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FedEx Express Driver Named National Grand Champion

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A Massachusetts driver for FedEx Express took home the title of Bendix Grand Champion this weekend from the American Trucking Associations’ 2017 National Truck Driving Championships in Orlando, Florida.
Roland Bolduc’s driving accuracy and knowledge of truck safety surpassed the more than 420 other state champion professional truck drivers competing in all vehicle classes last week.

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The Trucking Industry: A Focus On Smuggling And Human Trafficking

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STACEY VANEK SMITH, HOST: You might remember a story last month about 10 immigrant found dead in a trailer in San Antonio, Texas. The trailer belongs to a small-town trucking company in Iowa, and the tragedy has left the trucking industry and its drivers increasingly focused on the problem of smuggling and human trafficking. Iowa Public Radio's Clay Masters reports.

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More than 420 top trucking professionals enter competitions during NTDC

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More than 420 top trucking professionals enter competitions during NTDC More than 420 of the trucking industry’s top professional truck drivers are competing in the National Truck Driving Championship this week at Orlando, Florida. (Courtesy: AMERICAN TRUCKING ASSOCIATIONS)

The National Truck Driving Champion ship (NTDC) has kick started at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, and is in full swing. The event began on Wednesday, August 9 and will end on Saturday, August 12.

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FMCSA holding impromptu meetings on trucking regs, including ELDs

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, with no public notice to the trucking industry or trucking media, is in the midst of a three-stop tour intended to gather input from trucking stakeholders on some of the agency’s most prominent regulations.
Two meetings will be held next week: In Collegeville, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, Aug. 15, and the other on Thursday, Aug. 17, in Denver, Colorado. The first meeting was held Tuesday, Aug. 8, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Though the agency did not publicize the meetings in any way, they were listed this week obscurely on FMCSA’s website under the Events section.

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Improving trucking conditions enabling organic growth: Titanium

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BOLTON, Ont. – As Titanium Transportation Group continues to evaluate acquisition opportunities, it is taking advantage of what it sees as a changing business environment that’s conducive to organic growth.
Growing organically has been all but impossible in the trucking industry, largely because of a lack of quality drivers. But Ted Daniel, CEO of Titanium, said on a conference call with analysts that he feels the company’s unique share-purchase plan, currently being rolled out, will help the it overcome that challenge.

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Senate approves bills to include truckers in the fight against human trafficking

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Senate approves bills to include truckers in the fight against human trafficking Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks during a press conference about fighting human trafficking in Texas. The event took place Sept. 1, 2016, at the San Antonio Police Department Public Safety Headquarters. Photo: Darren Abate for The Texas Tribune

In an effort to fight human trafficking, the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved a pair of bills to include truckers as a major workforce in battling this issue. Truckers were quoted to be the eyes and ears of the road and hence, the first line of defense against trafficking.

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ZED Connect Partners With Pana-Pacific to Distribute ZED ELD

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INDIANAPOLIS -- ZED Connect Inc, the leader in low-cost ELD compliance and data analytics solutions, has partnered with Pana-Pacific, the nation's leading supplier of audio and electronics to Commercial Vehicle (CV) manufacturers, to sell their ZED ELD solution through the nationwide network of Heavy-Duty Truck dealerships, beginning in August 2017. The ZED ELD, powered by Cummins and FMCSA compliant, is available for $200 with no monthly fee, no contract, and no hidden fees.
"With the ELD mandate quickly approaching, we've seen an increase in the number of requests for a low-cost ELD device, and ZED ELD fits this niche perfectly," said Pana-Pacific President and CEO John Trenberth. "Our customers are part of our family, and we want to make sure we're providing them with the best options for ELD compliant solutions – which is why we added the ZED ELD solution to our product mix."

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FMCSA Pulls Back on Sleep Apnea, Removing Exemption Requirement for Diabetic Drivers

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has made significant announcements regarding two pending rulemakings, first the obstructive sleep apnea ANPRM and the notice concerning elimination of the exemption requirement for Diabetic drivers.
Sleep Apnea Rulemaking Withdrawn
Despite noting lingering concerns about the potential dangers of obstructive sleep apnea, FMCSA also announced in the Federal Register on Aug. 7 plans to formally withdraw a 2016 advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeking information on the potential for adopting standards to assess risks associated with transportation workers in safety sensitive positions diagnosed with apnea.

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SCI shows slight improvement in May: Market conditions still pessimistic for shippers

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SCI shows slight improvement in May: Market conditions still pessimistic for shippers

The recent edition of the Shippers Conditions Index (SCI), a monthly index published by FTR, a freight forecasting, and analysis company show that shipping conditions have slightly improved in May. The TCI tracks market conditions that affect freight transport environment by accounting for factors such as freight demand, freight rates, fleet capacity, and fuel price.

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J.J. Keller and Donlen partner to offer more accurate, transparent and flexible ELD solution

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J.J. Keller and Donlen partner to offer more accurate, transparent and flexible ELD solution Photo: J.J Keller

Donlen, a fleet management company has partnered with J.J. Keller, a consulting firm has partnered to launch an electronic logging device (ELD) solution that is fully compliant with the ELD mandate. The partnership will allow Donlen's customers to access a relatively simple and flexible ELD solution.

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Cummins Launches Smartphone-Based ELD Solution

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Cummins Launches Smartphone-Based ELD Solution

Cummins has launched a new fleet software company called Zed Connect and announced its first product, Zed ELD – a smartphone based electronic logging solution.
Zed ELD is designed to be a simple and low-cost electronic logging device solution aimed at small- and mid-sized fleets looking to meet the upcoming ELD mandate. The plug-and-play solution includes such features as ELD, visual inspection reporting, and commercial routing.

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Trucking HR: teach your kids to love trucking

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OTTAWA, ON – This November Trucking HR Canada is calling on all fleets to introduce the pint-sized members of their families to the trucking industry.
The organization is working with The Learning Partnership, a group devoted to advancing publicly funded education, and encouraging more fleets to participate in national Take Our Kids to Work Day, November 1.
The national day aims to have Grade 9 students learn about various career options by going to work with a friend or family member.

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VisTracks Announces Support for Pacific Track ELD Device

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LISLE, Ill.--VisTracks, Inc., provider of the industry-leading family of FMCSA-certified Hours of Service (HOS), DVIR, and IFTA applications, has announced support for ELD hardware provider Pacific Track’s ELD device. This support is in addition to several other devices currently support by VisTracks. The addition of Pacific Track allows VisTracks’ resellers to obtain a high quality ELD product for their customers at an attractive price. VisTracks has passed all the requisite certification tests with this device and has certified to the FMCSA with posting on their website.

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Trucking industry becomes hub for investors as tech start-ups vow to transform industry

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Trucking industry becomes hub for investors as tech start-ups vow to transform industry

The rush to digitize trucking is leading up to massive investments in trucking tech start-ups, not to mention the buzz over self-driving technology. Add to it the number of electronic logging devices (ELD) being launched in the market and you have a tremendous amount being invested in the automation of the trucking industry.

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C.H. Robinson collaborates with One20 to assist small carriers with ELD compliance

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C.H. Robinson collaborates with One20 to assist small carriers with ELD compliance

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) imposed electronic logging device (ELD) mandate is set to become effective three months from now. The mandate is a cause for concern for small carriers. The compliance costs and the potential impacts on capacity are two issues troubling small carriers and owner operators.

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Bill cleared by Senate excludes policy reforms made by the House

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Earlier this month, the House Appropriations Committee had passed a bill that delays livestock haulers from complying with the upcoming electronic logging device (ELD) mandate by a year. The bill also includes provisions for the Denham Amendment and also blocks a Safety Fitness Determination rule from being enacted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) until the Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) program of the agency is modified accordingly. The FMCSA was also asked to determine if the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate should be delayed.

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FourKites partners with 3GTMS on freight tracking

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Logistics software provider FourKites Inc. has partnered with transportation management solution (TMS) vendor 3GTMS Inc. in a move the firms say could provide real-time visibility for third-party logistics providers (3PLs) and shippers.
Chicago-based FourKites says its technology gathers shipment status information and location from global positioning system (GPS) beacons, electronic logging device (ELD) units, and driver cell phones. Aligning that data with 3GTMS' software platform will provide users with precision tracking capabilities that could allow them to manage or prevent freight shipping exceptions, according to 3GTMS.

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Senators reach out to retail chains after USA Today report

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An investigative article into the labor practices involving port truck drivers has prompted several U.S. senators to send letters to many of the nation’s top retail companies.
On Monday, July 31, Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio; Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., penned a letter that asked retail companies to crack down on trucking companies that commit labor violations.

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ATA much like the emperor with his new clothes on ELD mandate

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So, the American Trucking Associations came out throwing wild punches this past week on the electronic logging mandate.
The prose of the letter can easily be described as frenzied and blustering. It was the letter version of someone so mad that they stammer, yell and spit. In the end, all you get out of it is they are mad that a delay of the ELD mandate is picking up steam.

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Arrow Truck Sales donates Volvo truck for Women in Trucking award

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In partnership with the Women in Trucking Association, Arrow Truck Sales has recently announced it will donate a 2014 Volvo VNL 670 for WIT’s 2018 Truck Giveaway. Keys to the truck will be awarded to the winner of the Ninth Annual Salute to Women Behind the Wheel ceremony on March 24, 2018.
The 2014 Volvo will be given out during next year’s Mid-America Trucking Show at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. During this year’s MATS, Salute to Women Behind the Wheel honored 169 female professional drivers. The women honored tallied a total of nearly 2,700 years of driving, including six who were recognized for careers of 40 years or more.

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North Carolina trucking firm agrees to $11 million settlement in wrongful death suit

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A tanker trucking company has agreed to pay $11 million to the widow of a truck driver who died in a fiery crash as a result of one of the company’s drivers blocking a rural highway.
Eagle Transport Corp., of Rocky Mount, N.C., did not admit fault in the crash that killed trucker Kenneth Avis in the early morning hours of Aug. 19, 2016, in Orangeburg County, S.C. Avis burned to death after striking a tanker loaded with 8,800 gallons of gasoline. The impact of the crash caused an explosion and fireball that burned so hot it melted both the tanker and the road paving, according to attorneys for Avis’ widow Teresa.

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August features four great truck shows in Texas, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania

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Big truck shows are slated for August, so bust out those calendars and start making arrangements. From Texas to Pennsylvania, shows are spread throughout the month, ending with the Great American Trucking Show.
Truck shows in August will kick off in Carlisle, Pa., on Aug. 4-6 for the Carlisle Truck Nationals. This show includes trucks of all types, including mini trucks, antiques, custom vans, 4x4s, big rigs and monster trucks.

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Making the ELD Mandate Work for You

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Making the ELD Mandate Work for You

Even if the current legislative effort on Capitol Hill succeeds in its goal of delaying the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate for two years, it is still only a delay: ELDs still seem poised to eventually become a routine part of everyday trucking life of owner-operators and company drivers alike.

