Trucking News

Trucking analysts fear widespread industry disruption as Hurricane Irma bears down on the Eastern Seaboard, especially if it hits freight distribution centers in Georgia and North Carolina in the coming week.

Such a strike would compound a spike in shipping rates in the Southeast and other logistical issues for the trucking industry, vendors and customers that have spun from Houston's Hurricane Harvey.

Wall Street believes Tesla's electric truck strategy will be a winner.

Two investment houses published reports this week outlining their expectations for how Tesla will move into heavy duty trucking later this month.

The argument starts with the premise that electric trucks will be more competitive and capture a higher share of the global truck market than most expect.

Is the driver in the next lane impaired by opioid use?

Fatally injured drivers who tested positive for prescription opioids rose seven times from 1% in 1995 to over 7% in 2015, according to a recent study from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.

Cummins Inc., one of the world's major truck engine developers and a giant in the heavy-duty diesel arena, is looking to electric power as it plans strategy for the future.

Cummins unveiled its electric drive system with an optional for a clean diesel engine serving as a range-extending generator during a 'next-generation'technologies showcase at its Columbus, Ind., technical center Tuesday.

Truckers are threatening to quit the industry when a federal mandate requiring digital tracking of driving hours with electronic logging devices starts in December. The history of past regulatory changes demonstrates that most will remain in the business.

Truckers voiced similar threats when confronted with previous regulatory changes, including a new hours-of-service rule in 2013 and sweeping diesel emissions regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency dating back to the 1980s, but they kept driving.

With forecasts calling for several more days of heavy rains for the Gulf Coast of Texas, the full extent of the damage from Hurricane Harvey will not be known for some time.

But there are already numerous signs that Harvey will leave a lasting reminder to the freight transportation community in Houston and surrounding areas.

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) next month plans to unveil an electric big-rig truck with a working range of 200 to 300 miles, Reuters has learned, a sign that the electric car maker is targeting regional hauling for its entry into the commercial freight market.

New drivers reporting to work at a United Parcel Service training facility in Atlanta next month will strap on a virtual reality headset as part of their basic safety exercises.

The 360-degree street scene projected inside the headset will help drivers learn UPS' mandatory technique of looking left, right and then left again before proceeding through an intersection. The virtual roadway also will teach drivers how to spot and avoid pedestrians and potential hazards.

U.S. Border Patrol agents seized over 1,500 pounds of marijuana at a checkpoint on Interstate 35 in Texas earlier this month.The truck driver arrested in connection with pot seizure told authorities he was unaware he was transporting narcotics.

Media reports say Cesar Enrique Reyes Elizondo, a Mexican citizen, was charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. The pot had an estimated street value of $1,266,320.

The results are in from June's massive inspection blitz of commercial vehicles across North America and they show 12,030 commercial vehicles, or 19.4 percent of those 62,013 inspected, were placed out of service, 2,940 drivers, or 4.7 percent, received out-of-service orders