Articles by CCJ Staff

Transplace develops ‘Optimize Prime’ platform for shipment routing

Transplace, a provider of transportation management services and logistics technology, announced the release of Optimize Prime – a platform that designs, analyzes and optimizes transportation distribution networks to eliminate waste and reduce transportation costs. Optimize Prime works with the third party logistics (3PL) provider’s Transportation Management ...

SmartDrive receives patent for video-based event triggering

SmartDrive Systems announced that it has been notified by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that a patent will be issued  for its application for advanced driving maneuver detection and integration with on board active safety systems. SmartDrive, based in San Diego, says it has built an ...

Ridewell’s steerable auxiliary suspension system

Ridewell’s expanded RSS-233 product line now includes a 20K steerable auxiliary suspension system designed to reduce weight without sacrificing durability. The 20,000-pound-capacity system features a compact mounting envelope, an adjustable frame width to help simplify installation and dust shields to help extend the service life ...

Photos, video: CCJ takes Peterbilt’s new 579 EPIQ for a test drive

CCJ Equipment Editor Jack Roberts is at Peterbilt headquarters in Denton, Texas, this week to get the details on Peterbilt's new 579 EPIQ tractor and take it for a test drive. Below are live tweets and video coverage from the action: https://twitter.com/JackRobertsCCJ/status/525298111930175488 https://twitter.com/JackRobertsCCJ/status/525286551291719680 https://twitter.com/JackRobertsCCJ/status/525285598949806080 https://twitter.com/JackRobertsCCJ/status/525285200037941248 https://twitter.com/JackRobertsCCJ/status/525283362601439232 https://twitter.com/JackRobertsCCJ/status/525278229154639872

Hauling Ebola: Dallas hazmat clean-up team’s story of transporting hospital’s waste

The “Cleaning Guys” have a new line item to add to their list of hauled contaminants: The Ebola virus. The Texas-based hazmat haulers and clean-up response service was on the front lines of the clean-up efforts in Dallas, where three Ebola patients have been treated. Erick McCallum, ...

Truck tonnage remains level at record high in September

Truck tonnage was unchanged in September from August and remains at a record high, according to the American Trucking Associations’ monthly seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index, released this week. Compared to the same month last year, the index rose 3.7 percent, down slightly from August’s ...

Which states have the most effective inspections? ATRI names Top 10

As a follow up to a report issued earlier this year highlighting state-to-state enforcement disparities around the U.S., the American Transportation Research Institute announced Oct. 22 its Top 10 High-Performance States for Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement. ATRI says the Top 10 is based on 11 metrics ...

FMCSA giving $1M to train military veterans for driving jobs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Oct. 21 it has awarded $1 million in grants to nine tech and community colleges across the U.S. to help train military veterans for truck and bus driving jobs. “Those that we entrust to protect and serve our nation ...

ATA names finalists for next America’s Road Team Captains

The American Trucking Associations named this week 32 drivers as finalists in the selection process for the captains of the 2015-2016 America’s Road Team. America’s Road Team, sponsored by Volvo, is a group of professional truck drivers with superior safety records that represent the trucking industry, ...

Operation Safe Driver: Traffic enforcement goes into high gear this week

The annual Operation Safe Driver program of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance in collaboration with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and industry kicked off Sunday, Oct. 19, nationwide. The program, created to “help to combat the number of deaths resulting from crashes involving large trucks, ...

TCA, Overdrive seeking nominations for year’s top owner-operator, company driver

The Truckload Carriers Association, in conjunction with CCJ sister sites Overdrive and Truckers News, is looking for the best company drivers and owner-operators in the land. In an annual joint effort with TCA, the two name a Company Driver of the Year and an Owner-Operator of ...

HELP Inc. names new regional director

HELP Inc., the non-profit that produces PrePass, announced it has appointed Terry Maple as a new regional director. He will cover several northern and Midwestern states, HELP says. HELP’s regional directors serve as the principal points of contact with state agencies responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement, ...

Court rules against fleet, for owner-ops in classification and labor law case

Drayage carrier Green Fleet Systems has been ordered to reinstate two owner-operators after a court ruled last week it violated labor laws. The court also ordered it to cease the activities deemed in violation of labor law. The Carson, Calif.-based carrier removed the two contractors’ refueling magnets ...

‘Truck driver’ named one of hardest U.S. jobs to fill by trade group

Put this in Category Obvious for anyone working at a fleet: Filling open truck driving jobs is difficult. Backing up that anecdotal evidence is this: A recent report from the American Staffing Association says trucking driving jobs are the third hardest in the country to fill. “Truck ...

Ebola and trucking: DOT issues waste-hauling guidance, gives special permit to carrier

As public concern over a second U.S. health care worker’s contraction of Ebola grows and media coverage intensifies, the Department of Transportation has issued guidance on the transport of Ebola-tainted waste. The department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration posted to its website last week that ...