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1/16/2012 - Truckers Are Against Raising Speed Limits
Some states are putting the speed limit up to a vote in order to increase it from 65 mph to 70 mph. Truckers, however, are trying to fight this increase, stating that it will come with safety risks. Many say that the infrastructure was not built to withstand such weight traveling at high speeds, claiming many of the roads in Ohio, one of the states considering increasing the speed limit, were built when vehicles were traveling much slower. What do you think of the increase in speed limit?
12/20/2011 - Trucking Industry Sales Are Up
A recent Forbes article showed that privately held trucking companies have seen sales rise more than 14% over the last 12 months. While other industries continue to climb their way out of the recession, the trucking industry has seen pre-recession growth over the last two years. One reason for this, cited by Forbes, is that gas prices have evened out over the last part of this year. While the numbers don't show complete escape from the recession, they do show that the economy is growing - even if only slightly.
11/19/2011 - Mississippi Legislature Weighs 3 Trailers & Heavier Rigs
A new bill introduced to the Mississippi state Legislature would allow rigs to increase their weights to over 100,000 lbs and would let them haul up to 3 trailers. However, the bill has been strongly opposed by officials at the city level and by some truckers. The risk for truckers and other drivers would be greatly increased by allowing trucks to haul that much weight and that many trailers. Many accidents have already occured in the state due to drivers loosing control of their rigs with 2 trailers, therefore the cause for concern in high. Another concern is infrastructure and whether or not the road and bridge systems in Mississippi are capable of handling the weight. What are your thoughts on increasing loads to this size?
11/13/2011 - Safer Truck Stops for Truckers
Jason's Law, legislation that requires states to provide safer truck stops for truckers, gained support from the senate and the public works committee this week. This law was created after a man was murdered by a robber in 2009 at an abandoned gas station truckers were using as a place to stop and sleep. The legislation has been pushed for even more since long-haul drivers are now required to have a specific amount of sleep depending upon the number of hours they drive. If drivers are expected to take more breaks then it should also be the government's job to give them a safe environment to do so. What do you think about this legislation? Tell us on Twitter via @truckinfodotnet.
10/28/2011 - Trucking Industry Sees Rebound This Month
In news that may indicate that the U.S. is going to miss a second recession, freight companies saw a rebound in freight levels over the month of September. The ATA reported that their tonnage increased 1.6% for the month, which was significantly higher than the .5% increase in August. The current tonnage levels indicate that while the U.S. economy is definitley in a period of slow growth, we are not, in fact, going into a second recession.
10/22/2011 - First Mexican Truck Enters U.S. Interior
After years of much debate over whether Mexican drivers should be able to come into the U.S. interior, the first Mexican truck came further into the interior than ever before on Friday. This move by the government still has very little public approval, especially from U.S. trucking companies and the Teamsters. Mexican drivers will have to pass English exams, pass safety tests, and undergo national security and background checks before being allowed into the U.S. interior, however, this still has not appeased other truckers. The business that would normally be given to U.S.-based truckers and companies will now face competition from cheaper Mexican trucking companies. What are your thoughts on allowing Mexican truckers into the interior?
10/16/2011 - Trucking Jobs Remain Unfilled
Though the overall jobs outlook in America is fairly bleak, the trucking industry seems to have stumbled upon the opposite problem: They can't fill their open positions. The trucking industry has seen thousands of jobs come open, however, the positions go unfilled because the trucking companies can not find qualified drivers. Some of the issue is in the expense it takes to get trained as a driver. Some schools charge up to $4,000 to get drivers qualified to hit the open road, which has led some organizations to start their own free driving schools with the hopes of filling their open positions. What is your take on the driver shortage?
9/24/2011 - Truckers Push for Higher Diesel Taxes
At a recent ATA meeting some of the top trucking executives in the country said that they want higher taxes on diesel fuel to help support more road and infrastructure improvements. While it may seem counterintuitive that truckers would want higher taxes on fuel, especially in an economic environment that is prime for another recession, trucking organizations are confident that higher taxes would benefit their industry. Higher fuel taxes would mean better roads, which would, in turn, mean a more efficient and safe trucking industry. Would you pay higher fuel taxes to improve the road systems?
