Editorial
Government, Fuel, Editorial

Editorial: Paying at the Pump for Infrastructure

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao kicked off Infrastructure Week with the hopeful message that the Trump Administration is keeping its options open for ways to pay for its planned 10-year, $1.5 trillion infrastructure program. But that message — and, perhaps, the very goal of the weeklong initiative itself — was somewhat offset by the reality that U.S. lawmakers likely won’t get anything done on infrastructure this year.

Transport Topics
May 17, 2018
Editorial

Editorial: Infrastructure Week and the Work Ahead

It’s Infrastructure Week, the annual spotlight on the nation’s roads and bridges. During a week’s worth of discussion, a lot will be said about the need to update and repair existing infrastructure as well as build from scratch what will be needed to carry transportation into the future.

Transport Topics
May 10, 2018
Editorial

Editorial: A Relevant Conversation

The term “relevant” is used frequently to describe industries, products and services, and whether the subjects of those discussions have any relevance to modern society can cause fiery debate.

Transport Topics
May 2, 2018
Editorial

Editorial: The Ceiling on a Hot Freight Market

As the U.S. economy and truck tonnage continue to power forward, trucking companies are enjoying the benefits of a hot freight market where their services are in high demand. At the same time, tight hauling capacity is making it tougher for shippers to find the trucks needed to transport their goods.

Transport Topics
April 26, 2018
Business, Editorial

Editorial: Cash in Hand, Behind the Wheel

If you pay them, will they come? Motor carriers have been boosting driver pay at a steady clip lately. It seems that a week can’t pass without a company announcing that it’s boosting compensation, be it on a per-mile basis or through bonuses and incentives.

Transport Topics
April 19, 2018
Government, Business, Editorial

Editorial: How Long Will the Good Times Last?

The trucking industry is definitely having a moment. Recently, an industry executive spoke from the White House about the positive effects federal tax reform has had on his business, and a noted industry economist predicted that trucking likely has several good years ahead of it before the threat of an economic downturn might rear its ugly head. Plus, sales of new trucks just keep rising.

April 16, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Editorial

Editorial: So Far, So Good for ELD Compliance

The adoption of federally mandated electronic logging devices has been a major transition for the trucking industry, but at this point it appears that most longhaul truckers are now using the technology to track their hours of service. While it’s still too soon to get a complete sense of where the industry stands with respect to ELD compliance, the early indications have been positive as enforcement tightens.

April 5, 2018
Editorial

Editorial: FMCSA’s Listening, Will You Talk?

As of April 1, truck drivers may now be placed out of service for failing to record hours of service using an electronic logging device. There are a few exceptions, but the soft-enforcement phase of the ELD mandate is behind us, and the situation is more real for some drivers: Plug in an ELD, or pull off the highway.

Transport Topics
March 28, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, Editorial

Editorial: A Proper Pause for Safety’s Sake

The decision by Uber to halt testing of its autonomous trucks in the wake of a fatal accident involving one of its pilot autonomous cars was a prudent move, and one that demonstrates how the relentless pace of technological innovation sometimes needs a pause.

Transport Topics
March 22, 2018
Government, Business, Editorial

Editorial: A Hard Day’s Work (Truck)

In fairly short order, truck manufacturers have made a series of announcements about new and updated vocational trucks that soon will be hitting the markets.

Transport Topics
March 15, 2018

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