American Trucker http://trucker.com/rss.xml en RoadPro introduces Rewards lifestyle loyalty community http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/roadpro-introduces-rewards-lifestyle-loyalty-community <div class="node-body article-body">The RoadPro Family of Brands has introduced RoadPro Rewards, a new lifestyle loyalty community that will give drivers a chance to get engaged and be rewarded.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/roadpro-introduces-rewards-lifestyle-loyalty-community" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/roadpro-introduces-rewards-lifestyle-loyalty-community#comments Business Trucker Jobs News Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:33:00 +0000 19361 at http://trucker.com FMCSA pulls the plug on new safety fitness ratings http://trucker.com/regulations/fmcsa-pulls-plug-new-safety-fitness-ratings <div class="node-body article-body">FMCSA has announced that it is withdrawing its controversial safety fitness determination (SFD) rulemaking issued in January 2016 and will also cancel plans to issue a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking to help support the SFD effort.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/fmcsa-pulls-plug-new-safety-fitness-ratings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/fmcsa-pulls-plug-new-safety-fitness-ratings#comments News Regulations Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:22:00 +0000 19351 at http://trucker.com Will future truckers be more like drone operators? http://trucker.com/technology/will-future-truckers-be-more-drone-operators <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Stefan&nbsp;<span data-scayt-lang="en_US" data-scayt-word="Seltz-Axmacher">Seltz-Axmacher</span>&nbsp;knows that many drivers don&#39;t like him and his autonomous trucks so he tries to change the conversation. &quot;Yes, we&#39;re these nerdy guys from San Francisco, and we&#39;ve built a robot that looks like it does their work,&quot; says the CEO and co-founder of&nbsp;<span data-scayt-lang="en_US" data-scayt-word="Starsky">Starsky</span>&nbsp;Robotics. &quot;Drivers say, &#39;Oh, my gosh.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/technology/will-future-truckers-be-more-drone-operators" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/technology/will-future-truckers-be-more-drone-operators#comments Trucker Jobs Equipment News Technology Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:33:00 +0000 19341 at http://trucker.com <p>A truck driver with his CDL operates a truck retrofitted with&nbsp;<span data-scayt-lang="en_US" data-scayt-word="Starsky">Starsky</span>&nbsp;Robotics radar, cameras, and other gadgets. Like a military drone operator or video gamer with a driving console, the driver sees everything a driver in the cab would see and operate the same controls including steering wheel, brakes and accelerator.&nbsp;<em>(Photo from&nbsp;<span data-scayt-lang="en_US" data-scayt-word="Starsky">Starsky</span>&nbsp;Robotics documentary)</em></p> ATA calls for hair testing standards http://trucker.com/regulations/ata-calls-hair-testing-standards <div class="node-body article-body">In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, American Trucking Assns. President and CEO Chris Spear called for the federal government to quickly release guidelines and standards for the use of hair samples in mandatory drug testing of truck drivers.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/ata-calls-hair-testing-standards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/ata-calls-hair-testing-standards#comments News Regulations Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:28:00 +0000 19331 at http://trucker.com February tonnage slip nothing to worry about, ATA reports http://trucker.com/business/february-tonnage-slip-nothing-worry-about-ata-reports <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.trucking.org/">American Trucking Associations</a>&nbsp;(ATA) said its for-hire truck tonnage index slipped 0.1% in February following a 2.9% increase in January, with the index down 2.8% on a year-over-year basis when compared to February 2016.</p> <p>However, year-to-date when compared with the same two months in 2016, the index is only off 0.1%, noted Bob Costello, ATA&rsquo;s chief economist.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/february-tonnage-slip-nothing-worry-about-ata-reports" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/february-tonnage-slip-nothing-worry-about-ata-reports#comments Business News Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:22:00 +0000 19321 at http://trucker.com Diesel down 2.5 cents to 2017 low http://trucker.com/fuel/diesel-down-25-cents-2017-low <div class="node-body article-body">A 2.5 cent decline this week has moved the price for a gallon of diesel fuel to its lowest level in 2017.