8/24/2011 - Canadian Truckers Feeling U.S. Recession
Even though this year started out with big gains for the trucking industry, this past quarter saw a major slowdown. For various reason, which are covered below, the trucking industry has hit some speed bumps on the road to recovery. The slowdown for U.S. trucking companies has also effected Canadian truckers. Surveys within the Canadian trucking industry found that only 64% of truckers are feeling optimistic about the industry. In addition, only 19% of carriers saw growth in the number of loads coming in. The mirroring effect between the U.S. and Canadian trucking industries may not necessarily be related in cause, but it could be a good indicator going forward as to the optimism that the U.S. industry will recover.
8/17/2011 - New Trucking Terminal Opens
A new, multi-million dollar trucking facility opened in Marshfield, WI today. The facility owner, Roehl Transportation, was set to expand more than it has up until now, however, the weak economy slowed down their plans briefly. Now, the Town of Menasha terminal will help the company compete in the Northeast Wisconsin area. Not only have they expanded their facilities, but they have also more than doubled their workforce in the last four months. This growth for Roehl is a good sign for other trucking companies, as it shows that there is money to be made right now.
8/8/2011 - Trucking Companies Deal with Driver Shortage
The driver shortage is now starting to be felt by even small trucking companies across the U.S. The slight recovery in the economy has boosted demand for transportation of goods, but unfortunately the drivers are no longer out there to transport the goods. Many drivers have either retired or went into other professions when the trucking industry saw all-time lows over the last couple of years. Trucking companies are beginning to offer much higher wages as well as other benefits in order to attract new drivers to their companies. As of right now the shortage is estimated at about 130,000, but experts say that could double by the end of the year if the economic recovery continues.
7/26/2011 - Supply Problems Could Stall Trucking Industry
The increased demand for commercial trucks has caused some hiccups in the supply chain. Since many people stayed away from buying new trucks last year due to higher prices caused by increased standards by the government, truck manufacturers had no way to prepare for the demand of this year. Manufacturers are struggling to get enough parts to keep up with demand and this could begin to stall the trucking industry's growth. This trickle-down effect is something that the trucking industry and economic sector must keep a close eye on in the coming months.
7/22/2011 - City of Joliet Proposes City Tax on Loads
In an effort to raise money for the city's budget, the city council of Joliet, IL is proposing a city fee on cargo shipped through the CenterPoint Intermodal Center. The proposal was powerful enough to get some in the trucking industry talking and some of them met with the city council this week. The trucking companies say that imposing the $50 fee on cargo loads will drive business away from the newly built terminal, which we reported on earlier this year. The main argument against such a fee is that the money would be used to help with the city's deficit while the business actually taking place at the intermodal terminal has nothing to do with city matters. What do you think of this proposed fee?
7/19/2011 - The ATA Publicly Backs MADD
Bill Graves, the CEO and President of the American Trucking Association, said in statement that they are now supporting MADD's cause of getting drunk drivers off of America's roads. He stated that the two organizations share the similar goal of making the roads safer and that they are excited to support their efforts. Graves was not clear about how exactly they would be supporting MADD, however, we can probably count on seeing future partnerships in certain public endeavors as well as some financial support from the ATA. What do you think about this joining of forces?
7/12/2011 - Trucking Industry Prepares for 405 Shutdown This Weekend
The 405 highway in Los Angeles from the 101 and interstate 10 will be closed this weekend and truckers are trying to figure out how they will get around the closure to make their deliveries. Many truckers are stating that they plan to take the day off while others say they will just adapt to the closure by finding other routes. One of the routes most affected by the closure is from LAX into the city. Many business have been advised to stock up early this week with products they need for the weekend and early next week so that they do not have to worry about shipments coming in this weekend. While there have been other major transportation obstacles due to highway closures for truckers, this one affects a significant amount of people and loads. If you are a trucker in LA how are you going to handle the 405 closure?
6/22/2011 - Trucking Courses Help Replenish Industry With Drivers
Due to the high turnover rate of long haul drivers over the first half of 2011, the truck driver market is tight. The ATA has been suggesting that we may be in for a driver shortage for some time now, but only now is it really starting to hit trucking companies who are competing for drivers. In an attempt to help replenish the industry with drivers, several new truck driving courses and programs have popped up across the country. One such program is now offered at North Idaho College. The program is an intense month-long course that is intended to match the stress and long hours of the driving they will be expected to do. After a month of 5-day-a-week 10 hour classes, drivers will be prepared for their commercial driverís license test and they will have some real-world driving experience that will help them land jobs upon graduating. The ATA is hoping that such courses will help fill the gaps currently open in the truck driving industry.
