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4/25/2021
Unexpected downtime is every fleet owner’s worst nightmare. A disabled truck stranded on the side of the road creates a chain reaction of cost and inconvenience. A ... Read More

4/25/2021
Unexpected downtime is every fleet owner’s worst nightmare. A disabled truck stranded on the side of the road creates a chain reaction of cost and inconvenience. A ... Read More

4/19/2021
Congress again eyes liability insurance minimum increase A bill that would tie truck owners’ minimum liability insurance requirements to medical care inflation has been ... Read More

4/19/2021
Congress again eyes liability insurance minimum increase A bill that would tie truck owners’ minimum liability insurance requirements to medical care inflation has been ... Read More

4/14/2021
In a year of stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines, the world was presented with a number of critical challenges that no one saw coming. One of many interesting... Read More

4/14/2021
In a year of stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines, the world was presented with a number of critical challenges that no one saw coming. One of many interesting... Read More

4/14/2021
Trucking is hot and demand continues to rise for trucks, including those with zero emissions and crash avoidance technologies. A semiconductor shortage is a problem that continues ... Read More

4/14/2021
Trucking is hot and demand continues to rise for trucks, including those with zero emissions and crash avoidance technologies. A semiconductor shortage is a problem that continues ... Read More

4/10/2021
Technology adoption tends to follow a familiar S-shaped curve. The bottom left is the starting point, where ideas become actual commercial products and customers start to buy ... Read More

4/10/2021
Technology adoption tends to follow a familiar S-shaped curve. The bottom left is the starting point, where ideas become actual commercial products and customers start to buy ... Read More

3/17/2021
As we rapidly approach the first anniversary of life in quarantine and a work week full of video conferences, I feel a need to vent about missed meals. No, not missed meals like th... Read More

3/17/2021
As we rapidly approach the first anniversary of life in quarantine and a work week full of video conferences, I feel a need to vent about missed meals. No, not missed meals like th... Read More

2/26/2021
Last March and April, CCJ talked to dozens of fleets about how the COVID-19 outbreak was impacting their daily operations, their business opportunities and their personnel. We&rsqu... Read More

2/26/2021
Last March and April, CCJ talked to dozens of fleets about how the COVID-19 outbreak was impacting their daily operations, their business opportunities and their personnel. We&rsqu... Read More

7/15/2020
Freight rates began to plummet in March following state-issued lockdown orders aimed at containing the spread of the novel coronavirus, and the downward trend continued through Ap... Read More

7/15/2020
Freight rates began to plummet in March following state-issued lockdown orders aimed at containing the spread of the novel coronavirus, and the downward trend continued through Ap... Read More

7/14/2020
The governors of 15 states on Tuesday pledged to work collaboratively toward the decarbonization of commercial vehicles. California, Connecticut, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Mary... Read More

7/14/2020
The governors of 15 states on Tuesday pledged to work collaboratively toward the decarbonization of commercial vehicles. California, Connecticut, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Mary... Read More

5/11/2020
As COVID-19 spread across the country, businesses that couldn’t work from home scrambled to develop plans to keep employees safe from the pandemic and offices germ-free. ... Read More

5/11/2020
As COVID-19 spread across the country, businesses that couldn’t work from home scrambled to develop plans to keep employees safe from the pandemic and offices germ-free. ... Read More

1/11/2019
After faltering in September and October, market conditions for trucking companies improved in November, according to FTR’s monthly Trucking Conditions Index. FTR attributes ... Read More

1/11/2019
After faltering in September and October, market conditions for trucking companies improved in November, according to FTR’s monthly Trucking Conditions Index. FTR attributes ... Read More

1/29/2018
The American Trucking Associations has issued a bulletin lobbying Congress to raise per-gallon gas and diesel taxes to stabilize U.S. funding for roads and bridges. ATA’s Bui... Read More