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/fuel/diesel-down-25-cents-2017-low" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/fuel/diesel-down-25-cents-2017-low#comments Trucker Jobs Fuel News Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:39:00 +0000 19311 at http://trucker.com Arrow Truck Sales offers affiliate deals for owner-ops http://trucker.com/equipment/arrow-truck-sales-offers-affiliate-deals-owner-ops <div class="node-body article-body">If you’re an owner-operator looking for a new (to you) rig, Arrow Truck Sales Inc. has a used truck purchasing program for owner-ops who currently drive for select carriers. As an Arrow Prime member, the buyer qualifies for certain exclusive benefits, including a free 6 month/50,000 mile warranty, special $1,000 allowance and more.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/arrow-truck-sales-offers-affiliate-deals-owner-ops" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/arrow-truck-sales-offers-affiliate-deals-owner-ops#comments Business Equipment News Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:02:00 +0000 19301 at http://trucker.com Worst Trucker in the World: U.S. Government edition http://trucker.com/blog/worst-trucker-world-us-government-edition <div class="node-body blog-body">The Worst Trucker in the World is back, bigger and badder than ever—because the latest recipient of the dishonor is a fleet run by the U.S. government. And, despite management issues that would warrant an FMCSA intervention, the fleet is still rolling. Indeed business is booming, so to speak.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/worst-trucker-world-us-government-edition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/worst-trucker-world-us-government-edition#comments News Regulations Running Lights Running Lights Blog Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:27:00 +0000 19291 at http://trucker.com VIDEO: Nvidia ‘deep learning’ guides Paccar self-driving truck http://trucker.com/technology/video-nvidia-deep-learning-guides-paccar-self-driving-truck <div class="node-body article-body">Nvidia, a pioneer in developing the computer graphics chips that revolutionized video gaming, is taking its more recent focus on ‘deep learning’ and Artificial Intelligence (AI) on the road, working with Paccar to develop solutions for autonomous vehicles.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/technology/video-nvidia-deep-learning-guides-paccar-self-driving-truck" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/technology/video-nvidia-deep-learning-guides-paccar-self-driving-truck#comments Equipment News Technology Video Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:55:00 +0000 19281 at http://trucker.com Dash Cam of the Week: Like a ton of bricks http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-ton-bricks <div class="node-body article-body">The staff here at Dash Cam of the Week saw this clip and it hit us like a ton of bricks, so to speak.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-ton-bricks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-ton-bricks#comments DashCam Trucker Jobs News Safety Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:07:00 +0000 19271 at http://trucker.com Spotlight on an American Trucker - March 2017 http://trucker.com/news/spotlight-american-trucker-march-2017 <div class="field-deck"> Cliff Robertson, owner-operator, leased to X-Treme Trucking LLC, Abrams, WI </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>Cliff Robertson has been around trucking his entire life, having spent many summers of his childhood riding shotgun with his dad. He&rsquo;s been driving for 25 years and has been leased to X-Treme Trucking for the last three years.&nbsp; He drives a 2017 International LoneStar with an ISX 475 Cummins and pulls drop-and-hook flatbed, drop-deck and Conestoga trailer freight, both full truckload and LTL, including over-dimensional and general freight. Robertson often handles multi-load jobs when a customer has hundreds of loads moving in the same direction.&nbsp;&nbsp; </em>&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/news/spotlight-american-trucker-march-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/news/spotlight-american-trucker-march-2017#comments Business Trucker Jobs News Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000 19251 at http://trucker.com Volume pricing and the micro carrier http://trucker.com/business/volume-pricing-and-micro-carrier <div class="field-deck"> Charging less than you need is a shortcut to failure </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Trucking hauling rates are volatile and ever-changing&mdash;and based on multiple influences. Some of these influences are controllable and others are not, with the majority fitting into the noncontrollable category. There are fuel prices, costs of doing business, driver pay, etc. Then there are broad market forces, competition for loads, other specific market forces such as availability of loads to the number of available trucks to haul them, and weather. All of these will impact the hauling fee you must calculate to remain profitable.