6/10/2011 - Truckers Struggle to Offset Costs
Times have been tough for the trucking industry through the first half of 2011. With continuously rising fuel costs and the price of adding digital logging systems to their trucks, truckers have had a difficult time keeping their heads above water. As a result, analysts from the Bedford Report have noticed that truckers have begun to raise prices and to add high fuel surcharges. While this move helps truckers earn a living in the short-term, analysts believe that if these trends continue it may cause the industry to slow dramatically with fewer and fewer companies willing to pay the new, higher prices. What do you think truckers should do to offset their risings costs?
6/6/2011 - NTSB Holds Forum on Trucking Safety
The National Transportation Safety Board recently hosted a national forum on safety in the trucking industry. The forum covered topics such as allowing individual states the right to raise their road weight limits. The forum also discussed whether or not states should increase the maximum length of trailers, which safety advocates insist will decrease safety on the roadways. If one thing was clear from the forum it was that saftey advocates and those in the trucking industry have differing ideas on which regulations have an impact on roadway safety.
5/21/2011 - ATA Highlights Need For Infrastructure Improvments
The ATA recently came out publicly for the need for increased infrastructure spending. Their main argument comes from the fact that the high and ever increasing number of products transported by trucks is beginning to wear on the nation's roadways and infrastructure systems. The ATA predicts that by 2022 the amount of products freighted will increase by about 24%, thus making it crucial that infrastructure updates be made sooner rather than later. With many reports coming out about the safety issues that are posed by our nation's bridge and infrastructure systems, it's likely that the national attention will, at some point, put pressure on the governmenet to increase infrastructure spending.
5/14/2011 - Natural Gas Being Pitched to Truckers
Boone Pickens, an energy tycoon out of Texas, made an argument to the trucking industry about why natural gas is the future of the industry. Pickens argued that natural gas is a great replacement for diesel fuel for several reason, mainly because the cost is much lower. Pickens also stated other reasons for switching to natural gas such as the fact that it is produced domestically, thus lowering our dependence on foreign oil, as well as the fact that natural gas runs cleaner than diesel fuel. Though the trucks that run on natural gas cost up to $50,000 more than diesel powered ones, the natural gas equivalent to a gallon of gas only costs about $1.50 compared to $4. Do you believe switch our nation's semi-trucks to natural gas is a good idea?
5/8/2011 - Rising Fuel Costs Increase Costs for Consumers
Even though the economy has been steadily improving over the last several months, the growth may be stifled by rising diesel fuel costs. The increasing fuels costs are making it difficult for trucking companies to keep costs low for their customers, which in turn necessitates the rise is costs consumers pay in the stores. Many in the trucking industry as well as economists are comparing the current inflation problem to the one the U.S. experienced in the 70's after the oil embargo. However, in the 70's companies could pass the rising costs on to consumers because businesses were able to keep pace with salaries. With the current state of employement in the U.S. it's much harder for companies to pass those costs on to the end consumer. Only time will tell if we are able to get through this inflation crisis without pulling the U.S. economy back into a recession.
4/24/2011 - Tire Manufacturers Start Seeing Rebounds in Business
With the trucking industry beginning to make a recovery other industries are now also seeing some gains. Michelin tire sales increased more than 28% in the first quarter, mostly due to a jump in speciality tire sales and the trucking industry's gains. Even though steel, oil, and rubber prices are all continuously increasing, Michelin hopes to offset their negative cash flow with price increases that have already been implemented for 2011. This price increase in tires could be another hurdle for the trucking industry to overcome, however, the fact that tire sales are up for speciality vehicles is a strong recovery sign for the trucking industry.
4/18/2011 - ATA Releases 'American Trucking Trends 2011'
Today the ATA released their annual trucking trends report that details the dynamics that are currently shaping the trucking industry. The goal of the report is to provided detailed information about the trucking industry in order to guide lawmakers and decision makers as they make key choices that will effect the industry's future in the coming year. A few of the facts outlined in this years' report include: the trucking industry employs more than 7 million people including 3 million drivers, trucks used 33.9 billion gallons of diesel fuel last year, and class 8 trucks traveled more than 108 billion miles over the course of last year. The facts in this report are key to shaping the future of the trucking industry for 2011 and 2012.
4/14/2011 - California Trucking Industry Below Rest of Nation
A recent report showed that trucking activity in the state of California declined in the month of March. While the nation as a whole saw growth in the industry, fears of rising fuel prices and a sluggish state economy took its toll on the industry in California. Truckers in the state are either filling up in states where fuel prices are lower or they are simply driving less miles within the state which contributed to the lack of trucking gains in the state. Fuel prices are much higher in California than the rest of the nation and the fact that they came out of the recession a bit earlier than states are also factors in the trucking industries current lackluster performance in the state.
