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New Data Confirms Improvement in Trucking Industry Safety

“America’s trucking industry has invested billions to improve safety and that commitment is paying off,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves.

According to ATA’s analysis of miles traveled data from the Federal Highway Administration and highway fatality data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the truck-involved fatality rate fell for the second straight year to 1.40 per 100 million miles traveled.

Professional Truck Drivers Urge Motorists to Be Nice, Not Naughty on the Highways

With more than 99 million motorists expected to use the nation’s highways this holiday season – and only one traveling via flying sleigh – American Trucking Associations and the Share the Road highway safety program want to ensure everyone arrives at their destinations safely by being nice and not naughty on the roads this year.

ATA Pleased by Release of Electronic Logging Device Rule

Leaders of the American Trucking Associations hailed today’s release of a rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices by commercial vehicles as a historic step forward for the industry.

“Today is truly a historic day for trucking,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “This regulation will change the trucking industry – for the better – forever. An already safe and efficient industry will get more so with the aid of this proven technology.”

Trucking Poll Shows Public Backs Tax Hike to Fix Roads

A new national poll released Tuesday finds strong public support for federal investment in highway infrastructure.

The poll, the second commissioned by American Trucking Associations (ATA), was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies between Aug. 30 and Sep. 1. It surveyed 800 registered voters on their attitudes about politics, the trucking industry and the state of infrastructure.

Price of Diesel Rises After 3-Week Slide

The average price of a gallon of diesel fuel has increased, ending a three week streak of declining prices, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

The average per-gallon price of diesel rose 1.7 cents last week, hitting $2.502 nationally. To keep that price in perspective, when compared to the same week a year ago, diesel is $1.175 cheaper per gallon.

Annual list of top 10 trucking industry concerns released

The American Transportation Research Institute has released its Critical Issues in the Trucking Industry for 2015, the organization’s annual ranking of the top 10 concerns in the trucking industry. Respondents included industry stakeholders, carriers and truck operators.

Here is the list and ATRI’s highlights from the survey (Industry Concern Index in parentheses):

Right online tool to prepare and report Truck Tax Form 2290

The biggest challenge for truckers is now to get the tax bill prepared and filed at the right time through a right resource. Truckers take pain in driving downtown to a local IRS office spend time in filling the form and doing the tax bill math all alone, mostly not sure about preparation of tax return and goes with all guessing. Driving downtown would cost them extra dollars and if they pick a tax preparer it would also cost them some $50 extra.

How Team Driver Trucking Can Maximize Your Income

Team driver trucking offers many benefits; it’s a great way to make more money than single owner-operators while reducing the stress and loneliness that comes with the job. Here are some reasons to consider taking on a driving partner:

With two people behind the wheel, you can cover twice as many miles in the same amount of time. This could open up opportunities that you would not otherwise enjoy. The result: more money in your pocket, as well as your partner’s.

Truck drivers wanted. Pay: $73,000

America needs a lot more truck drivers.

There will be a shortage of nearly 50,000 truckers in the United States by the end of this year, according a new report by the American Trucking Associations (ATA). That's up from a shortage of 30,000 drivers just two years ago, and 20,000 drivers a decade ago.

American businesses need truck drivers to move goods around. And not having enough of them affects daily deliveries of everything from essentials like food and gas to supermarkets and gas stations to online Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) orders to people's homes.

Top 10 most intense states for maintenance, brake violations

Even with the well-reported priority drift toward an emphasis on traffic enforcement in the truck enforcement community writ large, violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations as captured on inspection reports remained dominated by vehicle-related violations. In 2014, as in prior years, just more than 70 percent of all violations written were for items that contribute to carriers’ scores/rankings in the Vehicle Maintenance Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement (BASIC) category under CSA.

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