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Perspective, 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
Perspective, 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
Perspective, 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
Perspective, 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
Perspective, 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
Perspective, 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
Perspective, 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
Perspective, Business

Opinion: Trucking Is Up to the Challenge!

The most important near-term component of our campaign to retain the current hours of service rules is industry involvement.

February 4, 2011
Perspective, Business, Equipment

Opinion: Truck Maintenance Tips: The Top 11 for 2011

Let’s face it; nobody likes to make the same mistake twice. Maintenance professionals in particular always should be looking for procedures that have prevented downtime and failures in the past.

January 28, 2011
Perspective, Business

Opinion: Driver Dock Detention Costs All

Anne Ferro, administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, recently addressed members of the National Industrial Transportation League about an issue that’s become all too common industrywide — driver detention at the docks.

January 20, 2011