California’s hostile environment for the trucking industry

May 04, 2018 Matt Wimberly, freight markets reporter This past week, I had the opportunity to visit the lovely state of California, with its thriving tech sector and massive ports that provide the front door to the American retail economy. In speaking with a number of people on the ground, I came away with an impression […]

ELD devices give carriers pricing power

May 01, 2018 Craig Fuller Tweeners offer the biggest rate opportunity for carriers Deregulation had a profound impact on the trucking market that resulted in massive upheaval for the incumbents. If you look at the top 100 trucking companies that existed before deregulation, only about 20% are still around. The rest went away because they couldn’t […]

Trucking prices remain elevated and signs point to higher rates in other modes

April 10, 2018 Ibrahiim Bayaan, chief economist, FreightWaves Data on producer prices shows continued signs of pressure for overall inflation in the economy as announced tariffs led to a jump in steel prices in March.  Trucking prices leveled off in March but remain strong relative to this point last year, and other modes of freight such […]

Hours of service changes might be coming soon. The industry will be safer if they pass.

March 29, 2018 Matt Wimberly, freight markets reporter Late Thursday evening Texas Rep. (R) Brian Babin introduced a bill in the House that will change the hours of service regulations for American truckers. The bill is intended to modifiy the 14 hour rule and would allow drivers to enjoy a three-hour break without the time counting […]

Opinion: Rural Americans will pay the price in a new way because of old laws

By C.J. Garland, Phoenix Rising Equibusiness Consulting Published: February 13, 2018 As a rural Kansas resident, I feel compelled to express my growing concern about the negative effects the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate, Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) classifications, and Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) requirements have on the agriculture and livestock industries. With the extension of the agriculture exemption of […]

Truck driver shortages hitting Canada’s forest products sector

by ROSS MAROWITS, THE CANADIAN PRESS  MONTREAL – A shortage of truck drivers is hampering the country’s forest sector as shipments have been delayed and at least one producer was forced to slow production because of a lack of wood chips. Weyerhaeuser Co. chief executive Doyle Simons said Friday that availability of transportation services has been […]