The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a $2 trillion relief package to help Americans, small businesses and industries affected by COVID-19 pandemic.
As the COVID-19 crisis develops, the government is working to make it easier for truckers to do their jobs. Also, Jon Osburn says folks are helping out.
The official freight index, which measures freight movement in tons and ton-miles, reveals August freight experienced significant gains in trucking, enough to make up for declines in water and pipeline freight to push the index to an all-time high. Trucking freight made a giant leap for a second consecutive month, increasing to 147.9 from 143.9, […]
A new law in California permits San Francisco area voters to decide whether to raise bridge tolls. The additional revenue would help get $4.45 billion in transportation work done over the next 25 years, including a project to reduce truck traffic. Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, describes the effort as a “comprehensive regional traffic relief […]
Official traffic fatalities numbers for 2016 have been released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the numbers reflect what most expected: fatalities increased compared with 2015. A total of 37,461 people were killed last year on the nation’s roadways, a 5.6 percent increase from the previous year. That is nearly 2,000 more people […]
Load posts on DAT MembersEdge dropped 3 percent during the week ending Oct. 7, taking the edge off the uptick from the previous week. Truck posts gained just 1 percent, which kept load-to-truck ratios high: Vans: 6.5 available loads per truck Flatbeds: 46.7 loads per truck Reefers: 12.4 loads per truck Tight capacity pushed rates […]
Cellphones have been the scapegoat for distracted driving over the past decade, but a new study suggests another electronic that could be a major problem: in-vehicle technology. Research conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety studied the unintended consequences of the technology that comes standard in 30 model year 2017 passenger vehicles. “Visual and […]
Despite multiple attempts in Congress to alter or overturn the Affordable Care Act, the law remains in place. Insurance industry experts say the individual mandate, and the tax penalties that go with it, are not going anywhere in 2018. Open enrollment begins Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 15. Those who do not enroll in […]
Each year, the OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship Fund awards one renewable $2,000 scholarship and four renewable $1,000 scholarships for the children, grandchildren and legal dependents of members of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. Since the program started in 1998, more than $315,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 96 students, allowing them to seek a […]
Truckers hauling loads out of the Port of Virginia may experience reduced waiting times in the not-too-distant future. The Federal Highway Administration has awarded the Virginia Port Authority a $1.5 million grant for a truck reservation system. The Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment grant will be used “for a state-of-the-art truck reservation system […]
TA/Petro, Sapp Bros. and Coffee Cup Fuel Stop locations participated in the 2017 Band Together for St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund. This year’s late summer campaign raised well over a quarter of a million dollars to benefit truckers and their families who have suffered financial difficulty because of medical problems. Although final accounting has not been announced, […]
Fuel prices, News
The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel went down 1.4 cents to $2.776 per gallon for the week ending Monday, Oct. 9. This marks the first decrease after a short-lived increase last week and the lowest prices since Sept. 5, when diesel averaged at $2.758 Diesel price averages went down in all 10 […]