• July 24th, 2019

    Truck Driver Shortage

    The U.S. trucker shortage is expected to more than double over the next decade as the industry struggles to replace aging drivers and recruit more women.       The driver deficit swelled by more than 10,000 to 60,800 in 2018 from a year earlier, according to a study by American Trucking Associations. The shortage is expected to ease slightly… Read More

  • July 2nd, 2019

    July 31 Is FMCSA’s New Target for Unveiling HOS Proposed Rule Change

    Those anticipating the Department of Transportation’s proposal on hours-of-service policy changes will have to wait a little longer.       DOT’s most recent Significant Rulemaking Report has been updated to reflect July 31 as the projected publication date for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding HOS changes. A public comment period on the proposal is slated to end Sept. 16. Initially,… Read More

  • June 7th, 2019

    Significant Upward Changes in Trucker Pay Continue

      A persistent driver shortage, near full employment and a favorable freight market last year have contributed to a “significant change” in the pace of pay increases in the first quarter of 2019, according to the National Transportation Institute. Pay moves, as the institute calls them, slowed a bit in the first quarter compared with 2018, but were still substantial,… 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

  • 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