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Week in Geek podcast: From truck stops to elite dating, what’s next in technology

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Week in Geek podcast: From truck stops to elite dating, what’s next in technology
The League dating app held its Seattle launch party at the Olympic Rooftop Pavilion. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper)

GeekWire reporters explored the frontiers of technology in some unusual locations this week — visiting a truck stop in North Bend, Wash., to learn about the future of logistics and transportation; riding along with a police officer enforcing the state’s new distracted driving law; and attending an elite party thrown by a technology-powered dating service that uses a highly-selective admissions-based model to screen potential users.

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ATA expresses strong opposition to delay of ELD mandate in letter to the FMCSA

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ATA expresses strong opposition to delay of ELD mandate in letter to the FMCSA The new electronic logging rule includes provisions intended to prevent driver harassment involving the devices.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was asked to consider the delay of implementation of the upcoming electronic logging device (ELD) mandate following a bill introduced by one of the members of the House Committee.

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FMCSA withdraws rulemaking on obstructive sleep apnea

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FMCSA withdraws rulemaking on obstructive sleep apnea Sleep apnea recommendations have been made to railroad operators by the FRA, but FMCSA is standing by its previous position, despite a joint rulemaking between the agencies earlier this year.

The withdrawal of the proposed rulemaking on obstructive sleep apnea by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is creating confusion and uncertainty among truck drivers.

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Roundtable conference held on July 24 discusses future of ADAS in trucking

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Roundtable conference held on July 24 discusses future of ADAS in trucking HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park addresses the panel at the NSC and NTSB's roundtable discussion on ADAS. Photo: Stephane Babcock

On July 24, 2017, stakeholders of the trucking industry, leaders in driver assistance technology, original equipment manufacturers, media, and insurers attended a roundtable conference hosted by the National Safety Council and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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Livestock haulers and agricultural groups await new federal regulations

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Livestock haulers and agricultural groups await new federal regulations Trucks line up to deliver grain to Cargill in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The past decade has seen many crop farmers add semis to their operations. Trucks carry about 75 percent of the tonnage of agricultural, food, forest, alcohols and fertilizer products, according to the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service.IFT photo by Bill Tiedje

The agricultural industry is unpredictable when compared to other industries. Farmers often have to wait when hauling grain and a number of trucks are required to haul big crops to the market. Currently, agricultural groups are waiting for the new federal regulations to come into effect and hope that federal regulators will keep in mind the unpredictable nature of the industry when they implement the regulations.

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OTA launches new finance council

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TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario Trucking Association has announced the launch of a new council for carrier CFOs to discuss all the issues related to the money side of trucking.
The OTA Finance Council will hold its inaugural networking event at the annual OTA executive conference on Nov. 8 at the Ritz-Carlton in Toronto.

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ATA Renews SmartDrive Systems as Featured Product Provider

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ARLINGTON, Va. -- Today, American Trucking Associations and SmartDrive Systems, a leader in driving performance solutions that reduce collisions and improve fuel efficiency, announced the renewal of SmartDrive's ATA Featured Product agreement.
"The trucking industry draws great safety benefits from companies who continue to refine driving performance solutions and deploy them across various sectors," said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. "Having strong partners in driving performance solutions, like SmartDrive, is exciting and we look forward to seeing continued innovation."

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Detroit Connect Portal Expands

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Detroit Connect Portal Expands

YOUNTVILLE, CA -- All Freightliner and Western Star customers with an active Detroit Connect suite of connected vehicle services subscription now have access to the Detroit Connect portal. That's a hub for new and future connectivity services such as Detroit Connect Virtual Technician remote diagnostic service, for Detroit-powered fleets. With the introduction of the new Detroit Connect portal, fleets have easy access to a variety of vehicle performance data.

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Trucking industry divided over proposed delay of ELD mandate

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Trucking industry divided over proposed delay of ELD mandate

The bill introduced by U.S. Representative Brian Babin to delay the implementation of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate by two years has become a subject of controversy. On one hand, the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is fully appreciative of the bill after its efforts to stall the mandate were rejected by the Supreme Court.

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NSTB Study Hopes To Reduce Fatalities From Speeding

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NSTB Study Hopes To Reduce Fatalities From Speeding

In continuing efforts to improve and analyze the habits of road safety, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has shifted focus onto the aspect of speeding as a factor contributing to traffic fatalities.
In a synopsis from a recent study conducted by the NTSB, it was found that speeding contributed to 27% of traffic fatalities in 2015, compared to a 29% of fatalities that are attributed to alcohol impairment.

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On-demand trucking app Convoy doesn’t want to be the ‘Uber for trucking’ anymore

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On-demand trucking app Convoy doesn’t want to be the ‘Uber for trucking’ anymore

When it launched in 2015, the Seattle-based truck technology company Convoy aptly described itself as the “Uber for trucking.” Like the ride-hail service, Convoy built an app to match trucking companies with shippers that need to move freight. And after all, Uber had showed no interest in the $700 billion trucking industry at that time, so Convoy obviously felt safe in making that claim.

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39 immigrants found packed inside sweltering tractor-trailer in San Antonio

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39 immigrants found packed inside sweltering tractor-trailer in San Antonio Police work on a crime scene after eight people, believed to be undocumented immigrants smuggled into the United States, were found dead inside a sweltering 18-wheeler trailer parked behind a Walmart store in San Antonio. (Ray Whitehouse/Reuters)

In what authorities think is an immigrant smuggling operation, officials discovered 39 people packed into a truck in San Antonio without proper air conditioning in the sweltering Texas heat about two and half hours from the Mexican border. Out of the 39 people, nine men died.

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Trucking industry opens doors to ex-convicts, offers them employment

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Trucking industry opens doors to ex-convicts, offers them employment In this 2012 photo, Henry Straight, convicted of theft as a teenager, poses for a picture with the truck he drove for Penford Products in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Photo: Associated Press)

To meet the growing shortage of drivers, the trucking industry has been hiring nonviolent felons to drive trucks and cargo. According to reports, around 70 million adults in the US have a criminal record. Further, 600,000 people are released annually from federal and state prisons.

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Why Are Some Regulators Tempted To Fix What’s Not Broken?

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Why Are Some Regulators Tempted To Fix What’s Not Broken?

Federal regulators are considering the imposition of onerous regulations on the U.S. rail industry, including competition-busting rules that would require competitors to share routes at subsidies rates – called reciprocal switching regulation. Before looking at the problem that regulations would create for consumers, it is helpful to review the long history of rail regulation and historical reforms – something that regulators need to understand.

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Trucking Industry Debates How Advanced Tech Can Reduce Crashes

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Trucking Industry Debates How Advanced Tech Can Reduce Crashes

Truck manufacturers, regulators and technology firms are increasingly looking to advanced technology like driver assistance systems to improve truck safety.
But the viewpoint isn’t universal.
Proponents believe that widespread use of the technology will help slow the increase in traffic deaths, but skeptics raise concerns about regulation, training and data privacy.

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Congress attempts to pass legislation that restricts rest breaks for California truckers

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Congress attempts to pass legislation that restricts rest breaks for California truckers
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A Congressional attempt has been made to restrict the rest periods that California truckers are allowed under state laws. Truckers are allowed a 30-minute meal break every five hours and a 10-minute every four hours when they are working. This is extremely important for safety.

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C.H. Robinson, ONE20 sign ELD agreement

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C.H. Robinson, ONE20 sign ELD agreement

ONE20, a mobile app-based truck driver community, has entered into an “enterprise agreement” with third-party logistics provider C.H. Robinson that provides C.H. Robinson the ability to promote ONE20's electronic logging device (ELD) solution at a discount to its contracted motor carriers with 10 trucks or fewer.

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Meeker resident wins Arkansas Trucking Championship

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Meeker resident wins Arkansas Trucking Championship

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. – Samuel Louis Brooks, a professional driver for J.B. Hunt Transport, won 1st place in the step van division at the 50th anniversary Arkansas Truck Driving Championship competition held July 14–15 at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers, Ark. The event is hosted by the Arkansas Trucking Association (ATA).

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Uber's going big into trucking business, and nowhere bigger than Texas

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Uber's going big into trucking business, and nowhere bigger than Texas

One of the biggest technology disruptors when it comes to shuttling people is now trying to transform the way goods are moved around the country.
This spring, Uber launched Uber Freight, an app that matches truck drivers with loads of goods to pick up and deliver. Texas played a key role in the San Francisco-based tech giant's inroads. Routes between Dallas, Houston and San Antonio served as its test ground before the app's launch.

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Havis releases ELD mandate guide

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Havis has released a new whitepaper to help fleet managers strategically plan their implementation of the new Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate.
Havis’ “The Impact of ELD Mandate on a Total Mobility Solution” details steps for planning and implementing the new standards, including choosing eligible devices and software, and securing the devices inside the vehicle.

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Compressed Natural Gas Station Opening In New York To Meet Demands

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Compressed Natural Gas Station Opening In New York To Meet Demands

Truckers in New York may find another outlet in refueling their trucks with an alternative energy source – this time in the form of compressed natural gas.
Saratoga Springs, New York-based fuel distributor American Natural Gas announced earlier today the opening of a compressed natural gas (CNG) station in the Syracuse suburb of Liverpool, New York.

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3 ways technology is being used to monitor and reduce driver fatigue.

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3 ways technology is being used to monitor and reduce driver fatigue.
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Choosing to be a professional driver is no easy deal. A commercial truck weighs up to 80,000 pounds. Not to mention that truck drivers are out on the road for almost 300 days a year and driving for most part of the day. Handling a heavy vehicle like a truck can be extremely tiring and drivers need to be on full alert while on duty.

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UBER KEEPS ON TRUCKING

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When one of Uber’s self-driving trucks drove 200 kilometers from Fort Collins to Colorado Spring to deliver a shipment of Budweiser, it seemed Uber was primed to disrupt the estimated $800 billion trucking industry. Optimism was bolstered by Uber’s acquisition of the self-driving trucking startup, OttoMotto, last year.

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Appropriations Committee approves bill to delay electronic logging device requirement for livestock haulers

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Appropriations Committee approves bill to delay electronic logging device requirement for livestock haulers

(WASHINGTON) – The House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill on a vote of 31-20. The legislation includes a provision that prevents any funds available to the Department of Transportation from being used to administer or enforce the Electronic Logging Device requirement for livestock haulers in the fiscal year 2018.

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WATCH VIDEO: Motorist Captures Dangerous Road Rage Drama Between Hummer and Semi Truck

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A road rage incident between a semi-truck driver and a Hummer driver escalated into a dangerous game of high-speed cat and mouse, and it was all captured on video. The video has since gone viral and many people, including the local Sheriff's office, are more angered by the Hummer driver’s bad behavior captured in the highway drama.

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NACS APPLAUDS INTRODUCTION OF BIODIESEL BLENDERS’ TAX CREDIT LEGISLATION

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. – NACS, along with NATSO, the Advanced Biofuels Association, Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA), Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) and the American Trucking Associations (ATA), applauded U.S. Reps. Diane Black (R-TN) and Ron Kind (D-WI) for introducing bipartisan legislation that would extend the biodiesel blenders’ tax credit and ultimately phase it out over five years.

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OOIDA to Wisconsin lawmaker: Another truck tax is 'unreasonable and inappropriate'

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The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is adamantly opposed to a plan floating around the Wisconsin statehouse to add another fee for professional drivers.
More than two weeks removed from the start of the state’s fiscal year, Wisconsin state lawmakers are working to finalize a state budget that would also provide necessary revenue for transportation projects.