1/29/2018
The American Trucking Associations has issued a bulletin lobbying Congress to raise per-gallon gas and diesel taxes to stabilize U.S. funding for roads and bridges. ATA’s Bui... Read More

1/22/2018
Speaking as part of the analysis firm’s “State of Freight” series of webinars, FTR Transportation Intelligence Vice President of Research Avery Vise outlined a se... Read More

1/22/2018
Speaking as part of the analysis firm’s “State of Freight” series of webinars, FTR Transportation Intelligence Vice President of Research Avery Vise outlined a se... Read More

11/29/2017
Representatives from the owner-operator community and small fleet segment told lawmakers in Washington on Wednesday they are not opposed to electronic logs for fleets that find the... Read More

11/8/2017
The Truckload Carriers Association and partners Overdrive and Truckers News are seeking nominations for the 2017 Driver of the Year contests, which includes both an Owner-Operator ... Read More

11/8/2017
The Truckload Carriers Association and partners Overdrive and Truckers News are seeking nominations for the 2017 Driver of the Year contests, which includes both an Owner-Operator ... Read More

11/6/2017
Shippers in a tight spot on rate negotiations: Rising rates and climbing fuel prices prompted FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index to plunge in August, FTR reported last week. Wit... Read More

11/6/2017
Shippers in a tight spot on rate negotiations: Rising rates and climbing fuel prices prompted FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index to plunge in August, FTR reported last week. Wit... Read More

10/27/2017
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended emergency declarations in Texas, Montana and the Dakotas in response to natural disasters, thus extending hours-of-serv... Read More

10/27/2017
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended emergency declarations in Texas, Montana and the Dakotas in response to natural disasters, thus extending hours-of-serv... Read More

10/27/2017
Electronic data interchange (EDI) has traditionally allowed carriers to edit transaction data before sending it to their customers. EDI transactions include shipment status updates... Read More

10/27/2017
Electronic data interchange (EDI) has traditionally allowed carriers to edit transaction data before sending it to their customers. EDI transactions include shipment status updates... Read More

10/27/2017
IFDA study finds driver pay in the foodservice industry is 30% higher than trucker pay in general and is 19% higher than average for all U.S. workers. An hourly compensation surve... Read More

10/27/2017
IFDA study finds driver pay in the foodservice industry is 30% higher than trucker pay in general and is 19% higher than average for all U.S. workers. An hourly compensation surve... Read More

9/15/2017
Trucking freight dynamics will shift, perhaps dramatically, in the coming months as recovery and rebuilding efforts in Texas and Florida take shape following massive blows from hur... Read More

9/15/2017
Trucking freight dynamics will shift, perhaps dramatically, in the coming months as recovery and rebuilding efforts in Texas and Florida take shape following massive blows from hur... Read More

9/15/2017
Despite their recent 18-month slump, Class 8 truck orders are forecasted by research firm FTR to jump to 247,000 this year and upwards of 300,000 in 2018 — a healthy rebound ... Read More

9/15/2017
Despite their recent 18-month slump, Class 8 truck orders are forecasted by research firm FTR to jump to 247,000 this year and upwards of 300,000 in 2018 — a healthy rebound ... Read More

8/31/2017
Hurricane Harvey and the damage it is inflicting in southeast Texas will crimp trucking industry capacity, alter the country’s freight flow and likely push rates upward in th... Read More

8/31/2017
With Tropical Storm Harvey expected to continue dumping unprecedented amounts of rain over southeast Texas through the rest of the week, transportation officials in the state are d... Read More

8/30/2017
With Tropical Storm Harvey expected to continue dumping unprecedented amounts of rain over southeast Texas through the rest of the week, transportation officials in the state are d... Read More

8/30/2017
Hurricane Harvey and the damage it is inflicting in southeast Texas will crimp trucking industry capacity, alter the country’s freight flow and likely push rates upward in th... Read More

8/15/2017
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, with no public notice to the trucking industry or trucking media, is in the midst of a three-stop tour intended to gather input fro... Read More

