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December 6, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Revokes Around 2,000 Freight Broker Licenses

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

December 6, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Hits Five-Year Low, Consumer Spending Up

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

Road Improvements for Trucks Coming to N.J. Ports

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

December 5, 2013 - Industry News

Senator Urges FMCSA to Act on Food Safety

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

December 5, 2013 - Industry News

More Than 10.5 Million Truck Crossings Into the U.S. in 2012

Truck crossings from Canada totaled 5.6 million in 2012. Photo by Jim Park

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

December 5, 2013 - Industry News

Loves’s Opens Dayton, Ohio, Location Off I-75

Love's new Dayton, Ohio location.

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

December 5, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Third Quarter GDP Grows 3.6%

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

Fuel Tax Hike Proposal Draws Broad Support

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

December 4, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Rates Increase Across the Board Due to Better Load-to-Truck Ratios

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

December 4, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Sales and Employment Jump

Photo: Evan Lockridge

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

Woman Admits to Double Brokering Scheme

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

December 3, 2013 - Industry News

Blumenauer to Propose Diesel and Gasoline Tax Hikes

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

December 3, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: November Auto Sales Best Since 2007, Expectations Bright for 2014

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

December 3, 2013 - Industry News

Aggressive Driving by Four-Wheelers Higher During Holidays

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

Diesel Hits Highest Average Cost Since Late October

Credit: DOE

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

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

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