American Trucker http://trucker.com/rss.xml en Landstar downplays chance of capacity crunch over ELDs http://trucker.com/regulations/landstar-downplays-chance-capacity-crunch-over-elds <div class="field-byline"> Neil Abt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Landstar System said it does not anticipate a significant capacity crunch when the electronic logging devices (ELD) mandate takes effect this December, even though 24% of its owner-operators have yet to install the devices.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/landstar-downplays-chance-capacity-crunch-over-elds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/landstar-downplays-chance-capacity-crunch-over-elds#comments Business News Regulations Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:39:00 +0000 20071 at http://trucker.com OOIDA picks up latest Western Star for 'Spirit' tour http://trucker.com/equipment/ooida-picks-latest-western-star-spirit-tour <div class="node-body article-body">PHOENIX. The Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association has once again received a new Western Star 5700XE to power its “Spirit of the American Trucker” tour trailer. The truck was presented to OOIDA at Western Star’s 50th Anniversary event here Thursday.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/ooida-picks-latest-western-star-spirit-tour" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/ooida-picks-latest-western-star-spirit-tour#comments Equipment News Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:28:00 +0000 20061 at http://trucker.com <p>Kelley Platt, president of Western Star Trucks, presents the keys to a new Western Star 5700XE to OOIDA&#39;s Jon Osborn and his canine companion Sassy. OOIDA and Western Star&nbsp;share &ldquo;a common mission&rdquo; of serving owner-operators and small business truckers, she said.</p> Dash Cam of the Week: Bad checks http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-bad-checks <div class="node-body article-body">You really have to wonder, sometimes: What were they thinking? But the short answer is: They weren’t. Too often on our highways people are getting mad and then getting stupid.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-bad-checks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-bad-checks#comments DashCam Trucker Jobs News Safety Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:18:00 +0000 20051 at http://trucker.com Spot rates continue springtime thaw as loads climb http://trucker.com/business/spot-rates-continue-springtime-thaw-loads-climb <div class="node-body article-body">The national average spot truckload rates for van, reefer, and flatbed freight held steady during the week ending April 22, while prices in many major freight markets continued a slow springtime climb, reports DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/spot-rates-continue-springtime-thaw-loads-climb" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/spot-rates-continue-springtime-thaw-loads-climb#comments Business Trucker Jobs News Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:16:00 +0000 20041 at http://trucker.com Budget showdown: Fiddling while truck safety burns? http://trucker.com/blog/budget-showdown-fiddling-while-truck-safety-burns <div class="node-body blog-body">A looming government shutdown, a massive tax cut, a renewed effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, the Wall: The Trump Administration and Congress have big, big plans to work through this week—but activity is not achievement. And lost in all the political posturing is a much-needed bureaucratic correction that, if not addressed, could undo hard-won truck safety gains.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/budget-showdown-fiddling-while-truck-safety-burns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/budget-showdown-fiddling-while-truck-safety-burns#comments News Regulations Safety Running Lights Blog Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:51:00 +0000 20031 at http://trucker.com Potholes in the road to self-driving trucks http://trucker.com/technology/potholes-road-self-driving-trucks <div class="field-byline"> Neil Abt </div> <div class="field-deck"> Driver training, safety, cybersecurity among topics discussed in FMCSA session </div> <div class="node-body article-body">With nearly daily media reports detailing new breakthroughs of highly automated commercial vehicles (HACVs), it may seem they are almost ready for large-scale use. Yet a public listening session sponsored by the FMCSA illustrated just how many questions remainbefore the technology can become a reality on the nation’s highways.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/technology/potholes-road-self-driving-trucks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/technology/potholes-road-self-driving-trucks#comments Trucker Jobs News Regulations Safety Technology Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:36:00 +0000 20021 at http://trucker.com Case closed: New York to pay $44.4 million to truckers http://trucker.com/business/case-closed-new-york-pay-444-million-truckers <div class="node-body article-body">OOIDA has wrapped up a class action lawsuit against New York’s Department of Taxation and Finance, with the state Supreme Court’s ordering New York to pay $44.4 million for an unconstitutional registration and decal fee.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/case-closed-new-york-pay-444-million-truckers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/case-closed-new-york-pay-444-million-truckers#comments Business News Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:47:00 +0000 20011 at http://trucker.com Roadmaster RM180+(EM) available for heavier steer axles http://trucker.com/equipment/roadmaster-rm180em-available-heavier-steer-axles <div class="node-body article-body">Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has added a new load range to its Roadmaster RM180+(EM) SmartWay verified steer tire line to accommodate increasingly heavier steer axles. The RM180+(EM) is now available in load range H for tire sizes 11R22.5 and 11R24.5.