Transportation News and Insights
With so many additional drivers out there during the summer months, it’s especially important to understand how to harmoniously share the road with commercial vehicles. Check out these 7 tips for safely sharing the road with semis this summer.
At the PDQ Transmitter, we pride ourselves on keeping you updated with trucking news and industry insights. As we’re wrapping up the second quarter of the year, we’re catching you up on important happenings in our industry, from an impasse in infrastructure improvements to FMCSA’s new pilot program targeting young military drivers.
American Trucking Association’s chief economist Bob Costello doesn’t foresee the economy and trucking industry heating up quite like it did last year. Costello isn’t ready to say that trucking and freight companies should batten down the hatches for an imminent recession, but he senses something is off.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck is happening June 4-6. Over the next few days, commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections on commercial motor vehicles and drivers, paying extra attention to a category of violations. Besides ensuring your truck is ready for a typical inspection on any other day of the year, during this time double check to ensure your steering components and suspension systems are operating correctly.
Not only was World War II costly in human life on the battlefield, it also made life much more difficult for those at home. From more and more women stepping out of the home and into the workplace due to labor shortages, to a rise in poverty, American families made their own sacrifices during the war. The war also impacted American transportation in numerous ways.
After meeting behind closed doors at the White House April 30, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that Democrats had found common ground with the President on a $2 trillion infrastructure package. In the upcoming weeks, key members of both parties will meet again to flesh out funding options for the package.
American Trucking Associations estimates the trucking industry is short more than 50,000 drivers. Have you ever considered becoming a truck driver? If so, you’ll need a Commercial Driver’s License. Read here to find out how.
We’re now rolling through the second week of April, but as of April 1, truckers could be placed out of service for these 4 violations…
Can you believe we’re almost through the first quarter of the year? It feels like we were just ringing in the New Year. Lots has happened in the trucking industry, so here’s your rundown of some of the biggest events in trucking so far in 2019.
ATRI released a new report last week estimating that congestion raised the trucking industry’s fuel consumption by 6.87 billion gallons in 2016, increasing fuel expenditures by $15.74 billion. Their report quantifies how improvements to our nation’s highway infrastructure can help conserve fuel and reduce emissions.
An uptick in truck-involved fatal crashes and instances of fraudulent truck driver medical certifications have spurred a Department of Transportation Inspector General audit of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s medical certificate program.
Although President Donald Trump made it clear in last week’s State of the Union address that infrastructure investment is “a necessity” for our D+ roads and bridges, many were left wanting more details about his game plan for solving issues like traffic congestion and road conditions, among others.
Approximately 660,000 drivers admit to driving while distracted. Follow these five tips to ditch the distractions and stay safe out on the road.
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D – Or.), the new U.S. House Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, recently began his tenure with two specific goals in mind: launching investigations into the Trump administration and finding long-term solutions for the nation’s infrastructure package. So what does this mean for the trucking industry?
It’s almost that time of the year again, when our hard-working staff takes a break from the hustle and bustle of the trucking industry to spend time with family and recoup for the start of a new year.
Our PDQ America team is looking forward to spending time with family, indulging in way too much delicious food, and making lots of lasting memories. We know that every family has their own unique Thanksgiving traditions, so here’s a look at what several of our team members will be doing to kick off the holiday season.
After a midterm election shakeup, Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years. So what will this mean for our nation’s infrastructure? Read here to find out.
With Election Day coming up Nov. 6, the trucking industry has made it clear where their political priorities lie. Money talks, and campaign contributions are saying this industry favors Republicans over Democrats.
It’s October, which means pumpkin spice lattes and gorgeous fall foliage. However, several parts of the country are already dipping into the 20s and 30s. This means truck drivers need to get ahead of the curve and prepare their trucks to face the winter conditions head on.
As a freight service provider, we relentlessly pursue perfection and foster a spirit of community service, so when PDQ America’s president Michael Clements, Jr. noticed these same attributes in professional golfer Joel Thelen, he took the opportunity to make PDQ America a business partner.
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.