‘Trucking Associations’ Category

New Standards Recommended to Improve Big Rig Safety

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
With the goal of improving big rig safety, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently recommended four changes to tractor-trailer design standards and three changes to crash reporting guidelines. The Board’s truck and trailer design recommendations focus largely on improving driver visibility and underride protection and are based primarily on issues raised in a 2013 NTSB safety study on single-unit […] ... continue reading »

Trucker News Roundup

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Here’s an update on some of the trucking news we’ve been following recently: Goodyear Highway Hero A truck driver from Rancho Cucamonga, California was recently named this year’s Goodyear Highway Hero at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY. Ivan Vasovic was honored for rescuing a fellow driver whose double tanker truck full of diesel fuel wound up hanging halfway […] ... continue reading »

Saluting Outstanding Women in the Trucking Industry

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Women may make up a small percentage of the U.S. trucking population, but they’re coming on strong. With support from the non-profit association Women in Trucking (WIT), women are making inroads into all facets of the trucking industry. Women have come out from behind dispatchers’ desks to take the wheels of heavy haulers. They’re muscling their way up the corporate […] ... continue reading »

Green Trucking Movement Making Progress

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
With an eye toward the future, the Green Truck Summit was recently held in Indianapolis. Patrick Davis, director of the Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Office, updated the group on DOE’s SuperTruck program. Davis said all four SuperTruck projects, which challenge manufacturers to increase Class 8 truck efficiency by 50%, are on track, as reported on Truck News. Presidential Commendation […] ... continue reading »

Does Concept Rig Represent New WAVE in Truck Design?

Thursday, March 6th, 2014
When Walmart recently revealed its high-concept truck-and-trailer prototype, you could hear jaws dropping across the country. With its sleek, futuristic cab design, the Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience, or WAVE, looks like it jumped off the screen of the latest Robocop movie. A collaborative effort between America’s largest retailer and Peterbilt, Great Dane Trailers and Capstone Turbine, WAVE takes tractor trailers […] ... continue reading »

Truckers Oppose Call for Increase in Big Rig Fuel Economy

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Warning of prohibitive cost increases that could force many independent truckers out of business, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has come out against President Obama’s call for even tougher fuel economy and emissions standards for big rig trucks. The President recently ordered federal regulators to increase fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks and buses beyond […] ... continue reading »

Goodyear Highway Hero Finalists Announced

Thursday, February 27th, 2014
One of the trucking industry’s most prestigious awards, each year since 1983 the Goodyear North America Highway Hero Award has recognized a professional truck driver who selflessly put him or herself in harm’s way to save the lives of others. Goodyear recently announced this year’s four finalists. The winner, who will receive a $5,000 award, will be selected by a […] ... continue reading »

Carrier Axed from NAFTA Pilot Program

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
When Mexican carrier Tristan Transfer applied for admission to the NAFTA Cross Border Pilot Program last June, some trucking industry watchers questioned the carrier’s safety record; but to no avail. Despite issues raised about driver fitness and vehicle maintenance (among others), the carrier’s owner passed a Pre-Authorization Safety Audit (PASA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) granted it […] ... continue reading »

Votes Are In: Best Truck Fleets to Drive For

Thursday, February 20th, 2014
U.S. and Canadian truck drivers have been heard and the 2014 Best Fleets to Drive For have been chosen from driver nominations. The Truckload Carriers Association and Carriers Edge recently announced the results of their annual survey asking truck drivers to identify the for-hire trucking companies (10 or more trucks) that offer the best work environments for either owner-operators or […] ... continue reading »

More Challenges Facing the Trucking Industry in 2014

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
With the next decade predicted to be one of strong and steady growth, the future of the commercial trucking industry looks bright. But, as Jeff Crissey, editor of Commercial Carrier Journal, recently pointed out, a shadow could cast a pall on that growth if the trucking industry is unable to meet four important challenges. In addition to a projected driver […] ... continue reading »