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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

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Rates and Freight Weaken

Credit: DAT

New figures from the freight matching service provider, DAT, show spot market load availability fell 5.7% Oct. 20 through 26, compared to the previous seven days.

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

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

Schneider: New HOS Rules Hurt Productivity

Since the new hour of service rules implementation on July 1, the fleet Schneider National says it has seen a 3.1% drop in productivity on solo shipments and a 4.3% decline on team shipments.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Hours of Service, Fleets, Schneider National

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Dips Overall and for Trucking

The nation’s unemployment rate continues moving lower inch-by-inch, hitting a five-year low, according to the U.S. Labor Department. It fell to 7.2% in September compared to 7.3% in August.

Tags: Drivers, Economy, Fleets, Unemployment

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 8, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Encouraging Carriers to Update Their Registration

It notes that all companies under FMCSA jurisdiction are required to perform the update every two years as part of the new Unified Registration System...

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Fleets, Owner-Operators

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Knight “Disappointed” Over USA Truck’s Rejection

Phoenix-based truckload carrier Knight Transportation, has responded to USA Truck’s recent rejection of its purchase offer, saying it's disappointed and announcing it's upped its ownership share of the company.

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

September 24, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Orders Texas Fleet Shut Down

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered Laredo, Texas-based Redco Transport to immediately cease its trucking operations, declaring the company to be an imminent hazard to public safety.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Fleets, Safety & Compliance

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

Platinum Equity Completes Acquisition of Bridge Terminal Transport

Platinum Equity has completed the acquisition of substantially all the assets of Bridge Terminal Transport Inc. from Maersk Inc., a subsidiary of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The business will continue to operate under the Bridge Terminal Transport brand going forward.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Platinum Equity, Bridge Terminal Transport, Maersk, Fleets

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

Roadrunner Continues Expansion with Massachusetts Carrier Purchase

The asset-light and logistics service provider, Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Cudahy, Wisc., has acquired Yes Trans, a refrigerated truckload service provider based in Salisbury, Mass.

Tags: Fleets, Roadrunner Transportation, Owner-Operators, Mergers & Acquisitions

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

Bennett Motor Express Acquires Ace Doran Hauling & Rigging

Bennett Motor Express, McDonough, Ga has completed the purchase of Ace Doran Hauling & Rigging, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based company since 1913.

Tags: Fleets, Owner-Operators, Mergers & Acquisitions

September 17, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Driver Appreciation Week Underway

Many trucking groups and industry suppliers this week are asking Americans to reflect and appreciate the 3.1 million professional truck drivers that deliver America’s freight safely and securely, every day, as part of the 25th annual National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Fleets

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

Roadrunner Purchases Arkansas Truckload Operation

Wisconsin-based Roadrunner Transportation Systems, has acquired G.W. Palmer Logistics, a non-asset truckload service provider based in Batesville, Arkansas.

Tags: Wisconsin, Arkansas, Fleets, Roadrunner Transportation, Mergers & Acquisitions

September 11, 2013 - Industry News

GAO Report Balks at Tanker Wetline Regulations

In 2011 PHMSA proposed new rules over requiring that these loading and unloading lines on tankers be absent of any flammable liquids. Photo: Evan Lockridge

A new Government Accountability Office report throws cold water on Congressionally mandated plans to further regulate tanker wetlines, to the delight of the nation’s tanker carriers.

Tags: Government Accountability Office, U.S. DOT, Safety & Compliance, Tankers, Fleets

September 11, 2013 - Industry News

New Rules for Trip Permits in Oregon

An Oregon DOT motor carrier enforcement officer weighs a truck as a it passes through a Port of Entry.

The Oregon Department of Transportation recently began limiting the number of temporary passes/trip permits a motor carrier can purchase in a 12-month period – a move that one association representative calls “a money grab” that will affect small-business motor carriers located outside the state.

Tags: Fleets, Safety & Compliance, Owner-Operators, Drivers, Oregon

September 10, 2013 - Industry News

Brake Safety Week Is On: Here are Some Tips

Today's Trucking---30,000 brakes will be inspected on trucks across North America this week, and not all will pass. The annual Brake Safety Week held by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will see inspectors taking a closer look at brake systems on your trucks.

Tags: Brakes, Brake Safety Week, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, CVSA, Enforcement, Drivers

September 9, 2013 - Industry News

Driver Input Sought for Hours-of-Service Study

Photo: Jim Park

The American Transportation Research Institute has started its second phase of research on the effects of recent changes to the hours-of-service rules, which went into effect on July 1.

Tags: Drivers, Hours of Service, ATRI, Fleets

September 9, 2013 - Industry News

N.J. Governor Vetoes Driver Misclassification Bill

A New Jersey bill attacking the independent contractor model at the ports has been vetoed.

UPDATED--New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie has rejected legislation regarding the “misclassification” of some truck drivers in the state as independent contractors rather than employees..

Tags: Drivers, New Jersey, Fleets, Port Trucking, Owner-Operators, Ports, Intermodal

September 5, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Revenues Increase in First Half of 2013

Photo: Evan Lockridge

A new government report shows revenue in the trucking business increased 1.5% in the first six months of the year in the United States compared to the same time in 2012.

Tags: Economy, Fleets

August 28, 2013 - Industry News

Study: Highly Successful Trucking Companies Use Different HR Practices with Drivers

Highly successful companies use distinct practices in building their workforces and offer more benefits to recruit and retain drivers when compared to all other trucking companies, according to new research in the 2013 Texas Trucking Industry Study.

Tags: Drivers, Texas, Recruiting, Fleets, Retention

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

CARB Will Hold Carriers Responsible for Dispatching Non-Compliant Owner Operators

Businesses that dispatch vehicles or owner operators in California must verify that each contracted vehicle is in compliance with the California Truck & Bus regulation or has reported compliance to the California Air Resources Board.

Tags: CARB, California, Fleets, Owner-Operators, Clean Air Retrofit

August 23, 2013 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Changing Bridge Weight Limits Starting August 29

Pennsylvania DOT Secretary Barry Schoch has authorized his department to add or increase weight restrictions to about 1,000 structurally deficient bridges.

Tags: Highway Funding, Fleets, Road Construction, Bridges, Drivers, Pennsylvania

August 21, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Driver Was Distracted Before Bridge Crash, NTSB Says

A truck driver reported that he was distracted just before he ran into the car in front of him, pushing it off of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge into the water 27 feet below.

Tags: Accidents, Drivers, NTSB, Maryland, Fleets

August 21, 2013 - Industry News

Lawsuit Against Swift Transportation Certified as Class Action

Swift potentially faces claims from drivers over how they were paid. Photo: Evan Lockridge

More than nine years after a suit was first filed against the carrier Swift Transportation, over claims it cheated drivers out of compensation, it has been certified as a class action.

Tags: Fleets, Litigation, Swift Transportation, Drivers

August 21, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Remain Strong Despite Weekly Drop

Spot market freight rates are remaining stronger than usual for this time of year says DAT. Credit: DAT

Freight rates on one leading spot market have declined over the past week, but they remain stronger than usual for this time a year, especially in two sectors.

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

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