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Going green in trucking.

Going Green –  Green Shipping Practices in the New Green Trucking Industry era.

The over-the-road trucking industry has recently come under scutiny with new regulations to reduce carbon emissions (fat chance anytime soon).  New studies on the effects of climate change over the last decade have prompted authorities to take measures for reducing the carbon footprint in all industries, including the shipping industry. While the new administration has promised to ease back some of this regulation, the trend toward green shipping practices is still a good idea; though the reason is perhaps less to “save the environment” and more to lower operatin Going Green | Green Shipping Practices in the Trucking Industry

These measures start with green shipping practices recommendations for freight carriers and their drivers, to new regulations meant to minimize the impact of trucks on the environment. For example, in 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency issued a new set of fuel economy regulations that should be fully implemented by 2018. These regulations require fleet-wide modifications for many shipping providers.  The performance-based standards grant shipping companies the freedom to combine technologies as they wish to meet the imposed emissions levels. The deadline for full compliance with the new regulations is 2021.

The Road to Green Shipping Practices is Littered with Speedbumps

Right now, trucking is far from the green industry the authorities are hoping for and getting there will not be easy. Every day, thousands of trucks cover countless miles, consume massive amounts of fuel and oil, and pollute the air with CO2. The good news is that technological advances in a variety of areas will make some of these goals more achievable.  Investors have been flocking to the transportation industry to support new innovation.  While the reason for these innovations is not necessarily to make trucking “greener,” the result of some of these ideas will clearly reduce emissions.

Driverless Trucks have grabbed the headlines of late.  OTTO, a driverless truck company recently bought by Uber, has recently made successful maiden voyages on America’s highways.  Daimler and Amazon are not far behind.  These trucks will operate in a driverless mode in the more predictable highway environment while relying on human drivers on urban streets.  The benefits are many: Speed and efficiency of driving styles will be more tightly controlled.  The trucks can optimize for mileage by not driving as fast because they will likely be able to operate many more hours without restrictions of operator time. Expect to regularly see driverless trucks on the road by 2020, just three short years away!

Tech Trends is the Trucking Industry Aid Green Shipping Practices

Real-time tracking is another tech trend that is important for the industry.  A startup named Four Kites is providing a platform for real-time tracking of delivery trucks.  There are obvious benefits to tracking and knowing where all rolling assets and associated freight is at all times.  This more efficient routing of delivery trucks will mean less fuel consumed.  Other emerging big data solutions being implemented by freight carriers strive to fill trucks and minimize deadhead return trips.  This trend will reduce the fuel consumed to move every pound of freight.

The Recent development of engine management systems promises to save even more fuel. IdleSmart manages a tractor’s engine during driver downtime. Instead of idling the engine all night at a truck stop to keep cabin temperature comfortable, Idlesmart manages the engine and its batteries to provide cabin comfort while idling the engine the minimum amount of time, thus saving fuel.

Other innovations are already available today and often provide an attractive payback period in operating cost and reduced emissions.   Aerodynamic panels, wide base tires, low viscosity lubricants, exhaust system upgrades, eco flaps, APUs (auxiliary power units), speed limitations, liquid natural gas powering or electric forklifts, are just some of the changes shipping companies can perform to lower operating costs and their trucks’ impact on the environment.

Though there is plenty of promising technology en route to reduce emissions, there are simple but effective measures shipping companies and their drivers can take today to protect the environment.

Obviously, Fuel and Emissions are the Major Factors

Most drivers can become more efficient by simply focusing on fuel consumption. If drivers reduce the speed by as little as five miles per hour, they can significantly lower their truck’s emissions. Driving slower also decreases the risk for accidents and lowers fuel consumption.  Also by modifying their driving style with fuel efficiency in mind, shifting speeds progressively and taking their time when starting and stopping their trucks, drivers can lower fuel consumption by 5 to 10%.  

Freight carriers can start by keeping their fleet well maintained to optimize efficiency.  More progressive transportation service providers can explore hybrid technology.  Every freight company should require less aggressive practices to lower fuel consumption, improve safety and set the stage for the green movement with their drivers.

But there are speedbumps on the road to attaining 100% Green Shipping practices.  Some environmental regulations add fuel taxes to incentivize lower consumption. Fuel prices and taxes have already risen over the years, and volatility in the world market causes the price to fluctuate. Because of this, companies are seeking more fuel efficient engines, but they have yet to meet performance standards. Biofuels have been rather disappointing in terms of efficiency as well.

Assuming that the problems with fuel-efficient engines and biofuels will be solved, transportation industry leaders warn that equipment modifications to allow the use of biofuel are prohibitively expensive. In fact, everything suggests that aggressive efforts to “go green” bring about increased operating costs, reduce service efficiency, and can cost freight companies profits.  Hopefully, the Trump administration will take a second look at biofuels as they apply to our industry.

