According to the government office of the Energy Information Administration, the price of diesel fuel mostly held steady for the month of April with only a slight downward trend. The national average price of diesel fuel in the US for the month of April was $4.11, down one cent from a March average of $4.12, yet still higher than the April 2011 average of $4.06. The national average price per week showed slightly more change with the week of April 2 averaging a price of $4.14, as opposed to the week of April 30, which had a price of $4.07.
The U.S. faces a critical point in making improvements to its aging road infrastructure system, and the trucking industry stands in the center of a national debate on how to fund that work.
America's highways and bridges are in serious need of updating so they can handle the demands of modern traffic. The interstate system, in particular, needs to be modernized, and much of its pavement and bridges are close to the end of their lifespan.
The 2012 American Trucking Trends report was recently released by the American Trucking Association, in which it stated that the truck industry remains an important part of the U.S. economy, providing truck driving jobs as well as continuing to be a leading form of freight transportation. The report studied statistics relating to the industry in a number of ways, such as the size of the industry, performance, sales, taxes, demographics of fleets, safety, effects on the environment, diesel trends, truck driving jobs, and the international trade.
Bipartisan legislation proposed in the U.S. Congress that would change how truckers pay taxes is drawing praise and support from groups representing truck drivers.
Congressmen Earl Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat, and Jim Gerlach, a Pennsylvania Republican, have sponsored House bill 4321 which would completely end the federal excise tax imposed on the sale of heavy trucks. In exchange, the federal diesel tax would be raised by 6.3 cents a gallon.
According to the American Trucking Associations (ATA), large fleets saw the driver turnover rate fall to 88% for the fourth quarter, a drop of 1% from the previous quarter.
From a high of 136% in 2005, the driver turnover rate for large truckload fleets fell steadily to bottom out in 2010 at 39%. However, as the pool of experienced drivers further constricts due to an aging workforce coupled with an increase in demand as the economy rebounds, the turnover rate has jumped sharply in 2011 with a yearly average of 83%.
A recent report conducted by The Canadian Trucking Alliance recently highlighted areas where trucking companies can improve driver retention and provide a better working enrivonment for drivers. The CTA represents the trucking industry on national as well as international issues and policies that arise and affect the industry.
The incredible images of empty tractor trailers being tossed hundreds of feet into the air by tornado winds in the Dallas metroplex on the afternoon of April 3, 2012 drive home the point that these storms can wreak all kinds of havoc in the trucking industry. About 100 empty trailers and tractors parked at the Schneider National, Inc. regional facility in the southern suburbs of Dallas sustained serious damage after being picked and spun through the air, a sight captured on live television.
The latest in a series of Mexico-based trucking companies has received authorization to begin cross-border operations into the United States. The pilot program, administered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safty Administration, has just approved the 3rd addition to its cross-border transportation program. Since the program's introduction, dozens of trips across the border have been made, and this latest carrier is poised to begin cross-border operations in the near future.