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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pilot Flying J has launched its new mobile app. With features specifically geared toward the professional driver as well as the auto traveler and RV customer, the app is designed to make travel easier for everyone on the road, according to Mike Rodgers, senior vice president and...
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Motorists will be required to use hands-free devices to talk on the phone while driving on Minnesota roads starting Aug. 1 under a bill that Gov. Tim Walz signed Friday to crack down on the growing problem of distracted driving. Walz paid tribute to dozens of people...
PHOENIX — Traffic stops by sheriff's deputies in metropolitan Phoenix have dropped by more than half since a federal judge found the department was racially profiling Latinos in then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio's immigration crackdowns, and ordered a massive overhaul to rid it of biased policing. With the agency still under court...
GREEN BAY, Wis. —   Schneider completed its conversion to a company-owned and managed chassis fleet last year, and continues to invest in company-owned equipment including intermodal chassis, containers and tractors. The company added more than 4,200 intermodal containers in 2018, bringing its total to 22,200 – a 24 percent increase...
DENVER — The human trafficking problem and what Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) is doing to help combat the epidemic is being spotlighted in Denver May 2 during the 97th annual convention of the Association of Junior Leagues International. Titled “Hidden in Plain Sight, the Multi-Faceted Human Trafficking Epidemic,” the conference...
PORTLAND, Ore. — National average spot van and refrigerated freight rates slipped again during the week ending April 13 as the number of load posts fell 4% while truck posts increased 3%. The arrival of produce season in several southern markets failed to make up for the effects of more...
COLUMBUS, Ind. — Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) jumped 25% month-over-month in March, following a modest decline in February, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks published by ACT Research. However, the report indicated that longer-term...
LANSING, Mich. — After passing waves of tax cuts in recent years, some lawmakers in several Republican-dominated states have decided it's time to make a big exception and are pushing for tax increases to fix roads that are crumbling from years of neglect. In the past month alone, the Republican...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Nikola CEO Trevor Milton gave thousands of attendees at a Nikola World event here Monday the first peek into a global zero-emission future. As is often the case at a Nikola event, there was glitz and glamour. Milton arrived on stage with the famous Budweiser Clydesdales, representing the...
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Root Insurance, an insurance company that discounts insurance rates for drivers who avoid using their phones behind the wheel, has launched the results of its second annual distracted driving study, conducted online by Wakefield Research. The study reveals that nearly half of drivers surveyed (47%) cite distracted...
PRINCETON, W.Va. — West Virginia officials say they hope some new measures will make a dangerous section of Interstate 77 safer to travel. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports West Virginia Parkways Authority said it would lower the speed limit from 70 to 60 by the end of April, increase patrols...
WASHINGTON — The General Accounting Office has recommended that the Department of Transportation take steps to provide a standardized definition of underride crashes and data fields, share information with police departments on identifying underride crashes, establish annual inspection requirements for rear guards and conduct additional research on side underride...
The average price for a gallon of diesel nationwide rose 2½ cents for the week ending April 15, to stand at $3.118 per gallon, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The average price for diesel is now the highest it’s been since the week before Christmas. The price...
CLAREMONT, N.C. — John Pope, chairman of Cargo Transporters, said Monday Dennis Dellinger had been promoted to president and chief executive officer. “Dennis has served the company for over 30 years in various capacities,” Pope said. “Year after year, he has proven to be an outstanding leader in our organization...
INDIANAPOLIS — Celadon Group said Monday that it had disposed of substantially all of the assets used in its Logistics business division in an all cash transaction. The carrier said the move was a continuation of its strategic plan to streamline operations, reduce total debt and focus on its core...
Two U.S. companies that track, analyze and report data on the commercial vehicle industry both say preliminary data show trailer orders continue to be down year-to-date. ACT’s preliminary estimate for March 2019 net trailer orders is 15,600 units. Final volume will be available later this month. Our methodology allows us...
ORLANDO, Fla. — Trucker Tools has released what the company called “several growth milestones” and introduced new, customer-inspired features for its Smart Capacity platform and Mobile Driver App. The new features improved the platform’s predictive freight-matching, real-time capacity visibility, automated load tracking, shipper intelligence and driver support tools for independent...
WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit delved into ways to improve roadway safety during a recent hearing and roadway design changes were targeted by members of Congress as well as witnesses as one of several ways to achieve that goal. Yet the...
By this time next month, trucking will have just lost a good friend. No, no, Mr. Deejay, hold up on the somber string quartet. That’s not the mood we want. Quite the contrary. This is about somebody who has decided to step on life’s gas pedal. Dorothy Cox, whose thoughts and...