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Trucking regulations should account for livestock impact

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ONE recurring problem with government bureaucracy is that officials often rush to enact regulations and only consider feasibility after the fact. This seems to be the case with some Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration mandates, including one requiring that all truck operators begin using an electronic logging device by Dec. 18.

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Truckers concerned about federal mandate set to take effect in December

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Truckers concerned about federal mandate set to take effect in December

ABERDEEN, S.D. (KSFY) - Many truckers across the country are preparing for a federal mandate to take effect Dec.18 that will require them to have an electronic device inside their vehicles that records everything they do. For those converting from a paper log, they say the regulation is intrusive, a violation of their privacy and will destroy the trucking industry for both drivers and consumers.

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ONE20 and RoadsideMASTERS.com to launch free roadside driver assistance program in August.

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ONE20 and RoadsideMASTERS.com to launch free roadside driver assistance program in August.

ONE20, a trucking industry application, and RoadsideMASTERS.com, a roadside assistance company, is all set to launch a free roadside driver assistance program to assist drivers with mechanical problems to their trucks. The program will be launched on August 1, 2017 with the service available to members of the ONE20 community.

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Proposal to implement speed-limiting devices in trucks held up. Federal government offers no support.

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Proposal to implement speed-limiting devices in trucks held up. Federal government offers no support.

Over the past few year, highway accidents due to speeding trucks have been on the rise. According to the research conducted by The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), about 33,000 deaths between 1993 and 2013 have occurred due to excessive speeding, but no action has been taken to tackle the issue.

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Tech Talk: Intel Sees Self-Driving Future As Disruptive

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Tech Talk: Intel Sees Self-Driving Future As Disruptive

Back in early June, Intel and Strategy Analytics released a comprehensive study of the self-driving industry, predicting that this segment will be worth $7 trillion by 2050, and with the tech giant’s recent moves in the field, its long-term business strategy is slowly forming itself, revealing massive ambitions that are to be expected of a Fortune 500 company.

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Newest Technology Clean Diesel Trucks Now Make Up 30% of Commercial Vehicles in Operation in U.S., Saving 4.2 billion Gallons of Fuel, and Slashing Emissions

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Newest Technology Clean Diesel Trucks Now Make Up 30% of Commercial Vehicles in Operation in U.S., Saving 4.2 billion Gallons of Fuel, and Slashing Emissions

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Introduction of new technology clean diesel truck engines and emissions control systems into the nation's trucking fleet over the last five years is now at a 30 percent level and has yielded significant emission reductions and substantial fuel savings, according to new research commissioned by the Diesel Technology Forum.

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Traffic climbed after the recession. So did accidents and truckers' premiums

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Traffic climbed after the recession. So did accidents and truckers' premiums

The commercial auto industry has taken a big hit lately — it lost more than $700 million last year on claims involving trucks and other commercial vehicles. Those losses are translating to higher premiums for businesses.
Until quite recently, things looked very different. After the 2008 economic crash and for years afterward, Americans drove less. Less driving meant fewer accidents.

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Don't rely on trucking to prop up future oil demand

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Don't rely on trucking to prop up future oil demand

Volvo's decision to launch only hybrid-or electric-car models after 2019 is just the latest sign that the passenger vehicle market is inching away from the internal combustion engine as a driving force. Trucking, however, has been regarded as safe territory for the oil industry for years to come, given the range and power limitations of electric propulsion—but now this assumption is being questioned too.
It's easy to think of trucking as a much smaller market for the oil industry than cars in terms of oil consumption, given the relative numbers of vehicles on the road. But, as the International Energy Agency (IEA) points out in a new report, the greater consumption and miles driven by trucks means that's not the case.

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Congress to try to pass Denham Amendment for third consecutive year.

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Congress to try to pass Denham Amendment for third consecutive year.

The Congress is planning to consider the Denham Amendment for the third consecutive time this Congressional session. The Denham Amendment allows the federal government to block states' authority over hours of service (HoS) regulations and driver's pay per mileage.

The aim of the bill is to avoid any dispute that might occur when drivers demand higher payouts from carriers functioning within the industry standards.

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Uber withdraws Otto's name, develops self-driving technology under Uber ATG.

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Uber withdraws  Otto's name, develops self-driving technology under Uber ATG.

Uber's association with Otto has always been a subject of much debate especially after Otto the latter was sued for filching trade secrets from Waymo before leaving Google.

However, Uber has now retired Otto's brand name and instead brought together all the activities in self-driving trucks under the Uber Advanced Technologies Group (ATG).

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Daseke Inc. continues to expand: Acquires three companies in two months.

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Daseke Inc. continues to expand: Acquires three companies in two months.

Daseke Inc., a flatbed, specialized transportation and logistics company has recently been involved in acquiring companies in an effort to spur its growth. The company has already made its third acquisition in just two months.

Daseke acquired Schilli Companies and Big Freight Systems and soon after, acquired The Steelman Companies, all in a span of two months.
Even before the acquisition, Daseke's earnings before interest, taxes, and amortization (EBITA) was $108 million in 2016. This represents a phenomenal growth in revenue from 2009 when the revenue was a mere $30 million.

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Why autonomous trucks aren't a silver bullet for trucking

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Why autonomous trucks aren't a silver bullet

Autonomous trucks. Driverless trucks. Robo trucks. The technology that claims it will eliminate the need for drivers is all over mainstream media today. Autonomous trucks are being hyped as the next great thing to hit the trucking industry — a silver bullet.
They are being touted as the answer to a lot of the problems plaguing the trucking industry and as the way to make the trucking industry more efficient.

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Government affairs programs build critical relationships

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Government affairs programs build critical relationships

IT’s all about relationships.That was the key takeaway from a carrier panel in a session entitled: “The Importance of a Company Government Affairs Program.” The panel was part of National Tank Truck Carriers’ 69th Annual Conference that took place April 30 to May 2 in Chicago, Illinois.
Panelists included: Robert Dold, former US representative for Il linois’ 10th Congressional District; Matt Hart, executive director of the Illinois Trucking Association; and John Whittington, vice-president of government relations for Grammer Industries Inc. The moderator was Boyd Stephenson, NTTC senior vice-president of government affairs & counsel.

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Spencer represents OOIDA at three-day NAFTA meeting

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Spencer represents OOIDA at three-day NAFTA meeting

The Office of the United States Trade Representative hosted a three-day public meeting in D.C. this past week on “matters relevant to the modernization” of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Nearly 140 witnesses from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico offered suggestions. OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer delivered comments on behalf of the Association’s members.

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Speed Limiters Shown To Reduce Truck Collisions in Ontario

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Speed Limiters Shown To Reduce Truck Collisions in Ontario

A recent study by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation found speed-related, at-fault collisions involving large commercial vehicles fell by 73-percent after speed-limiter legislation took effect in Ontario.
The study concluded there is no evidence speed limiters have contributed to an increase in truck drivers involved in other types of collisions, despite some skeptics saying so.

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This self-driving truck has no room for a human driver — literally

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This self-driving truck has no room for a human

Most experts believe the first industry to be upended by autonomous driving will be the trucking sector. What better use case for driverless technology than long-haul trucking where most of the driving is confined to the highway? The Swedish startup Einride certainly buys into this vision. It recently unveiled a prototype of a self-driving truck that completely lacks a steering wheel, pedals, a windshield, and, well, the whole cab really.
The all-electric T-pod is much shorter than your average traditional tractor trailer, clocking in at just 23 feet long, which is likely due to the absence of the cabin. Einride says the T-pod will weigh 20 tons at full load, which is comparable to a Class 8 truck.

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6 smartphone apps to help you loacate loads with ease.

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6 smartphone apps to help you loacate loads with ease.

Truckers and shippers connect with the help of load boards. Load boards are online systems that allow shippers and brokers to post loads and enable them to fix an agreement.
With apps being a major part of our daily lives, it should come as no surprise that truckers can now use smartphone apps to access load boards.
These apps also make it easier for truckers to pick up loads according to their location. In addition, these apps provide the trucker with accurate mapping of destinations.

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Averitt Express to increase pay for its regional drivers.

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Averitt Express to increase pay for its regional drivers.

Averitt Express, a transportation and supply chain management company, plans on introducing certain changes in the pay packages of its employees. Regional drivers, who have been working with the company for 10 years will have their pay increased to 50 cents per mile while drivers who have completed 5 years will have their pay increased to 48 cents per mile. Those who have worked less than 5 years will have their pay incremented to 46 cents per mile.

New recruits will start at 42 cents per mile and in 8 months their pay will increase to 46 cents per mile.

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Big Rig race series declares winner of 6th race: Eventful day at the tracks.

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Big Rig race series declares winner of 6th race: Eventful day at the tracks.

The trucking industry hosts the Minimizer Bandit Big Rig racing series, a professional motor sport that involves circle track truck racing in the short track. It is a family entertainment event, and in the 6th race of the inaugural series, the 88 Mack of “88 Mike” Morgan won the main event. By the end of the first quarter mile oval, Morgan and another competitor Chris Kikelhan emerged in the final race.

The race started out with Morgan, Kikelhan and another competitor being the closest challengers. During the course of the race, Kikelhan's truck crashed, leaving Morgan and the other participant to be the remaining competitors close to finishing.

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First quarter of 2017 sees slight increase in turnover rate: Numbers less than 2016.

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First quarter of 2017 sees slight increase in turnover rate: Numbers less than 2016

The American Trucking Association (ATA) recently released reports about the turnover rates in the industry. According to the report, the turnover rate has been the lowest this year as compared to the past . However, in the first quarter of 2017, turnover rates rose slightly. Truckload fleets having revenues greater than $30 million a year saw an increase of 3% in turnover rates. The current turnover rate stands at 74% for large truckload fleets. Even so, the figure is 15 points lower than in 2016 during the same period.
Turnover rate rose by 2% for small truckload fleets and stands at 66%, which is 22 points lower than in 2016 and for less-than-truckload carriers, the turnover rates rose by 2 points to a mere 10%.

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Commercial Hydrogen Inc. develops hydrogen injection for diesel trucks: Testing shows improved mileage.

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Commercial Hydrogen Inc. develops hydrogen injection for diesel trucks: Testing shows improved mileage.

While going over the long list of the desirable features of a truck, the three features that make a lot of difference would be mileage, maintenance costs and finally, emissions. In an effort to improve on these factors, Commercial Hydrogen Inc., a company in Texas developed the system,. It which was then tested by the US Army.

The first testing was at Fort Hood Army Garrison in Texas in February, 2012 using a 2000 FL80 Oil truck and the hydrogen injection system was checked by an army contract mechanic. During testing, the system achieved an increase between 7.2 to 8.4 miles per gallon increase in mileage, which is a 15% improvement in fuel economy. In addition to improving mileage, the system has greatly improving maintenance costs and of course, improved emissions.

Reducing fuel consumption and modification of the engine and its components have improved performance gains. Commercial Hydrogen Inc., uses retrofits or bolt-on products for 10-15L diesel engines. The retrofit gives users fuel savings between 10%-30%.

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Maersk forced to operate manually after ransomware attack shuts down computer systems.

