Editorial, Business, Government, Safety, Autonomous, Technology, Logistics

Editorial: A Useful Discussion on Safety

Last week, we cheered the apparent demise of a federal regulatory provision regarding hours of service. Now we’d like to salute a positive development: a recent discussion on truck safety before a Senate subcommittee.

March 20, 2017
Opinion, Business, Government, Safety, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Opinion: Effectively Utilizing Telematics Solutions

The electronic logging device mandate for tracking hours of service has brought a lot of attention to truck telematics, and many experts are providing advice on how to prepare for that transition. But one aspect of telematics that few are addressing is how underutilized most existing systems are. In my estimate, only three in 10 fleets are utilizing their telematics system to the max.

March 20, 2017
Business, Safety, Government

160 US Carrier Bankruptcies Idle 4,510 Trucks in 4th Quarter

The freight-hauling capacity of at least 4,510 heavy-duty U.S. trucks evaporated during the last three months of 2016 as 160 fleets shuttered their doors and quit the industry, according to a study by investment firm Avondale Partners.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
March 20, 2017
Business, Government, Safety, Logistics, Technology, Equipment

Truckload Driver Pay Inches Up in 4th Quarter

Salaries for truckload drivers rose at the low rate of 0.04 point in the fourth quarter year-over-year, according to the latest National Transportation Institute index (or 0.03% on a preliminary basis), the slowest in 2016.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
March 20, 2017
Business, Safety

Panelists Push for Better Crash Data, Technology at Truck Safety Hearing

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

Improving truck crash data and monitoring of high­-risk carriers are among the key factors that will lead to improved heavy truck safety, a panel of trucking experts told a Senate Commerce subcommittee last week.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 20, 2017
Government, Safety

Panelists Push for Better Crash Data at Senate Subcommittee Hearing on Truck Safety

Swift's Jerry Moyes via

Improving truck crash data and monitoring high-risk carriers are a couple of key factors that will lead to improved heavy-truck safety, a panel of truck experts told a Senate Commerce subcommittee March 14.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 14, 2017
Business, Safety, Government, Logistics

Interstate Acquires American Red Ball World Wide Movers

Interstate Group Holdings, the Springfield, Virginia-based parent of Interstate Van Lines, has acquired Indianapolis-based American Red Ball World Wide Movers, one of the oldest movers of household goods in the United States.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
March 14, 2017
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Twin 33-Foot Trailers Would Boost Safety, Efficiency, New Analysis Concludes

John Sommers II for TT

A new analysis by traffic safety researcher Ronald Knipling has concluded that widespread adoption of twin 33-foot trailers would boost safety and efficiency for U.S. drivers, consumers and businesses.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 13, 2017
Opinion, Business, Government, Safety, Technology, Autonomous

Opinion: Eight Predictions for Our Industry

In 2008, I wrote an article where I described a future scenario in which a driver in a truck is leading a convoy of several driverless trucks. In 2011, I began predicting that we would have autonomous cars on the market and on the roadways by 2020. These predictions seem to be turning out better than my 2007 prediction that Apple would not get much market share in the cellphone business.

March 13, 2017
Editorial, Business, Government, Safety, Logistics

Editorial: An End for a Rule That Didn’t Work

The great detective knew the game was afoot when he learned of the dog that didn’t bark.

March 13, 2017