Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Editorial

Editorial: Earth Day Salute to Cleaner Trucks

The launch of the Nikola Two tractor just days ahead of Earth Day — April 22 — was a fitting and, perhaps, deliberate gesture by the company to spotlight the trucking industry’s progress in improving its level of environmental responsibility.

Transport Topics
April 17, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Editorial

Editorial: Keeping Up With the ‘Hands’ of Time

The notion of being a “hands-on” worker still carries weight in professional circles. Increasingly, though, some of the things that once were decidedly “hands-on” are becoming much more “hands-off” thanks to the march of technological innovation.

Transport Topics
April 11, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Editorial

Editorial: Starting the Clock on HOS Reform

The Department of Transportation has taken an important first step in potential reform of the hours-of-service rules that regulate how much time truck drivers can spend behind the wheel, and we’re glad to see it.

Transport Topics
April 4, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous, Editorial

Editorial: Joining Forces for the Future

Journalists love it when big news breaks. As last week drew to a close, two significant deals involving major players in the commercial truck industry made headlines and landed on the front page of the April 1 issue of Transport Topics.

Transport Topics
March 29, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Editorial

Editorial: Mining Data to Cover More Miles

The importance of mining repair data for information that can help improve the performance of motor carriers’ equipment was a continuous message during presentations at the annual meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations recently from companies across the spectrum of industry suppliers. They either introduced or updated products designed to wring more efficiencies out of freight operations.

Transport Topics
March 21, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel, Editorial

Editorial: House Hearings Spark Optimism

All of a sudden, it looks like lawmakers might be making good on the long-standing promise to get moving on what most agree is an issue with bipartisan support — yes, infrastructure funding.

March 7, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, Editorial

Editorial: The Human Element for Automated Technology

Across three industry events in the span of just a few days last week, the evolution of automated driving was front and center, with everyone from government leaders to technology innovators looking ahead to how — and at what pace — automation might someday reshape the trucking industry.

Transport Topics
February 28, 2019

Editorial: Searching for the Stars

A viable remedy to one of trucking’s most vexing problems is at the industry’s fingertips, but current federal law stands in the way. The problem, if you haven’t guessed, is the driver shortage. The remedy, if you haven’t guessed, is bringing younger drivers into the fold.

Transport Topics
February 21, 2019
Government, Safety, Editorial

Editorial: Good Places to Start

In the nine years that the American Transportation Research Institute has been producing a list of the worst bottlenecks in the United States, three spots have had the inauspicious honor of landing at the top of the list. These same three are consistently awful, even if from year to year one is worse than the others.

Transport Topics
February 14, 2019
Government, Business, Editorial

Editorial: Make Infrastructure Great Again

We were surprised that President Donald Trump did not focus more on infrastructure during last week’s State of the Union address, particularly since he chose to include some pointed language to describe the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Transport Topics
February 7, 2019