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The importance of VMRS in heavy-duty operations

Since 1970, VMRS codes have changed the way service providers and fleet operators communicate with one another.

ATA unveils 2023 Law Enforcement Advisory Board

The ATA 2023 Law Enforcement Advisory Board has 38 members whose collective law enforcement experience totals over 900 years.

ATA: Driver shortage remains near record high

American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello said the driver shortage has eased slightly, but remains near its all-time high. “Based on our estimates, the trucking industry is short roughly 78,000 drivers,” Costello said. “That’s down slightly from 2021’s record of more than 81,000–but still extremely high historically.” ATA calculates the shortage estimates by determining

Top finalists named in search for top rookie military veteran driver

Fastport has announced its Top 12 finalists for its “Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence,” a program dedicated to finding America’s top rookie military veteran driver. The program recognizes professional drivers who have made the successful transition from active duty to driving for a commercial fleet. Kenworth has teamed with Fastport, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and

ATA Truck Tonnage Index increased 2.7% in June

American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 2.7% in June after rising 0.3% in May. In June, the index equaled 120.1 (2015=100) versus 116.9 in May. “June’s jump tells me a couple of things. First, the transition in the freight market from spot back to contract continues. ATA’s tonnage

TMC, SAE ITC collaborate on integrated vehicle health management technologies

SAE ITC and the American Trucking Associations announced an agreement between ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council and the Health Ready Components and Systems Consortium for use of the Council’s Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards (VMRS) in helping to implement integrated vehicle health management technologies. “With several new programs having been identified for this approach, including autonomous

Truck Tonnage Index rose in August

American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 0.5% in August after falling 1.1% in July. In August, the index equaled 110.3 compared with 109.8 in July. Trucking serves as a barometer of the U.S. economy, representing 72.5% of tonnage carried by all modes of domestic freight transportation, including manufactured and

The value of safety

Standing in the presence of the country’s top 19 professional truck drivers who were named to captain ATA’s America’s Road Team, one stat stood out among all others—30.3 million combined accident-free miles. These drivers are the face of the 3.2 million professional drivers on the road today, and their outstanding safety records are humble reminders

Dimethyl ether: Fuel of the future?

Dimethyl ether (DME) may be the most promising fuel of the future, this statement is based on research carried out by Daniel Kauffman, president of Terracel Energy, who is an energy technology entrepreneur, investor and consultant and Bob Riedford, president of Riedford Management Inc. The ATA projects as many as 5% of the Class 7

Fuel of the future fuel pump
Driving performance with information: ATA summit addresses the value of information technology

For fleets that have embraced technologies designed to provide a better understanding of business processes, the ability to analyze and use data to make more effective choices is a clear path to a more competitive advantage in the market. How information technology is changing the trucking business for the better was the premise of the

Analyzing Data Fleet Truck