Opinion: ELDs, Market Changes Require Fleets to Review How They Pay Drivers

With all of the changes in engine technology, telematics and state and federal regulations, having a fleet-management program that keeps up can be critical for successful fleet management. Now, add another factor to the equation — the electronic logging device mandate set to take effect at the end of this year and continuing through the first three months of 2018. (The ELD mandate takes effect Dec. 18 but enforcement agencies anticipate it will take about three months for the new regulations to be fully implemented.) While most of our customers already utilize ELDs in their operations, the overall impact to the industry is what now comes into play over the next several months.

Jerry Robertson | Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, BOLT System
September 25, 2017

Opinion: How Robin Hood Would Fund Our Infrastructure

Numerous studies by the Department of Transportation, the Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials, American Trucking Associations and the American Road and Transportation Builders Association have warned that the quality and quantity of U.S. transportation infrastructure is deficient and in dire need of permanent, long-term funding.

John A. Simourian | Chairman, Lily Transporation Corp.
September 15, 2017

Opinion: Taking Time for Truck Driver Appreciation

Remember drivers during appreciation week Thinkstock

Let’s go back in time. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark departed on their Corps of Discovery Expedition on May 14, 1804, from near St. Louis. They first saw the Pacific Ocean on Nov. 7, 1805.

Kevin Burch | Chairman, American Trucking Associations
September 8, 2017

Opinion: Why Autonomous Trucks Won’t Cost Jobs Anytime Soon

Daimler autonomous truck tested in Germany Daimler AG

With all the media buzz about autonomous vehicles, it was only a matter of time before autonomous trucks became part of the hype cycle. Take autonomous trucks one step further and some are already predicting job losses in transportation.

Pete Allen | Executive Vice President of Sales, MiX Telematics (North America)
August 28, 2017

Opinion: Trucking Industry Needs ‘Ban the Box’ Solution

For many motor carriers, part of the driver shortage solution has been to attract nontraditional drivers to careers behind the wheel, including felons who have served time in prison and now are seeking employment.

Lana Batts | Co-President, Driver iQ
August 25, 2017
Technology, Autonomous, Opinion

Opinion: Four Disruptive Technology Trends in Trucking

When it comes to the trucking industry, we deal with a pace of change that has been constant for years: changing fuel costs, increased regulations, driver shortages, etc.

Victoria Kresge | Vice President, NationaLease
August 21, 2017
Technology, Opinion

Opinion: FMCSA Should Accept NAS Recommendations for CSA

Vigillo President Steve Bryan reviews each of the four categories in a recent report that outlines recommendations to reform the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.

Steve Bryan | President, Vigillo
August 4, 2017

Opinion: USA Today ‘Rigs’ Investigation of Intermodal Drayage

USA Today's June 16, 2017, investigative article, “Rigged.” was, in fact, rigged against the Southern California port trucking community and the thousands of motor carriers and drivers that serve this industry, as well as the many customers that depend on their services.

Joni Casey | President and CEO, Intermodal Association of North America
July 25, 2017

Opinion: TMC Provides Critical Trucking Forum

The trucking industry would not be able to move 70.1% of the nation’s freight tonnage without great equipment, reliable technology and millions of technicians working behind the scenes to make sure every component of the tractor-trailer is in working order.

Barry Pottle | Second Vice Chairman, American Trucking Associations
July 21, 2017

Opinion: Expanding Access to Cargo Control Equipment

The demands of delivering heavy equipment or cargo safely and on time requires that drivers, equipment rental agencies and trucking industry managers have the right tie down and cargo control gear on hand to secure the load to the trailer or flatbed.

Tim Murphy | Owner, Murphy Industrial Products
July 17, 2017