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/volume-pricing-and-micro-carrier" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/volume-pricing-and-micro-carrier#comments Business News Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:58:00 +0000 19241 at http://trucker.com Slow and steady: How to grow a small fleet http://trucker.com/business/slow-and-steady-how-grow-small-fleet <div class="node-body article-body">What better icon of independence and entrepreneurship is there than the American trucker, the rugged individualist living life on his or her own terms, and forging a business from a passion? The good news is the American dream can indeed become a reality—for the right person. The challenges, however, are substantial.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/slow-and-steady-how-grow-small-fleet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/slow-and-steady-how-grow-small-fleet#comments Business News Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:55:00 +0000 19231 at http://trucker.com March 2017 Issue http://trucker.com/node/19261 <div class="node-body magazine_issue-body"></div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>The March issue of <strong><em>American Trucker</em></strong> puts together a list business tips to help get owner-ops up and running green, as in piling up those Benjamins. In the Business of Trucking this month, Tim Brady explains why trying to compete on price alone doesn&rsquo;t pay in the long run, and why small truckers must understand their rates.&nbsp; And for the equipment section, we feature Freightliner&rsquo;s production ramp-up for the New Cascadia, along with the monthly 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"> <div class="field-mag-teaser"> <a href="/business/slow-and-steady-how-grow-small-fleet">Slow and steady: How to grow a small fleet </a> <a href="/business/volume-pricing-and-micro-carrier">Volume pricing and the micro carrier</a> <a href="/news/spotlight-american-trucker-march-2017">Spotlight on an American Trucker - March 2017</a> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-info"><legend>Publication Info</legend> </fieldset> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000 19261 at http://trucker.com Work Truck Show roundup http://trucker.com/equipment/work-truck-show-roundup <div class="node-body article-body">We don’t cover a lot of medium-duty and pickup truck news here on American Trucker, but we do have editors on the ground at the annual Work Truck Show keeping us posted and filing reports over on the Fleet Owner side of the Web. Here’s a selection of stories, with links to the complete coverage from Indianapolis.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/work-truck-show-roundup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/work-truck-show-roundup#comments Equipment News Technology Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:55:00 +0000 19221 at http://trucker.com Mack extends uptime commitment to older vehicles http://trucker.com/equipment/mack-extends-uptime-commitment-older-vehicles <div class="node-body article-body">INDIANAPOLIS. Mack Trucks announced it is bringing its uptime solutions to customers with Mack legacy vehicles. Working with Geotab, Mack said it now offers connectivity for older Mack vehicles that are not equipped with its GuardDog Connect telematics hardware.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/mack-extends-uptime-commitment-older-vehicles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/mack-extends-uptime-commitment-older-vehicles#comments Equipment News Technology Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:36:00 +0000 19211 at http://trucker.com <p>Tim Wrinkle, construction product manager Mack Trucks, notes that Mack&rsquo;s Granite models are available with the 11-liter Mack MP7 engine or the Mack MP8 engine when more power is needed.</p> Detroit rolls out new DD8 engine http://trucker.com/equipment/detroit-rolls-out-new-dd8-engine <div class="field-deck"> Detroit rolls out new DD8 engine | Work Truck Show </div> <div class="node-body article-body">INDIANAPOLIS. Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) officially took the wraps off its Detroit DD8 medium-duty engine Wednesday at the 2017 National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Work Truck Show.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/detroit-rolls-out-new-dd8-engine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/detroit-rolls-out-new-dd8-engine#comments Equipment News Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:12:00 +0000 19201 at http://trucker.com <p>The&nbsp;<span data-scayt-lang="en_US" data-scayt-word="DD8's">DD8&#39;s</span>&nbsp;&ldquo;B10 life&rdquo; of 400,000 miles. and it is expected to match if not exceed the 45,000 mile oil drain and fuel filter replacement interval offered for the DD5. (<em>Photo by Sean&nbsp;<span data-scayt-lang="en_US" data-scayt-word="Kilcarr">Kilcarr</span></em>)</p> Regs outlook: Doing 'homework,' getting government 'out of the way' http://trucker.com/regulations/regs-outlook-doing-homework-getting-government-out-way <div class="node-body article-body">To the eye of ATA CEO Chris Spear, there are a lot of regulatory battles ahead for the industry, encompassing everything from developing the protocols governing autonomous vehicle operation to fighting against a mandate for speed limiters, and making changes to Phase 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) rules, such as removing the trailer mandate.