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
Perspective, 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.

August 30, 2016

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
Editorial, Business

Editorial: CDL or Bust

For the last week, our collective eyes here at Transport Topics have been fixated on a school outside Louisville, Kentucky.

August 29, 2016

Truckload Pricing Ticks Up After Pressure in First Half

TT File Photo

Recent reports that track freight rates could be showing initial signs of improvement in truckload pricing, which has been under intensified pressure this year.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
August 29, 2016

Facing Increasing Regulatory, Business Pressures, Private Fleets Seek Assistance With Compliance

Corporate fleet owners are spending more on training, upgrading equipment and doing more to recognize their best-performing drivers, according to executives interviewed for Transport Topics’ 2016 Top 100 list of largest private carriers in North America.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
August 29, 2016
Government, Safety, Business

Advisers Offer Sleep Apnea Guidelines as FMCSA Considers Health Proposal


Top medical advisers to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have recommended a slate of sleep apnea guidelines that would require truck drivers to participate in costly diagnostic sleep studies if they have a body mass index of 40 or higher, experienced excessive fatigue or sleepiness while driving or have been in a sleep-related accident.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
August 29, 2016

US Fleet Size Surpasses 4 Million, Report Says

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The number of U.S. Class 8 vehicles in operation topped 4 million for the first time, clearing it by 9,000 vehicles, IHS Automotive reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
August 29, 2016

Brokers Offer Smartphone Apps for Truckers to Make It Easier to Find Available Freight

C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc.

Sifting through load boards can be a difficult and time-consuming task, but new apps are helping small carriers and owner-operators sort through the clutter using GPS to identify nearby freight.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
August 29, 2016