News, Interviews, and Happenings From The Trucking World
Friday Short Haul - Hauling hemp, road rage fatality, new rules for autonomous vehicles
Autonomous trucks on USPS test run
Future era of cab-less trucks will be the end of HOS rules
Friday Short Haul - FMCSA under-21 comments, Tesla autonomous car crash, 24,000 drivers sign contract with YRC
Under-21 interstate drivers getting serious look by FMCSA
Trucker Buddy program matches drivers with a classroom; everyone wins
Friday Short Haul - Driver awarded $80 million, ODFL driver wins, loading dock black hole
Storm breaks out from Rockies, slams into Midwest, South
Capacity issues have shippers looking at private fleets
Friday Short Haul - HOS rules, dark skies, Falcon drivers
'Bug' permits now required for four eastern states
Simulator use is catching on for schools, carriers
Friday Short Haul - Thinking electric, Penske opens charging station, border crossing crisis, railroads taking trucking business
ELDs might not be the panacea that was hoped for
Truck drivers may soon see "phantoms" driving yard trucks
Friday Short Haul - Nikola big rigs, WIT welcomes Peterbilt, Oregon crashes, Border crossings
Carriers claim financial benefit of putting up drivers in hotels
Uber's IPO application reveals interesting data about its freight brokerage business
Friday Short Haul - CDL examiner arrested, tolls proposed for trucks, marijuana use on the rise
Smart Load Board will get carriers the loads they need
Huge lines and long wait times greet carriers at Mexico border
Friday Short Haul - Marijuana, ATA campaign, personal conveyance rules
Over-the-air downloads revolutionize parameter updates
Don't get scammed by skimmers
Friday Short Haul -- New Cascadias honored, motorist survey, U.S, Xpress awarded, rest stop parking
Legislators address underride collisions, propose more underguards for trucks, trailers
Motorists soon may encounter a different kind of truck convoy
Friday Short Haul -- Women in Trucking, irate motorist, FMCSA eases HOS, Safe-Cap
Recent survey shows cost of roadside repairs is rising
FMCSA announces drug and alcohol clearinghouse website
Friday Short Haul - Swift settlement, driver shortage myth, TCA Best Fleet award
The hidden danger of looking but not seeing
Accident scammers target trucks for financial payout
Friday Short Haul - Snow on the roof, bypassing toll road, Waze under fire
Retailers blame driver shortage for price increases
Drivers' smartphones may be clue to road roughness
Friday Short Haul -- Freight rates, HOS changes, tonnage reports
New tax changes hit drivers hard
FMCSA to implement under-21 interstate driver program for former military
Friday Short Haul -- Connecticut tolls proposed, hydrogen fuel-cell trucks, cell phone use
Congress committee looks at state of America's highways
Number of cargo thefts is down; but dollar value about the same
Friday Short Haul -- Crossing the border, CA sues FMCSA, Lobbying against larger trucks
Detention - A problem still in search of a solution
February Highway Angels honorees named
Friday Short Haul -- C.R. England announces pay raises, eCommerce impact on trucking, TCA announces best fleets
Is a guaranteed minimum pay the solution to the driver shortage?
Long CDL testing wait times cost economy billions of dollars; not helping driver shortage
Friday Short Haul -- Walmart hiring, Uber Freight App, Speed-limiter Law, America's Road Team
Cranking -- The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
California survives challenge to its low-carbon fuel standards
Friday Short Haul - Highway robbery ... autonomous trucks ... new trailers
LithiumHub enters jump-starter market with Jumpbooster JP30
2019 Looks Good For The Transportation Industry
Raymond Burt named TMC Trainer of the Month for February 2018
TMC Transportation Announces Recipient of Prestigious Wheel Master Award
TMC Transportation Named The Home Depot’s Flatbed Carrier of the Year For Fourth Straight Year
Pay Raises & New Peterbilts for PAM Drivers
New DOT Drug Testing Rules Effective Jan 1, 2018
Amtrak Derailment: Trucks Haul 270,000 Pound Locomotive Engine During Cleanup
Pepsi Places Largest Order Yet For Tesla Electric Trucks
Kavin Hallett named Trainer of the Month for October 2017
Over 100,000 Truck Drivers Likely Have Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea And More Testing Is On The Way
Drivers Share Their Best Tips, Tricks, And Secrets For Life On The Road
Drivers Are Losing Money By Taking The Wrong Approach
Truckers and Guns: What Is and Is Not Legal
Preparing To Go Solo For The First Time? Experienced Drivers Share Their Best Advice
The Truck Stop Survival Guide: Advice From Experienced Drivers
The Worst Cities For Traffic In The U.S. For 2017
We Ask Drivers How They Would Make The Logbook Rules Better
Self Driving Trucks Are Not Coming Anytime Soon
Friday Short Haul - Nikola big rigs, WIT welcomes Peterbilt, Oregon crashes, Border crossings
Last Updated: Fri, April 19, 2019
Nikola announces new hydrogen fuel and electric models
Nikola Motor Corporation of Scottsdale, Arizona, known for its futuristic big rig innovations, announced a 2022 availability for its updated Nikola Two Class 8 tractor. This new rig will come in two powerplant flavors – hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric.
