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Trucker Driver Fatally Shot While Traversing I-88

A somber situation occurred on a busy interstate in Illinois last week. A truck driver from Florida was heading east when an unidentified person fired a round at him from a vehicle. While the driver, Eduardo Munoz, was able to pull his Volvo truck onto the shoulder of the road, he died shortly after being transported to a local hospital. He was 43 years old. The truck Munoz was driving belonged to Illinois-based carrier DML Logistics. According to his fiancée, Munoz was heading to Northlake, an area where he grew up, after being on the road for a week....

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ATA Receives Award from EPA on Earth Day

Though the industry of freight transportation is one of the first people think of when it comes to problems like fossil fuel emissions, things are changing quickly. This past Earth Day, trucking shattered stereotypes as the American Trucking Associations was recognized for its seventh EPA SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Award. The SmartWay Affiliate Program, which was designed as a means of helping organizations meet eco-friendly guidelines, has been one of the most well-known awards of its type since its creation. ATA has consistently placed high in the list of honorees for the program. In a time when climate change is...

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What Obstacles Does Trucking Need to Overcome?

Despite its position as a cornerstone-industry in the American economy, freight transport is a field where challenges are plentiful. From regulatory measures created by administrators who are not always in touch with the real struggles truck drivers face to economic uncertainties, trucking has many hurdles which it must triumph over in order to succeed. The current landscape shows an optimistic outlook for trucking in the future. But just because things are looking up, it doesn’t mean that there are no concerns for drivers and administrators in the field. In fact, there are a few key things that the trucking...

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Trucking Tonnage Declines in March

The American Trucking Associations announced that the For-Hire Truck Tonnage index fell one percent in the month of March follow a 0.1 percent drop the month before. The index equaled 137.5 in March, which was down from the all-time high of 142.7 in February of 2016. ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello commented on the change, saying: “Like several other economic indicators, March truck tonnage was likely hurt by some late season winter storms. Despite last month’s dip, seasonally adjusted tonnage rose 1.2 percent during the first quarter overall from the previous quarter, and increased 0.2 percent from the same quarter...

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Volvo Unveils New VNR Model

Volvo recently debuted a new regional-haul tractor created specifically for the professional trucker and the changing landscape of the freight transport industry. The new and improved model features reworked safety systems, improved engine components, aerodynamic design, and much more. A great fit for urban area delivery, liquid tanker transport, dry bulk hauling, and more, this new vehicle was announced on the eve of Expocam, a large trucking tradeshow. Goran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North America, spoke about the new model, saying: “Our goal with the new VNR was to give our customers a versatile tool to meet their...

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