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Economic Activity, Freight Levels Paint Strong Picture for the Trucking Industry

February 12, 2018

Economic Activity, Freight Levels Paint Strong Picture for the Trucking Industry

The economy is accelerating, consumer spending is strong, freight volumes are increasing and the country is undergoing the third longest economic expansion in history, all of which is boding well for the trucking industry, Bob Costello, chief economist for American Trucking Associations, told attendees of NATSO Connect.

Autonomous Trucking Technologies Gain Steam

November 1, 2017

Autonomous Trucking Technologies Gain Steam

Autonomous technologies are advancing rapidly, and traditional equipment manufacturers as well as new players entering the market are working to bring new capabilities to equipment that could improve safety and productivity.

Fleet Analytics Change the Way Carriers, Truckstops Operate

September 1, 2017

Fleet Analytics Change the Way Carriers, Truckstops Operate

Today’s fleets have information coming at them from all direc­tions. What they find could change the way truckstop and travel plaza operators do business, according to those within the industry.

ATRI’s Driver Diaries Give Real-World Perspective to Truck Parking Concerns

June 30, 2017

ATRI’s Driver Diaries Give Real-World Perspective to Truck Parking Concerns

To tap into first-hand accounts of professional truck drivers and gain insight into their daily parking needs, the American Transportation Research Institute launched its Truck Parking Diary project in March 2016, document­ing the experiences of drivers as they find safe, available truck parking.

ELDS Bring Changes to Fleets, Truckstops

April 30, 2017

ELDS Bring Changes to Fleets, Truckstops

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device (ELD) mandate will take effect later this year, changing the way millions of drivers on the road operate. The new regulation will bring changes to both the trucking and truckstop industries alike, and those within the industry expect to see drivers that are more starved for time as well as productivity losses for fleets.

INCREASED COMPETITION: Keeping an Eye on Truck Terminals And Dealerships

March 1, 2017

INCREASED COMPETITION: Keeping an Eye on Truck Terminals And Dealerships

Trucking companies are constantly working to attract and retain drivers, and many are focusing on their terminals and offerings as ways to improve the driver experience, which could decrease the number of services drivers seek out on the road.

Translating Trucking Trends Into Profitable Action Items At Your Truckstop

May 1, 2016

Translating Trucking Trends Into Profitable Action Items At Your Truckstop

The successes and challenges the trucking industry experiences have a significant effect on the nation’s truckstops and travel plazas, which means staying cur-rent on trucking trends is crucial for businesses that serve drivers. What’s more, successful truckstop and travel plaza operators know that trends often result in new opportunities.

Trucks Of The Future Will Take Some Decision Making Away From Drivers

March 1, 2016

Trucks Of The Future Will Take Some Decision Making Away From Drivers

Advances in technology are changing everything from how we interact with friends and family to products we buy. Technology is also bringing significant changes to Class 8 trucks, and the trucks of the future are likely to use autonomous technologies, such as adaptive cruise control systems, self-steering technology and vehicle-to-vehicle communication. Those advances will take decisions out of the hands of drivers and leave them to the vehicle and could, potentially, make driverless trucks a thing of the future.

Top Economist Shares His Outlook for the Year Ahead

January 1, 2016

Top Economist Shares His Outlook for the Year Ahead

At this year’s NATSO show, Bob Costello, senior vice president and chief economist at American Trucking Associations will share his insights during a keynote address, offering predictions on the economy, the trucking industry.

November 1, 2015

More Drivers Taking to the Road During the Day

When Keith Wade, operations director at Dodge City Petro, held a driver appreciation day this year, he had hundreds of hot dogs to giveaway for lunch and two bands drivers could sit and enjoy. Unfortunately, drivers were in too much of a rush to stop.

DEF and Natural Gas Who Wants It and Who Should Add It

November 1, 2015

DEF and Natural Gas Who Wants It and Who Should Add It

As engine technology advances, so do the fuels used to power the engines. New truck technology first introduced in 2010 required the use of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), which requires additional fueling infrastructure in order for operators to offer it at the pump.

The Changing Face Of The Truck Driver

March 1, 2015

The Changing Face Of The Truck Driver

The demographics among new truck drivers are beginning to shift, making way for a new generation of drivers that are more diverse. The industry is also working to attract a growing number of veterans and cater to drivers that are older than the average American worker.

Today's Driver At A Glance [Infographic]

March 1, 2015

Today's Driver At A Glance [Infographic]

The average driver's age is 46.5-four years above the medium for the workforce as a whole.

U.S. Economy Poised to Expand, Economist Says

June 19, 2014

U.S. Economy Poised to Expand, Economist Says

The U.S. economy is poised for significant expansion for the first time since the great recession, according to American Trucking Associations’ Chief Economist Bob Costello. But a growing economy could constrain truck capacity.

DOT Requests Truck Parking Data

April 8, 2014

DOT Requests Truck Parking Data

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is requesting the truckstop and travel plaza industry’s help as it conducts a federally mandated survey of available truck parking across the United States.

FMCSA Issues Revised Electronic Logging Proposal

March 14, 2014

FMCSA Issues Revised Electronic Logging Proposal

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a revised regulatory proposal March 13 that would require commercial truck and bus companies to install electronic logging devices (ELD) to monitor compliance with hours-of-service rules.

Manufacturers, Shippers Turn to Regional Distribution

March 14, 2014

Manufacturers, Shippers Turn to Regional Distribution

Today’s retailers are striving to get goods to the market quickly, and a growing number of shippers are turning to regional distribution centers to ensure goods are closer to the consumer and can be picked and packed rapidly.

Carriers, Shippers Shift Routes and Expand Transportation Options to Boost Efficiency

March 1, 2014

Carriers, Shippers Shift Routes and Expand Transportation Options to Boost Efficiency

As carriers and shippers navigated the weak economy, they worked to increase efficiencies. For some this meant shifting distribution patterns, while for others it meant turning to inter- modal and private fleets.

February 7, 2014

Long-Awaited Study on HOS Restart Comes Under Fire

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently released its long-awaited field study on the 34-hour restart provision of the Hours-of-Service rule.

CDL Drivers Must Self-Certify Driving Status, Maintain Paper Documents

January 16, 2014

CDL Drivers Must Self-Certify Driving Status, Maintain Paper Documents

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration announced that commercial drivers will need to retain paper copies of their medical examiner’s certificate and continue to make the document available for review upon request at the roadside by federal and state commercial motor vehicle inspectors until Jan. 30, 2015. The requirement was originally set to expire on Jan. 30, 2014, which was the deadline for state driver licensing agencies (SDLA) to maintain an electronic version of all driver medical certificates in a searchable electronic database. FMCSA made the announcement in the Federal Register.

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