COP26 Concludes

After two weeks in Glasgow, Scotland, the COP26 has concluded with over 200 countries signing the Glasgow Climate Pact. The final decision on how the world plans to handle fossil fuels came down to last minute dropped wording calling for the “phase out” of coal-fired power, replacing it with “phase down”. Defenders of the word […]

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High School Seniors Learn How to Drive Trucks

The average age right now for majority of  truck drivers is 54 years old. That could change with a different strategy to  recruit younger truck drivers. Traditionally, trade schools that offer truck driving help people interested to obtain their CDL in order to join the workforce  however, now some high schools are offering truck driving […]

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Supply Chain Issues Related to Natural Gas

Record high natural gas prices are occurring worldwide. This is causing major supply chain issues nationwide in energy dependent markets including food production, steel producers, fertilizer manufacturers, and glass markers. According to Reuters, natural gas prices have risen sharply around the globe in recent months. That has been due to a combination of factors: including […]

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Truck Rates Still Holding Strong

Truck freight rates are still high in the United States for flatbeds, vans and reefer freights. Shippers have been paying a premium for several reasons. According to Fleet Owner, “shippers not only experienced escalating spot and contract rates in July but they were also hammered by port congestion, unloading delays, shortages of trucks and drivers, […]

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Other Variables Affecting the Driver Shortage

Truck driver turnover rates generally are higher for over-the-road fleets than local trucking companies. According to American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello, “Large for-hire truckload driver turnover rates were 90% for OTR operations and 20% for local operations in 2020. He identified various factors that are exacerbating the driver shortage, ranging from lifestyle issues […]

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A Used Truck is How Much?

Freight rates are booming, and new truck production constraints means that truckers are looking at low mile used trucks to take on the road. According to an article from Freight Waves, “New truck production, beset by shortages of microchips that power critical vehicle functions, and through-the-roof commodity prices, is only beginning to recover but manufacturers […]

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2021 Hurricane Forecast

One week from today, on June 1st starts the 2021 hurricane season which will run through November 30th.  According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. Forecasters predict a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season, and a […]

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FMCSA Extends COVID-19 Waivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the lead government agency responsible for regulating and providing safety oversight of Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs), FMCSA’s mission is to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses, according to their website.

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