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Maersk forced to operate manually after ransomware attack shuts down computer systems.

On June 27, 2017, the ransomware cyber attack disabled the computer systems in Maersk Inc, a Danish business conglomerate. As a result, the company has been functioning manually since then, which has resulted in freight movement being stalled. The company is currently handling import, but not exports.
Trucks are being signed in and out using the old-fashioned pen and clipboard system resulting in congestion.

In one instance, trucks were backed up from the terminal entrance of the company on North Avenue to New Jersey Turnpike Interchange 13. The Port Authority had to stage the trucks on unused land.

Despite the slight setback, the hitch has not caused any major disruption within the transportation community.

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Michelin Canada Welcomes Saskatchewan Laws Allowing Wide-Base Single Tires for Heavy Trucks

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Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. recognizes the leaders of the Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, and the Saskatchewan Trucking Association, who worked collaboratively for the province to become Canada's fourth to enact regulations that permit the trucking industry to increase hauling and payload capacity, while reducing its carbon footprint.
The total payload increase from 7,700 kg per axle to 8,500 kg allows the industry to adopt fuel-efficient wide-base single heavy-truck tires and to operate at competitive weight limits, while decreasing fuel consumption and green-house gas emissions for the environment.

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US Freight Rail Traffic Rose, Mexico Lagged in Week 25

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US Freight Rail Traffic Rose

The AAR (Association of American Railroads) recently reported North American rail freight volumes for week 25, which ended on June 24, 2017. In the week, overall freight rail traffic (BRK-B) in the United States rose 3.6% to nearly 545,000 railcars, up from ~526,000 railcars in the week ended June 25, 2016.
US railcar traffic except for intermodal rose 2.3% to ~264,000 railcars in the week ended June 24, 2017, compared to ~256,000 railcars in the same week last year. In the week, intermodal volumes for US railroad companies expanded 4.9% to over 281,000 units, compared to over 268,000 units in week 25 last year.

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FMCSA boosts education efforts to reduce highway fatalities.

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is amplifying its efforts to educate all drivers on how to better share the roads and drive safer around large trucks and buses.
Joining FMCSA in the “Our Roads, Our Safety” campaign are the American Trucking Associations, AAA and the American Bus Association in an effort to reduce highway fatalities, especially those involving commercial vehicles, through public awareness and education.

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Truckers unite to help unborn child with heart defect

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Truckers unite to help unborn child with heart defect

If you pull up next to coal hauler Danny Johnson’s rig, you’ll see an unlikely passenger riding shotgun. Sitting next to Johnson is Elmer the Elephant, a purple plushie elephant, dressed in overalls, boots and a hat.
Elmer isn’t just a leisurely companion, however. He has a serious job: Raising money and awareness for an unborn child with a heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

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Driverless cars to soon become a reality soon. Can this be called a welcome change?

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Driverless_cars to soon become a reality soon. Can this be called a welcome change

Driverless cars are the talk of the town . Companies are in competition, with each company trying to bring up their own, unique and innovative versions of the technology. With all the research and investment that is going on in this area, looks like the possibility of travelling without keeping a close watch on the road is closer than we thought. Soon, virtual assistants will be taking over as chauffeurs.
This is definitely an exciting prospect. Easy, hassle free drives and of course, don’t forget that our automation eliminates the human error factor, which makes the roads much safer. Environmental concerns have inspired companies like Tesla to work on zero emission electric driverless cars. An added bonus. The major players in the industry already have their prototypes ready, some are even set to launch their pilot programs. Uber has released driverless Ford Fusions as part of their pilot program. Elon Musk, CEO,Tesla will be sending their version of the driverless car from Los Angeles to New York by the end of this year.

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Commercial vehicle driver refrained from operating commercial vehicles by FMCSA

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Commercial vehicle driver refrained from operating commercial vehicles by FMCSA

North Carolina licensed truck driver, Simranjeet Singh Sandhu, has been ordered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to refrain from operating any commercial vehicle in interstate commerce. This happened following an incident where he changed lanes without signaling and hit a passing car resulting in fatal injuries to both the driver and passenger. The incident took place on March 27, 2017. Sandhu did not stop his vehicle, instead, police officers found him sleeping in his truck parked at a rest stop. The truck showed extensive damage. On waking him up, Sandhu denied the accident ever happened and said that the damage to the truck was caused by a rock he had hit. On subjecting the accused to breathalyzer and sobriety tests, he was found to be intoxicated. Also, in his possession were commercial drivers licenses (CDL) from the states of North Carolina, Illinois and California despite federal regulations permitting drivers only one.

The FMCSA has declared Sandhu to be an imminent hazard to public safety.

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Expedite Expo Show 2017 edition to be conducted in Lexington from July 14-15.

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The 2017 edition of the Expedite Expo Show, an event meant exclusively for expedite trucking will take place from July 14-15 in Lexington, Kentucky, at the Lexington Center. Expedite trucking involves hauling freight with very specific and precise requirements. They have conditions like a specific time of arrival, delicate handling and cannot be reloaded.
The show was first conducted in 2001. The participants are the people across North America. The show includes an educational program that, this year, will include 14 workshops. Discussions on topics ranging from the basics of expedite trucking to the study of hauling Department of Defense loads will be held on the first day.

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July 1 marks changes in fuel tax rates in 10 states

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Fuel tax collections have changed in 10 states from Saturday July 1, 2017. The states and the changes to the rules in the particular state have been listed.
South Carolina

  • 16.75-diesel and gas rates that remained unchanged since 1987 will now be increased by 2 cents.
  • Tax rates will increase by 2 cents per annum till 2022.
  • By 2022, tax rate will strike 28.75 cents.
  • The state Department of Transportation expects to collect $150 million in the first year.
  • The tax is predicted to raise more than $600 billion annually once fully implemented.

  • Tennessee
  • 21.4-cent gas rate and 18.4-cent diesel rates that remained unchanged since 1989 will be increased by 44 cents each.
  • Gas rate wil increase by 2 cents per annum and diesel rates will increase by 6 cents per annum for the next two years.
  • Tax rates are expected to reach 27.4 cents and 28.4 cents, respectively once fully effective.
  • Tax increase is estimated to be about $250 million per year.
  • Registration taxes for large trucks will be increased by $20.

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    Milk more than just business for Ag-Industry Award winner

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    Milk more than just business for Ag-Industry Award winner

    After six decades in operation, hauling milk is more than just a business — it's a way of life for the Mitchell family of Saegertown.
    Mitchell Trucking, recipient of the 2017 Crawford County Ag-Industry Award, was started in 1958 by Loren (Pete) Mitchell and his son, Lonnie Mitchell. Today, Mitchell Trucking is in its third generation with brothers Greg Mitchell, 54, and Mike Mitchell, 50, as the owners. The two are grandsons of Pete Mitchell and sons of Lonnie Mitchell.

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    Trucking Is About to Be Disrupted as More Truckers Get a Common Device

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    Trucking Is About to Be Disrupted as More Truckers Get a Common Device

    The trucking industry is still very old-school — paper schedules on cork boards, if you listen to tech investor Reid Hoffman — but everybody needs trucks, which makes it a very attractive industry for technologists and investors. The thing that’s going to revolutionize trucking, though, is something most people already have: an iPhone, or Android, or other smartphone.

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    Rising insurance rates prompt trucking companies to implement safety technology in vehicles

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    Rising insurance rates prompt trucking companies to implement safety technology in vehicles Credit:  www.lancerinsurance.com

    Insurance premiums are a major concern for trucking companies. In 2016, insurance companies increased premiums after the auto insurance industry met with a loss of nearly $716 million on policies. The lack of experienced drivers compelled trucking companies to hire younger drivers, increasing the risk of accidents.

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    Trucking Industry Split on Push Toward Heavier Trucks

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    Trucking Industry Split on Push Toward Heavier Trucks

    A renewed push to add heavier trucks to U.S. highways has divided the trucking industry.
    The battle pits shippers – especially haulers of food and agricultural commodities – who see heavier loads as a pathway to greater profits against the industry’s biggest independent truckers trade group, which believes trucks carrying heftier cargo will put too much wear and tear on an already stressed highway infrastructure.

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    26th annual HDMA Breakfast and Briefing to be held at Atlanta on September 27

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    26th annual HDMA Breakfast and Briefing to be held at Atlanta on September 27

    The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA) and the heavy duty division of the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) will be holding their 26th annual l Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association Breakfast and Briefing on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 6:30-9:30 a.m. at the North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) Show in Atlanta.

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    Arkansas Truck Driver Killed After Semi Strikes Bridge and Explodes In Flames

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    Arkansas Truck Driver Killed After Semi Strikes Bridge and Explodes In Flames

    On Tuesday, an Arkansas truck driver tragically lost his life after his semi struck a concrete overpass structure and burst into flames.
    The driver has been identified as 57-year-old Jackie Becker of Jonesboro, AK. He was employed as a driver for YRC Worldwide and was on the job Tuesday morning, delivering a load of freight from Memphis and to Kansas City. At around 8:55 am, Becker was traveling northbound on Interstate 555 and was about to cross under the Harrisburg Road overpass when he swerved off the road to the right side and crashed into the concrete column.

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    Long Road Racing Gets on The Fast Track to ELD Mandate Compliance with BigRoad - A Fleet Complete Company

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    Long Road Racing Gets on The Fast Track to ELD Mandate Compliance with BigRoad - A Fleet Complete Company

    WATERLOO, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Long Road Racing, a race car fabrication and build company specializing in road racing, selected BigRoad’s DashLink to achieve electronic logging device (ELD) mandate compliance. BigRoad’s intuitive interface was heads and shoulders above the competition, driving Long Road Racing’s decision.

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    UPS Plans to Slash Use of Gasoline, Diesel Fuels

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    UPS Plans to Slash Use of Gasoline, Diesel Fuels

    Shipping giant UPS is making a substantial bet that the end of the road is in sight for gasoline and diesel fuels.
    The company, which operates 114,000 vehicles, said Tuesday that it has launched a massive transition whereby 40 percent of the ground fuel it uses will come from sources other than conventional gasoline and diesel by 2025. That would double its current alternative fuel use.

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    Funding boosts KeepTruckin beyond ELDs

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    Funding boosts KeepTruckin beyond ELDs

    The ELD mandate is set to take effect December 18, 2017, and investors are betting on San Francisco-based startup KeepTruckin to lead the way in electronic logging and the digitization of fleet management. The telematics company recently announced it has raised $18 million in its latest round of funding, pushing its total funding to $28 million.

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    Large fleet gets exemption for pre-CDL drivers

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    Large fleet gets exemption for pre-CDL drivers

    New Prime, part of national fleet Prime Inc. (No. 15 on the CCJ Top 250), has been granted an exemption by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to allow its pre-CDL drivers who have passed the CDL skills test to drive in team operations without a CDL holder in the front seat, as regulations require.

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    Doft partners with VHI Transport

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    Doft partners with VHI Transport

    Silicon Valley startup Doft announced its formal partnership with U.S. trucking company, VHI. Doft, an IT company, noted it is developing what it calls a “disruptive on-demand technology for the U.S. trucking industry which instantly matches freight shippers and truck drivers with the help of a mobile app.

