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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.

Read more:  ATA 2026 Forecast


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.

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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.

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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.

Read more:  First_SelfDriving_Semi


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.

Read more: TruckTonnageMarch2015


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.

Read more:  2014 North American Freight Numbers

Read more:  2014 Freight Numbers by State


FMCSA Announces New Smartphone App Providing Safety Data on Interstate Commercial Truck and Bus Companies

“By making currently available safety information on interstate truck and bus companies more easily accessible for both law enforcement personnel and the general public, we are providing greater transparency while making our roadways safer for everyone.”

Read More:  FMCSA New App


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

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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.

Read more: 2014 Avg Theft


$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.

Read more: $18 Million Stolen


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.

Read more: Act on Trucking Safety


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.

Read more: SmithAmundsen_TransAlert_Dec14


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.

Read more: CAB BitsPieces Vol 17 Ed 12


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.

Read more: 2013 Truck Involved Fatalities


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.

Read more: Nov Tonnage 2014


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.

Read more:  Trans Chief Trucker Rule Delay


Ex-CEO of  Oklahoma Trucking Co. Faces Fraud Charges

Just shy of five years after Arrow Trucking Co. in Tulsa, Okla., suddenly shut its doors, the company’s former chief executive has been indicted on fraud charges related to the company’s demise.

Read more:  Ex-CEO Fraud Charges


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.

Read more:  Cargo Haulers Seek Exemption


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……

Read more: CAB BitsPieces Vol 17 Ed 11.php


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.

Read more: Trucking Adds 3,900 Jobs


CAB Bits & Pieces – Volume 17, Edition 10

INSURANCE LIMITS –  The move to increase mandated insurance limits is underway and under attack.  The FMCSA has fast-tracked what it has deemed a “high priority” rulemaking to increase the current minimum levels of liability insurance. The amount of the increase is currently unknown.

Read more:  CAB BitsPieces Vol17 Edition10


Record Truck Tonnage Remains Steady in September, Up from Year Earlier

The amount of truck tonnage hauled in the U.S. during September was unchanged from the month before remaining at a record high level, according to new American Trucking Associations figures.

Read more: Sept Tonnage 2014


Best’s Special Report – U.S. Surplus Lines, 20 Year Retrospective

Read the report: USSurplusLinesReport2014


CAB Bits & Pieces – Volume 17, Edition 9

Welcome to Fall.  Now that we are finished with the heat of the summer it is back to business. This month we report:  CARGO THEFT – Freightwatch has released its latest quarterly report and Florida and Texas have taken the lead as the target cargo theft areas, beating out California.

Read more: CAB BitsPieces Volume17 Edition9


There’s A Huge Shortage Of Truck Drivers In America — Here’s Why The Problem Is Only Getting Worse

America is experiencing a shortage of truck drivers.
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) estimates that the U.S. is short 30,000 truck drivers. Factors driving the shortfall include regulations, relatively low pay, and the fact that fewer young people are interested in getting into the profession.

Read more: Driver Shortage 2014


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