Truck News

  • Canada-U.S. Freight Value Falls Nearly 14 Percent

    October 29, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The value of freight movements between the U.S. and Canada fell significantly in August, according to a new report. The U.S. Transportation Department reports it totaled US$48 billion in August, down 13.6 percent from August 2014, as all modes of transportation carried less value of U.S.-Canada freight than a year earlier, due to lower mineral fuel prices.

  • U.S. Increasing Cross-Border Fees for Some Shipments

    October 26, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced it will publish its final rule on Oct. 29 that adjusts the fees the U.S. government charges to recoup the costs of conducting agricultural quarantine inspections (AQI) at U.S. ports of entry for all modes of transportation and many in Canadian trucking are speaking out against the move.

  • Muslim Truck Drivers Get Award in Religious Discrimination Suit

    October 26, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    CHICAGO, IL — A U.S. federal jury in Peoria, IL has awarded US$240,000 to two Somalian-American Muslims who were fired from their jobs as truck drivers at Star Transport, when they refused to transport alcohol because it violated their religious beliefs. The case was brought on their behalf by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which enforces laws in the country prohibiting employment discrimination.

  • N.A. Big Rig Sales Cool, Still Strong; Medium Duty Jumps

    October 23, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    BLOOMINGTON, COLUMBUS, IN — Two new reports show orders for big rigs in North America have eased a bit as the year gets closer to the end while a separate data shows sales of natural gas powered trucks in the U.S. are down this year from 2015.

  • U.S. Trucking Conditions Continue Improving

    October 20, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    BLOOMINGTON, IN – A measure of the U.S. trucking industry has been steadily rising over the past three months and is expected to remain in the current range through the end of the year.

  • ATA Chief: Trucking ‘Good’ but ‘Not Great’ in U.S.

    October 19, 2015 12:00AM by Evan Lockridge

    PHILADELPHIA, PA — In a speech here at the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference and Exhibition, ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said he saw continued growth for the U.S. trucking industry and strong gains in its agenda, provided lawmakers take action on necessary legislation.

  • U.S. Trucking Regulators Defend Controversial Safety System

    October 9, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Federal trucking regulators in the U.S. are defending a key safety system used to identify trucking companies that have a high risk of being in crashes.

    A new report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has to do with the agency’s Safety Measurement System (SMS), rolled out four years ago as part of the Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA) program, designed to improve trucking industry safety.

    According to the agency, the report found that SMS effectively identifies trucking companies involved in 90 percent of the more than 100,000 crashes that occur each year in the U.S., and those that are identified as high-risk carriers continue to have crash rates that are twice the national average.

    SMS, as well as, CSA, have come under fire by some groups in trucking as well as by certain U.S. lawmakers, claiming the measures often make safe trucking operaitons look bad.

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    Does VW’s Diesel Fiasco Have Trucking Parallels?

    October 9, 2015 12:00AM by Rolf Lockwood

    There can’t be anyone on the planet who hasn’t read or heard at least a few hundred words on the Volkswagen diesel emissions fiasco. But get ready for a few more because this is a story that goes way beyond a very tall company stooping very low to cheat. And it’s certainly not just about cars. Those of us in trucking know that only too well.

  • U.S. Wraps Study on Trucker Hours-of-Service

    October 2, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Federal trucking officials in the U.S. have completed a study of the restart provisions in the country’s hours of service rules for truck drivers and they may have a tough time getting regulations back to the way they used to be.

  • U.S. May Alter Plans for Phase 2 Truck Engine Rules

    September 28, 2015 12:00AM by Heavy Duty Trucking|Today's Trucking partner

    ORLANDO, FL — Truck operators and builders are commenting strongly on the proposed Phase 2 Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas emissions proposals, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking notes and might well make some changes to the lengthy set of rules.

  • Trailer Orders Jump as Dry Van Demand Spikes

    September 23, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    COLUMBUS and BLOOMINGTON, IN – Net trailer orders in the U.S. during August increased sharply from July’s pace, according to two new reports, due in large part to a spike in the dry van segment.

  • Truck Tonnage Declines in August, Up from Year Earlier

    September 22, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    ARLINGTON, VA – The amount of truck tonnage moved in the U.S. fell in August but it remains not far from its recent record high, according to a new report.

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    New U.S. Truck Emissions Rules May Be Tougher Than Expected

    September 21, 2015 12:00AM by Jim Park

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The trucking industry is finally hearing some frank discussion about Phase 2 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction proposal that Canada is expected to adopt in one form or another.

    At the FTR Conference in Indianapolis Wednesday, a Daimler Trucks North America regulatory expert told attendees the standards are likely to be much more difficult to meet than originally believed.

    Amy Kopin, regulatory and compliance program manager, said because of the variations that are inherent in some of the testing procedures, and the lack of reasonable compliance margins, truck and engine makers may need to design products to exceed the rule’s requirements just to come in under the compliance margins.

    “There are all kinds of technical provisions and problems with compliance that EPA has built into Phase 2 that make the rule almost twice as stringent as it should be,” Kopin said. “They have made incorrect assumptions with many of their baselines, and they have over-estimated the rate of customer uptake on many technologies as well. These all affect the way equipment makers earn their credits, and because of that, we will have to compensate for those shortfalls in other ways.”

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    UPS receives 50,000th Paccar MX engine in a Kenworth truck

    August 27, 2015 10:39AM by James Menzies

    KIRKLAND, Wash. — Kenworth has presented UPS with a plaque commemorating the 50,000th Paccar MX engine to be installed in a Kenworth truck. The milestone engine went into a Kenworth T680 day cab that UPS will deploy in the Seattle area.

  • Canada-U.S. Truck Border Crossing Figures Reveal Surprises

    August 27, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    WASHINGTON, D.C. –New analysis of data shows truck traffic between Canada and the U.S. has declined while it has increased between the U.S. and Mexico. The Journal of Commerce reports U.S. Transportation Department figures show since the second quarter of 2005, truck crossings between Canada and the U.S. decreased 16 percent but grew 19 percent between the U.S. and its neighbor to the south Also, truck crossings at both U.S. borders have increased since 2009, as the level with Mexico approaches what the U.S. has with Canada.
    It reports in the second quarter of this year, Mexican border truck crossings with the U.S. were up 2.6 percent year-over-year, while crossings at the U.S. Canadian border dropped 1.6 percent.
    Compared to the first quarter of the year, Canadian truck crossings increased 4.1 percent in the second quarter of 2015, while there was a 5.1 percent jump in June from May after falling in April from May.
    At Detroit, the second-largest U.S. truck border crossing, truck volumes increased 3.4 percent from the first quarter, according to JOC, but were down 4.6 percent year-over-year.