Truck News

  • Truck Tonnage Falls in June from May, Up Over Last Year

    July 21, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    ARLINGTON, VA – The amount of truck tonnage hauled in the U.S. fell slightly in June, as manufacturing and retail sales also declined, according to the latest survey of carriers by one fleet group.

  • U.S. Begins Effort to Improve Underride Crash Protection

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

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. government has taken what it said is the first step in a larger initiative to upgrade the standards for truck and trailer underride crash protection.

  • Special: How New U.S. Trucking Proposals Affect You

    July 20, 2015 12:00AM by Evan Lockridge

    WASHINGTON, D.C.– Lawmakers with the federal government in the U.S. are hard at work, or so they like to claim, putting together legislation to fund road and bridge building and repair projects. While roads and bridges are important in themselves, the legislation is starting to hit every aspect of your industry; it’s as expansive as it is expensive. Whether or not you pull in the U.S., this massive legislative exercise will have an affect on the way you do business. As goes the American transportation industry, so goes ours. These elected members of both the House and Senate, of which there are 435 and 100 voting, respectively, are working to beat an end of the month deadline before current highway funding expires, including figuring out where the money will come from and if they will pass a short-term funding patch or a longer one covering several years. While the issued is far from settled, it is clear trucking interests and issues are getting some attention from Congress, with lawmakers offering up proposals that include everything but the kitchen sink.

  • Reasons Unclear For Lower U.S. Trucker Turnover

    July 14, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    ARLINGTON, VA – Truck driver turnover rates at large and small U.S. truckload fleets each fell 12 percentage points in the first quarter of the year, according to figures released Tuesday by the American Trucking Associations.

  • C.R. England First U.S. Fleet to Adopt Western Star 5700XE

    July 14, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    SALT LAKE CITY – The trucking company C.R. England announced on Tuesday it is the first in the U.S. to introduce the 2016 Western Star 5700XE tractor featuring an automated shift transmission into its fleet.

  • Canada Benefiting from U.S. Port Congestion

    July 13, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congestion at U.S. ports is providing cargo interests with additional incentives to use ports in Canada and Mexico, according to a member of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission, and that is likely benefiting Canadian truckers, at least somewhat. According to the Journal of Commerce, FMC Commissioner Richard Lidinsky talked about the issue at a recent meeting of the FMC as part of an update of a 2012 report that examined whether the U.S. harbor maintenance tax was causing diversions of cargo from U.S. ports. The tax is collected on U.S. imports to help pay for the cost of maintaining port facilities. Three years after the first report, “we have seen that shippers are not going to stop diverting cargo through Canadian ports, and that Mexican ports continue to present another option for those individual shippers looking for alternative routes,” Lidinsky said.

  • Volvo Truck Turned into Highway Safety Machine

    July 13, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    DUBLIN, VA — Highway safety is getting some different kind of attention when researchers later this month will take to the roadways in a specially outfitted Volvo truck turned into what’s called a “SCRIM” for short.

  • Navistar Becomes Third Truck Maker to Skip MATS 2016

    July 13, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    LOUISVILLE, KY — Navistar has become the third truck maker to pull out of the Mid-American trucking show next year, but plans to return in 2017. The decision follow moves by rivals Daimler Trucks North America and Volvo Trucks to skip the annual gathering held in March since 1972 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, KY, accordign to “We’ve made the decision to not attend the 2016 Mid-America Trucking Show,” said Navistar spokesman Steve Schrier. “We look forward to returning to the Mid-America Trucking Show in 2017 to showcase our technology and products.” MATS is regarded as the largest trucking show in the U.S., this year seeing record attendance of nearly 82,000 people along with having more than 1,000 exhibitors filling 1.2 million feet of exhibit space. Toby Young with Exhibit Management Associates, which puts on the show, told Truckinginfo, “Navistar has been a strong supporter of MATS, participating every year since the first MATS in 1972. Their presence at the 2016 show will be missed. We will continue as planned with sales for the 2016 MATS beginning on July 15 and, given the recent news, additional exhibit space opportunities for returning and new exhibitors.”

  • USA Truck Names New CEO, Simone Leaves Due to Cancer

    July 10, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    VAN BUREN, AR — A large U.S.-based fleet that also does business in parts of Canada has named a new leader after its current CEO stepped down to battle lung cancer.

  • Big Brother Watching Trucks Along Three Routes

    July 10, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    SACATON, AZ — If you ever travel through Arizona and get the feeling someone is watching you, it turns out it’s more than just a feeling and it’s not the usual way of keeping an eye out.

  • U.S. For-Hire Freight Shipments Stage Comeback

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

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A measure of for-hire freight movements south of the border increased in May following an April decline, according to the U.S. Transportation Department.

  • Poll Shows Hazmat Rules Would Challenge Einstein

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

    CHICAGO — Is complying with the multitude of regulations for the transport of hazardous materials – also known as dangerous goods (DG) – truly a challenge? Is it one so great that even Albert Einstein would have had problems figuring out some of the rules?

  • U.S. Proposes Changes to Major Truck Safety Program

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

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Changes are in the works in the U.S. when it comes to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) key truck safety program. The agency announced on Monday it is proposing enhancements to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, including changing some intervention thresholds to better reflect crash risk.”These enhancements to SMS allow us to sharpen our focus on carriers with high crash rates, more effectively identify driver safety problems and hazardous materials carriers with serious safety problems, and more accurately account for carriers that are driving on our roads the most,” the agency said on its website.

    These proposed changes are based on results from the agency testing and input from industry, enforcement, and other safety stakeholders.

    The proposed SMS enhancements include:

    Changing some of the SMS Intervention Thresholds to better reflect the Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories’ (BASICs) correlation to crash risk.

  • Used Truck Prices Still Increasing, Trailer Orders Ease

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

    COLUMBUS, IN – Used heavy truck prices in the U.S. during May took a break from their increasing pace. Commercial vehicle data provider Act Research reports the average cost in April experienced a leveling off, in keeping with the trend of flattening age and mileage, coming in just shy of US$50,000.Compared to April, the average price is up eight percent from last year, with the gains in line for ACT’s expectations of five percent to 10 percent price growth in 2015 in the Class 8 sector.
    Total reported sales volumes of used Class 8 trucks fell to 2,496 units in May, down 11 percent month-over-month, but up three percent year-over-year.
    “Volume softening can be seen in the retail and wholesale markets, with month over month declines of 12 percent and 14 percent, respectively,” said Steve Tam, vice president, commercial vehicle sector with Act Research. “Auction transactions saw a nine percent increase month over month, eight percent above volumes from May 2014. Our guidance for full year 2015 sales remains unchanged.”

  • New Rules Rely On Yet Unproven Technology: ATA

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

    WASHINGTON, D.C.– Industry reaction to the proposal announced Friday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution for medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks has been swift and more positive than negative in tone. The plan for the 2021-2027 models years, which also calls for trailers to be subject to fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for the first time, drew support from the American Trucking Associations, but the fleet group said it remains concerned the rule may result in the use of certain technologies on vehicles before they can be fully tested.