Smaller carriers move in as large TLs struggle to meet demand; active carrier ranks swell

Spot shortages of trucks don’t make for a national capacity crunch, but they are creating opportunities for small and medium-size trucking companies. Medium-size carriers are increasingly turning to the spot market for their bread and butter, and the number of new DOT-authorized carriers has surged ...

Diesel resumes price tumble, hasn’t increased since June

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell again in the week ended Sept. 15, according to the Department of Energy, who reported it as down another 1.3 cents to $3.801. The U.S.’ average price has not increased since the week ended ...

Carriers, industry celebrate 3.2M truck operators this week with Driver Appreciation Week

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is happening this week, and carriers around the country will be hosting award ceremonies and cookouts along with handing out bonuses and gifts to drivers.

Preventable or not? Doe’s P&D pummeled by pizza-panicked Polk

John Doe was driving in the center lane of a three-lane one-way highway when his straight truck was struck by a four-wheeler merging from the left lane. Was this a preventable accident?

Buy, sell or hold: As economy rebounds, will equipment trade cycles change?

The economic downturn forced many fleets to extend asset life out to unprecedented levels. Now that times are good, should those trade cycles change?

Work fatalities in trucking industry fell 8 percent in 2013, DOL report says

Preliminary data from the U.S. Department of Labor shows 461 fatalities occurred in 2013 among private sector trucking jobs — an 8 percent drop from the previous year.

DOT doles out $600 million for infrastructure projects

The DOT will provide $600 million for 72 transportation projects in 46 states and the District of Columbia from its TIGER 2014 program, the department said Friday.

Chevron launching new oil for start-and-stop applications

Chevron announced last week a new category of engine oil for severe duty, start-and-stop applications. A nationwide rollout is planned for Sept. 15. Chevron says Delo 400 SD SAE 15W-30 is an API CJ-4 heavy duty engine oil specifically formulated for severe duty in on and ...

Electronic DVIRs shed paper, improve compliance

Since the arrival of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, electronic driver vehicle inspection reports (DVIRs) have become a popular method to improve CSA scores.

Household goods movers apply for HOS exemption

A trade group representing household goods movers has asked the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to exempt its members of the 14-hour cap placed on drivers daily hours-of-service limits.

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.