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WITCC Students Tour Peterbilt of Sioux City

Peterbilt of Sioux City hosted students from Western Iowa Tech Community College’s Auto Body program on May 11. Students got a tour of the Service Department and Body Shop, and learned about job opportunities with Midwest Peterbilt Group. See the Video


IMTA Regulatory Update
By Jackie Foster

Hoverboards. Flying cars. Autonomous vehicles. The future inhabited by a young Michael J. Fox and the Jetsons may be closer than we think. But when it comes to the over-the-highway trucking industry, don’t expect to see driverless trucks on U.S. highways anytime soon. That’s according to Don Egli, director of safety for the Iowa Motor Truck Association (IMTA). Egli’s Regulatory Update Seminar was held April 25 in Sioux City and followed others held in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines. The event was an opportunity for IMTA members to learn about the current regulatory environment in the trucking industry, as well as hear about ongoing discussions at the federal level. These include the DRIVE Safe Act which would address the driver shortage by allowing interstate drivers as young as 18. Topics included ELD exemptions, logbook violations, medical certification and autonomous vehicles. A dozen IMTA members attended the seminar with some voicing concerns – and seeking clarification -- about the current issues facing the industry. Egli said the top 10 concerns – as compiled by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) – include driver shortage, the ELD mandate, hours of service, driver retention, the cumulative impacts of regulations, truck parking, federal tax reform, and fuel prices and supply.

The role of new technology in trucking

When it comes to a high-tech future, the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) currently has a working group to address what effect autonomous vehicles would have on commercial trucking as well as public traffic. Several of the questions that have been raised include: What about maintenance issues? What does it do if a front tire blows? What precautions would be put in place to prevent cyber hacking? How does law enforcement stop a truck for inspection if the driver is not in the seat? California startup Otto has developed a $30,000 kit that can make any truck built since 2013 autonomous. The company’s leaders come from a background in Google mapping. Watch a demonstration of this latest technology . However, two recent fatalities – in California and Arizona -- involving vehicles using driverless systems have threatened to significantly delay or derail adoption of the technology. Nevertheless, federal officials are promoting the safety potential. At a recent policy summit at U.S. DOT, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Chief Ray Martinez said automated trucks could save “thousands and thousands of lives.” “Automation can reduce congestion, which can improve productivity and lift the cost associated with crashes,” Martinez said. So rather than keeping an eye out for a vacant driver’s seat, a more probable scenario will include spying several trucks heading down the highway in perfect formation, one behind the other. Welcome to platooning, which uses connectivity technology and automated driving support systems to link two or more trucks in a convoy. The vehicles automatically maintain a set, close distance between each other when they are connected for certain parts of the journey. Watch a demonstration of platooning . Learn more about platooning here.



Nebraska State Troopers presented a seminar, "How to Pass a DOT Inspection," to truckers on April 5 at Peterbilt of Norfolk. See the Video



SuperFan truck on display: The 1 millionth Peterbilt will be on display at the American Truck Historical Society National Convention & Truck Show May 31-June 2, in Lexington, Kentucky. ATHS member Rick McClerkin won the SuperFan Model 567 Heritage at this year’s Mid America Truck Show.
SSC students learn about trucking careers: A bright Sunset Orange 2019 Peterbilt 389 parked in front of South Sioux City High School drew a lot of welcome attention April 27 during the “Keys to Success” Career Fair. MPG Marketing Manager Tom Schoening gave a tour of the vehicle, and encouraged seniors to sign up for a summer internship.
ELD updates topic of Norfolk workshop: Nebraska State Troopers updated truck drivers, fleet owners and maintenance staff on the latest news on ELDs (Electronic Logging Devices) in early April, as out-of-service enforcement began on the new federal regulation that went into effect on Dec. 18, 2017. The group of nearly 80 trucking professionals attended the event at Peterbilt of Norfolk, which also included an outline of inspection criteria. Trooper Jason Petty, of the Carrier Enforcement Division, talked about ELD exemptions, recent law-enforcement interactions, the best methods for transferring e-log data, and new AOBRD-to-ELD software.


FMCSA Now Recording ELD Violations in SMS

Violations of the electronic logging device rule found during roadside inspections since full enforcement kicked in on April 1 are now being used in the Safety Measurement System that drives the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Carrier, Safety, Accountability enforcement program.

The New PACCAR Powertrain…

PACCAR's new transmission, rear axles and engine are matched to work together seamlessly to provide Peterbilt trucks with robust performance, improve fuel economy and reduced weight. View our new Test Drive Video of the PACCAR Powertrain or this flyer for more information on this innovative technology.


Regs, Rigs & Safety

Keep up with Changes in regulations, safety issues, equipment and other factors affecting the fleets of county government and other agencies.


Truck Shows and Special Events Schedule

Summer 2018

Wheel Jam Truck Show: June 2, 2018 in Huron, SD at the state fairgrounds.

Oak Grove Truckers Jamboree: June 8 - 9, 2018 at the Oak Grove 70 Petro, I-70 Exit 28, Oak Grove, Missouri.

Nebraska Truck Driving Championships: June 8 - 9, 2018 Fonner Park, Grand Island, NE.

ATHS SOUTHEAST IOWA CHAPTER TRUCK SHOW at Ottumwa Park Camp Ground, June 9, 2018 Jimmy Jones Shelter, JCT Hwy 34 & 149.

IMTA Truck Driving Championships: to be held June 14 - 15, 2018 at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa.

Sandhills Ranch Expo June 20 -21, 2018 in Basset, Neb.

Walcott Truckers Jamboree: July 12 -14, 2018 The 39th Annual Jamboree hosted at the Iowa 80 Truckstop, I-80 Exit 284, Walcott, IA.

Made in the Shade Truck Show & Shine: July 21, 2018 David City, Nebraska. Butler county Fairgrounds

14th Annual Iowa-Nebraska Classic Truck Show: Aug. 4, 2018 at Sapp Bros. Truck Stop North West Parking lot, Omaha, NE. Food, Music and Vendors. Info 402-895-8040 or 402-680-6121.

9th Annual Eau Claire Big Rig Truck & Tractor Show August 17 - 19, 2018. Northern State Fair Grounds, Chippewa Falls, WI.

DAKOTAFEST: Schlaffman Farm, 2300 Spruce St. Mitchell, SD August 21 - 23, 2018 Follow us on facebook at "Dakotafest".

 Fall 2018  

BIG IRON CLASSIC: Sept 7 - 8, 2018 Dodge County Fairgrounds, Kasson, MN.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week:
Sept 9 - 15, 2018

Husker Harvest Days: Sept 11 - 13, 2018 9000 W. Husker Highway, Wood River, NE

 Winter 2018 - 2019  

Nebraska Power Farming Show: Dec 4 - 6, 2018 Lancaster Event Center, 4100 North 84th St. Lincoln, Nebraska.

Iowa Power Farming Show: Iowa Events Center 730 3rd St. Des Moines, Iowa. Jan 29 - 31, 2019.