Editorial, Business, Government, Safety

CSA 2010 Is a ‘Game Changer’

If it works as advertised, trucking’s new safety rating machinery will be as quick and as responsive as a sports car when compared to the old, glacial way of doing things.

February 8, 2010
Editorial, Business, Safety, Government

The Return of Growth

At long last, we report this week that American Trucking Associations’ freight index actually rose, as tonnage carried by fleets in December was 6.6% greater than what was moved in the same month of 2008.

February 1, 2010
Editorial, Government, Business, Safety

Making Safety History

Usually in Washington, as elsewhere, something has to be broken, or at least underperforming, before some branch of the government moves to repair or replace it. That being the case, you might ask why the Department of Transportation is looking to tinker around with its hours-of-service rule.

January 25, 2010
Editorial, Business, Fuel, Safety, Government

Clearing Some Hot Air

An economist with lots of experience in freight transportation has some interesting things to say that directly challenge the railroad industry’s extensive advertising blitz apparently aimed at convincing Americans that their way is the green way.

January 18, 2010
Editorial, Business, Government, Safety

Can You Hear Us?

We all have to hope that officials of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration really have their ears open when they hold their three public “listening sessions” later this month over their embattled hours-of-service rule for the nation’s truck drivers.

January 11, 2010
Editorial, Business, Safety

In Pursuit of Accurate Safety Ratings

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has taken a step in the right direction with its Comprehensive Safety Analysis, a new way of evaluating trucking safety. Now, some serious tweaking is in order.

January 4, 2010
Editorial, Business

Bring On 2010

As this horrendous year finally winds to a close, the most recent economic news is notably better than what we’ve had to endure for nearly all of 2009. And because almost every economic forecast predicts at least a gradual recovery, 2010 can’t get here too soon.

December 21, 2009
Editorial, Business

When Less Bad is Good

This has been a year when so-called “good news” actually has come in the form of less-bad news, as in “freight levels fell less last month than they did the month before” or “fewer jobs were lost last week than the week before.”

December 14, 2009
Editorial, Business, Fuel, Safety, Government

Hear Him, Hear Him

News Flash: Since the administration has rejected any move to raise fuel taxes, it’s incumbent on the Department of Transportation to work with Congress to select another funding source for the nation’s infrastructure needs.

December 7, 2009
Editorial, Government, Business, Safety

Paying Attention to Transport

Why is it so hard to get Washington to pay attention to transportation and infrastructure issues, no matter which party rules the roost at the White House and Capitol Hill?

November 30, 2009