Truckers fight human trafficking

Truckers fight human trafficking

Truck drivers work long hours under challenging conditions, but a non-profit group in Colorado has no problem asking them to do one more thing: fight on the front lines of human trafficking in the United States. Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) is traveling around the country in an effort to educate truck drivers and transportation companies […]

Rolling with female truck drivers

Can women ease the shortage of truck drivers?

The trucking industry in the United States faces some immediate challenges, not the least of which is an estimated shortage of nearly 50,000 drivers. Finding qualified drivers is a priority, and trucking firms are leaving no stone unturned. Few female truck drivers today Truck driving isn’t typically considered a female-friendly occupation. While the US workforce […]

Retired truck drivers await pension fate

Retired truck drivers await pension fate

Thousands of retired truck drivers await the fate of their pensions, as the US Treasury Department mulls a plan to shore up the Teamsters Central States Pension Fund (CSPF). The fund, which has $16B in net assets, says it will be insolvent by 2025 if drastic reductions in participant benefits aren’t enacted immediately. The CSPF […]

Driverless Trucks: Who Is Driving That Big Rig?

Driverless Trucking: Who's Driving That Rig?

Driverless cars have gotten a lot of press, thanks to Google and other companies that are invested in developing the technology. The potential upside of driverless vehicles is high – commuting time could be recaptured for more productive work. In theory, if the technology matures, accidents caused by driver error could be minimized. Reckless driving, […]

The High Cost of Traffic Congestion

The High Cost of Traffic Congestion

According to a new report from the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), traffic congestion comes with a big cost to the trucking industry. Using traffic volume and other data from the national highway system in 2014, ATRI researchers found that clogged roads during the week cost the trucking industry nearly $50 billion annually. Traffic congestion […]

Soldiers Training To Be Professional Civilian Truck Drivers

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A week ago, ten soldiers at the Fort Bragg Fairgrounds got into big rigs to begin their new careers driving a commercial vehicle after their military service ends. From fayobserver.com A $130,000 federal grant brought Johnston Community College’s trucking program an hour’s drive down Interstate 95, from Smithfield to Fort Bragg. The program offers soldiers […]