Jul 13, 2018
— While there is a lot of noise surrounding tariffs and potential trade wars, FreightWaves’ Chief Economist Ibrahiim Bayaan isn’t as concerned as some that the noise will result in action that could derail the economy.
Jul 11, 2018
— The Transportation Department is launching a pilot program that allows reservists and veterans to transfer their military training into the civilian world. The new program highlights a lapse in licensure service members have been struggling with for quite some time: why can someone drive a truck in the military, but need to retrain to do the same thing once that person is out.
Jul 9, 2018
— A request for an exemption from the ELD rule for small carriers--by definition just about the entire Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association membership--has been denied by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Jul 2, 2018
— In the next decade, three major technological disruptions will drastically shrink demand for for-hire trucking services. Nearly 20% of for-hire truckload freight is at risk, putting the trucking industry at risk of experiencing one of the most drastic freight-demand declines in history, matched only by the great recession.
Jun 20, 2018
— Tevva Motors Ltd., headed by a former Israeli submariner who’s vying with Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc. to develop electric-powered trucks, secured a major investment that will enable it put the vehicles on the road this year. Fifteen 7.5-ton electric-powered trucks will be delivered to UPS Inc. in the U.K. this summer, following a successful trial last year, and the company is in expansion talks with 30 logistics firms worldwide, including the U.S., Europe, China, Israel and India.
Jun 19, 2018
— Another freight management startup called Kangaruu has entered the digitalization landscape, releasing its logistics management platform for shippers and brokers in the trucking industry.
Jun 12, 2018
— Rising fuel prices and strikes have hit China’s truck market. Truckers across the country have staged mass protests and refused to work over the weekend. They claim transport fees are no longer sustainable in the face of rising fuel costs.
Jun 11, 2018
— The advent of automated driving technology is poised to transform the trucking industry in the years and decades to come, but it is clear that autonomous trucks will not be ready to handle all driving tasks and conditions anytime soon. Instead, the developers of this technology are working to build a future where drivers and automation work hand in hand to transport freight more safely and efficiently.
Jun 5, 2018
— Uber Freight has added a “fleet mode” to its mobile app to enable dispatchers at small fleets to find and book loads and assign them to their drivers. With this feature, dispatchers can view all available loads as well as a list of drivers with details on their schedules and availability without needing to exit the app.
Jun 1, 2018
— Another step forward for the Silk Road Economic Belt just occurred as China just signed on to the United Nation’s TIR transit system, which enables authorized transporters to export goods through the EU and other member states by road without being subjected to customs inspections or duties en route.
May 29, 2018
— About 51,000 more drivers are needed to meet the demand from companies such as Amazon and Walmart that are shipping more goods across the country, according to the American Trucking Associations. The driver shortage is already leading to delayed deliveries and higher prices for goods that Americans buy. The ATA predicts that it's likely to get worse in the coming years.
May 24, 2018
— A provision aimed at ensuring uniformity nationwide for meal-and-rest-break laws for truck drivers will stay in a House funding bill after surviving a Democratic-led effort to remove it May 23.
May 18, 2017
— The Intermodal Association of North America found that year-over-year international container volume grew 2.9% to 2.14 million units, and domestic traffic increased 1.3% to 1.79 million. “What’s most impressive about the growth rate is that it comes on the heels of a 2% gain in shipments in the [first quarter] of 2016. This suggests that the increase was real growth and not just a bounce back due to weaker comparisons,” the report said.