While we await the compilation of results from International Road Check, which ran from September 9 to September 11 this year, it might be instructive to review the recently released results of Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Operation Safe Driver Week that was conducted earlier this summer.
In this Friday Short Haul Travel Centers of America, Pilot Company and Love's Travel Stops all announce driver specials to celebrate National Driver Appreciation Week, and the whole month of September.
Passenger car drivers who happened to be on I-84 recently between Portland, Oregon, and Nampa, Idaho, might have found themselves griping about "those dang trucks" driving too close together – forcing them to have to pass two trucks at a time instead of just the one.
In this Friday Short Haul a dying trucker gets his wish for a last ride in a truck, FMCSA extends HOS exemptions, and fully autonomous trucks won't be on the highways any time soon.
As yet another response to the Federal Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act passed in 2015 the State of California has published a massive document to update the state's freight planning. Titled, "California Freight Mobility Plan 2020," the 326-page document was released by the California State Transportation Agency, known as Caltrans, to comply with a FAST Act requirement for states to provide state freight plans and update them every five years to be able to qualify for National Highway Freight program funding.
At a time when so many carriers are in financial trouble, and reading news about smaller fleets you'll encounter terms like, "bankruptcy," "layoffs," and "closing doors," there are still some smaller carriers that have not only survived this tumultuous year but have apparently thrived. Overdrive online has decided to honor those successful small fleets with its first ever contest to find the Small Fleet Champ for 2020.
In this Friday Short Haul, the suspence comes to an end as the House passes the Moving Forward Act, YRC Worldwide gets a huge government bailout, and trucking jobs are coming back.
In this Friday Short Haul Convoy steps up its game to capture more freight business, FMCSA extends CLP waiver, the $2 million minimum insurance coverage amendment is passed, and CDL examiner and trucking school owner are sentenced for CDL fraud conspiracy.
In a lawsuit that belongs in the "damned if you do, damned if you don't" category, CRST and seven other mega carriers are defending against a lawsuit by job-seeking drivers who complain that the carriers don't hire them as drivers even though they are still under contract to other carriers.
In this Friday Short Haul - Speeds return to normal post-virus, Congress mulls a $2 million minimum for truckers' insurance, and Women in Trucking looking to honor an influential woman.
Because the declaration of the national emergency due to the virus crisis is still in effect, the FMCSA recently announced several extensions of previous emergency waivers and declarations.
Two citizen-driven measures are working their way through legal channels that would give California voters the chance to thwart the will of state legislators in their desire to throttle California's gig and independent contractor economy by enforcing the recently enacted AB 5, the independent contractor law.
On the heels of CRST Expedited's successful lawsuit against Swift Transportation, claiming damages because Swift allegedly poached its trained drivers, CRST had filed a similar lawsuit against TransAm Trucking in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa on the same poaching charges.
In this Friday Short Haul Trimble MAPS offers a free app to help driver find places to stop, the rate of fatal accidents increased during COVID-19 lockdowns, Comcar declares bankruptcy, and ATA study shows increase in driver pay, bonuses.
Two years after first announcing its proposal to revise hours of service regulations for drivers of commercial vehicles, and after receiving thousands of comments from drivers and members of the public, the Department of Transportation released last Thursday its final decision regarding new HOS rules.
As reported recently in a Trucking Truth news article freight brokers are taking the brunt of truck drivers' anger at dramatically declining rates, but now brokers are pushing back against the accusation that they are price-gouging those drivers.
In this Friday Short Haul - Tank truckers suffer COVID-19 revenue decrease, former Arrow Trucking CEO gets an early prison release, and FMCSA offers to strike non-preventable crashes from fleets' and drivers' records.
As the commercial truck transportation industry settles into its COVID-19 virus era new way of doing business the American Transportation Research Institute and the Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association Foundation have released the results of a survey from the industry on how the reaction to the pandemic has affected them.
The United States military has been keeping pace with the commercial trucking industry in developing platooning technology, often employing virtually identical mechanical and electronic components to accomplish their purposes. But the design specifications to meet the needs for the two couldn't be farther apart.
WorkHound, an online platform for drivers to anonymously provide feedback to their companies, has released its latest analysis of driver comments regarding the COVID-19 crisis. The study analyses comments from drivers in the April 1, 2020, through April 15, 2020, period, and has noted some significant changes in drivers' perceptions about the virus.
