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.

CCJ Innovator: Walmart Transportation aims to double fleet efficiency

For Walmart – a company whose U.S. operation employs 1.3 million people and has 4,987 retail stores, 42 regional distribution centers (each serving roughly 100 retail locations) and a fleet of 7,000 trucks – identifying and correcting inefficiencies in freight movement would have a major ...

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 ...

Diesel price hits lowest point since March 2010

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell 6.7 cents in the week ended Jan. 26, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly report, bringing the nation’s average at-pump diesel price to $3.866 — the lowest since the week ended March 1, ...

ATA asks Congress to raise fuel taxes, says infrastructure deficiencies cost industry 141 million hours a year

In a joint letter sent to Congress on Jan. 26, the American Trucking Associations, AAA and the Chamber of Commerce asked lawmakers to raise taxes on gasoline and diesel purchases — a solution they say will provide the funds the U.S. needs to prevent a ...

CCJ Indicators: 2014 sees tonnage spike, 40 percent growth in truck orders

Several firms reported this week 2014 wrap-ups, pointing toward solid tonnage growth and big growth in the Class 8 truck market. Also, rates and capacity continue to press shippers, though conditions have improved slightly for them in recent months.

Wal-Mart settles with family of comedian killed in Tracy Morgan crash

The family of late comedian James McNair has reached an undisclosed wrongful death settlement with Wal-Mart and its private fleet, stemming from the high-profile June 2014 crash that killed McNair and left several others critically injured, including actor Tracy Morgan.

Kenworth T880 named ATD’s Truck of the Year; ATD also names Dealer of the Year

The Kenworth T880 was named the American Truck Dealers’ Commercial Truck of the Year this weekend at the ATD Convention and Expo in San Francisco, besting two other finalists, the Peterbilt 567 and the International WorkStar 7600.