Rising diesel prices putting the pinch on small, independent truckers

Rising diesel prices putting the pinch on small, independent truckers

Diesel gas prices have soared to new heights across the country, putting the squeeze on small trucking firms and independent drivers trying to watch the bottom line. According to AAA, the average price of diesel in California pushed past $6.60 per gallon. “Gasoline prices have continued their rally in the last week with oil prices…

Inflated used truck prices adding to the woes of mom-and-pop firms

Inflated used truck prices adding to the woes of mom-and-pop firms

Runaway inflation has hit most Americans right in the pocketbook – but small, independent trucking firms are taking the brunt of the blow. The price of a used commercial truck has doubled in the last year, affecting the bottom line of hundreds of thousands of small trucking firms. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Administration…

Trucking industry steps up to help people of Ukraine

Trucking industry steps up to help people of Ukraine

When Russia invaded Ukraine, it triggered a humanitarian crisis of monumental proportions. Cities have been devastated and millions forced to flee from their homes. Thousands of innocent civilians have lost their lives. As expected, international relief agencies such as Save the Children, International Red Cross, and the United Nations Children’s Fund, among others, have rushed…

Connecticut looks to former inmates to fill trucking jobs

Connecticut looks to former inmates to fill trucking jobs

Desperate for truck drivers, Connecticut’s state Senate recently passed legislation creating a public-private partnership that would require the Department of Correction to make space and technology available to administer CDL testing to inmates scheduled for release within six months. Transportation Committee Co-Chair Will Haskell said the prison-to-work pipeline bill addresses both high recidivism and the…

Facing a driver shortage, DOL sponsors apprenticeship program

Facing a driver shortage, DOL sponsors apprenticeship program

According to the American Trucking Associations (ATA), the industry is facing a shortage of 80,000 drivers. The U.S. DOT says roughly 300,000 drivers a year leave the profession. Nick Geale, vice president of workforce policy at ATA, said opening the industry to women, veterans, and younger drivers, who are currently largely restricted from entering the…

ATA responds to EPA proposal on heavy-duty truck emissions

ATA responds to EPA proposal on heavy-duty truck emissions

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) is reviewing the Biden Administration’s proposal to reduce heavy-duty truck emissions to ensure that new rules result in “usable, reliable and cost-effective equipment.” Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new, stronger standards to promote clean air and reduce pollution from heavy-duty vehicles and engines starting in model year…

Freedom Convoy protests paralyze Canada’s capital and largest cities

Freedom Convoy protests paralyze Canada’s capital and largest cities

A Jan. 22 federal requirement that travelers entering United States ports of entry at the Canadian and Mexican borders be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 sparked strong reaction from some Canadians. Dubbed the Freedom Convoy, the protest movement leaders are saying they will not leave until all mandates and COVID-19 restrictions are gone. They are also…

Parking continues to be a national trucking issue

Parking continues to be a national trucking issue

Last fall, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), reported that truck parking remains one of the key industry concerns identified in a national survey of trucking companies. Truck parking joined driver shortage, driver retention, driver compensation, and lawsuit abuse in the top five issues facing the trucking industry. “The ATRI list of top industry issues…

Some experts say trucker shortage is overblown

Some experts say trucker shortage is overblown

The images are startling. Cargo ships lined up offshore, waiting to dock and unload their cargo. America is in a supply chain crisis and many fingers are pointing to a shortage of U.S. truck drivers. The American Trucking Associations, the country’s leading industry trade group, estimates the driver shortage at 80,000. Business Insider recently talked…

Austin-based trucking startup hopes artificial intelligence will transform industry

Austin-based trucking startup hopes artificial intelligence will transform industry

AI Fleet, an Austin, Texas trucking startup, is banking on artificial intelligence to transform a trucking industry that is having a hard time retaining drivers and recruiting new ones. The company uses artificial intelligence technology to streamline operations and improve pain points. “Our mission is to make truck driving better. That means better for the…