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    These Truckers Work Alongside the Coders Trying to Eliminate Their Jobs

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    These Truckers Work Alongside the Coders Trying to Eliminate Their Jobs

    Just before Stefan Seltz-Axmacher offers a job to an engineer at Starsky Robotics Inc., a driverless trucking startup in San Francisco, he gives them the talk.
    This is a company that employs truck drivers, is how the talk begins. The coders are sometimes taken aback—this differs from the usual change-the-world spiel deployed in hiring meetings.

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    Trucking: Like father, like son

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    Trucking: Like father, like son

    7 in every 10 of Overdrive’s mostly owner-operator readers, whether male or female, reported having descended from a trucking father, in some form or another. Turner Griffin, commenting via Overdrive‘s Facebook page, noted he was “three generations deep.

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    Trump Keeps on Trucking

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    Trump Keeps on Trucking

    For weeks CNN has been touting the Special Election in Georgia as a referendum on President Donald Trump. They pushed this narrative because they believed the Republican candidate, Karen Handel, was going to lose and they could jubilantly declare that the American people have rejected Trump.

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    Truck-driving is a modern form of indentured slavery

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    Truck-driving is a modern form of indentured slavery

    USA Today undertook a year-long investigation into southern California truckers, so-called "independent contractors" who form a critical link from America's busiest port to the rest of the country, and found that drivers are sunk into deep pits of debt due to predatory contracts they signed under duress, debts that are used to force them to work unsafe hours, falsify their work records, and sometimes bring home literal pennies a week after working 80+ hours (some drivers even finish the week in deeper debt, owing money to the companies they "contract" for).

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    OOIDA offers training to help drivers comply with new FDA regulations

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    OOIDA offers training to help drivers comply with new FDA regulations

    As per the Food Safety Modernization Act, new regulations have been introduced on April 6, 2017 that requires trucks transporting human and animal food to keep records of cleaning, sanitizing and inspecting equipment to ensure that the transported food will not be contaminated by the previous cargo and that it is transported at adequate temperature.

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    Fleetmatics launches LogBook for iOS, a one-stop approach to Hours of Service (HOS) management for commercial drivers

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    Fleetmatics launches LogBook for iOS, a one-stop approach to Hours of Service (HOS) management for commercial drivers

    BOSTON, June 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- With the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate requiring commercial drivers to digitally manage their time behind the wheel (Hours of Service or HOS) just six short months away, the launch of LogBook for iOS by Fleetmatics, a Verizon company, puts HOS management in the palms of drivers' hands.

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    Truck drivers prefer independence

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    Truck drivers prefer independence

    There’s no denying that harbor trucking is a difficult business. However, the recent story on the trucking industry deliberately ignored the 90% of drivers who benefit from a business that is under intense scrutiny as part of a massive effort by organized labor against the port trucking industry.

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    Uber Technologies Inc. faces road blocks in effort to dominate trucking industry.

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    Uber Technologies Inc. faces road blocks in effort to dominate trucking industry.

    Uber Technologies Inc. seems to have met some road blocks in its efforts to become a stakeholder in the $700 billion trucking industry. The company had recently launched its app, the Uber Freight that matches carriers with shippers within a relatively short time and eliminating most of the tedious procedures associated with it.

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    Proposal to commercialize rest stops to fund Trump's infrastructure plan met with opposition

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    Proposal to commercialize rest stops to fund Trump's infrastructure plan met with opposition

    In 1960, the Congress prohibited states from selling food, fuel and other services at interstate rest areas to help private companies flourish and provide their services to the travelers. However, Trump's infrastructure plan is now including proposals to commercialize rest stops. This has been met by opposition from local entities as it will disrupt the existing businesses that offer the same services. The National Association of Truck Stop Operators (NATSO), a trade association that represents members offering services to trucks and truck stop operators, share the same opinion.

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    Ontario cops focus on trucks this week

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    Ontario cops focus on trucks this week

    ORILLIA, ON--The Ontario Provincial Police will be paying special attention to trucks Thursday and Friday of this week as part of the annual Operation Corridor campaign.
    An OPP statement says that between 2102 and 16 there were 1,342 fatal motor vehicle collisions on OPP-patrolled roads and 20% or 266 involved transport trucks, with 330 people dying. According to OPP data, 44 of the crash victims were truck drivers.

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    ‘88-Mike’ back in victory lane in Bandit Racing Series

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    ‘88-Mike’ back in victory lane in Bandit Racing Series

    Mike “88-Mike” Morgan and his black Mack are back in victory lane following the most recent Bandit Racing Series race.
    Morgan, an OOIDA member from Wartrace, Tenn., took the checkered flag in the 25-lap A-Main Race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Easley, S.C., on June 10. The win is his first of the season. Starting out in sixth, Morgan got a good jump during a restart, and led for the final 11 laps.

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    NEXT Trucking Launches ecommerce Fulfillment Program to Provide International Freight Forwarding Savings

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    NEXT Trucking Launches ecommerce Fulfillment Program to Provide International Freight Forwarding Savings

    LYNWOOD, Calif., June 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- NEXT Trucking, an elite mobile on-demand freight shipping platform, launched their ecommerce fulfillment program today. This exciting new venture leverages partnerships and provides significant savings for international shipping. Traditionally, small to medium vendors have relied on airfreight to send goods internationally for storage, deconsolidation, and ecommerce fulfillment. NEXT Trucking is streamlining that process by collaborating with cargo service providers and US warehousing locations. This complete one-stop-shop logistics solution can service freight forwarders that use vendors such as Amazon.

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    FATHER’S DAY TRUCK PULL, CAR SHOW SET

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    FATHER’S DAY TRUCK PULL, CAR SHOW SET

    IRON RIVER—A familiar mix of men and machines will mark this week, as the 12th annual Father’s Day Weekend takes place at the Iron County Fairgrounds here on June 17 and 18.
    The schedule includes a truck pull, the classic car parade, an arts and crafts show and the 40th annual auto show. The special events are presented by the Iron County Pullers Association, and concession stands will be open both days.

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    Trump presents plan to rebuild America at Cincinnati, Ohio on June 7, 2017

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    Trump presents plan to rebuild America at Cincinnati, Ohio on June 7, 2017

    On June 7, 2017, President Trump presented his trillion dollar infrastructure plan at Cincinnati, Ohio. Elaborating on his vision to rebuild America, Trump plans on spending an amount of nearly $ 200 billion over the next ten years on various aspects of the nation's infrastructure. He has advocated the plan to rebuild America through "American labor, American energy and American aluminium and steel".
    Trump promised that America would not be remembered as a nation of former glory, but rather, future generations would look at it with awe and respect.
    While the President did not give out any specific details about the project, he invited support to resource the plan. In his discussion, Trump said that the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act will enable private companies to obtain government loans to leverage funds for the state and private sector.

    Trucking industry faces shortage of drivers: Will worsen until serious measures are taken, says ATA

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    Trucking industry faces shortage of drivers: Will worsen until serious measures are taken, says ATA

    Of late, the trucking industry has been facing a severe shortage of skilled drivers.. With more veteran drivers retiring now than ever, and not many students wanting to be drivers, the transportation industry can’t meet the growing demand for drivers. In an attempt to resolve this situation, employers like CRST International and Don Hummer Trucking supply necessary equipment to community colleges like Kirkwood in order to train students in the field. Towards the end of the training program, these employers recruit prospective students.
    Analysis by the American Trucking Association (ATA) showed that the industry fell short of nearly 38,000 drivers in 2014 and is expected to reach almost 175,000 in 2024 if the pattern continues. The shortage can be mitigated only if the trucking industry is able to hire 89,000 new drivers every year for the next ten years.
    The ATA report also suggests a few possible changes that could attract new drivers to the industry. Several people are hesitant to join the profession since it means long hours on the road. However, the network of distribution centers is growing, effectively decreasing the number of hours drivers spend on the road.

    Transportation experts discuss ELDs, Uber and Trump's infrastructure plan at FTR seminar on June 8

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    Transportation experts discuss ELDs, Uber and Trump's infrastructure plan at FTR seminar on June 8
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    Industry analysts and transportation experts are keeping a wary eye on issues such as electronic logging devices (ELDs), trade deals, Uber networking, and autonomous vehicles since they are entering into the industry at a particularly turbulent time politically.
    FTR, a transportation intelligence company, reported economic growth and an excess of developments amidst several uncertainties, at a seminar held on June 8, 2017. Experts are unsure if the current economic growth is temporary or if it will continue steadily.
    The Trump administration has been threatening to withdraw from or renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), an agreement for trilateral trade relations between the US, Canada and Mexico, . This might prove to be an unwise move since it could possibly disrupt cross-border trade and freight movement. FTR Transportation Intelligence stated that they are trying to study the full impact of several factors on freight movement over the next several years.
    FTR also highlighted a three-fold issue surrounding autonomous vehicles such as:

    • Public acceptance of such vehicles on the road
    • Whether fleets would be willing to invest
    • The fleet's return on investment

    Uber’s entry into the industry has been greeted with mixed opinions. FTR's transportation experts are skeptical about the transactions between the shipper and trucker when using such apps. After all, booking a load that involves $400,000 worth of goods requires more information from both sides than just names and numbers. They also expressed concern over Trump's infrastructure plan saying that the chances of amassing a trillion dollar spend for infrastructure is slim and the plan seems to be more talk and ideas than reality.
    While discussing about ELDs, they believe that the forced implementation of the ELD mandate will adversely affect small businesses and owner-operators and might even force drivers out of the industry.

    DOT proposes two ideas to address driver shortage in the industry

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    DOT proposes to ideas to address driver shortage in the industry

    The Department of Transportation (DOT) has put forward two proposals to ease the process of obtaining a commercial driver's license (CDL), a prerequisite for drivers who operate large and heavy vehicles.
    One of the two proposals will exempt military veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserve from attending a knowledge test to obtain a CDL. Dedicated to helping veterans and their families, this proposal could speed up their process to enter the trucking industry. Veterans are equipped with ample skills from their military training, thus eliminating the need for them to undergo further tests. In 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) allowed states to exempt military veterans and active duty personnel from CDL skill tests. This has enabled nearly 18,800 individuals to find jobs as commercial truck and bus drivers.
    The second proposal aims at increasing the expiration date of learner's permits from six months to one year. The FMCSA claims that this would avoid the complex paperwork required by states. However, the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is unsure about this since it would mean that those with learner's permits will be kept in the training mode and paid significantly less than drivers with CDL.
    The FMCSA highlights driver shortage as the reason behind the two proposals. But, according to the OOIDA, the proposal to extend the expiration date of learner's permits would only aggravate the shortage instead of resolving it.
    Once the proposals are published in the Federal Register, the FMCSA will accept comments on it for 60 days.