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/roadmaster-rm180em-available-heavier-steer-axles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/roadmaster-rm180em-available-heavier-steer-axles#comments Equipment News Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:22:00 +0000 20001 at http://trucker.com Continental certifies VDO Roadlog ELDs http://trucker.com/regulations/continental-certifies-vdo-roadlog-elds <div class="node-body article-body">Continental has announced that its VDO RoadLog ELD and VDO RoadLog ELD Plus meet compliance requirements for the FMCSA mandate that becomes effective Dec. 18. VDO RoadLog has been self-certified by Continental and is listed on the FMCSA list of registered ELDs.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/continental-certifies-vdo-roadlog-elds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/continental-certifies-vdo-roadlog-elds#comments News Regulations Technology Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:07:00 +0000 19991 at http://trucker.com Collision mitigation to be standard on Peterbilt Model 579 http://trucker.com/equipment/collision-mitigation-be-standard-peterbilt-model-579 <div class="node-body article-body">Peterbilt Motor Co. plans to make the Bendix Wingman Advanced collision mitigation safety system a standard feature on its Model 579 highway tractor starting July 1.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/collision-mitigation-be-standard-peterbilt-model-579" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/collision-mitigation-be-standard-peterbilt-model-579#comments Equipment News Safety Technology Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:54:00 +0000 19981 at http://trucker.com Maintenance, inspection tips for platform trailers http://trucker.com/safety/maintenance-inspection-tips-platform-trailers <div class="node-body article-body">Good preventive maintenance practices will help keep any trailer, much less flatbed units, up and running for longer productive time periods, so East Manufacturing recently put together a list of general maintenance tips for flatbed and drop deck trailer owners.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/safety/maintenance-inspection-tips-platform-trailers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/safety/maintenance-inspection-tips-platform-trailers#comments Equipment News Regulations Safety Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:41:00 +0000 19971 at http://trucker.com Volvo reveals new regional haul tractor http://trucker.com/equipment/volvo-reveals-new-regional-haul-tractor <div class="field-deck"> VNR combines aerodynamics, maneuverabilty, advanced safety and driver comfort </div> <div class="node-body article-body">MONTREAL. Echoing aerodynamic styling cues from its long-haul VNL Series, Volvo has introduced a new regional tractor. The VNR Series features new interior and exterior designs intended to improve productivity, fuel efficiency, driver comfort and uptime, positioning it for an expected growth in regional hauling applications,</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/volvo-reveals-new-regional-haul-tractor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/volvo-reveals-new-regional-haul-tractor#comments Equipment News Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:05:00 +0000 19961 at http://trucker.com Dash Cam of the Week: What a drag http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-what-drag <div class="node-body article-body">Okay, professional truck drivers, here’s an honest question, or at least one being asked by the thousands of people who’ve seen this very viral video: Can you really not detect a car stuck in the side of your trailer as you’re pulling up a long grade?</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-what-drag" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-what-drag#comments DashCam Trucker Jobs News Safety Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:48:00 +0000 19951 at http://trucker.com New: International RH Class 8 regional haul tractor http://trucker.com/equipment/new-international-rh-class-8-regional-haul-tractor <div class="node-body article-body">Navistar is introducing a new regional haul Class 8 tractor this week: the International RH Series, which will be spec’d with the OEM’s new 12.4-liter A26 engine – unveiled back in March – as its standard power plant.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/new-international-rh-class-8-regional-haul-tractor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/new-international-rh-class-8-regional-haul-tractor#comments Equipment News Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:10:00 +0000 19941 at http://trucker.com The new International RH Series is touted as being 6% more fuel efficient versus previous regional haul models. Navistar California tops Q1 cargo theft list http://trucker.com/business/california-tops-q1-cargo-theft-list <div class="node-body article-body">California once again leads the nation in cargo theft activity, according to a new analysis from CargoNet, with 51 crimes reported during the first quarter of 2017.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/california-tops-q1-cargo-theft-list" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/california-tops-q1-cargo-theft-list#comments Business Trucker Jobs News Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:01:00 +0000 19931 at http://trucker.com Toyota's hydrogen-electric Class 8: 'the future of zero emission trucking' http://trucker.com/galleries/toyotas-hydrogen-electric-class-8-future-zero-emission-trucking <div class="node-body gallery-body">Officially unveiled this week in California, Toyota’s “Project Portal” is a fully-functional zero-emission Class 8 concept truck that runs on electricity generated by a hydrogen-fired fuel cell.