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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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Trucking School Administrators Accused of Fleecing GI Bill Funds

A trucking-school owner in California is facing charges pertaining to the alleged fleecing of over $4 million from the Department of Veteran Affairs. The owner, along with one of the school’s operators, was arrested on charges that they had taken GI bill funds for classes which were never actually attended by veterans. A federal indictment on April 6 against Alliance School of Trucking Owner Emmit Marshall (50, of Woodland Hills) and school director Robert Waggoner (54, Canyon Country) alleges that the two enrolled veterans to attend the school and instructed them to claim tuition and fees through VA funding...

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Non-Profit Trucking Group Works to Help the Hungry

The trucking industry has become more socially involved over the past several decades, with drivers and administrators working to fight everything from obesity in the industry to human trafficking around the world. One of the latest noteworthy movements in the field involves an effort to provide food for the needy and less fortunate. A group within the trucking industry that was tired of seeing food being wasted established “Move For Hunger.” This organized effort allows van drivers to collect any food items that homeowners are considering throwing out rather than packing. According to the US Department of Agriculture, nearly...

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What Strategies Can Be Used to Resolve the Driver Shortage?

Because truck drivers play such an important role in the economy, it is concerning to see that hiring and retention numbers continue to remain lower than the recommended levels. Companies and administrative groups across the industry have been vocal about how the current number of drivers in the field is far short of that which is needed. It is estimated that the driver shortage is becoming less severe, but many additional drivers are needed across the country. This has carriers scrambling to figure out how they can solve this problem quickly. Going without the necessary number of drivers for...

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