Truck fleet managers have a daunting job. They are responsible for selecting the right trucks for the job, ensuring the trucks are properly maintained, and selling them for the best price at the end of their fleet useful life, among hundreds of other fleet-related tasks.
When it comes to truck maintenance, not one solution will work for every fleet. Where some fleets swear by ensuring all maintenance is kept in-house, others have found the benefits of outsourcing this job, while others find a balance.
Work Truck magazine surveyed our readership, including all truck fleet sizes and vocational fleet types, to find out more about what maintenance needs are outsourced, why, and some of the challenges today’s truck fleets face.
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The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, hit an all-time high of 138.7 in November 2018.
It's taking longer for loads to arrive, and the DOT currently projects the weight of goods moved by truck to rise by close to 34% by 2045.
As of August 1, 2019, pickup truck values are continuing to drop from their peaks in May and June.
Although labor issues remain a significant challenge for respondents to the National Private Truck Council's annual survey, they continue to report retention and turnover performance far better than their for-hire colleagues.
Annual average wages of heavy tractor-trailor truck drivers by state and employment numbers by state are shared.
The price of crude oil has increased since last year, with regular gasoline increasing 10% and diesel only seeing an increase of 1%.
Average U.S. retail fuel prices for propane, ethanol, biodiesel, gasolin, diesel, etc., since 2000 are shared.
As of July 1, 2019, overall wholesale values for all pickups and Class 4-8 trucks started to shake up a little.
Statistics covering personal use in 2018. In this report, we cover personal-use policies, programs, and charges, which have remained flat.
Many states that have passed hand-held phone bans and texting bans provide for various exemptions for emergencies, law enforcement personnel, emergency medical technicians, firefighters, state DOT employees, etc.
Large truck crashes by operation classification have continued to increase from 2012 to 2016.