Truck maker says fleets concerned over security

CHICAGO, (Aug. 28, 2003) — A survey conducted by International Truck & Engine stresses the fleet community’s concern with security requirements in the aftermath of 9-11.

According to International, some 70 per cent of North American fleet managers responding to a monthly survey on the company’s web site said they are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about cargo and vehicle security. About 56 per cent said hazardous materials haulers face higher than normal security risks; over 50 per cent cited agriculture and food distribution, 44 per cent regional and long-haul operations. Approximately 48 per cent said vehicle tracking could have a potential positive impact on vehicle and cargo security.

“The majority think individual truck drivers hold primary responsibility for the safety of the roads, highways and bridges,” said Phil Christman, International’s vice president of product development.

In a recent white paper, “Homeland Security: Implications for the truck and School Bus Industry,” International says that measures in place or being considered by the federal government will have the greatest affect on hazardous cargo, intermodal, trans-border, food and agriculture and school bus operations. In all, the segments comprise about 56 per cent of class 6-8 trucks and buses in North America and about 60 per cent of International’s class 6-8 truck and bus market. International says leasing and private-package delivery see an increased need for vehicle security though they are not directly affected by new regulations.

International and other truck manufacturers will have to deliver the technological infrastructure to support many of the security systems in use or on the drawing boards, says Jeff Bannister, director, truck electronics. Wireless technologies are key to a number of security solutions, says Bannister.

–Truckinginfo.com

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