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ATA seasonally adjusted index climbs up 0.5% in August

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ATA seasonally adjusted index climbs up 0.5% in August Photo Credit: ATA Truck Tonnage Index

After a 0.5% rise in July, the American Trucking Association's (ATA) seasonally adjusted for-hire index climbed up from 139.1 in July to 149 in August this year. The index climbed up by nearly 7.1%. On a year-over-year basis, the index was up by 8.2% as compared to August 2016. According to the new report, the gain in July 2017 was improved from 0.1% to 0.5%.

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Driver turnover rises significantly over the second quarter of 2017

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Driver turnover rises significantly over the second quarter of 2017 Photo Credit: Robson Hatsukami Morgan from Unsplash.com

Driver turnover is becoming a widespread issue in the trucking industry. Since the second quarter of 2017, there has been a significant rise in driver turnover. The rising problem of driver turnover combined with the increasing freight demand has added to the problem of the growing driver shortage.

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Tesla shares climb higher after announcement of new Superchargers

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Tesla shares climb higher after announcement of new Superchargers Photo Credit: Steve Jurvetson

News about Tesla's soon to be launched electric semi-truck seems to have fared well among shareholders as shares for the company climbed 3% higher on September 14. The company's stock further closed $2 higher the next day. Shares were as high as $351.33 at the start of the previous week and with the company introducing their new Superchargers, shares closed at $363. Tesla introduced superchargers to avoid Tesla owners from having to leave their vehicles at recharging stations. Tesla has pushed out a new generation of recharging stations within its network.

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Canadian trucking industry presses lawmakers for zero tolerance policy towards drivers using marijuana

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Canadian trucking industry presses lawmakers for zero tolerance policy towards drivers using marijuana Photo Credit: CMElixirs

The federal government in Canada has recently proposed standards to determine what could be considered as impaired driving under the influence of marijuana. According to the current legislation, the presence of more than 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood, the psychoactive component in marijuana, can classify as grounds for serious crime. However, trucking companies opine that standards should be stricter since, with marijuana, there are no obvious signs of impairment as in the case of alcohol. This makes it difficult for employers to determine if there is probable cause to test for impairment.

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Members of unaffiliated groups to stage protests against ELD mandate from October 3

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Members of unaffiliated groups to stage protests against ELD mandate from October 3 Photo Credit: ISAAC Instruments inc.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) imposed electronic logging device (ELD) mandate is all set to come into effect on December 18. All efforts to delay or stall the mandate have been rejected despite the efforts put in by several trucking groups like the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA).

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The National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

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America is all set to honor the nation’s hard-working truckers during this National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. The event began on September 10 and will continue till September 16. The start of the event was kick started over the weekend from September 9 to September 10. During this week the 3.5 million truckers, who work throughout the year delivering the nation’s goods, will be celebrated. Trucking companies are honoring truckers everywhere by hosting various events by organizing digital campaigns, billboard advertisements, and over the radio.

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Evolving face of the American Trucking Industry

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Evolving face of the American Trucking Industry Photo Credit: sharkman

The American trucking industry has seen some noteworthy evolution in the last couple of years. Technological advancements as well as regulations that facilitate smooth functioning of business have been making its way in the industry. Many are confused with automation being the newest addition to the industry since drivers would have different roles to play when trucks would drive themselves.

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No more obstacles in implementing ELD mandate: No proper guidelines for compliance

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No more obstacles in implementing ELD mandate: No proper guidelines for compliance Photo Credit: CCJDIGITAL

The House of Representatives has rejected a proposal to delay the implementation of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate. Despite this move, certain members of the industry still have concerns about the mandate. There is no clarity about the guidelines of the mandate or on the technical specifications of the ELD. There are uncertainties in the enforcement, security, and data transfer from the device to law enforcement.

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Trucking companies make efforts to reach out to victims of Hurricane Harvey

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Trucking companies make efforts to reach out to victims of Hurricane Harvey Photo Credit:  CFI PARTNERS WITH ORGANIZATIONS TO ENSURE NECESSARY RELIEF SUPPLIES ARE DELIVERED TO AREAS IN NEED FOLLOWING NATURAL DISASTERS. (PHOTO: CFI)

The state of Texas is still reeling from the after effects of Hurricane Harvey. And amidst this hour of crisis, the trucking industry has been proactive in lending a helping hand to the victims of the natural disaster become stable by moving supplies and arranging monetary assistance; Trucking companies have actively partnered with other organizations to help the victims of the disaster go back to their normal, daily lives.

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Blockchain technology can make trucking industry transparent and error-free

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Blockchain technology can make trucking industry transparent and error-free Photo Credit: transport-auto.com

Trucking is among one of the most important industries in America with it being referred to as the backbone of the nation's economy owing to the fact that trucks move about 70% of all domestic freight. The industry is a complex network that interconnects suppliers, manufacturers, movers, and several other entities.

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The trucking industry fears impact of Hurricane Irma after the impact already left by Hurricane Harvey

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The trucking industry fears impact of Hurricane Irma after the impact already left by Hurricane Harvey Photo Credit: U.S. Navy/Flickr

After Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma is advancing down the Eastern Seaboard. The trucking industry fears major disruption in the industry if the hurricane hits freight distribution centers in Georgia and North Carolina. Considering this does happen, freight rates will surge and create logistical issues for the supply chain.

