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PRINCETON, N.J. —  ALK Technologies, a Trimble Company and global provider of transportation technology and mobility solutions, has launched a trip planning driver app—MileOn by PC*MILER. Powered by ALK’s flagship PC*MILER routing, mileage and mapping software, the new app gives drivers a much-needed tool for trip planning, scheduling Hours of...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the third consecutive year, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) are awarding grants to help states combat the growing challenge of drug-impaired driving. In 2018, five states — Idaho, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont —...
There’s a reason analysts call the price of oil and related products like diesel and home heating oil volatile. Today, the U.S. on-highway national average for diesel went down 1.9 cents a gallon to $3.266 after flirting with a decrease (three tenths of a penny) to $3.285 last week. Last week,...
toll sign
  ARLINGTON, Va. — Leaders of the American Trucking Associations and the Rhode Island Trucking Association (RITA) today pledged to continue fighting against what they called “the state of Rhode Island’s predatory and discriminatory truck-only toll scheme.” The state last week announced that two of its long-delayed truck tolls would go...
Drones are set to monitor traffic patterns and communicate with ground vehicle infrastructure in Ohio, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Journal reports. The drones will be relaying information on what’s going on along Ohio’s Smart Mobility Corridor, a 35-mile public testing ground on U.S. Route 33...
containers at a port
WASHINGTON — Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to set record numbers this summer and fall even as the debate over trade and tariffs continues in Washington, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “Consumers...
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration May 31 made good on its promise to issue a new guidance clarifying the 150 air-miles Hours of Service (HOS) agricultural commodity exemption and providing additional explanatory detail of the “personal conveyance” provision. “Due to input from commercial...
ARLINGTON, Va. — Today, American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello said the driver turnover rate at large truckload carriers rose in the first quarter of 2018. “The uptick in turnover is consistent with continued tightness in the market for drivers,” Costello said. “Anecdotally, carriers continue to struggle both recruiting...
LEXINGTON, Ky. — An explosion damaged a UPS freight hub Wednesday morning in Kentucky's second-largest city, sending multiple people to the hospital in what fire officials described as an accidental blast.Lexington Battalion Chief Jason Wells said a truck and trailer with an acetylene tank exploded in the building, news...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Trucks will have to start paying tolls Monday when they drive through Rhode Island. The state announced that two of its long-delayed truck tolls will go online June 11. The rest of the 14 tolls should be activated over the next 18 months. The gantries were supposed to...
In this episode we cover... High tech radar gun Truckers last journey Two big rigs crash and burn. These are the stories we are covering and more, on this weeks trucking news show
PORTLAND, Ore. — Freightliner Trucks premiered two fully electrified commercial vehicles, a Freightliner eCascadia heavy-duty truck and a Freightliner eM2 106 medium-duty truck today, during the Daimler Trucks Capital Market and Technology Day here. Freightliner plans to deliver an Electric Innovation Fleet of 30 vehicles to customers later this year...
PORTLAND, Ore. — Daimler Trucks Wednesday said it was creating an Automated Truck Research and Development Center at Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) headquarters on Swan Island in Portland, where DTNA already has a significant research and development presence, including a full-scale heavy-duty truck wind tunnel on Swan Island...
citizen driver ceremony
WESTLAKE, Ohio —  TravelCenters of America (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Citizen Drivers. The program, launched in 2013, is designed to recognize professional drivers who evoke public respect for the truck driving profession through good citizenship,...
Two organizations that report truck orders have said the latest data indicates that the new truck market is still strong. ACT Research said its preliminary North America Class 8 net order data show the industry booked 35,600 units in May. FTR reports that preliminary North American Class 8 orders for May...
GREENBELT, Md. — It’s here. Starting today commercial motor vehicle inspectors will conduct high-volume, high-visibility inspections of large trucks and buses for 72 hours as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck annual enforcement initiative. Commercial motor vehicles and their drivers will be checked at inspection sites, weigh...
After several weeks of going up, the national average on-highway diesel price Monday took a slight dip (three tenths of a penny) to $3.285, and six of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) 10 reporting sectors also showed diesel price decreases. But it turns out the three regions where diesel...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The former president of the nation's largest diesel fuel retailer wants to fire his trial lawyer now that he's been convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Tuesday that former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood is seeking to fire and replace...
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers extended a streak of solid hiring in May, adding 223,000 jobs and helping lower the unemployment rate to an 18-year low of 3.8 percent from 3.9 percent in April. Trucking added jobs, too, 6,200 from April to May, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The...
TLA31 JuneJuly2018
Truckload Authority - June/July 2018 Digital Edition: On the Job: Ray Martinez takes over as FMCSA Administrator. | Job-Hopping: Are drivers who change jobs often going nowhere fast? | Tech Shortage: Is the lack of training by carriers to blame? | Good for Business: Women leadership deemed profitable.