Government, Business

Soaring Cost of Trucking Threatens to Stoke US Inflation

Trucks on highway MoDOT/Flickr

The tightest trucking market in years is testing the limits of an otherwise well-conditioned U.S. economic expansion. It also is tinder for accelerating inflation should the capacity constraints spark moves by companies to pass on those higher delivery costs.

Vince Golle | Bloomberg News
July 11, 2018

Montgomery Transport, Paschall Truck Fine-Tune Driver Compensation

Montgomery Transport A Montgomery Transport flatbed. (Montgomery Transport LLC)

Two more trucking firms announced revisions to their driver compensation packages as part of their efforts to recruit and retain qualified drivers.

Transport Topics
July 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, Safety

Keeping Others Safe is the Only Victory Oregon’s Outen Needs

Oregon Grand Champion Chris Outen Outen courtesy of Oregon Trucking Association

Distracted drivers were responsible for the deaths of 3,450 people on U.S. highways in 2016, according the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Distracted driving is an issue that hits close to home for Chris Outen of FedEx Freight.

Keegan Wiggins | Special to Transport Topics
July 10, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

Oil Rises as Shrinking US Stockpiles Add to Global Tightness

Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Crude rose to a one-week high July 10 on concern shrinking U.S. crude stockpiles will exacerbate wide-ranging global supply disruptions.

Jessica Summers | Bloomberg News
July 10, 2018
Government, Business

ATA, Carriers Sue Rhode Island DOT Over Truck-Only Tolls

Truck at Rhode Island Capital Dozens of tractor trailers descended on the Rhode Island State House in protest of the proposal to toll tractor trailers in 2016. (WLNE-TV)

American Trucking Associations and three carriers are asking a court to rule that Rhode Island’s truck-only tolling program is unconstitutional, according to a lawsuit they filed against the state’s Department of Transportation on July 10.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
July 10, 2018
Government, Business

Brett Kavanaugh Could Usher in New Business-Friendly Era on High Court

Brett Kavanaugh, appeals court judge, speaks after being nominated as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court by U.S. President Donald Trump, during a ceremony in the White House, on July 9. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

Brett Kavanaugh could add a powerful new voice on the Supreme Court to restrain what government agencies can do, ushering in a new era of tougher scrutiny of federal regulations loathed by businesses.

Jennifer A. Dlouhy Todd Shields Christopher Flavelle and Greg Stohr | Bloomberg News
July 10, 2018
Business, Equipment

Fleet Advantage Survey Reveals Disconnect Between Managers, Accountants

Trucks on road Getty Images

Many fleet managers believe they are on a different wavelength from their company’s finance department on cost management, and that can lead to communication difficulties, according to a survey of trucking industry professionals from Fleet Advantage.

Transport Topics
July 10, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

LGBTQ Drivers Share Experiences at Uber Freight Event

Uber Freight LGBTQ panel Bobby (left) and Ricky Coffee-Loy (Uber Freight)

SAN FRANCISCO — Several drivers who identify as LGBTQ said they have found good careers within the trucking industry and shared their experiences during a panel discussion hosted by Uber Freight on June 21.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
July 10, 2018
Business, Logistics

Shippers Score With Safe Delivery of MLB Umpires' Gear

Umpire behind the plate at Nationals Park Umpire David Rackley is perched behind home plate as Washington's Wilmer Difo takes a cut at a pitch during a recent game against Philadelphia at Nationals Park. (Dan Ronan/Transport Topics)

Two companies, DHL Same Day of Sterling, Va., and Crane Cartage Freight Services of Houston, are responsible for making sure that Major League Baseball umpires’ equipment trunks are delivered to the next ballpark, no matter when the last game ended, and when the next one starts.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
July 10, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

As Trump Pushes to Privatize the Troubled US Postal Service, Others Push Back

Getty Images

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver recalls the days when, every morning at 10, his grandmother would walk to the post office in Waxahachie, Texas, to catch up with friends, family and other community members.

Edward Mckinley | The Kansas City Star
July 10, 2018