The Transportation Professional

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Secretary Buttigieg highlights younger drivers workforce program

From Transport Topics. Efforts to boost the number of younger drivers in the trucking workforce are underway, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg told a congressional committee on July 19. An apprenticeship program to allow truckers under 21 to operate commercial vehicles across state lines will start considering applicants as early as this summer, Buttigieg told lawmakers […]

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Trade groups ask Newsom to delay enforcement of AB 5

From Transport Topics. More than 70 trade associations representing wide-ranging supply chain interests have sent a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom asking him to issue an executive order to temporarily pause enforcement of the state’s AB 5 contractor law. The letter, signed July 11 by trade organizations representing interests ranging from trucking and retail […]

Truck tonnage in June soars 7.9% year-over-year

From Transport Topics. Truck tonnage in June soared 7.9% above the same month last year, American Trucking Associations’ For-Hire-Truck Tonnage Index released July 19 showed. Sequentially, from May to June, the index increased by 2.7% after showing a 0.3% improvement in May. The index equaled 120.1 in June (2015=100) versus 116.9 in May. “June’s jump […]

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FMCSA commenters debate whether load boards should register as brokers

From FreightWaves. Should electronic bulletin boards — known in trucking as load boards — be considered brokers and therefore required to register as such with federal regulators? The question was posed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in soliciting comments for future guidance on how freight brokers, bona fide agents and truck dispatchers should […]

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ATA, stakeholders press Congress on TSA threat assessment enrollment bill

From Transport Topics. American Trucking Associations is among the stakeholders recently calling on congressional committees to pass a bill that expedites applications for commercial drivers seeking security credentials. On July 11, the nearly 90 groups representing the trucking industry and various other commercial transportation sectors wrote lawmakers on the transportation panels to express their support […]

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California’s AB 5 in effect, leaves questions for carriers, owner-operators

From Transport Topics. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review a challenge to a controversial California law aimed at reclassifying owner-operators as motor carrier employees, carriers and independent contractors could soon be thrust into an uncertain business environment. By remaining silent on a challenge to California’s AB 5 law, the high court […]

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Freight market volatility highlights importance of broker-carrier relationships

From Transport Topics. The freight market volatility of the past few years has created an even greater need for carriers and brokers to strengthen their business relationships, especially as uncertainty and supply chain disruptions persist. Trusted partnerships between carriers and brokers are particularly important when capacity is tight or shippers need flexibility due to planned […]

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EIA diesel prices still in limbo going into third week

From Transport Topics. The U.S. Energy Information Administration is delaying its weekly release of national diesel prices for a third week in a row due to network issues, it announced June 30. EIA usually releases national diesel and gasoline prices together on a weekly basis. It was able to get out gasoline prices after a […]

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NHTSA updates rear impact guard standards

From Fleet Owner. Nearly seven years after floating the initial proposal, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Thursday posted a final rule that updates two Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for rear underride guards, increasing the performance requirements to a level that nearly all existing U.S. trailers already meet. Specifically, the rule upgrades FMVSS […]

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Gasoline market is starting to cool down

From Transport Topics. It’s been a tailwind for oil prices for most of this year, but the previously booming U.S. gasoline market is showing a few signs of cooling off. Retail prices have now fallen for 21 consecutive days, the longest losing streak since April 2020. The relief at the pump is welcome news for […]