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Obama’s highway plan headed to Congress, but questions (and shortfalls) remain

President Obama is preparing to send Congress his $302 billion transportation bill, but the four-year authorization still might not be enough to cover the rapidly dwindling Highway Trust Fund. The issue remains: Regardless of whether ...

New analysis finds flaws in research used to justify hours-of-service change

The research used to confirm the benefits of last summer’s changes in truck drivers’ hours-of-service rule has significant problems, according to an analysis published Tuesday. The government agency that sponsored the study, however, says the ...

FMCSA says carrier insurance minimums too low, rule to raise them in the works

The current $750,000 minimum liability insurance required to be held by carriers is 'inadequate,' said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration this week, and the agency plans to create a rule upping that minimum. In an ...

Drug and alcohol driver database comment period extended after OOIDA request

The public comment period for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's proposed Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse rule has been extended a month to May 21, spurred by a request from the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. OOIDA ...

E-log mandate to push droves of drivers from trucking?

Could the implementation of the electronic logging device mandate cause huge numbers of drivers to simply bow out and leave the industry out of frustration with perceived overregulation? According to results from a recent survey done ...

What is the CCJ Spring Symposium?

What is the CCJ Spring symposium?  View this video with highlights from the 2013 CCJ Spring Symposium and learn why the symposium is a great venue to gain industry insights share business practices with your peers and take advantage of Q & A sessions with top industry suppliers. The 2014 CCJ Spring Symposium will be on May 19-21, 2014 at a new location, the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, just 20 minutes from downtown Nashville, TN.  For more information and to take advantage of the $395 registration rate which includes all sessions, meals, 2-nights accommodations and golf or spa, visit www.ccjspring.com    

Using CRM to drive sales in transportation

Of all the daily activities in business, perhaps none are more fluid than sales and marketing, especially in a business as dynamic as transportation. Managing the sales process is even more complex for companies that have ...

DOT’s Foxx on road tour: Call Congress, tell them to act on long-term highway bill

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx says a short-term solution won't do this go-around for transportation funding, and he's on the road this week pushing the Obama administration's four-year $302 billion plan and making localities and ...

Driver coercion rule expected this month, speed limiter and Safety Fitness rules could see action soon

The driver coercion prevention rule bouncing around the regulatory circuit could be published this month, according to a Department of Transportation rulemaking update released this week. The DOT projected the rule to clear the White House's ...

Automated transmissions a selling point for driver recruiting

Fleets struggling to put drivers in the seat are more willing to pay premiums that come with automated transmissions in used trucks, more so than their owner-operator counterparts, according to a report recently released by NADA. At ...

Technician shortage: Fleets, dealers, shops face growing gap for qualified mechanics

Just like the driver shortage plaguing trucking fleets and projected to worsen in the next decade, so too does the industry face a growing need for truck mechanics. CCJ sister site Successful Dealer Editor Jason Cannon has put ...

CCJ Career Leadership Award: Jerry Thrift’s legacy, inspiration live on in coworkers, colleagues

It was an ending no one foresaw. Mere weeks after being diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor, Jerry Thrift – a giant of a man with an outsized passion for learning, mentoring and sharing his ...

FMCSA subcommittee to meet to develop potential changes for CSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's subcommittee for its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program will meet April 29-30 to develop recommendations for changes to the program, its scoring system and the intervention process. The meeting is open ...

Monday Money: 2014 capacity, demand and pricing outlook in 6 slides

The truck supply is running close to 100 percent utilization, and any combination of freight growth, productivity-draining regulations and bad weather makes for a capacity crisis, says economist Noël Perry, senior consultant with FTR Transportation ...

Key senators promise long-term highway bill, current funding levels

Senate transportation leaders from both sides of the aisle stood together Thursday to announce they've reached an agreement “in principle” on a highway bill, though figuring out how to pay for their plan will be ...

Post.Bid.Ship: a spot market on steroids

In the early 1990s, Jarret Hamstreet started working at his father’s trucking company as a child. As a teenager in the mid-to-late 90s, he took note of a novelty in the office: Internet-based load boards. ...

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