    OOIDA's petition to review ELD mandate rejected by Supreme Court

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    OOIDA's petition to review ELD mandate rejected by Supreme Court

    Ever since the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) imposed the electronic logging mandate (ELD) on truck drivers, the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has been trying to stall the mandate. The association and several truck drivers feel that the mandate is a breach of privacy.
    The ELD mandate requires that truck drivers install ELDs in their trucks to replace manual logging in order to record the hours of service (HoS) data and store it so that it cannot be tampered with and can be accessed easily.
    On April 13, 2017, the OOIDA had petitioned the Supreme Court to review the ELD mandate. The Supreme Court Justices met on June 8, 2017 to debate on whether to review OOIDA's petition. On June 12, the Supreme Court announced its decision to deny OOIDA's petition and all drivers are required to comply with the mandate by December 18, 2017.
    The mandate has divided the trucking industry. The American Trucking Association (ATA) and big motor carriers stand in favour of the mandate while small business and owner operators are against it. Many drivers are reluctant to implement electronic tracking and were awaiting the Supreme Court's decision. As a result, the industry can soon expect to see a decrease in the number of drivers.
    The OOIDA expressed its disappointment at the decision, but said that it will continue its efforts to tackle the issue as there are still many questionable aspects to the technical specifications of the mandate.

    OOIDA down but not out in ELD fight

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    OOIDA down but not out in ELD fight

    CHICAGO, IL—The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) continues to wage war against the upcoming American electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, but the driver group just lost another big battle. So unless something unforeseen happens, the ELD rule will come into affect Dec. 18, 2017.

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    President Trump visits Cincinnati to present vision to rebuild America

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    President Trump visits Cincinnati to present vision to rebuild America Image Source: http://www.whio.com

    Last week, the Trump administration unveiled the trillion dollar infrastructure plan to improve the nation's infrastructure. In efforts to begin realizing the plan, this week had been named as the 'Infrastructure Week' by the White House and has held many events focused around promoting the plan to rebuild America
    On Wednesday, President Trump visited the banks of the Ohio River in Cincinnati to elaborate his plan for America's future. The President will address the Department of Transportation and transportation stakeholders on Friday to further discuss the plan. (The dates are a little skewed here.)
    According to the plan, private companies, states and localities will be provided federal tax incentives of $200 billion and seed funding to encourage them to invest $800 billion over a span of ten years. Also, the plan includes a proposal to lift toll restrictions on interstate highways in order to increase the funding.
    However, it seems that the Trump administration and the Congress aren’t exactly on the same page since the Congress is reluctant to impose tolls on drivers. The Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) reasons that funds should be collected fairly from highway users and the best method is through fuel taxes. OOIDA, the American Trucking Association (ATA) and the Alliance for Toll-free interstates feel that tolling will simply rob daily drivers and will fail to fund the infrastructure plan in practice. While some road groups share this opinion, there are others who argue that imposing tolls in Europe and Italy have successfully funded their highway systems. And, although it might not seem ideal, the same could be done for the U.S. They say that the plan will include spending that exceeds the available finance and that all options need to be considered to bring in the resources.

    LASAN announces successful demonstration of first all-electric refuse track with zero emission

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    LASAN announces successful demonstration of first all-electric refuse track with zero emission Image Source: www.lacitysan.org

    BYD, manufacturer of automobiles and rechargeable batteries, has been working in collaboration with the Los Angeles Sanitation (LASAN) and Wayne Engineering, on zero emission refuse trucks and they have also announced the successful completion of the project. They have unveiled the first all-electric refuse track after demonstration and testing, the vehicle ran for 108 miles a day, with an average range of 99 miles.
    BYD and Wayne Engineering developed a class 6 battery electric refuse truck that was run by LASAN for four months. This is a huge achievement as electrification of waste hauling trucks is difficult due to the heavy duty service requirements. This truck allows significant savings in operational costs. The truck will minimize the use of conventional vehicles that use fossil fuels, thus helping in the fight for clean air. This will prove to have a positive effect on health as well as the local economy.

    ATA to conduct annual Management Conference and Exhibition in October

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    ATA to conduct annual Management Conference and Exhibition in October
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    The American Trucking Association (ATA) will be conducting the Management Conference and Exhibition in Orlando. The four-day long meeting will be held at the Orange County Convention Center and Hyatt Regency from October 21-24, 2017. The meeting will focus on trucking related events in Washington, D.C. and on various economic, regulatory and business trends in the industry.
    The meeting will also include discussion on the future of the trucking technology.
    You can register for the meeting at
    http://www.atabusinesssolutions.com/Default.aspx?TabID=1357&productId=3507791$950.
    The registration fee for ATA members is $950, $1,250 for non-ATA members and $750 for first-time attendee ATA members.

    Mercedes' parent company is building a truck that will rival Tesla - and an exec says Elon Musk isn't a threat

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    Mercedes' parent company is building a truck that will rival Tesla - and an exec says Elon Musk isn't a threat

    Just a month after Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company was pursuing an electric truck in his " Master Plan, Part Deux ," Daimler revealed a stylish one of its own.
    During a German trade show for electric vehicles last September, a Daimler trucking unit showed off its eCanter: a light-duty, electric truck that has since undergone over 60,000 kilometers (roughly 37,000 miles) of testing on public streets in Germany and Portugal.

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    Acela To Debut New Heavy-Duty Line, Plans To Disrupt Canadian Market

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    Acela To Debut New Heavy-Duty Line, Plans To Disrupt Canadian Market

    Montana-based heavy-duty truck manufacturer Acela Truck Company announced that it will introduce its latest commercial truck next week at the Calgary, Alberta’s Global Petroleum Show.
    Acela reports that its new Monterra truck line, debuting at the Global Petroleum Show held on June 13 – 15, will feature a more durable chassis, and will be sold into the trucking markets of gas, oil, pipeline construction and other related industries.

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    BlackBerry hopes to ride truck tech to further growth

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    BlackBerry hopes to ride truck tech to further growth

    A visit to trucking firm Titanium Transportation helps explain why BlackBerry’s stock is once again a darling in Canadian markets, having soared 70 per cent in two months.
    Nestled in an industrial area some 50 kilometers north of Toronto, the trucker is an early adopter of a new BlackBerry fleet-tracking service known as Radar, which uses $400 boxes to collect and transmit information on movement, temperature and physical contents of Titanium’s 1,300 truck trailers.

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    Supreme Court Justices to meet on Thursday to debate hearing on OOIDA's petition.

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    Supreme Court Justices to meet on Thursday to debate hearing on OOIDA's petition.

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) imposed electronic logging device (ELD) mandate has evidently divided the trucking industry. On one side, the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is against the mandate, and on the other side, organizations like the American Trucking Association (ATA) and big motor carriers are in favor of the same.
    The OOIDA had filed a petition with the Supreme Court seeking to review the mandate. The association strongly believes that the mandate violates the privacy of truckers and can cause carrier harassment over driving hours. The Supreme Court will convene on June 9, 2017 to decide whether to hear OOIDA's argument against the FMCSA and the Department of Transportation (DOT),
    The ATA and big motor carriers believe that the ELD mandate will be instrumental in promoting safety and hence, strongly advocate the rule. They argue that ELDs will prevent truck drivers from speeding past legal limits set by federal hours of service rules. The FMCSA estimates that the mandate will prevent 1,844 crashes, 562 injuries and save at least 26 lives annually.
    Several drivers are unwilling to comply with the ELD and the chances of the number of independent drivers going down, if the mandate continues, is high. Many small fleets and owner operators are reluctant to comply with the mandate as it means added costs for them and some may even be forced to leave the market.
    The Justices may defer the decision to hear or might make the decision to hear the case and delay the mandate deadline.

    Trump administration meets with leaders in transportation to discuss tax cuts

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    Trump administration meets with leaders in transportation to discuss tax cuts

    As part of the White House working towards the goal of cutting taxes this year, the officials from the Trump administration conducted a listening session with transportation groups and congressional leaders to discuss tax reforms. The transportation sector included representatives from Airlines for America, the American Association of Railroads, the American Trucking Association, UPS and FedEx.
    Kara Ross, spokesperson at UPS, shared that the discussion was quite productive and that they will be working closely with the Administration and the Congress to make the necessary changes in the tax policies. Ross said that the UPS supports policies that promote growth of various sectors of the economy and will encourage investment.
    The meeting was held the previous week and is the start of the many sessions the White House plans to hold to discuss the tax policies. Trump is confident that if all goes according to plan, Congress will be implementing the biggest tax cut in the American history.

    Truckers apprehensive to use Uber Freight launched by Uber

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    Truckers apprehensive to use Uber Freight launched by Uber

    Recently, Uber launched its app for freight, Uber Freight, which is a network to connect truckers with shippers. The app supposedly makes the process of arranging to move loads easier. Usually, truckers have to make multiple phone calls and consult brokers to set up an assignment. With Uber Freight, however, drivers can accurately locate pick up and drop off points of the load as well as obtain accurately mapped routes. In addition, Uber promises to pay truckers as quickly as within a week or so.
    Despite such advantages, the trucking industry has not taken to the app as rapidly as it was expected to.
    Experts believe that this is because truckers are apprehensive of the digital freight broker technology and remain unsure of its advantages. They say that the trucking industry is quite traditional in its routines and most of the people are unwilling to change how they have been working all along. Uber aims to gain the trust of small fleets and owner operators as these groups can easily find loads using the app. Moreover, Uber Freight is a great tool to help independent owners get their businesses up and running. Some of the reasons why trying the app might be good idea are listed below:

    • Instantly find loads
    • Provide a better fixed freight rate
    • Earn more money
    • Transparency between shipper and receiver

    It's Form 2290 filing time; OOIDA can help

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    It's Form 2290 filing time; OOIDA can help

    OOIDA’s Permits and Licensing Department is giving truck owners a heads up: It’s time to think about the federal highway use tax for heavy vehicles. It’s that $550 fee you pay each year when you file an IRS Form 2290.
    The current tax period for heavy vehicles begins on July 1, 2017 and ends on June 30, 2018. The balance due shown on the Form 2290 must be paid in full by the due date of the return. For trucks and other taxable vehicles in use during July, the Form 2290 and payment are due this year on Aug. 31. State governments are required to receive proof of payment of the federal heavy vehicle use tax as a condition of vehicle registration.

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    OOIDA's Spencer will attend June 27 NAFTA hearing in D.C.

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    OOIDA's Spencer will attend June 27 NAFTA hearing in D.C. Image Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NPwZRYGFx4

    U.S. NAFTA renegotiators want to hear from the people before wading into any changes to the 25-year old trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. The Office of the United States Trade Representative has announced it is seeking public comments on “matters relevant to the modernization” of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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    Today’s Pickup: Why investing in trucking stocks is the right move

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    Today’s Pickup: Why investing in trucking stocks is the right move

    Good day.
    Do you have money to invest? If so, Martin Tillier has some advice: it might be time to invest in trucking and logistics company stocks.
    Tillier, writing on a blog on the NASDAQ website, highlights the reasons that investors should consider long-term investment in trucking and logistics. “At times, it seems that economic news and trends are coming together to create a perfect storm for one type of business, yet stocks in that sector are still depressed due to short-term, cyclical factors,” he writes. “That is the case right now in the transport sector, and more specifically in trucking and logistics. If you can get past the political news and the noise there are some fundamental changes happening in the U.S. that must, over time, benefit trucking companies.”