In the wake of states' efforts to keep an adequate flow of virus-related essential materials moving along America's highways by granting temporary waivers on weight limits, an organization that opposes bigger trucks has written a letter to the nation's state governors reminding them to return to normal weight limits once the crisis is over.
In this Friday Short Haul truckers meet at White House for heroes reception, California state senator tries to undo AB5, and TA furloughs more than 3,000 employees.
Truckers have been getting a lot of love lately, but the industry is becoming concerned about the long-term effect of the reaction to the COVID-19 virus.
In this Friday Short Haul states begin imposing intrusive measures on travelers, FMCSA issues another virus waiver declaration, and face coverings are now required to enter Canada.
Just days after a coalition representing commercial drivers licensing schools, trucking companies and shippers sent a letter to federal and state officials trying to persuade them to keep state drivers license agencies open the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced it would temporarily allow CDL skills test examiners to also administer the written CDL tests.
California's commercial carriers, already embroiled in the fight over the new AB-5 law that challenges their use of independent contractors, have now found themselves caught in a "no good deed goes unpunished" catch-22 because of their benevolence in offering COVID-19 assistance to those contractors.
In an article at Automotive World the authors say that trucking industry participants ignore new autonomous vehicle technologies at their peril, predicting that within a relatively short time frame, within the next 15 years, forward-thinking larger carriers will have between 20 percent and 40 percent of their fleets as Level 4 autonomous Class 8 trucks.
Investor money going to other autonomous vehicle startups instead of to his company, and a downturn in freight rates, is the reason given by Starsky Robotics co-founder Stefan Seltz-Axmacher for ending Starsky’s experiment with remote-driven trucks.
On Friday, in answer to President Trump's declaration of a national emergency over the COVID-19 outbreak, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a nationwide exemption to hours of service rules for truckers transporting essential supplies, equipment and persons in support of relief efforts.
Taking a page from the ride-sharing playbook a Canada company offers the same kind of service for truckers to have access to trailers. The company, vHub, has announced its desire to expand its services globally, beginning with the United States.
Despite a November 2019 executive order by Idaho Governor Brad Little temporarily allowing transportation of industrial hemp through the state of Idaho, actions taken against three truckers discovered transporting hemp earlier in 2019 still stand.
In this Friday Short Haul, Tennessee's Howard Baer's Inc calls is quits, signs a carrier might be on the verge of closing, and five ways carriers should consider attracting and retaining drivers.
The United States Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety invited testimony from trucking representatives on February 4 to allow them to sound off with their opinions on the U.S. trucking industry … and committee members got an earful.
In this Friday Short Haul TCA announces top 20 fleets to drive for, FMCSA delays implementation of its ELDT rule, and Cold Carriers Logistics closes its doors to bankruptcy.
In this Friday Short Haul ATA attends White House signing of the USMCA, AB-5 to be challenged in 9th Circuit Court, and most physically demanding jobs are ranked.
Drivers and their compliance with driver requirements will be the focus of this year's International Roadcheck when the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will conduct an vastly increased number of inspections over a 72-hour period in May.
In this Friday Short Haul Pilot Flying J announces a name change to Pilot Corporation, CRST and Swift continue to battle it out in appeals court, and Schneider wins a 2020 BIG Innovation Award.
In this Friday Short Haul U.S. Senators demand smart phone map apps update with truck-specific information, FHWA to study truck parking, ATA applauds the USMCA trade agreement passage, and FMCSA conducts a truck crash survey.
So far, 35 states have some form of a policy regarding testing of autonomous vehicles on their highways. And some 50 cities have seen pilot tests of autonomous vehicles on their roads, or are planning to allow testing in the near future. But following the results of research on autonomous vehicles by the American Transportation Research Institute, autonomous semi truck innovators are hoping that Congress will step up and propose legislation tying separate state and local AV regulations into one national policy.
Departing a little bit from our usual fare at Trucking Truth News this article in the South China Morning Post about truck drivers in mainland China caught our eye for the similarities with driver complaints in America, but also with the different difficulties that drivers in China are faced with.
In a decision on January 6 that could have far-reaching consequences for every carrier operating in California, a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's ruling granting Walmart's California drivers lost wages for time spent on their 10-hour layover break while they are responsible for their truck.
