ATA argues against road tolls

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) has told a House subcommittee that the use of tolls to finance infrastructure construction and maintenance is inefficient, unsafe, and harmful to the trucking industry. “While the trucking industry is willing to pay its fair share for infrastructure improvement, we believe that tolls are not the right solution, and in […]

California passes bill that may affect independent contractor status for truckers

California lawmakers have passed a bill that codifies into law a 2018 state Supreme Court decision that makes it easier for independent contractors to become reclassified as employees of motor carriers. Assembly Bill 5, passed along party lines by the state Senate on Sept. 10 and Assembly on Sept. 11, was the latest development by […]

Diesel Price Falls for Eighth Consecutive Week, Down 0.7¢ to $2.976 a Gallon

The U.S. average retail price of diesel dropped 0.7 cent to $2.976 per gallon, the Department of Energy reported Sept. 3, as the price of crude dropped 2% amid the ongoing U.S.-China trade dispute. The price of diesel has fallen for eight consecutive weeks since July 15, when trucking’s main fuel cost $3.051 per gallon.

South Texas powers another week of rising truckload volumes

Outbound tender volumes (OTVI.USA) finished this week up 4.99 percent year-over-year. South Texas led the climb with both Houston and Laredo posting strong double-digit weekly increases. OTVI began the week with a strong start before dipping late Thursday, diminishing the weekly gains. Overall, tendered truckload volumes increased 1.45 percent this week. The OTVI index also […]

ATA Freight Forecast Predicts 25.6% Growth by 2030

Freight tonnage is projected to increase 25.6% by 2030 according to American Trucking Associations’ Freight Transportation Forecast: 2019 to 2030. Annual tonnage is expected to grow to more than 20.5 billion tons by 2030, and with it, revenue is expected to jump almost 54% to $1.6 trillion.

FMCSA Proposes Changes to Hours of Service Rules

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has published a notice of proposed rulemaking on changes to hours of service (HOS) rules to increase safety on America’s roadways by updating existing regulations for commercial motor vehicle drivers.

Load Volumes Accelerate Heading Into August

National load tender volumes (OTVI.USA) ended July and moved into August with positive numbers, posting a 208 basis points (bps) gain. This is the second week in a row where 2019 load volumes finished higher year-over-year compared with 2018. It is also the first week the 60-day moving average moved above 2018 levels, signaling a […]