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USA Court Ruling: Truck Drivers Must Be Paid For All Hours On Duty In October, the U.S. District Court in the Western Division of Arkansas ruled that truck drivers should receive at least minimum wage for their work time. While drivers who are paid by the mile may continue to be paid in that fashion, their overall pay, according to the ruling, must meet the federal requirement for minimum wage.
“Truck drivers,” says John Kearney, CEO, Advanced Training Systems LLC, “have historically had to deal with delays beyond their control that detract from their productive overthe-road hours.” Kearney, whose company is a leading designer and manufacturer of virtual simulators and driver training on them, adds, “If we push
to attract drivers who will choose this as a profession, total compensation which depends on miles driven is the overall key to attracting and keeping drivers.” And future drivers, Kearney notes, are urgently needed. According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), about 51,000 more drivers are needed than are available to meet
demand from direct-toconsumer retailers like Amazon and Walmart. The driver shortage is already leading to delayed deliveries and higher prices, and the ATA predicts that the driver shortage will worsen in the coming years. A complicating factor in establishing truckers’ salaries is that most truck drivers are paid not by the hour but by the mile. The average driver is expected to travel between 2,000 and 3,000 miles per week; according to the U.S. BuContinued on page 65
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Peterbilt Unveils Model 220EV At CES At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Peterbilt Motors Company gave attendees the first look at the all-electric medium duty Model 220EV. The 220EV joins the previously announced Model 520EV and the Model 579EV in the Peterbilt electric vehicle lineup. In all, Peterbilt will have more than 30 electric vehicles in operation by the end of 2019 with customers representing the refuse, regional haul, and city delivery applications. “Peterbilt has been at the forefront of truck electrification, and adding the medium duty platform to our electric truck line-up was a natural evolution of our development plan. We will now have trucks in the three applications where electric powertrains may have a return on investment for our customers.” said Peterbilt General Manager Jason Skoog. “Today, we have Model 520EV’s and Model 579EV’s on the road with customers, experiencing real-world environments and performing well. In addition to the customer field trials, Peterbilt is engaged in validation testing at the PACCAR Technical Center (PTC) in Mount Vernon, Washington. Data collected during customer trials and testing at PTC will be used to ensure that Peterbilt EV’s meet the same rigorous standards as our current trucks.” The zero emission 220EV is powered by two TransPower battery packs with a total of 148 kWh and a Meritor Blue Horizon two speed drive eAxle. It features a range of 100 miles and a recharge time of one hour when using a DC fast charging system, making it an ideal option for local pick-up and delivery operations, while still providing the premium performance and driver experience customers expect from Peterbilt. Added Skoog, “Just like any Peterbilt, an electric version will be the Class of the industry, delivering a durable and reliable truck with low total
cost of ownership to truck owners, combined with the premium experience truck drivers expect from a Peterbilt.” Peterbilt will begin delivering the 220EV in the summer of 2019 and will put a total of six in to service this year with a major customer. Peterbilt Motors Company, located in Denton, Texas, has a global reputation for superior quality, industry leading design, innovative engineering and fuel efficient solutions, and is recognized as the “Class” of the industry. Peterbilt provides a comprehensive array of aftermarket support programs through its 370-plus North American dealer locations that complement its full lineup of on-highway, vocational and medium duty products, including alternative fuel vehicles. Peterbilt offers industry leading service and support, including SmartLINQ connected truck technologies, expedited Rapid Check diagnostic services, the Red Oval certified used truck program, automated parts inventory replenishment and 24/7 complimentary Customer Assistance through 1-800-4-Peterbilt. b Source: Peterbilt
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