Truckload 1Q Turnover Declines Due to Softer Freight Economy

Truckload turnover declined in the first quarter because a softer freight economy limited shipment volumes, reducing drivers’ opportunities to switch to a new employer, American Trucking Associations reported.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
July 11, 2016
Government, Fuel

State, Local Agencies Petition EPA for National Truck Rule on NOx


With publication of the Phase 2 federal greenhouse-gas final rule for trucks expected soon, 12 agencies from state and local government have petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to quickly produce a national rule that would tighten nitrogen-oxide emissions from trucks.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
July 11, 2016
Perspective, Business, Autonomous

Opinion: Pre-buying Could Cost Fleets in the Long Run

The trucking industry is notorious for pre-buying trucks before each Environmental Protection Agency-mandated change in heavy-truck engines. Many fleets do so because they are concerned about the reliability of the new technology, or they are trying to avoid the increased cost of new technology. Both are valid concerns.

June 27, 2016
Editorial, Business, Safety, Government

Editorial: Independence and Infrastructure

As the pursuit of happiness in freight transportation and other aspects of life propels us toward the Fourth of July, a couple of milestones popped concerning our constant companion — infrastructure.

June 27, 2016
Perspective, Business, Government, Autonomous

Opinion: The Truck Driver Shortage Is a Myth

Truck drivers, for the most part, don’t stay with one company for long. They go elsewhere quicker than they can be replaced.

June 20, 2016

Graves Looks Back on ATA Tenure (with video)

Graves and Bill Canary on his first day in 2003/TT file photo

Trucking will continue to face familiar infrastructure funding battles as opportunity increasingly beckons for the industry to capitalize on dramatic technological advancements, said Bill Graves. And he should know.

June 13, 2016

Graves: ATA Is Evolving With Changing Industry

Graves with 2012 NTDC drivers/John Sommers for TT

As American Trucking Associations President Bill Graves moves closer to retirement at the year’s end, he believes the federation is “doing fine” as its leadership evaluates how to adjust its focus to serve a fast-changing industry.

June 13, 2016
Editorial, Business, Autonomous

Editorial: What Goes Up . . .

In many ways, this should not be a surprise: After several years of scorching new-truck sales, the market is rapidly cooling.

June 13, 2016
Business, Safety, Government

Brokers Split Over How to Ensure Carrier Compliance With ELD Mandate

Teletrac Inc.

Freight brokers are sharply divided about how to bring their carriers into line with the upcoming federal electronic logging device mandate.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
June 6, 2016
Business, Safety, Government, Autonomous

Trucking May Become Collateral Damage in New Container Rule

Eric Miller/Transport Topics

Truckers servicing U.S. seaports already experience delays entering the ports and making pickups or dropping off loads at terminals, but they’ll soon face yet another potential disruption.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 6, 2016