Good and not so good: The top 5 trends in trucking

Despite the predicted slowdown of the U.S. economic growth in the first half of 2019, over half (52%) of transportation businesses report they are growing and 1 in 3 expect to continue growing their revenue by 11-25% in the next two years.

That was part of the Bibby Financial Services seminar March 28 at the 48th annual Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY. The information was presented by Mary Ann Hudson, executive vice president of Bibby Transportation Finance, which surveyed 250 trucking businesses with between 1 and 100 trucks, from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28.

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Parking at rest stops becoming easier in Midwest

Intelligent Imaging Systems (IIS) delivers parking availability in Ohio.

IIS Smart Parking solutions for trucks at rest stops are up and running. Installations were recently completed in Ohio, part of the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO) initiative, which unites eight Midwestern states in the nation’s first Regional Truck Parking Information Management System(TPIMS).

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New delivery service combines fresh food, health education for truckers

LAS VEGAS. Bob Perry believes his new box can play a big role in improving the health of the nation’s truck drivers.

The box is from the just launched CDLMeals, which offers a pre-packaged, healthy meal delivery service. Beyond the balanced meals made from scratch, the box acts as a “driver healthy handbook,” providing nutrition and fitness information tailored for the tough lifestyle of truck drivers.

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Bill would broaden ‘agricultural commodity’ definition for Ag hauler HOS exemption

These are questions that trucking companies hauling agricultural goods and commodities have long asked: what exactly counts as an agricultural commodity to be transporting where the driver is then exempted from the federal Hours of Service (HOS) regulations and by extension, having to use electronic logging devices (ELDs), and why are some agricultural goods left out? Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) on Tuesday reintroduced the Agricultural Trucking Relief Act (H.R. 1673) to clarify the definition of “agricultural commodity” to include a broader range of agricultural products.

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More ‘Uber-like’ paths for owner-ops, small trucking businesses

What does it mean to be an owner-operator of a heavy truck or small trucking operation? Contracting or leasing on with a carrier, calls may be made back and forth and multiple people may get involved as loads are continually arranged. There are dead miles and some loads are better than others, but you work as best you can.

Now think of an Uber or Lyft driver using a simple app to find and accept passengers and get paid for driving them more quickly and conveniently vs. traditional taxicabs. What if truck drivers did that same thing to match up to and haul loads? That’s essentially the new business model and possibility that’s been emerging in the world of freight vs. traditional freight brokering.

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‘Angels’: These truck drivers saved lives

Hauling across the nation’s highways 24/7/365, truckers are out on the road not only in every metro area but often in places and at times when no one else is around, and if there’s some accident or emergency, their actions can mean the difference between life and death. For drivers Brian Snell, Terry McKnight and Jared Flach, the latest to be honored by the Truckload Carriers Assn. as “Highway Angels,” that’s exactly what happened.
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Uber Freight Hopes App Will Alleviate $1B Annual Trucker Losses

Uber Freight wants to tap the collective experiences of truckers to rate shippers and their loading docks for how quickly drivers can get in and out.

Delays at loading docks, also known as detention time, are a sore point for truckers. Collectively, detention time robs U.S. truckers of an estimated $1.1 billion to $1.3 billion in income annually, according to an audit by the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General.

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Will you survive winter?

Even if you have done a good job preparing your vehicles for winter, you still need to pay special attention to a few key items during the winter.

This week’s intense, 
sub-zero winter weather across much of North America, presents special challenges to truck drivers. You can’t prevent or ignore temperatures below zero, ice, snow, sleet, deicing chemicals. You can however spend time before bad weather sets in getting your trucks ready for winter’s onslaught and then pay extra attention to a few specific areas during the winter. If you follow these tips, winter is likely to be less harsh for you.

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Truckers Against Trafficking reveals ‘Everyday Heroes’ Kenworth truck

The attendees got to take a look inside the Freedom Drivers Project, a mobile display featuring a video and artifacts from human trafficking survivors.

In coordination with National Human Trafficking Awareness month, Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) unveiled its 2019 Everyday Heroes Kenworth T680, at a press conference held recently at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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