Startups Accelerate Efforts to Reinvent Trucking Industry

Jack Nicas and Laura Stevens | Wall Street Journal

Investors are pouring millions of dollars into startups hoping to disrupt the $700 billion trucking industry, the latest example of Silicon Valley’s efforts to upend the traditional economy.

A series of startups are vying to become an “Uber of trucking,” leveraging truck drivers’ smartphones to quickly connect them with nearby companies looking to ship goods. The upstarts aim to reinvent a fragmented U.S. trucking industry that has long relied on third-party brokers, essentially travel agents for trucking who connect truckers with customers.

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Fleets Trying to Sell Event Recorder Safety Message to Drivers

Jeff Crissey | CCJ

Much ink has been spilled regarding the tanking public perception numbers of law enforcement agencies in the year since the highly publicized death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Cell phone footage from several other high-profile incidents since that time only have added fuel to the fire.

State and local police forces have been quick to adopt body cameras to capture first-person footage in the event a traffic stop or arrest escalates into violence. Taser, the nation’s largest manufacturer of police body cameras, reported sales in its body cam divisions up 288 percent in the first quarter of 2015 compared to first-quarter 2014.

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Survey of 3PL CEO’s Finds Confidence in Growth, Driver Shortage a Concern

Sean Kilcarr | Fleet Owner

A survey of the 30 CEOs atop some of the world’s largest third party logistics (3PL) companies discerned broad confidence regarding projected growth for both revenues and profits.

However, serious challenges – especially in terms of the increasingly global shortage of truck drivers and rising regulatory burdens – remain athwart the industry’s future path, they said.

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Trucking Makes a Comeback, but Small Operations Miss Out

Loretta Chao | Wall Street Journal

A recovering U.S. economy is driving record demand for trucking. But many smaller operators, who make up the vast majority of the roughly 470,000 for-hire fleets on the road today, say they’re missing out on the boom.

The amount of freight hauled along the nation’s highways hit an all-time high earlier this year, fueled by improved retail sales and factory output. Trucking industry revenue has grown an average of 6.5% a year since 2009, topping $700 billion last year for the first time, according to the American Trucking Associations.

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#ThankaDriver: Carriers, Industry Celebrate Nation’s 3.4 Million Truck Drivers With Driver Appreciation Week

As a primer for some more in-depth reporting on FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program set to be published on CCJ later this month, here’s a look at the 10 states with the most hours-of-service violations:

All 10 states highlighted on the map above have enforcement programs that hit hours violations well above the 10 percent national average.

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Top 10 States for Hours-of-Service Violations

As a primer for some more in-depth reporting on FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program set to be published on CCJ later this month, here’s a look at the 10 states with the most hours-of-service violations:

All 10 states highlighted on the map above have enforcement programs that hit hours violations well above the 10 percent national average.

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President Obama, Key Figures Want Fully Funded Transportation Bill; Broad Disagreements on How it Should Look

Thetrucker.com

President Barack Obama wants a totally funded, long-term surface transportation bill.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx wants a totally funded, long-term surface transportation bill.

Acting Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Administrator T. Scott Darling wants a totally funded, long-term surface transportation bill.

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