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Indicators: Trucking adds a few jobs in July, report indicates contract rates still weak

August 9, 2017

Trucking added 400 jobs in July: Total employment in the for-hire trucking industrygrew by 400 jobs in July, according to the latest employment report issued by the Department of Labor. July’s gains come after three months of declines in industry employment. However, due to strong gains in February and March, trucking industry employment is still up compared […]

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Revolutionizing Uptime: Navistar’s OnCommand™ Connection helps fleets operate more efficiently

August 9, 2017

OnCommand™ Connection is part of the OnCommand™ family of fleet management services from Navistar and is the first open architecture system that works with all telematics systems. Navistar’s connected services specialists answer your questions about how OnCommand Connection works for your fleet. Linda Negel is the senior manager for business strategy in Navistar’s Connected Services […]

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Report classifies nearly 56,000 U.S. bridges ‘structurally deficient’

February 20, 2017

Approximately 1,900 bridges along the United States’ interstate system are deemed structurally deficient, a fraction of the nearly 56,000 bridges with the same designation, according to a report released by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). The organization’s analysis of U.S. Department of Transportation data on bridges in 2016 found that the country’s […]

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Making the case for advanced safety systems

January 30, 2017

Safety-conscious fleets understand the role that driver training and ongoing coaching programs play in reducing accident rates and keeping Compliance Safety Accountability scores low. But even the safest drivers for the safest fleets can have accidents. And if a company driver is at fault, the costs could be catastrophic depending on the severity, especially for […]

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Trump orders agencies to freeze new regulations, ELD mandate likely shielded

January 25, 2017

President Trump issued Friday an order to executive agencies directing them to freeze all new regulations pending further review by Trump and his team. It’s unclear, however, whether this rule will affect any coming trucking regulations, especially since the administration’s memo, circulated by Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, allows for regulations related to “health, […]

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221 cargo theft incidents reported in first quarter

May 23, 2016

The number of cargo thefts in the United States in 2016’s first quarter was up 8 percent, but the average value of the thefts was down 56 percent when compared to the first quarter in 2015, according to FreightWatch International’s quarterly report, released this week. FreightWatch recorded a total of 221 thefts in the quarter […]

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Carrier wins Colorado case brought by drivers wanting overtime pay, breaks

May 2, 2016

Colorado intrastate truckers who transport out-of-state shipments destined instate are exempted from federal and state wage law, according to a federal appellate court. On April 21, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district’s court award of summary judgement to the Iowa-based Decker Truck Lines (No. 135 in the CCJ Top 250). This is […]

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Truck-related fatalities down, but injury crashes on the rise

May 2, 2016

Earlier this month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Analysis Division released its annual “Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts” study examining truck- and bus-related crash statistics for 2014. 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 […]

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Driver turnover at large fleets surges above 100%

April 29, 2016

Latest figures on driver turnover: The turnover rate at large truckload fleets continued to rise in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to quarterly data released April 25 by the American Trucking Association, who pegged the annualized turnover rate for large truckload fleets at 102 percent in the quarter. 2015’s fourth quarter was the second […]

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Fuel prices rise for second week in a row, remain below $2

March 3, 2016

For the second week in a row, fuel prices climbed slightly, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly report, with prices increasing by six-tenths of a cent during the week ending Feb. 29.  The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel now stands at $1.989, remaining below $2 a gallon for the third consecutive […]

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