Efficiency is KEY

Finally, there is a natural conflict between speed and fuel efficiency.  Asking a driver to slow down to save fuel means that he covers less distance during his shift.  This means slower delivery times, more hours on the road and higher labor costs.  Until there are driverless trucks which can operate 20 hours a day at fuel-efficient speeds, this problem isn’t going away!  Freight companies should make sure their drivers are motivated appropriately and compensation aligns with the company’s “green” goals.

Going Green will be a painful, costly process for the trucking industry.  It is fortunate that many new innovations have the double-benefit of cost savings and emissions reducing.  Look for those to occupy the forefront of the freight industry’s efforts!

Copyright 2017, Knighthouse Publishing. Reprinted with permission

Arizona Truck Scales

Truck scales located in Arizona.

Below is a list of Arizona weigh stations. If you are aware of a scale house or truck scale in the State of Arizona (Arizona DOT website) or have any additional information about one that we have listed please help our other viewers by letting them know about it at the bottom of this page and we will get it posted immediately.

I-40 westbound Port of Entry: (Sanders) I-40 westbound 340.6 Sanders (NM Border).
Sanders: I-40 eastbound 340.5 Sanders (NM Border).
I-10 WB Port of Entry: (San Simon) I-10  westbound 383.4 San Simon (NM Border).
San Simon: I-10 eastbound 383.3 San Simon (NM Border).
Douglas State Port of Entry: Route 80 370.5 Douglas.
Duncan Port of Entry: Route 70 eastbound, westbound 384 Duncan (1.2 miles west of the NM border, 35 miles east of route 191 at the north turn-off).
Ehrenburg Port of Entry: I-10 eastbound 3.5 Ehrenburg (CA Border).
Ehrenorthboundurg Port of Entry: I-10  westbound 3.5 Ehrenorthboundurg (CA Border).
Fredonia Port of Entry: Route 89 alt southbound Fredonia (UT Border).
Kingman Port of Entry: Route 93, 68 southbound, westbound 67 Kingman (Right at the junction of route 93 and route 68).
Lukeville Port of Entry: Route 85 80 Lukeville (Mexico Border).
Naco Port of Entry: Naco (near Bisouthboundee/Mexico Border).
Nogales Port of Entry: I-19 Nogales (Mexico Border).
Page Port of Entry: Route 89 alt southbound 551 Page (UT Border).
Parker Port of Entry: Route 72 eastbound .5 Parker (CA Border).
San Luis Port of Entry: Route 95 1 San Luis (Mexico Border).
Sasabe Port of Entry: Route 286 0 Sasabe.
Springerville Port of Entry: Route 60 westbound on 387, 15 miles west of the NM border on the western side of Springerville.
St. George Port of Entry: I-15 northbound 1 St. George (Utah/Arizona joint POE).
St. George Port of Entry: I-15 southbound 1 St. George (Utah/Arizona joint POE).
Teec Nos Pos Port of Entry: Route 160 465.2 Teec Nos Pos (Four Corners area).
I-40 EB Topoc Port of Entry: I-40 eastbound 4 Topoc (CA border).
Yuma business Port of Entry: Yuma (156 N 4th Ave).
Yuma Port of Entry: I-8 eastbound 1 Yuma (CA border).
Munds Park: I-17 northbound Munds Park (north of Munds Park).
Canoa Rest Area 19: – northbound 11.8 miles north of Nogales.
Yuma: I-8 westbound Yuma.
Topock: I-40 westbound 4 Topoc (CA border).
Seligman: I- 40 eastbound Seligman (west of Flagstaff).
Munds Park: I- 17 southbound Munds Park (north of Munds Park).
Verde Valley: I- 17 northbound Camp Verde.
Verde Valley: I- 17 southbound Camp Verde.

 

Important Arizona Phone Numbers:
Arizona Commercial Permits: 623-932-2257 or 623-932-2247
Arizona State Highway Patrol: 602-223-2000
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement: fax 602-223-2918
DPS Motor Carrier Section: 602-223-2522
IRP: 602-712-6775
Overweight/Oversize Permits: 800-251-5866
Pre-Pass: 800-773-7277
Trip Permits: 602-932-2257

2017 advertising opportunity

Hello all!

We would like to update the photos on our front page. So we offer to you a advertising opportunity for 2017. If you have a solid action shot that will fit the basic shape of our existing photos and think it deserves to be placed we’d like to have a look at it. We will credit the company that supplies the photo we choose by encoding the photo with all of your company information as well as website address so you’ll have a credit on a million + human visits a month site that is above the fold to boot! A link like this on an old internet dinosaur like us is almost priceless. It will make your own website climb much higher in the search results.

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