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Trucking parking bans instituted in Washington state
Overdrive, July 18, 2014
Washington’s Pierce County became the state’s second county this month to bar truck parking on residential streets in unincorporated areas...[More]
Technology viewed as key to unlocking profit
Fleet Owner, July 14, 2014
From route analysis to fuel economy performance programs, technology is rapidly being seen as a critical lever to growing profits for trucking companies large and small – even for businesses that don’t haul freight for a living...[More]
How a Long Haul Carrier Implemented Technology and Changed their Culture to More Profitably Serve their Customers
Forbes, July 14, 2014
Lauren Howard, Vice President of Customer Service at Celadon Trucking Services, spoke at Manhattan Associates’ Momentum conference in May...[More]
Senate Confirms Top DOT Nominees
Transport Topics, July 24, 2014
The Senate on July 24 easily confirmed the nominations of two Transportation Department officials for senior positions...[More]
Pennsylvania testing 70-mph limit on parts of two interstates
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 24, 2014
Pennsylvanians will save a few minutes on highways where the speed limit is raised to 70 mph but probably will pay a price in more crashes, injuries and fatalities, two safety advocates warned...[More]
ATA calls on Senate to adopt shorter Highway Trust Fund patch
The Trucker, July 23, 2014
Today, the American Trucking Associations called on the U.S. Senate to adopt a shorter term patch for the Highway Trust Fund in order to pass a long-term, well-funded highway bill sooner, rather than later...[More]
DOT Research Could Benefit Fleets Through Use of Wireless Inspections
Transport Topics, July 21, 2014
Imagine being able to have trucks and their drivers wirelessly inspected as they travel at highway speed — then top that off with improving the vehicle’s fuel efficiency...[More]
ATA Tonnage Index Rises 2.3% in June
Transport Topics, July 22, 2014
American Trucking Associations’ seasonally adjusted truck tonnage index rose 2.3% on a year-over-year basis last month, capping a second quarter when freight levels improved from earlier in 2014, the federation reported...[More]
Want to avoid carrier hell? Don't make 'em dwell!
DC Velocity, July 22, 2014
Shippers, want to please the carriers in your life? Don't keep 'em waiting!...[More]
Trucking parking bans instituted in Washington state
Overdrive, July 18, 2014
Washington’s Pierce County became the state’s second county this month to bar truck parking on residential streets in unincorporated areas...[More]
Technology viewed as key to unlocking profit
Fleet Owner, July 14, 2014
From route analysis to fuel economy performance programs, technology is rapidly being seen as a critical lever to growing profits for trucking companies large and small – even for businesses that don’t haul freight for a living...[More]
How a Long Haul Carrier Implemented Technology and Changed their Culture to More Profitably Serve their Customers
Forbes, July 14, 2014
Lauren Howard, Vice President of Customer Service at Celadon Trucking Services, spoke at Manhattan Associates’ Momentum conference in May...[More]
Volvo introduces wireless fleet management package; will work with remote diagnostics platform
The Trucker, July 15, 2014
Volvo Trucks has upped its game in the on-board intelligence arena with the introduction of a new fleet management package by Telogis to work in concert with Volvo’s Remote Diagnostics platform, spokesmen for the two companies said today during a media webinar...[More]
Highways Need a Higher Gas Tax
The New York Times, July 15, 2014
About 10,000 motorists die each year because of inadequate road conditions, and millions of other Americans waste large portions of their lives stuck in traffic or stalled trains...[More]
Agency makes carrier insurance increase priority, delays Safety Fitness Determination rule
Commercial Carrier Journal, July 15, 2014
The prospect of a proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule coming this year seems to have diminished, as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has made its work on producing a rule raising the minimum amount of liability insurance for carriers a higher priority, according to projected rule publication dates in a Department of Transportation report issued this week...[More]
Mississippi Department of Transportation opens Nesbit weigh station for tour
The Republic, July 11, 2014
Maj. Dennis Hopper had an apt description of the gadget that sat along the road at the MDOT weigh station on Interstate 55 in DeSoto County...[More]
The future begins today: Technology that will revolutionize trucking is already here
Commercial Carrier Journal, July 10, 2014
Technology unveiled in Europe in recent weeks — like Daimler’s self-driving tractor-trailer, pictured here — will revolutionize trucking in the U.S. and globally in the coming years...[More]
North American freight volumes hit pre-recession high
The Journal of Commerce, July 9, 2014
Five straight months of growth have pushed North American freight shipments to a height not seen since the beginning of the recession, according to the Cass Freight Index...[More]
House bill would extend highway funding through May 2015
Fleet Owner, July 9, 2014
The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled tomorrow, July 10, to consider legislation (H.R. 5021) that would extend the authorization and financing for surface transportation programs – including funding for highway construction and for operations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – through May 31, 2015...[More]
Cross-border update: Mexican carrier denied program entrance, FMCSA committee to evaluate program
Overdrive, July 8, 2014
An agency subcommittee will meet at the end of the month to determine whether the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration met its objectives with the three-year cross-border pilot program with Mexico, which started in 2011 and ends Sept. 30 of this year...[More]
L.A. port truckers begin indefinite strike
Commercial Carrier Journal, July 8, 2014
The Port of Los Angeles has reported no cargo traffic disruptions during the first day of an indefinite truckers strike over wages and working conditions at three area drayage companies...[More]
Advancing a Sustainable Highway System: Highlights of FHWA Sustainability Activities
TRB E-Newsletter, July 8, 2014
The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released a report that illustrates the extent to which sustainability initiatives have been incorporated into FHWA’s programs, policies, projects, processes, and partnerships...[More]
Daimler Trucks Unveils Long-Term Plan for Autonomous-Driving Trucks
Heavy Duty Trucking, July 7, 2014
Daimler Trucks on Thursday shared its vision of the future of trucking trucks that can drive themselves...[More]
GTL: Trucking’s next ‘alt’ fuel?
