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With each new Greenhouse Gas emissions standard, diesel engine after treatment systems get more complex and that’s a trend unlikely to change in the years ahead. Read More

The U.S. DOT is forming an internal council intended to address emerging transportation advancements like self-driving vehicles, among other technologies. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao took to the tech-heavy South by Southwest Conference in tech hub Austin, Texas, to announce the council’s creation Tuesday. Read More

After 2018’s electronic logging device mandate ushered in a new era of visibility of hours-of-service compliance, 2019 will be a time of transition regarding the use and enforcement of ELDs and potential changes to HOS regulations, said Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Administrator Raymond Martinez during an address at the 81st Annual Truckload Carriers Association Convention in Las Vegas. Read More

An organization representing major trucking companies and national business organizations renewed its call for longer trailers. But it’s not a change all of the industry supports. Read More

A group of hydrogen stakeholders – including Hyundai, Nikola Motor, and Toyota – have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to test state-of-the art heavy duty (HD) hydrogen fueling hardware to assist in standardization and speed to market for fuel cell electric trucks. Read More

For the second straight month, market conditions for trucking companies improved in December, according to FTR’s monthly Trucking Conditions Index. The index in December tilted sharply upward as a result of improved freight Demand and moderate fuel pricing. Read More

A group of researchers this month issued a report on the effects of the electronic logging device mandate, and they reached two main conclusions: The use of ELDs has not reduced the rate of truck crashes, but the frequency of speeding violations, particularly among the small carrier segment, has increased since the mandate took effect. Read More

Though sign-on bonuses are an ubiquitous aspect of fleets’ efforts to recruit and retain drivers, these bonuses likely do more harm than good, particularly for carriers trying to incentivize drivers to not jump ship to another carrier. Read More

Two of the nation’s largest fleets – C.R. England and Cargo Transporters – this week announced pay increases for over-the-road and regional drivers. Read More

After faltering in September and October, market conditions for trucking companies improved in November, according to FTR’s monthly Trucking Conditions Index. FTR attributes the rebound to stability in rates and to cheaper diesel. Read More

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