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/galleries/toyotas-hydrogen-electric-class-8-future-zero-emission-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/galleries/toyotas-hydrogen-electric-class-8-future-zero-emission-trucking#comments Equipment Fuel Galleries News Technology Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:32:00 +0000 19921 at http://trucker.com Spotlight on an American Trucker- April 2017 http://trucker.com/business/spotlight-american-trucker-april-2017 <div class="field-deck"> Prentice Woods, owner Prentice Logistics, Kernersville, NC </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>Working for someone else and making their dreams come true was not what Prentice Woods envisioned for his life, and it&rsquo;s taken longer than he&rsquo;d hoped to take the step to being an owner-operator.&nbsp; A person can let fear keep him from moving forward, or he can &ldquo;use that same fear as fuel,&rdquo; he says. He drives a 2007 Freightliner Columbia and pulls a 2015 Great Dane Air Ride 53-ft. dry van. Even with just his single truck and trailer, he thinks of his business as a trucking company&mdash;a starting point, &ldquo;but it will not be where I end.&rdquo;</em></p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/spotlight-american-trucker-april-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/spotlight-american-trucker-april-2017#comments Business Trucker Jobs News Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:36:00 +0000 19891 at http://trucker.com High-Tech Tools http://trucker.com/technology/high-tech-tools <div class="field-deck"> What’s hot now... What’s next </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Tom Kyrk&rsquo;s career as a truck driver predates the introduction of the Apple iPhone in 2007, but not by much. Still, he&rsquo;s been around long enough to witness the revolution in consumer electronics and connectivity that is now reshaping the way truckers work and play.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/technology/high-tech-tools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/technology/high-tech-tools#comments News Technology Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:27:00 +0000 19901 at http://trucker.com Tackling tax issues http://trucker.com/business/tackling-tax-issues <div class="field-deck"> What to do when the IRS comes knocking </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>It&rsquo;s tax time, but if you&rsquo;re just now gathering receipts from the cardboard box under your bunk, then a quick rundown of filing tips probably won&rsquo;t help a lot, at least not this year. But you might want to pay attention to a tax expert who specializes in helping truckers who&rsquo;ve gotten sideways with the Internal Revenue Service. And you&rsquo;ll want to pay attention, too, if you&rsquo;ve always filed on time and never had a problem&mdash;until, surprise, the government says you do.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/tackling-tax-issues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/tackling-tax-issues#comments Business News Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:12:00 +0000 19881 at http://trucker.com March tonnage stalls in winter weather http://trucker.com/business/march-tonnage-stalls-winter-weather <div class="field-byline"> Neil Abt </div> <div class="field-deck"> ATA economist: freight signs remain 'mostly positive' </div> <div class="node-body article-body">For-hire truck tonnage dipped 1% in March from February, American Trucking Associations reported, a figure the group said was likely constrained by winter storms during the month.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/march-tonnage-stalls-winter-weather" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/march-tonnage-stalls-winter-weather#comments Business News Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:31:00 +0000 19871 at http://trucker.com ATA April 2017 Issue http://trucker.com/node/19911 <div class="node-body magazine_issue-body"></div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>The April issue of <strong><em>American Trucker</em></strong> taps into the latest trucker technology: What&rsquo;s hot, what&rsquo;s fun, what makes money. In the Business of Trucking this month (tax time, so if you were caught by surprise&mdash;keep reading) we offer some tips about what do if you happen to get sideways with the IRS.&nbsp; And for the equipment section, we provide an on-the-scene report as International debuts the A26 engine, along with the latest equipment updates from 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> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-mag-teasers"> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-info"><legend>Publication Info</legend> </fieldset> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 04:00:00 +0000 19911 at http://trucker.com Diesel price climbs for third week http://trucker.com/fuel/diesel-price-climbs-third-week <div class="node-body article-body">Three consecutive weeks of increases have pushed diesel prices to the highest level this year.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/fuel/diesel-price-climbs-third-week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/fuel/diesel-price-climbs-third-week#comments Trucker Jobs Fuel News Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:48:00 +0000 19861 at http://trucker.com OOIDA pushes back on speed limiters http://trucker.com/regulations/ooida-pushes-back-speed-limiters <div class="field-deck"> Group posts video explaining the safety risks of 'elephant races' </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Despite the Trump administration’s having put the brakes on federal rulemakings, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is ramping up its own regulatory push back: The small business trucking group has created a video demonstrating the dangers of speed limited trucks.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/ooida-pushes-back-speed-limiters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/ooida-pushes-back-speed-limiters#comments News Regulations Safety Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:23:00 +0000 19851 at http://trucker.com Report highlights problems with DOT med cert program http://trucker.com/regulations/report-highlights-problems-dot-med-cert-program <div class="field-byline"> Neil Abt </div> <div class="field-deck"> ATRI survey finds truck drivers are paying higher costs for exams, among other issues </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A new report has raised concerns about the costs and quality of medical care for commercial drivers nearly three years after the implementation of a federal mandate aimed at improving the process.