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Trucking industry to change rapidly over the next 5 years: Technological innovations will soon revolutionize the industry

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Trucking industry to change rapidly over the next 5 years: Technological innovations will soon revolutionize the industry Photo Credit: Advancements in platooning technology will lead to greater fuel efficiency. (Photo: Navistar)

Today, the trucking industry is a lot different than how it was five decades ago. With rapid changes taking over the industry, trucking seems to be evolving at a fast pace and will continue doing so in the next five years. Some of the notable changes are the development of GPS technology, fleet management solutions, and self-driving trucks. Various technological innovations such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and material sciences among other things are impacting the trucking industry in a big way.

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Autonomous trucks may not be that far out in the future as we once thought

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Autonomous trucks may not be that far out in the future as we once thought Photo Credit: Otto

Annual reports by the American Trucking Association (ATA) show that the trucking industry loses approximately $49.6 billion every year and this loss can be attributed to congestion. On deeper analysis, it is revealed that 90% of road accidents resulting in a death or injury are due to driver error and a majority of these accidents are caused by trucks.

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Changing demands of trucking industry defines changing demands of the commercial tire industry

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Changing demands of trucking industry defines changing demands of the commercial tire industry Photo Credit: overdriveonline.com

The trucking industry is a constantly changing industry. New regulations are imposed almost every day, not to mention the industry seems to be adapting to new developments and picking its way through new challenges. Changes in the trucking industry invariably impact other industries associated with it. One of the best examples is the commercial tire industry.

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National Association of Publicly Funded Driving Schools and Fastport Inc. to co-sponsor 100,000 apprenticeships

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National Association of Publicly Funded Driving Schools and Fastport Inc. to co-sponsor 100,000 apprenticeships Photo Credit:  Kevin Burch, chairman of the American Trucking Associations, says, “The challenge is not finding warm bodies” for truck drivers, but finding people who have the proper skills and are committed to safety. “That’s why an apprenticeship program is such great opportunity,” he says.

The National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools and Fastport Inc., an employment software development company have joined forces to extend the apprenticeship opportunities available in the transportation and logistics industry. In addition to this, military veterans will be assisted in order for them to get admitted to an accredited commercial driver license school. The program will be representing 117 publicly funded schools from 37 states.

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Clean Air Action Plan set to achieve low levels of GHG emissions by 2030: Locals concerned about the timeline

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Clean Air Action Plan set to achieve low levels of GHG emissions by 2030: Locals concerned about the timeline Photo Credit: The Port of Long Beach as seen on Thursday morning, Jan. 21, 2016. Taken together, the Ports of LA and Long Beach are the single largest source of air pollution in Southern California. MAYA SUGARMAN/KPCC

Local residents located near the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are demanding that these ports speed up the Clean Air Action Plan. The action plan, which includes limiting the use of diesel engines and advancing towards zero emissions is claimed to be moving too slow by residents and air regulators. These ports are the biggest source of pollution and people who reside near them are anxious for the plan to move forward as people's lives are at stake.

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CVSA sets April 1, 2018 as deadline for vehicles to be placed in the ELD out-of-service criteria

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CVSA sets April 1, 2018 as deadline for vehicles to be placed in the ELD out-of-service criteria Photo Credit: cantruck.ca

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has recently made an announcement regarding pending electronic logging device (ELD) implementation. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) imposed ELD mandate deadline is set at December 18, 2017, with seemingly no obstacles to hinder its implementation. The CVSA has announced that from April 1, 2018, law enforcement officials will place those commercial vehicles without an ELD in the out of service criteria (OOSC). Drivers are permitted to use Automatic On Board Recording Devices (AOBRDs) until December 16, 2019.

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Self driving technology will have varying effects on different working classes

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Self driving technology will have varying effects on different working classes Photo Credit: BP63Vincent

Self driving technology may revolutionize the trucking industry sooner than we thought it would. The advent of such a technology will affect different classes of people in different ways. Workers in industries like trucking, which is primarily associated with moving goods and services, might find themselves in a tight spot once autonomous vehicles become fully functional. Other industries, where mobility of workers is of importance, self driving technology might actually benefit from such vehicles. They include plumbers, postal workers, and so on.

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DriveriQ conducts survey of trucking companies: Reveals most new hires quit within six months of joining

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DriveriQ conducts survey of trucking companies: Reveals most new hires quit within six months of joining Photo Credit: www.driveriq.com

DriveriQ, a company that provides background screening of employees for trucking companies, recently conducted a survey of trucking companies. According to the reports of the survey, 90% of the total new hires make their decision to quitting or staying with the company within the first six months of joining.

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Freight rates to increase as trucks are being called to haul relief loads to help hurricane victims

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Freight rates to increase as trucks are being called to haul relief loads to help hurricane victims Photo Credit: TRUCKS WITH GENERATORS ARE LINED UP AT A STAGING SITE IN CARVILLE, LA, LOADED WITH COMMODITIES, WATER, MRES, COTS, AND OTHER ESSENTIALS FOR EVACUEES IMPACTED BY HURRICANE GUSTAV IN 2008.

Trucking analysts have predicted a steep increase in freight rates in the coming months. Truck drivers are being called by the government to haul loads in areas that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. This, in addition to the fact that the year is advancing towards the holiday season, a peak time for the trucking industry is responsible for the expected increase in freight rates.

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