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Advice for Unrealistic Delivery Times

A trucker posted the following in a Reddit (1/25/178) feed [edited]: Any advice for a company driver who is dispatched a delivery where the appointment times aren’t realistic when you do the math? I called my dispatch twice yesterday and explained to them that there was no way I could make this delivery the next Read More…

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Diesel Fuel Prices Up Versus 2017

The national price of diesel fuel dropped by $0.003 the week of January 22 compared to the previous week but has increased by $0.456 compared to one year ago, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). All U.S. regions are experiencing an increase in U.S. on-highway diesel fuel prices compared with a year ago, with prices in Read More…

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U.S.-NAFTA Freight Value Posts 13th Straight Monthly Gain

An increase in the price of crude oil is largely responsible for another jump in the value of freight moved between the U.S. and its two North American Free Trade Agreement partners, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures (truckinginfo.com, 1/25/18). U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $100.6 billion in November as all five major transportation modes carried Read More…

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Fed Economist – Prior to Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week — Predicts Economy To Keep Expanding

“We are now in the third longest expansion,” said William Strauss, senior economist and economic advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, speaking at the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue event here just ahead of Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (truckinginfo.com, 1/23/18). Pointing out that we are in the ninth year of the current economic expansion, Read More…

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I-285 and I-85 North Junction Worst Truck Bottleneck in U.S.

It’s a three-peat Georgia probably wishes didn’t happen. For the third straight year, the intersection of Interstates 285 and 85 North — Atlanta’s so called “Spaghetti Junction” — is the most congested freight bottleneck in the U.S., according to the American Transportation Research Institute. On January 25 (truckersnews.com, 1/25/18), ATRI today released it annual list Read More…

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ATA Shows Off “Build America” Infrastructure Funding Plan

On January 24, the American Trucking Association (ATA) (truckersnews.com, 1/24/18) unveiled its Build America Fund, which the organization says will generate $340 billion in new revenue over its first 10 years. It would be supported, according to the ATA, “with a federal fuel user fee built into the wholesale price of transportation fuels collected at Read More…

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ATA Truck Tonnage Index Rose 3.7% Last Year

The American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased by 3.7% overall in 2017 compared to the year before, marking its largest annual gain since 2013 (truckinginfo.com,1/23/18). While it was up overall, the index stumbled toward the end of the year, falling 5.7% in December. The index equalled 142.9, down from Read More…

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Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Require Tractor-Trailers Be Equipped with Underride Guards

A bipartisan and bicameral group of U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday announced intentions to introduce a bill in Congress to require tractor-trailers to be equipped with so-called side underride guards, intended to protect car occupants in crashes in which the car slides under the trailer (Overdrive.com 12/13/17). The bill would also require the U.S. DOT to Read More…

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Trucking Industry Worries New Rule Could Raise Costs

A new rule requiring most big rigs to be equipped with electronic logs that record a driver’s time behind the wheel is triggering deep divisions in the trucking world and raising concerns that shipping goods could get more costly and complicated (Wall Street Journal 12/15/17). The federal regulation took effect on Dec. 18. Many shippers Read More…

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Tesla Unveils First Electric Big Rig

A month ago, Tesla unveiled its long-anticipated electric semi-truck that chief executive Elon Muck said would blow people’s minds into an “alternate dimension” (Washington Post, 11/18/17). “What does it feel like to drive this truck?” Musk asked the audience, shortly after his latest creations rolled onto the stage. “It’s amazing! It’s smooth, just like driving Read More…