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Kentucky Truck Plant Upgraded By Ford

Earlier this year, Ford announced that it will invest $1.3 billion in its Kentucky truck plant, which will support the new design of the Super Duty vehicles. The company had said it will retool and expand the place, including a better and newer body shop, which will create a job space for 2000 more employees among the present 4,400 employees. According to the plan, it was estimated that 2,000 jobs will be available for fresh workers, though some of the spaces would be filled by workers from the other plants. This plan was introduced a while back, and Ford...

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DOT Withdraws Tanker Wetlines Proposition

In lieu of the new provision in the Highway Act, the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration has taken back their notice, of proposing a rulemaking, regarding hazmat regulations. These rules would have proceeded to amend the transportation of flammable and volatile liquid material in unprotected external product piping, also known as the Wetlines, on the DOT-specified tanker trucks. The withdrawal notification was printed in the Federal Register on December 30, 2015. According to the notice, PHMSA claims that although it is withdrawing its request, the agency will continue to consider safety regulations to ensure that the flammable and...

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The Future of Freight Shipping Is Less Emissions

The development of the shipping industry has given rise to the popularity of logistics hubs, truck bays and large warehouses, which receive, store, sort and distribute goods all over the country, through their transportation vessels. However, according to Asaf Ashar, an emeritus research professor, with the University of New Orleans’ National Ports & Waterways Initiative, delivering goods by using rails is much more energy efficient than using trucks for this purpose. But even though railways provide an energy-efficient way to transport goods, they are only suitable for long haul or mid-range hauls in the U.S. This is the reason...

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Clean Vehicle Technology Objective of Green Truck Summit

Transportation has become one of the foremost contributors of global climate change. Studies show that nearly 23% of the total CO₂ emission originates from fossil fuel combustion such as biodiesel. The CO2 emission from road transport accounts for about 75% with an increasing share every day. It is a no brainer that about 95% of road transport depends on fossil fuel, corresponding to a staggering 60% of global oil consumption. With stakes such big, an alarming pressure is faced by the national governments worldwide to formulate polices to trim down greenhouse gas emissions and the rising oil demand and...

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New Laws Change Driver Logging Regulations

Last Thursday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued the most awaited regulation, concerning the logging mechanism in the trucking industry. According to the new rule, approximately 3 million commercial truck and bus drivers will have to use electronic devices to log-in their working hours. The electronic sign-in will help the driver keep accurate records of their hours behind the wheel. This latest government initiative will help the drivers and the fleet companies combat the woes of driver fatigue, which can result in safety incidents and hazards. The regulation will be enforced by the authorities and each transportation...

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