Five takeaways from the CCJ Fall Symposium

What trends stood out at this year's Fall Symposium? Here are the five biggest takeaways from the event and its speakers.

Truck that caused I-5 bridge collapse over permitted height

The May 2013 truck-bridge collision that caused a portion of Interstate 5 to fall into the Skagit River in Washington was in part due to a load too tall for the truck carrying it, according to a report released this week by the Washington State ...

Truckers for Troops fundraiser tops $50k

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association announced Nov. 20 it raised $52,528 this year in its Truckers For Troops campaign. The money will be used to pack and send care packages to U.S. military members stationed in combat zones.

CCJ Photo Gallery: Trucking in 1971 A New Era Begins

Trucking's move from the cultural doldrums to a major -- and lasting -- image of the 1970s was a gradual one. By the early '70s, the first pieces of what would become the defining era of the American Truck driver were starting to fall into ...

Cargo thefts: FreightWatch warns of recent jump in loads stolen in ‘red zone’

Cargo theft tracking firm FreightWatch International issued an alert this week saying it has seen three “red zone” truckload thefts in the last three weeks, stemming from stopping within the first 200 miles of a load's transport. Here's what carriers can do to protect their ...

ATA, Trucking Alliance agree with FMCSA’s e-log conclusions, OOIDA questions study

Fleet trade groups have said they agree with findings of a recent DOT report that found the use of electronic logging devices does not increase the likelihood that a driver will be harassed by his or her carrier. OOIDA, however, called the study “limited.”

Truckload Carrier Reports: Key 3rd quarter metrics compared

The third quarter earnings report season provided a generally positive outlook on the financial health of large truckload carriers, with a few companies putting up very nice gains from a year ago – and a year ago, things were pretty good. The carriers were equally ...

The give and take of low-rolling-resistance tires: Do fleets pay a longevity penalty for them?

Truck spec’ing often is a game of give-and-take. At first glance, it’s a given that low-rolling-resistance tires deliver superior fuel economy performance. But does that performance come at the cost of tire durability and longevity?

Port trucker unrest continues as strikes against carriers expand

Southern California port truckers now are picketing two intermodal rail carriers as the strike against area port drayage companies expands.

Fall freight pushes truck tonnage to solid gain in October

Truck tonnage as measured by the American Trucking Associations’ monthly For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose half a percentage point in October, ATA said this week, pushing it to its second highest level on record, following August.

‘EPIQ’ fuel economy push: Peterbilt takes Model 579 to new heights

The Model 579 was a groundbreaking design for Peterbilt, seamlessly melding traditional Class 8 styling with highly efficient aerodynamics. The new EPIQ package takes this formula further, with more aggressive aerodynamics and a highly optimized and integrated drivetrain. The result is consistently high miles per ...

Second call comes for household goods movers to be waived of 14-hour rule compliance

A trade group representing household goods carriers has applied for an exemption to certain provisions of federal hours of service regulations, citing the need for drivers to be able to return to a safe and appropriate place to park following deliveries.

Kenworth T880 returns to Chillicothe plant with U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

Employees at Kenworth Truck Company’s assembly plant in Chillicothe, Ohio, built a special Kenworth T880 in October. Today, they welcomed the Kenworth T880 back home with its special load – the official 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. More than 1,000 Kenworth employees gathered for a brief ...

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