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CCJ Innovator: U.S. Xpress creates mobile apps to improve lifestyle of drivers

More than 70 percent of truck drivers today own smartphones, tablets and wireless subscriptions. This widespread connectivity among drivers as well as office employees creates many opportunities for transportation companies to mobilize their information systems. In ...

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 ...

Emergency hours-of-service exemptions finalized as agency amends federal rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has finalized changes to federal safety regulations that will allow certain state-issued emergency declarations to supersede federal hours-of-service regulations. The agency’s regulatory amendment — which is scheduled to be published ...

ATA Driver Compensation Study to offer benchmarks on pay, bonuses, benefits

Graphics: AMERICAN TRUCKING ASSOCIATIONS How does your fleet’s pay stack up against others in your segment? American Trucking Associations will offer a benchmarking tool to let carriers knew exactly where they stand with the upcoming release of ...

Poll shows 80 percent of public support current HOS limits; questions ‘misleading,’ say truckers

A new poll being touted by highway safety groups and the Teamsters Union shows Americans “overwhelmingly” oppose legislation that would roll back some of last year’s changes to the hours-of-service rule, but trucking industry representatives ...

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 ...

Video evidence: the next wave of driver scoring

Using technology to score drivers started the moment the automobile replaced the horse-drawn wagon. By the early 1920s many fleets were using mechanical devices to record time and miles and compare drivers' performance with route ...

Regulatory update: FMCSA progress on speed limiters, driver clearinghouse, other rulemakings

Between now and the end of next summer, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration projects it will publish at least five proposed or final rules to either change existing or add new regulations to the ...

Notice of new fitness determination rule in ‘front office,’ FMCSA safety chief says

A major revision of the way the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rates trucking companies has hit the "front office" for a final round of review by the agency’s top leadership, FMCSA Chief Safety Officer ...

Cass: Volume, rates expected to ‘level off’ in fourth quarter

The freight sector was relatively flat in
 September, with a drop in North American shipment 
volume and a slight increase in total freight
 expenditures, or payments, according to the latest Cass Freight Index. Other freight indicators have ...

Supply-demand dynamics continue to favor truckers, FTR says

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index increased to a reading of 9.10 for August, continuing an upward trend that reflects an uneasily tight capacity situation. As market tightness continues, rate and service spreads are increasing between “good” and ...

ATA panel dissects the costs, challenges of traffic congestion

Traffic congestion on the nation’s interstates in 2013 cost transportation companies approximately $9.2 billion in lost productivity. A panel of fleet executives and trucking industry experts discussed both short and long-term solutions to the problem ...

Hours-of-service rules back on top in 10th annual survey of trucking industry concerns

The operational impacts across the supply chain from last year’s changes to the hours-of-service rules propelled HOS to No. 1 on the American Transportation Research Institute’s list of the top 10 critical issues facing the ...

FMCSA including extra step in insurance increase rulemaking, allowing for more industry comment

The upcoming rule to increase the minimum amount of liability insurance that carriers and brokers must carry will have an additional step that allows fleets and owner-operators another chance to offer formal comment on the ...

Cross-border trucking pilot program coming to an end: What’s next?

The U.S.-Mexico cross-border trucking pilot program is set to expire Oct. 14, and federal officials have said little about the future or next steps of cross-border trucking between the two countries. The program also fell well ...