Today's Trucking

New Ambassador Bridge good for trade: CTA

September 8, 2017 by elizabeth

OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) applauded the Canadian government for issuing the permits required for the Ambassador Bridge expansion project to continue.
The Detroit International Bridge Company, building a privately-funded six-lane crossing to replace the current, 87-year-old, Ambassador Bridge, announced the granting of the permits earlier this week. The current bridge will come down once the new one is in place.


U.S. Moving Forward on Driver Training Standards

March 6, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

WASHINGTON, DC – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proposing 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training for U.S. Class A commercial driver applicants, and 15 hours of behind-the-wheel training for Class B applicants, as the agency rolls out its entry-level driver training proposal after four months of negotiations.

The landmark proposal announced Friday – and to be officially published and available for comment Monday – affects not only first-time CDL applicants, but current CDL holders seeking a license upgrade, similar to the actions Ontario’s government is proposing for commercial license applicants.

Under the proposal, CDL applicants and upgraders would also be subject to minimum hours of practice on a driving range, including 10 hours for Class A and seven for Class B. Driving on a public road would also be required for Class A CDL driver-trainees, who may fulfill the requirement by either driving 10 hours on a public road, or taking 10 public road trips, each no less than 50 minutes in duration.


U.S. Roadside Inspections Saved 7,000 lives since 2001

March 1, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

WASHINGTON, DC – Commercial vehicle roadside safety inspection and traffic enforcement programs have saved more than 7,000 lives since 2001, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.


Canada-U.S. Freight Value Falls Nearly 14 Percent

October 29, 2015 by sehui

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The value of freight movements between the U.S. and Canada fell significantly in August, according to a new report. The U.S. Transportation Department reports it totaled US$48 billion in August, down 13.6 percent from August 2014, as all modes of transportation carried less value of U.S.-Canada freight than a year earlier, due to lower mineral fuel prices.


U.S. Increasing Cross-Border Fees for Some Shipments

October 26, 2015 by sehui

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced it will publish its final rule on Oct. 29 that adjusts the fees the U.S. government charges to recoup the costs of conducting agricultural quarantine inspections (AQI) at U.S. ports of entry for all modes of transportation and many in Canadian trucking are speaking out against the move.


Muslim Truck Drivers Get Award in Religious Discrimination Suit

October 26, 2015 by sehui

CHICAGO, IL — A U.S. federal jury in Peoria, IL has awarded US$240,000 to two Somalian-American Muslims who were fired from their jobs as truck drivers at Star Transport, when they refused to transport alcohol because it violated their religious beliefs. The case was brought on their behalf by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which enforces laws in the country prohibiting employment discrimination.


N.A. Big Rig Sales Cool, Still Strong; Medium Duty Jumps

October 23, 2015 by sehui

BLOOMINGTON, COLUMBUS, IN — Two new reports show orders for big rigs in North America have eased a bit as the year gets closer to the end while a separate data shows sales of natural gas powered trucks in the U.S. are down this year from 2015.


U.S. Trucking Conditions Continue Improving

October 20, 2015 by sehui

BLOOMINGTON, IN – A measure of the U.S. trucking industry has been steadily rising over the past three months and is expected to remain in the current range through the end of the year.


ATA Chief: Trucking ‘Good’ but ‘Not Great’ in U.S.

October 19, 2015 by sehui

PHILADELPHIA, PA — In a speech here at the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference and Exhibition, ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said he saw continued growth for the U.S. trucking industry and strong gains in its agenda, provided lawmakers take action on necessary legislation.


U.S. Trucking Regulators Defend Controversial Safety System

October 9, 2015 by sehui

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Federal trucking regulators in the U.S. are defending a key safety system used to identify trucking companies that have a high risk of being in crashes.

A new report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has to do with the agency’s Safety Measurement System (SMS), rolled out four years ago as part of the Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA) program, designed to improve trucking industry safety.

According to the agency, the report found that SMS effectively identifies trucking companies involved in 90 percent of the more than 100,000 crashes that occur each year in the U.S., and those that are identified as high-risk carriers continue to have crash rates that are twice the national average.

SMS, as well as, CSA, have come under fire by some groups in trucking as well as by certain U.S. lawmakers, claiming the measures often make safe trucking operaitons look bad.


Does VW’s Diesel Fiasco Have Trucking Parallels?

October 9, 2015 by sehui

There can’t be anyone on the planet who hasn’t read or heard at least a few hundred words on the Volkswagen diesel emissions fiasco. But get ready for a few more because this is a story that goes way beyond a very tall company stooping very low to cheat. And it’s certainly not just about cars. Those of us in trucking know that only too well.


U.S. Wraps Study on Trucker Hours-of-Service

October 2, 2015 by sehui

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Federal trucking officials in the U.S. have completed a study of the restart provisions in the country’s hours of service rules for truck drivers and they may have a tough time getting regulations back to the way they used to be.


U.S. May Alter Plans for Phase 2 Truck Engine Rules

September 28, 2015 by sehui

ORLANDO, FL — Truck operators and builders are commenting strongly on the proposed Phase 2 Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas emissions proposals, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking notes and might well make some changes to the lengthy set of rules.


Trailer Orders Jump as Dry Van Demand Spikes

September 23, 2015 by sehui

COLUMBUS and BLOOMINGTON, IN – Net trailer orders in the U.S. during August increased sharply from July’s pace, according to two new reports, due in large part to a spike in the dry van segment.


Truck Tonnage Declines in August, Up from Year Earlier

September 22, 2015 by sehui

ARLINGTON, VA – The amount of truck tonnage moved in the U.S. fell in August but it remains not far from its recent record high, according to a new report.