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CCJ Tech Toolbox: Predictive maintenance lets carriers detect equipment problems before they happen

The code only displays when there’s a problem that needs to be fixed, but today’s technology is marching slowly toward the kind of sophistication that can alert drivers and fleets ...

CCJ Innovator: Groupe Robert cuts idle time, extends hotel load time with solar panels

The Canadian trucking company keeps drivers comfortable with tractor-mounted solar panels and also using a vending machine to cut costs on maintenance supplies.

Indicators: Truck tonnage jumped in May

The amount of freight moved by the for-hire trucking industry, as measured by the American Trucking Associations’ monthly Truck Tonnage Index, climbed 6.5 percent in May from April. Tonnage was ...

Drivers’ case against FMCSA over pre-employment reports stalls at Supreme Court level

A class-action lawsuit brought by six truck drivers -- and backed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association -- against the U.S. DOT and the pre-employment reports it distributes to carriers ...
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Indicators: ‘Trucking Conditions’ positive for carriers; spot market activity soars

Market conditions for carriers, as measured by FTR’s monthly Trucking Conditions Index, bounced upward in April. Meanwhile, spot market activity continues to see big gains month over month and year ...

Diesel prices fall below $2.50

The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel is now $2.489, the lowest since the week ending Dec. 5.

CCJ Tech Toolbox: How vehicle health reports help fleets cut downtime

From the June entry in CCJ's Tech Toolbox: Vehicle health reports can contain more than 130 parameter values and store data every 30 minutes for up to 500 reports – ...

Preventable or Not? Dump truck dips into trucker’s path

Avoiding a collision with an out-of-control dump truck, John Doe steered his tractor-trailer into a snow bank, snapping off part of his bumper. Was this a preventable accident?

CCJ Tech Toolbox: Remote diagnostics shifts communication among drivers, technicians

CCJ Tech Toolbox: Real-time diagnostics slash downtime, boost productivity

In this sixth edition of CCJ’s Tech Toolbox, we look at some of the technology and methods available to fleets that can help streamline the diagnostics and repair process, control ...

Michelin acquiring telematics provider NexTraq

Fleetcor Chairman and CEO Ron Clarke says the decision to sell the telematics division came down to its ill-fit with Fleetcor's core business of fuel cards and workforce payment products.

What rate volatility? ‘Tepid and anemic’ freight demand tampers assumed impact of ELDs

Every Wednesday, Diane McHaney downloads rate data from DAT Solutions into spreadsheets. As the pricing analyst for Barton Logistics, a nonasset transportation company based in Bandera, Texas, she applies statistical ...