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/report-highlights-problems-dot-med-cert-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/report-highlights-problems-dot-med-cert-program#comments Trucker Jobs News Regulations Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:01:00 +0000 19841 at http://trucker.com <p>AN ATRI poll found more than one-quarter of truck drivers spent 20 minutes or less with medical examiners, with an alarming 6.5% spending 10 minutes or fewer. (Photo courtesy of Office Pride)</p> Tesla semi: One small problem http://trucker.com/blog/tesla-semi-one-small-problem <div class="node-body blog-body">There’s only one thing standing between Elon Musk and Tesla Inc.'s plan to revolutionize transportation with electric vehicles: Electricity.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/tesla-semi-one-small-problem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/tesla-semi-one-small-problem#comments Business Equipment News Running Lights Blog Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:22:00 +0000 19831 at http://trucker.com St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund: a unique approach to helping drivers http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/st-christopher-truckers-relief-fund-unique-approach-helping-drivers <div class="field-deck"> Organization leader: "Drivers are very generous and reach out because they understand each other." </div> <div class="node-body article-body">"We help drivers when they are in a bad place," says Donna Kennedy, executive director. "When an injury or illness has caused them financial difficulty, we're here to try to help them over the hump and pay their household expenses while they get back to work."</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/st-christopher-truckers-relief-fund-unique-approach-helping-drivers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/st-christopher-truckers-relief-fund-unique-approach-helping-drivers#comments Trucker Jobs News Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:45:00 +0000 19821 at http://trucker.com California freight recovery key to 2017 rate upswing, analyst says http://trucker.com/business/california-freight-recovery-key-2017-rate-upswing-analyst-says <div class="field-deck"> DAT's Montague: Shippers should plan for a "changed environment" </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Load-to-truck ratios have begun to climb significantly, doubling from this time last year—an “early warning sign” that truckload rates should begin to improve after a dreary 2016. Indeed, shippers can expect “a changed environment” by the second half of the year, suggested analyst Mark Montague in detailing first quarter “winner and losers” in the truckload market.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/california-freight-recovery-key-2017-rate-upswing-analyst-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/california-freight-recovery-key-2017-rate-upswing-analyst-says#comments Business News Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:13:00 +0000 19811 at http://trucker.com FMCSA seeks info on autonomous truck tech http://trucker.com/technology/fmcsa-seeks-info-autonomous-truck-tech <div class="node-body article-body">Got some thoughts on autonomous trucks and safety regs? FMCSA will hold a public listening session to gather information and opinions on issues relating to the design, development, testing and deployment of highly automated commercial vehicles.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/technology/fmcsa-seeks-info-autonomous-truck-tech" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/technology/fmcsa-seeks-info-autonomous-truck-tech#comments Equipment News Regulations Technology Fri, 14 Apr 2017 13:21:00 +0000 19801 at http://trucker.com Dash Cam of the Week: Mystery rollover http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-mystery-rollover <div class="node-body article-body">So you’re driving down a straight, flat stretch of I-24 outside Nashville on a sunny and dry afternoon, not much traffic, and your truck just rolls. What happened? Take the quiz.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-mystery-rollover" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-mystery-rollover#comments DashCam Trucker Jobs News Safety Fri, 14 Apr 2017 12:42:00 +0000 19791 at http://trucker.com <p>Any ideas?&nbsp;Leave a guess below or over on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/37172697238/photos/a.10151622589202239.1073741824.37172697238/10154608239802239/" target="_blank">the American Trucker Facebook page</a>, which is where we&rsquo;ll reveal the truth&mdash;or at least the cammer&rsquo;s report of what the truck driver told first responders at the scene.</p> OOIDA to Supreme Court: ELD mandate violates 4th Amendment http://trucker.com/regulations/ooida-supreme-court-eld-mandate-violates-4th-amendment <div class="field-deck"> E-log requirement 'equivalent of warrantless surveillance' of truckers </div> <div class="node-body article-body">OOIDA is taking its opposition to the electronic logging device mandate to the highest court in the land. The small business trucking group this week filed a petition with the Supreme Court of the United States, arguing that a federal appeals court was wrong when it ruled that the e-log requirement does not violate Fourth Amendment protections against illegal search and seizure.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/ooida-supreme-court-eld-mandate-violates-4th-amendment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/ooida-supreme-court-eld-mandate-violates-4th-amendment#comments Business News Regulations Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:41:00 +0000 19781 at http://trucker.com