More red tape: The Great Pre-Buy of 2020? Are felons government’s answer to driver shortage?

Trucking is the definition of a dynamic industry, even a commercial free-for-all – or was. The government is taking it the wrong way, fast, with rules and regs that touch every aspect of carrier operations.

Due to recent rulings, take a look at independent contractor agreements, attorney suggests

Carriers operating in certain states in the West — specifically those who are based in California or do a lot of business there — may want to give their independent contractor agreements a critical eye, especially if they could be toeing the line of potential ...

Special report: Predictive analytics can help fleets boost safety, driver retention

The pace of available information and data gathering in trucking is accelerating, and with it, more companies to manage that data for fleets — and more unique ways to solicit it.

Love’s opens fifth fast-fill CNG fueling location in Texas Triangle

Love’s Travel Stops has opened its first fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) station for heavy-duty trucks in Dallas, the company's fifth such station in the Texas Triangle. Three more Love’s fast-fill CNG locations are scheduled to open in additional areas to complete the Texas Triangle. “The availability ...

ampCNG opens four CNG locations in Texas

ampCNG, which owns and operates a network of compressed natural gas locations across the country, has announced the opening of four new CNG truck fueling locations in Waco, Amarillo, Harrold and Rosenberg, Texas. All four locations have three natural gas vehicle fueling positions, offer Class-8 tractor-trailer ...

FWHA has only done half of Congressionally required bridge safety actions, report finds

Only 12 of the 24 bridge safety actions required by the current MAP-21 highway funding law have been implemented by the Federal Highway Administration, according to a report released Aug. 26 by the DOT’s Office of the Inspector General.

FMCSA plans to study driver pay’s impact on carrier safety, driver behavior

The agency says it will analyze the methods in which drivers are paid and whether they have any connection to driver safety behavior.

Range of new rules will steer trucking to consolidation, de facto re-regulation

With the federal government setting rules for the way trucks perform, for how vehicle owners need to maintain them, for when truck drivers may and may not work and how they are to be paid and even for the responsibilities of shippers in the supply ...

Every pound counts: New specs, lift-axle systems save fuel, boost payload

There are many good reasons for fleets to review their suspension specs and consider changes to better meet their application requirements as new designs are developed to complement today’s equipment trends.

Court rules carrier can be liable for lessee actions; effect likely small, ATA says

A federal appeals court in New York this week ruled this month that carriers who lease trucks to drivers can be held liable for the actions of those drivers and are not protected by the Graves Amendment. The impact on other carriers will likely be ...

DOT Inspector General initiates audit of cross-border program with Mexico

The Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General has begun its final audit of the cross-border trucking pilot program with Mexico. Here's what they're looking for.

CCJ Top 250: Moving on up

As the trucking industry puts more distance between itself and the recession of 2008-09, for-hire trucking companies continue to exhibit growth and increased profitability in an otherwise slow-growing economy.

Regulatory comments: Hours rule forces coercion; shippers, brokers need accountability

Common themes of regulatory criticism popped up often in the public comments offered on DOT's proposed driver coercion prohibition rule, like the new pressures and restrictions caused by the agency’s 2013 hours-of-service rule and holding shippers, receivers and brokers accountable.