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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]

 

 

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