May Truck Orders Plunge 30%; OEMs Plan Additional Cutbacks

Daimler Trucks North America via YouTube

Class 8 truck orders in May plunged 30% year-over-year, two research firms said, underscoring two truck manufacturers’ recently announced plans to trim production for the second time this year.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
June 13, 2016

DOT’s Anthony Foxx Says CSA Scores to Be Public Again in 2 Years

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON — It will be about two years before Compliance, Safety, Accountability scores will be available again for public view, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
June 13, 2016

Tires Are Special Focus at 2016 Roadcheck, But Air Lines, Leak Ruin One Trucker’s Day

WEST FRIENDSHIP, Md. — Jose Andrade has had better days than the one he had June 7. The driver for Dairy Maid Dairy of Frederick, Maryland, was behind the wheel of a truck that was pulled over and inspected as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s 29th annual International Roadcheck.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
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
Perspective, Business, Government, Safety, Autonomous

Opinion: Election Brings New Challenges for Trucking

As chairman of the American Truck Dealers, the challenge for all of us — truck manufacturers, trucking companies and dealers — is to build relationships with members of Congress and federal regulators so that we have a voice in shaping the environment in which our businesses operate.

June 6, 2016
Editorial, Business, Government, Safety

Editorial: Roadcheck’s Here Again

Once again, commercial vehicle drivers are taking their annual open-book test — International Roadcheck — from June 7 to June 9. About 10,000 inspectors who are members of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will fan out across the United States, Canada and Mexico with the goal of inspecting more than 70,000 vehicles in 72 hours.

June 6, 2016
Government, Business, Safety, Autonomous

Delays in Approving Hair Testing Aid Drug Abusers, Officials Warn

Quest Diagnostics

Delays in adopting federally mandated pre-employment hair drug-testing standards potentially have allowed hundreds of truck drivers who failed hair drug tests to drive for another carrier, according to fleet and medical executives.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 6, 2016
Business, Government, Autonomous

Schneider Acquires Watkins & Shepard

Watkins & Shepard

Truckload carrier Schneider last week announced the acquisition of less-than-truckload specialist Watkins & Shepard Trucking and final-mile delivery carrier Lodeso Inc. to capitalize on trucking opportunities related to fast-growing e-commerce.

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

Used-Truck Prices Dip; Inventories Stabilize

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The price of a used Class 8 truck sold in April fell compared with a year earlier, but inventories stabilized after rising for the past year, analysts said.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
June 6, 2016
Business, Safety, Technology

Increases in Driver Pay Grind to Halt on Lower Freight Rates, Demand

Klemp, Hindes

Downward pressure on truckload rates and a weak freight market this year have almost eliminated driver pay increases that were widespread as recently as early 2015, according to an industry official who tracks compensation trends.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
June 6, 2016