The Daily Dash: Capacity infusion could drive down spot rates

Federal regulators consider eliminating a vision exemption for truck drivers; auto freight could lead cross-border resurgence

The Daily Dash is a quick look at what is happening in the freight ecosystem. In today’s edition, spot rates have continued to remain high, but could an influx of capacity reverse the trend? Plus, ArcBest President Tim Thorne is retiring, and federal regulators consider nixing a vision exemption for CDL holders.

Is rate relief on the horizon?

One of the biggest questions of 2021 for trucking is whether a wave of capacity will enter the market that stabilizes the current elevated spot rate environment.

Zach Strickland looks at the data for clues: When will the next wave of trucking capacity hit the market?

ArcBest leadership change

Logistics provider ArcBest Corp. (NASDAQ: ARCB) announced Monday that Tim Thorne, president of its less-than-truckload carrier, ABF Freight, will retire at the end of June.

Todd Maiden has details on who will take over: ArcBest says LTL head Tim Thorne will retire in June

Eliminating the vision exemption

Federal officials are considering a proposal that would allow truck drivers with vision loss in one eye to qualify for a commercial driver’s license without a separate examination.

John Gallagher has the details: FMCSA proposes eliminating vision exemptions for drivers

Border freight revving up

With factories across Mexico getting back to full capacity in 2021, the cross-border freight market is already impacting truckload capacity, supply chains and trade strategy.

Noi Mahoney talks to experts on what to expect: Auto parts, electronics will lead cross-border freight in 2021

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Andrew Cox looks at the data: Freight bull market rages on in the new year

Hammer down, everyone,

Brian Straight

Managing Editor

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Brian Straight

Brian Straight leads FreightWaves' Modern Shipper brand as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler. You can reach him at