8/15/2017
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, with no public notice to the trucking industry or trucking media, is in the midst of a three-stop tour intended to gather input fro... Read More

8/15/2017
Insulin-dependent diabetic truckers may no longer have to request a formal exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, should a new federal rule go into effect.... Read More

8/15/2017
Insulin-dependent diabetic truckers may no longer have to request a formal exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, should a new federal rule go into effect.... Read More

8/3/2017
The second-generation owner of a 100-truck carrier had the ear of both President Trump and one of his closest advisors, daughter Ivanka Trump, this week at the White House. Sh... Read More

8/3/2017
The second-generation owner of a 100-truck carrier had the ear of both President Trump and one of his closest advisors, daughter Ivanka Trump, this week at the White House. Sh... Read More

5/7/2017
The 2017 fiscal year spending package cleared by Congress this week bars the U.S. DOT from further work developing or deploying a wireless roadside inspection program until the DOT... Read More

5/7/2017
The 2017 fiscal year spending package cleared by Congress this week bars the U.S. DOT from further work developing or deploying a wireless roadside inspection program until the DOT... Read More

4/5/2017
FTR reports preliminary Class 8 net orders for March came in above expectations and, for the third consecutive months, much higher than a year ago. March orders, 22,800 units,... Read More

4/5/2017
FTR reports preliminary Class 8 net orders for March came in above expectations and, for the third consecutive months, much higher than a year ago. March orders, 22,800 units,... Read More

3/3/2017
In an address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, President Donald Trump asked legislators to produce and pass a $1 trillion spending package meant to “launch a nation... Read More

3/3/2017
In an address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, President Donald Trump asked legislators to produce and pass a $1 trillion spending package meant to “launch a nation... Read More

2/7/2017
Trucking employment stumbles for first time since July: The for-hire trucking industry’s total employment fell by 1,400 jobs in January, according to the Department of Labor&... Read More

2/7/2017
Trucking employment stumbles for first time since July: The for-hire trucking industry’s total employment fell by 1,400 jobs in January, according to the Department of Labor&... Read More

1/13/2017
The time drivers spend, or waste, searching for truck parking is not captured by electronic logging devices, telematics systems or other mobile technology. To find the productivity... Read More

1/13/2017
The time drivers spend, or waste, searching for truck parking is not captured by electronic logging devices, telematics systems or other mobile technology. To find the productivity... Read More

12/6/2016
Daimler Trucks is recalling certain 2017 Freightliner trucks based on an earlier recall issued by Goodyear. Goodyear issued a recall Sept. 1 on some of its G399A LHS Fuel Max ... Read More

12/6/2016
Daimler Trucks is recalling certain 2017 Freightliner trucks based on an earlier recall issued by Goodyear. Goodyear issued a recall Sept. 1 on some of its G399A LHS Fuel Max ... Read More

11/10/2016
Ballots nationwide Tuesday featured a host of transportation-related measures on state and local levels, several of which could have impacts on the trucking industry via improved i... Read More

11/10/2016
Ballots nationwide Tuesday featured a host of transportation-related measures on state and local levels, several of which could have impacts on the trucking industry via improved i... Read More

10/10/2016
A five-truck fleet out of LaGrange, Ga., has been issued an effective shutdown order by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration after an investigation revealed the company ... Read More

10/10/2016
A five-truck fleet out of LaGrange, Ga., has been issued an effective shutdown order by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration after an investigation revealed the company ... Read More

9/22/2016
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a Final Rule to allow certain “vehicle safety technology” to be mounted on windshield interiors, including in... Read More

9/22/2016
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a Final Rule to allow certain “vehicle safety technology” to be mounted on windshield interiors, including in... Read More

8/18/2016
I think we should start a campaign to SAVE THE TIRES!! After all tire breakdowns represent 25% of all breakdowns for OTR trucks at an estimated average cost of $1000.00 per inciden... Read More