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    Vehicle Tracking Solutions Launches Enhanced ELD for Fleet Compliance with FMCSA Federal Mandate

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    Vehicle Tracking Solutions Launches Enhanced ELD for Fleet Compliance with FMCSA Federal Mandate

    As of December 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will require all vehicle fleets to implement a federally approved electronic logging device (ELD) for capturing and reporting hours of service (HOS). It also mandates the phasing out of automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRDs) no later than December 16, 2019.
    The enhanced SP LogBook™ is specifically designed to help fleet operators ensure they are compliant with the FMSCA ELD mandate while simultaneously delivering unique fleet efficiency, cost savings and safety functionality.

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    Trucking Alliance cautions Ottawa on carbon strategy

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    Trucking Alliance cautions Ottawa on carbon strategy

    OTTAWA--The Canadian trucking industry is supportive of current and future carbon reducing regulations, but decision makers should heed lessons from the past when considering future environmental policy direction and regulatory language.
    That was essentially the message delivered by Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) President Stephen Laskowski today in Ottawa to the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry.

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    UPS seeks exemption from certain ELD mandate provisions

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    UPS seeks exemption from certain ELD mandate provisionsUPS is seeking an exemption from several provisions of FMCSA’s electronic logging device mandate.

    UPS (No. 1 in the CCJ Top 250) is petitioning the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for an exemption from certain provisions in the electronic logging device mandate.
    The carrier is asking FMCSA to allow it to (1) use an alternative phase-in method for automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRDs) (2) for an exemption from the requirement that an ELD automatically records certain data elements upon a duty status change when a driver is not in the truck (3) to allow ELDs to be configured to a special driving mode for yard moves and (4) to allow vehicle movements of less than a mile on UPS property by non-driver UPS employees to be annotated in the ELD as “on property – other.”

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    EFS Fleet Control Platform Goes Mobile With New App

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    EFS Fleet Control Platform Goes Mobile With New App

    EFS is boosting the mobile support of fleet control cards with the launch of a new app. The company, a unit of WEX, said Tuesday (June 6) that it is launching EFS CardControl, a mobile app that enables fleet drivers to access the EFS platform remotely on their mobile devices. The solution offers access to fleet control card funds and provides real-time visibility into spend and balances and access to manage payroll and settlement via EFS SmartFunds.

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    Vehicle Tracking Solutions Launches Enhanced ELD for Fleet Compliance with FMSCA Federal Mandate

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    Vehicle Tracking Solutions Launches Enhanced ELD for Fleet Compliance with FMSCA Federal Mandate

    COMMACK, N.Y./PRNewswire/ --Vehicle Tracking Solutions (VTS) has announced the launch of their most recent Silent Passenger® Fleet Management GPS platform innovation: SP LogBook™.
    As of December 2017, the FMCSA will require all vehicle fleets to implement a federally approved Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) for capturing and reporting Hours of Service (HoS). It also mandates the phasing out of Automatic On-Board Recording Devices (AOBRDs) no later than December 16, 2019.

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    ATA, KeepTrucking to host webinars on upcoming ELD mandate

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    ATA, KeepTrucking to host webinars on upcoming ELD mandate

    In preparation for the compliance with the upcoming electronic logging device (ELD) mandate imposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the American Trucking Association (ATA) and KeepTruckin, an ELD manufacturer, will be hosting two seminars. The seminars will help drivers and fleets with all the necessary information in advance of the compliance date, which is December 18, 2017. Registration to both the seminars is free.
    Joe Rajkovacz, director of governmental affairs and communications for the Western States Trucking Association will be presenting KeepTruckin's webinar. The webinar is aimed at educating drivers on the ELD mandate, the legal challenges surrounding the mandate, its future, and cases of exemption.
    The webinar hosted by the ATA will be presented by Joe DeLorenzo, director of the Office of Enforcement and Compliance for FMCSA. It will provide drivers with information on implementing the ELD. The registration for the webinar is sponsored by TransForce, a transport and logistics company.

    Pedigree Technologies certifies ELD Chrome product with FMCSA

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    Pedigree Technologies certifies ELD Chrome product with FMCSA

    Pedigree Technologies, a provider of ELD, fleet management, supply and service-chain systems, announced that its ELD Chrome product is now certified with the FMCSA for ELD compliance. The product is part of its fleet management system called OneView.
    The company has over seven years experience providing an application that met the previous AOBRD standards for electronic logs.

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    Rand McNally to release 2018 edition of its Motor Carrier's Road Atlas

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    Rand McNally to release 2018 edition of its Motor Carrier's Road Atlas

    The GPS is one of the finest innovations and a life-saver to drivers. Even with such technology, many drivers still rely on an atlas as a reliable back-up. One of the most widely used atlases is the Motor Carrier's Road Atlas, by the road navigation company Rand McNally.
    The company is all set to release the 2018 edition of the atlas in both physical and electronic editions. The atlas will have information on the roadways in North America and will also feature regulations relevant to trucking and road features like height clearances among highways.
    Truckers can find the latest road updates in the 2018 edition along with updates on pertinent guidelines and rules.
    The atlas will be available online as well as in digital and traditional copies across the country.

    Crowley Fuels Announces New Alaska Sales and Driver Hub

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    Crowley Fuels Announces New Alaska Sales and Driver Hub

    Alaskan-based transportation company Crowley Fuels announced earlier this week the opening of its line haul trucking hub located in Palmer, Alaska.
    According to Crowley Fuels, the Palmer location will serve as the operations hub for the transportation company’s fuel sales throughout Alaska as well as the maintenance and support center for line haul and local trucking equipment.
    “The state-of-the-art facility will improve Crowley’s fleet safety, reliability and efficiency due to the expanded maintenance capabilities, improved work flow, and added capacity that the facility provides,” said Laura Yellig, Vice President of Crowley Fuels.

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    Legislation to expand veteran employment opportunities approved

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    Legislation to expand veteran employment opportunities approved

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee recently unanimously approved a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Representatives Rob Woodall of Georgia and Julia Brownley of California. The bill would build upon current law that the two originally authored.
    The Veterans Expanded Trucking Opportunities Act, signed into law as part of the FAST Act in December 2015, removed regulatory barriers for military veterans continuing or beginning work in the trucking industry. Specifically, Woodall’s 2015 provision required the U.S. Department of Transportation and Veterans Administration to develop a streamlined process for Veterans Administration physicians to join the National Registry for Certified Medical Examiners, which Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimated will save Veterans Administration doctors over $600 on average.

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    Features for CX driver app

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    Features for CX driver app

    CX North America’s Driver Mobile App – designed to include load information and send real-time location, future positions and job status at the tap of a screen – has been enhanced to include two new features.
    The accept/decline booking feature allows users to ask drivers to confirm they have read and understood details about a load before allocating the job. And with the border crossing feature, drivers can tap the “Arrived at Border” icon to notify dispatchers when at a border crossing. A tap of the departed border button confirms they have passed through.

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    TOLL RESTRICTIONS

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    TOLL RESTRICTIONS

    Congress created the interstate highway systems that prevent states from tolling interstates.
    Now, Trump's trillion dollar infrastructure plan requires that existing toll restrictions be lifted and build new toll ways on the US Highways. Trump's administration believes that such a move could bring in the finances to fund the transportation projects.

    • Increasing tolls would increase traffic, which would adversely affect the businesses around the area.
    • Studies show that tolls divert traffic onto secondary roads leading to increased maintenance costs, and public safety concerns such as high accident rates on local roads.

    Uber Freight: Opinions

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    Uber Freight: Opinions

    Uber Freight is a network launched by the instant ride-hailing app, Uber to connect shippers with carriers. Through this app, truckers can avoid the multiple phone calls and long hours spent in arranging an appointment to move a haul. In addition, Uber promises truckers payments within a shorter time frame compared to waiting for weeks and even months to receive payments.

    Positive reviews

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    Bloomberg survey reports decline of jobs in the trucking industry in May

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    Bloomberg survey reports decline of jobs in the trucking industry in May

    Economists in Bloomberg reported a noticeable decline in jobs in the trucking industry. In May, the trucking industry reportedly lost a hundred jobs. One of the major contributing factors for this drop is the strict hiring of drivers. Trucking companies are looking for experienced drivers in compliance with the new regulations and several companies are reluctant to expand their workforce due to uncertainties in the regulatory framework imposed by Trump's administration.
    According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, the couriers and messengers sector lost 800 jobs while support activities for transportation subsector, that includes cargo handling and motor vehicle towing, lost around 2500 jobs. Another survey by economists at J.P Morgan and Chase showed that manufacturing jobs fell by 1000.
    Despite the slightly stunted job growth in the trucking industry, Bloomberg reported a decline of 4.3% in the general unemployment rate and an increase of 138,000 in payrolls which point to an economy that is continuing to grow inspite of minute setbacks. The Bureau of Labour Statistics also reported that some areas of the transportation sector have remained steady such as the transportation and warehousing sector which added 3,600 positions, and the transit and ground passenger transportation sector which added 4,500 positions. Around 11,000 jobs were added in construction as well.
    Economists believe that although growth is slightly disappointing, the economy will soon pick up, and growth is expected rebound this quarter. They predict that selective hiring and the shortage of skilled workers could eventually lead to increased pay.

    Chief economist, B. C., Ken Peacock positive about provincial trucking industry growth despite challenges

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    Chief economist, B. C., Ken Peacock positive about provincial trucking industry growth despite challenges Img Src: Ken Peacock, the Chief Economist at the Business Council of British Columbia dicusses his report card on BC’s economy. STU MCNISH / SPECIAL TO THE VANCOUVER SUN

    Ken Peacock, chief economist and vice-president of the Business Council of British Columbia (B.C.), expressed his optimism on the bright future of the provincial trucking industry at the British Council Trucking Association (BCTA) 2017 AGM and Management Conference held on June 3. He said that the trucking industry in B.C. has shown surprising growth over the last decade, growing 7.2% last year and 5.1% overall between 2011 and 2016.
    Peacock believes that despite the uncertainty around the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), an agreement that supports trilateral trade involving Mexico, the US and Canada, and softwood lumber duties on exports heading south, the Trump administration focuses on resolving the low-wage environment created by Mexico and the problem of heavy duties on Canadian exports to the U.S. in case of lumber can be compensated for by increasing prices.
    Peacock says that the growth in global economy will be aided by the US economy, which has been growing at a steady rate and is expected to continue to do so. He stressed the importance of Canadian exports to the US economy and also said that any negotiations around the NAFTA agreement should be done with caution.
    Canada is the largest supplier of oil to the US at 3.169 million barrels a day, as well as natural gas, with 7.193 million billion cubic feet (BCF) being sent south daily. There are also around 35 US states where Canada is the top export country.
    The pillars of the growth of the B.C economy is housing and interprovincial exports.
    However, Peacock also pointed out that one of the factors that can possibly stunt the growth of the B.C. economy is its aging population and a high debt to personal income ratio.

    Dock411 and Women In Trucking Announce App To Ease Dock Planning Pains

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    Dock411 and Women In Trucking Announce App To Ease Dock Planning Pains

    The Women In Trucking Association along with Dock411 have announced an app-based approach for drivers to better prepare for load pickup and delivery through Dock411’s mobile platform.
    According to Dock411, the titular app offers drivers information on millions of companies across the United States in order to help them safely and securely find their dock location, identify potential hazards when maneuvering into a dock and establishing a more expedient time on the road.

