Goodyear has announced the four finalists for its annual Highway Hero award to be presented during the Mid-America Trucking Show in March. Talk about an impressive group. Professional truckers Brian Dunn of Knoxville, Tenn., Tim Horton of Sheridan, Ark., Scott Rosenberg of Isanti, Mich., and Ivan Vasovic of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., are the four finalists. And they are all deserving of recognition.
Earlier this week, President Obama directed the transportation and energy-related agencies of the federal government to develop higher minimum fuel standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks — the latest effort in the administration’s effort to reduce the oil consumption that is costly to the U.S. economy and a culprit in global warming. The president made his remarks in Upper Marlboro, Md., at a Safeway distribution center while standing beside a big rig that had been re-configured to maximize fuel efficiency. But the backdrop for his announcement could have been any number of places — including here in Nebraska, where our company, Werner Enterprises, is a leader in the movement toward sustainability and conservation.
President Obama announced Tuesday that the government will tighten fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, part of an ongoing effort to use his executive authority to address climate change and spur domestic manufacturing.
Many times, when people spot something odd on the side of the road or in a passing vehicle, they will assume the driver has the situation under control and keep going. Fortunately for one lucky motorist, professional truck driver David Flaherty does not think that way.
Increasing the fuel efficiency of trucks would lead to lower transportation costs — and thereby lower cost of goods — and save consumers hundreds of dollars a year, this according to a report released this week by the Consumer Federation of America.
Saying that he will use executive actions when appropriate, President Barack Obama promised to slash the red tape holding back infrastructure projects in this country during his fifth State of the Union address last night. He also reiterated his administration’s promise to implement further fuel efficiency targets for heavy-duty trucks beyond the current regulations that begin phasing in this year.
A lot of confidence is being expressed about the future of the trucking right now, despite the industry’s many well-known challenges, the foremost being a shortage of drivers, ever-increasing regulatory pressures, and of course the ever-present concern that the still-sluggish growth pattern that’s dogged the U.S. economy for years now could suddenly turn into a full-out stall. Even with all those negative caveats thrown in, though, many industry denizens think the outlook for trucking is a lot brighter right now than it’s been for a while.
Truckers, do you feel the weight of the load you’re hauling? It’s getting heavier, the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) reports, and that’s a sign that the U.S. economy is doing better than some might believe.
Driver Ray Sears says that switching from long-haul trucking to shorter, local routes, has benefited his family and social life, as well as his health.
Ever wish that divine intervention might help you cut through traffic congestion? Well, this wasn’t exactly divine intervention, but someone we’ll call a “traffic angel” helped steer a Leesburg family through some pretty nasty holiday traffic.
Donations from truck drivers and area businesses are making Christmas merry for families in need.
If you got it, most likely a truck brought it. Again. The latest Commodity Flow Survey from the federal government — a twice-a-decade undertaking — reiterates what most of us already know: that trucking moves America.