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Platooning trucks

Learning to follow: Autonomous technology may be ready before the rules are

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The term “platooning” has mostly faded from trucking media, but it’s a huge part of the march to total autonomy at Pittsburgh-based Locomation. According...
cracked concrete

Fading fast: Hope for new highway funding bill dwindling amidst D.C. bickering

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The year 2020 has been a strange year for several reasons, but there’s one factor that is as normal as can be. Political posturing...
electric charging station

Paving the way to electrification: Light-duty electric vehicle successes are laying the groundwork for...

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The California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) recent actions have made one thing clear — the drive to move California toward becoming a zero-emissions electric...
dollar bill profitability

Carrier Profitability: Shared metrics, meetings, guidance key benefits of TPP

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Many industries have advocacy groups, and there are many reasons for joining. The Truckload Carriers Association, however, has sweetened the deal with its TCA...
blueprint of a truck

Spec’ing your Truck: Buyers love innovation but remain mindful of reliability, safety

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Technology and trucking have long been closely associated. Technological advances have changed everything, from the size and shape of trucks to the drivetrain components...
Elaine Chao

Finally flexible: Carriers, drivers applaud HOS revisions

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Long-awaited revisions to the hours of service (HOS) regulations were released on May 14 to mixed reviews. The changes, published in the Federal Register...
Iceberg

Tip of the iceberg: Industry learning the true value of ELDs

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Dear Wikipedia:Since you have become perhaps the most widely Googled “encyclopedia” in the United States with the disappearance of the best-known printed volumes (R.I.P.,...
trucks line Constitution Avenue

Mayday, mayday! A tale of two sides of a dispute over spot rates

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Frustration over spot freight rates bottoming out due to the COVID-19 pandemic drew more than 100 small-business owner-operators to Washington, D.C., for a “May...
ox in toll booth

It’s no bull. States looking at toll initiatives and why oxen can be blamed.

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Toll.Is there another four-letter word that leads to a longer string of four-letter words from the mouths (and keyboards) of those employed in the...
Lorie Tudor and Shannon Newton

Power Team: Lorie Tudor and Shannon Newton are driving the future of transportation in...

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In March, Lorie Tudor took the reins as director of the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT), becoming the first woman in the state’s history...
July Invest

Will INVEST in America Act pause the clock on HOS revisions?

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The Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act, introduced June 3 by House Transportation & Infrastructure...
Top concerns 1

A real eye-opener: Top issues list puts driver shortage at top for 4th straight...

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Each October, as an annual rite of passage and a barometer of the operational and financial aspects of the trucking industry, motor carrier executives...
woman holding thank a trucker sign

Heeding the call: Truck drivers re-emerge as ‘Knights of the Highway’ in response to...

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Since the first cases of COVID-19 were discovered in Wuhan, China, in late December, the disease has spread across the globe, quickly achieving the...
trucks in front of the white house

Sustaining the momentum: Industry must be passionate about retaining PR gains made during pandemic

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Ed Nagle was talking with a reporter about trucking and the lack of respect shown to the industry and especially its drivers, who are...
Diverse group of Jetco Employees

‘Diversity, equity, and inclusion’ encompass much more than race — and can lay a...

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Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) has become a common catchphrase in American culture, but what exactly what does it mean and why is it...
CMV with lane-keeping assistance

Game changer: Technology sparks development of truck safety systems

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Oh, how technology can change the playing field. Smartphones are a prime example.As smartphones have become a constant companion for most people in the...
money

Going nowhere: Republicans gear up to halt Democrats’ bill with hefty insurance minimum

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No one would deny that liability insurance for bodily injury and property damage is a necessary part of any trucking business. Controlling the cost...
sleep apnea mask

Asleep at the wheel: FMCSA can lead truck drivers to CPAP therapy, but it...

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Rusty Traxler insisted he never felt sleepy when operating a vehicle.“I never knew I had a big problem other than I’d stop for...
Mack trucks production

Seeking Normalcy: Carriers planning for 2021 with questions about trucks, rates, drivers

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If the year 2020 taught us anything about business, it’s that predictions are often worth the real estate value of the cyberspace they occupy....
FMCSA Crash Chart

Accountability factor: Program removes not preventable crashes from CSA

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Lost amidst the excitement of the release of the new, more flexible hours of service rule, and the attention appropriately being given to the...