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/regs-outlook-doing-homework-getting-government-out-way" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/regs-outlook-doing-homework-getting-government-out-way#comments Business News Regulations Wed, 15 Mar 2017 23:51:00 +0000 19191 at http://trucker.com <p>&ldquo;We believe at ATA that the widespread adoption of autonomous vehicle technology is literally 20 to 25 years away. But the debate over how it&rsquo;s going to look and how it&rsquo;s going to feel is happening right now.&rdquo; -ATA President &amp; CEO Chris Spear</p> Texas tops spot truckload demand http://trucker.com/business/texas-tops-spot-truckload-demand <div class="node-body article-body">After a 17% jump the previous week, spot truckload freight volume increased a modest 1.3% during the week ending March 11, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards. </div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/texas-tops-spot-truckload-demand" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/texas-tops-spot-truckload-demand#comments Business Trucker Jobs News Wed, 15 Mar 2017 23:44:00 +0000 19181 at http://trucker.com Diesel down slightly after a month of modest price gains http://trucker.com/fuel/diesel-down-slightly-after-month-modest-price-gains <div class="node-body article-body">Diesel prices are holding to the 2017 trend of small weekly fluctuations, down slightly in the latest government report after four weeks of minor increases.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/fuel/diesel-down-slightly-after-month-modest-price-gains" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/fuel/diesel-down-slightly-after-month-modest-price-gains#comments Business Trucker Jobs Fuel News Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:37:00 +0000 19171 at http://trucker.com Trucking regs in limbo: What will emerge, and when? http://trucker.com/regulations/trucking-regs-limbo-what-will-emerge-and-when <div class="node-body gallery-body">While some trucking regulations will get a second look under the Trump administration’s regulatory freeze—and some of these might see substantial revision, or even be dropped altogether—major initiatives such as the electronic logging device mandate will likely be implemented on schedule, says a former FMCSA administrator.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/trucking-regs-limbo-what-will-emerge-and-when" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/trucking-regs-limbo-what-will-emerge-and-when#comments News Regulations Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:44:00 +0000 19161 at http://trucker.com Volvo Trucks tests three-truck platooning http://trucker.com/technology/volvo-trucks-tests-three-truck-platooning <div class="node-body article-body">Volvo Trucks and Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH) at the University of California, Berkeley recently completed a successful demonstration of partially automated truck platooning, made possible by Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control, or CACC, technology.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/technology/volvo-trucks-tests-three-truck-platooning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/technology/volvo-trucks-tests-three-truck-platooning#comments Equipment News Technology Mon, 13 Mar 2017 20:14:00 +0000 19151 at http://trucker.com Celadon boosts pay packages, goes 'Driver First' http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/celadon-boosts-pay-packages-goes-driver-first <div class="node-body article-body">Celadon Group Inc. has introduced new pay packages for owner-operators and for company drivers, and has launched their new “Driver First” initiative.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/celadon-boosts-pay-packages-goes-driver-first" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/celadon-boosts-pay-packages-goes-driver-first#comments Trucker Jobs News Mon, 13 Mar 2017 20:10:00 +0000 19141 at http://trucker.com Roadcheck set for June 6-8, to target cargo securement http://trucker.com/regulations/roadcheck-set-june-6-8-target-cargo-securement <div class="node-body article-body">Strap it down right and tight, driver. With a focus on cargo securement, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's (CVSA) 30th annual International Roadcheck will take place June 6-8.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/roadcheck-set-june-6-8-target-cargo-securement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/roadcheck-set-june-6-8-target-cargo-securement#comments News Regulations Safety Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:39:00 +0000 19131 at http://trucker.com February spike in trucking jobs doesn't offset January decline http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/february-spike-trucking-jobs-doesnt-offset-january-decline <div class="node-body article-body">The good news is trucking posted a gain of more than 10,000 jobs in February. The bad news is the large increase doesn’t make up for the substantial downward revision to January’s total: The latest government update shows a loss of 14,400 jobs for the first month of the year. This comes after a six-month run up to a record high to close 2016.