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December 18, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Levels Continue Improving, Rates Up in Majority of Segments

Spot market freight activity continued picking up steam the second week of December, following some improvements the week before as well as in November.

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

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

States Use Technology and Smart Solutions to Battle Winter Weather

Photo courtesy of MnDOT

Winter does not officially begin until Saturday, however state transportation departments have been working hard to remove snow and ice from the nation's roadways for weeks.

Tags: Winter Driving, Information Technology

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

Driver Seeks HOS Exemption

A team driver based in Washington state has asked for an exemption to the hours-of-service rule for himself and his co-driver.

Tags: HOS, Federal Register

December 16, 2013 - Industry News

Two More States Issue Emergency Hauling Declarations

Photo courtesy of MnDOT.

Governors of two states has issued emergency declarations, waiving federal hours of service regulations, for some truckers due to cold weather.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Maine, South Dakota

December 16, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Posts Best Gain in a Year

Industrial production in the United States last month grew at its fastest pace in a year with output increasing past a pre-recession peak, according to the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Industrial Production

December 16, 2013 - Industry News

Michelin Issues Recall for Commercial Light Truck Tires

Michelin North America has announced a safety recall of approximately 1.3 million of its Michelin LTX M/S commercial light truck tires, sold in both the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: Michelin, Recalls, Tires

December 15, 2013 - Industry News

Transport Industry Survey Finds Carriers Sensing an Improving Marketplace

The fourth-quarter Transport Capital Partners survey suggests the slow, but upward growth of the economy is moving the freight market to a higher level.

Tags: TCP, Freight Market

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

Award-Winning Truck Writer Patricia Smith Dies

Trucking journalist/communications specialist Patricia McCullough Smith, who served the trucking industry for nearly three decades, passed away Dec. 10 at the McMinnville, Ore., home she shared with her husband Doug.

Tags: Obituary, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stops Opens Three New Locations

Love’s Travel Stops opened three new travel stops in Pecos, Texas, on I-20, at Exit 42; St. Louis, Mo., on I-70, at Exit 246A; and Lexington, S.C., on I-20, at Exit 51, expanding its network to 312 locations nationwide.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Expansion

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

HOS Exemptions Issued for North Dakota and Minnesota

An emergency order has been issued in North Dakota for truckers delivering diesel fuel. The move by Gov. Jack Dalrymple is in response to colder-than-normal temperatures leading to extremely low supplies of diesel.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Minnesota, North Dakota, Diesel Fuel, Winter, Propane Transport

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

New Nevada Online Truckstop Maps Now Available

New online truck stop maps are now available from the Nevada Department of Transportation to assist truck drivers traveling Nevada interstates.

Tags: Nevada, Truckstops, I-80, I-15, Interstate 80, Interstate 15

December 11, 2013 - Industry News

Truckload Turnover Ticks Down in Third Quarter

According to the latest edition of American Trucking Associations’ Trucking Activity Report, the annualized driver turnover rate at large truckload fleets dipped two percentage points to 97% in the third quarter of 2013.

Tags: ATA, Driver Turnover, Drivers

December 11, 2013 - Industry News

Massachusetts Eyeing Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax

Massachusetts could be the next state of a very small club in using a vehicle miles traveled tax as part of an effort to find alternatives to funding highway projects.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Massachusetts, Oregon, Highway Funding, VMT, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax

December 11, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Van Rates Jump First Week in December

Van rates on the spot market surged the first week of December, according to the freight-matching service provider DAT. Total spot market loads available increased 16% and spot market capacity increased 5.2%, while load-to-truck ratios increased across the board.

Tags: DAT, Spot Freight, Freight Rates

December 10, 2013 - Industry News

Quaker Steak & Lube and Bosselman Sign Agreement

Quaker Steak & Lube announced it signed an area development agreement with Bosselman Food Services Inc. to open two locations in Nebraska and one in Iowa.

Tags: Expansion, Bosselman Boss Truck Shops

December 10, 2013 - Industry News

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index Remains High in October

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

December 10, 2013 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stops Partners with Truckers Against Trafficking

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

December 10, 2013 - Industry News

Study: Trucks Moved More Than 70% of Manufactured Goods in 2012

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

December 10, 2013 - Industry News

Ports of L.A. and Long Beach to Test System to Speed Up Truck Movements

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

December 10, 2013 - Industry News

Creation of Freight Network Not an Easy Task

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

Economic Watch: U.S. NAFTA Trade Up 5%, Trucking Sees Healthy Increase

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

December 9, 2013 - Industry News

Oregon Timber Haulers Seek Rest Break Exemption

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

December 9, 2013 - Industry News

New ATA Paper Questions CSA Reliability Scores

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.

December 9, 2013 - Industry News

OOIDA Truckers for Troops to Send Care Packages

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

OOIDA Files Lawsuit Over California Truck Regulations

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

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