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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…

“Black Smoke Matters” Protest Falls Apart

On April 12, a Facebook group with more then 26,000 truckers called “Black Smoke Matters” planned a nationwide driver shutdown, but according to organizer, Patrick Karns, the planned protest, “kind of fell apart. . . the numbers were nowhere near what we needed.” The goal of the protest had been had to alert the public Read More…

Convoy Launches New Marketplace

On April 18, Convoy (www.convoy.com), a nationwide trucking network and platform, launched Convoy Go, a drop & hook marketplace that allows any carrier or owner-operator in the U.S. to start hauling pre-loaded trailers and to operate at the same level as large asset-based carriers, in terms of fleet utilization, service levels and access to shipments. 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…

Proposed Rule to Amend Trucker HOS Regs to be Published in June

According to a monthly Department of Transportation regulatory update released in May, June 7 is the target date for publication of a proposed rule intended to add flexibility to Federal Motor Safety Administration (FMCSA) hours-of service regulations for commercial truck drivers. The comment period on the proposed rule is scheduled to conclude July 16. The Read More…

Closing U.S.-Mexico Border Could Cost $18 Million a Day

The chief economist and senior vice president of international trade policy and border crossing, Bob Costello, expressed hope that President Trump would not close the U.S.-Mexico border, because, according to him: Every day, trucks haul more than $1.1 billion worth of goods to and from the U.S.-Mexico border, taking more than 25,000 truck crossings, both 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…

Trucking Industry Payment Solutions Roadmap

Over the last few decades, payment processes have seen a gradual yet incremental evolution, with consumers pushing companies to put in place more innovative methods. The Evolution In the 1950s, payments were completely cash-based. In 1971, Comcheck was introduced, a document that resembled a physical paper check. The driver had to retrieve an express code 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…

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