Monthly Archives: May 2019

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — ES, which offers capacity solutions and ownership opportunities within the trucking industry, has released programming details for the company’s inaugural Success In Trucking Expo (SITE), which will take place June 7-8 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway complex. The two-day agenda for the SITE has been designed specifically...
WASHINGTON — The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and The National Road Safety Foundation, Inc. (NRSF) have revealed the recipients of a third year of grants to help states implement innovative drowsy driving prevention campaigns. Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and New York will each receive $15,000 in funding. Eight states...
ELYRIA, Ohio — Often in trucking, it takes just a small change to make a big impact. This is especially true in tire pressure, where the difference of a few psi can directly affect mileage, maintenance, and safety. During National Tire Safety Week, May 20-27, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems stresses...
WASHINGTON — Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry-wide education and image movement, is advocating lawmakers to invest in better and safer roads and bridges as part of its affiliation with the seventh annual Infrastructure Week, which runs through Saturday. “With 3.5 million truck drivers on our highways every day...
KIRKLAND, Wash. — After a successful 2017 “Everyday Heroes” Kenworth T680 auction, Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) anticipates even greater results when its second Everyday Heroes truck is auctioned at Ritchie Bros in Phoenix on Friday. Proceeds from the sale go directly to TAT, a 501(c)3 non-profit devoted to stopping human...
HARTFORD, Conn. — An anti-toll organization No Tolls CT has delivered a petition with over 100,000 signatures to Gov. Ned Lamont in an effort to prevent lawmakers from passing legislation that would create additional toll roads in Connecticut. A vote on the plan is believed to be imminent. Lawmakers are under...
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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) fell 5% month-over-month in April, following an uptick in March, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks published by ACT Research. Additionally, the report indicated that longer-term comparisons yielded...
SOFIA, Bulgaria — The future of Bulgaria's vast number of low-wage truck drivers has become a top campaign issue in the country heading into European Parliament elections, with debates raging on how new EU rules could threaten the workers and deepen divisions between rich and poor nations in the...
LANSING, Mich. — With her proposed 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax hike stalled, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Tuesday that fixing the roads is still the "No. 1 issue" despite the Republican-led Legislature prioritizing an overhaul of Michigan's car insurance law. "People want our roads fixed. That is the No. 1 issue, and...
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Way back in 1982, Eddy Grant encouraged us all to “rock down to Electric Avenue.” In more recent times, the trucking industry has increasingly set itself on the road to a more electric future, with battery life being one of the main technological hindrances, especially since charging stations are still...
WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Tuesday said it is seeking public comment on a potential pilot program that would allow drivers ages 18-20 to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. “Commercial trucks and buses are essential to a thriving national economy, and the department wants...
COLUMBUS, Ind. — According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, slower freight growth, an easing of driver supply constraints, the resumption of the long-run freight productivity trend and strong Class 8 tractor fleet growth will increasingly pressure rates and by extension, trucker profitability...
OKLAHOMA CITY — Professional drivers can receive free TirePass inspections and half-priced DOT inspections from May 27-June 6 at Love’s Truck Tire Care and Speedco. Officials at Love’s and Speedco said they wanted to help drivers prepare for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s 2019 International Roadcheck. The CVSA International Roadcheck takes...
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Stay Metrics, a provider of driver retention tools for motor carriers, has teamed up again with Luma, a learning and instructional design company, to offer the transportation industry free training for the upcoming International Roadcheck 72-hour inspection blitz June 2-4. Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety...
WASHINGTON — Repair Priorities 2019, a new report released Tuesday morning by Transportation for America and Taxpayers for Common Sense, shows that, despite more spending, the percentage of the roads nationwide in “poor condition” increased from 14 percent to 20 percent from 2009-2017. The report said this is happening because...
PORTLAND, Ore. — Spot market truckload freight continued two trends in April that have been a recurring theme in 2019: strong volumes and abundant capacity. Volumes for dry van freight — the most common semi-trailer type — increased 2.4 percent in April 2019 compared to April 2018, according to DAT...
The average price for a gallon of diesel nationwide fell 1.1 cents for the week ending May 13, to currently stand at $3.160 per gallon, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The just-concluded week continued in exaggerated fashion a pattern that has developed over the past few weeks....
PHOENIX —PrePass has rolled out enhancements to its PrePass MOTION bypass app. The addition of PrePass ALERTS gives truck drivers roadway safety notifications and is an added no-cost benefit for PrePass customers. With ALERTS, drivers receive notifications when they are approaching areas with high winds, steep grades, traffic work zones and...