Sean Kilcarr

Executive Editor

Sean reports and comments on trends affecting the many different strata of the trucking industry -- light and medium duty fleets up through over-the-road truckload, less-than-truckload, and private fleet operations Also be sure to visit Sean's blog Trucks at Work where he offers analysis on a variety of different topics inside the trucking industry.


PrePass unveils ELD app for phones, tablets

ORLANDO. A new electronic logging device (ELD) and mobile weigh station bypass application are on the way from HELP Inc., the parent company of weight station bypass service provider PrePass.

PrePass said it developed an ELD offering in order to provide “a simple and economical way” to comply with the ELD mandate taking effect December 18 this year.

Lytx touts new video service, compliance monitoring

ORLANDO. Technology provider Lytx highlighted two new services during a press conference here at the 2017 American Trucking Associations (ATA) Management Conference & Exhibition (MC&E): it’s new Lytx video services program, unveiled back in September and now being shipped to customers, and new Lytx RAIR compliance services that will be activated December 18 once the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate goes into effect.

Visiting the IFDA distribution solutions conference

The 2017 International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) distribution solutions conference, held at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor, MD, this week, provided 23 different workshops for foodservice companies to attend on a range of topics from recruiting and retaining workers to the latest advice or complying with new Sanitary Transportation Food Act, along with an exhibit floor packed with 156 vendors selling everything from trucks and trailers to clothing needed to work in sub-zero warehouses.

Shorter trailer trade cycles may result from new food safety rules

Refrigerated motor carriers may need to rethink their trailer trade cycles in light of new food safety transportation rules that went into effect this past April, argued Don Drum, vice president of customer solutions for PLM Trailer Leasing, during a presentation at the 2017 International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) co

Trucks help Puerto Rico recover

Category 5 Hurricane Maria caused catastrophic damage in Puerto Rico, as well as being the tenth-most intense Atlantic hurricane on record. Much of the island’s electrical grid was destroyed, leaving many of Puerto Rico’s cities and towns without power. But more than 20,000 federal civilian personnel and military service members, including more than 1,700 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) personnel deployed to Puerto Rico to help with storm recovery efforts – and they used a wide variety of trucks to accomplish that mission.

Talent shortage affects truckers, non-truckers alike

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD. Being a good company with strong values offering good pay and great benefits is no longer enough to recruit and retain employees, now and in the future, according to a panel discussion of executives here at the 2017 International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) conference at the Gaylord Convention Center.

Dealing with Hurricane Nate

When Hurricane Nate came ashore last weekend, the storm eventually knocked out power to 67,000 homes across the Gulf Coast region of the U.S. – most of them in Alabama. It also dumped anywhere from three to 10 inches of rain across a wide swath of the Southern and Eastern U.S. as it moved inland – from Mississippi and across the Deep South, to the Tennessee Valley and central Appalachian Mountains. As usual, trucks of all types got pressed into surface to help with recovery efforts and for transporting relief supplies.

A last look at NACV

A new 12-speed AMT, a prototype all-electric tractor, and even a giant Moose statue made appearances on the floor of the very first North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) show last week in Atlanta. Here are pictures of those three items, along with a host of other products spotted on the trade show floor. (All photos: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

Bendix: Truck technology implementation is the real struggle

If there is one lesson the trucking industry should take away from the Tesla car crash last year that occurred when the vehicle was on autopilot, it’s that technology itself might not be the issue – it is how technology gets implemented and ultimately used on a day-to-day basis.

Goodyear: Long-haul fleets desire more tire life most of all

Dustin Lancy, marketing manager for the Goodyear’s commercial tire division, said that a proprietary poll of 590 fleets is helping focus the company on the key “must have” attributes of truck tires – and the top one is long miles to removal.

ELDs: Menace or miracle?
Menace or miracle: Two very strong descriptive words for the already highly charged debate surrounding the imposition of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate this December. But I don’t use them lightly.
NACV: A First Look 1

The inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) show held in Atlanta, GA, is a venue touted for bringing together all of the major truck, trailer, and component manufacturers that serve the trucking industry – providing fleet owners and managers the opportunity to check out new products and technologies along with upgrades to current stock. Here’s an initial look at this new industry venue. (All photos: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)