8/18/2016
I think we should start a campaign to SAVE THE TIRES!! After all tire breakdowns represent 25% of all breakdowns for OTR trucks at an estimated average cost of $1000.00 per inciden... Read More

6/30/2016
Freight availability is starting to improve, after a long, quiet winter. You can finally be a little bit choosier about which loads to accept, but rates are slow to ramp up. How ca... Read More

6/30/2016
Freight availability is starting to improve, after a long, quiet winter. You can finally be a little bit choosier about which loads to accept, but rates are slow to ramp up. How ca... Read More

5/30/2016
Many new trucking companies close their doors within the first year of operation.  Why?  There are many causes such as growing too quickly; not meeting CSA requirements b... Read More

4/29/2016
The first thing that caught my eye in the 120-page report was the decrease in large trucks involved in fatal crashes. Citing information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Ad... Read More

4/29/2016
In its annual “Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts” report, FMCSA found large truck fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled decreased by 6 percent from 1.43 to 1.... Read More

3/9/2016
TCA and Truckers News named 56-year-old Tennessee trucker Danny Smith, a dry van driver for Big G Express of Shelbyville, Tenn., as the Company Driver of the Year. Smith ... Read More

3/9/2016
Edward Mark Tricco, leased to Bison Transport in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, was named 2015 Owner-Operator of the Year by TCA and Overdrive Tuesday night. He also won a $... Read More

1/7/2016
Welcome to 2016! While 2015 did have its slow moments, similar to driving an ’87 Yugo in the fast lane of the interstate, I’d have to say that overall the year whisked ... Read More

1/7/2016
Welcome to 2016! While 2015 did have its slow moments, similar to driving an ’87 Yugo in the fast lane of the interstate, I’d have to say that overall the year whisked ... Read More

11/9/2015
Class 8 commercial vehicles continue to be the dominant segment in the commercial vehicle market, with these heavy-duty tractors representing more than 54 percent of new commercial... Read More

11/9/2015
Class 8 commercial vehicles continue to be the dominant segment in the commercial vehicle market, with these heavy-duty tractors representing more than 54 percent of new commercial... Read More

10/7/2015
Kenworth has announced three new options, all  aimed at the company’s lineup of vocational trucks– a new transmission, a bumper and a fixed grille The Allison 4700... Read More

10/7/2015
Kenworth has announced three new options, all  aimed at the company’s lineup of vocational trucks– a new transmission, a bumper and a fixed grille The Allison 4700... Read More

9/24/2015
Schneider’s president and CEO, Chris Lofgren, has named Mark Rourke the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. In his new role, Rourke will be ... Read More

9/24/2015
Schneider’s president and CEO, Chris Lofgren, has named Mark Rourke the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. In his new role, Rourke will be ... Read More

8/22/2014
With the abundance of online advice, company assistance, and “legal alternatives”, does today’s savvy commercial driver still need legal protection?   L... Read More

8/2/2014
That’s extremely good news, since violations can impact a carrier’s DOT scrutiny, insurance rates, and its reputation, as well as a driver’s employability. ... Read More

8/15/2012
8/15/2012
2/29/2012
There are many websites that offer useful information for truckers. So, I am taking a break from discussing policy issues to feature some of those resources for you While your t... Read More

2/24/2012
Fuel efficiency and reducing emissions are becoming more and more important to the trucking industry. One important government-industry partnership that is making it easier is the ... Read More

2/17/2012
The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration made it clear this week that they will proceed to write rules about electronic onboard recorders. We will be watching the actual pr... Read More

2/9/2012
On January 4, 2012, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) became law. Exactly what this means to you who haul perishable products will be spelled out in government agency r... Read More

2/3/2012
The reality of commercial trucks running on clean energy advanced this week with a partnership between Navistar International Corp. and Clean Energy Fuels Corp. Navistar, a lead... Read More