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    How A Trucker's Protest Anthem Became A '70s Hit

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    How A Trucker's Protest Anthem Became A '70s Hit

    That the 1976 song "Convoy" was created by a fictional musician is perhaps the least interesting thing about it. Attributed to singer-songwriter C.W. McCall — a character originally invented and performed by advertising executive Bill Fries for a bread company's ad campaign — the song tells a tale of truck drivers protesting government regulations on a struggling industry.

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    Waymo tests self-driving truck amid competition, theft accusations

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    Waymo tests self-driving truck amid competition, theft accusations

    Dive Brief:

    • Alphabet, parent company of Google, has begun testing self-driving trucks through its 2016 spin-off company Waymo, Buzzfeed reported.
    • Google's work on self-driving automotive technology began in 2009. In early 2017, Waymo announced preliminary efforts toward initiating its own autonomous hardware systems.
    • Trucking is viewed as a leading candidate for self-driving technology. Despite the high technological challenges, autonomous trucks can coordinate movements together to reduce wind drag and save fuel, Technology Review reported.
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    Omnitracs explores sale, reports note

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    Omnitracs explores sale, reports note

    Vista Equity Partners, owner of Omnitracs, is in the process of exploring a sale of the trucking technology provider, according to multiple media reports.
    Omnitracs was initially part of Qualcomm Inc., the company credited with introducing wireless onboard communications to trucking industry in the late 1980s. Qualcomm sold the Omnitracs division to Vista in 2013 for $800 million, believed to be the largest deal in the commercial vehicle telematics sector.

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    U.S. will keep trucking, even without Paris Climate Accord

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    U.S. will keep trucking, even without Paris Climate Accord

    I think we all probably have that one friend who we discover is an expert on a topic right after it becomes nationally trendy.
    I’ve got this one buddy who, according to his Facebook feed, is a leading expert on the Paris Climate Accord. The discovery of this new knowledge coincided with President Donald Trump’s decision last week to leave the pact. If you’d have asked my friend six months ago, he probably would have told you the Paris Accord was a Honda dealership in France.

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    Texas legislation approves regulatory bill for autonomous vehicles

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    Texas legislation approves regulatory bill for autonomous vehicles

    The bill, SB 2205 that lays out the regulatory framework for autonomous vehicles was passed by the legislation of Texas on May, 21. The bill is yet to be signed into law, and once this happens, the rule will become effective on September 21, 2017. Some of the points in the bill are:

    • A state's Department of Transportation (DOT) should not require a special license or permit to operate an autonomous vehicle.
    • Vehicles equipped with autonomous systems that are programmed to comply with traffic rules are allowed to operate unmanned on roads.
    • Autonomous vehicles are considered licensed.
    • The rules for crashes involving autonomous vehicles are the same as those for crashes involving normal vehicles.

    ATRI to conduct annual survey for putting together latest report

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    ATRI to conduct annual survey for putting together latest report

    The American Transport Research Institute (ATRI), a non-profit transport research institute is set to begin their report on 'Operational costs of trucking'. The ATRI requires data from the transportation industry to conduct this report and has invited its members to attend a survey. The report is in the form of an online survey and includes questions related to basic costs incurred by for-hire carriers in salaries, fuel charge, lease, and premiums for insurance. The ATRI requires accurate data from the trucking industry. Almost nine years of information from fleet operations will be produced by the institute by combining the data from previous surveys with the latest report.
    Active participation by truckers in the survey will help gain accurate data since a larger data response will raise the accuracy of the information gathered. Moreover, participants will receive an advanced detailed copy of the report.

    Senators to reintroduce bill for research on transport fuel

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    Senators to reintroduce bill for research on transport fuel

    In 2016, US Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced the Energy Policy Modernization Act regarding increasing fuel efficiency and reducing dependence on foreign oil. The act, however, did not pass due to unresolved changes to the version released by the House of Representatives.
    This year, the senators announced that they will be reintroducing the Vehicle Innovation Act that would encourage investment, research and development in clean vehicle and advanced safety technologies. The bill seeks to encourage development of cutting edge technology to increase fuel efficiency and keep American manufacturers competent .The legislation allots $313.6 million to fund the research at Vehicle Technology Office for the fiscal year 2018. The amount would be increased by 4% each year until 2022. The main areas for research are technologies for clean fuel, vehicle-vehicle communications, boosting systems, electric vehicle charging technology among others. The research in these areas would greatly benefit Tennessee's auto industry that provides jobs for the people in 86 out of 95 counties. The bill is endorsed by the Vehicle Innovation Act and is supported by the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association, the UAW, the Auto Alliance, and the NTEA.

    Industry Pulse: Trucking shows steady growth after nearly 2 years of recession

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    Industry Pulse: Trucking shows steady growth after nearly 2 years of recession

    Dive Brief:

    • The Cass Freight Index's April 2017 figures found the trucking industry is steadily recovering from a 20-month recession, since October, 2016.
    • Shipments were up 4% from April 2016, while expenditures grew 6% in the same period. Month-to-month, the two indices showed a 3.7% and 3.1% increase, respectively — notable growth considering March is considered a "seasonally strong" month.
    • January 2017 marked the first month in the last 22 that expenditures grew. The high growth of expenditures in April signal that the past six months may be a material change in trend rather than a few months of better growth. "Not since 2011, when the economy was still climbing out of the recession, had this index been so low," Cass writes.
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    The crazy quilt of intrastate hours logging and ELD mandates

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    The crazy quilt of intrastate hours logging and ELD mandates

    No small amount of road rumor has swirled around the trucking community about just what states might do relative to the electronic logging device mandate for the subset of truckers operating entirely within a state’s borders and keeping log books. If a state’s intrastate hours of service regulations differ at all from the federal interstate rule, they tend to be less restrictive. They often allow more on-duty time, more drive time and higher cumulative limits.

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    England Carrier Services to Offer ELD Solutions; Waive Setup Fee

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    England Carrier Services to Offer ELD Solutions; Waive Setup Fee

    SALT LAKE CITY, June 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- England Carrier Services, LLC (ECS), one of the nation's top providers of discounted services and products for motor carriers, today announced they now offer Electronic Logging Device (ELD) solutions to carriers. In an effort to reduce the initial expense of mandate compliance, the company will waive the set up fee for each carrier that purchases an ELD through ECS.

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    Waymo Using Its Self-Driving Car Technology To Develop Autonomous Trucks

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    Waymo Using Its Self-Driving Car Technology To Develop Autonomous Trucks

    Alphabet-owned Waymo is testing out self-driving car technology for years now. However, according to a new report, the company is not only looking to deploy the autonomous technology in smaller cars, but also on semi-trucks.
    Waymo is currently testing the self-driving car technology in a Class-8 semi. It is being tested away from the public roads, on a private track somewhere in California. However, Waymo plans to shift to road testing once the truck passes its initial tests.

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    US House approves bills to help veterans secure jobs in trucking

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    US House approves bills to help veterans secure jobs in trucking

    In an effort to assist military veterans secure jobs in the trucking industry, the House of Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the US House recently approved two bills. These bills will help veterans find work in the trucking industry and support their families.
    One of the bills, the Active Duty Voluntary Acquisition of Necessary Credentials for Employment (ADVANCE) Act, will allow veterans applying for a commercial driver's license (CDL) who possess qualifying experience to be exempted from certain testing requirements. The bill is endorsed by the American Trucking Associations and the Association of the United States Navy.
    The second bill allows medical professionals from the Veterans Association to perform the physical exams set by the Department of Transportation (DOT) on eligible veterans. The bill is titled Veterans Expanded Trucking Opportunities (VETOPPS) Act of 2017. These examiners must be licensed to conduct medical examinations and should not have a history of fraudulence when giving medical exams. The bill has received support from the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) and the American Legion.
    The two bills will soon be moved to the House floor for a vote and will then be proposed to the Senate.

    DOT appoints Regulatory Review Officer to review regulations according to Trump's February Order

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    DOT appoints Regulatory Review Officer to review regulations according to Trump's February Order

    President Trump had issued an order in February that requires federal agencies to evaluate regulations and consider the need to be removed or revised. The order seeks to eliminate rules that stunt growth, are not cost effective or are outdated. In compliance with the order, The Department of Transportation (DOT) has appointed Jeffrey Rosen, Deputy Secretary at DOT as Regulatory Reform Officer. Rosen will be heading a regulatory task force, put together as per the same order. The regulations that are targeted include federal rules enacted by the end of Obama's tenure. A proposed rule to mandate speed limiters and a rule to establish national training standards are among those to be reviewed.
    Although a Regulatory Review Officer and a task force have been established according to the order, there is no set timeline as to when the review will commence or what kind of revisions will be made.

    Traffic congestion causes setback to trucking industry by billions

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    Traffic congestion causes setback to trucking industry by billions

    A couple of weeks ago, the American Transport Research Institute (ATRI) released a report showing the setback faced by the trucking industry as a result of increasing congestion. In 2015, the ATRI estimated a loss of nearly $63.4 billion. Over 996 million hours of delay occurred, which equals to about 362,243 truck drivers sitting idle for an entire year. The American economy is largely dependent on trucking and losses incurred in the trucking industry because of traffic congestions directly translate into major fall backs in the American economy.
    The year 2015 saw the largest increase in traffic in the last 50 years. The biggest reasons of traffic congestion include weather-related events and increased road construction. The cost impact of traffic congestion to the trucking industry rises with rising congestion. A UPS vehicle delayed by 5 minutes every day will cost $105 million annually in additional operating costs. The cost of congestion ranged from $5.6K per truck travelling 25K miles to $35K per truck traveling 150K miles. Urban areas face the most severe congestion and 88% of the congestion costs come from 17% of the total network mileage. In 2015, the East Coast saw the greatest congestion followed by the Midwest. New York, Chicago and Miami were a few among the cities that faced highest congestion. Florida and Texas together account for 16.5% of the national cost of congestion at a total of $5 billion. New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania contributed the highest costs at $4.6 billion.

    Great Dane renews partnership with WIT: Aim to promote gender diversity in trucking

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    Great Dane renews partnership with WIT: Aim to promote gender diversity in trucking

    The Women in Trucking (WIT) association, an organization dedicated to empowering women in the trucking industry, will be celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2017. Great Dane, a commercial transportation vehicle manufacturing company in Illinois, has renewed its partnership with the organization. The partnership is at the Gold level which is the highest level of support for the association and is in the fifth consecutive year of providing financial support. Great Dane not only provides financial support but is also part of the decision making body of the WIT. Brandie Fuller, VP of marketing at Great Dane, is on the board of directors at WIT. The partnership aims at promoting gender diversity in the male dominated trucking industry. Members of Great Dane strongly believe that diversity can increase creativity and improve innovation. WIT has already made strides in addressing a number of issues faced by women in the industry.

    Trucking Companies Petition EPA to Overturn Greenhouse Gas Endangerment Finding

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    Trucking Companies Petition EPA to Overturn Greenhouse Gas Endangerment Finding

    Several California trucking companies and a conservative think tank are petitioning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its greenhouse gas endangerment finding.
    Dalton Trucking Co., Liberty Packing Co., Merit Oil Co. and the Texas Public Policy Foundation are arguing that the federal agency skipped an important step in the regulatory process.