Trucking news and briefs for Tuesday, June 21, 2022:
Idaho boosting compliance tech at I-84 weigh station
International Road Dynamics has snagged a more than $1 million contract to supply and install an eastbound mainline Weigh-in-Motion (WIM) and Electronic Pre-Clearance system to complement the westbound IRD system at the new Idaho Transportation Department Port-of-Entry (POE) facility on I-84 near Declo, Idaho.
This will be the sixth WIM site IRD has deployed in Idaho.
This system will weigh Commercial Vehicles at highway speeds upstream of the weigh station using IRD’s Single Load Cell WIM scales and check for tire defects with IRD’s Tire Anomaly and Classification System (TACS). The system will also use an IRD-supplied License Plate Reader and an Automated Vehicle Identification system to check vehicle credentials. This credentialing information will be screened against state and federal databases using IRD’s commercial vehicle safety e-screening platform. Commercial vehicles in violation of weight or safety regulations will be automatically signaled to report for inspection at the port-of-entry weigh station by changeable message signs.
During peak times, weigh stations often exceed capacity and are forced to close or allow trucks to bypass the weigh station until the lineup at the station is cleared. By combining Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks (CVISN) information with the weight, the weigh station can focus on high-risk vehicles, allowing compliant carriers with good safety records to bypass the weigh station. Not only does this greatly improve the effectiveness of the weigh station, but it provides a considerable benefit to the trucking industry by making the roadways safer and reducing wait times at weigh stations for compliant carriers, thus reducing fuel costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Pete, Kenworth recalling some MD models over ABS, transmission issues
Paccar is recalling certain 2022 Kenworth T180 and 2023 Kenworth T280 and Peterbilt 535 vehicles over concerns that an ABS telltale was not enabled, and will not illuminate even during an ABS malfunction.
Dealers will perform a complete software update to correct the parameter setting, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed Aug. 14, 2022. Owners may contact PACCAR’s customer service at 1-425-828-5888 (Kenworth); 1-940-591-4220 (Peterbilt). PACCAR’s number for this recall is 22KWC and 22PBC.
Additionally, Paccar is recalling certain 2022 Kenworth T180, 2021-2023 Kenworth T280, 2022-2023 Kenworth T380, 2022-2023 Peterbilt 536, and 537 vehicles over concerns that internal components of the transmission actuator may slip, causing the actuator to become miscalibrated. Dealers will replace the transmission actuator, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed August 14, 2022. Owners may contact PACCAR’s customer service at 1-425-828-5888 (Kenworth); 1-940-591-4220 (Peterbilt). PACCAR’s number for this recall is 22KWD and 22PBD.
Mack joins industry-wide steering gear recall
Mack Trucks is recalling more than 6,000 trucks – 2021-22 Granite, Anthem, LR, Pinnacle, and Terrapro tractor trailers – over steering gears that may have been assembled incorrectly, which can cause the gear to fracture. Mack’s announcement is a formality as R.H. Sheppard, a subsidiary of Bendix, is recalling 105,271 of its Sheppard steering gears, which the company said were purchased by 29 manufacturers to be used in vehicles, including major truck OEMs.
The remedy is currently under development. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed out July 29, 2022. Owners may contact Mack customer service at 1-800-866-1177. Mack’s number for this recall is SC0437.