Freight News Roundup – GPS Solutions, New Con-way Facility in Texas and Powertrain Packages

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Every week, we’re bringing the uShip community posts and articles about the transportation industry, transport policy and technology, and recent trucking news.

FMCSA Issues GPS Recommendations For Truck DriversCDLlife.com

A Last September, NY Senator Charles E. Schumer pleaded with the FMCSA to create a truck-specific GPS system, citing that current GPS systems are to blame for 80% of bridge strikes by trucks over the last two years. March 11, 2013, Senator Schumer announced that the FMCSA will begin issuing official recommendations to drivers on the proper uses of GPS devices. The FMCSA will also create training for commercial drivers that specify the GPS systems that work best for drivers.


Cummins, Eaton collaborate on new powertrain package
 – CCJDigital.com

 



PowertrainEaton and Cummins have released the image and specs for their latest powertrain package in the North American linehaul, regional haul truckload and LTL markets. These new, specialized powertrains could deliver up to 6% fuel-economy improvements. This latest product will also reduce preventative maintence costs as well as total life-cycle costs. The package will be available for most OEMs in Fall 2013.

 

Find out what the Idaho Senate has approved for overweight haulers, Mack Trucks’ new QR code, and a new Con-way service center after the jump.

 

Idaho Senate advances permanent authority for heavier trucks  - LandlineMag.com

In 2003, the state of Idaho approved a pilot project that would allow truckers to carry 129,000 lbs instead of the usual 105,500 lbs. This pilot allowed the heavier trucks to travel over 35 southern Idaho routes. Ten years later,  the pilot program has turned into a bill and passed through the Idaho Senate, who approved the bill in a 22-13 vote.

There is a second bill in place to add Northern routes to the existing 35 southern routes. As long as local highway officials agree, it is likely the Idaho House of Representatives will pass both bills, allowing trucks with loads up to 129,0o0 lbs all over the state of Idaho.

 

Mack trucks to feature QR code to improve uptime - The Trucker

This week Mack Trucks announced that starting in April, all new trucks will have a unique QR code that will speed service response times and improve customer uptime. These Quick Response codes supplys service people with information on the truck at lightening speed when scanned wtih a tablet or other mobile device.

When scanned, the QR code will proved the dealership or roadside serviceman with the truck’s VIN, owner information, dealer service history and automatically launces the Mack service management system powered by MVASIST.

The QR code solution will eliminate hard-copy paper trails allowing service workers to make better decisions faster on fixing problems as well as eliminate wasted space and effort on the driver’s part.

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Con-way Freight Dedicates New Laredo Facility - PRN Newswire

Laredo, TX will be the home of a brand new Con-Way Freight LTL service center. The new facility bosts a $13 million campus which features a 70,000 square foot dock with 148 loading doors. The facility is meant to be a gateway stop between Mexico and Texas and includes an area for shipments that are “in-bond” and must be inspected before being carried onward into the greater United States.

Con-way employs over 100 local residents in Laredo with jobs ranging from driver sales representative to freight operations management and serves over 2,000 local businesses. The Laredo, TX location has seen much growth over the years and with the latest expansion can now provide third-day shipping as far as Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Southern California.

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