Trucking News Roundup


Tracy Morgan vs. Wal-Mart Transportation
Both sides of Tracy Morgan’s lawsuit against Wal-Mart Transportation continue to point fingers after initial court hearings. Wal-Mart responded to Morgan’s allegations claiming that the actor’s injuries were caused in whole or in part by plaintiffs’ failure to properly wear an appropriate available seat belt restraint device”. Truck driver Kevin Roper still faces a legal battle for allegedly being awake more than 24 hours at the time of the accident. The crash comedian killed James McNair and injured three others including comedian Tracy Morgan last July.

Trucking Costs on the Rise
Trucker shortages and resulting competitive wages are driving trucking costs upward. The American Transportation Research Institute has found that trucking average operating costs are on the rise. The average cost per mile in 2013 weighed in at $1.68 five cents more expensive than 2012. The ATRI also attributes the difference to greater carrier costs like equipment and labor as well as secondary costs such as toll road charges and employee health benefits.  

Top 10 Trucking Events This Fall
10.  The National Industrial Transportation League Conference and TransComp Exposition | November 15-19 Ft. Lauderdale FL

9. North American Natural Gas Vehicle Conference and Expo | November 11-14 Kansas City MO

8. National Tank Truck Carriers Tank Truck Week | November 10-12 Houston TX

7. Used Truck Association Annual Convention | November 5-7 Scottsdale AZ

6. The 7th Annual Integer Emissions Summit and Diesel Exhaust Fluid Forum | October 28-30 Chicago IL

5. ATA Safety Management Council Safety and Human Resources National Conference and Exhibition | October 28-30 Orlando FL

4. Telogis Conference | October 27-29 Dana Point CA

3. 2014 Surface Transportation Summit | October 15 Toronto ON

2. Sixth International DME Conference | October 7-9 San Diego CA

1. ATA Management Conference and Exhibition | October 4-7 San Diego CA


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