4/8/2011 - Electronic Logging Systems Have Trucking Industry Support
In a move to keep fatigued drivers off the road, Congress is pushing legislation that would require trucks to carry on-board logging systems that track how long drivers have been driving without the required breaks. Until recently, the trucking industry has been leary of the on-board systems, insisting that they are too expensive and that they violate driver's and their company's privacy. However, this past week the ATA came out in support of the legislation, saying that if the electronic logging systems will keep tired drivers off the road, then they are a good investment. The ATA did, however, add stipulations to their support by saying that they will need cost-effective product specs that ensure accurate measure of hours and that data ownership will be retained by the ATA in order to protect privacy of drivers and fleets.
4/3/2011 - Trucking Industry Adds 1,600 Jobs in March
The Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the U.S. economy added 216,000 jobs in the month of March and that the trucking industry accounted for 1,600 of those jobs. The continued growth of the trucking industry is a good sign that the economy is beginning to recover, and the trucking industry now has 40,000 more jobs than it did in March 2010. Although the industry is still down approximately 186,000 jobs from its peak in January 2007, the consistent growth over the last few months is promising.
3/21/2011 - LTL Revenue Up in 2010
A recent report shows that LTL revenues were up 9.1% last year. Total revenues rose from $25.2 billion to $27.5 billion but the gain is only a partial recovery from the devastating 24.4% dip the industry took in 2009. Even though the industry is still not back to 2008 levels, the growth is a good sign that the industry is beginning a slow recovery out of the recession. Even more promising is that of the top 25 LTL trucking companies, as ranked by SJ Consulting, saw a decrease in revenue last year. If you are interested in more information on this topic you can pick up the March 28th issue of the Journal of Commerce.
3/15/2011 - Driver Shortage and Inflation Still Worrisome for Trucking Industry
As fuel prices continue to skyrocket, the trucking industry maintains that inflation and a looming driver shortage are the biggest challenges facing the industry today. At the annual Truckload Carriers Assn. (TCA) Annual Convention companies expressed that these challenges will continue to effect the industry well into the future. If inflation of goods and fuel continue, companies will have to continue to ask shippers for higher rates, which will make it difficult for companies to keep business. In addition to rising costs, a driver shortage is nearly inevitable at this point. Since drivers are driving less miles due to higher costs, many drivers are seeking other work. Less miles means less money and many drivers are not sticking around to find out if things bounce back. Both of these issues will be hot button topics in the industry for quite some time and we will do our best to bring you up-to-date information.
2/12/2011 - Retiring Baby Boomers Will Open Up Jobs For Truckers
Reports are saying that by as early as 2015 the trucking industry will see around 20% growth in jobs due to new job creation and retiring baby boomers. As we come out of the recession, this type of job growth is promising. However, the trucking industry is already looking at a possible driver shortage in the near future, therefore adding this kind of growth on an already looming shortage could have negative effects on the trucking industry.
2/5/2011 - Trucking Industry is Cautious After New Guidelines Announced
The new guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Transportation are causing the trucking industry to proceed with caution. The new guidelines deal mostly with a trucker's hours of driving, which is causing a lot of headaches for the industry. Many in the trucking industry say that the new hour restriction will cause less trucks to be on the road, resulting in less product being transported. All of this in turn means that the cost of goods will go up drastically. Also, with less trucks trying to haul more goods than they can keep up with now, trucking companies will lose productivity, which means losing money.
1/23/2011 - U.S. Roads Open to Mexican Truckers Update
In a new development in the issue of opening up U.S. roads to Mexican truckers, several industries have been named as primary industries to benefit from this change in regulations. Some are saying that pig farmers and wineries are at the top of the list of those to benefit from opening up U.S. roadways to Mexican trucking companies. The reason industries such as pork and wine will benefit from Mexican truckers being able to cross the border is because currently Mexico places a 5% - 25% tariff on those products, causing those industries to lose market share in Mexico. We will continue to update you on the latest developments regarding this story.