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/february-spike-trucking-jobs-doesnt-offset-january-decline" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/february-spike-trucking-jobs-doesnt-offset-january-decline#comments Business Trucker Jobs News Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:32:00 +0000 19121 at http://trucker.com Thinkstock Dash Cam of the Week: Free Beer Friday http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-free-beer-friday <div class="node-body article-body">The staff here couldn’t find the police report that goes along with this Dash Cam of the Week, but we bet it’s a doozy. After all, it’s not every day that a trooper gets a truckload of beer dumped on him.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-free-beer-friday" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-free-beer-friday#comments DashCam Trucker Jobs News Safety Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:37:00 +0000 19111 at http://trucker.com Truckers win: FMCSA drops 2013 restart provisions http://trucker.com/regulations/truckers-win-fmcsa-drops-2013-restart-provisions <div class="field-deck"> Study confirms benefits of restart, but 2-night requirement not necessary </div> <div class="node-body article-body">It’s not that the controversial restart provisions in the July 2013 hours of service rule were bad, they just didn’t provide a significant improvement over the previous (and now proven effective) weekly reset—so they’re officially off the books, according to information posted Thursday by the FMCSA. The good news: Agency research confirmed that the 34-hour restart provides drivers the opportunity for needed sleep time and sleep quality.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/truckers-win-fmcsa-drops-2013-restart-provisions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/truckers-win-fmcsa-drops-2013-restart-provisions#comments Trucker Jobs News Regulations Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:42:00 +0000 19101 at http://trucker.com America's infrastructure gets a D+, again http://trucker.com/business/americas-infrastructure-gets-d-again <div class="field-deck"> 2017 Report Card scores road system even lower: D </div> <div class="node-body article-body">If the nation’s infrastructure were a student in school, it would most likely be held back, based on the second consecutive D+ grade it received Thursday from the American Society of Civil Engineers.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/americas-infrastructure-gets-d-again" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/americas-infrastructure-gets-d-again#comments Business News Safety Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:38:00 +0000 19091 at http://trucker.com <p>The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (<span data-scayt-lang="en_US" data-scayt-word="AASHTO">AASHTO</span>) sees the Report Card as evidence that&nbsp;<span data-scayt-lang="en_US" data-scayt-word="underinvesting">underinvesting</span>&nbsp;in transportation infrastructure is &quot;failing America.&quot; (<em>Photo by Sean&nbsp;<span data-scayt-lang="en_US" data-scayt-word="Kilcarr">Kilcarr</span>&nbsp;for American Trucker</em>)</p> DAT: Spot rates rise, volume soars http://trucker.com/business/dat-spot-rates-rise-volume-soars <div class="node-body article-body">Spot truckload freight volume jumped 17% during the week ending March 4 and rates responded with the first week-over-week increase in national averages in more than a month, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards. </div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/dat-spot-rates-rise-volume-soars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/dat-spot-rates-rise-volume-soars#comments Business Trucker Jobs News Thu, 09 Mar 2017 14:28:00 +0000 19081 at http://trucker.com 'Encouraging sign': Navistar finds turnaround in new truck, engine http://trucker.com/blog/encouraging-sign-navistar-finds-turnaround-new-truck-engine <div class="node-body blog-body">While Wall Street prognosticators found Navistar’s latest earnings report “disappointing,” for truck customers there are new products to be excited about (notably the International LT tractor and A26 engine) and, most importantly, the renewed viability of a major truck and engine manufacturer means more OEM competition—and that’s good news indeed.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/encouraging-sign-navistar-finds-turnaround-new-truck-engine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/encouraging-sign-navistar-finds-turnaround-new-truck-engine#comments Business Equipment News Running Lights Blog Thu, 09 Mar 2017 13:34:00 +0000 19071 at http://trucker.com