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Go behind the scenes with the industry’s most seasoned trucking reporters. Heavy Duty Trucking’s editorial team uses decades of experience to bring you expert insights and interview industry professionals to discuss the latest news, trends, and technology that will help you run your fleet more efficiently, safely, and profitably.

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Go behind the scenes with the industry’s most seasoned trucking reporters. Heavy Duty Trucking’s editorial team uses decades of experience to bring you expert insights and interview industry professionals to discuss the latest news, trends, and technology that will help you run your fleet more efficiently, safely, and profitably.

    Behind the News: One Man’s Fight to Address Challenges Facing FedEx Ground Contractors

    Behind the News: One Man’s Fight to Address Challenges Facing FedEx Ground Contractors

    Spencer Patton’s company is one of the largest FedEx Ground contractors in the United States — or it was, until his outspoken criticism of FedEx Ground led to the company canceling his contract and filing suit against another company he owns. HDT’s Deborah Lockridge talks to fellow fleet editor Chris Brown, who’s been covering the story and interviewed Patton, in this episode of the Behind the New segment of HDT Talks Trucking.

    This episode is sponsored by CAT Scale. Learn more about its WeighMyTruck app.

    Patton has been an outspoken advocate for the roughly 6,000 contractors that deliver packages for FedEx Ground. He has been delivering a public message alleging that FedEx Ground has expanded its profit margins through proceeds from fuel surcharges without allowing contractors to share in those proceeds. He also maintains that FedEx Ground has not adequately addressed other strains on contractor profits, such as Sunday deliveries.

    Learn more about Spencer Patton and the situation facing last-mile delivery contractors in this episode of HDT Talks Trucking.



    🏫 Resources:

    Delivery Fleet Challenges: Fuel, Labor, and Supply Chain — Chris Brown’s interview with Spencer Patton

    The Battle Between FedEx Ground and Now-Former Contractor



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    • 13 min
    Are Your Brakes Ready for CVSA's Brake Safety Week?

    Are Your Brakes Ready for CVSA's Brake Safety Week?

    The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducts two major brake inspection initiatives each year, and year over year, the brake defect out-of-service rate remains about the same. Why aren’t we making progress in bringing that rate down? 



    Will Schaefer is the Director of Safety Programs at the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, and he has some thoughts on why the OOS rate isn’t improving. It’s got little to do with the brakes themselves. Schaefer and HDT’s Jim Park dig into some of the some of the reasons behind the seemingly immovable brake defect out-of-service rate, including: 


    cursory equipment inspections. 
    technicians that don’t understand the brake safety regulations.
    poor driver training related to equipment inspections.



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    🏫 Resources:

    Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week  

    View Last Year’s Results

    9 Brake Inspection Tips



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    • 26 min
    Behind the News: The Broader Impact of California’s AB5

    Behind the News: The Broader Impact of California’s AB5

    If you think California’s AB5 law won’t affect you because you don’t run in the state or use owner-operators, you might be surprised. Deborah Lockridge, HDT editor in chief, talked to Dean Croke, principal industry analyst for DAT Freight & Analytics, about this law that restricts the use of independent contractors and its potential broader impacts on trucking capacity and on how freight moves in and out of the state.

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    Each month, HDT's editors take a look behind some of Truckinginfo.com's top news stories of the month. In July, our coverage of independent trucker protests in California dominated our top five stories. For this episode of HDT Talks Trucking’s Behind the News, we recap those stories and take a look at how AB5, which makes it nearly impossible to use the traditional owner-operator model in the state, could affect freight logistics, volumes and rates into and out of the state, including:   


    AB5 protests at California ports 
    Impact on container wait times in Oakland 
    Transloading on the state border? 
    What DAT information can tell us about AB5
    and more!

