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December 2, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Considers More Exemptions from Hearing Regulation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will consider additional applications for exemptions from the federal hearing standard prohibiting deaf truck drivers from interstate operations. The first 40 such individuals to receive these exemptions were approved in February.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Safety & Compliance

December 2, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Newest Measures Generally Positive

UPDATED -- Total construction spending in the United States hit a four and half year high in October, according to U.S. Commerce Department report released on Monday.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Leading Economic Indicators, Construction Spending, Manufacturing

December 2, 2013 - Industry News

New York and New Jersey Bridge and Tunnel Tolls Increase

The George Washington Bridge is one of the bridges and tunnels affected by the rate hike. (Photo: John O'Connel via Wikimedia Commons)

The start of December brought with it higher toll rates for bridges and tunnels operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, with cash tolls now running $85 for five-axle trucks.

Tags: New York, New Jersey, Tolls, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

December 2, 2013 - Industry News

TCA Expands Health Competition’s Scope, Renames it 'Long-Haul Weight Loss Showdown'

After sponsoring three highly successful weight-loss challenges within the trucking industry, with more than 7,600 pounds lost, the Truckload Carriers Association has now added a 30-week maintenance component. Combined with the initial 10 weeks of weight loss, the entire program will last for 10 months in 2014, and will be called the “Long-Haul Weight Loss Showdown.”

Tags: Drivers, Driver Health

December 1, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Rates Barely Improve Despite More Freight

The amount of freight on the spot market has jumped considerably over the last week, but rates have improved little, according to freight matching service provider DAT's latest numbers.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Spot Rates

November 26, 2013 - Industry News

October Average Price and Volumes of Used Class 8 Trucks Up

The average selling price of total reported used Class 8 trucks continues to hold up better than expected, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research.

Tags: ACT, Used Truck Sales

November 26, 2013 - Industry News

Group Loses Appeal to Stop Broker Bond Hike

The Association of Independent Property Brokers & Agents lost a challenge on Tuesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit to delay enforcement of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new broker bond requirement that takes full effect on Dec. 1.

Tags: FMCSA, Brokers, AIPBA

November 25, 2013 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Jumps for First Time Since September

The average cost of diesel has turned higher this week for the first time since the first of September while gasoline has increased for the second consecutive week.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

November 25, 2013 - Industry News

Judge Approves Pilot Flying J Settlement

With the sign-off of a judge on a settlement, the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J can finally start to close a chapter in a drama that’s been playing out since mid-April.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil, Litigation

November 25, 2013 - Industry News

Texas Highway 130 Toll Discounts Ending Early

A program to bring in more truck traffic along one toll route has accomplished its goal of getting some traffic off Interstate 35 in Central Texas but is ending earlier than planned.

Tags: Texas, Tolls

November 25, 2013 - Industry News

Georgia 400 Tolls Gone

Tolls along the Georgia 400 in metro Atlanta are now gone with the wind, with the final fees being collected on Friday, but it may come with another price.

Tags: Tolls, Georgia

November 25, 2013 - Industry News

Cargo Thefts Decline But Losses Increase Dramatically

This graphic from FreightWatch International shows the locations of reported cargo thefts in August through September. Credit: FreightWatch International.

A new report from the logistics security services provider, FreightWatch International, shows it recorded a total of 212 cargo thefts in the United States in August through September, with 76 thefts in August, 84 in September and 52 in October.

Tags: Freight, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

November 22, 2013 - Industry News

October Trailer Orders Robust, Up 43% M/M

The fall order season for trailers kicked off with an impressive 43% month-over-month net order gain. Total net orders were 24,900 units. The year-over-year comparison was less robust, but still a solid 6% increase. This information was included in the most recent State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co.

Tags: Trailers, ACT

November 22, 2013 - Industry News

Traffic Congestion Forecast to be Worse in Spots around Thanksgiving

Traffic congestion wasn't even on the radar during Thanksgiving in 1900, about the time this postcard was created. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

For trucking the time before and after holidays often means traffic is heavier at times and this Thanksgiving may be a whopper in some places.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Inrix

November 22, 2013 - Industry News

Section of I-90 in Cleveland Closing This Weekend

Interstate 90 east in Cleveland, Ohio, over the Innerbelt Bridge, between I-490 and I-77, has been closed through the weekend and is expected to reopen onto the new bridge by 6 a.m. Monday.

Tags: Ohio, I-90

November 21, 2013 - Industry News

New Service to Help with Independent Contractor Misclassification

A provider of information and services ensuring independent contractor best practices, Relevant Business Solutions, has launched its Independent Contractor Information subscription-based service website.

Tags: Fleets, Owner-Operators

November 21, 2013 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stop now open in Bloomsdale, Mo.

Love’s Travel Stops opened a new travel stop in Bloomsdale, Mo., on I-55, Exit 157, on Thursday, Nov. 21. The Bloomsdale Love’s includes 78 truck parking spaces, Chester’s Chicken and McDonald’s restaurants and a Love’s Truck Tire Care center. The location is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Expansion

November 21, 2013 - Industry News

Port of Long Beach Repeals Cargo Fee

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners this week unanimously repealed a cargo fee that has been on the Southern California seaport’s books since 2008 but implementation was delayed repeatedly and the fee was never collected.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, California, Port of Long Beach, Freight, Port Trucking

November 21, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Study Says PSP Program Lowering Crash and Driver OOS Numbers

A recent Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration report shows that motor carriers using the agency’s Pre-Employment Screening Program are seeing a greater decline in crash rates than those who are not using it.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Driver Safety, Safety & Compliance

November 21, 2013 - Industry News

Arkansas Rolls Out New Travel Conditions Website

Truckers navigating the Arkansas highway system can now do so more safely and efficiently thanks to a new travel and construction information web site developed by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.

Tags: Arkansas, Highway Construction

November 21, 2013 - Industry News

Texas Tollway to Ban and Seize Vehicles of Habitual Violators

The North Texas Tollway Authority will ban the vehicles of habitual violators from its roadways beginning in January 2014.

Tags: Drivers, Texas, Tolls, North Texas Tollway Authority

November 20, 2013 - Industry News

34-Hour Restart Faces Test

The stage is set for a political grilling of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at a House hearing Thursday on the hours-of-service rule. Amid relentless criticism of the 34-hour restart and 30-minute break provisions of the rule, agency administrator Anne Ferro will be called on to explain and defend the agency’s decision-making.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Congress, HOS, OOIDA, Anne Ferro, ATRI

November 20, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Drop Despite More Available Freight

While there was more freight to haul over the past week on the spot market, freight rates moved little, according to the freight matching service provider DAT

Tags: Freight, DAT, Spot Freight

November 20, 2013 - Industry News

No Objections to Pilot Flying J Settlement, Some Opt-Out

Photo: Evan Lockridge

As red-letter day approaches in Federal Court in Arkansas next week for a judge to approve a class action settlement between the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J and trucking companies that claim they were cheated out of rebates from diesel purchases, no one in the class has yet to object to the deal, but some are pursuing their own remedies.

November 20, 2013 - Industry News

FreightWatch Advises Caution About Thanksgiving Cargo Thefts

It notes year after year the holiday shipping season shows an increase in cargo theft risks for transportation companies, shippers and manufacturers.

Tags: Security, Freight, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

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