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February 27, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends Deadline for Student Art Contest

Art by Annie Yu from Edison, New Jersey, the grand prize winner of the Kindergarten through second grade age group for the 2014 "Be Ready, Be Buckled" art contest."

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is extending the submission deadline for the 2015 “Be Ready. Be Buckled” student art contest until March 16, 2015.

Tags: FMCSA, Seat Belts, Contest, Child Safety

February 27, 2015 - Industry News

Transpo Leaders Urged to Pressure Congress On Highway Bill

Lobbying by officials of State transportation departments can help get a long-term highway bill passed this year, say key U.S. Representatives and Senators at an annual Washington briefing presented by AASHTO.

Tags: Congress, Washington D.C., AASHTO, Highway Bill

February 27, 2015 - Industry News

Rep. Ryan Favors Allowing States to Implement Tolls

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan. Official Photo

Rep. Paul Ryan has stated that he favors changing federal law to afford state governments the “freedom to choose” to implement tolled highways.

Tags: Congress, Tolls, Government, Bridges

February 26, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Seeks Out Safest Fleets

Volvo Trucks is seeking entries for the Volvo Trucks Safety Award which recognizes two fleets with the safest driving records and top safety programs.

Tags: Driver Safety, Volvo Trucks, Fleet Safety, Awards, ATA MC&E

February 26, 2015 - Product News

Kenworth, Paccar Offer Medium-Duty Extended Warranty

Kenworth's K270 and K370 cabovers

Kenworth is offering an extended warranty program for U.S. buying new Kenworth Class 5-7 trucks financed through Paccar Financial.

Tags: Warranty, Medium-Duty Trucks, Paccar Financial, Kenworth

February 26, 2015 - Industry News

Trucks Continue Moving Majority of U.S.-NAFTA Trade

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode; December 2013 - 2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its North America neighbors increased for the 11th consecutive month in December while the total level for 2014 was better than the year before.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade

February 26, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Prices Fall, Durable Goods Orders Up

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

Retail prices fell in January from the month before and from a year earlier, marking the first annual drop in more than five years.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Consumer Prices

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Quality Distribution Sees a Return to Profits

The bulk chemical transportation provider Quality Distribution Inc moved from being in the red to the black in the fourth quarter of last year and for all of 2014.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Quality Distribution, Quality Carriers, Boasso America

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Woman Receives 63 Months in Prison for Stealing from Trucking Company

A California woman was sentenced this week to 63 months in federal prison for embezzling nearly $3.5 million from her former employer, a warehouse and trucking-services company.

Tags: California, Crime & Fraud

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul Rates Increase Nearly 8%, Intermodal Declines Slightly

Linehaul rates in the truckload sector posted a significant gain last month, according to newly released figures, while a separate report shows a drop in intermodal rates for the first time in more than a year.

Tags: Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Partners with University of Memphis on Index

Women In Trucking will begin work on a system to track the number of women serving in the trucking industry with the help of the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Memphis.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Women in Trucking, Women Drivers

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Stabilize as Cargo Volume Increases

DAT spot market freight rates the past four weeks. Graphic: DAT Solutions

Rates on the spot freight market appear to have stabilized following three straight weeks of declines with a hike in one sector, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Sales Dip

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Sales of new single-family homes slipped in January from the month before but are up compared to the same time a year earlier.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt to Expand Denton Production Facility

Denton manufacturing facility. Photo: Mahanga

Peterbilt has plans to expand its manufacturing facility in Denton, Texas after the Denton City Council approved an eight-year, 70% tax abatement for the facility's production.

Tags: Peterbilt, Vehicle Manufacturing, Expansion

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

Bendix to Build A New Headquarters

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems will construct a new headquarters in Northeast Ohio, the company announced.

Tags: Headquarters, Bendix, Expansion

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

Obama Vetoes Keystone Pipeline

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

President Obama has vetoed the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act, which Congressional Republicans had sent to the White House earlier today.

Tags: President Obama, U.S. Congress, Oil Prices, Economic Conditions

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

Judge Approves Agreement Ending Federal Oversight of Teamsters

A federal judge for the Southern District of New York approved an agreement last week ending more than 25 years of government oversight of the Teamsters Union.

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Hits All-Time High In January

Graph via ATA Truck Tonnage Index.

The For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index hit an all-time high of 135.7 in January according to the seasonally adjusted report from American Trucking Associations.

Tags: Economy, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Truck Tonnage Index

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence Falls, Service Sector Rebounds Strongly

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

Consumer confidence fell this month from a more than seven-year high last month, according to a new report from the private research group The Conference Board.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Non-Manufacturing

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Named Highway Angel for Pulling Man from Burning Car

For rescuing an unconscious man from a burning car the Truckload Carriers Association named escort driver Joe Bearce a Highway Angel.

Tags: Driver Safety, Escort, TCA, TCA Highway Angel

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales Fall, Total Construction Rises

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Existing-home sales in the U.S. declined in January to their lowest rate in nine months, but the pace was higher than a year ago for the fourth straight month, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Construction Spending

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

FTC Looks to Stop Merger Combining Two of Nation’s Largest Private Fleets

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

The Federal Trade Commission has filed an administrative complaint charging that the proposed merger of Sysco and US Foods would violate the antitrust laws by significantly reducing competition nationwide and in 32 local markets for foodservice distribution services.

Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Fleets, Sysco, US Foods

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

Agreement Reached Over West Coast Port Labor Problems

Port of Los Angeles. Photo: Port of L.A.

The Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union on Friday evening announced a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract covering 13,000 workers at all 29 West Coast ports – but problems at the ports are far from over.

Tags: Intermodal, Ports, Port Trucking, Labor Unions

February 20, 2015 - Product News

Knight Chooses Zonar Tablet for Telematics Platform

Photo courtesty of Zonar

Knight Transportation has chosen the Zonar 2020 Mobile Tablet as the new telematics platform for its fleet.

Tags: Telematics, Zonar, Knight Transportation, Tablets

February 20, 2015 - Industry News

California Port Carrier Feeling Lockout's Pinch

Photo via Port of Long Beach.

Shippers Transport Express works from the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, but in the midst of stalled labor negotiations and shutdowns, all the fleet can do is wait.

Tags: Ports, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Labor Unions

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