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CCJ’s 2015 Economic Outlook: Indicators look strong, but driver availability, regulatory drag lead fleets’ 2015 concerns

Click here to download the full copy of CCJ's 2015 Trucking Outlook report. By most accounts, 2014 was a great year for the trucking industry. The American Trucking Associations’ Trucking Tonnage Index reached an all-time high ...

CSA bill aims to remove ‘dark cloud’ over carrier hiring

A bill that made its way into the U.S. House last week — and being pushed by broker group Transportation Intermediaries Association — could be a small victory for trucking companies, says TIA’s Chris Burroughs. The bill, ...

Driver training rulemaking committee talks entry-level driver definition, consequences of rule

The FMCSA committee tasked with producing an entry-level driver training rule concluded its first meetings in Washington, D.C., last week, where committee members discussed broad topics needing consideration and resolution before a rule can be ...

Radical shift in trucking on the horizon? It could come quicker than you think

If you follow me on Twitter (@JackRobertsCCJ) you know I tweet out stories I run across that highlight new technology in the automotive industry, in addition to more trucking-specific content. Every now and then someone will ...

Feb. 26 is carriers’ last chance to comment on FMCSA’s potential insurance increase rule

The public comment deadline on a rule that could increase the amount of liability insurance required to be held by carriers ends Feb. 26, giving carriers and other industry stakeholders until 11:59 p.m. Thursday to ...

West Coast ports reach labor agreement, cargo backlog will take trucks months to clear

West Coast port employers and labor have finally reached a tentative agreement, and port truckers serving the 29 Pacific ports are asking terminal operators waive or reduce backlog related fees. The Pacific Maritime Association and the International ...

An app for that? Five mobile tech strategies to retain drivers

More than 70 percent of drivers now use smartphones or tablets, putting them ahead of the national rate of 56 percent. Besides responding to emails, texts, and Facebook notifications during their breaks, many use personal devices to stay engaged ...

Low-tech truck revolution: Will modern truck technology create a market for simpler, more affordable trucks?

The pace of technological change in trucking over the past decade has been breathtaking. Commercial vehicles rolling off assembly lines now boast standard and optional features that would have been unthinkable on high-end luxury cars ...

FMCSA delays publication dates for rules on e-logs, speed limiters, Safety Fitness Determination

The Department of Transportation has pushed back projected publication dates for several major trucking regulations expected this year, according to its monthly rulemakings report. Here are the dates the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration expects to ...

Judge strikes a few claims, but allows suits against Pilot Flying J, Haslam to continue

The federal judge overseeing the half-dozen lawsuits still remaining against Pilot Flying J in the 2013-uncovered fuel rebate withholding scheme ordered Feb. 11 that the suits against the truck stop giant can continue, though he ...

Foxx takes heat from Congress on CSA, hours-of-service in hearing on highway funding

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx took to Congress again this week — his second time in a month — to urge lawmakers to pass a long-term highway funding bill before the May 31 expiration of the ...

Stability control system mandate coming: DOT sends rule to OMB for final approval

A federal rule that would require all new trucks to come standard with electronic stability control systems has been sent to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget for its stamp of approval. The rule, ...

Inspector General to begin oversight of FMCSA’s 34-hour restart study

The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General announced Feb. 10 it will soon begin an audit of FMCSA’s Congressionally required study of the 2013-implemented rules governing drivers’ use of a 34-hour HOS restart. The OIG ...

Where things stand with Navistar

If you follow me on Twitter (and you should: @JackRobertsCCJ) you know I spent a day this week at Navistar’s Financial Meeting, where the company explained to Wall Street analysts and trucking journalists how things ...

Celadon named 2015 CCJ Innovator of the Year  

Celadon Group, an Indianapolis, Ind.-based general freight carrier, has been named the 2015 CCJ Innovator of the Year by Commercial Carrier Journal for its use of technology and software to make booking loads a more ...