December 18, 2013 - Industry News
One of the world’s largest private investment firms says it plans to sell its $2 billion stake in the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J.
Tags: Truckstops, Pilot Flying J
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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, Propane Autogas, North Dakota, Diesel Fuel, Winter
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
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
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
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 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
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
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