Thursday, October 13, 2016

Arkansas bridge survives controlled demo, has to be tugged down

Perhaps nothing will sum up the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department’s first effort to knock down a bridge on U.S. Highway 70 in Little Rock on Tuesday quite like their own tweet.

Indeed, the bridge still stood, despite a controlled demolition that was supposed to split it up like slices in a loaf of bread, according to AHTD spokesman Danny Straessle.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Pair of Little Caesars’ big rigs dedicated to charity

Tractor-trailers are tasked with providing goods and supplies to the communities that need them. While this is typically for commercial use, Little Caesars dedicates two of its big rigs to pizzas with charity in mind.

The pizza company equipped two of its trucks, which are called “the Little Caesars Love Kitchen,” with pizza ovens. The operation started in 1985 and serves communities in need 365 days a year. Two drivers are assigned to each truck.

According to the Little Caesars website, the mobile restaurants have served more than 3 million people and 6 million slices of pizza in the United States and Canada.

The mobile kitchens travel to areas that have been affected by hurricanes and tornadoes, as well as to such places as soup kitchens, Boys and Girls Clubs, food banks, rescue missions and homeless shelters.

Earlier this week, The Richmond Standard reported that one Little Caesars Love Kitchen served 275 people at the Bay Area Rescue Mission in California. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

New ATA honcho calls speed limiter mandate ‘flawed’

“Be careful what you wish for …”

For more than a decade, the American Trucking Associations has lobbied Congress and the federal government to step in and mandate speed limiters on commercial trucks. Now that NHTSA and FMCSA have finally released their joint proposal to do just that, the new head of the ATA issued a statement last week saying the current proposal is flawed, and that the largest lobbying group for fleets will not support the proposal as written.

In the statement, ATA President and CEO Chris Spear said the feds’ proposal to electronically speed-limit trucks suffers from a lack of data and a lack of direction, and actually makes the roads less safe by increasing speed differentials between trucks and other motorists.

“Despite ATA's decade-old, pro-safety policy on speed, the new joint rulemaking from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposes a menu of three speed options for commercial trucks, not one. It provides insufficient data, and fails to make a recommendation regarding which of the three proposed speeds it believes is best and why,” Spear said in the statement posted on ATA’s website.

Monday, October 10, 2016

New camera system lets bosses see you in real time

Here’s looking at you, trucker. Some driver-facing cameras will soon be able to see a lot more than they used to.

Lytx, the largest supplier of camera-based technology for trucking, has introduced Unisyn, a platform that allows Lytx customers to custom configure cameras on their trucks. According to a Lytx press release, fleets “can access, review, and manage video ... when, where, and how they want, in real time, or a few days after an incident.”  

Lytx made the announcement in conjunction with the recent 2016 ATA Management Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas.

Lytx Senior Director of Corporate Communications Gretchen Griswold confirmed the Unisyn customization applies to all Unisyn onboard cameras -- including a driver-facing camera if there is one. But Unisyn is really designed for cargo security, not driver monitoring, she noted.

Launched in 1998 and originally known as DriveCam, Lytx is the largest provider of video-based safety systems for trucking. DriveCam is still the name of the company’s flagship video program. Fleets using DriveCam include Swift Transportation, NFI, Dart Transit and US Foods, the sixth-largest private fleet in North America.

Griswold explained the Unisyn platform is separate from and does not apply to current DriveCam cameras.