American Trucker http://trucker.com/rss.xml en President Trump and the economy: Q&A with Noël Perry http://trucker.com/business/president-trump-and-economy-qa-no-l-perry <div class="field-deck"> Regs, infrastructure, trade, federal debt: What trucking can expect </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Has Donald Trump the candidate and president-elect written some campaign checks on the U.S. economy that President Trump can’t cash? The odds—and history—say that he has very likely over-promised and will under-deliver. That doesn’t mean the Trump economic team won’t try, or that White House policy won’t have an impact on trucking.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/president-trump-and-economy-qa-no-l-perry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/president-trump-and-economy-qa-no-l-perry#comments Business News Regulations Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:43:00 +0000 18201 at http://trucker.com Dash Cam of the Week: Weather-shmether http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-weather-shmether <div class="node-body article-body">Why bother to talk about the weather, when there’s nothing anybody can do about it? Well, try telling that to the truck drivers featured in this edition of Dash Cam of the Week. We know that plenty of truckers have mad skills, but most demonstrations of such don’t make it to social media fame. These did.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-weather-shmether" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-weather-shmether#comments DashCam News Safety Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000 18191 at http://trucker.com Outgoing FMCSA boss: Trucking safety, commerce go together http://trucker.com/regulations/outgoing-fmcsa-boss-trucking-safety-commerce-go-together <div class="field-deck"> Evolving industry, regulators in 'a marathon, not a sprint' </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Trucking needs to do a better job of promoting itself, outgoing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Scott Darling said Thursday in a last-day conference call with trade media. He also emphasized that safe trucking is the “linchpin” of the American economy.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/outgoing-fmcsa-boss-trucking-safety-commerce-go-together" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/outgoing-fmcsa-boss-trucking-safety-commerce-go-together#comments Trucker Jobs News Regulations Safety Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:03:00 +0000 18181 at http://trucker.com <p>FMCSA Administrator Scott Darling at a truck stop with Jim Johnston (middle), president of the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association, and truck driver Leo Wilkins (right).</p> OOIDA photo Spot volume surges—but so does capacity http://trucker.com/business/spot-volume-surges-so-does-capacity <div class="node-body article-body">Spot truckload volumes increased 18% but a 34% jump in available capacity sent load-to-truck ratios (and rates) lower during the week ending Jan. 14, said DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/spot-volume-surges-so-does-capacity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/spot-volume-surges-so-does-capacity#comments Business News Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:01:00 +0000 18171 at http://trucker.com Big fleets ask FMCSA for waiver to use only hair testing in drug screens http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/big-fleets-ask-fmcsa-waiver-use-only-hair-testing-drug-screens <div class="field-deck"> 'More reliable' than urinalysis, trucking companies say </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A half dozen trucking companies, including several of the nation’s largest, have petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for a waiver that would permit the use of hair testing in lieu of urinalysis for driver drug and alcohol screens.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/big-fleets-ask-fmcsa-waiver-use-only-hair-testing-drug-screens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/big-fleets-ask-fmcsa-waiver-use-only-hair-testing-drug-screens#comments Trucker Jobs News Regulations Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:02:00 +0000 18161 at http://trucker.com Penske makes collision avoidance tech, air discs standard spec http://trucker.com/equipment/penske-makes-collision-avoidance-tech-air-discs-standard-spec <div class="node-body article-body">Penske Truck Rental is making collision avoidance systems and air disc brakes its standard spec on commercial tractors within its rental fleet, the company reports.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/penske-makes-collision-avoidance-tech-air-discs-standard-spec" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/penske-makes-collision-avoidance-tech-air-discs-standard-spec#comments Business Equipment News Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:57:00 +0000 18151 at http://trucker.com Diesel price slips 1.2 cents, still almost 50 cents higher than year ago http://trucker.com/fuel/diesel-price-slips-12-cents-still-almost-50-cents-higher-year-ago <div class="node-body article-body">For the first time in seven weeks, the price of diesel has dropped—albeit not by much.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/fuel/diesel-price-slips-12-cents-still-almost-50-cents-higher-year-ago" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/fuel/diesel-price-slips-12-cents-still-almost-50-cents-higher-year-ago#comments Trucker Jobs Fuel News Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:39:00 +0000 18141 at http://trucker.com Mack upgrades mDrive with new features http://trucker.com/equipment/mack-upgrades-mdrive-new-features <div class="field-deck"> Adds “rolling start” and “auto neutral” to its proprietary AMT </div> <div class="node-body article-body">At the World of Concrete 2017 convention in Las Vegas this week, Mack Trucks introduced upgraded capabilities for its mDrive automated mechanical transmission (AMT) with the addition of two new functions: rolling start and auto neutral.