Editorial, Business

Editorial: The Infrastructure Debate Continues

Many regular readers of this page were doubtlessly hoping that the December passage of the FAST Act would at long last get us to shut up about infrastructure funding for at least the first three years of the five-year law. But since last week was Infrastructure Week, no such luck.

May 23, 2016
Business, Government, Safety, Technology, Autonomous

Industry Groups Unite to Develop New App Aimed at Making Truck Parking Easier to Find

Sean McNally/American Trucking Associations

WASHINGTON — Industry groups announced they will launch a free truck parking smartphone app in August, joining several from the private sector already in place.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
May 23, 2016
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Kenworth Boosts Automation at Manufacturing Facility

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Gridiron rises on the roof of Kenworth Truck Co.’s assembly plant here as a new structure takes shape to automate the storage and retrieval of painted truck cabs, sleepers and hoods awaiting trim, while down below the company continues building trucks — but at a reduced rate since last year.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
May 23, 2016

UPS Exec Urges Passage of Trade Pact, Says Protectionism Hurts Supply Chain

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

WASHINGTON — Protectionism has become a political issue that is a threat to an efficient global supply chain, world trade and the critical importance of making the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement a reality, a top UPS Inc. official said.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
May 23, 2016

Overtime Rule Could Affect Operations, ATA Says

The Obama administration’s new rule to guarantee that several million workers be eligible for overtime pay could affect dispatchers and operations personnel at trucking companies, industry officials said.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 23, 2016

Report: Traffic to Worsen Without Federal Fund Lift

Department of Transportation

The rate at which trucks will be stuck in traffic will increase dramatically over the coming years if poor highway infrastructure is not rehabilitated, a new report by the American Society of Civil Engineers concluded.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 16, 2016
Perspective, Business

Opinion: Unclog Our Circulatory System Without Tolls

In the trucking industry, we’re fond of calling ourselves the lifeblood of the American economy — delivering the goods that our stores, hospitals and restaurants need to maintain our quality of life.

May 16, 2016
Editorial, Business, Autonomous

Editorial: Poor Driver Health a Serious Problem

Quite often when we use the word “health” in stories, it refers to company profits, freight demand or the economy at large. Similarly, many of our stories involving truck drivers have to do with pay and turnover. That is what you expect from a business-to-business publication.

May 16, 2016
Business, Government

With Union Pensions in Jeopardy, Fund Appeals to Congress for Aid

Thorny Teamsters pension issues were pushed into Congress’ lap last week by the Central States Pension Fund after the U.S. Treasury Department rejected the fund’s bid to create long-term solvency by cutting pension benefits by about 50% for most union retirees.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
May 16, 2016
Business, Fuel, Government

Diesel Climbs to 2016 High

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The U.S. average diesel price rose for the 10th time in 11 weeks, this time by 6.8 cents a gallon to $2.266 — the highest price since just before Christmas, the Department of Energy reported May 2.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
May 9, 2016