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January 22, 2014 - Industry News

Marten Transport Reports Record Annual Income

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Refrigerated trucking company Marten Transport has reported the highest net income for any year in its history.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Marten Transport

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, Drivers, Fleets, GAO, Werner Enterprises, FedEx, Congress

January 17, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Readies Sanctions Against Repeat Violators

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will publish a rule next week containing tough new sanctions against carriers that disregard safety rules.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, Enforcement

January 16, 2014 - Industry News

Nearly $2 Million in Pension Benefits Returned to 515 Truckers

An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division resulted in the restoration of $1,979,779 in 401(k) pension benefits to 515 drivers working on U.S. Postal Service contracts for California-based Lange Trucking.

Tags: Drivers, California, Department of Labor, Fleets

January 16, 2014 - Industry News

YRC and Teamsters Back in Talks Following Failed Contract Vote

It’s back to the negotiation table for the financially troubled parent of several trucking companies, YRC Worldwide, following Teamsters Union employees voting down a contract extension.

Tags: Fleets, Teamsters, YRC Worldwide, Drivers

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 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 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: Department of Labor, Fleets, Prime Inc., Drivers, OSHA

January 2, 2014 - Industry News

CRST Purchases Short-Haul Fleet BESL Transfer

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Trucking company owner CRST International has announced the acquisition of privately-held BESL Transfer Company, based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Tags: Fleets, Owner-Operators, Mergers & Acquisitions, CRST, Flatbed

January 2, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Rates Jumped As 2013 Drew to a Close

Rates on one of the nation’s largest spot freight markets increased in all three major categories, according to newly released figures.

Tags: Fleets, Freight, Owner-Operators, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

December 26, 2013 - Industry News

Crete, Shaffer to Offer On-the-Job Training for Veterans

A truck from Crete's Patriot Fleet.

Crete Carrier Corp. and its refrigerated division, Shaffer Trucking, have gotten approval from the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide on-the-job training to veterans and other eligible trainees through the GI Bill.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Training, Veterans, Fleets, Crete Carrier Corp.

December 23, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro Headline Speaker 2014 Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show

The 2014 Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show has been set for Jan. 31 & Feb 1, 2014 at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Ill., located just off I-74 in downtown Peoria, Ill.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Owner-Operators

December 20, 2013 - Industry News

Study: New HOS Rules Could Mean Higher Consumer Costs

New Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hours-of-service regulations for truckers could mean increased costs for consumers, according to a new study from the University of Tennessee’s Global Supply Chain Institute.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Hours of Service, HOS, Fleets

December 19, 2013 - Industry News

Port Trucking Companies Say They’re Exempt From California Laws

Trucking companies accused by California of intentionally misclassifying truck drivers a independent contractors, rather than employee drivers, say there is nothing the state can do about it.

Tags: Fleets, Port Trucking, Owner Operators, Independent Contractors, California

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

November 21, 2013 - Industry News

New Service to Help with Independent Contractor Misclassification

A provider of information and services ensuring independent contractor best practices, Relevant Business Solutions, has launched its Independent Contractor Information subscription-based service website.

Tags: Fleets, Owner-Operators

November 19, 2013 - Industry News

OSHA Levies $1 Million Fine Against Carrier for Firing Whistleblowers

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered Gaines Motor Lines of N.C., along with company officials Tim Gaines and Rick Tompkins, to compensate four former truck drivers who were fired in violation of federal whistleblower laws.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, OSHA, Fleets, Safety and Compliance

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

Celadon Acquires N. Yanke Transfer Limited in Canada

Photo: Evan Lockridge

U.S. trucking operation, Celadon Group, has announced an agreement to acquire selected assets of N. Yanke Transfer Limited based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Tags: Celadon Trucking Services, Fleets

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 13, 2013 - Industry News

Mexican Trucking: More Professional Than You May Think

Two of the new Volvo VNL trucks with the I-Shift transmission at Transportes Monroy Schiavon. Photo: Evan Lockridge

MEXICO CITY -- For some people in the United States, say "Mexican trucking company" and they envision ramshackle trucks, drivers who are reckless and fleets that don’t care about safety. A visit to one of the country's largest fleets shows a professional, safety-focused operation with a focus on drivers.

Tags: Mexico, Fleets, Volvo Trucks, Cross-Border Trucking

November 5, 2013 - Industry News

South Carolina Ports Launch Clean Trucks Program

One of South Carolina's ports. Credit: S.C. Ports Authority

The South Carolina Ports Authority has announced a new Clean Truck Certification Program to take effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

Tags: Clean Truck Program, South Carolina, Fleets, Ports, Owner-Operators, Port Trucking

November 4, 2013 - Industry News

Paschall Truck Lines Sold to Employees

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Kentucky-based Paschall Truck Lines President and CEO Randall A. Waller has sold 100% percent of his stock in the company to its employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan.

Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions

November 4, 2013 - Industry News

New York State Tightens Rules for Electronic Device Use by CDL Holders

New York has set forth more stringent prohibitions on the use of portable electronic devices for commercial driver’s license holders, including prohibiting their use when stopped in traffic

Tags: Drivers, New York, Texting, Cell Phones, Fleets, Safety & Compliance

November 4, 2013 - Industry News

Knight Transportation Steps Up Pursuit of USA Truck

Knight Transportation is keeping up its public campaign to buy rival truckload carrier USA Truck, despite being told the company is not interested in being purchased.

Tags: Fleets, USA Truck, Mergers & Acquisitions, Knight Transportation

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

Teamsters Accept Contract with ABF

The ABF National Master Freight Agreement will be implemented in the next few days. Photo: Evan Lockridge

UPDATED--The Teamsters ABF Master Negotiating Committee voted Wednesday that in light of the overwhelming vote against authorizing a strike against ABF Freight, the company's last proposal for the Central Region Local Cartage Agreement would be accepted. As a result, the ABF National Master Freight Agreement is now fully ratified.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Teamsters, ABF

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