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/mack-upgrades-mdrive-new-features" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/mack-upgrades-mdrive-new-features#comments Equipment News Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:14:00 +0000 18131 at http://trucker.com FMCSA suspends registration rule until new system works http://trucker.com/regulations/fmcsa-suspends-registration-rule-until-new-system-works <div class="field-deck"> Technical glitches mean carriers must continue to file the old-fashioned way </div> <div class="node-body article-body">With kinks still be worked out in its new Unified Registration System, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended the implementation date of the final stage. The bottom line for carriers: Follow the same procedures and forms used to submit information to FMCSA as they do today.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/fmcsa-suspends-registration-rule-until-new-system-works" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/fmcsa-suspends-registration-rule-until-new-system-works#comments Business News Regulations Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:18:00 +0000 18121 at http://trucker.com Rebranded CFI kicks off 2017 with driver pay raise http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/rebranded-cfi-kicks-2017-driver-pay-raise <div class="node-body article-body">CFI, a Joplin, MO-based truckload carrier that has also operated as Con-way Truckload, returns to the company roots of service excellence through strategic investments in three categories: personnel, equipment and technology, the company says.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/rebranded-cfi-kicks-2017-driver-pay-raise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/rebranded-cfi-kicks-2017-driver-pay-raise#comments Business Trucker Jobs News Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:28:00 +0000 18111 at http://trucker.com Appeals court denies OOIDA rehearing on ELDs http://trucker.com/regulations/appeals-court-denies-ooida-rehearing-elds <div class="field-deck"> Next stop : Supreme Court? </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) says its petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit for a rehearing of its legal case against the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate has been denied.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/appeals-court-denies-ooida-rehearing-elds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/appeals-court-denies-ooida-rehearing-elds#comments Trucker Jobs News Regulations Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:46:00 +0000 18101 at http://trucker.com Spotlight on an American Trucker: Revolving Circles Transportation Co. LLC, Memphis, TN http://trucker.com/news/spotlight-american-trucker-revolving-circles-transportation-co-llc-memphis-tn <div class="field-deck"> Robert E. Carter, CEO; Joyce A. Hancock, COO </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>Revolving Circles Transportation Co. LLC is a specialized transportation company located in Memphis, TN. The vision of RCTC is to become the leading transportation company in North America, increasing the client base by 45% a year. RCTC has served and will continue to serve Fortune 500 and third-party logistics businesses with freight hauling and logistics management services. RCTC has more than 25 years of experience in trucking, transportation and freight hauling services. The company operates a pair of Volvo VNL tractors with dry van, refrigerated, and flatbed trailers.</em></p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/news/spotlight-american-trucker-revolving-circles-transportation-co-llc-memphis-tn" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/news/spotlight-american-trucker-revolving-circles-transportation-co-llc-memphis-tn#comments Trucker Jobs News Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:05:00 +0000 18081 at http://trucker.com In with the new: Trucking Adapts to Next Generation http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/new-trucking-adapts-next-generation <div class="node-body article-body">If you’re an owner-operator, or even a small fleet owner who’s fully seated with reliable, long-time drivers, you might not pay a lot of attention to the driver recruiting and retention issues that plague larger fleets. You might even consider their problems a competitive advantage for your operation. And you’d be right—for now.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/new-trucking-adapts-next-generation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/new-trucking-adapts-next-generation#comments Business Trucker Jobs News Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:01:00 +0000 18071 at http://trucker.com Parking and your bottom line http://trucker.com/business/parking-and-your-bottom-line <div class="field-deck"> Too few spaces, too many vehicles, and ELDs add up to trouble </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Truck drivers give up nearly an hour of available driving time each day by parking early rather than risk not being able to find a spot further down the road, and that adds up to almost $5,000 in lost income annually, according to a new study.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/parking-and-your-bottom-line" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/parking-and-your-bottom-line#comments Business Trucker Jobs News Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:59:00 +0000 18061 at http://trucker.com FMCSA modifies safety fitness rulemaking http://trucker.com/regulations/fmcsa-modifies-safety-fitness-rulemaking <div class="node-body article-body">FMCSA has filed an update to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding its new safety fitness determination (SFD) methodology, specifically to announce that a supplemental notice will be necessary.