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Of Schneider National’s 13,000-plus drivers, more than 2,200 are owner-operators like Andy Mills, shown here. Photo: Schneider National
Driver Dilemma: In Search of Owner-Operators
By Deborah Lockridge
After a difficult recession caused many to give up trucking, owner-operators are on the rise again and fleets are doing all they can to recruit and retain them.
Kristi Webb, president and CEO of GE Capital Fleet Services
Why GE Decided to Sell Its Fleet Services Business
By Mike Antich
Although GE Capital Fleet Services has had strong annual revenue growth and a significant product development agenda, its upcoming sale is part of a larger strategic plan by its parent company to focus on its core industrial businesses.
Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief
Commentary: Glimpses of the Future in Louisville
By Deborah Lockridge
With economists and truck makers predicting what truck sales will look like this year, hints of what products we might see announced next year, concept trucks and prototypes on display, the Mid-America Trucking Show is a glimpse of the future.
How Will the Next Highway Bill Get Funded?
By David Cullen
More attention is being paid this week to legislating infrastructure funding as the expiration date on the current MAP-21 highway bill looms ever closer - not that deadlines mean much on Capitol Hill.
While the connected fleet is already here, it has yet to fully arrive.
Where the Connected Fleet Is Headed
By Jim Beach
While self-driving trucks plying smart streets in smart cities may be decades away, for most carriers, the connected fleet is a reality and that connectivity will only increase down the road.

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Infographic detailing the driver facing amenities of Con-way Truckload's newest trucks. Graphic via Con-way Truckload
Big Con-way Truckload Order Features Automated Transmissions
Con-way Truckload is buying 635 new twin-screw tractors equipped with automated manual transmissions -- a move that will more than double the AMTs to nearly half its fleet.
Minn. Truckers File Suit Against Biodiesel Mandate
By Deborah Lockridge
The Minnesota Trucking Association and others are suing the state trying to end its 10% biodiesel mandate.
Image: FMCSA
DOT Delays Speed-Limiter, Safety-Fitness Rules; ELD on Track
By David Cullen
A final rule mandating electronic logging devices will still be published in September, while publication of a proposed rule to mandate speed limiters and one to establish a carrier safety-fitness determination system have been delayed a month.
Economic Watch: Inflation, Leading Indicators, Consumer Sentiment Increase
By Evan Lockridge
Consumer prices moved up for the second straight month in March after falling during much of the winter, but remain at their lowest level in years.
HDT FIle Photo
Fuel-Tax Bill Would Trigger Highway-Funding Fix
By David Cullen
Bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. House Thursday would index the current federal gasoline and diesel fuel taxes to inflation raising $27.5 billion to ensure highway-infrastructure spending is funded for exactly 1.7 years.
Economic Watch: Housing Starts Post 2% Gain in March
By Evan Lockridge
Nationwide housing starts rose 2% in March, hitting an annual rate of 926,000 units, but it's not as much as many analysts were hoping.
ATRI Seeks Carriers for Operational Costs Survey
The American Transportation Research Institute is seeking participation from carriers to update its 2014 Operational Costs of Trucking report.
Photo: Old Dominion Freight Line
Old Dominion Riding High as LTL Evolves
By Deborah Lockridge
How has the less-than-truckload business changed over the past decade? Stifel Transportation & Logistics Research Group decided to explore that topic in a recent note to investors.
Ports Must Adapt to Volume, Says N.J. Trucking Association
Addressing the monumental traffic backups at the Ports of New York and New Jersey, the New Jersey Trucking Association called on the ports to adapt to the higher volume and increase gate hours.
A truck moves past a stack of containers at the Georgia Ports Authority Garden City Terminal near Savannah, Ga. Photo: Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B.Morton
Savannah Port Sees All-Time Record Cargo in March
The Port of Savannah moved 333,058 TEUs in March, setting a single-month record that surpassed its previous high set in October 2014 by more than 21,000 TEUs.

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McLeod Upgrades Core Transportation Software McLeod Software is releasing version 15.1 of its LoadMaster, PowerBroker and LoadMaster LTL software products.
Cloud-Based In-Cab Video System Launched Convoy Technologies recently introduced its Videomatics video/telematics-based system to help improve driver safety and security.
DumpTruckLoads.com Matches Loads with Trucks DumpTruckLoads.com is an online service allowing users to find trucks or loads in a single source. Both contractors and dump truck owners can become members, connecting the two sides.
McLeod, iGlobal Integrate Software with In-cab Scanning Billing and payroll documents are scanned and transmitted with iGlobal’s device, and payment for a delivered load can be made by Friday of the following week.
Photo courtesy Rush Truck Centers Rush, Decisiv to Link Service-Info Management Systems Integrating the RushCare communications management system with Decisiv's service platform will improve service, reduce waiting times and sharpen billing accuracy for truck and bus operators and leasing customers.
USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
Reman Parts Gaining More Favor with Truck Operators
Remanufactured components are a smart price-point alternative for fleets of all sizes and vehicles of all ages given the current market economic conditions. Meritor examines this trend in a whitepaper.
Traffic Violations are on the Rise: How Fleets Can Prepare
Fuel, insurance, preventive maintenance and repairs are generally accepted as standard operating costs for fleets. What about vehicle-issued violations, such as parking, toll and photo enforcement tickets?

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