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Driver availability improving, ACT reports

The latest release of ACT’s For-Hire Trucking Index, with October data, showed a decrease in volumes, pricing and productivity, with capacity up slightly and with a lower but still-healthy supply-demand balance. Read More

Temporarily raising the 80,000 lb. truck weight limit in California to 88,000 lbs. largely misses the mark when it comes to relieving historic congestion at the state’s ports, according to trucking experts.

Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced that the state will begin issuing temporary permits to allow trucks to gross upwards of 88,000 pounds on state and intrastate routes between statewide ports and distribution centers. Read More

A truck's aftertreatment system is a collection of components engineered to work together to reduce greenhouse gases, yet despite its well-intended environmental impact, almost no other part of a truck draws more scorn from fleet operators. Read More

Carriers turning to the used truck market to supplement tractor count have ben met with record prices nearly every month, and that's not likely to change in the immediate future.

Through the first 10 months of the year, used truck sales activity is 4% higher compared to the same period a year ago, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks published by ACT Research.
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A new report from cybersecurity company Coro predicts escalating cyber attacks on transportation and trucking companies that are supporting an already duressed supply chain this holiday season. Read More

Black Friday takes on a whole new meaning for carriers victimized by cargo theft over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Analyzing data over the past five Thanksgiving holidays – from the Tuesday before Thanksgiving to the Monday – CargoNet discovered 137 recorded thefts (an average of 27 per year), and that Thanksgiving 2020 was the most active period in the analysis with 40 thefts recorded. Read More

The DRIVE Safe Act, part of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill President Joe Biden signed into law on Monday, has created a pathway for drivers under 21 years old to enter interstate trucking just as it's become more vital, and more profitable, than ever before. Read More

After bottoming out in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, diesel fuel prices have climbed steadily the last 12 months, rising from the 2020 national average low of $2.372 per gallon during the week ending Nov. 2, 2020, to the 2021 high-to-date national average of $3.734 per gallon during the week ending Nov. 15, 2021. Read More

There has been a lot of discussion about a so-called driver shortage lately.

For the past 10 years of my trucking career, I’ve heard this mantra every year. The American Trucking Associations – a membership that includes some of the largest fleets in the U.S. – routinely reports 100%-plus turnover rates, and many of its members have continuously been challenged with driver retention. ATA's own economist asserts that there is a driver shortage of 80,000 drivers. Read More

Jury awards exceeding $10 million, known as nuclear verdicts, are on the rise in the trucking industry – and those decisions are making it tougher for transportation companies to stay in business.

According to a 2020 report from the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), average verdicts in the U.S. trucking industry soared from just over $2.3 million to nearly $22.3 million between 2010 and 2018 – a 967% increase – and these settlements are still spiking after courts started reopening following COVID-related shutdowns. Read More

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