News

  • May 3rd, 2019

    DOT Proposal

    The Department of Transportation’s Significant Rulemaking Report for April indicates that the agency plans to publish its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on hours-of-service regulations June 7. The Significant Rulemakings Report, updated monthly, offers the summary and status of the rulemakings DOT has pending. Although April’s report lists June 7 as the “originally scheduled date” to publish the NPRM after the… Read More

  • April 25th, 2019

    End of Diesel Engines Is in Sight

    LONG BEACH, Calif. — The beginning of the end is here for the internal-combustion truck engine, said Roger Nielsen, CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, the largest truck manufacturer on the continent. And the replacement for diesel-run trucks will be electric vehicles, Nielsen declared. Not trucks run by natural gas or hydrogen fuel cells or a hybrid of diesel and… Read More

  • April 1st, 2019

    DOT Submits Proposed Rule Change for HOS Regulations

    The Department of Transportation has sent its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to reform hours-of-service regulations to the Office of Management and Budget. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced on March 29 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., that the NPRM had advanced. The contents of the notice are not yet public. “I can’t go into the details or the… Read More

  • March 22nd, 2019

    FMCSA Relaxes HOS Rules as Flooding Ravages Midwest

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on March 19 declared a state of emergency in 16 Midwestern states that have been saturated by heavy rains. Hours-of-service regulations have been relaxed for haulers involved in relief efforts in the affected areas. FMCSA declared a state of emergency for: Arkansas Illinois Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Nebraska Ohio Oklahoma South Dakota… Read More

  • March 12th, 2019

    Lack of Drivers

    Household goods are getting pricier because the costs of moving those goods — from trucking to even maritime shipping — have been rising. “U.S. trucking costs are up 25% vs. the previous year,” Procter and Gamble spokeswoman Jennifer Corso said. “A key driver of this has been increased demand for trucking and a driver shortage. These increased costs obviously put… Read More

  • March 6th, 2019

    2018: Year of the ELD

    ELDs ruled everything around us in 2018. The topic dominated our list of most-read stories, and the mandate was central to most of the trends that played out in the freight industry last year. But before 2018…there was 2017. And in 2017, there was plenty of speculation about what would happen in mandate’s aftermath. Here’s a look at what came true, and… Read More

  • March 6th, 2019

    From My Little Pony to Kitty Litter, Trucking Pressures Prices

    America’s trucker shortage is about to hit consumers right where it hurts: in the kitty litter. McDonald’s Corp.’s longtime distributor Martin-Brower Co. is raising delivery fees, imperiling low menu prices, and Procter & Gamble Co., Church & Dwight Co. and Hasbro Inc. are sounding the alarm that higher freight fees could be passed on to consumers of everything from Crest… Read More