Opinion: Beyond ‘How’s My Driving?’

Over the years, the words, “How’s my driving?” have become nearly ubiquitous on America’s tractor-trailers, and it’s easy to see why.  

April 14, 2011
Opinion, Business

Opinion: Trucking Fights Terrorism

Earlier this year, we were once again reminded that the United States continues to face the possibility of a terrorist attack on our soil, a threat that hasn’t abated in the decade since 9/11.

April 7, 2011
Opinion, Business

Opinion: Setting Aside? Count Trucking In.

The U.S. transportation industry, which contains many hundreds of small businesses among the sizable firms, has a government champion: the Small Business Administration.

Transport Topics
March 30, 2011
Opinion, Business

Opinion: Does the U.S. Hate Big Trucks?

As the latest round of hours-of-service regulatory change plays out in Washington, I have come to the realization that the trucking industry is broken.

March 25, 2011
Opinion, Fuel

Opinion: Don’t Waste Your Precious Profits

Staggeringly high prices for fuel are with us again. The last time fuel prices were hovering in the neighborhood of $3.80 to $4.40 per gallon, many trucking companies fought back aggressively, using fuel conservation techniques and making sure drivers used the cheapest options available.

March 18, 2011
Opinion, Business

Opinion: S Corporations and Trucking

What was the most important event that occurred in 1958? The creation of NASA? Perhaps the birth of the King of Pop? For privately owned trucking and logistics companies, there is only one answer: tax legislation permitting S corporations.

March 9, 2011
Opinion, Government

Opinion: CSA — Problem or Solution?

Some trucking industry executives predicted the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program was going to be a “game changer” for the industry. They were right.

March 4, 2011
Opinion, Business, Safety, Autonomous

Opinion: ‘Black Box’ Retrieval Policies

Loss of event data recorder — or “black box” — information is one of the biggest problems in trucking accident litigation. While the market for EDR monitoring software has exploded in recent years, accident experts and attorneys are finding that much of this technology is incorrectly downloaded, analyzed and stored, creating legal and financial risks that can threaten the very existence of the company that makes use of it.

February 24, 2011
Opinion, Business

Opinion: How to Choose the Right Carrier

For shippers, ultimately, their choice of carrier will be translated either into greater company profitability — or a balance sheet splattered with red ink.

February 18, 2011
Opinion, Government

Opinion: Coach Your Drivers and Win

FMCSA’s new Compliance, Safety, Accountability program is changing transportation’s driver-retention game. Every driver will have his or her own CSA score, and every company will have its composite CSA score.

February 11, 2011