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12/6/2021
Born in a 17th century London coffee house, Lloyd’s — and, with it, the modern insurance industry — was built on trusted human relationships.

We only need to look at an exemplar, like the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, for glimpses at our industry’s storied history. Perhaps you’ll recall, this particular firm honored each and every claim it received in the wake of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, even though all of its records had been destroyed. Read More

12/6/2021
A recent study by the American Transportation Research Institute into truck drivers’ motivations for choosing a particular employment status – either company driver or independent contractor/owner-operator – found that fleets should consider bolstering healthcare and retirement savings options when looking to recruit and retain company drivers. The full survey report can be downloaded on ATRI's website. Read More

12/6/2021
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was enacted in 1938 at 29 USC §203. The Motor Carrier Exemption, which exempts motor carriers from overtime pay, came in a 1966 amendment.

Perhaps, once upon a time, there was a place where the exemption was justified but during the ensuing 55 years, technology has made the exemption outmoded, the disproportionate labor market inequity is outdated, and the perpetual driver turnover at large fleets is out-of-touch with small and private fleets. That blatant disparity (94% vs 14% turnover) should clearly demonstrate that it’s the business model that has a shortage: It’s a failed model. Read More

12/1/2021
Truck parking expansion was left out of President Joe Biden's $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan – a big deal for drivers on the East Coast.

According to truck parking data analysis by TruckerPath, a mobile app for truckers that provides access to up-to-date information about truck stops, real-time available parking, fuel prices, weigh station status, and truck scales and wash locations, truck parking tends to be more crowded on the East Coast than the West Coast, and it also suggests that it gets more full at night (7 p.m. -10 p.m.) than at noon (11 a.m.-2 p.m.). Read More

12/1/2021
Driver availability improving, ACT reports

The latest release of ACT’s For-Hire Trucking Index, with October data, showed a decrease in volumes, pricing and productivity, with capacity up slightly and with a lower but still-healthy supply-demand balance. Read More

11/30/2021
Temporarily raising the 80,000 lb. truck weight limit in California to 88,000 lbs. largely misses the mark when it comes to relieving historic congestion at the state’s ports, according to trucking experts.

Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced that the state will begin issuing temporary permits to allow trucks to gross upwards of 88,000 pounds on state and intrastate routes between statewide ports and distribution centers. Read More

11/29/2021
A truck's aftertreatment system is a collection of components engineered to work together to reduce greenhouse gases, yet despite its well-intended environmental impact, almost no other part of a truck draws more scorn from fleet operators. Read More

11/28/2021
Carriers turning to the used truck market to supplement tractor count have ben met with record prices nearly every month, and that's not likely to change in the immediate future.

Through the first 10 months of the year, used truck sales activity is 4% higher compared to the same period a year ago, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks published by ACT Research.
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11/23/2021
A new report from cybersecurity company Coro predicts escalating cyber attacks on transportation and trucking companies that are supporting an already duressed supply chain this holiday season. Read More

11/22/2021
Black Friday takes on a whole new meaning for carriers victimized by cargo theft over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Analyzing data over the past five Thanksgiving holidays – from the Tuesday before Thanksgiving to the Monday – CargoNet discovered 137 recorded thefts (an average of 27 per year), and that Thanksgiving 2020 was the most active period in the analysis with 40 thefts recorded. Read More

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