Every day I hear about a new ‘Uber for X’ startup and most of them are pretty crappy, but every now and then one comes across my desk that’s actually pretty cool.
Los Angeles-basedCargomatic, which hopes to become ‘Uber for truckers,’ is one of the cool ones. And it just raised $8 million to expand its platform for connecting shippers and truckers who are available to help move their cargo.
Launched in 2014, Cargomatic hopes to bring some technology to the local trucking industry by providing a platform enabling shippers to list available jobs that local truckers with excess capacity can complete. By making the connection, the company hopes to not only help truckers make more money, but also to route shipping more efficiently.
Modern diesels burn so cleanly that laboratory rats suffered no lung illnesses during a lengthy study of their exposure to exhaust gases, according to the Health Effects Institute, which is releasing a report today.
The results can be interpreted to mean that people’s lungs are also not harmed by what it calls new technology diesel exhaust, or NTDE, because the animal and human organs operate in similar fashion, said the institute’s president, Dan Greenbaum.
Scott McCandless of McCandless Truck Center was named the 2015 Truck Dealer of the Year Friday during the 52nd Annual ATD Convention in San Francsico.
The award is presented by American Truck Dealers, Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine and Procede Software. HDT Publisher David Moniz was on hand to present the award.
"The Truck Dealer of the Year award process identifies and honors a successful dealer with a lifetime achievement award," said Moniz. "This dealer will represent the industry in Washington at Indiana University as a proven example of the best of our industry."
WASHINGTON — The top U.S. trucking regulator pledged to step up its safety initiatives and outreach programs this year to aggressively go after commercial drivers unfit to operate on the nation’s highways.
In the battle to root out unqualified and unsafe drivers, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration acting Administrator Scott Darling said the agency also is in the final stages of drafting new rules for adopting safety fitness guidelines designed to help determine whether a carrier is suited to operate commercial motor vehicles.