1/26/2012
As you know the Mobile Telephone Rule went into effect on January 3, 2012. This week the Department of Transportation released some clarifications on the rule. Here are some of the... Read More

1/19/2012
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program’s BASIC categories may seem anything but, well, basic. BASIC ... Read More

1/10/2012
As a trucker, you are well aware that the US Government requires you to receive approval from a doctor saying you are healthy enough to drive. A new federal requirement going into ... Read More

12/30/2011
Finally, the USDOT published it's long-awaited Hours-of-Service final rule this week.  The rule enforces more than a few changes including reducing the maximum work week to 70... Read More

12/23/2011
As we prepare for one of the biggest holiday weekends of the year hazardous weather conditions and crowded roadways because part of the norm. With more than 105 million licen... Read More

12/16/2011
You’ve no doubt heard about the recommendation from this week’s meeting of the  National Transportation Safety Board.  If not, here’s a recap of what ca... Read More

12/9/2011
USDOT says 2010 had the lowest highway deaths since 1949.  We believe this is due to truck drivers following the rules and regulations and being better professional drivers.&n... Read More

12/9/2011
USDOT says 2010 had the lowest highway deaths since 1949.  We believe this is due to truck drivers following the rules and regulations and being better professional drivers.&n... Read More

11/25/2011
Could it be time during this Christmas shopping season to invest in hands-free cell phone technology? If you haven’t done so already, it might be worth considering. U.S. Tran... Read More

11/18/2011
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11/11/2011
While oil prices continue to drop, a steady rise in diesel prices might be a bit troubling for trucking companies. Diesel fuel prices in the U.S. increased 17 cents per gallon ove... Read More

11/4/2011
Concerns over CSA are nothing new to the trucking industry, but it appears mainstream media is starting to grasp the initiative’s impact on the driver shorta... Read More

10/28/2011
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10/20/2011
Things just keep getting more and more interesting with the political tug o’ war over the proposed Hours of Service rules. This week, Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of N... Read More

10/14/2011
Are some personality types simply more predisposed to have a vehicular accident? Are some habits – say, cigarette smoking or heavy coffee consumption – more likely to s... Read More

9/30/2011
It looks as if the controversy over proposed hours-of-service rules is about to enter the high-stakes political hardball stage. As the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration ... Read More

9/23/2011
To borrow a phrase from an old advertising campaign, when is it not OK to reach out and touch someone? The National Transportation Safety Board is proposing regulations to ban t... Read More

9/16/2011
Unemployment across the country remains high, and yet the trucking industry continues to weather a lengthy and costly shortage of drivers. That head-scratcher paradox is picking up... Read More

9/2/2011
Here’s a heads-up to all truckers who will be driving through Colorado over the next nine months. Chain Law began this week along I-70 for all commercial vehicles driving bet... Read More

8/26/2011
Truckers in New Jersey and New York are none too happy about a recently announced plan increasingly tolls at tunnels and bridges leading into New York City. Approved by the Po... Read More

8/19/2011
As you likely know, President Obama last week announced that trucks by 2018 will have to go 20 percent further on a gallon of fuel. Proponents say that will help reduce U.S. depend... Read More

8/12/2011
New federal fuel-efficiency standards for commercial vehicles have won nearly across-the-board praise. From environmental groups to trucking organizations, word has been mainly ... Read More

8/5/2011
The nation’s jobless figures in July dropped to 9.1 percent, a bit of comparatively positive news in the wake of the Aug. 4 nosedive on Wall Street. Tucked within those figur... Read More

7/29/2011
The feeling is electric – literally – at the Baker City, Ore., Truck Corral. Located at milepost 304 on Interstate-84 about 300 miles east of Portland, it marks the fir... Read More

7/15/2011
In the midst of a government shutdown in Minnesota, truckers are discovering it to be the best of times and the worst of times.  A budget stalemate has meant the closing o... Read More