Commercial Carrier Journal, July 7, 2014
What if instead of burning natural gas directly as a fuel it could be converted to high-energy diesel fuel capable of being dropped in diesel engines already on the road today?...[More]
New report details idle-reduction options, fleet results: 11 key slides
Commercial Carrier Journal, July 3, 2014
For each of the Confidence Reports completed by Operation Trucking Efficiency, the various technologies are plotted on a matrix in terms of the expected payback in years compared to the confidence that the study team has in the available data on that technology – that is, not only how quickly fleets should enjoy payback on their investment but how certain Trucking Efficiency is in the assessment of that payback time...[More]
Truck driver shortage, other troubles could push up prices for consumers
Detroit Free Press, July 1, 2014
A shortage of truck drivers, ripple effects from an extraordinarily harsh winter, new federal trucking regulations, more items needing to be transported and higher fuel costs are why some companies are having a tough time getting their deliveries on time and at a reasonable price...[More]
ATA calls for swift issuance of electronic logging devices
The Trucker, July 1, 2014
The American Trucking Associations in comments filed with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration late last week asked the agency to swiftly issue a mandate requiring commercial truck drivers to use electronic logging devices for Hours of Service compliance...[More]
U.S. to Reduce and Delay Highway Funding Beginning in August
The Wall Street Journal, July 1, 2014
Federal funding for repairing bridges and highways will be reduced or delayed starting in August, and the restrictions will last until Congress reworks financing for the Highway Trust Fund, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Tuesday...[More]
80-mph Speed Limit Coming to Nearly 500 Miles of Wyoming Roadways
Heavy Duty Trucking, June 27, 2014
Truck drivers and car drivers, along with anyone in between, will soon be able to legally drive up to 80 mph on 488 miles of rural interstate highway in Wyoming...[More]
Fleets Struggle With HOS Effects in 1st Year Since Restart Change
Transport Topics, June 30, 2014
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says the changes to the hours-of-service restart rule, which marks its first anniversary this week, are saving lives and making the roads safer...[More]
CalTrans seeks public's input on statewide freight mobility plan
KERO 23 Bakersfield, June 27, 2014
With the economic recovery expanding, California’s highways, seaports, and railroads are again teeming with freight being transported across the state and on to the rest of the nation...[More]
Trucking analyst: e-logs the main catalyst for bankruptcies
Commercial Carrier Journal, June 26, 2014
Many in the transportation industry know Donald Broughton for his quarterly tracking of trucking bankruptcies...[More]
Fleet panel: Better pay, more respect and recognition key to attracting drivers
Commercial Carrier Journal, June 25, 2014
Generous unemployment benefits, stricter qualifications and fear of technology are just three reasons the pool of qualified truck drivers is smaller than it’s ever been, Gordon Klemp, who tracks driver pay and benefits at the National Transportation Institute, told CCJ Summer Symposium attendees in La Jolla, Calif., yesterday...[More]
ATA Opens Registration for Annual Convention in October
Heavy Duty Trucking, June 25, 2014
The American Trucking Associations on Wednesday opened registration for this year's ATA Management Conference & Exhibition in San Diego...[More]
N.Y. Area Port Report Outlines Steps to Speed Truck Cargo
Transport Topics, June 25, 2014
Efforts to cut congestion and delays for port truckers could be gaining momentum with the release of a report by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that includes 23 recommendations to speed cargo movement...[More]
FDA seeks to increase regulation of carriers
Fleet Owner, June 24, 2014
Motor carriers are being encouraged to take advantage of a comment period extension covering new regulations promulgated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) back in February as many in the industry are concerned those proposed rules could increase the “risk exposure” of fleets involved in foodstuff transportation...[More]
Fleet panel: Experience with e-logs overwhelmingly positive
Commercial Carrier Journal, June 24, 2014
Fleet executives speaking at the CCJ Summer Symposium in La Jolla, Ca., today said their experiences implementing electronic logging devices have been overwhelmingly positive for their businesses, customers and drivers...[More]
Integrating Freight Considerations into Collaborative Decision Making for Additions to Highway Capacity
TRB E-Newsletter, June 24, 2014
TRB’s second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Capacity Project C15 has released a prepublication, non-edited version of a report titled Integrating Freight Considerations into Collaborative Decision Making for Additions to Highway Capacity that summarizes the process and outcomes of a practitioners’ guide...[More]
Canadian Truckers Slam Increasing U.S. Border Fees
Heavy Duty Trucking, June 24, 2014
Canadian truckers have blasted a U.S. proposal that would greatly hike some fees at the border...[More]
Some Idaho Speed Limits Moving Higher on July 1
Heavy Duty Trucking, June 24, 2014
Drivers in Idaho will see the first change to interstate speed limits in nearly two decades beginning July 1 with an increase on most rural stretches of interstate across Southern Idaho, according to the Idaho Transportation Department...[More]
C.R. England Honors Military Veteran Drivers, Plans to Hire 350 More
Heavy Duty Trucking, June 20, 2014
Trucking company C.R. England on Thursday honored hundreds of their military veteran drivers and employees at a military-themed event at its corporate offices in Salt Lake City...[More]
A Highway Trust Fund fix: Align dedicated revenues with transportation spending
Fleet Owner, June 19, 2014
In a report released yesterday, a bipartisan, non-profit group of budget experts has identified a number of spending cuts and revenue increases that could help close a $15 billion annual gap between the dedicated revenue coming into the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and the spending from it...[More]
Driver shortage still key industry concern, says annual logistics report
Commercial Carrier Journal, June 18, 2014
Hours-of-service changes and an increase in trucking company bankruptcies have exacerbated the trucker shortage, according to a recent report...[More]
Overcoming the ‘gap’: A big obstacle still remains in truck-trailer aerodynamics
Overdrive, June 17, 2014
Any vehicle moving at highway speeds faces the impediments of drag, which is created in two ways...[More]
UPS joins FedEx in shift to density pricing for ground packages
Journal of Commerce, June 17, 2014
The shift toward greater use of dimensional pricing in U.S. transportation is gaining momentum. UPS plans to start using dimensional weight to price ground shipments starting Dec. 29, a few days before FedEx Ground makes the shift Jan. 1...[More]
Smart Infrared Inspection System Field Operational Test
TRB E-Newsletter, June 16, 2014
The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released a report that considers whether the Smart InfraRed Inspection System—a system that collects thermal data on vehicles—could be used for commercial vehicle enforcement inspections...[More]
Mix of factors pose challenges and opportunities for trucking
Fleet Owner, June 16, 2014
Strong U.S. freight demand driven by a recent resurgence in housing and manufacturing activity may be partially offset by a lackluster forecast for overall economic growth coupled to a more dire shortage of truck drivers...[More]
Diesel Falls for 7th Straight Week
Transport Topics, June 17, 2014
The national retail diesel average continued to decline even as crude oil futures remained above $105 a barrel...[More]
Power up: trailer tracking systems are beating the odds
Commercial Carrier Journal, June 15, 2014
The odds have always been stacked against using technology to track and monitor trailers...[More]
FMCSA still pushing for insurance hike, speed limiter rules in 2014
Commercial Carrier Journal, June 13, 2014
A DOT report issued June 13 indicates rules mandating the use of speed limiters in trucks, raising the minimum liability insurance for carriers and implementing a more complete and direct federal safety scoring system could still come in 2014...[More]
T&I Panel Hosts P3s Roundtable June 16
Transport Topics, June 12, 2014
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Panel on Public-Private Partnerships will hold a round table June 16 in New York City to explore the role financial institutions can have in infrastructure development projects...[More]
‘SuperTruck’ Program on Track to Meet Fuel-Economy Goals, Report Finds
Transport Topics, June 12, 2014
The research and development project sponsored by the Department of Energy known as “SuperTruck” is on track to meet the goal of 10-plus miles-per-gallon average tractor-trailer fuel economy, according to a new report...[More]
Fuel economy fact, fiction: Trucking Efficiency workshop is geared for tech debate
Commercial Carrier Journal, June 12, 2014
A few cents per mile in operational efficiency is the difference between profit and loss for a trucking company, and the market is full of promising technology and technology vendors with promises. But what works, and what doesn’t?...[More]
Improving truck driver work life via technology
Fleet Owner, June 11, 2014
Reducing paperwork hassle plus re-routing faster and more efficiently all while staying in better contact with family are just some of the reasons in-cab technology providers expect demand for their services will grow significantly in the near-term – especially if they can deliver cost savings in the bargain as well to fleets...[More]
Crunching the numbers: How to do the math on aerodynamic device savings
Commercial Carrier Journal, June 11, 2014
Watching the nation’s roadways these days, it’s obvious that a growing number of tractor-trailers now have aerodynamic devices to help control fuel costs...[More]
I-495 in Delaware closes indefinitely at Christina River bridge
Overdrive, June 2, 2014
Supports for the I-495 bridge over the Christina River in Delaware today were discovered to be tilting...[More]
Platoons of Giant Tractor-Trailers May Be Coming Soon to Interstates
ABC News, June 3, 2014
Two giant tractor-trailer trucks, both traveling at freeway speed, one right behind the other, just 20 feet separating the two: Recipe for disaster? Or for improved safety and better fuel economy?...[More]
UFMCSA allows data to reflect driver citation outcomes
Fleet Owner, June 2, 2014
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has finalized its plan to allow its Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS) to be updated by the results of adjudicated state citations...[More]
MIT figures out how to clean diesel trucks with RF signals
Green Auto Blog, June 1, 2014
People rightfully dislike wireless signals being transmitted from the person behind the wheel when they text while drive, but there are times when a car's wireless signals can be good news...[More]
CCJ Test Drive: Volvo’s new VNX heavy-haul tractor
Commercial Carrier Journal, May 30, 2014
While many truck manufacturers do long-range market studies to determine if they should add a new truck model to their lineups, Volvo’s approach to launching its new, VNX severe duty tractor was a bit more casual than the company’s usual “By the Book” procedures...[More]
US Class 8 Fleet Expands to Largest Size on Record
Transport Topics, May 28, 2014
The U.S. heavy-duty truck fleet grew to its largest size on record during the first quarter, expanding 3.2% from a year earlier, IHS Automotive reported...[More]
Green diesel technologies only getting greener
Commercial Carrier Journal, May 27, 2014
The diesel engine has undergone such an evolution that Charles Darwin would most assuredly be driving one...[More]
Agency denies request to push back examiner registry rule, says numbers will work
Commercial Carrier Journal, May 27, 2014
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has denied the Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association its request for a delay in the effective date of the agency’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners rule...[More]
Hybrid technology finds heavy-duty home in reefers
Commercial Carrier Journal, May 27, 2014
After a brief flurry of activity a few years ago, hybrid technology for heavy-duty trucks and tractors largely has faded from view in the industry...[More]
House Panel Approves $52 Billion Spending Bill, Requires FMCSA to Study HOS Restart Rule
Transport Topics, May 26, 2014
A House committee approved a $52 billion spending bill that would require the top federal truck safety regulator to prove to Congress a restart-restriction rule is of value to the trucking industry and rolls back the Obama administration’s efforts in fiscal 2015 to help states and cities finance infrastructure projects...[More]
Tech-Savvy Truckers Search Big Data for Drivers
Journal of Commerce, May 23, 2014
Trucking companies are turning to technology to recruit, train and keep truck drivers, as qualified job candidates become increasingly hard to find...[More]
U.N. Study Concludes Diesel Particulates Low, And Declining In Europe & U.S.
