Transportation News and Insights
Although you might notice freight being moved every day on your commute to and from work, or on your way to pick up the kids from school, did you know that 80 percent of communities depend on trucking alone for delivery of goods? Professional truck drivers literally keep America moving, but can sometimes be underappreciated. That’s why this week is especially for them.
Recent strides have been made toward improving the state of our nation’s infrastructure. From Kentucky, to Mississippi, to Pennsylvania, drivers should soon be noticing improved road and bridge conditions.
Not all freight brokers are created equal. Is your business in the market for a reliable, quality broker to manage your logistical needs? If so, here are the 6 most important questions to consider in your quest for the best freight broker.
Federal law dictates that you must undergo a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical to be cleared to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). While this checkup could be intimidating if you don’t know what to expect, having an idea of what happens during the exam can help. Here’s what you can anticipate from your first DOT physical.
At PDQ America in White Oak, TX, we promote a culture of putting safety first. In light of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Operation Safe Driver Week, here are 5 reminders to help drivers stay safe on the road.
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced July 3 that 18- 20-year-olds with the U.S. military equivalent of a commercial driver license will be allowed to operate large trucks in interstate commerce as part of a USDOT pilot program.
Especially with the ongoing driver shortage, it’s vital to have carriers you can count on to perform their services at a fair price, transport safely, and deliver dependably. Here are the steps we are taking to strengthen our carrier network.
Although many similar bills have been filed recently regarding the same issues, the HOURS Act is different in that it has gained ATA approval. This act could mean changes to hours of service regulations for some sectors of the trucking industry, and could grant FMCSA permission to forge ahead with rules affording drivers additional split sleeper birth options.
The Environmental Protection Agency advisory board is having to think twice about this proposal and the research in which it is grounded. This decision to reconsider the glider repeal plan comes on the heels of opposition felt from environmentalists, scientists, academics, and trade groups at a recent EPA Science Advisory Board meeting.
Partnering with a freight broker like PDQ America increases efficiency and flexibility within your supply chain and gives your business a competitive edge. Read to find out six reasons why working with a trusted, professional freight broker like us offers distinct advantages for your company.
Whether the truck is loaded or not, drivers are now allowed to enter into personal conveyance status to find the nearest safe parking or rest location in such situations. Read on to find out more about new personal conveyance guidelines.
Two members of the House of Representatives want to provide relief from burdens placed on agricultural businesses and the smallest trucking companies by the Electronic Logging Device mandate. Reps. Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota) and Greg Gianforte (R-Montana) filed the Small Carrier Electronic Logging Device Exemption Act and the Agricultural Business Electronic Logging Device Exemption Act of 2018 in the U.S. House of Representatives on May 23.
National Infrastructure Week was a week-long event centered around educating America’s public about the relevance of infrastructure to the nation’s economy, workers, and communities. While members of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure talked about raising revenues to fund infrastructure, there’s been a lot of talking, but no walking.
The 6th annual National Infrastructure Week is a week-long event centered around educating America’s public about the relevance of infrastructure to the nation’s economy, workers, and communities. It’s meant to educate individuals and organizations alike by hosting events, showcasing state-of-the-art projects, and discussing topics in infrastructure.
The month of April ended on a high note for the American economy, with unemployment falling below 4 percent for the first time since the close of 2000. However, new employment in trucking specifically fell short last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is the first time in eight months hiring in the trucking industry has hit a downturn.
From democratic senators to George W. Bush’s former EPA administrator, democrats and republicans alike have penned letters to the EPA expressing concerns ranging from the hazardous outcomes of pollution, to the faulty, unethical research in which the repeal is grounded.
Is the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposition to reverse an Obama administration decision limiting the number of glider kits manufactured this year a potentially dangerous decision motivated by industry greed? Legislators on both sides of the aisle seem to think so.
In their recent survey, the American Transportation Research Institute outlined three strategies targeting the growing scarcity of truck parking, including educating the public sector on the safety consequences resulting from closing public parking facilities and failing to expand truck parking availability.
Now that the ELD mandate is officially in the enforcement phase, these devices require stringent adherence to the 11-hour rule since most truckers now can’t fudge on paper logs. This leads to more drivers hitting their time limits and being forced to park. But what happens when there simply isn’t enough parking to go around?
The recent Mid-America Trucking show was a lively one, to say the least. However, did all the ruckus created by those in attendance set the ball in motion for real change when it comes to Hours of Service regulations?
Starting April 1, carriers not equipped with ELDs will be placed out of service, along with the driver, and will remain out of service for 10 hours. Joe DeLorenzo, director of FMCSA's Office of Compliance and Enforcement, claims the transition from using Automatic On Board Recording Devices (AOBRDs), paper logs, and other logging software to ELDs is going smoothly, with a "steadily increasing" compliance rate of 96 percent.
The trucking industry is facing a crisis when it comes to the truck driver shortage. Could women be the solution? Read to find out what it's like for females to work in a male-dominated industry like trucking.
While the U.S. excels in many areas, our country falls short in an important area: training for professional drivers.
FMCSA has increased regulation of the CDL training and certification process in hopes of turning out a safer-driving, more knowledgeable workforce. With a compliance date of February 2020, the ELDT final rule establishes comprehensive national minimum training standards for entry-level commercial truck and bus operators seeking to obtain a CDL or certain endorsements.
When it comes to the Electronic Logging Device mandate, many trucking companies have concerns ranging from the cost of implementing ELDS in their fleet, to the conflict of ELDs and traffic congestion. Here's the lowdown on ELDS, and what they could mean for the trucking industry.
While the transportation industry is largely in agreement with President Trump's calls for infrastructure improvements, many are skittish about talk of “Trump Tolls,” and are concerned about issues like the looming insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund.
The Trump administration’s legislative goals outlined in the “Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America” revolve around six principles. Read more about these principles here.
Why did the American Society of Civil Engineers give America's infrastructure a D+, and what does that mean for both those in the transportation industry and the average American household? Read here to find out.