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  • International Roadcheck May 4-6

    The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspection blitz will occur in early May and the best way to pass inspection is through proactive vehicle maintenance and by readying drivers ahead of the check blitz. Last year’s Roadcheck resulted in out of service violations for vehicles because of lighting issues. And for drivers, hours of service […]

  • Electric Heavy Duty Trucks are Coming

    Heavy duty electric trucks are already being tested on North American highways. Numerous original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are building medium and heavy duty battery electric trucks which are designed to reduce or eliminate harmful greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). We say reduce GHGs because about one third of the US electric power grid uses coal to […]

  • Be a Leader Not a Captain

    Not everyone who has a job wants to be good at it. That is an unfortunate truth. But good heavy truck repair technicians want to be great at their job. Many younger techs often want to be good and to enjoy the feeling of pride of accomplishment. It’s up to managers to communicate with their […]

  • Waste Collection and Recycling Trucks

    Garbage trucks must endure harsh starts and stops all day long every day. If they’re not picking up, you’re not making money. They need a lot of care in the form of frequent maintenance and repairs to maximize uptime. Fleet maintenance is the foundation of keeping your trucks on the road. Your shop needs a […]

  • Servicing and Repairing Emergency Vehicles

    Firetrucks and Rocket Science Servicing and repairing emergency vehicles is almost like rocket science. Firetrucks have so many complex and sophisticated systems onboard that utilize the latest technological advances to aid firefighters in their lifesaving and property containment efforts. That is why in North America and the world over Emergency Vehicle Technicians (EVTs) must undergo […]

  • Should Fleets Use Fuel Cards?

    The greatest daily cost of operating a fleet is buying fuel. Numerous fleet fuel cards offer discounts off retail prices on diesel purchases at specified truck stops or networks of truck stops throughout North America. And fleet owners and managers know their savings can really add up to significant cost reduction over time. For example, […]

  • Driver Detention and 34 Hour Restarts

    Last September the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued some changes to Hours of Service regulations for property carrying drivers. Those changes were explained in an earlier post. One important regulation that remains unchanged is the 60/70 Hour Limit. If your fleet runs 7 days a week your drivers are limited to 70 […]

  • Retaining Good Shop Technicians

    Tips for Retaining Good Shop Technicians Good Technicians always want to do their best work. When it comes right down to it, they are your bread and butter. Never forget that they are only human, they have feelings. And they want to know that their work matters. They want to be appreciated.     We […]

  • Revolutionize How you Handle Inventory

      Make Inventory Issues a Thing of the Past If you’re a maintenance shop manager struggling with lost productivity because of inventory issues, it’s time for you to take a look at EMDECS. EMDECS by BrightOrder Inc. is a fleet maintenance software system specifically designed and built for shops with multiple locations servicing 50+ assets. […]

  • Are Add-On Aerodynamics for Trucks Worth It?

    Aerodynamics for tractor trailers is all about reducing drag caused by air flow around the vehicle. And the reason for that drag reduction is to save money by reducing fuel consumption. Whenever we lower fuel use we get the added benefit of lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In 2011, Transport Canada asked the National Research […]

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