Diesel Nudges Up 0.4¢ to $2.39 a Gallon for First Rise This Year

The nationwide average price of diesel fuel increased by about half a penny, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported May 26, ending a string of 19 consecutive weekly price decreases in 2020. The price of diesel rose 0.4 cent to $2.390 a gallon from $ 2.386 the previous week. Trucking’s main fuel costs 76.1 cents […]

Trial over: California group says natural gas engines have proven their worth

Near-zero emission (NZE) natural gas trucks have been in operation in California ports for some time, but the vehicles have generally been operating under trial programs. According to the California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership, that trial period is over – the trucks are ready for primetime. The partnership announced this week that NZE trucks have proven […]

Volumes fall week-over-week but now up 10% year-over-year

Outbound tender volumes are benefiting greatly from the reopening of the economy and a release of pent-up consumer demand. Supply dynamics are taking longer to adjust and capacity remains loose. While rates are coming off a depressed base, spot rates have surged to $1.47 per mile and have increased in the vast majority of lanes. […]

Diesel Nudges Up 0.4¢ to $2.39 a Gallon for First Rise This Year

The nationwide average price of diesel fuel increased by about half a penny, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported May 26, ending a string of 19 consecutive weekly price decreases in 2020. The price of diesel rose 0.4 cent to $2.390 a gallon from $ 2.386 the previous week. Trucking’s main fuel costs 76.1 cents […]

Truck Stops Providing Essential Services to Truckers, Navigating the Downturn

The employees at the Iowa 80 Truckstop have a motto that serves as reminder of their mission: “Without trucks, America stops. Without truck stops, trucks stop.” As the nation continues to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, those words are taking on new relevance. While drivers are facing challenges amid the crisis, so, too are the […]

COVID-19 taking bite out of the driver pool

Trucking companies are realigning hiring practices to focus on experienced drivers as the supply of student drivers falls dramatically because of COVID-19. The shift is a direct result of driving schools that have closed and state driver licensing agencies (SDLAs) that have either cut back hours or shut down entirely during the pandemic. This is […]

FMCSA extends COVID-19 HOS exemption to mid-June

Federal regulators have extended until June 14 broad exemptions from hours-of-service (HOS) rules for drivers hauling freight deemed essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. The extension, issued today (May 13), marks the second time the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) exemption has been extended since the original order was put in place immediately following the national emergency […]

Reefer capacity begins to tighten; could van follow?

The freight market is still reeling from the economic mess created by the COVID-19 pandemic, but reefer tender rejection rates have been on the rise since bottoming in late April around 3.8%—now sitting around 5.56%. Dry van rejection rates have yet to make a meaningful movement since bottoming around 2.6% in mid to late April. […]

FMCSA Adopts Crash Accountability Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on May 1 announced that effective immediately it is making permanent a pilot program that will not count a crash in which a motor carrier was not at fault when calculating the carrier’s safety measurement profile. It also is expanding the types of crashes that may be considered.