1/20/2011 - Truck Drivers and Companies May Strike
As of today, the trucking industry is on standby alert for a strike. This possible strike comes after trucking industry employers and employees failed to reach an agreement about wages. The Road Freight Employer's Association has been in talks with four workers unions about salary but have failed to reach an agreement and are therefore deadlocked. The unions are requesting a 20% wage increase for workers while the employers are only offering a 7 1/2% increase, because of this, the unions have the option to strike as long as they provide a 48 hour notice to the Employer's Association. This development could have major implications for everyone in the US as trucks are the major mode of transportation for goods throughout the US.
1/9/2011 - U.S. Roads May Be Open to Mexican Trucking Companies
The Obama Administration has proposed that U.S. roadways be opened up to Mexican trucking companies, which is making most American truckers unhappy. The new laws would allow Mexican truckers to make long-haul trucking routes throughout the U.S. Currently, Mexican truckers can only travel a short distance into the States to pick up loads and take them back across the border. Many American truckers are upset with this new proposal for several reasons. One reason is that since Mexican trucking companies charge less than American ones, business will be more than happy to take business away from American trucking companies in favor of the cheaper Mexican ones. Another reason is that with unemployment as high as it is for truckers in America already, by allowing Mexican truckers to take long-haul loads the unemployment issue will only continue to get worse.
12/27/2010 - Proposed Drive Times Make Some Unhappy
The Department of Transportation recently released proposed new hours-of-service rules that are coming under harsh critiscims from the trucking industry. One part of the rule states that drivers will have to complete all driving within a 14 hour period with all work duties being completed within 13 hours to allow for an hour break. Drivers will also have to have a consecutive two days off that include the time between midnight and 6 am in order to take advantage of their 34 hour restart rule that allows them to restart the clock on their 60 or 70 hour weeks after taking 34 hours off. While the DOT claims this will make drivers safer, the industry argues that such rules are overly complex and will in the end hinder the industry's efficiency.
11/29/2010 - Commercial Honors Women in Trucking
Wal-Mart, Frito Lay, and several other companies and organizations have teamed up to bring viewers of the 2010 uDrove Humanitarian Bowl on ESPN a commercial dedicated to women in trucking. The commercial is meant to give exposure to the Women in Trucking organization, which supports women drivers in the industry. The commerical will air during a nationally televised football game on ESPN and features a female driver, Allyson Hay, from Wal-Mart and several other female drivers. The Women in Trucking organization is a non-profit and they are very happy to have the support of such large organizations to make this television spot happen.
11/24/2010 - International Shipping Trade Faces Possible Worker Shortage
During the recession, the number of workers in the logistics and cargo industries fell. Now that business is picking back up, those in the industry are worried that there are not enough qualified candidates out there to fill the jobs that are available. This could be a huge hurdle for the trucking and shipping industries going forward. Without enough qualified people to take over the new positions, the progress made by the industries could be hindered. With 200,000 new truck drivers needed this year and an additional 200,000 next year, the trucking industry will be facing new challenges in the coming years. After several years of economic downturn and layoffs, trucking companies will have to find new, qualified drivers to take over in the open jobs.
11/21/2010 - Trucking Industry Professionals are Pushing for Heavier Trucks
In states such as Maine and Vermont, programs that limit the amount of weight that trucks can haul to 100,000 lbs are set to expire soon. Because of this, the trucking industry is putting together a campaign that will push for allowing heavier loads on the roads. The biggest challenge they will face with this campaign include opposition from labor unions, safety groups, and some railroad freight companies. Some drawbacks to lifting the weight limits include fewer necessary loads (which reduces the amount of work available) and safety hazards on bridges that are already in disrepair.
11/14/2010 - Mary Phillips Returns to ATA as VP of Legislative Affairs
The return of Mary Phillips to the American Trucking Association will have a profound effect on the legislative affairs branch of operations for the ATA. Upon her return, Phillips hopes to work on the reauthorization of the highway program as well as the hazardous materials and safety portions of the highway program bill. Phillips' served in the same position from 2005-2006 and the ATA is happy to have her back. Phillips is succeeding Timothy P. Lynch, who joined the Morgan-Lewis law firm in Washington D.C.
11/7/2010 - What Are Your Thoughts On Separate Truck Lanes?
Some commentary has been made as of late that suggests we should look at having separate lanes on highways for semi-trucks. Some people have compared semis to trains in that they are inherently a different type of vehicle than regular passenger vehicles. While the idea of different lanes could potentially save lives, the cost would be astronomical and there have not been any studies done to say with any certainty that it would save lives. A pilot program would probably need to be put in place first test the idea before nationwide implementation. What are your thoughts on this idea?
