Q&A: Fleets in great position to boost contract rates in 2015, says DAT’s Mark Montague

CCJ was able to talk with Montague recently about diesel price’s impact on rates, where he sees rates headed in 2015 and how cheaper diesel could change freight flow in the U.S.

Fleet owner sentenced to 10 years for directing $3.5 million cargo theft scheme

The former owner of a Memphis-based fleet was sentenced this month to 10 years in prison — the maximum amount allowed by law — for using the trucks in his business to run a cargo theft scheme that stole roughly $3.5 million in freight.

Ryder eclipses 30 million miles with natural gas fleet

Ryder System announced this week it has surpassed 30 million miles with its fleet of liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas tractors. The company, which began its natural gas vehicle program in 2011, has replaced approximately 4.6 million gallons of diesel fuel with lower emission ...

Latest highway bill news: Senate’s hearing, Sec. Foxx’s ‘to hell with politics,’ House’s Transportation 2.0 bill

The latest in highway funding bill news includes an impassioned plea from Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx for a long-term measure and the filing in the House of a six-year bill dubbed Transportation 2.0.

Drivers may be able to stop carrying paper copies of med cards as early as this week

Drivers will no longer be required to carry paper copies of their medical certification cards beginning Friday, Jan. 30, as the certification will have been integrated into drivers’ CDLs, FMCSA is expected to announce this week.

Old Dominion loses disability bias suit, ordered to pay $119k to driver who self-reported alcoholism

A U.S. district court has ordered $119,612 in back pay to an ex-driver fired by Old Dominion Freight Line after he self-reported alcohol abuse.

Video: Test driving Freightliner’s severe duty lineup

CCJ Equipment Editor Jack Roberts is outside of Austin, Texas, this week to test drive two trucks out of Freightliner's SD line: The 114SD and the 108SD dump. Here are two short clips of Roberts' time with the two trucks Jan. 28

CCJ sister site Truck Parts & Service names Distributor of the Year

Parts distributor Six Robblees’ has been named the 13th annual Truck Parts & Service Distributor of the Year, with the announcement coming at the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week Jan. 27 in Las Vegas.

Driver turnover rate climbs slightly in third quarter, ATA reports

The turnover rate at large truckload fleets rose a percentage point to 97 percent in 2014’s third quarter from the prior quarter, according to number released today by ATA. The turnover rate at LTL carriers also rose from 11 percent to 13 percent in the ...

Senator files $1T, 5-year transportation infrastructure spending bill

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders (Vt.) has filed a transportation bill that would appropriate $1 trillion to infrastructure spending over the next five years. The bill could be the first highway bill to the table as lawmakers face a May 31 expiration date of the current ...

Industry reacts to FMCSA’s crash fault study: Where’s the ‘accountability’ in Compliance, Safety, Accountability?

Industry groups released statements last week reiterating their stance on crash fault weighting in CSA: The program has a potentially major problem with fairness if crash accountability continues to be left out.

Mack offers GuardDog Connect as Concrete Pumper option

In an effort to simplify service needs for customers in the highly demanding concrete pumper application, Mack Trucks now offers specialized Uptime support. Mack GuardDog Connect, its integrated telematics solution, will be standard on Mack TerraPro concrete pumper models ordered as of April, making it ...

Research: drivers favor percentage pay over miles, hours

As carriers continue to create new pay packages to increase driver satisfaction, a recent study by Stay Metrics shows drivers are happiest with percentage split pay.