Government, Business, Logistics

Trump Plans Exit From Postal Treaty as Measure Against China

USPS truck Andrew Harrer/bloomberg News

President Donald Trump plans to withdraw the United States from a 192-nation treaty that gives Chinese companies discounted shipping rates for small packages sent to American consumers, another escalation of his economic confrontation of Beijing.

Justin Sink and Alyza Sebenius | Bloomberg News
October 17, 2018
Government, Business

Stakeholder Comments to FMCSA Favor HOS Flexibility

Driver in cab John Sommers II for Transport Topics

A sample of last-minute written comments by trucking-related trade organizations mostly were supportive of tweaking federal hours-of-service rules to make them more flexible for commercial vehicle drivers.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 17, 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
Government, Business, Safety

Managing Risk in Trucking

As the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration considers revamping its Compliance, Safety, Accountability scoring system, how are fleets managing their risk exposure and their insurance costs? Our Oct. 17 LiveOnWeb program tackles that issue.

Transport Topics
October 17, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

Colorado Voters Could Play Role in Determining State’s Oil Output

Oil drilling Jamie Schwaberow/Bloomberg News

On Nov. 6, voters may spoil BP’s welcome. That’s when it will be decided whether to limit drilling in an initiative that some say could cut the state’s oil output by more than half. The vote is being closely watched, not only by companies keen to join the Colorado boom but also by outsiders who see a potential blueprint for blocking development.

Catherine Traywic | Bloomberg News
October 17, 2018
Business, Equipment

Trailer Orders Soar to All-Time High in September

Stoughton Trailer factory Stoughton Trailers

U.S. trailer orders in September skyrocketed to an all-time high, surpassing the previous record by more than 10,000 units, ACT Research Co. reported.

Transport Topics
October 17, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Like Motor Carriers, Truck Insurers Await Changes to Federal CSA Program

Officers perform a roadside inspection Officers perform a roadside inspection. There's more data than ever on carriers' operations, insurance experts say. (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)

With potentially big changes coming to the federal Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, insurance companies are hoping for a better way to identify unsafe motor carriers in an environment where insurers may be paying out much higher claims under the current system while some carriers are battling skyrocketing premiums.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
October 17, 2018
Government, Business

Employers Post Record Number of Open Jobs in August

person getting hired Getty Images

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers posted the most jobs in two decades in August, and hiring also reached a record high, fresh evidence that companies are desperate to staff up amid solid economic growth.

Christopher Rugaber | AP Economics Writer
October 16, 2018
Business, Equipment, Logistics

Fleet Expansion Generates Record Profits at P.A.M. Transportation Services in 3Q

P.A.M. Transport truck John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Higher rates and a bigger fleet in a strong freight market produced record profits for P.A.M. Transportation Services in the third quarter.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
October 16, 2018

ATA Announces Finalists for 2019-20 America’s Road Team

America's Road Team

ARLINGTON, Va. — American Trucking Associations released the list of 34 professional truck drivers chosen as finalists for the 2019-20 term of America’s Road Team on Oct. 16.

Transport Topics
October 16, 2018
Business, Fuel

Trade War Hinders Commodities, Helps Oil

Commodities Getty Images

Commodity companies are beginning to feel the impact of President Donald Trump’s trade policies, and their earnings report cards will signal how well they’ve been able to protect shareholder value.

Marvin G Perez and Kevin Crowley | Bloomberg News
October 16, 2018