Midwest Peterbilt News & Views
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1983 Cabover Makeover

Chad Van Zee spied a 1983 Peterbilt Model 362 on an auction site. He was filled with nostalgia for the old cabover. "I've just got a thing for old stuff," Van Zee said. He figured it would be perfect for hauling a backhoe for one of his excavation businesses. It once had been a pristine white with dark red accents, and was in need of some TLC. So he contacted the Body Shop at Peterbilt of Sioux City, and the rest is history. The interior will eventually be refurbished, but in the meantime, the "new" 362 will be put to work... hauling a backhoe. See the Video



Service and Body Shop staff at Peterbilt of Sioux City gave local college students an up-close-and-personal tour of the facility in May. A dozen students from Ben Ricklefs’ Auto Collision class at Western Iowa Tech Community College learned about careers in the truck service industry, as well as what to look for in a future employer.
Service Manager Harland Gylfe shares insight and experience from his 34-year career at Peterbilt of Sioux City, and Jamie Hanson, Body Shop advisor, talked to students about the different types of truck body work.


HOS, safe drivers focus of 2 CVSA campaigns:
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspectors will focus on hours-of-service violations and unsafe drivers this summer. The 72-hour International Roadcheck will take place June 5-7 as commercial vehicle inspectors also check hours-of-service compliance with the start of the federal E-Log mandate. CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week is set for July 15-21 to target unsafe driving behavior of commercial and passenger vehicle drivers. A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) study cites driver behavior as the critical reason for more than 88 percent of large truck crashes and 93 percent of passenger vehicle crashes.

Deadline nears to register for Neb. SuperTech event:
The deadline to register for the 2018 Nebraska SuperTech Competition is June 4. For more information, or to register, visit nebtrucking.com. The competition is for professional commercial vehicle technicians in Nebraska.

Kids can celebrate trucking, win prizes in essay contest:
Children who have a parent or family member in the trucking industry are invited to enter an essay in the Second Annual Acuity Trucker Appreciation Essay Contest. The essay should answer the question: “How is the trucker in your family a hero to you or others?” The contest is open to all schoo-age children up to age 19. The deadline for entries is July 21. Prizes range from $100-$2,500. The contest is held in conjunction with National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Sept. 9-15, sponsored by American Trucking Associations (ATA). To share your story, or for more information, visit acuity.com.


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


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.

Truck Shows and Special Events Schedule

Summer 2018

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

Truck Show & Shine: Colfax County Fairgrounds, Leigh, Neb. Saturday July 21, 2018

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

SD Truck Convoy for Special Olympics:
Big Rigs, Big Hearts, Big Results
Sioux Falls, SD Sept 21 - 22, 2018
Rapid City, SD Sept 28 & 29, 2018

 Winter 2018 - 2019  

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

Dakota Farm Show: Vermillion, South Dakota January 3, 4 and 5, 2019

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

53rd Annual Triumph of Ag Expo: Wednesday & Thursday Feb 27 -28, 2019