Government, Business, Opinion

Opinion: Trucking Industry Supports Repeal of Federal Excise Tax

The American Truck Dealers’ top legislative priority is to repeal the federal excise tax, and truck dealers and automotive trade association executives will converge on Capitol Hill this month to support this important effort.

Jodie Teuton | Chairwoman, American Truck Dealers
June 11, 2018
Business, Safety

2018 North Dakota Truck Driving Championship

A look at the on-course and off-course action during the 2018 North Dakota Truck Driving Championships, hosted by the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association, June 2, 2018, in Fargo.

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

RoadSigns podcast

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Driverless Delivery Startup Uses $92 Million to Focus on Safety


In an abandoned lot on the outskirts of Sacramento, Calif., R1, a domed gray vehicle half the size of a Toyota Corolla, is practicing driving itself. It stops at stop signs, yields to people, and handles sharp turns, as other self-driving vehicles do on test courses in Silicon Valley, Detroit, and China.

Mark Bergen | Bloomberg News
June 11, 2018
Business, Safety

Alabama State Truck Driving Championships

Photo coverage of winners and scenes from the 2018 Alabama Truck Driving Championships June 1 in Pelham, Ala. (Photos courtesy of the Alabama Trucking Association)

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Business, Logistics, Top 100

Dr Pepper’s ‘Final’ Contract Offer Fizzles With Chicago Deliverers

Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

A two-week strike by 150 Chicago Teamsters targeting Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. continues after drivers voted overwhelmingly to reject the soft drink company’s latest contract proposal, union officials said June 8.

June 11, 2018
Business, Logistics, Top 50

South Korean Giant CJ Logistics Buys DSC Logistics

CJ Logistics delivery (CJ Logistics)

South Korea’s CJ Logistics will take majority control of Des Plaines, Ill.-based DSC Logistics in a deal expected to close in the third quarter.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
June 11, 2018
Business, Safety

Walmart’s Terry Wood Named Pennsylvania Grand Champion

NTDC Pennsylvania Wood celebrates his victory by Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Terry Wood, the Walmart driver who was recently crowned Pennsylvania’s truck driving champion, said the secret to success can be distilled into two basic habits — study and practice.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
June 11, 2018
Government, Business, Autonomous

Capitol Agenda for the Week of June 11: A Rare Sighting

White rhino Getty Images

The U.S. Senate plans to work through much of what would have been its August recess, an event about as rare as the sighting of a white rhino. Here's what they hope to accomplish then, as well as what's ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill this week.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
June 11, 2018
Government, Business, TCA

Failing Pension Fund Threatens Thousands of Retired Truckers

Members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters attend a rally in Washington, D.C., in 2016. The demonstrators are protesting a plan by the Central States Pension Fund to reduce payments to retirees. (Drew Angerer/Bloomberg News)

Jim Onley logged more than a million miles behind the wheel during his more than three-decade career as a truck driver, but a letter delivered to his New Milford, Ill., home in April stopped him in his tracks.

Isaac Guerrero | Rockford (Ill.) Register Star
June 11, 2018
Business, Logistics, TCA

Good Salary, Sense of Adventure Drawing New Drivers to Trucking

A student trains with a simulator as part of the Hawkeye Community College CDL program. (Hawkeye Community College via YouTube)

Tom Clark says desk jobs he has worked in the past have involved 50- and 60-hour workweeks, not including daily preparation and commutes. So to him, a job that takes him away from home for large chunks of time isn’t an issue.

Jordan Larimore | The Joplin (Mo.) Globe
June 11, 2018