News in the Transportation Industry
10/26/2016 - Automated Beer Run: Self Driving Truck Makes First Delivery
Automated trucking hit a milestone last week, with Uber-acquired upstart Otto delivering 51 cases of Budweiser in Colorado Springs, Colo. last week. The truck left Fort Collins last Thursday before dawn and naviagted through downtown Denver to make its delivery in Colorado Springs later that day. To read more about Uber's milestone in the trucking industry, click here.
10/21/2016 - Hours of Service & Improper Logs lead Trucker Violations
Hours of service violations and logbook violations led the driver-related out-of-service violations, while brake violations accounted for nearly half of the vehicle out-of-service orders issued during the week. To read more about common trucker violations, click here.
10/13/2016 - EFMCSA Issues Rule to Help Veterans Become Truck Drivers
Military personnel who drove commercial vehicles in the service looking to transition into the trucking industry will now have a full year to apply for a skills test waiver instead of just 90 days after they leave service. To read more about integrating veterans into the transportation industry and how it can affect you, click here
10/7/2016 - ELD Mandate Boots HOS as Carrier's Top Concern
More than 65% of respondents to a recent American Transportation Research Institute annual survey listed the looming implementation date of the federal mandate on the use of Electronic Loggind Devices (ELDs) as worrisome - enough to give the pending mandate the dubious distinction as the trucking industry's top concern. To read more about this issue, click here.
9/29/2016 - 4 Ways Truckers can Save Money on Tires
Tire failures represent 25% of all breakdowns for over-the-road trucking. That leads to messed-up delivery schedules and the loss of driving hours, plus the safety concern for the drivers stranded on the side of the road. To learn about how you can save on tires and gain a peace of mind while driving, click here.
9/20/2016 - Vehicle Automation Predicted to Dramatically Change Landscape of Trucking Industry in Coming Decades
The trucking industry is on the precipice of 10 to 20 years of change unlike it's ever experienced, says transportation economist Noel Perry, and carriers who want to survive these changes must be prepared for them, he says. To read the full article about changes happening within the transportation industry, click here.
9/15/2016 - National Truck Driver Week Offers Special Deals and Promotions!
Happy National Truck Driver Appreciation Week! This week is dedicated to celebrating truck drivers in the U.S. and is spearheaded by the American Trucking Associations, and will run from Sunday, Sept. 11 through Saturday, Sept. 17. To learn more about the deals and promotions truckers can receive this week, click here.
9/6/2016 - Ways to Prepare for the Upcoming 2017 ELD Mandate
The Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate is almost in effect, and its time to start getting prepared for the changes that will come with it. The mandate is specifically directed towards carriers, shippers and consignees. While the implementation of ELDs does present potential benefits to shippers, there will also be special issues that will need to be on shipper's radars in the near future. To read more about the upcoming ELD mandate, click here.
8/30/2016 – DOT Proposes Requiring Speed Limiters on Heavy-Duty Trucks
The U.S. Department of Transportation released a proposed rule that would require trucks weighing more than 26,000 pounds to be equipped with speed limiting devices (also known as speed governors or speed limiters), but the regulatory body did not propose a speed to which trucks would be limited. To read more about the proposed speed limit for trucks, click here.
8/23/2016 – Traffic fatalities Continued to Surge in First Half of 2016
Traffic fatalities were up 9% in the first six months of this year compared with the same period last year, continuing a surge in deaths that began two years ago as the economy improved and travel picked up, according to the preliminary estimates released Tuesday by the National Safety Council. To read more about 2016's rise in traffic fatalities, click here.
8/17/2016 – EPA and DOT Release New Set of Emission Standards for Truckers
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation on Aug. 16 issued the final draft of the next round of emissions and fuel economy standards for U.S. heavy-duty trucks, calling for a 25% reduction in certain greenhouse gases which will likely drive up the costs of trucks and trailers. To read more about the new emission standards and how they might affect your business, click here.
8/11/2016 – Acquisition Gives Hope for Small Trucking Companies Amidst Troubling Year
While the cost of equipment, drivers, and government compliance have risen over the first quarter of 2016, one small trucking company is giving hope through their smart, modern business tactics and resilience to industry troubles. To find out more about how one small company is thriving in today's trucking market, click here.
8/04/2016 – Inspectors to Ramp Up Enforcement for Driver Safety Week
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced the dates for its annual Operation Safe Driver Week enforcement blitz in October. To find out more about driver safety week and the impact it may have on your truck, click here.
7/29/2016 – Daimler introduces Industry's First Electric Heavy Truck
Beating out competition such as Nikola Motor Company and Tesla, Daimler Trucks rolled out the first fully electric truck with a total weight of 28 tons. To read more about this milestone in the trucking industry, click here.
7/25/2016 – Diesel's Summer Decline Continues
Good news truckers! Diesel prices continued their recent decline in the week ending July 25, according to the Department of Energy's weekly report, falling another 2.3 cents. To read more about the decline in diesel prices around the nation, click here.
7/21/2016 – Vehicle Inspection Regulations see Minor Changes
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will publish a notice in the Federal Register on Friday, July 22nd that amends several provisions in the FMCSR. Some of the changes apply directly to drivers and carriers. To find out about the changes happening in the transportation industry, click here.
7/15/2016 – 10 Toughest States for HOS Violations
Data from the 2015 CCJ report shows that there is an upward trend regarding hours of service violations for truckers on the road. To find out if your state made the list, click here.