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U.S. Xpress Offers Completely Free College To Drivers And Their Families
Sep 17, 2018 13:08:20

In a pioneering bid to lure and keep more drivers behind the wheel of its trucks, U.S. Xpress Enterprises is offering scholarships at an online college to its drivers and their families in a new program they call “Full Ride.” The company employs more than 7,000 truck drivers across the country and says the new benefit will give its drivers the opportunity to earn an associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree in the field of their choice at no cost through online ...


Trucking For A Cure Scores Another Win in Eastern Ontario
Sep 17, 2018 12:59:08

On Saturday the 15th of September, the Eastern Ontario portion of the Trucking For A Cure Convoy was held with 50 Trucks participating.  Staging at the High School in Prescott, where participants registered, decorated the trucks, enjoyed a catered breakfast and met and renewed friendships, it was an exciting day.   The OPP had their fully decorated command centre truck lead the convoy of the fifty trucks.  While Travelers had about ten trucks from their fleet, most were smal...


Technology Driving Insurance Rates — Study
Sep 10, 2018 19:18:16

Insurance rates for long-haul trucks and trucking have been rapidly increasing over the past several years. The culprit? Technology. That’s according to a recent report from Advanced Training Systems.   One would think that new technology in trucks that purportedly make driving safer would lower insurance rates. However, the opposite is true. According to a news release, premiums have doubled from an average of $6,000 to $7,000 earlier in the decade to $12,000 to $14,000, with s...


FMCSA Hosts Another Listening Session
Sep 10, 2018 19:14:49

The FMCSA will hold the second public listening session concerning potential changes to its hours-of-service rules for truck drivers, the first meeting having been held at the Great American Trucking Show last month.   The listening session will be September 14, 2018, in Washington, DC, at the U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20590. The listening session will begin at 1 p.m. (EDT) and end at 3 p.m., or earlier, if all participants wishing t...


Volvo Appreciates Truckers With Film
Sep 10, 2018 19:10:05

This week is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week in the U.S. and National Trucking Week was last week in Canada. To honour professional truck drivers, Volvo Trucks North America is rolling out a new film titled “The Movers,” a tribute to the men and women who literally move our world as professional truck drivers.   “Professional truck drivers play a crucial role in almost every aspect of our daily lives, safely transporting the food, fuel, and consumer goods tha...


Truck Driver Shortage Constraining Entire U.S. Economy
Sep 05, 2018 12:38:19

In the busy oil fields south of San Antonio, some big rig trucks sit empty. They could be hauling the thousands of loads of sand needed to frack a well but there aren’t enough drivers. Once it’s out of the ground, the oil has to get to a plant on the Gulf Coast, and that means more trucks demanding higher prices and more delays amid the driver shortage.   The plastics from those plants have to get to the Port of Houston for their voyage overseas. And when they come back...


Judge Dismisses Driver Classification Lawsuits Against TransAm Trucking
Sep 05, 2018 12:35:33

A federal judge recently dismissed two class action lawsuits worth a total of more than $120 million against TransAm Trucking, a refrigerated carrier based in Olathe, Kansas. Judge Eric F. Melgren in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas decertified the two classes of drivers in the case, effectively ending the suit that claimed TransAm Trucking misclassified drivers as independent contractors rather than employees. The court also denied the drivers’ claims regardi...


Diesel prices rise again, by 2.6 cents on average across the U.S.
Sep 05, 2018 12:24:45

The average cost for a gallon of diesel fuel nationwide on Monday went up by 2.6 cents compared to a week previous, according to the Energy Information Administration. On Monday, Sept. 3, the EIA reported the U.S. average price per gallon of diesel cost $3.252. The average price per gallon for diesel fuel is 49.4 cents higher than a year ago. The year started with an average U.S. price for diesel on Jan. 1 of $2.973. Following are the average prices by region as reported by the EIA on Mon...


US Mexico agree, US Canada, not so much
Sep 04, 2018 15:32:37

A week ago, the U.S. and Mexico reached an agreement on revisions to the current North American Free Trade Agreement. Trump then said Canada had until Friday to climb on board—a significant date because Congress needs 90 days’ notification to approve a new NAFTA, and Mexico gets a new president at the start of December. However, Canada and the U.S. did not meet the negotiating deadline, and talks are to continue this week.   American Trucking Associations President and CEO...


Speed Limits in Champaign-Urbana Area Reduced
Sep 04, 2018 15:31:26

Already in effect in the Champaign-Urbana area, the posted speed limit along Interstate 74 from west of Interstate 57 to east of Cunningham Avenue will be reduced from 70 mph to 60 mph, according to an IDOT news release.   IDOT cited a recently completed speed study on I-74 and I-57 in the Champaign-Urbana area that revealed prevailing speeds, crash rates and number of interchanges. Those stats justified the speed limit reduction on I-74. However, the study also suggested that the 70 ...


Dicom Purchased By Royal Mail
Sep 04, 2018 15:29:55

Canadian parcel, freight and logistics company Dicom Canada has been purchased by the British postal service Royal Mail for $360 million.   It’s the largest acquisition for the Royal Mail since it became a listed company in 2013.  Dicom Canada, previously owned by Chicago private equity firm Wind Point Partners, has 28 depots and operates mainly in the eastern provinces and Quebec. ...


WALMART FILES PATENT APPLICATION FOR ROBOTIC BLOCKCHAIN LOGISTICS
Sep 04, 2018 15:28:16

The US retail giant Walmart has applied to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) to patent a blockchain system for deliveries, according to an official patent document released August 30. The new patent aims to provide a technology for running “in-field authenticating of autonomous electronic devices” to enable secure deliveries. The patent specifies that “in exemplary embodiments, two autonomous electronic devices, such as delivery drones or household autonomous ...


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Trucking News
U.S. Xpress Offers Completely Free College To Drivers And Their Families
Sep 17, 2018 13:08:20

In a pioneering bid to lure and keep more drivers behind the wheel of its trucks, U.S. Xpress Enterprises i...


Trucking For A Cure Scores Another Win in Eastern Ontario
Sep 17, 2018 12:59:08

On Saturday the 15th of September, the Eastern Ontario portion of the Trucking For A Cure Convoy was held w...


Technology Driving Insurance Rates — Study
Sep 10, 2018 19:18:16

Insurance rates for long-haul trucks and trucking have been rapidly increasing over the past several years....