Author Archives: Amanda Hook

Trucking: As more states move toward legalizing marijuana, it remains off limits for truckers

In one of the first laws of its kind, Maine has enacted rules that forbid the state’s employers from firing employees or refusing job applicants for testing positive for marijuana use. The laws, handed down by the state’s Department of Labor and slated to take effect in February, allow employees to file discrimination-based lawsuits should an employer fire employees or turn away applicants based on the results of marijuana-positive drug tests.  Read more here.

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Trucking: ELD Mandate, Driver Shortage Spur All-Time Record Trailer Orders in December

Plant worders assemble a Strick trailer

Trailer orders in December hit an all-time high of 47,000 units, led by purchases of dry vans, as freight demand outpaced available equipment, the research firm FTR reported, citing preliminary data from trailer makers.  Read more here.

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2017 year in review: A month-by-month look at trucking’s top stories

While the electronic logging device mandate dominated the trucking industry news cycle in 2017, there were still a number of other notable stories throughout the year.  Read more here.

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Trucking: ITI adds ELD training course to PRO-TREAD

Instructional Technologies Inc.

Instructional Technologies Inc. (ITI), providers of online training systems for the transportation industry, has created an Introduction to Electronic Logging Devices course that covers the basics of ELDs for drivers, and allows carriers to customize the training to meet company-specific needs.  Read more here.

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Trucking: Freight index reaches another all-time high in October; truck freight remains strong

Seasonally adjusted truck tonnage chart

In the Transportation Services Index, which measures freight movement in tons and ton-miles, increases in four of six modes, including another significant increase in trucking, led to another all-time high.  Read more here.

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Trucking: Solar Solutions

A growing number of fleets are turning to an alternative energy source — the sun — to help meet the growing demand for power on board their trucks.  Read more here.

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Autonomous Technology to Dominate House Roundtable With Trucking Execs

Truck Platooning

Advances in connected, autonomous and truck platooning technologies are expected to dominate the discussions during a Dec. 7 roundtable House transportation policymakers scheduled with executives from the trucking industry.  Read more here.

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Trucking: DHL: E-commerce driving higher seasonal sales, freight surge

After healthy Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping in the U.S., strong growth in e-commerce is continuing to drive a bigger surge this year in seasonal freight volumes and sales, according to package delivery and logistics giant DHL Group.  Read more here.

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