One major manufacturer, Anheuser-Busch, has ordered 800 Nikola trucks. The giant beer brewer travels 350 million miles a year with its own fleet, and they intend to eventually transition their entire long-haul fleet to renewable powertrains.
To refuel the Nikola Two, and its predecessor the Nikola One -- which debuted in 2016 and is expected to be in service in 2010 -- Nikola plans to develop a hydrogen fueling network of 700 stations across America by 2028.
According to Nikola, the model Two can outperform existing diesel trucks with its up to 1,000 horsepower, 2,000-pound-feet of torque, and its 600-mile range.
Quick on the heels of the Nikola Two is the Nikola Tre, available for customers in Europe in 2023, that boasts better performance than any cabover diesel truck currently running there.
This new generation of Nikola trucks will be compatible with the coming automated hardware and software.
Women in Trucking adds Peterbilt Motors to its list of partners
Since 2016 Peterbilt Motors Company has been active as a corporate member in participating with the Women in Trucking Association to further its commitment in helping women to find careers in the trucking industry.
Now, WIT has added Peterbilt to its roster as a Gold Level Partner level of supporter, and welcomed Peterbilt Director of Program Management Michele Rodgers to its board of directors.
“Peterbilt prides itself on having a diverse workforce, along with supporting organizations that share those same values,” said Peterbilt’s General Manager, Jason Skoog. “Our proud sponsorship of Women in Trucking is reflective in our belief that they are doing great work in our industry.”
“We are thrilled and grateful to be partnering with an influential business leader like Peterbilt,” said Ellen Voie, president and CEO of WIT. “Their passion and advocacy for diversifying the industry will be instrumental in advancing the WIT mission.”
Among the accomplishments in encouraging women into the trucking industry are a transportation doll, Clare, that introduces the young generation to trucking, a well-attended conference in 2018, and a radio show on SirriusXM that airs weekly called Women in Trucking that is geared toward women's issues in the trucking industry.
Big-rig crashes appear to be on the increase in Oregon
A recent report to Oregon lawmakers by the Oregon Department of Transportation reveals that the number of truck crashes on Oregon roads has steadily increased over the past 10 years, and spiked in 2017.
But there seems to be a disagreement about what has caused this increase.
"It doesn't surprise me that when business is strong and there are lots of trucks on the road that there's going to be a lot more potential for accidents," Jana Jarvis, CEO of the Oregon Trucking Associations, told KATU2. "2018 was a record year for the trucking industry. There's probably more volume and trucking than we have seen in recorded history."
ODOT spokesman David House, however, said the larger number of crashes could be attributed to the severe weather during the winter of 2016-2017. Speed, distraction and unsafe lane changes could also be factors, he said, adding that people are just driving faster on Oregon roads these days.
The ODOT report showed the rate of crashes per million vehicle miles in 2017 was .49 for large trucks, and there was an overall increase by 33 percent from 2006 to 2016.
Custom agents being shifted back to ease border crossing woes
Delays for trucks crossing the U.S.-Mexico border because of removing Customs and Border Protection agents to other posts to aid with immigration which resulted in lane closures has prompted CBP to begin shifting agents back to the border stations and re-opening more lanes.
But the situation is made worse by an increased traffic surge because of pre-Easter holiday products and produce.
CBP hopes to restore crossing staffing to about 65 percent of normal by deploying some 300 officers to the Southwest borders from other parts of the country.
Laredo, Texas, accounts for the largest volume of crossings than any other Southwest port of entry, so about 20 percent of the 300 officers will be staffing just that one location.
Mid week this week CBP reported that 61 of 88 truck lanes were open and had delays of about 72 minutes.
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Women In Trucking