Kevin Jones

Kevin
Jones
Editor

Kevin Jones has an odd fascination with the supply chain. As editor of American Trucker, he focuses on the critical role owner-ops and small fleets play in the economy, locally and globally. And he likes big trucks.

Articles

Driver community ONE20 hits the road
LOUISVILLE. Continuing to push the marketing boundaries, ONE20, a rapidly growing app-based trucker community, is using the Mid-American Trucking Show here to promote new offerings ranging from ONE20-branded energy drinks to ELDs to a data-mined best and worst list—and even its newly authorized trucking company.
Latest Mack innovations target fuel efficiency
LOUISVILLE. Emphasizing the brand’s “tradition of application excellence” and customer-focused innovation, Mack Trucks used its media slot at the 2017 Mid-America Trucking Show Thursday to highlight products aimed at improved fuel efficiency.
ACT Expo preview: Customers, not regs, drive 'miraculous' truck tech 1
Talk of a Trump administration rollback of the Phase 2 greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan is essentially meaningless, suggests an expert in fuel efficiency programs. Truck buyers clearly want more efficient trucks and, even if EPA backs off the GHG 2 mandate, California is ready and willing to roll out even more stringent requirements of its own.
Teamsters, OOIDA argue against Mexico trucking program
Even as the Trump administration and some members of Congress look to undo NAFTA, opponents of the trade deal's cross-border trucking program with Mexico got their day in court this week.
Trucking regs in limbo: What will emerge, and when? 1
While some trucking regulations will get a second look under the Trump administration’s regulatory freeze—and some of these might see substantial revision, or even be dropped altogether—major initiatives such as the electronic logging device mandate will likely be implemented on schedule, says a former FMCSA administrator.
February spike in trucking jobs doesn't offset January decline
The good news is trucking posted a gain of more than 10,000 jobs in February. The bad news is the large increase doesn’t make up for the substantial downward revision to January’s total: The latest government update shows a loss of 14,400 jobs for the first month of the year. This comes after a six-month run up to a record high to close 2016.
Trucking wins: FMCSA drops 2013 restart provisions 1
It’s not that the controversial restart provisions in the July 2013 hours of service rule were bad, they just didn’t provide a significant improvement over the previous (and now proven effective) weekly reset—so they’re officially off the books, according to information posted Thursday by the FMCSA. The good news: Agency research confirmed that the 34-hour restart provides drivers the opportunity for needed sleep time and sleep quality.
America's infrastructure gets a D+, again
If the nation’s infrastructure were a student in school, it would most likely be held back, based on the second consecutive D+ grade it received Thursday from the American Society of Civil Engineers.
EEOC sues carrier for ‘failure to accommodate’ PTSD service dog
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleges CRST Expedited Inc. violated federal law when it failed to accommodate, refused to hire and retaliated against a job candidate because he used a service dog. EEOC filed the disability discrimination lawsuit March 2.
Right to Repair: Not an easy fix

A year into the ‘landmark’ right-to-repair agreement designed to provide independent truck service centers  the same diagnostics and repair information the dealer networks receive (ensuring that truck operators have service options as a result), both sides say that progress is being made—but there’s still a lot to be done before this ticket can be closed.

No clear 'net benefit' to overnight restart, FMCSA concedes
The Congressionally mandated review of 2013 changes to truck driver hours of service requirements has turned up no evidence that the restart provisions are, overall, beneficial. The tip comes from none other than the DOT's Office of the Inspector General. Trucking interests welcomed the study's conclusion, while highway safety groups called it "junk science."
WABCO introduces automatic trailer tail system
NASHVILLE. WABCO Holdings Inc. has launched the first aerodynamic trailer tail in the U.S. to feature automatic deployment and retraction, a system that utilizes lighter, stronger materials for a smaller and more stable design.
Uptime, uptime, uptime: International Truck launches A26 engine
NASHVILLE. Calling it “as simple as a modern engine can be,” International Truck on Monday launched the International A26 engine, a new 12.4-liter diesel designed to provide industry-leading uptime to the Class 8 market.
Velociti offers 'turnkey' plan to let ROI pay for tire inflation system
NASHVILLE. Velociti Inc. has come up with a plan aimed at fleets and owner-operators that have been hesitant to adopt an automatic tire inflation system (ATIS). Simply, the new program allows the return on investment (ROI) to pay for the “turnkey” retrofit solution, company representatives explained in a presentation at the TMC annual meeting here.