Kevin Jones

Kevin
Jones
Editor

Kevin Jones has an odd fascination with the supply chain. As editor of American Trucker, he focuses on the critical role owner-ops and small fleets play in the economy, locally and globally. And he likes big trucks.

Articles
Western Star XD OFFROAD: Working in the dirt
PHOENIX. With trucking editors on their way here for a Western Star 50th Anniversary event, XD and vocational sales manager John Tomlinson decided to look around for a venue more suitable than a parking lot for showing off the XD OFFROAD trucks he’d brought along. He found one.
OOIDA picks up latest Western Star for 'Spirit' tour
The Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association has once again received a new Western Star 5700XE to power its “Spirit of the American Trucker” tour trailer. The truck was presented to OOIDA at Western Star’s 50th Anniversary event in Phoenix on Thursday.
Western Star's XD-25: 'yellow iron' strong, versatile
PHOENIX. Targeting “the traditional yellow-iron customer,” Western Star Truck Sales Inc. has added a new option to its XD OFFROAD line. Based on the iconic Western Star 4900 platform, but with “considerably more material” to support off-road applications, the Western Star XD-25 is designed to be tough and versatile.
Analyst: California freight recovery key to 2017 rate upswing
Load-to-truck ratios have begun to climb significantly, doubling from this time last year—an “early warning sign” that truckload rates should begin to improve after a dreary 2016. Indeed, shippers can expect “a changed environment” by the second half of the year, suggested analyst Mark Montague in detailing first quarter “winner and losers” in the truckload market.
OOIDA to Supreme Court: ELD mandate violates 4th amendment
OOIDA is taking its opposition to the electronic logging device mandate to the highest court in the land. The small business trucking group this week filed a petition with the Supreme Court of the United States, arguing that a federal appeals court was wrong when it ruled that the e-log requirement does not violate Fourth Amendment protections against illegal search and seizure.
FMCSA to adjust penalty schedule for inflation
The penalties for violating federal trucking regulations are about to go up again, but not by much. The FMCSA on Wednesday will publish the 2017 schedule, with an adjustment multiple of 1.01636, or about 0.16%, as set by the White House Office of Management and Budget.
IC survey: 6 ‘surprising’ slides from latest ATBS data
Leased-on owner-operators can be impressively sophisticated in their understanding of trucking, but distressingly naïve about managing affairs, putting a lot pressure on the group—and the fleets who rely on independent contractors—during a two-year economic slowdown and with the pending mandate for electronic logs. That’s the overview from several dozen slides presented in the latest ATBS Independent Contractor Benchmarking Webinar, "2016: Stuck in Neutral?". Still, ICs fared better than many in trucking during the downturn, and are poised to take advantage of improving market dynamics.
Trucking adds 4,700 jobs, sets record high in March
Big gains in the number of trucking jobs in February and March have more than made up for a surprising loss in January, bringing the for-hire jobs total a record high.
Senators quiz trucking execs on highway funding, truck size, driverless tech
Truckers took advantage of a wide-ranging Senate hearing Tuesday to push for sustainable, user-fee based highway funding, federal support of advanced truck safety systems, free trade, and tax relief—topics that found a sympathetic audience in the Republican-led Commerce subcommittee on surface transportation. Some members, however, did express safety and modal competitiveness concerns regarding a renewed call for twin 33-ft. trailers and the development of autonomous truck technology.
Schneider IPO shoots for half-a-billion dollars
Schneider National Inc. made it official Friday, announcing the launch of a $500 million initial public offering to pay off debt and expand operations.
Winners Circle: 2017 PKY Truck Beauty Championship
The aptly named “Cream of the Crop” and “Showtime” took home top honors as Best of Show in the Working Bobtail and Working Combo classes, respectively, in the 2017 Paul K. Young Truck Championship at the Mid-America Trucking Show last weekend.
Driver community ONE20 hits the road
LOUISVILLE. Continuing to push the marketing boundaries, ONE20, a rapidly growing app-based trucker community, is using the Mid-American Trucking Show here to promote new offerings ranging from ONE20-branded energy drinks to ELDs to a data-mined best and worst list—and even its newly authorized trucking company.
Latest Mack innovations target fuel efficiency
LOUISVILLE. Emphasizing the brand’s “tradition of application excellence” and customer-focused innovation, Mack Trucks used its media slot at the 2017 Mid-America Trucking Show Thursday to highlight products aimed at improved fuel efficiency.
ACT Expo preview: Customers, not regs, drive 'miraculous' truck tech 1
Talk of a Trump administration rollback of the Phase 2 greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan is essentially meaningless, suggests an expert in fuel efficiency programs. Truck buyers clearly want more efficient trucks and, even if EPA backs off the GHG 2 mandate, California is ready and willing to roll out even more stringent requirements of its own.
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