Trucking news and briefs for Friday, May 27, 2022:
Comment period on speed limiters extended by 45 days
After receiving requests from the American Trucking Associations and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association to extend the comment period for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed speed limiter, the agency agreed and added 45 days for industry experts step in.
The advance notice of additional proposed regulatory filing will now remain open for comment until July 18. It was previously scheduled to end on June 3.
As of Thursday morning, the proposal had received more than 12,000 comments since the comment period opened on May 4, with the majority of those comments opposing any sort of speed-limiter mandate.
The FMCSA advisory is more of an exploratory measure to determine how best to potentially implement speed limiters and does not offer specifics as to how fast trucks would be limited. The agency’s advisory relies heavily on the trucks engine control unit (ECU) as a means of limiting trucks to a certain speed.
Kenworth Delivers 10,000th Next Generation T680 to System Transport
Kenworth recently delivered its 10,000th T680 Next Generation to System Transport at the company’s 50th anniversary celebration in Spokane, Washington.
The truck, fitted with a 76-inch roof rail, was built by employees of Kenworth’s assembly plant in Chillicothe, Ohio.
“This is a special moment for Kenworth and Kenworth Sales Company – Spokane as we deliver the 10,000th T680 Next Generation just 15 months after product launch to System Transport to celebrate its 50th anniversary,” said Hank Johnson, Director General Sales of Kenworth. “We thank System Transport – and all of our T680 Next Gen customers – for their business.”
System Transport transports all types of flatbed freight, primarily throughout the West Coast to the Midwest. Last year, System Transport transported the 2021 United States Capitol Christmas Tree from California’s Six Rivers National Forest to Washington, D.C. A crew of its drivers used a T680 Next Gen Mid-Roof Sleeper of 76 inches to successfully complete the 3,300 mile special transport.
“System Transport is honored to be selected to receive Kenworth’s 10,000th Next Generation T680,” said Jim Williams, Founder and President of Trans-System (CCJ Top 250, No. 95), the parent company of System Transport. “We have purchased Kenworth trucks from our Kenworth dealership in Spokane for over 30 years and have ordered over 60 T680 Next Gen trucks to date.”
During the event, Kyle Treadway, President of Kenworth Sales Company, presented System Transport with a special birthday present – a refurbished and fully operational 1965 Kenworth W900.
Volvo Trucks Academy opens new dedicated center for electric truck training
Volvo Trucks North America announced that the Volvo Trucks Academy has opened a new facility in Tinley Park, Illinois to expand access to battery electric truck training in the central United States.
The new 14,865 square foot facility is larger and more modern than the former training center in Illinois, enabling Volvo Trucks to offer more robust hands-on learning opportunities for customers and dealers interested in trucking solutions. electromobility, including the electric Volvo VNR model.
“Tinley Park’s programs will help provide our dealer partners with the robust sales and service training needed to become Volvo Trucks certified electric vehicle dealers and help customers achieve their zero-emission transportation goals,” said Leanne Fitzpatrick, head of strategic programs. manager, Volvo Trucks Academy. “As interest in the Volvo VNR Electric model continues to grow in North America, the Tinley Park facility will play an important role in serving dealers and customers in the central United States, as it is easily accessible from O’Hare and Midway airports.”
Courses at Tinley Park will provide technicians with the proper training and understanding of all safety procedures when servicing high voltage electrical transmissions and components. Other courses will focus on Volvo VNR Electric sales and operations support, in addition to offering ongoing advice for diesel trucks, such as engine overhaul, transmission design and operation, sales of parts and the basics of the warranty.
The Tinley Park facility has two full-time instructors who teach two technical classes per day, plus a third class (sales, parts, warranty or leadership). Most classes are a full day, and instructors teach up to five days a week depending on the schedule. The site also offers meeting spaces, so that these courses are not interrupted by the training of technicians.
These courses are available at one of eight Volvo Trucks Academy Learning Centers in North America. In addition to the new Tinley Park facility, Volvo Trucks’ other US locations include Atlanta, Georgia; Dallas, TX; Greensboro, North Carolina; Hagerstown, Maryland; and Hayward, California, as well as two in Canada in Woodbridge, Ontario, and Quebec City, Quebec.