Driver Shortage Requires Industry Action, Experts Say
The shortage of truck drivers will worsen as the economy recovers and as the federal government adds more regulations, so it is critical the industry retains current drivers and attracts younger ones to the profession, a panel of experts said here Tuesday. (more…)Read more
ATA’s Graves Says Trucking ‘At a Crossroads’
LAS VEGAS — In his annual “State of the Industry” address, American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves said the trucking industry was at a crossroads, facing a myriad of challenges and opportunities.
Graves spoke here today at the opening general session of ATA’s annual Management Conference and Exhibition.
“I honestly do believe that anyone who is operating in the trucking industry is at a crossroads — in fact you’re facing an entire series of crossroads — each one a decision point sending you in directions that will ultimately determine success or failure, profitability or loss, growth or stagnation,” Graves said in his address.Read more
Volvo, Paccar Trim US Truck Production
Commercial truck makers Paccar Inc. (PCAR) and Volvo AB (VOVLY, VOLV-B.SK) disclosed Tuesday they intend to reduce production in response to weakening demand for trucks in the U.S.
Paccar, the builder of Kenworth- and Peterbilt-branded trucks, said it plans to lower third-quarter truck volume by 10% compared with its second-quarter volume. Paccar said trucking companies have pulled back on their orders and appear content to maintain their existing fleets of trucks until the outlook for U.S. economy becomes clearer. (more…)Read more
Long Beach Port Project Will Bypass Trucks For On-Dock Rail
The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners announced it has awarded a $36.8 million construction contract for the Green Port Gateway, a railroad project designed to enhance the Port of Long Beach’s capacity for on-dock rail to cut down on truck traffic and air pollution. State and federal funds helped to pay for the project.Read more
International Transport Forum Updates Statistics
The 2012 edition of the International Transport Forum’s annual statistics update gathers data from the forum’s 54 member countries for the period 1970-2010. Data cover all modes of transport as well as road safety. Some preliminary data for 2011 also are included.Read more