Green Car Reports, May 23, 2014
Particulate-matter emissions are one of the major environmental hazards of diesel cars and trucks, but the problem may not be as great as it appears...[More]
Meritor announces ‘intelligent’ truck axle system project
Commercial Carrier Journal, May 23, 2014
The electronic revolution shaping the truck industry seems to be permeating every vehicle system imaginable...[More]
FMCSA's Ferro: Carriers can seek relief on HOS changes
Fleet Owner, May 21, 2014
If Anne Ferro had the power to do just one thing to increase the safety of the trucking industry it would be to improve drivers’ working conditions and compensation...[More]
ATA Backs Indexing Fuel Tax to Inflation
Transport Topics, May 21, 2014
American Trucking Associations said it has endorsed indexing the federal fuel taxes based on inflation and adding an annual “highway access fee” for all motorists, as well as several other options to address the nation’s surface transportation infrastructure funding crisis...[More]
Sandberg joins ATRI board
Fleet Owner, May 21, 2014
Annette Sandberg, formerly head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and currently CEO of TransSafe Consulting, is joining the board of directors for the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI)...[More]
House Panel Approves $52B Transportation, Housing Funding Bill
Transport Topics, May 21, 2014
The full House will take up a $52 billion spending bill that would fund transportation and housing programs in fiscal 2015 as early as this month...[More]
ALK Conference Keynote Addresses Driver Retention
Heavy Duty Trucking, May 20, 2014
In his keynote address during the opening day of the ALK Technology Conference in Princeton, N.J., Tuesday, Richie Henderson set the theme for the rest of the day...[More]
Washington update: Panel discusses infrastructure, safety rules
Commercial Carrier Journal, May 21, 2014
Sixty-five percent of major roads are in poor condition, one in four bridges are not in good repair and the Highway Trust Fund is set to run out of money in August, Caitlin Rayman, with the Federal Highway Administration told attendees during a panel discussion at the CCJ Spring Symposium May 20 in Nashville, Tenn...[More]
A Survey of Public Opinion About Connected Vehicles in the U.S., the U.K., and Australia
TRB E-Newsletter, May 20, 2014
The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute has released a report that examines public opinion of connected vehicle technologies, including levels of awareness of the technologies and the perceived benefits...[More]
EPA accepting diesel grant applications through June 17
Commercial Carrier Journal, May 19, 2014
The Environmental Protection Agency is accepting applications from fleets through June 17 for a total of $9 million in funding for projects to reduce diesel pollution and emissions...[More]
Hazmat Trucks to Get Special Attention During Next Month’s Roadcheck Event
Transport Topics, May 19, 2014
An army of 10,000 commercial vehicle inspectors will fan out across North America on June 3-5 for the 27th annual Roadcheck enforcement program, with the goal of inspecting 75,000 trucks and buses...[More]
All-Electric Reefer Unit Goes No Where But Uses Less Power Doing It
Heavy Duty Trucking, May 16, 2014
We think of trailers as cargo conveyances, on the move, carrying their payloads from shipper to receiver and making money for their owners...[More]
ATRI Surveying Carriers on Operational Costs
Transport Topics, May 16, 2014
The American Transportation Research Institute has launched a confidential survey to update its 2013 Operational Costs of Trucking report...[More]
FMCSA extends comment period for proposed electronic logging device rule
Commercial Carrier Journal, May 15, 2014
Following a request by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, FMCSA has extended the comment period for its proposed electronic logging device mandate, pushing back the comment period 30 days to June 26...[More]
Senate highway bill would extend MAP-21 six years, bill low on trucking provisions
Overdrive, May 14, 2014
The plan essentially extends MAP-21 – the generally well-received current federal funding program – maintaining spending levels for highways and transit while allowing for increases due to inflation. Spending on federal-aid highway programs would grow from $38.4 billion in 2015 to $42.6 billion in 2020...[More]
Trucking industry expects hiring hike, many think HOS won’t impact driver numbers
Commercial Carrier Journal, May 14, 2014
In a recent survey of transportation professionals, 79 percent expected growth in their total workforce, but 58 percent of respondents thought driver staffing levels would be unaffected by the current hours-of-service regulations...[More]
Truck Platooning System Offers Fuel Savings Potential
Heavy Duty Trucking, May 13, 2014
Peloton Technology, Menlo Park, Calif., demonstrated its two-truck platooning system to representatives from three of Nevada’s primary transportation agencies May 8 along a stretch of I-80 just east of Reno...[More]
Senate committee offers six-year extension of MAP-21; freight programs to grow
Commercial Carrier Journal, May 13, 2014
Not wanting to mess with success, the Senate Environment and Public Works committee delivered the policy portion of a six-year surface transportation reauthorization late Monday...[More]
Safety Technologies: The New Frontier
Heavy Duty Trucking, May 13, 2014
While we’re still years, if not decades, away from “driverless trucks,” many of the latest safety technologies on trucks and cars may help us get there – and even if they don’t, they’ll save a lot of lives in the meantime...[More]
N.Y. Updates Eligible Vehicles for Alternative Fueled Truck Voucher Program
Heavy Duty Trucking, May 12, 2014
New York has updated its list of trucks that are eligible under its Voucher Incentive Program, a $19 million “first come, first served” program that aims to accelerate the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles and diesel emission control devices for medium to heavy duty commercial fleets in the state...[More]
Presentations from the Public Meeting and Webinar on the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program Now Available!
ITS News & Updates, May 9, 2014
The PowerPoint presentations from the recently held USDOT free public meeting and webinar on Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program are now available on the ITS JPO Website (see below)...[More]
Seeking solutions to the driver shortage
Fleet Owner, May 9, 2014
As the truck driver shortage becomes a bigger and bigger problem by the day – with one projection estimating the industry will be short a million drivers just 10 years hence – many feel that current driver recruiting, hiring, and retention processes need to be completely overhauled if not disposed of entirely...[More]
Can a “flexibility” compromise ease e-log angst?
