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N.C. School's Driver Training Program Offers Military a Career Path

Instructor Billy Erskine and military graduate Sean Lenn Instructor Billy Erskine and military graduate Sean Lenn, courtesy of Erskine

Members of the military who earn a commercial driver license increase their chances of finding employment once they leave the service, Billy Erskine, director of the North Carolina Truck Driver Training School, told Transport Topics recently.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
April 2, 2018

Trucking Prices Are About to Rise Even More

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A U.S. trucking shortage that has pushed up freight costs for everything from cereal to toothbrushes is about to get worse.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
April 2, 2018
Business, TCA

Oilfield Demand for Drivers Spurs Texas College to Expand CDL Program

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Odessa College in Texas is moving its truck driving program back in house after years of having a separate company train big rig operators. The demand for drivers is strong with the addition of sand mining and the continued growth in oilfield activity.

Ruth Campbell | Odessa (Texas) American
March 30, 2018
Business, Logistics

Driver Pay, Bonuses Rise as Carriers Seek Scarce Truckers

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Truck driver pay and compensation increased through 2017 and into the first quarter as carrier demand for qualified drivers to carry freight nationwide kept rising, according to two new reports.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
March 28, 2018

MATS Draws Drivers and Recruiters in Hot Freight Market

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Vendors selling everything a truck driver could want filled the West Wing of the Mid-America Trucking Show like an industrial-grade flea market. Alongside them, fleet recruiters angled from their booths to chat with drivers who strolled the crowded aisles.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
March 28, 2018
Business, Logistics, TCA

Higher Trucking Costs Eat Into General Mills' Profit

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Three months ago, General Mills executives believed the company was on the verge of simultaneous sales and profit growth for the first time in years. Instead, higher trucking and other costs suddenly ate into profit.

Evan Ramstad | Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
March 22, 2018
Government, Business

House Bill Would Allow Interstate Trucking for 18- to 21-Year-Olds

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A new bill that would open interstate trucking opportunities to people between the ages of 18 and 21 was introduced in the House of Representatives March 21.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 21, 2018

Firms Encouraged to More Actively Recruit Women for Technician Jobs

George Arrants, Automotive Education Consultant (Joseph Terry/Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — When women demonstrate a talent for technical and mechanical jobs, they should be encouraged to pursue careers in the industry, experts at the Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting said March 6.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 8, 2018
Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

TMC Explores Deployment of Automated Trucks

Fred Andersky, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Industry experts explored a variety of approaches for developing and deploying autonomous trucks and examined the evolving regulatory framework for this technology here at the annual meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
March 8, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Spear: Trucking to Play Key Role in Autonomous Policy

Chris Spear Spear by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

ATLANTA — New federal guidance on automated cars and trucks to be unveiled this year will include the input from the trucking industry, American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear said at the Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting March 5.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 5, 2018