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DOT Offers No Pipe-Lines for Truckers and Marijuana

Although more and more states have marijuana laws, truck drivers are still forbidden from using the substance under U.S. DOT regulations. Drivers must still test negative for marijuana use in pre-employment screenings, random drug tests and post-accident tests. The number of marijuana-positive drug tests at large (not just for CDL holders) have increased in recent Read More…

Trucking Sentiment Remains Positive Despite Slowing Market

The latest CK Commercial Vehicle Research Fleet Sentiment survey, while reflecting softening in the trucking environment, also revealed that a majority of trucking companies is “still very healthy with a good outlook for 2019.” Key results from the survey group: • 2019 equipment demand indicates fewer trucks will be delivered to them this year compared Read More…

Trucking Takes a Hard U-Turn

According to wolfstreet.com (5/4/19) which cited a May 2 FTR Transportation Intelligence Report, orders for Class-8 trucks – the heavy trucks that haul consumer goods, equipment, commodities, and supplies across the United States plunged 52% in April compared to April last year to 16,400 orders.  It was the lowest April since 2016 when the industry Read More…

2019 UCR Enforcement Has Begun

We want to provide you notice that May 1st marks the start of United Carrier Registration (UCR) state enforcement. In previous years, Oklahoma issued $300 tickets and has shut down vehicles at scale until a UCR is applied for. Don’t take a chance on getting fined or stalled! Please contact us at permitrenewals@tbsokc.com or call Read More…

Logistics Providers: Prepare Now for the Future of Trucking

From self-driving vehicles, autonomous fleets and electric trucks, to artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and the gig economy—the future of trucking faces some big changes. Here are four strategies to prepare and capitalize on future opportunities: Reassure the workforce that their jobs are safe. New transportation technology continues to build on advances in automation, efficiency Read More…

Truckers Cut Payrolls as Freight Demand Softens

Carriers cut payrolls by 1,200 in March, according to preliminary figures the Labor Department reported on April 5, halting a nearly yearlong expansion amid signs a hot streak that boosted transportation companies’ profits in 2018 is cooling. Also: Warehousing and storage companies added 1,700 jobs in March — the slowest month of growth since December Read More…

ATA Announces Infrastructure Funding Campaign

On April 3, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) announced a two-phase campaign aimed at urging Congress to act on long-term infrastructure funding. The first phase started with a digital ad campaign and 60-second television commercial that will run in Washington, D.C. television markets as well as national Sunday shows. The phase also features the launch Read More…

FMCSA Proceeding with Proposal for HOS Overhaul

On February 25, Ray Martinez, head of the FMCSA, confirmed that the agency is planning to propose a rule to overhaul hours of service regulations. Martinez’s announcement comes after the agency tested the waters by soliciting feedback from industry stakeholders on potential HOS reforms. Martinez offered neither insights into what the rule will entail nor Read More…

Wine Deliveries Soon to be Electrified

Most beverage alcohol delivery trucks go out into the field each morning and return each evening, racking up a few hundred driving miles per workday. In addition, the delivery trucks start and stop many times per delivery day, and idle a great deal too. With regenerative braking that sends energy to the battery, plus their lack Read More…

Top FMCSA Administrators Have No Trucking Experience

No former FMCSA administrators has ever had a CDL or been a truck driver, including the current administrator, Ray Martinez.  Most of the key personnel have had backgrounds in state motor vehicle departments or law enforcement. Before assuming the role of FMCSA administrator in February 2018, Martinez headed the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission as its Read More…

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