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CSA’s Distorted Rankings, Part 3: The ‘ugly little secret’ of CSA

This is the third and final part of the CSA's Distorted Rankings series, which is part of the broader CSA's Data Trail series. Click here to see Part 1 of the series, and click here ...

ATA Forecast: Tonnage to grow, freight revenues ‘surge’ through 2025

American Trucking Associations has released the latest edition of its look at the future of freight, and that future is bright: continued growth for not just the trucking industry, but for the freight economy overall. Overall ...

CSA’s Distorted Rankings, Part 2: SMS, safety rating system disconnect compounds problems

This is the second part of the CSA's Distorted Rankings series, within the CSA's Data Trail series. Click here to read Part 1. CSA was intended as an improvement to FMCSA’s SafeStat rating system that used ...

Monday Money: Linehaul rate talks still ‘not favorable’ for shippers

Truckload linehaul rates paid by North American shippers in June were 5.2 percent higher than in June of last year, according to the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, a measure of market fluctuations in per-mile truckload ...

Lawsuits against Caterpillar consolidated, new suits continue to be filed

More than a dozen lawsuits have now been filed against former truck engine maker Caterpillar over its 2007-2010 year model ACERT C13 and C15 engines, as carriers claim the engines had defects that Cat knew ...

Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference Registration Now Open!

The Commercial vehicle Outlook Conference will be held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas on August 20-21st. Registration is now open and a limited number of hotel rooms have been set aside at the Dallas Omni Hotel, conveniently adjoining the conference hall. If convenience, sessions and networking aren’t enough, by attending CVOC you will also receive VIP access to the Great American Trucking Show. Click here to learn more about this event!

CSA’s Distorted Rankings, Part 1: CSA’s flawed scoring doesn’t stop third parties from judging carriers

Three and a half years after Compliance Safety Accountability began its radical scrambling of how trucking safety is regulated and scored, carriers and owner-operators continue to suffer from its fallout, while bureaucrats struggle to repair ...

June spot market freight soars on economic upturn: 6 slides

Freight availability on the spot market was 50 percent higher in June compared to the same month the previous year, continuing a pattern of elevated activity in 2014, according to the DAT North American Freight Index, a ...

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

No one’s gotten around to reinventing pine-scented air fresheners yet, but otherwise it seems that virtually every component or system found on today’s heavy-duty trucks is undergoing some sort of evolutionary change. Tires are no ...

Agency makes carrier insurance increase priority, delays Safety Fitness Determination rule

The prospect of a proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule coming this year seems to have diminished, as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has made its work on producing a rule raising the minimum amount ...

Pilot Flying J to pay $92M fine in fuel rebate withholding scheme

Pilot Flying J has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to resolve the criminal investigation into the company's fraudulent rebate withholding scheme, agreeing to pay a $92 million fine and full restitution ...

Tracy Morgan suit against Walmart alleges hours violations, negligence

Four survivors of the June 7 New Jersey Turnpike truck crash that left comedian James McNair dead and actor Tracy Morgan in critical condition are suing Walmart Transportation, claiming the private carrier was "careless and ...

Monday Money: Records are made to be broken

Spot market rates and intermodal volumes continue to set records, while import container volume has climbed to a post-recession high as retailers scramble to work around the West Coast ports' labor issues. Truck fleets are ...

Class-action suit claims Navistar concealed MaxxForce defects, seeks damages for ’08-’13 buyers

A class-action lawsuit filed July 10 by three trucking companies against Navistar-International echoes claims of similar lawsuits filed this week: The truck and engine maker knew its EGR-only MaxxForce engines had defects and Navistar concealed ...

Carriers must allow drivers meal and rest break under Calif. law, court rules

A federal appeals court ruled this week that motor carriers are not exempt from California state law requiring mandatory paid breaks for workers, overturning a ruling made by a lower court that had exempted motor ...

The future begins today: Technology that will revolutionize trucking is already here

It's a cold, rainy morning in Aachen, Germany. I'm on the tail end of a two-week jaunt through Europe that began with Daimler's introduction of a self-driving truck and wrapped up Wednesday with ZF showcasing ...

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