How to Get Your Own Authority in Trucking?

How to Get Your Own Authority in Trucking?

There is a significant difference between working under someone’s authority as an independent truck driver and having your own truck authority. What does that mean? When you work as a truck owner-operator, you get paid by the government for hauling goods. And according to FMCSA, this authority varies depending on several factors, including the type…

What is the average commercial truck insurance cost?

What is the average commercial truck insurance cost?

If driving a truck is part of your commercial activity, then protecting your assets, cargo, and other people with adequate coverage is a necessity. But the average commercial truck insurance cost is capable of digging deep into your pockets. This is because the rate of road accidents is rising, and so is the price of…

U.S. economy dip does not bode well for trucking industry

U.S. economy dip does not bode well for trucking industry

Economic conditions in the U.S. may not forebode well for the U.S. trucking industry in the coming months. Despite an upswing in August, U.S. trucking firms may face a drop in shipments as shippers use the slowdown to cut costs. Both the American Trucking Associations and the Cass Freight Index showed increases in August with…

Administration hosts trucking industry to discuss truck parking dilemma

Administration hosts trucking industry to discuss truck parking dilemma

The U.S. Department of Transportation gathered industry, state and federal agencies recently for a meeting of the National Coalition of Truck Parking. The meeting focused on federal resources to address the nation’s truck parking shortage, which puts all road users at risk and is costing truck drivers time and money. At the meeting, DOT shared…

ATRI launches 2022 trucking industry top issues survey

ATRI launches 2022 trucking industry top issues survey

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization, this month launched its 2022 Top Industry Issues Survey.  The annual survey asks trucking industry stakeholders to rank the top issues of concern for the industry along with potential strategies for addressing each issue. Now in its 18th year, ATRI’s annual analysis not…

Truck parking: The national industry dilemma that won’t go away

Truck parking: The national industry dilemma that won’t go away

For truck drivers slogging through long, tedious shifts on the road, the availability of safe and reliable parking is not a convenience – it is a necessity. On average, an estimated three million trucks move across the U.S. every day. Unfortunately, there are only 313,000 parking spaces to accommodate them, 40,000 at public rest areas…

Tech startup Apex.AI getting noticed by trucking industry giants

Tech startup Apex.AI getting noticed by trucking industry giants

PALO ALTO, CA – Tech startup Apex.AI, which develops software for vehicles and smart machines, has captured the attention of some of the automotive world’s giants. Earlier this month, Apex.AI announced that Daimler Truck, one of the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers, made a strategic minority investment in the company. Daimler Truck joins an impressive…

Do not look now but that semi next to you may not have a driver

Do not look now but that semi next to you may not have a driver

For years, talk in the trucking industry has been about the emergence of driverless or autonomous vehicles traveling on our highways. Most considered the prospect a future possibility. That future has arrived. One example is San Diego-based TuSimple, founded in 2015. TuSimple is a developer of heavy-duty, self-driving trucks and the autonomous startup has already…

TravelCenters of America Inc. acquires two Travel Center locations for $45 Million

TravelCenters of America Inc. acquires two Travel Center locations for $45 Million

TravelCenters of America Inc. announced the acquisition of two travel center locations for $45 million. Located along the Interstate 81 corridor in Virginia, Petro Raphine and TA Lexington have been successful TA franchise locations since 2011. TA expects to realize significantly more cashflow from owning these locations than as franchise locations and forecasts these locations…

White House unveils plan for electric vehicle charging stations

White House unveils plan for electric vehicle charging stations

With significant numbers of both car and truck manufacturers now producing electric vehicles, the White House announced a national plan for increased access to electric vehicle charging stations. Adoption of electric vehicle technology for the big rigs faces some major hurdles, foremost being batteries that will allow the trucks to move long distances without recharging….