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New Report Predicts Continued Growth in Freight

American Trucking Associations projects freight volumes will increase by nearly 29% over the next 11 years.

CAB Bits & Pieces – Volume 18, Edition 5

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released its study of the safety and operational impacts from the 34-hour restart provisions. According to the ATRI the crash data analysis showed a statistically significant increase in truck crashes after the July 1, 2013, rule change , specifically with injury and tow-away crashes.

Trucking Revenues Top $700 Billion for the First Time

Last year, the trucking industry generated $700.4 billion, according to the latest edition of American Trucking Trends, making 2014 the first year in history the industry topped $700 billion in total revenue.

The World’s First Self-Driving Semi-Truck Hits the Road

The truck in question is the Freightliner Inspiration, a teched-up version of the Daimler 18-wheeler sold around the world. And according to Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz, it will make long-haul road transportation safer, cheaper, and better for the planet.

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Gained 1.1% in March

American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1.1% in March, following a revised drop of 2.8% during the previous month.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics – 2014 North American Numbers

2014 freight numbers have been released by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Statistics where collected from 2010-2014.
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Exit Ramp Rollovers Kill Hundreds of Truckers a Year

Though they accounted for just 3.3 percent of all large- truck crashes, rollovers were responsible for more than half of the deaths to drivers and their occupants in 2012, the most recent year for which data is available

Average truck cargo theft worth $232,924 in 2014

The average value of cargo stolen during 2014 increased by 36%, to $232,924, with cargo thieves becoming more professional, says FreightWatch International (USA) Inc. in its 2014 report issued Tuesday.

$18 Million in Cargo Stolen in Past Three Months

More than $18 million in cargo was stolen in the United States from early October to late December, according to CargoNet. There were 181 reported cargo thefts during the three months, with 55% occurring from Friday to Saturday.

It’s Time to Act on Trucking Safety Ideas, Says NTSB

Highway regulators have failed to act on more than 100 recommendations to improve truck safety at a time when fatalities have risen for four straight years, according to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.

Illinois Appellate Court Affirms Summary Judgment in Wrongful Death Case Against Freight Broker

On December 9th, 2014, the Illinois Appellate Court affirmed summary judgment for C.H. Robinson in the case of Hayward v. C.H. Robinson Company, Inc., et al. The case arose after the driver of a tractor-trailer made an illegal U-turn and decedent Crystal Hayward’s vehicle collided with the side of the trailer.

CAB Bits & Pieces – Volume 17, Edition 12

The FMCSA has not made any particular decision on the proposed limits, and instead is seeking comments from interested parties concerning the need to increase the limits.

Overall Traffic Deaths Decline, Truck-Involved Fatalities Edge Higher

The number of overall traffic fatalities in the U.S. declined in 2013 from the year before while those involving commercial trucks turned just slightly higher, according to newly released figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Truck Tonnage Index Hits Highest Recorded Level in November

The American Trucking Associations’ seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 3.5% to 136.8 in November — the highest level on record.

Transportation Chief Opposes Trucker Fatigue Rule Delay in Budget

Congress is considering adding to a year-end budget deal a provision to roll back safety rules aimed at ensuring truck drivers get enough rest, a measure U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said should be rejected.

Oversized Cargo Haulers Seek Exemption from 30-Minute Break Rule

Oversized and overweight cargo haulers that can only operate on roadways at certain times of day are seeking an exemption from a new federal trucking regulation requiring drivers to take a 30-minute rest every eight hours.

CAB Bits & Pieces – Volume 17, Edition 11

CSA SCORES – The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has joined the bandwagon calling for a withdrawal of CSA scores from public view. In August, 10 vehicle trade associations, including American Trucking Associations, petitioned the DOT to……

CAB BitsPieces Vol 17 Ed 11

Trucking Employment Continues to Grow

The for-hire trucking industry added 3,900 jobs in October on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the Department of Labor’s monthly employment report, released Nov. 7.