Cargo theft recording firm reports increased first quarter theft

There were a total of 144 cargo thefts in the United States during the first quarter of the year worth an average of $116,717 per theft, according to SensiGuard’s quarterly cargo theft analysis that consists of only reported thefts. SensiGuard reports 25% of all cargo thefts in first quarter were in California. There has been […]

‘Trucking Conditions’ skid to a negative reading for the first time in years

For the first time since a rocky 2016 and, before that, the lingering economic effects of the 2008-2009 Great Recession, FTR’s monthly Trucking Conditions Index has fallen into negative territory, signaling a swift softening in the underlying market conditions for carriers since early fall 2018. FTR points to weaker rates and sluggish freight demand for […]

FMCSA Submitted Proposed Rulemaking for Exemptions to Ag Haulers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has filed a “pre-rule,” also known as an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, with the White House’s Office of Management and Budget that will seek industry input for defining who is allowed to run under exemptions granted to truckers hauling agriculture commodities. The ANPRM won’t be a proposal for […]

Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse – Start Registering in Fall of 2019

Yes, finally the time is here. The FMCSA’s Drug and Alcohol Clearing House is requiring registration this fall.  I believe that the benefits will far out way the initial chaos that seems to take place anytime we move from a paper process to a technology service in transportation , but it will be worth it. […]

NSC Designates April at Distracted Driving Awareness Month

National Safety Council (NSC) designates the month of April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month in an effort to spread the message about the dangers of distracted driving and create an understanding among people regarding averting needless casualties on the road. The NSC estimates that at least nine Americans die and 100 are injured in distracted […]

Fleets Installing Collision Avoidance Systems Need to Train Drivers

NHTSA estimates there were more than 37000 fatalities in 2017 and collision avoidance systems and blind spot detection tools can be critical to preventing accidents.  However, the drivers using the systems need to be trained on them. The systems can be effective for avoiding accidents but making the drivers comfortable on how to use the […]

The Latest on the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

The FMCSA appears to be making progress on the implementation of the drug and alcohol Clearinghouse. The final rule was published in December of 2016 and is currently on track to be implemented and operational on January 6, 2020.  A website has been created to answer questions regarding the new process. This website can be […]

Large Truckload Carriers Driver Turnover Dropped in 2018

Driver turnover rate for large truckload carriers dropped by 9 percentage points in the fourth quarter of 2018. Large truckload is defined as having over 30 million in annual revenue.  However, small truckload fleets with less than 30 million turnover rates continue to climb. ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello attributes the decline in turnover at […]