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Truck parking information needs to be functional, accurate, ATRI research says

From Transport Topics. Effectively addressing the truck parking capacity problem will depend on standardization and accuracy, according to a recent white paper from the American Transportation Research Institute. ATRI on June 14 released the research, which analyzed truck driver perspectives regarding truck parking information systems. The research reflects a survey of 1,103 truckers and cross-tabulates […]

April marked strongest month on record for carriers, analysts report

From Overdrive Online. Following a record-setting month in March, FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) for April hit another record-high of 16.82, surpassing March’s record of 16.27. Although most market factors were not quite as strong in April as they were in March, a reversal of March’s higher diesel prices improved overall trucking conditions, FTR says. […]

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Texas federal court reaffirms the Savage Rule

Legal Alert from MG+M The Law Firm. When a shipper loads a trailer improperly can the carrier still be liable for any damages that occur? According to the Savage Rule, the answer can be yes. The Savage Rule is engrained in the transportation practices and has been widely adopted and applied by a number federal […]

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Liability insurance hike left in House’s highway funding bill

From Overdrive Online. Lawmakers on the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure voted Wednesday to keep a provision in the proposed INVEST in America highway funding bill that would increase liability insurance minimums for trucking companies from $750,000 to $2 million. Among a raft of amendments proposed to the initial bill draft to be […]

Legislature passes Gov. Lamont’s truck mileage tax

Late last week, the legislature passed the truck mileage tax being pushed by Governor Ned Lamont. Once signed into law, it will become effective on January 1, 2023. MTAC put up a valiant fight, but it was not enough to stop the tax the governor really wanted. To recap, some of the things that MTAC […]

After failed attempts at tolling, legislators levy mileage fee on tractor-trailers

From CT Examiner. After a number of failing efforts in previous sessions to pass a highway toll, the Connecticut General Assembly succeeded on Wednesday in levying a mileage fee on tractor-trailers. Supporters of the bill say that the fee will force heavy trucks to pay their fair share for the damage they cause to the […]

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Democratic, GOP house members pitch new infrastructure plan

From Transport Topics. A group of Democratic and Republican U.S. House members that is trying to keep alive the hope of a bipartisan infrastructure package said late June 8 agreement had been reached on $761.8 billion in new spending over eight years. Together with $487.2 billion in spending that Congress already was likely to enact, […]

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Biden to launch task force on bottlenecks in supply chains

From Associated Press News. WASHINGTON (AP) — After completing a review of supply chains, the Biden administration announced Tuesday that it was forming a task force to address the bottlenecks in the semiconductor, construction, transportation and agriculture sectors. Administration officials said the goal of the review, detailed in a 250-page report, was to increase domestic […]

Connecticut DMV medical certificate notice

From CT DMV. The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles has issued a notice informing CDL drivers that all medical certificates must be uploaded prior to visiting the DMV for their appointment, and medical certificates will no longer be taken at the counter. Visit Connecticut’s Online Medical Certification System to upload certificates through this system.

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Carriers continue to raise wages amid driver shortage

From Transport Topics. Trucking companies are continuing to increase driver pay as labor capacity remains a challenge amid strong demand. Averitt Express on May 19 announced a pay increase for local drivers, shuttle drivers, diesel mechanics and dock associates, while Maverick Transportation announced May 11 higher pay for flatbed, glass, marine and dedicated drivers. WEL […]