Commercial Carrier Journal, May 9, 2014
After penning my last blog on electronic logging devices, which you can read HERE, I was invited to appear on the RoadDog Trucking News program on Sirius Channel 128, where host Mark Willis and I discussed the likelihood of an eventual e-Log mandate and related issues...[More]
Shippers, carriers push for natural gas adoption
Commercial Carrier Journal, May 8, 2014
During a panel discussion of carriers and shippers at the ACTExpo in Long Beach, Calif., shipper and carrier representatives from Owens Corning, American Honda Motor Co., Sheehy Mail Contractors and Seaboard Foods outlined their strategies for natural gas adoption...[More]
Study: video-based safety programs could save 800 lives annually
Commercial Carrier Journal, May 8, 2014
Lytx, Inc. (formerly DriveCam Inc.), a global provider of delivering driver safety and compliance systems, announced that a new study of heavy truck and bus collisions conducted by The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) found that its video-based driver safety program has the potential to dramatically save lives and reduce injuries...[More]
OEM panel outlines challenges and opportunities for alternative fuel vehicle market
Commercial Carrier Journal, May 7, 2014
At a panel discussion on global OEM strategies for natural gas vehicles at the ACT Expo in Long Beach, Calif., representatives from OEMs including General Motors, Audi, Daimler Trucks North America, Volvo Trucks and Tata Motors said awareness is key to future growth and development in the natural gas vehicle market...[More]
Truck Makers Cite Progress in LNG, CNG Sales
Transport Topics, May 7, 2014
Truck manufacturers at ACT Expo generally agreed with their projections from a year ago that the natural-gas, heavy-duty truck market would reach 10% by 2020...[More]
Nat gas adoption: Panel of truck makers says resale value, fueling stations key obstacles
Commercial Carrier Journal, May 7, 2014
Infrastructure and a market wanting more information are among several factors blocking a wide adaptation of natural gas in trucking, a panel told attendees Tuesday at the Alternative Clean Transportation Expo...[More]
Tight Capacity Pushes Trucking Conditions Index Higher
Heavy Duty Trucking, May 6, 2014
A measure of the health of the trucking industry has increased slightly, reflecting extremely tight capacity in the truckload sector, according to newly released report from the freight forecasting firm FTR...[More]
EPA to Issue $9 Million for DERA Projects
Transport Topics, May 6, 2014
The Environmental Protection Agency has announced the availability of $9 million in grant funding for projects designed to reduce pollution and emissions exposure from the nation’s fleet of diesel engines...[More]
CBO gives Congress a choice on highway bill: Tax or spend?
The Hill, May 6, 2014
Lawmakers will have to increase the federal gas tax by 10 cents to 15 cents per gallon or find between $13 billion and $18 billion per year from other sources to maintain current spending on road and transportation projects, the Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday...[More]
Fleets say SmartWay boosts fleet efficiency, can be selling point to customers
Commercial Carrier Journal, May 6, 2014
For 10 years now, EPA’s SmartWay has been looking for ways to save fuel, reduce costs and emissions for both carriers and shippers, and it has seen explosive growth since inception...[More]
Panel talks pushing down per-mile fuel cost, impact on driver recruiting
Commercial Carrier Journal, May 5, 2014
A recent fleet study published by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) says the average fleet is carrying a cost of 64 cents per mile over 109,000 miles annually, equating to nearly $70,000 per year in fuel expenses per truck...[More]
Cargo theft per-incident average jumps in first quarter, number of thefts falls slightly
Commercial Carrier Journal, May 5, 2014
In the first three months of the year, 206 cargo thefts were reported in the U.S. with an average value per load of $207,982, according to FreightWatch International’s quarterly theft report...[More]
Fast forward: PeopleNet prepares for the future of fleet mobility
Commercial Carrier Journal, May 2, 2014
On Friday, April 18, Mark Botticelli entered a conference room on the top floor of PeopleNet’s headquarters in Minnetonka, Minn., carrying the Google Glass...[More]
Platooning: The 18-Wheeler Version
Today’s Trucking, May 2, 2014
People are forever complaining about how the digital world has robbed them of something or other...[More]
Roadcheck Truck Inspection Blitz Set for June 3-5
Heavy Duty Trucking, May 2, 2014
The annual three-day, continent-wide truck inspection blitz is set for next month...[More]
Register Today! USDOT Announces Next Two Connected Vehicle PlugFests
ITS JPO Press Release, May 1, 2014
The USDOT will hold its next two Connected Vehicle PlugFests on May 13-15, 2014 in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and on June 24-26 in Palo Alto, California...[More]
Traffic Congestion Cost Trucking More Than $9 Billion Last Year
Heavy Duty Trucking, April 30, 2014
Congestion on the nation’s Interstate highways added over $9.2 billion in operational costs to the trucking industry in 2013, according to research released Wednesday by the American Transportation Research Institute...[More]
Driver detention time compensation requirement included in DOT highway bill
Commercial Carrier Journal, April 30, 2014
Though Interstate tolling drew the most attention in President Obama and Secretary Anthony Foxx’s Wednesday-released highway bill, the legislation would take on other trucking-related issues, too, arguably chief among them a requirement that carriers pay drivers for on-duty time not driving, such as time spent detained at shippers and receivers...[More]
Public CSA scores, crash weighting report, Safety Fitness top points at FMCSA meeting
Commercial Carrier Journal, April 30, 2014
FMCSA’s Joe Delorenzo April 29 immediately threw cold water on expectations that the agency might utilize its long-awaited Crash Weighting study as a jumping-off point for its subcommittee meetings this week in Arlington, Va...[More]
Connecting driver health/fatigue to crash risk
Fleet Owner, April 29, 2014
Driver health and fatigue don’t correlate to truck crash risk as directly as many may think. And that may require fleets and regulators to re-evaluate how to identify “markers” for those drivers whose crash-risk profile may be higher than others...[More]
DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx sends transportation bill to Congress, trucking 'concerned,' 'disappointed'
The Trucker, April 29, 2014
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today unveiled a long-term transportation bill he is sending to Congress for consideration as the House and Senate face looming deadlines to avoid the Highway Trust Fund running out of money late this summer or early fall...[More]
Tapping Big Data to Improve Truck Utilization
The Journal of Commerce, April 28, 2014
So-called Big Data, or the explosion of electronic information that can be analyzed, is more than just a buzz word thrown around by the likes of IBM and Facebook, but a way to increase truck utilization as capacity tightens...[More]
California truckin’: Obstacles, opportunities in the Golden State
Commercial Carrier Journal, April 28, 2014
I don’t need much of an excuse to visit San Francisco, and I took advantage of the chance to spend a week in Northern California earlier this month...[More]
Tornadoes Shut Interstate 40 in Arkansas
Transport Topics, April 28, 2014
Overnight tornadoes tore through Arkansas, closing a section of Interstate 40 after a twister as wide as half a mile ran across the highway, CNN reported April 28...[More]
CCJ Innovator of the Year: Melton Truck Lines’ fight for driver fitness
Commercial Carrier Journal, April 28, 2014
As the driver shortage continues to worsen, driver health and wellness has taken center stage...[More]
Kraft cutting its fleet, to outsource trucking needs
Commercial Carrier Journal, April 28, 2014
Kraft announced last week it is cutting its 200-tractor and 700-trailer Kraft Fleet, and its transition to using for-hire carriers will be completed by the end of September...[More]
Evaluating promise and pitfalls of ELD rule
Fleet Owner, April 27, 2014
As the commentary period for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking regarding electronic logging devices (ELDs) begins to wind down, trade groups, industry suppliers, and others trying to analyses the potential promise and pitfalls not only of such devices but the specific regulations governing their use...[More]
FMCSA Proposes Rule to Allow Electronic Signatures on Documents
Heavy Duty Trucking, April 25, 2014
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing a rule change so carriers can sign and maintain important documents electronically...[More]
CARB approves compliance extensions of emissions regs for small fleets, owner-operators
Commercial Carrier Journal, April 25, 2014
The California Air Resources Board voted April 25 to amend some of its emissions regulations deadlines, giving new alternatives to owner-operators and small fleets who were unable financially to comply with the original rule. The amendments passed 11-1, though with some additional changes requested by the Board...[More]
Speed limiters: Perspective from Ontario
Fleet Owner, April 24, 2014
At the 2014 Zonar Systems user conference held this week in San Antonio, TX, Kerri Wirachowsky – an enforcement program advisor with Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation – hosted a session that delved into the Canadian experience with speed limiter regulations as a similar rulemaking effort is now winding its way to completion in the U.S...[More]
EPA retroactively lowers biofuel requirement for 2013
The Hill, April 22, 2014
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday retroactively lowered the volume of cellulosic biofuel that refiners must blend into traditional fuels, aligning the 2013 mandated volume to the actual amount of fuels produced...[More]
UPDATED: CARB may relax compliance for certain fleet types
