Western Star unveils aerodynamic 5700XE on-highway tractor (with photos, video)

Western Star unveiled Sept. 11 its new 5700XE tractor, which it says is designed for driver comfort and equipped with an array of modern tech.

CCJ Fall Symposium to offer sessions on driver recruiting and retention, regulatory outlook, improving CSA scores

Registration for CCJ’s Fall Symposium is now open, and the annual networking and educational opportunity for fleet owners and executives will include sessions on recruiting and retaining drivers, minimizing violations in roadside inspections, regulatory and economic outlooks and more.

Photos, video: Truck platooning system with autonomous cruising, braking unveiled in Detroit

Meritor Wabco, Peloton and Denso unveiled Sept. 10 a system that can allow multiple trucks to platoon on the highway. The system is based on adaptive cruise control systems and autonomous braking.

Freight up again in July, index nears all-time high

The amount of freight moved by the for-hire transportation industry in the U.S. in July rose nine-tenths of a percent from the month prior, as measured by the DOT. The Index is just half a percentage point shy of its all-time high.

Infrastructure firms partner to develop nationwide ‘smart parking’ system for trucks

A system that will use road signs, smartphone apps, websites and in-cab messaging to allow drivers to find parking availability in real-time took a step toward nationwide deployment this week, according to the groups producing it.

Hub Group changes driver model in California, offers to settle IC suits

Facing a pair of lawsuits over worker misclassification, intermodal giant Hub Group Inc. will be converting its drayage drivers in California from independent contractors to employees, the $3.4 billion company reported this week.

What drivers want, Part 2: Money, respect key factors in attracting and keeping drivers

What do drivers want? It's the defining question for carriers today. CCJ sought to find an answer to that question and surveyed drivers to hear it first hand. Here's what we found.

Broker enters plea agreement in military freight bribery scheme

An Alabama-based freight broker has been charged with with two counts of bribery and two counts of fraud after investigators say he bribed two National Guard officials to steer military transport contracts to two carriers he represented.

‘Extreme pressure’ on capacity set to drive rates higher, FTR says

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index increased in July to a reading of 8.49, meaning a capacity crunch is putting upward pressure on rates, FTR says. The index could move even higher — signaling even tighter capacity — if the economy continues to gain steam this fall, ...

Owner-operators’ suit against out-of-state users fees gets class-action status

New York has granted class-action certification to the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association's lawsuit against the state-required registration and decal fees for out-of-state trucks.

Understanding spot rates: Good data’s no longer an edge – it’s a necessity

At the Pentagon they call it “asymmetric warfare,” but around the halls of CCJ it’s just called “trucking." And while “big data” and modeling have been standard operating procedure at big carriers, smaller companies simply no longer can afford not to invest in the current ...

Cass: August shipments bounce back; rates, not so much

North American freight volumes bounced back in August from a normal July dip, but did not cause a similar increase in freight spending, according to the latest Cass Freight Index. Compared to July, spending was down slightly.

‘Seed to sip’ sustainability: Brewery fleet moves to CNG

Anheuser-Busch is replacing its 66-diesel tractor fleet in Houston with compressed natural gas powered tractors. This marks the beer company’s first conversion of an entire brewery fleet and represents a significant milestone in achieving its goal to reduce carbon emissions.