Editorial, Business

Half a Loaf, Half a Glass

Trucking continues to search for irrefutable proof that the worst of the recession is behind us. While that proof has proved elusive, we are seeing some hints that things are improving.

July 6, 2009
Editorial, Business, Safety, Government

Reauthorization’s Rocky Road

We need to be leery of the battle involving the Obama administration, the Senate and the House of Representatives over the direction of federal transportation policy out of concern that political bickering could delay necessary decisions and infrastructure projects.

June 29, 2009
Editorial, Business, Fuel, Government

Fuel Prices vs. Speculators

The use of diesel fuel has fallen sharply as freight levels have nose-dived during the global recession. The home-heating oil season has ended, so there is no competition for the distillate both heating oil and diesel are made from.

June 22, 2009
Editorial, Business, Safety, Government

Safety Begins Behind the Wheel

An emphasis on driver behavior runs through an 18-point plan developed by American Trucking Associations to reduce crashes involving cars and trucks. Chilling statistics illuminate why this kind of focus is essential.

June 15, 2009
Editorial, Business, Fuel, Government

Ongoing Fuel Price Increases

Retail diesel prices in the United States hit their highest mark since December, as increasing crude oil costs work deeper into the fuel supply.

June 8, 2009
Editorial, Business

Freight Falls as Sales Rise

Freight levels continue to dive, even as there are increasing signs that the recession’s bottom has been touched and most economists are predicting that U.S. economic growth will resume in the year’s last quarter.

June 1, 2009
Editorial, Government, Business, Safety

The Price of Safety

Some 10,000 enforcement officers plan to mix a little fiscal accountability with their safety inspections during next week’s Roadcheck campaign, and we hope that is not a bad idea.

May 25, 2009
Editorial, Business

The Half-Full Glass

Ever so slowly, less-bad economic news — and even some good news — is beginning to pop up among the seemingly never-ending crop of troubling news that you have been seeing in this newspaper every week for about a year.

May 18, 2009
Editorial, Business, Fuel, Government

Fuel’s Crystal Ball

If you have any doubts about the future direction of fuel prices, pay attention to what’s happening today.

May 11, 2009
Editorial, Business, Government, Safety

Port Plan Progress

The most onerous and misguided portions of the plan by the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to reshape the trucking industry there have been enjoined by a federal court, at least for now.

May 4, 2009