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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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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