Fleet Owner, April 22, 2014
A proposal by the staff of California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) would provide “lower-cost compliance options” for certain types of truck operations as the agency continues the rollout of its strict emission rules for “in-use heavy-duty diesel-fueled vehicles.”...[More]
New analysis finds flaws in research used to justify hours-of-service change
Commercial Carrier Journal, April 22, 2014
The research used to confirm the benefits of last summer’s changes in truck drivers’ hours-of-service rule has significant problems, according to an analysis published Tuesday...[More]
Groups Ask House to Continue Funding Diesel Emissions Reduction Grants
Transport Topics, April 17, 2014
A group of more than 20 environmental, health and trucking industry stakeholders have asked House committees to continue funding a popular diesel emissions reduction grant program omitted from the Obama administration’s 2015 fiscal year budget...[More]
Canada Expanding Two Border Crossing Facilities
Heavy Duty Trucking, April 18, 2014
The Canadian government is planning a multi-million dollar upgrade for the Aldergrove border crossing, which includes an expansion with a dedicated Nexus lane to speed up border crossings...[More]
Sense of complacency may be compromising corporate security efforts
Fleet Owner, April 17, 2014
A recent survey by HID Global regarding the security measures used to guard buildings and information technology (IT) networks are compromised by a sense of “complacency” within in the business community – a situation the firm believes could lead to significant consequences for trucking...[More]
Technician shortage: Fleets, dealers, shops face growing gap for qualified mechanics
Commercial Carrier Journal, April 16, 2014
Just like the driver shortage plaguing trucking fleets and projected to worsen in the next decade, so too does the industry face a growing need for truck mechanics...[More]
Automated transmissions a selling point for driver recruiting
Commercial Carrier Journal, April 16, 2014
Fleets struggling to put drivers in the seat are more willing to pay premiums that come with automated transmissions in used trucks, more so than their owner-operator counterparts, according to a report recently released by NADA...[More]
Washington Mudslide Buried Critical Timber Truck Route
Transport Topics, April 15, 2014
Washington state transportation officials last week began a series of meetings on how to recover or replace the highway lost in the massive March 22 mudslide in Oso that killed 36 people and left seven missing...[More]
Report Calls for Separate Emissions Rule for Heavy Trucks Powered by Natural Gas
Transport Topics, April 14, 2014
Federal regulators should develop a separate standard for natural gas-powered vehicles when they finalize the second phase of the government’s emissions reduction and fuel-efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, according to a new report by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences...[More]
Congress is giving states the transportation blues
The Trucker, April 16, 2014
On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: the government's Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke...[More]
Update Next Month on Federal Truck Size and Weight Limits Study
Heavy Duty Trucking, April 15, 2014
The U.S. Transportation Department’s Federal Highway Administration is holding a webinar next month to provide an update on the progress of its Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study...[More]
Development of Freight Fluidity Performance Measurements: Advanced Registration Rates Expire April 21, 2014
TRB E-Newsletter, April 14, 2014
TRB is sponsoring the Development of Freight Fluidity Performance Measurements workshop May 21-22, 2014, in Washington, D.C...[More]
Interconnected Trucking on the Horizon
Heavy Duty Trucking, April 14, 2014
In the not too distant future, everything in a trucking company will be connected – not just a carrier’s moving stock, but every device and piece of equipment within the operation...[More]
Reducing the Fuel Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles, Phase Two: First Report
TRB E-Newsletter, April 14, 2014
The National Research Council has released a report that analyzes and provides options for improvements to the certification and compliance procedures for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles; reviews an updated analysis of the makeup and characterization of the medium- and heavy-duty truck fleet; examines the barriers to and the potential applications of natural gas in class 2b through class 8 vehicles; and addresses uncertainties and performs sensitivity analyses for the fuel consumption and cost/benefit estimates...[More]
FMCSA subcommittee to meet to develop potential changes for CSA
Commercial Carrier Journal, April 14, 2014
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s subcommittee for its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program will meet April 29-30 to develop recommendations for changes to the program, its scoring system and the intervention process...[More]
Private money, public projects: More U.S. states doing deals
Reuters, April 14, 2014
Visitors to New York who land at LaGuardia Airport could be forgiven for not realizing they've arrived in one of the world's swankiest cities...[More]
Supply chain disruptions increasing cargo theft risk
Fleet Owner, April 11, 2014
The recent rough winter season – one of the coldest in the U.S. and resulting in the 10th largest snow cover in the Lower 48 states, dating to 1966, according to the Rutgers University Snow Lab – often scrambled much of the country’s freight transportation network...[More]
Massachusetts drivers get real-time traffic info
The Trucker, April 11, 2014
Real-time traffic data that tells drivers how long it will take to reach their destinations will soon be available on key state highways, Gov. Deval Patrick and transportation officials announced Friday...[More]
Finding ways to reduce highway work zone crashes
Fleet Owner, April 8, 2014
A new study indicates that vehicle operators and passengers are more likely to be killed or injured in highway work zone crashes versus workers in those construction zones – with speeding the major cause of vehicles crashes in highway work zones...[More]
Diesel to Average $3.87 This Summer, DOE Says in Short-Term Energy Outlook
Transport Topics, April 8, 2014
Diesel will average $3.87 a gallon this summer — 2 cents less than last summer and about 9 cents below its current national average price, the Department of Energy reported...[More]
ATRI seeks driver input for HOS, detention time surveys
Fleet Owner, April 8, 2014
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) is asking drivers to contribute to two new surveys it is conducting...[More]
Review of U.S. Department of Transportation Truck Size and Weight Study: First Report: Review of Desk Scans
TRB E-Newsletter, April 8, 2014
The Committee for Review of U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Truck Size and Weight Study has released its first of two reports...[More]
Ambassador Bridge Begins New Toll System for Commercial Vehicles
Transport Topics, April 7, 2014
The Ambassador Bridge has begun a new toll system for commercial vehicles, designed to ease congestion, according to the bridge’s owners...[More]
Agency reinstating ‘informal hearings’ as mechanism to challenge violations
Commercial Carrier Journal, April 4, 2014
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has reinstated informal hearings as an additional way to contest enforcement cases, and this time the option is available nationwide...[More]
Report Recommends Use of Natural Gas, Trailer Modifications to Meet Fuel Standards
Transport Topics, April 3, 2014
Environmental regulators should develop a separate standard for natural gas vehicles when they implement the second phase of fuel-efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks, according to a study released April 3 by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences...[More]
Congressmen ask GAO to study FMCSA’s hours rule research, methodology
Commercial Carrier Journal, April 2, 2014
Two members of Congress have asked the Government Accountability Office to evaluate studies done by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on the most recent hours of service regulations changes, which took effect last year, to check the agency’s research and methods used to create and back the rule...[More]
Idaho’s Top Speed Limit Poised to Hit 80 MPH, Truck Limit Slower
Heavy Duty Trucking, March 31, 2014
Speed limits in Idaho could soon move higher but trucks will still have to travel slower...[More]
FMCSA Gathers Input on New-Entrant Testing, ELDs
Transport Topics, March 28, 2014
Anne Ferro and other Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials listened to the public on knowledge testing for new transportation companies, but also heard from truck drivers on the new electronic logging device rule...[More]
FMCSA Field-Testing Wireless Roadside Inspection System
Heavy Duty Trucking, March 25, 2014
Safety regulators envision a time when they can automatically collect the information they need about trucks, drivers and carriers as the truck goes about its business on the highway...[More]
A Primer on Federal Surface Transportation Reauthorization and the Highway Trust Fund
TRB E-Newsletter, March 25, 2014
The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions has released a report that summarizes the history, challenges, current status, and outlook for federal surface transportation reauthorization and the Highway Trust Fund...[More]
Drivers Face Delays in CDL Skills Test; Training Schools Ask Congress to Help
Transport Topics, March 24, 2014
Delays and inconsistencies with the way states test applicants for commercial driver licenses are undermining efforts to place truck driver training school graduates in jobs, according to officials who have asked Congress to act...[More]
‘Cyber’ Cargo Crime Called Growing Threat
Journal of Commerce, March 21, 2014
On Friday afternoon, freight needs to move, fast. A shipper, frantic to find a truck, hooks up with a motor carrier on a load board...[More]
