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Q&A: Fleets in great position to boost contract rates in 2015, says DAT’s Mark Montague

Diesel’s recent price decline has dampened rate growth in recent months as fleets adjust their fuel surcharges. But, as carriers know, the final number doesn’t tell the whole story: Despite spot market rates flattening somewhat in ...

CCJ Innovator: Walmart Transportation aims to double fleet efficiency

The driver shortage that so many analysts and industry insiders have been predicting in recent years is finally here in full force. At the same time, tonnage is at an all-time high, further crimping the ...

Research: drivers favor percentage pay over miles, hours

Technology makes it possible for fleets to measure and monitor nearly every aspect of driver performance. With so much data on drivers, some fleets have invented new payroll and incentive programs to reward their higher performers. Roehl ...

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 ...

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 ...

Decision 2015: buyers guide for expected e-log mandate

Electronic logging devices (ELDs) are on track to becoming the new standard for all 3.4 million commercial drivers who are required by law to keep a record of duty status. By Sept. 30, 2015, the ...

Crash accountability in CSA would not improve prediction of future crash risk, FMCSA concludes

Incorporating crash accountability into the Compliance, Safety, Accountability carrier ranking program would not improve the DOT’s ability to target for intervention carriers most at risk for crashes, nor would it be easy to implement or ...

Obama mostly mum on transportation issues, highway funding in SOTU

President Barack Obama in his sixth State of the Union address made little mention of issues related directly to trucking or transportation, which has in years past come in the form of the president pushing ...

Fleets turning to video, big data to lower risk

The combination of video and big data, called video intelligence, has already transformed several industries. Commercial transportation could be next. Fleet owners in this high-risk, low-margin industry see the technology as a way to protect themselves and their ...

Feeling fuelish: Don’t abandon fuel economy efforts just because diesel’s down

The convenience store (actual gas stations don’t really exist anymore) up the street from my house is selling regular unleaded gasoline for $1.87 a gallon. This is the lowest price for gas I’ve personally encountered ...

Greater federal oversight of trucking, more stringent medical requirements for drivers included in NTSB’s annual Most Wanted list

The National Transportation Safety Board released its 2015 Most Wanted List of safety regulations this week, and included in list of 10 items are four items related to trucking and truck operators. Greater oversight Chief among trucking-related ...

34-hour restart study scheduled to begin this month, FCMSA says

The Congressionally required study of whether truck drivers are more fatigued and less safe operators under the 2013 hours-of-service restart provisions or under pre-2013 rules is set to begin this month, according to a post ...

Regulatory update: FMCSA’s latest projections for e-log mandate, Safety Fitness Determination and more

The Department of Transportation still expects to publish a Safety Fitness Determination rule in June, according to the DOT’s latest rulemakings update, and it still expects to send a speed limiter mandate proposal to the ...

FMCSA: Plenty of data behind cross-border expansion; OOIDA blasts decision, ATA OK with it

Despite reports from the DOT Inspector General and its own Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration this week defended its decision to expand cross-border trucking with Mexico, saying it had ...

Is BYOD the best strategy to convert owner-operators to e-logs?

Electronic logging devices (ELDs) can be a delicate issue for fleets that use the owner-operator business model. Last year, research by CCJ’s sister publication, Overdrive, found that independent operators are strongly opposed to the technology. Seventy percent ...