7/1/2011
New legislation pending in Congress is aimed at cracking down on crooked brokers. Authored by U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH) and Rep. Russ Carnaham (D-Mo.), the so-called &ldqu... Read More

6/24/2011
Amid a nationwide push to ban texting while driving, Nevada this month joined eight other states in going even further. On June 17, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law a measure... Read More

6/17/2011
With Father’s Day around the corner, we figured it was as good a time as any to take stock of some positive economic indicators for the industry. So here you go. Factory pr... Read More

6/10/2011
The wrinkles continue to mount in the seemingly never-ending controversy over hours-of-service rules. In the latest development, the American Trucking Associations is assailing ... Read More

6/3/2011
Take heed the next time you find yourself idling in heavy city traffic. According to a recent study by Harvard University researchers, pollution arising from traffic congestion in ... Read More

5/27/2011
In the wake of monstrous tornadoes earlier this week in Missouri and Oklahoma, truckers have jumped into action helping people piece their lives back together. Their efforts ha... Read More

5/20/2011
Controversy continues to dog the White House cross-border trucking proposal, with the latest salvo coming  from the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. The OOIDA ... Read More

5/13/2011
Brace yourselves for a long, hot and expensive summer. Diesel prices, averaging north of $4 per gallon this week, are expected to rise along with the temperatures over the comin... Read More

5/6/2011
Amid the seemingly never-ending controversies over hours-of-service rules and similar issues, it’s worth pointing out some positive news about trucker safety. A recent sur... Read More

4/29/2011
It is hard to comprehend the scope of the death and destruction left in the wake of the tornadoes that earlier this week tore through sections of the southeastern United States.... Read More

4/22/2011
Hours of service: It’s the controversy that just keeps going and going. Former FMCSA head John Hill recently told trucking leaders he doubts the ruckus over the proposed ru... Read More

4/15/2011
A flurry of legislation and other proposals under consideration in the nation’s capital could have a significant impact on the trucking industry. Last week, I had the privile... Read More

4/6/2011
I had the opportunity last week to join the estimated 70,000-plus truck drivers who packed the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky., for the annual Mid-America Trucking Show. I... Read More

3/30/2011
American Trucking Association chairwoman Barbara Windsor had an opportunity this week to tell Congress what many of you already know: The trucking industry desperately needs a n... Read More

2/16/2011
Each week, we ask you to send us your questions for our monthly Q&A blog post through our Facebook and Twitter accounts. If you have a question about our services, regulatio... Read More

1/13/2011
The Hours of Service issue has come to a head yet again. This past December, the FMCSA announced their proposed changes to the HOS rules. The proposed changes are currently availab... Read More

12/6/2010
Just last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) made public their proposal to increase fuel economy and cut emis... Read More

12/2/2010
DriveCam revealed four poor driving behaviors found most frequently in multi-collision drivers.  On November 10, 2010, DriveCam revealed the results of a  study that s... Read More

8/13/2010
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), along with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently released a rollover prevention vi... Read More

8/4/2010
Statistics show that 1 in 8 people suffer from a sleep disorder – a statistic that is increasing drastically with each year. If you suffer from sleep apnea you know well t... Read More

7/27/2010
The American Trucking Associations celebrated a victory last week as the Dodd-Frank bill was signed into law by President Obama.  The major cause for celebration, an exemption... Read More

7/27/2010
The American Trucking Associations celebrated a victory last week as the Dodd-Frank bill was signed into law by President Obama.  The major cause for celebration, an exemp... Read More

7/15/2010
As you may have noticed, diesel prices have dropped significantly since 2008.  The price per gallon for diesel recently dropped another 3.2 cents, leaving the national average... Read More

5/28/2010
Things are starting to look up for the trucking industry according to the American Trucking Associations (ATA).  The ATA recently released their report on the future of t... Read More

5/28/2010
Things are starting to look up for the trucking industry according to the American Trucking Associations (ATA).  The ATA recently released their report on the future of t... Read More