    🏫 Resources

    California Truck Owner-Operators Slow Traffic, Protest AB5

    AB5 Protests Hit Port of Oakland

    Port of Oakland Reopens After Trucker Protests, but Questions Remain About AB5

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    What a Visit to Cummins Tells us About the Future of Truck Engines

    What a Visit to Cummins Tells us About the Future of Truck Engines

    Cummins recently invited transportation journalists to Columbus, Indiana to discuss zero and near-zero emissions powertrain products it has in development, including a 6.7-liter engine that runs on 87 octane gasoline, and an battery-electric drivetrain for a Class 7 delivery truck. Jack Roberts and Jim Park share their observations on these two vehicles as well as the company's plans to position itself as a leading global provider of alternative powertrain products.

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    Each month, HDT's editors take a look behind some of Truckinginfo.com's top stories of the month. For June, the top story was news that the Supreme Court would not hear a case about whether California's AB5 law was unconstitutional. In this video we discuss:


    Recap of Visit to Cummins Facility
    Review of Dodge Ram 2500 with the New B6.7 Octane Engine 
    The M2 Freight Runner and the Move to Gasoline 
    Footage from Cummins 6.7L Gasoline Dodge Ram 
    Review of the Isuzu All-Electric 
    Footage From the Isuzu FTR Class 6 Cummins Battery-Electric Powertrain 
    The Road Ahead for Cummins

    🏫 Resources 


    Cummins Returns to its Pioneering Roots to Meet Emissions Goals
    https://www.truckinginfo.com/10175501/cummins-returns-to-its-pioneering-roots  
    Cummins’ X15N: The Right Engine at the Right Time?
    https://www.truckinginfo.com/10177563/cummins-x15n-the-right-engine-at-the-right-time  
    The ‘Messy Middle’ On The Road To Decarbonized Trucking
    https://www.truckinginfo.com/10164154/the-messy-middle-on-the-road-to-decarbonized-trucking

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    Behind the News: The End of the Owner-Operator Model in California?

    Behind the News: The End of the Owner-Operator Model in California?

    News from the Supreme Court means the end of the owner-operator model as we know it in California – and it could have repercussions nationwide.  HDT's editors share what they know about California's AB5 law in this episode of HDT Talks Trucking.

    This episode is sponsored by CAT Scale. Learn more about its WeighMyTruck app.

    Each month, HDT's editors take a look behind some of Truckinginfo.com's top stories of the month. For June, the top story was news that the Supreme Court would not hear a case about whether California's AB5 law was unconstitutional. In this video we discuss:


    Why the AB5 news was such a big story
    What is AB5?
    Why is the AB5 law necessary?
    How did AB5 end up in the Supreme Court?
    Reaction of AB5 from the trucking industry
    What can California motor carriers do about AB5?
    and more!



    🏫 Resources

    California Truck Owner-Operators Slow Traffic, Protest AB5

    Fruehauf Returns to U.S. Trailer Production After 25 Years

    Cummins Returns to its Pioneering Roots to Meet Emissions Goals



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    • 11 min
    Meet Cummins' New Natural Gas Truck Engine

    Meet Cummins' New Natural Gas Truck Engine

    Cummins is betting its new X15N 15-liter natural gas engine is going to change the market for natural-gas-powered trucks. HDT's Jim Park stopped by the Cummins booth at ACT Expo recently to learn more.

    This episode of HDT Talks Trucking is sponsored by Clarience Technologies. 

    Puneet Jhawar, the general manager of Cummins global natural gas business, walks us through Cummins’ reasons for developing this new engine and explains why it’s different from any previous natural gas engines the company has been involved with and how it fits in to emissions-reduction goals and regulations.


    What makes this engine different?
    Cummins' "fuel-agnostic" approach
    Meeting environmental regulations
    Hydrogen version in the works

    🏫 Resources:

    Cummins Returns to its Pioneering Roots to Meet Emissions Goals
    Cummins Debuts 15L Hydrogen Engine
    The ‘Messy Middle’ On The Road To Decarbonized Trucking

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