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ATA expresses support for Modern, Clean and Safe Trucks Act

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) released a statement praising the introduction of the Modern, Clean, and Safe Trucks Act of 2021 by Senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Ben Cardin (D-MD). The bipartisan legislation would repeal the 12% federal excise tax (FET) on heavy-duty trucks, which currently adds approximately $22,000 to the cost of the average

TMC survey finds increase in unscheduled roadside truck maintenance

A recently released TMC/FleetNet America Vertical Benchmarking Program survey found an industrywide increase in the frequency of unscheduled roadside maintenance, the American Trucking Associations announced. The TMC/FleetNetAmerica survey found that during the first quarter of 2021, fleets averaged 29,506 miles of operation between unscheduled road repairs—down 18.7% from the fourth quarter of 2020. Truckload carriers

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TMC welcomes Collision Repair Forum to 2021 Fall Meeting

The American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council and the Heavy Duty Repair Forum (HDRF) has agreed to co-locate its fall events at the 2021 TMC Fall Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition this September in Cleveland. The HDRF is the largest conference solely dedicated to the heavy-duty collision repair industry, the group says, and this

ATA Truck Tonnage Index decreased slightly in May

American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index decreased 0.7% in May after falling 0.6% in April, the organization reports. In May, the index equaled 113.7 (2015=100) compared with 114.5 in April. April’s reading was revised down slightly to -0.6% from ATA’s May 18 press release. Compared with May 2020, the SA

Why outdated mobile technology is causing truck driver dissatisfaction

The inherent success of the trucking industry relies heavily on the technology that the driver is using. While transportation adopted mobile technology early in comparison to many other industries, today these tools are outdated and ineffective, making the drivers’ job harder instead of easier. Many companies have significant “technical debt” that’s accumulated over a long

Reward trucks and the driver shortage

The driver shortage is ongoing and shows no signs of stopping. “We need about 90,000 drivers a year coming into our industry, and we’re about 50,000 short today,” outgoing ATA Chairman Dave Manning said in a recent speech. “We project that to be 125,000 short in the next six years. “We have a workforce policy

Outgoing ATA chairman goes over the association’s plans for this year and next

Dave Manning, chairman of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), has only a few short weeks left in that role until a new chairman is chosen at the ATA Management Conference and Exhibition (MCE), Oct. 27-31. As Manning closes in on the end of his tenure, he went over seven major issues that ATA is prioritizing,

Volvo gives new VNL 760 to America’s Road Team

Volvo Trucks North America presented a new Volvo VNL 760 to representatives of the America’s Road Team at the recent Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Newport, Rhode Island. The America’s Road Team program is a national public outreach effort led by expert professional truck drivers who have logged millions of accident-free miles. The ATA created

Trucking industry revenues were $676.2 billion in 2016

Trucking industry revenues in 2016 were $676.2 billion, according to findings of the American Trucking Associations in ATA American Trucking Trends 2017, the annual compendium of data about the trucking industry. “The information in Trends highlights exactly what I tell elected officials, regulators and key decision-makers every day: trucking is literally the driving force behind our

Fleet Equipment’s 2016 Truck Equipment Trend of the Year

This past year saw the introduction of new trucks, new proprietary integrated powertrain equipment—including the introduction of 2017 engines—and a huge leap forward in terms of truck technology and telematics. Yet the biggest equipment talking point this year was the piece of the equipment productivity puzzle that has the largest direct impact on the truck’s

Five truck trend takeaways from November

A look at the five biggest takeaways from the month of November in the world of heavy-duty trucks.

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Pondering the issue of speed governors

May I ask a favor? It’s OK—I’m not trying to borrow money or power tools. What I really need is for someone to explain to me, in terms that are both simple and concise, what the issue with speed governors is. I am prone to confusion about many things, but speed governors and heavy trucks?