. The first tests will take place in southwestern Arizona, Texas and California – the same footprint as Waymo’s passenger car project – “but we’re going to cross the country … with pilot Waymo,” added Krafcik.
The 2020 Capitol Christmas tree will make 10 stops en route to DC
The schedule for the 2020 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour is now set. The 55-foot Engelmann spruce will be harvested on November 6 in Colorado’s Uncompahgre National Forest and will begin its 2,000-mile journey across the country on November 10.
The tree will make 10 stops on its tour before being delivered to the United States Capitol on November 20. A tree lighting ceremony will take place on the West Lawn in early December.
A Kenworth T680 will haul the shaft from Colorado to Washington, DC The truck features a 76-inch sleeper and the Paccar powertrain including the 455-horsepower Paccar MX-13 engine, 12-speed Paccar automated transmission and axles rear tandem Paccar 40K. It is also equipped with Kenworth’s “Driver’s Studio” with 180 degree swivel passenger seat and 90 degree turntable, Kenworth Diamond VIT interior, Kenworth GT703 premium seats and more.
The T680 will be driven by Theron Schmalzried and William “Butch” Hanna of Apex Transportation, a Colorado-based flatbed and specialty haulage fleet. Schmalzried and Hanna have 42 years and 41 years of truck driving experience respectively. Schmalzried spent 23 years with Apex Transportation, while Hanna ran the company for 17 years.
The schedule for the 2020 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour is as follows:
- November 10: San Miguel County Fairgrounds (Norwood, Colorado) and Montrose Visitor Center (Montrose, Colorado)
- November 11: Ouray County Courthouse (Ouray, Colorado) and Grand Junction Convention Center (Grand Junction, Colorado)
- November 12: Downtown Paonia (Paonia, Colorado) and Gunnison Community School (Gunnison, Colorado)
- November 13: Salida High School (Salida, Colorado)
- November 14: Bass Pro Shops (Denver, Colorado)
- November 15: Kit Carson County Fairgrounds (Burlington, Colorado)
- November 17: Asheville Outlets (Asheville, NC)
- November 20: delivery to West Lawn, US Capitol Building (Washington, DC)
Launch of the Saint-Christophe fund online auction on November 1
The famous St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund (SCF), which provides financial assistance to sick and injured truck drivers, will be holding an online auction starting Sunday, November 1. The Great American Trucking Show (GATS) truck parking lot in Dallas, Texas was canceled earlier this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, believed to have taken place in late August.
As has happened in recent years – documented in 2018–19 reports of Overdrive Additional contributor Paul Marhoefer – The Heartland Express fleet will again match all event donations up to $ 15,000. The company began supporting St. Christopher after one of its own drivers, Bruce Richard, received support from the foundation when his wife, Debbie, was injured in an accident. Bruce has since become a brand ambassador and a passionate supporter of SCF. “We are very grateful to Bruce and Debbie and for the support of Heartland Express and everyone who donates to our virtual auction,” said Shannon Currier, Director of Philanthropy and Development for SCF.
The auction will take place with three sessions, each one week long.
Session 1: Sunday, November 1, 10 a.m. ET to Saturday, November 7, 7 p.m. ET. Each session will have a new set of items to bid on for the week, and sessions 2 and 3 will follow a similar schedule when it comes to time. The auction will officially end on Saturday, November 21. A complete list of auction items for each is available via the St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund Facebook page.
The manufacturer of road products RoadPro has donated more than a dozen items. Other donors include: Radio Nemo Show, Raney’s Chrome Shop and Aftermarket Accessories, and others.
CDL holders now get 10% off Hot Shot’s Secret products
Additives and lubricants maker Hot Shot’s Secret is now offering a 10% discount on its products from his online store for qualified CDL holders.
US-based CDL drivers will benefit from the discount that will be automatically applied when paying in the company’s online store.
To activate the discount, drivers can click Discount for Commercial Drivers during checkout, and a window will prompt them to create an account, requiring drivers to download a CDL. Once verified, the license will be removed from company files for security reasons, and the discount code will be added to the order.