Retrofit-DPF sales to satisfy California regulations lag
Sales of diesel particulate filter retrofits for in-use, on-road, heavy-duty diesel vehicles operating in California remain lower than the state’s projections, according to the results of a survey released today by the Manufacturers of Emission Controls Association (MECA). The total number of verified DPFs sold by MECA member companies for diesels operating in California in the first half of 2013 was 3,508 and includes both passive and active DPFs. Under the California Air Resources Board’s truck and bus regulation, the agency projected that approximately 59,500 DPFs would need to be installed this year to meet the Jan. 1, 2014 compliance deadline for 2005-06 model-year engines.Read more
Freight Index Increases for Second Straight MonthThe amount of freight moved in June as measured by one gauge moved barely higher after surging in May, but it still managed to hit a record high.
The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 0.1% in June from the month before after increasing 2.1% in May from April. The May hike was revised slightly downward from the 2.3% gain ATA reported on June 18.
In June, the seasonally adjusted index equaled 125.9 versus 125.8 in May. June 2013 is the highest level on record. Compared with June 2012, the index surged 5.9%, which is robust, although below May’s 6.5% year-over-year gain. Year-to-date, compared with the same period in 2012, the tonnage index is up 4.7%.Read more
Report: Congestion on roadways still increasing, but could be good for economy
Traffic congestion in May increased 9.3 percent nationally from May of last year, says the monthly Gridlock Index from Inrix, who says the increase is an indicator of a strengthening economy.
Inrix says its data is in line with other positive economic indicators in the month, including increased retail sales month over month and a spike in auto sales. The average trip in the 100 most populated metropolitan areas in the country took on average 7 percent longer this May than last May, Inrix says.
From its congestion data, however, Inrix does say the recovery may be happening at different paces regionally, as metro areas in the western part o the country saw nearly 15.7 percent increase from May 2012 in traffic congestion, while the Northeast saw an 11.2 increase, the Midwest a 9.1 percent increase, and the South a much smaller 2.4 percent increase.
CARB mandate: ‘Government working against us’
Following the Channel 19 dissection of the independent business of Tom and Karen Moore, based in Bakersfield, Calif., as well as Kevin Rutherford’s analysis of what it would take to justify upgrading a California Air Resources Board Truck and Bus Rule-noncompliant tractor, the Moores weren’t the only ones who felt like “our government is working against us,” as Tom put it. As deadlines approach at year end for 2005-06 engines under the Truck & Bus Rule (find the full upgrade schedule via this post), readers commented in droves on our Facebook page and at OverdriveOnline.com. Find further responses below.
A commenter under the name “Melody” reiterated the point that, regarding any upgrade decision, it’s important to remember that the Truck & Bus Rule’s compliance rules are by engine — not truck body — model year. Her own experience attempting to upgrade well-illustrates potential disasters: “CARB Compliance is based on the engine model year, not the model year of the truck body itself. The Engine Family Number is required to determine the engine model year. The engine family name is on the emission control label (ECL) attached to the engine,” she wrote. “In 2011, I bought a 2007 Pete (like new, with less than 180,000 miles) and in January 2012, I bought a 2007 KW. It wasn’t until I was attempting to report our vehicle that I learned of the engine model year.”Read more
5 Deadly Tire Sins
Negligence and apathy consign more tires to early graves than road hazards ever will.
An inspection of almost any tire scrap pile will show most of the tires in the pile with a good portion of useable tread still on them died because of neglect. Irregular wear, mechanical problems, even mis-matched dual tires or inflation pressures across two tires in a dual assembly have tell-tale signs, and too often those sign are ignored until it’s too late to salvage the tire.
Here are the top five reasons you might be straining your tire budget to the breaking point, and how you can stem the financial hemorrhage.Read more