In this Friday Short Haul, Sweatshop on Wheels video, a Federal District Court judge exempts truckers from AB-5, and another carriers closes its doors.
Not surprisingly, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration dominated the news that directly impacts commercial truck drivers. In fact, five of the 10 articles in this, albeit subjective, selection of the top stories on Trucking Truth in 2019, were the result of activity out of the offices of that regulatory agency.
The Federal Trade Commission has filed a lawsuit against FleetCor, a multi-billion dollar company that provides fuel card services to businesses.
Yesterday, Tuesday, December 17, is the day that law enforcement ended any kind of reprieve for truckers found to be driving without a fully compliant electronic logging device … in other words, no more grandfather, no more exceptions.
In this Friday Short Haul J.B. Hunt participates in Wreaths Across America, a self-driving truck makes a cross-country butter run, and states sign on to a zero emission goal for big rig trucks.
From among the stories of driver abandonment and hardship resulting from the largest truckload carrier bankruptcy in American history there are emerging heart-warming human-interest stories of just what it means to be a part of the truck driver community, where drivers take care of each other.
In this Friday Short Haul -- Fallout from California's AB-5 continues, winter weather resources, and Louisiana's ransomware attack affects trucking companies.
One would think that commercial carriers would want all the shipping customers they could handle, and would do anything to hang on to them. And, statistically, more than half of fleets surveyed by CCJ say they rarely give shipping customers the old heave ho. But that leaves the other nearly half of all carriers who are constantly evaluating the profitability of continuing with certain shippers.
Two years after rolling out a prototype Class 8 electric semi truck, appropriately named "Tesla Semi," Tesla will unveil this week a new version that incorporates autonomous features. While some Tesla Semis have been spotted on America's roads, full production will not begin for another year or so.
United States Custom and Border Patrol agents say that increased security at the U.S. border with Mexico is resulting in more migrants taking the risk of being transported via semi trailers – sometimes with deadly consequences.
In this Friday Short Haul simulator training should encourage millennial recruitment, Truckers Christmas Group ramps up, four fleets unhappy with Navistar settlement.
In answer to the proposed new FMCSA hours of service rules, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has given the FMCSA a 15-page letter to digest that is compiled from a survey conducted among some of the 160,000 members who collectively own and operate more than 240,000 individual heavy-duty trucks.
In this Friday Short Haul Amazon orders a fleet of new day cabs, a legislator is under fire for lack of disclosure with trucking insurance bill, and a Washington trucking group petitions the FMCSA.
In a looming battle between Federal supremacy and States' rights reminiscent of the Obama administration campaign against the State of Arizona a few years ago, but on opposite ends of the ideological political spectrum, the Trump administration has all but declared war on the State of California.
As if California truckers didn't have enough to worry about with the signing of the independent contractors law by Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday, a proposed new law that mostly flew under the radar got signed into effect by him on Friday that requires smog testing on heavy-duty diesel trucks.
In this Friday Short Haul Freightliner delivers two all-electric Class A trucks, a study finds top cities for truck driver jobs, and a Missouri State legislator drafts a bill regulating autonomous trucks.
TuSimple, the San Diego-based company that also has operations in China, announces that United Parcel Service has made arrangements with them to test the viability of using autonomously-driven tractor trailers to haul packages within its UPS network.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has finally published its long-anticipated notice of proposed rulemaking on changes to hours of service for commercial motor vehicle drivers.
Kodiak Robotics, Inc., another startup in the autonomous trucking industry, this one being only 16 months old, claims a first with its commercial freight business hauling middle-mile highway routes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The city of Key West might be the first in a wave of jurisdictions nationwide to severely regulate or outright ban LED advertising trucks.
In response to the large amount of publicity given to a truck driver being arrested in Idaho for legally transporting a hemp load the United States Department of Agriculture released a statement last week clarifying that hemp is no longer subject to the Controlled Substance Act and thus can be legally transported.
In this Friday Short Haul Waymo announces Phoenix test of self-driving big rigs, Iowa troopers conduct a "move over" sting, and comments continue for FMCSA's under-21 pilot program proposal.
TuSimple, a San Diego-based self-driving truck company, announced on Tuesday that the United States Postal Service will be a test bed for a first-ever, long-haul regular delivery route across state lines.
