Dec 7, 2017
— Truckers in Washington state are meeting with lawmakers to discuss options for addressing the state’s shortage of truck parking, an issue which is expected to face added pressure once the federal requirement for use of electronic logs takes effect next week.
Nov 20, 2017
— Is Tesla Inc.'s Semi on the verge of doing to the trucking industry what the iPhone did to telecommunications? Probably not -- but the decarbonization of road freight may still upend both the logistics business and the oil industry.
Nov 17, 2017
— Carriers who are hit with citations for non-compliance with FMCSA’s electronic logging device mandate will not have points recorded against them in the Compliance, Safety, Accountability carrier scoring system, safety officials said today at a public hearing in Birmingham, Ala. It was previously announced that those drivers also will not be put out of service during that period.
Nov 16, 2017
— Tesla is set to take the lid off its electric truck tomorrow for the first time, after months of teasing the big rig. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is still doing some teasing of his own, posting to his Instagram account a short video clip of the truck all draped in shadow — but we’re still going to learn a lot tomorrow. Here’s a quick breakdown of what we know, what we think we know and what gaps we hope Tesla will fill at its big unveiling.
Nov 16, 2017
— One of the most in-demand and stable jobs in Ohio could face major changes as the industry develops new automated, driverless technology. The technology is coming, according to researchers and trucking industry experts. But they also debate whether or not drivers could lose jobs or how their role behind the wheel might change.
Nov 15, 2017
— Uber is working on a fleet of self-driving semi-trucks, but it won’t completely replacing traditional drivers, the company said. In a post on Medium on Nov. 14, Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group, the company’s self-driving car wing based in Pittsburgh, laid out its vision for the future of long-haul trucking.
Nov 9, 2017
— With just six weeks remaining before enforcement of the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device begins, 60 percent of fleets running between 1 and 100 trucks have yet to adopt ELDs, according to a recent survey conducted by CarrierLists.
Nov 7, 2017
— Sections of the long-haul and drayage trucking communities are still unprepared for implementation of the fast approaching federal mandate to install electronic logging devices (ELDs) on all commercial trucks and buses by Dec. 18, 2017.
Nov 1, 2017
— With conditions ripe for rate hikes of late, truckload rates in all three major segments in October continued their upward momentum, according to monthly spot market rates data from Truckstop.com.
Oct 31, 2017
— In a new report, the TechForce Foundation is predicting that demand for new vehicle technicians from 2016 to 2026 will be three times higher than was previously projected for the 2014 to 2024 period.
Oct 25, 2017
— Anyone that wakes up each day in a logistics job that centers around moving freight is more than aware of the fact that there is a significant truck driver shortage. That is nothing new; in fact, it is far from it. But that does not mean the driver shortage is viewed as a “whistle by the graveyard” or “nothing to see here” approach. In fact, it is and needs to be the opposite.
Oct 25, 2017
— A shortage of drivers tops the pending implementation of the federal electronic logging device mandate as the biggest trucking business concern, according to an industry trade group. In its annual survey, the American Transportation Research Institute found that motor carriers and the industry in general are most concerned about a lack of qualified drivers to carry the nation’s freight.
Oct 16, 2017
— Like it or not, the era of paper driver logs is over. Technology is available that will automatically record drivers Hours of Service and better ensure compliance with legislation. As of December 18, 2017, commercial drivers with model year 2000 or newer trucks who currently are required to prepare Hours of Service records of duty status (RODS) must start using an electronic logging device (ELD).
Oct 2, 2017
— CBP recognizes that the current extraordinary weather situation created by Hurricane Maria may cause many ocean vessels to divert from their intended port of unlading to other port locations for discharge purposes. To ensure smooth processing of bills and associated status notifications in the new port of unlading, CBP reminds the carriers that they should amend the manifest to reflect the new port of unlading.
Sep 15, 2017
— Data platform NxtPort signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Air Cargo Belgium and its data-sharing platform BRUcloud to streamline multimodal cargo transport by reducing redundancies shared between ocean- and airfreight.
Sep 12, 2017
— Two investment houses published reports this week outlining their expectations for how Tesla will move into heavy duty trucking later this month. The argument starts with the premise that electric trucks will be more competitive and capture a higher share of the global truck market than most expect. By the mid-2020’s, 10 percent of the U.S. trucks in the heaviest Class 8 weight segment and 15 percent of the trucks in the lighter Class 5 through 7 segments Trucks could be fully electric, said Rod Lache, an analyst at Deutsche Bank.
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.