News and briefs on the trucking for Wednesday, July 6, 2021:
More than 120,000 Freightliner, Western Star trucks recalled
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents, Daimler Trucks North America is recalling more than 120,000 trucks over an issue that could result in loss of electrical power and unintentional engine stalling.
The recall involves approximately 122,056 2019-2022 model year Freightliner Cascadia P4, Western Star WH126 2021, Western Star WJ121 2020 and Western Star 49X 2021-2022 trucks in which the battery cable terminal may rupture, resulting in loss of power supply and unintentional engine stalling.
Dealers will repair or replace battery cables free of charge. Owners can contact DTNA Customer Service at 1-800-547-0712 with the callback number FL-893. The NHTSA recall number is 21V-481.
Peterbilt Secures Electric Vehicle Order From Sunbelt Rentals
Peterbilt has received an order for five Model 579EV trucks from Sunbelt Rentals for delivery of rental machinery to and from job sites across the country.
The order is the first step towards Sunbelt Rentals’ goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 35% by 2030, according to the companies.
“Sunbelt Rentals is not only committed to purchasing Class 8 battery-powered electric trucks. We strive to be a leader in environmental responsibility and sustainability, not only in our industry, but across the board. the commercial market, ”said Eric Jahnsen, Director of the Transportation Fleet at Sunbelt Rentals. “In order to exceed our targets, we must immediately start using zero-emission vehicles. Peterbilt is giving us the opportunity to put battery-powered electric trucks on the road as soon as we can put the infrastructure in place to support it. “
The all-electric Peterbilt 579EV offers a range of up to 150 miles. When used with a recommended DC fast charger, the batteries will recharge in three to four hours.
Groendyke increases the wages of some drivers
Groendyke Transport (CCJ Top 250, # 97) announced late last week that it had increased pay rates for some of its drivers as part of Phase 2 of a larger driver compensation initiative.
This second phase affects Groendyke drivers carrying refined and bio fuels, aviation gas and jet fuel and asphalt, increasing their wages by an average of 6% overall. This represents an investment of $ 1.32 million, according to the company.
Coupled with Phase 1, which raised salaries for the tanker hauler’s chemical and liquefied petroleum gas drivers, Groendyke has now invested around $ 3.5 million in driver pay increases in 2021.
Details of a third phase of driver pay changes will be released in the coming months, according to the company.
Large fleet of trucks increases drivers’ wages
Cargo Transporters (No. 182), a regional and national full-load carrier located in North Carolina, raised the wages of its truck drivers on Sunday, July 4. This is the second salary increase for drivers this year; the first was in January.
Cargo Transporters increased the solo driver’s pay by 2 cents per kilometer of practical route Rand McNally on all kilometers shipped, increasing the starting base pay to 52 cents per kilometer.
Compensation for crew drivers increased by 1 cent per mile on all miles shipped. Along with the increase in the rate per mile, the productivity bonus rose to 3 cents per mile, according to the company.