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/fmcsa-modifies-safety-fitness-rulemaking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/fmcsa-modifies-safety-fitness-rulemaking#comments News Regulations Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:38:00 +0000 18051 at http://trucker.com Dash Cam of the Week: Blowin’ in the Wind http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-blowin-wind <div class="node-body article-body">How many roads must a trucker drive, before he comes across something like the clips featured in this Dash Cam of the Week? The answer, my friend (with apologies to Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan) is blowin’ in the wind—the answer is blowin’ in the wind.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-blowin-wind" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-blowin-wind#comments DashCam Trucker Jobs News Safety Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:12:00 +0000 18041 at http://trucker.com January 2017 Issue http://trucker.com/node/18091 <div class="node-body magazine_issue-body"></div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>The January issue of <em><strong>American Trucker</strong></em> rings in the New Year with a look at the new generation of truck drivers: Who are they, and what do they want? In the Business of Trucking this month, we take a close look at the hidden costs of the truck parking shortage.&nbsp; And for the equipment section, we offer a sneak peek at the Nikola One electric highway tractor , along with sharing the monthly equipment updates from the big truck makers and leading suppliers. And as always, the <strong><em>American Trucker Marketplace</em></strong> features the latest truck, trailer and equipment offerings from dealers around the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-mag-teasers"> <div class="field-mag-teaser"> <a href="/trucker-jobs/new-trucking-adapts-next-generation">In with the new: Trucking Adapts to Next Generation</a> <a href="/business/parking-and-your-bottom-line">Parking and your bottom line</a> <a href="/news/spotlight-american-trucker-revolving-circles-transportation-co-llc-memphis-tn">Spotlight on an American Trucker: Revolving Circles Transportation Co. LLC, Memphis, TN</a> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-info"><legend>Publication Info</legend> </fieldset> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:00:00 +0000 18091 at http://trucker.com FMCSA reformer retains chair of key Senate panel http://trucker.com/regulations/fmcsa-reformer-retains-chair-key-senate-panel <div class="field-deck"> Fischer legislation demanded more accountability from trucking regulator </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The senator who led the push for reform of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the way trucking regulations are developed and enforced will once again chair a critical transportation subcommittee.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/fmcsa-reformer-retains-chair-key-senate-panel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/fmcsa-reformer-retains-chair-key-senate-panel#comments News Regulations Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:21:00 +0000 18031 at http://trucker.com 'Ideal candidate' to lead DOT emphasizes safety, funding innovation http://trucker.com/regulations/ideal-candidate-lead-dot-emphasizes-safety-funding-innovation <div class="field-deck"> Chao breezes through confirmation hearing with little mention of trucking </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Trucking didn’t get much of a preview of industry-specific priorities for the Trump administration but, if the Senate confirmation hearing for the Transportation Secretary nominee is any indication, whatever the incoming occupant of the White House wants in terms of planes, trains, and automobiles will be capably delivered to Congress by a smooth and well regarded insider.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/ideal-candidate-lead-dot-emphasizes-safety-funding-innovation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/ideal-candidate-lead-dot-emphasizes-safety-funding-innovation#comments Business News Regulations Safety Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:09:00 +0000 18021 at http://trucker.com <p>&ldquo;First and foremost, safety will continue to be the primary objective,&quot; said Elaine Chao, nominated to be the next Secretary of Transportation, speaking at her confirmation hearing Wednesday.</p> Senate Commerce photo Driver news roundup: “Take out” for truckers http://trucker.com/business/driver-news-roundup-take-out-truckers <div class="node-body article-body">In this roundup of trucking-related news picked up from around the Web, we have an "only in Colorado" special delivery to truckers blocked by an avalanche; an accidentally improvised delivery door; and the success story of family-run Napa trucking company that has found there is true profit in wine.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/driver-news-roundup-take-out-truckers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/driver-news-roundup-take-out-truckers#comments Business Trucker Jobs News Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:07:00 +0000 18011 at http://trucker.com Bruce Baunmann photo Apprentice No. 35,000 enrolls in Werner's veterans program http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/apprentice-no-35000-enrolls-werners-veterans-program <div class="node-body article-body">Werner Enterprises, one of the largest truckload carriers in the U.S., has announced that Penny Vigil, from Lancaster, CA, is the 35,000th participant to enroll in Werner’s Professional Truck Driver Apprenticeship Program.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/apprentice-no-35000-enrolls-werners-veterans-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/apprentice-no-35000-enrolls-werners-veterans-program#comments Business Trucker Jobs News Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:44:00 +0000 18001 at http://trucker.com 20 professional drivers named to latest America's Road Team http://trucker.com/business/20-professional-drivers-named-latest-americas-road-team <div class="node-body article-body">American Trucking Assns. has named 20 professional drivers to the 2017-2018 America’s Road Team, an elite group who serve as trucking industry ambassadors.