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Trucking industry still relies on pre-regulatory era pricing

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Trucking industry still relies on preregulatory era pricing Image Source: http://saveourtrade.blogspot.in

The $700 billion trucking industry is the backbone of the economy. Trucks move nearly 70% of all domestic freight. However, the trucking industry fails to generate enough return on the capital. The return is necessary to support development in technology, follow regulations and pay satisfactory incentives to truckers.

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FMCSA shuts down truck driver after fatal accident and violation of HoS regulations

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safet Administration (FMCSA) has shut down a truck driver from Virginia after his involvement in a fatal accident in June. The driver had violated the hours of service regulations.
He drifted into a caution striped area on I-495 near Washington, D.C., and struck two workers securing a load to be hauled on their trailer. One of them was seriously injured while the other was killed.

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NAFTA renegotiations to commence this month: Truckers worried about potential impacts

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NAFTA renegotiations to commence this month: Truckers worried about potential impacts Photo taken on Aug. 15, 2017 shows Richard Saindon, a retired reporter from Radio Canada, who has chosen to be a trucker mostly to avoid touching his pension. (Xinhua/Yuan Yue)

Recently, the Trump administration has been proposing renegotiations to the North American Free Trade Agreement much to the dismay of long haul truckers. The NAFTA is a trilateral trade agreement signed by Canada, America, and Mexico. Negotiations will commence this month and are is expected to continue for up to 6-7 months.

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Minnesota trucking company trains truckers to combat human trafficking

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Dart Transit, a trucking company in Minnesota, has begun to train its truck drivers to keep an eye open and fight human trafficking. The employees are being trained to recognize signs of trucks or trailers transporting illegal immigrants. Truck drivers play an important role in fighting human trafficking as they drive millions of miles and are familiar with the network of roads and highways.

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The choice between regulation and deregulation

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The choice between regulation and deregulation Under the proposal, male truckers 42 and older with a BMI greater than or equal to 33 would need to meet only one of the other criterion to automatically qualify for screening.

Over the past few weeks, we witnessed the withdrawal of the proposed rulemaking for screening truck drivers for sleep apnea and also the proposal to install speed limiting devices in trucks being held up.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Motor Carrier Safety Measurement System Needs Some Tweaking

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Motor Carrier Safety Measurement System Needs Some Tweaking

While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Safety Measurement System used to identify commercial motor vehicle carriers at high risk for future crashes is conceptually sound, several features of its implementation need improvement, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

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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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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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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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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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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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