Breakdown blues: Proprietary data still a roadblock to timely repairs
Commercial Carrier Journal, March 20, 2014
After a good night’s sleep following the Technology and Maintenance Council’s spring meeting in Nashville, Tenn., I found myself considering the various themes and threads that emerged from the conference...[More]
FMCSA Changes Truck-Trailer Weight Definition
Transport Topics, March 19, 2014
In a move to clarify enforcement practices, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is changing the definition of weight in single-unit trucks that are towing a trailer...[More]
Driver satisfaction waning over regulations, weather? Recent report indicates not
Commercial Carrier Journal, March 19, 2014
The weather, regulations and the economy don’t have drivers down, according to a report released this week from retention firm Stay Metrics, who has been surveying “driver attitudes” since the middle of 2012...[More]
Per DOT, speed limiter rule could come this year
Commercial Carrier Journal, March 17, 2014
Spurred by a request from the American Trucking Associations, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has indicated it plans to produce a rule requiring the use of speed limiters in heavy trucks this year...[More]
FMCSA Ready to Extend Supply Chain Safety Role
The Journal of Commerce, March 18, 2014
Shippers need to pay as much attention to supply chain safety as supply chain efficiency, or be prepared for greater government involvement in how they run their businesses and manage supply chains...[More]
Study Identifies Dimensions of Sustainability
The Journal of Commerce, March 18, 2014
Companies are increasingly looking for ways to employ environmentally sustainable business practices in their sourcing and delivery of products and services...[More]
Development of Freight Fluidity Performance Measurements
TRB E-Newsletter, March 17, 2014
TRB is sponsoring the Development of Freight Fluidity Performance Measurements workshop May 21-22, 2014, in Washington, D.C...[More]
Per DOT, speed limiter rule could come this year
Commercial Carrier Journal, March 17, 2014
Spurred by a request from the American Trucking Associations, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has indicated it plans to produce a rule requiring the use of speed limiters in heavy trucks this year...[More]
ATRI COO Rebecca Brewster to take WIT ‘ride-along’ with two female truckers to MATS
The Trucker, March 17, 2014
Women In Trucking Association (WIT) has organized a Ride-Along for Rebecca Brewster, president and COO of American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI)...[More]
Truck Driver Turnover Drops but Still High
Heavy Duty Trucking, March 14, 2014
The turnover rate at large truckload carriers fell six percentage points to 91% in the fourth quarter of 2013, but held above 90% for the eighth consecutive quarter, according to new figures released by the American Trucking Associations...[More]
Senate Passes Bill to Extend HOS Exemptions for Propane Haulers Through May
Transport Topics, March 14, 2014
The Senate unanimously passed a bill March 13 to exempt propane truckers from hours-of-service regulations through May, sending the bill to President Obama for his consideration...[More]
Md. House passes ‘Jake’s Law,’ targeting drivers on phones who cause serious crashes
The Washington Post, March 14, 2014
Maryland is one step closer to establishing new penalties for cellphone-wielding drivers who are found guilty of contributing to a crash that kills or seriously injures another person...[More]
Electronic Logging Device mandate proposal clears White House, paving way for publication
Commercial Carrier Journal, March 12, 2014
After more than seven months in waiting, the proposed rule mandating Electronic Logging Devices has cleared the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, likely paving the way for a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to be published by the end of the month...[More]
EPA Adding Reefers, Test Methods to SmartWay Program
Heavy Duty Trucking, March 12, 2014
The Environmental Protection Agency is making changes in its voluntary SmartWay program, including adding refrigerated trailers and accepting more testing methods from suppliers who want to get their fuel-saving technologies verified by the agency...[More]
Technology Could Reduce Costs, Increase Safety, Volvo Says
Transport Topics, March 10, 2014
Developing technologies will continue to reshape the trucking industry through reduced maintenance costs, increased safety due to lower driver fatigue and higher fuel efficiency, a Volvo Group official said here during a presentation at Heavy Duty Dialogue...[More]
DOT Inspector General audit points out more shortcomings in CSA
Commercial Carrier Journal, March 10, 2014
A DOT audit has determined that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration must be more careful about its collection, management and analysis of data, or the federal trucking regulator “will be hindered in its ability to effectively implement CSA nationwide and address the key concerns of industry stakeholders.”...[More]
Traffic Congestion Grows 6% in 2013
Transport Topics, March 6, 2014
Highway traffic congestion in the United States grew 6% in 2013 compared with the previous year, more than three times the rate of inflation, according to traffic tracking firm Inrix Inc...[More]
Cargo theft numbers high in 2013, threat level remains high, FreightWatch says
Commercial Carrier Journal, March 5, 2014
The number of cargo thefts recorded in 2013 tied 2012's all-time high of 951, according to an annual report released by FreightWatch International this week, who also said in the report that better organization and innovation by thieves continues to push the threat of cargo theft higher...[More]
EPA Budget Would Cut Truck Emission-Reduction Program
Transport Topics, March 5, 2014
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal calls for eliminating funding for a popular program that since 2008 has helped truckers buy equipment to reduce diesel emissions, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said last week...[More]
How Big Data Is Changing Long-Haul Trucking
Forbes, March 5, 2014
On a long stretch of highway, a semi-trailer sends a message to a trucking company that the truck’s refrigeration unit is warming up. Before the temperature in the trailer has a chance to affect the product being transported, the company notifies the truck driver of where to get it fixed, keeping the truck’s contents from being ruined...[More]
FedEx presses Congress for 33-ft. twin trailers
Fleet Owner, February 27, 2014
Increasing the national standard for twin trailers to 33 ft. from the existing 28 ft. would allow carriers to absorb up to 18% of future freight growth without any change in gross vehicle weight or additional miles traveled on roadways, the chief executive officer of FedEx Ground told a Congressional subcommittee Feb. 27...[More]
Two strikes, you’re out: how to change driver behavior with critical event data
Commercial Carrier Journal, February 27, 2014
Anxiety. It’s that desperate, defenseless feeling motorists get when the large truck in their rear-view mirror suddenly appears larger than life...[More]
Maryland bill would address crashes from distracted driving
The Trucker, February 27, 2014
A measure in Maryland would make it a misdemeanor to cause accidents resulting in serious injury, if the driver at fault was talking on a cellphone...[More]
Obama outlines $300 billion, 4-year infrastructure plan
Commercial Carrier Journal, February 26, 2014
Calling for bipartisan support of transportation infrastructure investment, President Obama on Wednesday proposed a 4-year, $302 billion plan that would both shore-up the failing highway trust fund and increase federal spending...[More]
Digging deeper into highway fatality numbers
Fleet Owner, February 25, 2014
A series of back-and-forth shifts in highway fatality rates over the last several years is highlighting, to a degree, the inverse impact of weather conditions on crash risk as well as concerns that the effect of distractive driving on fatality rates may be underreported...[More]
Both Sides of Truck Weight, Size Fight Gear Up for Next Battle
Journal of Commerce, February 25, 2014
The next battle in the ongoing fight over increasing truck weight and size is on the horizon, as the House and Senate begin work on the next federal surface transportation bill...[More]
TRB Webinar: Accommodating Large Trucks and Oversize Loads at Roundabouts: Concerns and Some Solutions
TRB E-Newsletter, February 24, 2014
TRB will conduct a webinar on March 7, 2014, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm ET that will address concerns and possible solutions pertaining to large trucks and oversize/overweight trucks (OSOW) traversing roundabouts...[More]
House Panel to Hold Freight, Highway Bill Events
Transport Topics, February 21, 2014
The House highways and transit subcommittee will hold a public hearing and a roundtable discussion next week to examine freight needs and the transportation authorization bill Congress is scheduled to write this year...[More]
Spec’ing trucks to prevent cargo theft
Commercial Carrier Journal, February 21, 2014
Beyond employee education, preventive spec’ing of both power units and trailers is critical...[More]
FMCSA publishes proposed driver clearinghouse rule, accepting comment until April 21
Commercial Carrier Journal, February 20, 2014
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published Feb. 20 a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that when made final will establish a database of drivers who have failed or refused to take a drug or alcohol test...[More]
Port of Virginia Launches Motor Carrier Task Force to Address Delays
Heavy Duty Trucking, February 20, 2014
The Port of Virginia has announced the formation of the Motor Carrier Task Force to focus on issues at the state-controlled marine terminals that are affecting the ability of truck drivers to efficiently move cargo in and out of the terminals...[More]
Looming natural gas measurement proposal a setback for CNG/LNG adoption?
