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January 15, 2014 - Industry News

Independent Contractor Bill Signed into Law in New York

Credit: NY Governor's office

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law the New York State Commercial Goods Transportation Industry Fair Play Act, drastically changing how the state classifies independent contractors

Tags: New York, Legislation, Fleets, Owner-Operators, Teamsters, Independent Contractors

January 15, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Loads Jump 74% Last Week, 2013 Rates and Activity Better Than 2012

Activity on the spot market skyrocketed the first full week of the year, according to new figures from the freight-matching service provider DAT, but rates lagged.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight

January 14, 2014 - Industry News

NIOSH Study Points to Significant Health Risks for Long-Haul Drivers

Long-haul drivers are plagued by significant health risks, according to a new study by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Almost 70% of these drivers are obese, compared to 31% of other workers, and the prevalence of morbid obesity is twice as high, 17% versus 7%.

Tags: Sleep Apnea, Driver Health, NIOSH, Drivers

January 14, 2014 - Industry News

Nebraska DMV Announces Release of New Online Trip and Fuel Permits

​The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles announced the launch of a new online application for the issuance of trip and fuel permits.

Tags: Information Technology, Nebraska, Drivers

January 14, 2014 - Industry News

California Issues Reminder over Compliance with Reefer Rules

The California Air Resources Board is reminding brokers, forwarders, shippers and receivers that hire motor carriers to transport perishable goods on California highways to re-establish due diligence in their hiring practices with the start of 2014.

Tags: Drivers, CARB, California, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, Reefers, Shippers, Brokers

January 14, 2014 - Industry News

Drivers Risk Losing Their CDL for Synthetic Marijuana Use

Spice is synthetic marijuana that combines herbal and chemical ingredients.

Truck drivers who use synthetic marijuana or are caught possessing it risk losing their Commercial Drivers License for one at least one year.

Tags: Drivers, Drugged Driving, Safety & Compliance

January 14, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Edge Higher in December

Photo: Evan Lockridge

American consumers opened up their wallets a little bit more in December, according to new figures from the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

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

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