Preventable or not? Deer delivers dilemma to Doe

John Doe avoided hitting a deer that raced in front of him on the highway, only to sideswipe a guardrail and destroy his right front fender. Was this a preventable accident?

Swift agrees to $4.4 million class-action settlement over background check issues

Swift Transportation has agreed to a $4.4 million class-action settlement in the case involving claims that the carrier violated stipulations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act by not disclosing to driver applicants that it could access background checks and not allowing applicants to contest the ...

Truck tonnage up slightly in March, still ‘clawing out of hole’ from winter

Truck tonnage rose 0.6 percent in March from February, according to the American Trucking Associations' monthly For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index, but tonnage is still trying to recoup losses caused by severe winter weather in December and January that sidelined freight movement.

Drivers may fret e-logs — and quit over them — but they could benefit the most

Some driver frustration over an ELD mandate is understandable, but not as many who say they will quit will end up abandoning ship, especially if carriers start teaching them about the benefits of the devices.

FMCSA says carrier insurance minimums too low, rule to raise them in the works

The current $750,000 minimum liability insurance required to be held by carriers is too low, said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration this week, and the agency plans to create a rule upping that minimum.

Drug and alcohol driver database comment period extended after OOIDA request

The public comment period for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's proposed Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse rule has been extended a month to May 21, spurred by a request from the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

Mexican truckers threatening blockade, FMCSA called on to resolve dispute

Mexican truckers unhappy with inspections, fines and treatment by inspectors are threatening to protest at Arizona border crossings with a traffic blockade, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation, who is pressing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to take action to resolve the issues.

Diesel price jumps, snapping 6-week streak of drops

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel jumped 1.9 cents in the week ended April 21 to $3.971, snapping a streak of six consecutive weekly drops that totaled 6.9 cents.

CCJ Photo Gallery: The Crazy ’80s: Trucking in 1984

Ronnie was in office, a recession was in full swing, and they were making Firebirds in pastel colors. But in many ways, groundwork laid during the 1980s set the stage for the trucking industry today.

ATA boss blasts ‘anti-truck agitators’

The attempt by railroads, unions and other “anti-truck” groups to distort the truth about the safety of bigger trucks won’t work because the facts will support more productive vehicles, the leader of the American Trucking Associations says

E-log mandate to push droves of drivers from trucking?

According to results from a recent survey done by CCJ publisher Randall-Reilly, a big chunk of drivers are threatening to leave the industry if the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's proposed ELD mandate comes to fruition, which could be as early as 2016.

Monday Money: Trucking, economic indicators in 5 slides

Truckload linehaul rates spiked in March, with the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index showing a 6 percent year-over-year increase – the largest in 35 months – and setting a new high. Intermodal traffic also continued to rise and a Federal Reserve survey confirms transportation demand has ...

California mulling zero-emission technology program

California legislators have scheduled an April 30 hearing on legislation to establish a zero- and near-zero emission technology program for certain vehicles and equipment.

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