Peterbilt’s 75th Anniversary

Thousands of Peterbilt owners, enthusiasts, and current and former employees gathered in Stockton, California on the 25th of October to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Peterbilt Motors Company. This event attracted over 300 unique Peterbilt trucks, which is the largest collection ever assembled. All of the trucks ranged in age, including an original 1939 model that is owned by the Fremont (Calif.) Fire Department to the latest Model 579. The trucks that came to the event were entered into the peoples’ choice truck beauty contest that will be judged from the event attendees.

At this event, more than $42,000 was raised for charities, including Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. On display was a Peterbilt’s anniversary tour trailer, which has visited more than 100 Peterbilt dealerships in North America this year. This custom built trailer is double expandable 53-foot trailer with Peterbilt memorabilia collected over the 75 years of production. The trailer includes interactive displays and a wall of history display. This trailer is hulled by no other than a custom Peterbilt that features cutaways of Peterbilt’s new Models 579 and 567.

Rick McClerking, the creator and organizer of the event, did this for his love of Peterbilt trucks. He said, “It was impressive beyond words. The turnout exceeded even my high expectations.” Rick also stated that out of all of the models that were built, only two or three of the models were not present.

More events like these will be held over the years, but if you’re wanting to see an event like this one, you’ll have to wait for their wopping 100th year mark!

The ATA Won the Fight

Back in July of 2013, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) put in place new rules for driving. The new provisions that took effect where:

  • Limit the maximum average work week for truck drivers to 70 hours, a decrease from the previous maximum of 82 hours.
  • Allow truck drivers who reach the maximum 70 hours of driving within a week to resume if they rest for 34 consecutive hours, including at least two nights when their body clock demands sleep the most – from 1-5 a.m.
  • require truck drivers to take a 30-minute break during the first eight hours of a shift.

For now, the American Trucking Association (ATA) has put a stop to these rules. Bill Graves, President and CEO of ATA, stated that the federal government did not properly evaluate the potential impacts of the changes that were implemented. The ATA has been fighting for the change of these rules because it reduces productivity for some carriers and may increase risk by putting more tucks on the road during Monday morning rush hour.

FTR Associate, a trucking research firm also stated before the recent bill passed, that they estimate a 2% increase in productivity after the restart provisions are suspended. During the suspension, the FMCSA will be conducting a study and must prove that that the provisions do indeed help with the safety and productivity of the truckers. The suspension will last until September 30th of 2015. If the research doesn’t show the information needed by this time, the provisions will not be restarted.