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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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