A proposal is pending that would require commercial truck drivers to install electronic recorders in their rigs. The device, which is a simplified version of the “black boxes” commercial airlines use, have caused America’s two major trucking organizations to become rivals.
Ontario courts have ruled in favor of truckers who are claiming that speed limiters for their trucks are dangerous and unjust. Truckers have been against these devices for many years but only recently have lawmakers taken their side in the argument. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association also feels that these devices do more harm than good. Judge Brett Kelly ruled that laws instituting the installation of speed limiters for trucks create a greater danger for both truckers and other drivers sharing the road.
A recent report by a leading trucking industry research company indicated that the rate of trucking companies that have failed has declined. The report stated that those companies that have survived the recession will be more profitable in the future. The Avondale Partners feel this is a result of well-managed and well-capitalized companies weathering the economic storm that has persisted over the last several years.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, during the first quarter of 2012, the labor data revealed an increase of three percent in professional trucking jobs, with the addition of 1800 private for-hire jobs in April. This makes up for the 2500 jobs that were lost during the previous month. The reported information brings the number of truck driving jobs to 1.33 million, up from 1.29 million.
The four major truck manufacturers have unveiled their 2013 models. Volvo, Peterbilt, Kenworth and International have all made significant improvements to their trucks to improve fuel mileage and driver comfort. Aerodynamic improvements for better mileage are the major change in the new models for all four companies.
Fuel prices, whether for diesel fuel or gasoline, can fluctuate wildly throughout the course of a year. However, this tendency doesn’t keep government or industry experts from announcing trends based on present prices and past price behavior. The shorter the time span covered by a forecast, the more likely it is to be correct.
The 14th Annual Great American Trucking Show is coming Thursday, August 23-Saturday, August 25, 2012, and it is going to be a great one! The Show is the second biggest trucking convention and show in the country. The event will be held at the Dallas Convention Center, with free truck parking all three days of the Show. Paid parking is also available in nearby lots and in the underground lot at the Convention Center.
Although the freight market in 2012 thus far has shown slow gains in shipment volume, the pace of growth has been more sluggish than in the past two years, with a steady decline since January. The Cass Freight Index indicated that North American freight volumes only rose 1.9% in April from the previous month, which was a smaller increase than in February and March where the growth progressively diminished from 2.5% to 2.1% respectively.
Flying J truckstops have expanded their services to trucking companies and for those employed in truck driving jobs with the introduction of power outlets located at parking spaces, allowing ten-fold savings through eliminating the need to operate at idle during mandatory 10-hour rest periods.
President and CEO of American Trucking Associations (ATA) and former Republican governor of Kansas, Bill Graves, recently expressed his concern about the fate of the senate highway bill currently under consideration at the May 8 National Industrial Transportation League forum in Arlington, Virginia.