With the ongoing driver shortage and the capacity problems that the shortage creates for shippers truck industry watchers are seeing an increase in manufacturers and retailers starting up their own private fleets – or signing with carriers for a dedicated operation.
Truck drivers normally give little notice of bugs in the areas they drive through except for having to deal with the occasional bug swarms dirtying up their windshields. But beginning today truckers delivering or picking up loads in certain counties of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Virginia need to know they could face severe penalties for not carrying a Spotted Lanternfly Permit.
Truck drivers arriving at a distribution center in the very near future could be greeted by the sight of yard trucks running around the facility as usual -- hooking, unhooking, pulling trailers and hitting docks – but with one major difference … all that without a human being behind the wheel.
Uber, the ride-hailing giant that gives taxi companies headaches has set its sights on competing against the top players in the freight brokerage business.
In this Friday Short Haul we hear about a CDL examiner arrested, learn about a new toll recommendation, and discover marijuana testing for more positives
Trucking companies and U.S. manufacturers breathed a collective sign of relief late last week when President Trump backed off from his threat of closing the southern border. But problems still remain for cross-border truckers as they face increasingly longer lines and wait times to get across.
In this Friday Short Haul we look at the new semi-autonomous Freightliner Cascadias, see the results of a motorist survey about truckers, learn about a U.S. Xpress award, and view the rollout of new technology that helps drivers find parking spots.
At what point is the American public going to stand up and take notice of the truck driver shortage? According to spokespeople for the retail industry, that time is right about now.
In this Friday's Short Haul we report on C.R. England's driver pay raises, the effect that eCommerce has on the trucking industry, and announce TCA's Best Fleets to Drive For.
In the ongoing effort to alleviate the driver shortage trucking companies are beginning to consider a new strategy to entice new drivers – they are taking a hard look at their reasoning behind sign-on bonuses. They are asking whether they should ditch them entirely in favor of offering guaranteed pay.
In this Friday Short Haul we discuss Walmart's hiring and salaries, Uber's new Facilities Ratings app, a proposed speed-limiter law, and introduce members of this year's America's Road Team.
Despite an economic decline in some sectors in 2018, particularly in December, the transportation industry continues to show economic expansion.
Raymond Burt was named the Trainer of the Month for February 2018 at TMC Transportation.
TMC Transportation is pleased to introduce Herb House as our 2017 Wheel Master. The annual Wheel Master award is the highest driver honor given at TMC, and Herb’s hard work and dedication to his Black and Chrome family over the past 25 years has earned him this notable distinction.
TMC Transportation has been named The Home Depot’s Flatbed Carrier of the Year for 2017, making it four years in a row of earning this distinction.
A big pay raise and new Peterbilts have been rolled out to both solo and team drivers for PAM Transport allowing drivers to make $10,000 - $15,000 more per year.
The DOT has announced that their drug testing program will require testing for four semi-synthetic opioids beginning Jan. 1, 2018.
After an Amtrak derailment, a tractor trailer hauled away the 270,000 pound Amtrak engine which landed on the roadway after the crash.
PepsiCo has reserved 100 electric trucks from Tesla Motors in the largest electric truck order yet from any company.
Kavin started working at TMC in August of 2010 and became a trainer during his fifth year with the company. He was interested in the training position early on, but made the decision to wait a little longer before taking on the role. “I wanted to make sure I had the ‘TMC way’ of doing things down before I started training,” says Kavin.
Over 100,000 truck drivers likely have undiagnosed sleep apnea and more testing is on the way. Sleep apnea is going to be a big issue in trucking and more and more drivers will be tested as testing procedures become less expensive and lawsuits from accidents become more prevalent.
Anybody who travels back and forth to a "regular" job, or gets out at all, really, in a large metropolitan area will inevitably spend some time contemplating and lamenting the sometimes glacial pace of their commute. But just how much time do American drivers actually spend growing old in their cars in heavily congested areas?
Recently, we had a discussion with experienced drivers on what changes they would make to the hours-of-service rules that all interstate CDL license holders are bound by.
They say self-driving vehicles are on the way. They're right around the corner. I say they're full of baloney. It's a bunch of noise from a bunch of clowns looking for attention, and here's why....
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