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Senate opts for short-term highway fund fix, pushes for lame duck session

The Senate on Tuesday voted to prop up the Highway Trust Fund through December with a modified version of the bill the House passed last week, but those changes now set up a showdown between ...

Ferro’s departure comes after increasingly frosty relationships with industry groups

As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the resignation of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Administrator Anne Ferro on Friday, July 25, and she is set to ...

Maverick shows off new multi-million driver training facility

With an aging workforce and a growing driver shortage, many trucking companies are lowering their standards for driver training. Steve Williams, founder and CEO of North Little Rock, Arkansas-based Maverick Transportation LLC is taking the opposite approach. On ...

Anne Ferro resigns as head of FMCSA

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration head Anne Ferro will be stepping down from her position as administrator of the agency, the Department of Transportation announced July 25. An exact date for her departure has not been ...

Battle for the future: Freight will still move — will you be hauling it?

I’ve been pounding you over the head about technology in this blog for the past couple of weeks. And I thought maybe it was time to put all of this in the context of a ...

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!

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 ...

FMCSA finalizes changes to CSA’s SMS site, redesign coming Aug. 2

The Compliance, Safety, Accountability program’s carrier rankings site — the Safety Measurement System — is getting a makeover in August, as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has finalized the redesign of the site first ...

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 intervention prioritization system that ...

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 ...

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 ...

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