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Eco Sci-Fi Trucks
Quarantine Alert for Drivers
ELD Tsunami: Take 2
The Skinny on Telematics
Trucking Transitions Into an Eco-Friendly Industry with a Sci-Fi Twist
By Matthew Meeks
“Live Long and Prosper”
Transflo fully supports an eco-friendly industry on Earth Day AND every day of the year…
With our continued dedication to advancing technology, helping trucking professionals stay compliant, and keeping routes efficient, we hope to create a safer industry with a lighter carbon footprint.
We’ve taken strides to make transportation professional’s jobs more efficient with in-cab scanning PLUS truck-friendly shorter routes that get drivers to destinations quicker – while also lowering carbon emissions…
But these are just small strides compared to some major eco projects taking place by big names in the industry such as Tesla, Nikola, MIT and Volvo.
There has been buzz around the Tesla Semi ever since they announced they’d be manufacturing one back in 2016. And just in recent weeks it’s been spotted out delivering models of their cars to customers.
Tesla Semi delivering cars to customers:
Tesla Semi delivering cars to customers pic.twitter.com/E9gakQhg9C
— Tesla (@Tesla) April 8, 2019
The Tesla Semi uses four electric motors (the same used in their Tesla model 3). CEO Elon Musk has made multiple claims about the electric truck including: fleets could save $.20 per mile, experience simplified maintenance versus diesel, and (of course) zero emissions…
Foreign Creatures Invade U.S. and Attack the Trucking Industry
By Matthew Meeks
“Quarantine Regulations for Truck Drivers”
It’s a bird… it’s a plane…no, it’s the killer spotted lantern fly!
There’s a new bug in town and it’s being labeled as a crop killing invader effecting truckers, farmers and the entire community. It’s called a spotted lantern fly (SLF) and the species could do up to $18 billion in economic harm in Pennsylvania alone.
It’s affecting various trees, grapevines and hops. Yes, this insect is attacking our BEER!
Now that I’ve got your attention…
Trucking Professionals: SLF training is required for drivers and warehouse workers operating routes in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. It is also required by drivers who have routes going through the quarantine areas within southeast Pennsylvania.
Fleets with the Transflo Mobile+ app can call their reps to have a SLF compliance package added to their fleet’s mobile apps, which includes quarantine requirements, training information, and other data needed to stay compliant.
The colorful moth-like insect is native to Asia (primarily Vietnam and China). Scientists believe it hitched a ride on a boat from China and now it is wreaking havoc on
ELD Tsunami: Take 2
The year 2018 will likely always be remembered as the year that the ELD mandate sent everyone into a frenzy. And it looks like we’re in for a “round 2” in 2019. That’s because of the AOBRD phase-out. Automatic Onboard Recording Devices (AOBRD) are still being used by tens of thousands of professional drivers instead of ELDs…but not for long.
AOBRDs are like ELDs in that they record information about the vehicle they’re installed in, but the AOBRD devices are now considered outdated technology because…
Here’s the Skinny on Engines, Telematics, and Remote Diagnostics
The Future is Now…
There was a time when headlines about heavy-duty diesel engines revolved around horsepower and torque curves.
But today engines deliver much more than power. Electronic controls and telematics can tell truck drivers, maintenance managers, and fleet owners about the performance of their equipment in real time – anywhere there’s a network connection.
Nearly every major Original Equipment (OE) engine has introduced new or updated connected services recently, and providers of aftermarket telematics devices offer features that streamline the collection and communication of engine data.
As you evaluate telematics devices for diagnostics and predictive maintenance, here are a few things to consider…
What the IFTA?
REMINDER: IFTA filing due dates
The International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) requires quarterly reporting of mileage & fuel by all interstate motor carriers.
For more information on IFTA reporting including FAQs and Forms click here.
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Transflo Completes Electronic Logging Device Registration with FMCSA