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January 13, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Falls Following Three Weekly Hikes

Despite record setting cold weather in the U.S. last week, which can send fuel and oil prices soaring, diesel and crude prices are down.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

January 13, 2014 - Industry News

TransForce Purchases Best Drivers

TransForce Inc. has acquired Best Drivers based in Alcoa, Tenn. Best Drivers provides commercial truck drivers throughout the southeastern U.S., with operations in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Alabama.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, TransForce, Drivers

January 13, 2014 - Industry News

The Return of the Truck that Never Went Away

Out of sight, out of mind. DTNA never stopped offering the Argosy as a glider, but few knew it was available.

Many thought the Argosy COE went out of production in 2006, but it's still available in NAFTA markets as a glider kit. DTNA says interest in the truck is growing as more customers become aware of its continued availability.

Tags: DTNA, Argosy, Glider Kits, Freightliner of Hartford, Supercube, Federal Excise Tax, Cabovers

January 10, 2014 - Industry News

Missouri DOT Closes I-70 Downtown Jan. 17-20

The Missouri Department of Transportation will close all lanes of I-70 downtown between Pine Street and the Poplar Street Bridge starting at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, weather permitting.

Tags: Missouri, I-70, Highway Construction

January 10, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Light Vehicle Sales Forecast to Increase for Fifth Straight Year

Anyone associated with getting to market new light vehicles, (cars, light trucks and SUVs), not to mention sales and manufacturing of them, has reason to be hopeful about business prospects in the New Year.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Auto Sales, Auto Haulers

January 10, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Down but Job Growth Weak

While new figures show the nation’s unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since October 2008, job growth in December was the slowest in nearly three years.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment

January 10, 2014 - Industry News

Proposed Coercion Rule Closer to Publication

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is one step closer to proposing a rule that would prohibit coercion of drivers by carriers, shippers or receivers. The proposal is now at the White House Office of Management and Budget for review before publication.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, eLog

January 9, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Rises to Best Level on Record

Five Years: Freight Transportation Services Index, November 2008-November 2013. Credit: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight carried by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry rose 1.2% in November from October, rebounding from a one-month decline to reach its highest all-time level, according to a new U.S. Department of Transportation report.

Tags: Economy, U.S. DOT, Freight, Freight Index

January 9, 2014 - Industry News

Drivers Must Hold Copy of Medical Certification for Another Year

UPDATED -- Drivers are going to have to keep a copy of their medical certificate on hand for another year, says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Med Card, Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Regulations

January 9, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: 2013 Job Cuts Lowest Since 1997

2013 planned jobs cuts versus those in 2012. Graphic: Challenger, Gray & Christmas

Announced job cuts fell to the lowest level of the year in December as U.S.-based employers reported plans to reduce payrolls by 30,623 during the month, representing a 32% decline from a November total of 45,314, according to a new report by the global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment

January 8, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Shipments Fall in December, 2014 Projected to be Better Than Last Year

North American freight activity followed virtually the same path in 2013 as it did in the previous two years, concluding with the typical December falloff, according to new issue of the Cass Freight Index Report.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Cass Freight Index

January 7, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: NAFTA Surface Trade Hits Record High

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode: October 2013 compared to October 2012.

U.S. trade with its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico, amounted to $103.1 billion in October, up 4.5% from the same time a year earlier and exceeded $100 billion for the first month on record, according to new U.S. Department of Transportation figures.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade, Freight, Canada, Economy

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

Several States Waiving Trucking Rules for Fuel Shipments

UPDATED, Jan. 9, 2013, 9:45 a.m., EST Extraordinarily cold weather in part of the U.S. has resulted in more states issuing emergency declarations, waiving mainly hours of service rules, when it comes to hauling various fuels.

Tags: Drivers, Minnesota, Regulations, Michigan, Hours of Service, New Jersey, Arkansas, Vermont, New Hampshire, Safety and Compliance, Weather, Massachusetts, Maine, Ohio, Missouri, Oklahoma

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

Connecticut Requires Snow and Ice Removal on All Vehicles

In Connecticut a new law that went into affect on Dec. 31 requiring commercial motor vehicles remove snow and ice from hoods, trunks and roofs or their operators will face fines ranging from $75 to $1,250.

Tags: New York, Snow Removal, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

New Prime Fined by OSHA for Retaliating Against Trucker

UPDATED -- An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that New Prime retaliated against a truck driver by blacklisting him in the commercial transport industry after he sought medical attention for a work-related injury.

Tags: Drivers, OSHA, Department of Labor, Fleets, Prime Inc.

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

Iowa 80 Truckstop Celebrates 50 Years

The Iowa 80 Truckstop began serving truckers out of a small white enamel building in 1964 before Interstate 80 was completely built. Bill Moon, Iowa 80 Truckstop founder, located the spot, at what is now Exit 284, for Standard Oil.

Tags: Anniversary, Iowa 80 Truckstop

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

A Challenging Year Ahead on Capitol Hill

Trucking’s overriding challenge on Capitol Hill this year is passage of a new highway program. The current program expires at the end of October. It launched a number of substantive reforms and policy initiatives but was funded for just two years with money taken from here and there in the federal budget.

Tags: Legislation, Drug Testing, Fuel Tax, HOS, Highway Funding

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Opens New Full-Service TA Location in Georgia

TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the grand reopening of its location at I-95, Exit 29 in Brunswick, Ga., as a TA- branded full-service truck stop/travel center.

Tags: Fueling Station, TravelCenters of America, Expansion

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Factory Shipments and Orders Hit Record High

Shipments and new orders for manufactured goods in the United States both hit their highest levels on record in November, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report released on Monday.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Manufacturing, Factory Orders

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Traffic Down at Ambassador Bridge

The busiest border crossing between the United States and Canada saw fewer trucks during most of last year, amid indications there is less freight flowing south.

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, Freight, Manufacturing, Ambassador Bridge

January 3, 2014 - Industry News

OSHA Orders Trucking Company to Stop Retaliating Against Drivers

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration ordered Oak Harbor Freight Lines Inc. to compensate a worker who refused to drive in violation of safety regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, OSHA, whistleblower, Oak Harbor Freight Lines Inc., Drivers

January 3, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: 2013 Auto Sales Best Since 2007

Sales of new autos in the United States last year should post their performance since 2007, despite a slight dip in December, according to published reports.

Tags: Economy, Auto Sales, Auto Haulers

January 3, 2014 - Industry News

Rates of Return Improve While Credit Remains Tight

Transport Capital Partners’ fourth-quarter industry survey sees more carriers getting adequate rates of return, but tight credit and static accessorials as continuing issues of concern.

Tags: TCP, Fuel surcharges

January 2, 2014 - Industry News

70 MPH Speed Limit Taking Effect in Illinois

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois Tollway have announced the locations where Interstate speed limits will increase from 65 to 70 miles-per-hour following a new law that took effect the first of 2014.

Tags: Illinois, Speed Limits

January 2, 2014 - Industry News

Cold Weather Results in Emergency Trucking Waivers

Extremely cold weather in parts of the country has led to some states issuing emergency waivers of federal trucking rules when it comes to hauling different fuels.

Tags: Diesel, Gasoline, Minnesota, Michigan, New Jersey, Propane Autogas, Vermont, New Hampshire, Weather

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