FMCSA Proposes Eased Hours-of-Service Rules

FMCSA Proposes Eased Hours-of-Service Rules

By John Kearney ​The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has recently proposed a set of changes to the hours-of-service rules that govern the number of hours per day truckers are permitted to spend behind the wheel, as well as the rest breaks they are required...
Trucking Firms Seek to Recruit Women Drivers

Trucking Firms Seek to Recruit Women Drivers

By John Kearney The latest figures from American Trucking Associations show the U.S. driver shortage easing somewhat, from 60,000 last year to 59,500 in 2019. Unfortunately, says ATA, that’s a fleeting and temporary bit of good news, partly due to a lull in freight...
Simulation Needed to Save Lives

Simulation Needed to Save Lives

By John Kearney On a Thursday afternoon in late April, an 18-wheeler lost control on Interstate 70 outside of Denver and plowed into a line of eastbound traffic that was stopped because of an accident ahead. The crash caused a fire that engulfed numerous vehicles;...
Trucker Shortage Cramps Texas Oil Field Output

Trucker Shortage Cramps Texas Oil Field Output

One of the most oil-rich places in the United States is the Permian Basin shale formation that underlies large chunks of west Texas and southeastern New Mexico. It’s a huge area, 86,000 square miles, and it’s been producing oil since the early 1920s. The most recent...
Truck Drivers and Transportation Security

Truck Drivers and Transportation Security

In early April, the U.S. Transportation Security Agency announced the creation of a Surface Transportation Security Advisory Board. The board’s mission is to help TSA think its way through possible terrorist threats to the nation’s supply lines and devise regulations...