Trucking

By Jeff Berman · September 17, 2015
The much anticipated final rule for electronic logging devices (ELD) has been pushed back one month from September 30 to October 30, according to the most recent Report on DOT Significant Rulemakings issued by the United States Department of Transportation.
By Jeff Berman · September 15, 2015
For more than a long time, there has been heavy debate and discussion over truck size and weight-related issues. One argument that has been consistently made over time in an effort to allow heavier and longer trucks on the road, with the objective of increasing highway productivity, has been to reform Interstate vehicle weight limits for six-axle trucks. This topic again came to light last week, with Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis..) introducing the Safe, Flexible, and Efficient (SAFE) Trucking Act.
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By John D. Schulz · August 1, 2015
While there’s adequate capacity in what’s viewed as a less chaotic market than last year, carriers have regained a position of strength as the supply/demand equation rests comfortably in their favor. As a result, truckers are seeking “shippers of choice” as looming capacity worries continue to mount.
By John D. Schulz · July 31, 2015
A new Government Accountability Office report on the effects of changes to truck driver hours of service rules has sparked a war of words between the American Trucking Associations and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the arm of the Transportation Department that is in charge of making those rules.
By Jeff Berman · July 27, 2015
The report, entitled “U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast to 2026, which is drafted by ATA and IHS Global Insight, calls for a 28.6 percent hike in annual freight tonnage, as well as a 74.5 percent gain in freight revenues to $152 trillion in 2026.
By John D. Schulz · July 20, 2015
The era of driverless trucks – or autonomous vehicles, as they are known euphemistically – may be a lot closer to reality than many people think.
By Jeff Berman · July 15, 2015
Even with some declines, data issued this week by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) still makes it clear that the annualized turnover rates for truck drivers still remains high.
By John Schulz · June 10, 2015
In passing a Transportation and House and Urban Appropriations Development (T-HUD) appropriations bill yesterday, the United States House of Representatives received plaudits from the trucking sector for two provisions included in the bill’s language that the American Trucking Associations said “are critical for improving the safety and efficiency of the trucking industry.”
By John D. Schulz · May 15, 2015
The trucking industry would like to see greater use of longer combination vehicles, specifically 33-foot twin trailers instead of the currently legal 28-foot “pups” that dot the major interstates right now.
By Jeff Berman · May 12, 2015
A combination of market factors contributed to sustained level of market softness in the most recent edition of the Trucking Conditions Index from freight transportation forecasting firm FTR.
By Jeff Berman · May 11, 2015
According to the ATA, total 2014 trucking industry revenue was $700.4 billion, which alone is a staggering number, but making it all the more impressive is that it represents the first time annual industry revenue has topped $700 billion.
By John D. Schulz · May 1, 2015
Well-run private fleets continue to set the gold standard for service, safety, and accountability. However, operating a highly efficient fleet takes work—and money. Increasingly, private fleet managers are operating a “blended” operation, alternating between their own trucks and for-hire options to help mitigate costs.
By Peter Moore · May 1, 2015
The announcement by “big brown” that they’re adding 1,400 more compressed natural gas (CNG) powered trucks to their fleet should be interpreted by others as a signal to start getting in gear on alternative fleet fuel system reviews.
By LM Staff · April 24, 2015
Seasonally-adjusted (SA) for-hire truck tonnage in March was up 1.1 percent on the heels of a revised 2.8 percent (from 3.1 percent) February decline, with the SA index at 133.5 (2000=100). This is off 0.3 percent from the all-time high for the SA of 135.8 from January 2015 and is up 5 percent annually.
By John D. Schulz · April 7, 2015
Trucking interests are asking Congress and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to make changes in the way the five-year-old Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program uses data collection involving truck accidents to rate fleets on their overall safety.

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