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Walmart settles with Tracy Morgan in fatal 2014 crash that spurred hours-of-service debate

Actor Tracy Morgan and retail giant Walmart have settled the civil suit brought by Morgan last year that blamed the private carrier’s lack of compliance with federal trucking regulations as the cause in the June ...

As trucks of tomorrow take shape, two paths forward emerge

As OEMs and suppliers continue a rapid pace of new technology adoption into tractors, these truly are exciting times in the trucking industry. Perhaps the excitement was never more palpable than last month, when Daimler Trucks ...

CVSA’s annual Roadcheck inspection blitz takes place next week

Roadcheck, the annual inspection blitz done by a joint effort of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and others, is scheduled for June 2-4 — next Tuesday-Thursday. Roughly 10,000 inspectors from state, ...

Congress OKs two-month highway bill patch, says it’s working on long-term plan

The Senate this weekend cleared the two-month highway funding patch passed last week by the U.S. House, securing solvency for the U.S. Highway Trust Fund until July 31. This is Congress' 33rd stopgap surface transportation measure ...

Index shows company driver pay continued to increase in 2014

The National Transportation Institute released recently its fourth quarter 2014 Driver Wage Index for company drivers, showing that driver pay continues to climb across all three major truckload segments. NTI uses the Driver Wage Index to track ...

Rule to mandate speed limiters for heavy trucks sent to White House for approval

A proposed federal rule to require the installation and use of speed limiters (aka governors) on all trucks weighing more than 27,000 pounds has been sent from the DOT to the White House’s Office of ...

House committee clears DOT bill that would lengthen hours-of-service rollback, bar FMCSA from upping insurance minimums

The U.S. House’s Appropriations Committee this week passed 30-21 a 2016 DOT funding bill that would, if passed, keep in place the current hours-of-service suspension until the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration can justify the ...

Video: CCJ catches a ride in Freightliner’s autonomous Inspiration truck

Freightliner unveiled North America's first state-licensed autonomous truck earlier this month at a press event in Las Vegas. CCJ Equipment Editor Jack Roberts and I had the chance to ride in the truck, the Inspiration, ...

Infrastructure Week blues: 20 days until highway funding expiration — Foxx warns state DOTs; ATA pushing short-term patch

With just 20 Congressional days remaining until the country's current short-term highway funding patch expires — the date the U.S. DOT must cut off funding for highway projects — Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has sent ...

Trucking revenue topped $700 billion in 2014, ATA report shows (with infographics)

https://youtu.be/JlJ8SBcGyFU The trucking industry brought in $700.4 billion in revenue in 2014, according to a report released this week by the American Trucking Associations. That’s the highest total revenue in history for the industry and the ...

Autonomous trucking: The future of trucking is here — Can we accept it?

As I noted in our initial news piece about Daimler Truck's major unveiling this week: Freightliner did it. It launched a road-legal autonomous truck this week in Las Vegas. Let's all take a moment and reflect on that. Freightliner ...

Driving into the future: CCJ test drives Freightliner’s SuperTruck, self-driving Inspiration

I just finished a drive into the future. And it was pretty uneventful. I mean that in the most positive sense possible. Freightliner showcased to industry press this week the $80 million SuperTruck it previewed at ...

Photos, video: Freightliner’s Inspiration self-driving truck’s introduction

Freightliner unveiled May 5 the country's first road-legal self-driving truck. The announcement came in Las Vegas, Nevada, in two separate events — one to introduce the concepts behind the truck's making and to offer a ...

Freightliner launches first-ever road-legal North American autonomous truck

Freightliner did it. If you're one of the many in trucking who scoffed at the idea of a commercially-viable self-driving truck, or at best figured such technology was years -- if not decades -- away, you ...

Study: 2013 hours-of-service rule increased crashes, hurt safety

The number of truck-involved crashes and subsequent injuries and tow-aways increased in the year and a half the more restrictive 2013 hours-of-service rules were in effect, according to a study released April 29 by the ...