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Less Than Truckload May Be A Good Fit For Shipping Smaller Quantities
Oct 31, 2018 17:12:06

If your company ships by truck, you’ve probably heard the abbreviation LTL used as a shipping option. But is it the right option for you? LTL means “less than truckload shipping” and it’s a method of transporting freight in smaller quantities instead of using an entire truck to haul a partial load. LTL is often a good fit for small companies, which often need to move irregular or unpredictable quantities. It also works well for those whose customers rely on order fulfi...


Trucker receive an 18-month jail sentence for his role in a crash that claimed two lives on Highway 401 last year.
Oct 31, 2018 17:11:46

A  trucker received an 18-month jail sentence Monday for his role in a crash that claimed two lives on Highway 401 last year following a joint submission from the Crown and defence. Manjit Parmar, 52, plead guilty this summer to five counts of dangerous driving, including dangerous driving causing death, for the July 30, 2017 crash that killed Lacie Brundritt, 42, of Amherstburg and her son Kyle, 14. Parmar also was given a 30-month driving ban in a Chatham courtroom. Victim impact...


Driver Shortage Tops Carrier Problem Lists
Oct 30, 2018 14:51:34

The driver shortage has emerged as the trucking industry’s top concern for the second year in a row. The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) published its list of the top 10 critical issues facing the trucking industry, at the American Trucking Associations (ATA) Management Conference & Exhibition. The driver shortage has been within the top three issues in 12 of the 14 years ATRI has conducted the survey. The hours-of-service rules were the second biggest concer...


U.S. diesel prices drop by a couple of cents
Oct 30, 2018 14:51:12

The average price per gallon for a diesel fuel dropped 2.5 cents from Monday, Oct. 29 compared to the Monday before, according to the Energy Information Administration. According to the EIA, regional average decreases ranged from a third of a penny in New England and Rocky Mountain states to 3.7 cents in Lower Atlantic states. Following are the average prices by region as reported by the EIA for Monday: •    U.S. – $3.355, down 2.5 cents. •  &nbsp...


ATA Announces Sixth Class Nominees for LEAD Program
Oct 30, 2018 14:50:56

The sixth class of the American Trucking Associations’ LEAD ATA industry leadership program was announced at ATA’s Management Conference and Exhibition during the MCE Leadership and Awards Luncheon, while also recognizing the graduation of the fifth class of trucking industry leadership program. “The growth and success of the LEAD ATA program is dependent on the individuals who represent it,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “That is why we strive every ye...


New SmartAssign technology alleviates the burden of unassigned driving events by 40%
Oct 30, 2018 14:50:38

Enhancements to the J.J. Keller Encompass system help customers overcome the number one challenge of electronic logging. J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. recognized the burden of unassigned events on fleets and developed a proprietary algorithm and unique settings within its Encompass ELD system to help reduce these events significantly. To date, organizations using SmartAssign have seen a 40% reduction in the level of effort necessary to manage unassigned events. One of the most tediou...


FMCSA To Analyze Hours-Of-Service And Crash Data
Oct 30, 2018 14:50:19

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking information for a study analyzing how commercial motor vehicle drivers’ schedules impact overall driver performance and safety. “Crash Risk by Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Schedules” will collect hours-of-service and crash data to analyze how HOS provisions are being used and the effect of driver schedules on crash risks. FMCSA is collecting the data to answer the following research questions: • &nbs...


The Survey Says, The Statistics Agree, The Reality Not So Much
Oct 30, 2018 14:49:13

Road Safe America released the results of a national survey that they say shows voters across the United States strongly support the required use of two existing safety technologies in large trucks: speed limiters and automatic emergency braking. Calling them “sensible solutions”, the safety organization says “Americans overwhelmingly support these common-sense and data-driven truck safety technology measures to save lives and prevent injuries.” Steve Owings, co-founde...


Wabco Opens New American HQ
Oct 26, 2018 13:18:09

Wabco Holdings held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open its new Americas headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan The new $20 million facility features an open, transparent design and includes office space on two floors, as well as Wabco’s Customer Experience Center, a vehicle test lab, training center, and other amenities. Wabco chairman and CEO Jacques Esculier and Wabco president, Americas, Jon Morrison hosted the ceremony, and were joined by elected officials and business ...


Freight Volumes Decreasing, Capacity Rising
Oct 26, 2018 13:17:51

About 7% of Class 8 tractors are currently unseated, with 62% of fleets reporting that as being higher than usual, according to a survey by ACT Research. Only 14% of responding fleets said their unseated tractor level is below average. However, the latest ACT For-Hire Trucking Index shows freight volumes are decreasing and capacity is rising, which has resulted in a balanced market. “The September survey showed downticks across each of the volume, productivity and capacity results, t...


Small Business in Transportation Coalition Lobbies for Overnight Parking
Oct 26, 2018 13:17:34

Small Business in Transportation Coalition President James Lamb and his non-profit transportation industry trade group, which operates through the domain “Truckers.com,” are confronting and reporting to the Federal Government those officials in cities across America who Lamb says are harassing and endangering interstate truck drivers – who cannot find safe places to park overnight – in violation of their Constitutional rights. In an October 18, 2018 email to Midland Te...


TTSAO To Report On Impact of MELT
Oct 25, 2018 15:21:46

The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is going to be hosting a meeting on the impact Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) has on the industry. Those who attend the progress meeting will hear from the TTSAO as to how the schools are being affected who deliver the MELT program. Participants will also hear from the insurance industry and the carriers who both have a vested interest in MELT to ensuring the process is heading in the proper direction. Prior to MELT being off...


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