New NACTO and USDOT Volpe Center reports call for improved vehicle design to increase safety

By Brian Lutenegger A pair of new reports examines how the design of large vehicles—such as fire trucks, garbage and recycling vehicles, and freight trucks—impacts traffic fatalities in cities. These types of vehicles have a disproportionate impact on urban roadway safety for all users.

States and Feds explore solutions to truck parking shortfall

By Michael Brenneis Federally mandated driver rest periods are coming up against a truck parking shortfall, and leaving drivers scrambling to find legal parking, or park illegally. The trucking industry has grown over the last few decades due to overall economic growth and deregulation. One of

Washington State bill will require trucks serving ports to be cleaner

By Sam Sklar All drayage trucks serving the ports of Seattle and Tacoma will need to be cleaner under a bill in the state legislature. At that time, trucks moving into and out of these high-volume ports would be required to have engines manufactured in 2007 or later. The state bill extends the

Majority of commercial truck drivers would use paid parking reservations

By Dan Handel A recent survey by the American Transportation Research Institute found that over half of commercial truck drivers are willing to pay to reserve a parking space at a rest stop. This survey was part of ATRI’s technical memo Understanding Truck Driver Perspectives on Parking

Cities take the lead on side guards for trucks

By Robbie Webber As part of its continuing Vision Zero efforts, New York City is considering a requirement that all trucks delivering in the city have side guards installed. This safety feature—common on long-distance semis to improve fuel efficiency, but less common on short-haul

Transportation impacts of energy boom not limited to road maintenance

By Bill Holloway The booming oil and natural gas industry is bringing jobs and economic development to states across the U.S. But along with the money and jobs come lots and lots of trucks. Particularly in rural areas with historically low traffic volumes, the huge numbers of trucks—often more

Back to the future: crowded freeways and tight budgets lead some to call for a return to policies from 1984

By Bill Holloway With the Los Angeles area already infamous for its gridlocked freeways, and thousands of people heading to the city for the 1984 Olympics, local and state officials scrambled to devise a way to accommodate the visitors, journalists, and athletes who would be traveling between

Trucking’s shift towards LNG picking up steam

By Bill Holloway With high diesel prices consuming profits and growing concern surrounding the impacts of diesel emissions, more trucking companies are experimenting with liquefied natural gas as a fuel. LNG has come to the party relatively late. Compressed natural gas powers most natural gas

Congress debates raising the 80,000 pound truck weight limit

Congress set the current 80,000-pound weight limit for trucks on Interstate highways in 1991. For years proponents of raising the limit have argued that it would reduce the number of trucks on the road, shipping costs, and congestion. On the other side of the argument are those who believe these

Holland’s new ‘truck train’

The Dutch city of Utrecht has a new way to remove trucks from the central city in order to improve air quality and reduce congestion. While some freight is already being delivered directly to stores in the city by barge on the city’s canal network, the new Cargohopper service—an electric