December 10, 2013 - Industry News
FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index reading of 9.18 in October, while down marginally from the previous month, remains high due to capacity tightness from regulatory drag.
Tags: FTR, TCI
Love’s Travel Stops announced a partnership with Truckers Against Trafficking, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness among professional truck drivers and travel stop employees to combat human trafficking in our country. Love’s also donated $10,000 to help TAT with the costs of producing materials to support its mission.
Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Truckers Against Trafficking
American industries shipped almost 11.7 billion tons of goods valued at more than $13.6 trillion in 2012, according to preliminary numbers from a survey from the U.S. Department of Commerce, and trucks carried most of it.
Tags: Trucks, Railroads, Freight
In an effort to streamline traffic at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the Freight Advanced Traveler Information Program Demonstration Project will go live on Wednesday.
Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Traffic Congestion, Port Trucking
In last year’s highway bill, Congress said it wants the Department of Transportation to set a place for freight at the transportation policy table. The first step in that process, defining a highway-based Primary Freight Network, is under way now. It turns out, though, that tracing a Primary Freight Network is not a simple thing.
Tags: Highways, FHWA, MAP-21, Congress
December 9, 2013 - Industry News
Three of the five transportation modes carried more U.S.-NAFTA trade in September than in September 2012, as the value of overall U.S. trade with its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico, rose 5% from year to year, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico
The Oregon Trucking Association is asking for a limited exemption from the 30-minute break requirement for timber haulers in that state.
Tags: Oregon, HOS, Oregon Trucking Association
The American Trucking Associations has just issued a white paper on the reliability of scores from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program in evaluating the safety of individual trucking companies.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association's seventh Truckers for Troops care package campaign is going on this week. The fundraising effort is an OOIDA tradition since 2007 and has a head start with a donation of $5,000 from Shell Rotella. Truckers for Troops raises money to pack and send care packages to service personnel stationed in combat zones.
Tags: Charity, OOIDA
December 6, 2013 - Industry News
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, against the California Air Resources Board on Friday, in connection with the Truck and Bus Regulation.
Tags: Emissions, CARB, Trucks, California, OOIDA
UPDATED -- Nearly 10% of the nation’s freight brokers no longer have their licenses following new federal regulations that took effect requiring a higher bonding amount, while another source says the number is even higher.
Tags: FMCSA, ATA, TIA, OOIDA, Freight, Brokers, AIPBA
Unemployment moved down in November to its lowest level in five years and with it trucking added the most jobs in several months.
Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Consumer Spending
December 5, 2013 - Industry News
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has authorized a program to continue a multimillion-dollar upgrade of the road network at the agency’s New Jersey marine terminals.
Tags: Drivers, New Jersey, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Road Construction, Port Trucking
A recent news report about broken truck reefer units in Ohio prompted Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, to press the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to act on food safety.
Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Congress
Border crossings into the U.S. from Canada and Mexico in 2012 included 10.7 million truck crossings, along with with personal vehicles entering the U.S. nearly 96 million times (33.1 million from Canada, and 62.7 million from Mexico.) The stats also include 320,000 buses and 37,000 trains.
Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade, Freight
Love’s Travel Stops opened a new location in Dayton, Ohio, off I-75, expanding its presence in the Buckeye State. The new Love’s is open 24 hours a day and features 98 truck parking spaces.
Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Truckstops, Drivers, Fleets, Diesel Fuel, DEF, I-75, Ohio
The broadest measure of health of the nation’s economy shows it expanded at an annual rate of 3.6% in the third quarter of the year, more than originally reported, according to the U.S. Commerce Department on Thursday.
Tags: Economy, ATA, GDP
December 4, 2013 - Industry News
Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s bid to raise federal fuel taxes to pay for more investment in roads and bridges drew strong support from a wide range of interests, including American Trucking Associations.
Tags: Taxes, Congress, Infrastructure, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax
Freight rates have posted their first across the board increases for the first time in several weeks on one of the nation’s largest spot markets.
Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore
Sales of new homes on the United States skyrocketed in October, recording the biggest monthly increase in more than 30 years, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report.
Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Employment
December 3, 2013 - Industry News
A woman has pleaded guilty to charges in U.S. District Court in Macon, Ga., for her involvement in a double-brokering freight scam. On Nov. 20, Pauline Robinson-Kirkland, of Donalsonville, Ga., admitted to mail fraud. She was indicted in July 2012.
Tags: Freight, Brokers, Fraud
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., will introduce bills to raise federal fuel taxes, index them to inflation and test a vehicle-mile tax. The proposals, which Blumenauer is scheduled to discuss on Capitol Hill Wednesday, come as Congress begins to consider ways to revive funding for U.S. roads and bridges.
Tags: Congress, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax, Taxes, Infrastructure Funding, Infrastructure
Sales of new automobiles, light-trucks and SUV’s in the U.S. picked up their pace dramatically last month, hitting an annual rate of 16.4 million, far above the 15.3 million yearly rate in October and the best since early 2007.
Tags: Economy, Auto Sales
There is a new reason for truckers to worry about four-wheelers during the holidays, with a new survey showing aggressive driving is higher during this time of the year.
Tags: Drivers, Driving Safety, Safety
December 2, 2013 - Industry News
The average price of diesel continues moving higher, hitting its highest average cost since late October. The national average was up 3.9 cents from last week, to $3.883 per gallon, according to the U.S. Energy Department.
Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Oil Prices, Fuel and Oil
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