11/4/2010 - Virgina Using Undeveloped DOT Properties for Truck Rest Areas
A new program by the Department of Transportation in Virgina will use undeveloped DOT properties for truckers to rest safely. The program was praised by Virginia governor Bob McDonnell when he said that truckers are the lifeline to our economy and it is of the utmost importance to keep drivers safe. The undeveloped properties include areas purchased for future rest areas that will now be used as trucker-only stops so that truckers have more places they can pull over to sleep along the Virgina highways. This pilot program could pave the way for similar programs in other states. The best part about this program is that it is going to be implemented at very minimal cost to the taxpayers.
10/28/2010 - Trucking Industry Does Not Have to Comply with Portion of LA's Clean Trucks Program
According to a new ruling by a U.S. District Judge, the trucking industry, at least for now, does not have to comply with the portion of the Clean Trucks Program that states the ports can only hire hourly drivers. Since 2008, the American Trucking Association has been fighting numerous portions of the LA Clean Trucks Program rulings, including the employee-driver requirement. This is considered a victory for the trucking industry but the fight continues on to appeal other portions of the program.
10/25/2010 - Truckers Concerned About New Emissions Rules
As many truckers have stated in the past, they are not necessarily against regulations that will reduce carbon emissions. However, they are concerned about the impact all of the waves of new regulations are having on their bottom line. Over the last ten years truckers and those in the trucking industry have gone through three government mandated updates to reduce emissions and each time it costs millions of dollars to get their trucks and drivers up to speed on the changes. In a climate that is already hurting the trucking industry, the new regulations seem like just another issue that the industry will have to overcome in order to be successful again.
10/23/2010 - American Transportation Research Institute Releases Top 10 List of Trucking Concerns
The American Transportation Research Institute recently released a top 10 list of trucker concerns. Among the top ten include the economy, driver shortage, environmental issues, and truck size. This list illustrates the main concerns amongst trucking industry professionals and gives them a glimpse into the issues that need to be tackled by the trucking industry as a whole. See the full list of trucking concerns here.
10/18/2010 - Opening of New Union Pacific Railroad Terminal Creates Trucking Jobs
A new Union Pacific Railroad terminal that opened in Joilet, Ill today does more than just benefit Union Pacific, it also creates many permanent jobs in the Joilet area. One of the main areas where this terminal opening has helped to create jobs in in the trucking industry. The company estimates that their new terminal will create more than 3,000 permanent semi-truck driver jobs in the area. For more information on the new terminal click here.
10/14/2010 - Trucking is a $140 Billion a Year Industry
Research and Markets, managed by First Research, has now added the Trucking Industry to a long list of industries that they compile and analyze data for. Research and Markets gives detailed reports of the competitive landscape, business challenges, trends and opportunities, and the financial outlook for the trucking industry. If you want to keep up to date on trucking industry business check out http://www.researchandmarkets.com for their trucking report. This report is great for people running trucking companies or even independent drivers who want to stay current on the market.
10/9/2010 - The State of the Trucking Industry
Recently a Bedford Report, a report that focuses on the outlooks for companies in the trucking industry, showed that while shipment weights and load counts are rising steadily, volume remains irregular. The trucking industry is an important indicator of overall economic status because it makes up 5% of the Gross Domestic Products and the Bedford Reports give a great breakdown of vital trucking statistics. According to the Bedford Report, the trucking industry has been making gains over the last year, however, they have seen recent slowing in job demand. Keep up with the trucking industry by regularly reading the Bedford Report.
9/27/2010 - Trucking the Safest It's Been Since 1975
A recent report by the U.S. Department of Transportation showed that trucking is the safest it's been since the DOT started keeping statistics on the subject in 1975. This report was released just in time for Trucker Appreciation Week. Since 1975, fatalities have dropped 20% in crashes involving semi-trucks. The amazing thing about that statistic is that the roads are more crowded than they've ever been and trucker drivers are making more trips than they used to. The emphasis on safety by individual trucking companies, in effect, must be proving effective at reducing fatal crashes.
9/23/2010 - Two Truck Drivers Drive More than 2 Million Safe Miles
Just in time for Truck Driver Appreciation Week, two truck drivers from Boyd Bros. Transportation logged over 2 millions miles of safe driving - the equivalent of driving around the Equator 80 times. The logging of the safe miles was in an effort to demonstrate the Boyd Bros. committment to safe driving. To read more about safe trucking practices, read through the entire article here.