Commercial Carrier Journal, February 19, 2014
The natural gas vehicle steering committee for the National Conference of Weights and Measures is preparing a recommendation that could change the way compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas is priced and dispensed at the pump...[More]
Canada Moves Toward Mandatory eManifest for Truckers
Transport Topics, February 19, 2014
The Canada Border Services Agency moved closer last week to implementation of its mandatory eManifest reporting requirements for truckers hauling goods into that country...[More]
Obama to Seek New Truck Efficiency, GHG Rules
Transport Topics, February 18, 2014
President Obama will direct his staff to work on a new set of fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, the White House said...[More]
FMCSA’s Advanced System Utilizing a Data Acquisition System on Highways (FAST DASH) Safety Technology Evaluation Project #1: Blindspot Warning
TRB E-Newsletter, February 18, 2014
The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released a report that discusses an evaluation of promising safety technologies aimed at improving commercial motor vehicle operations...[More]
Truckers Can Now Use Drivewyze Weigh Station Bypass at 7 Utah Sites
Heavy Duty Trucking, February 17, 2014
Drivewyze and the Utah Department of Transportation Motor Carriers Division announced that Utah has become the 20th state to offer the Drivewyze PreClear bypass service...[More]
CBreaking the bottlenecks of driver recruiting with technology
Commercial Carrier Journal, February 14, 2014
Drivers might be surprised at how quickly their phones will ring after submitting job applications to the Celadon Group online...[More]
Detention time, New Entrant testing, changing driver pay top FMCSA considerations for highway bill
Commercial Carrier Journal, February 12, 2014
An advisory committee to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has prioritized 38 items for the agency to consider pitching to Congress to be included in the next highway reauthorization bill, technically due Oct. 1, though Congress could choose to simply extend MAP-21 while work continues on a larger bill...[More]
Crash figures and their relationship to the economy and FMCSA’s effectiveness
Commercial Carrier Journal, February 11, 2014
As a sidebar to the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee’s meeting to discuss inclusions for the next highway bill and recommendations that will be made to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, agency Analysis Division Chief Bill Bannister presented arguments in a case for FMCSA’s effectiveness in reducing crashes...[More]
Changes to CSA, reforming driver pay, hair drug testing key topics at FMCSA committee meeting
Commercial Carrier Journal, February 11, 2014
Industry stakeholders argued Monday, Feb. 10, that the next highway bill should include reviews of current trucking regulations — especially those that don’t correlate to carrier safety, like the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program — along with changing driver pay to repeal some exemptions of labor laws...[More]
Assessment of the Effectiveness of Advanced Collision Avoidance Technologies
TRB E-Newsletter, February 11, 2014
The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute has released a report that describes the current state of knowledge regarding the effectiveness of advanced collision-avoidance technologies and presents an assessment of their effects on traffic safety...[More]
Electronic Logging Device rule now projected for Feb. 27, drug and alcohol clearinghouse this week
Commercial Carrier Journal, February 10, 2014
In its monthly update on significant rulemakings, the Department of Transportation has again revised the projected date of publication for a rule mandating Electronic Logging Devices (also known as Electronic Onboard Recorders) for all drivers subject to keeping records of duty status, backing it up this time to Feb. 27...[More]
Storms Reveal Costly Supply Chain Faults, 3PL Warns
Journal of Commerce, February 7, 2014
Shippers and freight transport operators must move quickly to strengthen supply chains disrupted by this winter’s severe weather, or face more disruption, equipment shortages and higher costs in the future, a logistics executive warns...[More]
Report: More fuel efficient trucks would be economic boon, help consumers
Commercial Carrier Journal, February 6, 2014
Increasing the fuel efficiency of trucks would lead to lower transportation costs — and thereby lower cost of goods — and save consumers hundreds of dollars a year, this according to a report released this week by the Consumer Federation of America...[More]
Illinois Trucking Association Asks IDOT to Reduce Speed Limits
Heavy Duty Trucking, February 6, 2014
The Illinois Trucking Association is calling on the Illinois Department of Transportation to reduce speed limits for automobiles in the state where the department has created a 15 mph differential between car speed limits and truck speed limits...[More]
Q1 Outlook: Spring fever for trucking
Fleet Owner, February 6, 2014
Even as winter keeps an icy grip on much of the nation, there are sure signs that trucking in the first quarter will be truly Spring-like...[More]
Crunching the numbers: How to do the math on aerodynamic device savings
Commercial Carrier Journal, February 5, 2014
Watching the nation’s roadways these days, it’s obvious that a growing number of tractor-trailers now have aerodynamic devices to help control fuel costs...[More]
Small change in fuel surcharge formula can yield big savings for truckload shippers, survey finds
DC Velocity, February 4, 2014
What can you get for a penny nowadays? If you're a big truckload shipper, how about $6 million a year in fuel surcharge savings?...[More]
DOT to require vehicle-to-vehicle communication devices in light vehicles, regs could loom for trucks
Commercial Carrier Journal, February 4, 2014
Regulations are coming that will require manufacturers of light vehicles to place vehicle-to-vehicle communication devices in new cars and trucks, the Department of Transportation announced this week, though the date of such a requirement was not announced...[More]
Freight Operations 2013
TRB E-Newsletter, February 4, 2014
TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2379 consists of 11 articles that explore freight operations...[More]
GAO report criticizes CSA scoring, calls for changes
Commercial Carrier Journal, February 4, 2014
The DOT system used to score and compare motor carrier safety records is flawed and particularly unfair to small carriers, an independent government watchdog agency has concluded...[More]
Use of GPS technology cuts costs for fleets
Fleet Owner, January 31, 2014
A broad survey of 508 fleet operations across the U.S. regarding their use of mobile resource management (MRM) systems finds that, of those using such technology, a significant majority are not only satisfied with the service they’re receiving but that they are recouping their investment via a wide array of savings such as improved fuel economy, reductions in vehicle idle time, etc...[More]
2013: The year driver pay changed forever?
