INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Cries of a looming — or existing — driver shortage are echoed on both sides of the border. They regularly emerge in employer surveys that identify trucking’s biggest challenges, and positions taken by industry lobby groups. Kristen Monaco of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t buy it.
AUSTIN, Texas – Bob Costello, the chief economist for the American Trucking Associations, is confident that the second-longest economic expansion in U.S. history will continue – despite some signs of softening in recent months. “There’s no reason to worry,” he […]
AUSTIN, Texas – American Trucking Associations president and CEO Chris Spear went on the offensive during his annual state of the industry address today, calling for changes to everything from minimum driving ages to new drug testing tools and a massive infrastructure investment.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Day one at the 81st annual National Truck Driving Championships and Step Van Driving Championships held by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and their safety management council got off to a rolling start. More than 400 drivers […]
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Trucking activity is surging thanks to an array of economic factors in the U.S., but there would be a steep price to pay if U.S. President Donald Trump follows through on threats to pull out of NAFTA. “NAFTA trade via truck supports over 46,000 jobs in our industry, including nearly 31,000 truck driver jobs,” the ATA’s Bob Costello observed during Omnitracs’ fourth-annual Outlook conference.
BLOOMINGTON, IN – The rollout of mandated Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) continues in the U.S. And while some trucking operations have secured temporary waivers, analysts at FTR Intel believe a bid to exempt small carriers outright is unlikely to succeed.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has asked regulators to exempt small businesses making less than US $27.5 million in revenue, that don’t have an unsatisfactory safety rating, and have a safe record with no attributable at-fault crashes. It would last five years.
An exemption like that – already rejected during the regulatory review process – would essentially gut the mandate for ELDs, and has been opposed by the American Trucking Associations and safety advocacy groups. Eighty-one percent of over-the-road trucking companies, and 93% of one-truck operators among them, have had no DOT-recordable crashes in the past two years, FTR notes.
ARLINGTON, VA – The head of the American Trucking Associations has called on the U.S. government to invest more in highway infrastructure to help the trucking industry keep up with growing demand for freight transportation services.
WINNIPEG, MB – It’s awards season and Bison Transport is taking home some hardware.
The carrier was given first place at the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) National Fleet Safety Awards in the large fleet division. This is the 12th time the company has been honored with the award.
ARLINGTON, VA – Canadian fleet Bison Transport has been named the winner of the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) National Truck Safety Contest.
The cross-border carrier won first place for the seventh consecutive year for having the lowest U.S. Department of Transportation recordable accident rate in the 100 million miles category.
ARLINGTON, VA – For-hire truck tonnage was up in October, suggesting a happy holiday season is to come, according to the American Trucking Associations (ATA).
The ATA’s seasonally adjusted for-hire truck tonnage index rose 3.3% from the month before, after a decline of 1.9% was posted in September.
ORLANDO, FL – The U.S. is approaching a record truck driver shortage, requiring 50,000 for-hire drivers this year alone – and the problem is expected to intensify in the next decade.
ORLANDO, FL – The U.S. Trump Administration clearly has a friend in America’s trucking industry.
Chris Spear, president and Chief Executive Officer of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), delivered a wide-ranging state of the industry address at an annual meeting today – promoting everything from proposed tax reforms to a pending mandate for Electronic Logging Devices, and Trump’s commitment to raise funds for infrastructure.
In the past year, the group has met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and all 10 House and Senate Committee leaders and ranking members. But a clear highlight, demonstrated through pictures around the convention hall, was an appearance at the White House with 12 America’s Road Team captains.
“ATA in now fully engaged in reforming our country’s decaying tax laws,” he added, referring to the associations hosting a recent meeting with Trump in Pennsylvania. Citing trucks as “the barometer for the nation’s economy”, Trump at that meeting introduced a proposal for a 20% cut in corporate tax rates and eliminating estate taxes.
ORLANDO, FL – Dave Manning, the president of Tennessee-based TCW, has been named chairman of the American Trucking Associations.
ARLINGTON, VA – The September for-hire trucking market gave back some of the tonnage gains made in the previous month, according to American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) Advanced Seasonally Adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index.
Tonnage slipped 0.9% in September when compared with August, however it was still up 7.4% year over year. The ATA says year-to-date, compared with the same nine months in 2016, tonnage is up 2.4%.
ORLANDO, FL – Data ranging from maintenance costs to video images is increasingly helping fleets to drive down the cost of everything from on-road repairs to collisions. And those who dig a little deeper can realize some of the biggest savings of all.