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April 3, 2014 - Industry News

Hazmat Carriers Seek Improvements in Regulations

Hazardous materials carriers want Congress to change several regulations when it writes the next highway law. William Downey, executive vice president for Kenan Advantage Group, told legislators at a Wednesday hearing that Congress should tell the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration to withdraw its proposed wetlines rule.

Tags: Safety, Hazmat, Tankers, Congress, GAO, NHTSA, ATA

February 28, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Seeks Nominations for America's Road Team

American Trucking Associations announced it is seeking nominations for professional truck drivers to serve on the 2015-2016 America's Road Team.

Tags: ATA, American's Road Team

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

Field Study Proving Benefit of Restart Rule Draws Criticism

ATA and others are critical of results of a study on the new hours of service rules. (Photo by Jim Park)

A field test of the 34-hour restart provision of the new hours of service rule shows that the restrictions improve safety. The test found that the provision, which requires drivers to take two successive periods off between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. during their once-a-week restart, is more effective at combating fatigue than the earlier rule, said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, HOS, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Safety

January 29, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Repeats Call for Tax Reform to Fund Highways

President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Feb. 12, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night President Obama repeated his call to use corporate tax reform to fund a large, one-time infusion of money into infrastructure.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, President Obama, Natural Gas, ATA

January 28, 2014 - Industry News

Dealer-Fleet Cooperation, Driver Shortage are Vital Issues, ATA Chairman Says

Truck dealers and fleet managers need to work together to smooth maintenance on complex trucks so the industry can continue to grow, Philip Byrd, 2014 chairman of the American Trucking Associations, told an audience at the American Truck Dealers’ annual convention in New Orleans on Sunday.

Tags: American Truck Dealers, American Trucking Associations, Drivers, Maintenance, Dealers, Fleets, ATA

January 22, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Indicators Hit or Near Record Highs

Two measures about the health of the U.S. trucking industry turned in either their best or near-record numbers for December.

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, Freight, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Truck Tonnage Index, Economy

January 21, 2014 - Industry News

New FMCSA Rule Targets Willful Violators

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s newest enforcement tool is a shutdown order for carriers that flagrantly disregard the safety rules. Under a final rule to be posted this week, the agency can suspend or revoke the authority of willful repeat violators, and impose civil or criminal penalties.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, OOIDA, MAP-21, Regulations, Fleets, Drivers, GAO, Werner Enterprises, FedEx, Congress

January 15, 2014 - Industry News

Ferro Responds to Critics of Zero Truck Fatality Goal During TRB

FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro. (File photo by Jim Park)

Is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s goal of zero truck-related fatalities an ideology or an appropriate aspiration?

Tags: ATA, HOS, Accidents, FMCSA, Anne Ferro, Regulations, Safety and Compliance, TRB

December 20, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Plans Sleeper Berth Test

UPDATED (2) -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is working on a field test of alternatives to the current sleeper berth rule.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, ATA, Hours of Service, Minnesota Trucking Association

December 20, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Index Jumps 2.7% in November Hitting Record High

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 2.7% in November, after falling 1.9% in October.

Tags: ATA, Truck Tonnage, Freight

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 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 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

November 20, 2013 - Industry News

34-Hour Restart Faces Test

The stage is set for a political grilling of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at a House hearing Thursday on the hours-of-service rule. Amid relentless criticism of the 34-hour restart and 30-minute break provisions of the rule, agency administrator Anne Ferro will be called on to explain and defend the agency’s decision-making.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Congress, HOS, OOIDA, Anne Ferro, ATRI

November 19, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Decreased 2.8% in October

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 2.8% in October, the first decrease since July. In September, the index was up 0.5%. September’s increase was less than the preliminary 1.4% gain ATA reported on Oct. 22.

Tags: ATA, Truck Tonnage

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

Study: New HOS Rules Result in Productivity Losses

The American Transportation Research Institute on Monday released the findings of its latest analysis of the operational and economic impacts resulting from the new hours-of-service rules that went into effect July 1.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, ATA, Hours of Service, ATRI, Fleets

November 7, 2013 - Industry News

NTSB Calls for Audit of FMCSA's Safety Oversight

UPDATED -- The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended audits of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's oversight processes in light of several deadly crashes that the board investigated, saying the findings from these investigations raise serious questions about the oversight of motor carrier operations.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, NTSB, Safety & Compliance, ATA

October 28, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Slams Drug Use Report

The American Trucking Associations is calling on U.S. media outlets to “stop their inaccurate and sensationalized reporting” on a review of 36 studies claiming that a number of commercial truck drivers use drugs or alcohol while behind the wheel.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, Drug Testing, Alcohol

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

ATA to Allow Non-Members in National Truck Driving Championships

The ATA National Truck Driving Championships trophy on display during the group's annual convention in Orlando, Fla. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO -- The American Trucking Associations’ board of directors on Tuesday voted to make the National Truck Driving Championships more inclusive by allowing non-ATA members of state trucking associations to compete in the annual safety competition. The decision was made during the group’s Management Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, National Truck Driving Championships, Fleets, Events, ATA2013

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Jumps Again in September

The American Trucking Associations just released For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1.4% in September from the month before, matching the August gain.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

ATA: Trucking Short of Nearly 100,000 Drivers Annually

On Tuesday American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello said fleets are adjusting to continued tightness in the driver market by increasing pay and hiring newer drivers.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, Driver Shortage, ATA2013

October 21, 2013 - Industry News

Survey Says: Hours of Service Top Trucking Industry Concern

ATRI President and COO Rebecca Brewster delivering the results of a survey of top trucking industry concerns. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO -- The changes to the federal commercial driver hours of service rules that went into effect July 1 caused the issue to top the American Transportation Research Institute's annual survey of more than 4,000 trucking industry executives, truck drivers, trucking industry suppliers and government.

Tags: Economy, ATA, CSA, Hours of Service, Driver Shortage, EOBR, ATRI, ATA2013

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes to Clarify ‘Tank Vehicle’ Definition

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing a new definition of a “tank vehicle” to clarify concerns about the impact of the definition on Commercial Drivers License requirements.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, CDL, Hazmat, Tankers

September 24, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Economist: Industry Faces Capacity Crunch

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello speaking at TMW Transforum this week.

ANAHEIM -- The trucking industry is looking at a severe capacity crunch in coming years with a variety of factors contributing to the situation, according to Bob Costello, chief economist of the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: Drivers, Economy, ATA, Freight, TMW

September 24, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Jumped 1.4% in August

The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1.4% in August after falling 0.6% in July. The latest gain was the largest since May.

Tags: ATA, Truck Tonnage, Freight

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