Commercial Carrier Journal, January 31, 2014
National Transportation Institute CEO Gordon Klemp set out to answer the question in his general-session presentation to attendees of the ACS/TCA Recruitment and Retention Conference Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn...[More]
More than distance: the evolution of truck routing technology
Commercial Carrier Journal, January 30, 2014
“Static” is the word John White uses to describe truck routing before the technology in the office and in the cab could match the reality on the ground — where the rubber meets the road...[More]
Field Study Proving Benefit of Restart Rule Draws Criticism
Heavy Duty Trucking, January 30, 2014
A field test of the 34-hour restart provision of the new hours of service rule shows that the restrictions improve safety...[More]
HOS Study Proves Benefits of New Restart Restrictions, FMCSA Says
Transport Topics, January 30, 2014
A new study found that the restart provision in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration‘s current hours-of-service rule is more effective at combating fatigue than the prior hours rule, the agency said...[More]
Tips For Keeping Your Truck Operational In Extreme Cold
Heavy Duty Trucking, January 24, 2014
The recent extreme cold experienced by whole parts of the nation has put an increased burden on trucks and truckers...[More]
Regulations, collaboration and technology focus of truck dealers' convention
Truck News, January 24, 2014
Truck dealers and fleet managers must work more closely together, according to American Trucking Associations chairman Philip Byrd, who spoke this weekend at the American Truck Dealers convention...[More]
Updates Await eManifest System at Canadian Border
Heavy Duty Trucking, January 23, 2014
Buckle up, because the Canada Border Services Agency is changing its commercial border processes...[More]
Trucks on the grid: Could rail tech from Europe transform U.S. trucking?
ETrucker, January 23, 2014
Alternative fuel vehicles are all the rage these days, and interest in their possibilities for commercial vehicles has not diminished even as prices for traditional fuels continue to fall...[More]
Audit Says New York DOT Not Doing Enough About Truck Safety
Heavy Duty Trucking, January 23, 2014
The New York state Department of Transportation is not adequately monitoring whether commercial carriers whose vehicles or drivers have been taken off the road because of violations are making needed repairs or corrections, potentially putting the public at risk, according to a new audit released by New York’s comptroller...[More]
Tonnage sees best year in 2013 since late ’90s following December increase
Commercial Carrier Journal, January 22, 2014
Truck tonnage in 2013 increased 6.2 percent over 2012, driven by a surge in November and a small bump in December, making the year the best for tonnage since 1998, says the American Trucking Associations, who released its monthly For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index this week...[More]
Safety inspections after traffic stops are plummeting
Fleet Owner, January 21, 2014
Motor carrier inspections resulting from traffic stops are about four times as effective in reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities than roadside inspections (RIs) at fixed facilities, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, but the number of traffic enforcement (TE) inspections has plunged to barely more than half their level five years ago...[More]
Carriers continue to evaluate HOS impact; entry-level drivers to be sought
Commercial Carrier Journal, January 21, 2014
With the changes in hours-of-service rules impacting productivity, carriers are expecting driver wages to climb and more entry-level drivers are going to be recruited, according to Transport Capital Partners’ fourth-quarter survey results...[More]
NACFE report lays out 6x2 axle advantages and drawbacks
Fleet Owner, January 21, 2014
An exhaustive review of 10 different data sets in a new report issued by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) this week finds that a 6x2 axle configuration can on average improve Class 8 sleeper tractor fuel economy by 2.5% versus a traditional 6x4 setup, with a 20 month payback period required to offset the higher initial cost of the 6x2 package...[More]
Propane Haulers Ask for Regional HOS Exemptions
Heavy Duty Trucking, January 17, 2014
In a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, the National Propane Gas Association on Wednesday called on him to grant regional exemptions from federal hours of service regulations for the Midwest and Eastern parts of the U.S., to relieve what the group says is "pressure on the current propane distribution network."...[More]
New carrier testing: Agency hears feedback from industry, trade groups for rulemaking
Commercial Carrier Journal, January 15, 2014
Representatives from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration held a listening session in Nashville Jan. 13 to hear input from industry stakeholders as to how the agency should proceed with its new entrant testing rule it’s crafting, as mandated by the MAP-21 highway funding act enacted in the summer of 2012...[More]
Freight Shippers Want Predictability, Researchers Say
Transport Topics, January 15, 2014
People who study shippers said senders and receivers of freight want predictability — even as the economy and technology change rapidly...[More]
Who needs paper? Mobile apps provide proof of delivery
Commercial Carrier Journal, January 14, 2014
For many years, it seemed like no job in the transportation industry was finished until the paperwork was done...[More]
ATRI looking for input on smart roadside technologies
Fleet Owner, January 14, 2014
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) is hosting an interactive webinar on Jan. 23 to learn more about the Smart Roadside Initiative (SRI) and provide feedback on the technologies needed to implement SRI...[More]
ELD, Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Proposals Imminent, Ferro Says
Transport Topics, January 14, 2014
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is close to releasing proposals to require electronic logging devices in all trucks and to establish a clearinghouse of positive drug and alcohol tests for truck drivers, Administrator Anne Ferro said...[More]
U.S. EPA Issues Guidance Letter on Diesel Exhaust Fluid
Heavy Duty Trucking, January 14, 2014
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a guidance letter late last year to heavy-duty on-highway engine manufacturers outlining how it intends to determine the physical range of adjustment of diesel exhaust fluid quality for certification testing, according to DiscoverDEF.com...[More]
Does More Fuel Data Make You Smarter?
Heavy Duty Trucking, January 13, 2014
Data can't improve your bottom line all by itself, no matter how much you have...[More]
Annual Sales of Nat Gas Trucks and Buses Expected to Reach 400,000 by 2022
Transport Topics, January 13, 2014
Worldwide annual sales of natural-gas trucks and buses are expected to rise to nearly 400,000 in 2022, according to a recent report...[More]
Study: New rest-time rules to drive up trucking costs
The Times and Democrat, January 12, 2014
Nearly three out of five companies responding to a survey by the University of Tennessee’s Global Supply Chain Institute think new federal regulations mandating rest time for truckers could lead to greater transportation costs...[More]
Smarter shops: 4 ways to upgrade maintenance technology
Commercial Carrier Journal, January 9, 2014
When considering all of the options to enhance or upgrade your fleet management systems, the applications in the office and mobile environment will likely take priority over those in the maintenance bay...[More]
Illinois Increases Speed Limit to 70 MPH
Transport Topics, January 2, 2014
Most freeways in Illinois have a new maximum speed limit of 70 mph as of Jan. 1, the Illinois Department of Transportation reports...[More]
Truckers in Connecticut now required to clear snow, ice
Fleet Owner, January 2, 2014
With the northeast expected to receive up to a foot of snow today and tomorrow, the state of Connecticut has a new law on its books of which truckers must be aware...[More]
Bi-fuel test drive: A new way into the natural gas game?
Commercial Carrier Journal, January 2, 2014
A road test and first-hand accounts of experience with natural gas retrofit fuel systems and glider kits reveal interesting possibilities for cost-minded truck fleets...[More]
ELogs, Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Top Rules List for 2014
Heavy Duty Trucking, January 2, 2013
Trucking will go into 2014 with two major safety proposals pending: electronic logs and a searchable database containing the results of driver drug and alcohol tests...[More]
FMCSA looking for input on entry-level carrier testing
Commercial Carrier Journal, January 2, 2014
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is holding a listening session Jan. 13 in Nashville, Tenn., to seek input from industry stakeholders and the public at large on the entry level motor carrier testing rule it must craft, stipulated by the MAP-21 highway funding act...[More]

 

 

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