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  • Laying Rubber

    By Mark O'Connell - Tuesday May 27, 2008
    Okay, I admit, I was a little disappointed with the "ride 'n' drive" event I attended last week in Joliet, IL. I had been invited by the folks at Meritor WABCO to see a demonstration of their latest safety systems, including Electronic Stability...
  • Setting the Standard

    By Mark O'Connell - Tuesday May 20, 2008
    I've said before in the pages of Fleet Maintenance Magazine, and I'll say it again here: I have nothing but praise for the work done by the Emergency Vehicle Technician Certification Commission, Inc. (EVTCC). This group, operating out of Dundee, IL, has...
  • Trucks Deliver... Sustainability

    By Mark O'Connell - Thursday May 8, 2008
    Today the American Trucking Associations unveiled an ambitious new Sustainability Program designed to lower CO2 emissions and save millions of gallons of diesel fuel. Announced at a press conference in Washington, D.C., by ATA President and CEO Bill...
  • When Super Isn't So Super

    By Mark O'Connell - Wednesday April 30, 2008
    I've been reading up a little on the "Super Warranty" issue, which, I must admit, I had never heard of until my Assistant Editor mentioned it. Super Warranties are being mandated by more and more states to cover automotive emission-control systems for...
  • Squeezed Out, Part II

    By Mark O'Connell - Wednesday April 23, 2008
    My blog post from last week, “Squeezed Out,” has aroused some bad feelings in some parts of the fleet world. In that post, I described a chat I had with a vendor who had dropped out of the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) because they felt...
  • Squeezed Out

    By Mark O'Connell - Tuesday April 15, 2008
    I had an unusual conversation at the Mid-America Truck Show a few weeks back that keeps rattling around in my brain for some reason (a lot of things rattle around in my brain, but that's another story). At MATS, I was talking to specific component...
  • The Slow Lane

    By Mark O'Connell - Thursday April 10, 2008
    This week I had the pleasure of attending a meeting of the Indiana Motor Transport Association in Indianapolis, IN, and to get to the meeting I drove six hours from Wisconsin to Illinois to Indiana, and then six hours back again. For the most part it's...
  • It's Not About Trucking

    By Mark O'Connell - Thursday April 3, 2008
    It really happened. Countless truck drivers across the county shut down their rigs on Tuesday, April 1st, to protest against high diesel fuel prices. Many more slowed to 20 miles per hour on Interstate highways. This event, unorganized as it was, has...
  • Louisville, Here We Come...?

    By Mark O'Connell - Thursday March 20, 2008
    A week from, now, the staff of Fleet Maintenance Magazine will be in Louisville, KY, for the Greatest Show on Earth, otherwise known as the Mid-America Truck Show, or MATS. It's a great chance to meet with professionals in the industry, and find out...
  • Our Very Own 'Top Ten' List

    By Mark O'Connell - Tuesday March 11, 2008
    More news from the front: today I’m writing from Charlotte, NC, where I’ve just attended a Transportation Technology Summit hosted by Panasonic, makers of Toughbook computers. Panasonic brought together a diverse group of experts to talk about...