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Don’t Use a Cannon to Swat a Mosquito [Commentary]

Don’t Use a Cannon to Swat a Mosquito [Commentary]

Entrepreneurship is intertwined with the American Dream. In trucking, drivers may work as an independent contractor as a stepping stone on the path to running a full-fledged trucking company, or they may just prefer the independence of being an owner-operator.

February 14, 2020

Growth in Truck Freight, Rates to be Slight in 2020: FTR
3 Big Challenges of Shop Management
When Illness or Injury Sidelines Truckers, Who Pays the Bills?

When Illness or Injury Sidelines Truckers, Who Pays the Bills?

After surgery to remove a brain tumor left a truck driver unable to work, the St. Christopher's Trucker Relief Fund stepped in to help with bills. This year's volunteer board president is pushing to step up the organization's fundraising.

February 7, 2020

Sweeping Labor Bill Would Limit Independent Contractor Use Nationwide

Sweeping Labor Bill Would Limit Independent Contractor Use Nationwide

Business and trucking interests are criticizing a union-backed labor bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Among other things, the bill would rewrite how independent contractors are defined along the same lines as the controversial new AB5 law in California, which would upend trucking’s longstanding use of owner-operators.

February 7, 2020

How CalArk is Upping its IT Game in Last-Mile Delivery Fleet

How CalArk is Upping its IT Game in Last-Mile Delivery Fleet

A longtime dry van truckload carrier, CalArk has been growing a last-mile delivery and warehousing business – but it discovered the same computing technology that works for its line-haul business wasn't right for this new venture.

February 6, 2020

CIMC Intermodal Business Renamed as it Adds U.S. Manufacturing Capabilities
Uber Freight: Facility Ratings Making a Difference
New Jersey Cracks Down on Independent Contractor Misclassification

New Jersey Cracks Down on Independent Contractor Misclassification

While one New Jersey bill that attempted to change the way the state determines who's an independent contractor did not make it through the recently ended special legislative session, the state’s governor has signed several other new laws that “create extreme risk for anyone utilizing independent contractors,” according to one labor attorney.

January 22, 2020

Judge: California Can't Enforce AB5 Against Trucking

Judge: California Can't Enforce AB5 Against Trucking

A U.S. Southern District Court on Jan. 16 granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting California state officials from enforcing a controversial new law against motor carriers that makes it virtually impossible to contract with owner-operators in the state.

January 16, 2020

XPO Looking to Sell or Spin Off Some of its Business

XPO Looking to Sell or Spin Off Some of its Business

After several years of building a logistics giant through rapid-fire acquisitions, XPO Logistics now says it’s looking into the possible sale or spin-off of one or more business units – anything but the core less-than-truckload business – as part of a “review of strategic alternatives.”

January 16, 2020

6 Things You Need to Know About the New Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

6 Things You Need to Know About the New Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

The federal Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is finally rolling out this month. This electronic database will track commercial driver’s license holders who have tested positive for prohibited drug or alcohol use, as well as refusals to take required drug tests, and other drug and alcohol violations.

January 14, 2020

Faster Truck Development Cycles Help Muddy the Definition of Production

Faster Truck Development Cycles Help Muddy the Definition of Production

What does it mean for a medium- or heavy-duty commercial truck to be “in production”? It’s a question that has come up more and more as startup truck makers developing new electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles enter the market, so the North American Council for Freight Efficiency has put out a report attempting to formulate an answer.

January 14, 2020

Judge Extends Restraining Order Keeping California from Enforcing AB5 in Trucking
Spec’ing Last-Mile Truck Bodies with Drivers in Mind

Spec’ing Last-Mile Truck Bodies with Drivers in Mind

As e-commerce explodes, more trucking companies are getting into the last-mile delivery business – not just for package delivery from the likes of Amazon, but also for larger items, appliances, even groceries and pharmaceuticals.

January 10, 2020