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NACFE Says Platooning Becoming Realistic Option

Peloton Technology

Truck platooning is an increasingly realistic opportunity, with key foundational technologies already in the marketplace and testing is under way.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
October 3, 2016
Business

Responses Mixed on Federal Pilot Project to Allow Young Vets to Run Interstate

Sgt. Jason Fetterolf/U.S. Army National Guard

While the idea clearly has strong supporters, not everyone agrees that allowing young drivers behind the wheel of big rigs is either safe or a wise solution to one of trucking’s biggest headaches: the driver shortage.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 3, 2016
Government, Business, Safety, Autonomous

Responses Mixed to Proposal for Pilot Program Involving Young Drivers

John Sommers II for TT

While the idea clearly has strong supporters, not everyone agrees that allowing young drivers behind the wheel of big rigs is either safe or a wise solution to one of trucking’s biggest headaches: the driver shortage.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
September 28, 2016
Opinion, Business, Government, Safety, Autonomous

Opinion: Significant Accomplishments; More to Be Done

A year ago, I stood before you in Philadelphia and accepted the title of chairman of American Trucking Associations. It has been a tremendous honor to be your chairman at such a critical time for our industry.

September 26, 2016
Business

Driver Pay Levels Flatten

John Sommers II for TT

Driver pay increases during the second quarter sank to the lowest level in seven years as fleets show almost no interest in raising compensation to attract drivers when lackluster freight levels don’t require that step, according to an industry official who studies pay levels.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
September 19, 2016
Opinion, Business, Safety, Autonomous

Opinion: It’s Always Time to Appreciate Our Truck Drivers

One thing we’ll start to hear more about in the coming months is the next administration’s first 100 days in the Oval Office. It’s an opportunity to articulate a vision and begin executing new goals. As ATA’s new president and CEO, I’m nearing the end of my first hundred days in office and it has been an exciting time for me and our leadership team. There have been meetings to take and calls to make and all that goes into starting a new job, but we’ve hit the ground running to start securing victories for the trucking industry.

September 12, 2016
Business

Nearly 92, Woman Fulfills Dream to Drive Big Rig

Louise Spencer was able to check one of her life goals off her list Sept. 2 — nine days before she turns 92 — when she got behind the wheel of a big rig for the first time in her life.

Brian Todd | Post-Bulletin (Rochester, Minn.)
September 8, 2016
Opinion, Business, Government, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Opinion: Jake Brakes Keep Drivers Safe on Steep Roads

You can’t work in the trucking industry for long without realizing the interconnectedness of the trucking world — goods with communities, roads with ports, airports and railways, regulations across international and provincial borders and municipal boundaries, you name it. Another connection may not be immediately apparent: Canada’s National Trucking Week and “Jake” brakes.

September 5, 2016
Government, Business

FMCSA Sends Entry-Level, Driver-Training Rule to White House for Review

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sent its version of a final rule on entry-level driver training to the Office of Management and Budget for review on Aug. 29, OMB said.

Transport Topics
August 30, 2016
Business

July Tonnage Rises 0.3%

Truck tonnage in July continued to reflect a struggling freight environment, posting a 0.3% year-over-year gain that was the smallest this year, and declining 2.1% from June, American Trucking Associations reported.

Rip Watson and Ari Ashe | Staff Reporters
August 29, 2016

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