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Towing task force comes to Missouri

The task force will expire on January 1, 2022
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The Missouri House of Representatives passed a legislative bill last week that created a towing task force. The bill now awaits signature from Gov. Mike Parson. The task force will make recommendations to the state’s Department of Transportation no later than March 1, 2021, concerning maximum towing rates for nonconsensual towing including storage fees, the investigation of overcharges for towing, processes for consumer complaints and civil penalties to use to enforce towing regulations, and relevant information to provide on invoices for nonconsensual towing operations. Additional recommendations will apply to tows involving vehicles with a gross weight rating of 26,000 lbs. or more. The bill prohibits the use of per-pound billing and limits civil penalty options chosen by the commission to under $5,000 per violation. The task force will consist of nine members as follows: One member of the general assembly appointed by the president pro tempore of the senate One member of the general assembly appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives One member, or the member's de [...]
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Truck driving jobs mean you live in your truck, and living in your truck means you need to pack it all! The essentials, entertainment options and work related items for a smooth ride. With this checklist, you’ll be able to pack the important stuff!   Infographic courtesy of CDL Jobs

How systematic are you in your maintenance process?

Six questions to think about to help you determine just where you fall on having a systematic process in place.
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 truck maintenance preventative maintenance safety Safety first carhauler news trucking newsThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently announced that it is gathering information on the role of maintenance in vehicle safety. One area FMCSA wants to focus on is understanding what is meant by “systematic.” Current regulations say that fleets must have programs to “systematically inspect, repair and maintain” trucks. However, there is no clear-cut definition of what systematic means. Whether you participate in the survey or not, now might be a good time to review your own maintenance procedures to determine just how systematic they are. Here are some questions to get you thinking: What percentage of your trucks are up-to-date on their main [...]

What does PM (preventive maintenance) really mean?

What does PM really mean? In some cases it means lights out, afternoon, or even after dark — as in post-meridian. But in other cases, "PM" is surrounded by a lack of understanding at a moment in time.
What does PM really mean? In some cases it means lights out, afternoon, or even after dark — as in post-meridian. But in other cases, "PM" is surrounded by a lack of understanding at a moment in time. It is clear that PM has different meanings to each person responsible for managing or performing the preventive maintenance process. Therefore, PMs can have a variety of definitions, such as: Preventive Maintenance Service: The act of inspection and repair of equipment. Inspect and determine what needs to be repaired. That could mean fixing everything in sight and whatever you touch, meaning the checkbook could be in the hands of the technicians. Planned Money Spent: This is where you plan on what you’re going to be spending during the PM. How many hours and/or minutes? This is better known as making the budget. The maintenance technology, as "plan A" and "plan B", would determine what managed repairs should be performed following the PM inspection. This, in turn, leads to number three. Procrastination Maintenance Science: This is where there is "managed procrastination" maintenance, making those repair choices only when necessary, meaning can we get to the next PM and maximize the potential life of tires, bra [...]
wm_img_blog_wirerope.jpgWire rope is the lifeline of your tow truck. We’ll help you understand the terminology, construction and ratings of wire rope. We’ll also give you advice on what type of rope to buy, how to attach it to a hook without losing towing capacity, how to inspect and maintain it, how to prevent damage, and how to tell when it’s time to replace it. We’ll also give the pros and cons of synthetic versus wire rope. IS WIRE ROPE THE SAME AS CABLE? “Wire rope,” “line,” “rope” or “wire” are the only correct ways to refer to wire rope, but many tow operators refer to it as cable. Wire rope is not cable. Cable is only an acceptable term when referring to a piece of wire rope that is terminated on both ends. When that cable is connected to a power source, such as a winch, it’s no longer acceptable to call [...]

Maintenance considerations for air disc brakes

With the increased adoption of air disc brakes, it is still crucial to implement a thorough PM program.
Download(10)Air disc brakes (ADB) continue to grow in popularity, and there are a number of reasons for this. Improved safety, shorter stopping distances, consistent stopping power and more efficient maintenance practices all help to lower both the cost per mile as well as vehicle downtime. As an example, the estimated time for a wheel-end drum brake shoe change and general maintenance hovers around the one-hour mark, while an air disc brake pad change out takes approximately 15 minutes. Brake performance is also a big advantage of the ADB system. This brake system can withstand the higher temperatures that often occur in a severe duty or transit application much more efficiently than a drum brake system. A vehicle will be less susceptible to fade because of this attribute. Rather than the drum moving away from the friction material as temperatures increase, the rotor will expand and move into the brake friction ma [...]
You can’t prevent or ignore temperatures below zero, ice, snow, sleet, deicing chemicals. You can, however, spend time before bad weather sets in getting your trucks ready for winter’s onslaught and then pay extra attention to a few specific areas during the winter. If you follow these tips, winter is likely to be less harsh for you. Pre-winter preparation Here are a few things you can do before winter to get your fleet ready. Service air dryers and drain air tanks. Moisture is a killer, especially in winter when temperatures drop. Test batteries, starting system, and charging system. Batteries show wear and tear in the winter but most of the damage happens in the summer months. Check block heater operation. Actually, plug it in to ensure it is working properly. Check pre-h [...]
Ram Chassis Cab Ram Chassis Cab Not to be outdone by their more numerous light-duty siblings, medium-duty trucks covering Classes 4-6 have been the object of a flurry of development and experimentation the last few years. They're often on the job with upfit bodies of various kinds serving trades and utilities or handling last-mile and metro/urban-area deliveries and distribution, and they have the benefit of not requiring a commercial driver's license to operate. That adds to their appeal, since fleets can hire drivers from a much larger potential employee pool. Not only do these trucks have impressive capabilities, their typically shorter-range duty cycles have also made medium-duty trucks good candidates for electric power. While many electric trucks in these and even the heaviest classes are being developed, tested, and prototyped, medium duty is where you'll now find commercially-ready fully electric trucks for fleet purchase.
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