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Negotiating accessorials: It’s all about the data

Shippers traditionally have wanted to limit or even eliminate accessorial charges, meaning carriers “were stuck with that cost,” explains Transplace’s Ben Cubitt. The result has been carriers must try to ...

The biggest regulatory target in the country

After objectively observing this industry for almost two decades now, CCJ's Jack Roberts says he's have concluded that it really doesn’t matter which party is in power: Trucking, as far ...

In the world of trucking 100 years ago

As you'll see from these images, taken from 1914 issues of Commercial Car Journal -- as CCJ was then known -- trucking was still mch in its infancy, struggling to ...

Note to Congress: Fix the roads; no excuses

Every member of the House transportation committee should be required to drive Interstate 40 between Memphis and Little Rock as a prerequisite for consideration of the next highway bill. But ...

Commercial Trucking Disease: symptoms and treatment

Does the trucking industry make the business harder, or more dangerous, than it needs to be? That’s the way many seem to like it.
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China, the Moon and you

Something pretty amazing happened right before the Holiday break: China soft-landed its Jade Rabbit rover on the Moon. And it was interesting (or perhaps telling) that this tremendous feat of ...

Zero traffic deaths in the U.S.? Trucking should take the lead in 2014

Goals need to be attainable – that’s an early business management lesson. So is it preposterous to imagine zero traffic fatalities in the U.S.? Most of us would shrug and ...

Highway funding round-up: Pay now, or pay later?

A TV commercial from the early 1980s had a tagline that, as kids today would say, ‘went viral’: “You can pay me now, or pay me later.” Does the slogan ...

Regulation Rage

General Motors last week announced it is recalling 18,941 Chevrolet Camaros for violating Federal Motor Safety Standard No. 208 – a statute that regulates Occupant Crash Protection. The problem? The air ...

Self-driving planes, trains, trucks will lead supply chain redesign

Are robo-trucks already taking drivers off the road? It’s a possibility, though an indirect one, suggests Fred Andersky, director of government and industry affairs for Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems. And ...

Public trust, not technology, is barrier to self-driving trucks

Truck drivers shouldn’t worry too much about losing their jobs to robots just yet, according to at least one truck safety technology expert. Fully autonomous trucks are several technology leaps ...

Might HOS bill follow successful path of sleep apnea law?

In this Golden Age of partisan, congressional gridlock, the sudden, unanimous passage of a recent trucking bill stunned many Capitol Hill observers – and now many in trucking are hoping ...

FMCSA admits mistake, Congress to roll back HOS – dream on

Thursday is a big day for trucking. The last, best hope to rein in regulatory overreach takes root with a hearing before the House Small Business Committee. Trucking representatives ...

Impressions from Mexico: Part 1

When it comes to trucking productivity, let's just say Mexican fleets have it made. No hours of service, no real presence of weigh stations or enforcement and size and weight ...

Warmin’ ’em up

Winter is hard on trucks and drivers alike. That thought occurred to me today as I was reading over a study released by Webasto showing that pre-heating diesel engines in ...
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