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/20-professional-drivers-named-latest-americas-road-team" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/20-professional-drivers-named-latest-americas-road-team#comments Business Trucker Jobs News Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:04:00 +0000 17991 at http://trucker.com ATA Spot market off to strong start in 2017 http://trucker.com/business/spot-market-strong-start-2017 <div class="node-body article-body">Strong freight volumes to start the year combined with higher fuel prices and winter weather has propelled spot truckload rates generally upward, reported DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/spot-market-strong-start-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/spot-market-strong-start-2017#comments Business Trucker Jobs News Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:37:00 +0000 17981 at http://trucker.com Trump bump? Small biz optimism surges http://trucker.com/business/trump-bump-small-biz-optimism-surges <div class="node-body article-body">Small business optimism rocketed to its highest level since 2004, with a stratospheric 38-point jump in the number of owners who expect better business conditions, according to the monthly National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Index of Small Business Optimism.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/trump-bump-small-biz-optimism-surges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/trump-bump-small-biz-optimism-surges#comments Business News Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:13:00 +0000 17971 at http://trucker.com Diesel prices climb for 6th week http://trucker.com/fuel/diesel-prices-climb-6th-week <div class="node-body article-body">A sixth consecutive increase in the price of diesel—albeit a slight one—means fuel prices continue to run at a level not seen the summer of 2015.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/fuel/diesel-prices-climb-6th-week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/fuel/diesel-prices-climb-6th-week#comments Trucker Jobs Fuel News Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:57:00 +0000 17961 at http://trucker.com Beyond Traffic: DOT looks ahead to 2045 http://trucker.com/business/beyond-traffic-dot-looks-ahead-2045 <div class="field-deck"> Truck tonnage to grow 44% in three decades </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A new DOT report, looking ahead to 2045, finds that the U.S. transportation system—and the current planning and funding mechanisms—will not meet the demands presented by trends including population growth, climate change, and new technologies like driverless vehicles.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/beyond-traffic-dot-looks-ahead-2045" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/beyond-traffic-dot-looks-ahead-2045#comments Business News Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:31:00 +0000 17951 at http://trucker.com Driver news roundup: Grandma is a trucker, and she’s packin’ http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/driver-news-roundup-grandma-trucker-and-she-s-packin <div class="node-body article-body">In this week’s roundup of recent truck driver news, we find a Magnum-toting grandmother trucker; a driver who really wanted to get his phone back from a thief; and truckers who find that fines are cheaper than paid parking in New York City.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/driver-news-roundup-grandma-trucker-and-she-s-packin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/driver-news-roundup-grandma-trucker-and-she-s-packin#comments Business Trucker Jobs News Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:42:00 +0000 17941 at http://trucker.com PFJ added 4,200 parking spaces to network in 2016 http://trucker.com/business/pfj-added-4200-parking-spaces-network-2016 <div class="node-body article-body">Pilot Flying J expanded its number of Pilot and Flying J stores in 2016 by adding 58 additional locations to its network. Through PFJ Southeast LLC, a joint venture with Speedway LLC, Pilot Flying J completed the conversion of 41 former Speedway/Wilco locations throughout the Southeastern United States.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/pfj-added-4200-parking-spaces-network-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/pfj-added-4200-parking-spaces-network-2016#comments Business News Mon, 09 Jan 2017 13:42:00 +0000 17931 at http://trucker.com Dash Cam of the Week: Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-rollin-rollin-rollin <div class="node-body article-body">Our first Dash Cam of the Week for 2017 is a prime example of why the world needs transportation professionals. And it also should serve as an amusing (no one was hurt) reminder to even the hard-core chain slingers out there: Secure that load.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-rollin-rollin-rollin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-rollin-rollin-rollin#comments DashCam Trucker Jobs News Safety Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:02:00 +0000 17921 at http://trucker.com Trucking jobs total closes 2016 at all-time high http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/trucking-jobs-total-closes-2016-all-time-high <div class="node-body article-body">After six consecutive months of improvement, the number of trucking jobs closed out 2016 with a new record high total, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor report issued Friday.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/trucking-jobs-total-closes-2016-all-time-high" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/trucking-jobs-total-closes-2016-all-time-high#comments Business Trucker Jobs News Fri, 06 Jan 2017 14:17:00 +0000 17911 at http://trucker.com