Trump calls for $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill, faster permitting at State of Union

President Trump called on Congress to produce an infrastructure bill of at least $1.5 trillion, and to ease the regulatory review process during his first State of the Union address.

He said the effort to modernize every aspect of the nation’s infrastructure is what “our economy needs and people deserve.”  Read more here.

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Trucking: Challenges still prevail with ELD mandate rollout

Like many of us, I’ve been highly interested in the industry’s reaction to the federal electronic Iogging device (ELD) mandate after it went into effect. Have carriers been prepared, or are some of them still stalling or unclear on the requirements? What challenges has enforcement faced out in the field?  Read more here.

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For Trucking Industry, Optimism Abounds

There is much reason for the trucking industry to be optimistic as we enter 2018. For one, freight levels have improved significantly for the industry. In addition, the combination of better freight volumes and for-hire fleets not adding to truck counts in 2017 absorbed much of the excess capacity that plagued the industry over the previous couple of years.   Read more here.

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Trucking: NAFTA ‘Danger Zone’ Nears as Key Talks Begin Amid Trump Threats

NAFTA talks are entering a pivotal moment as the U.S. turns up the pressure on Canada and Mexico to radically alter the trade pact in favor of American interests.  Read more here.

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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

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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Trucking: Start the New Year with an in-depth review of operation

The beginning of the New Year is a good time to review, reflect and evaluate existing practices and procedures.   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. (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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