May 29, 2015 - Industry News
A new government reports shows the American economy contracted in the first quarter of the year for the second straight time.
Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Confidence
May 28, 2015 - Industry News
Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) and co-sponsor Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) have introduced a bill that aims to create a “national hiring standard” for motor carriers without using the controversial BASIC data produced by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration’s CSA safety-compliance program.
Tags: FMCSA, CSA, TIA, Brokers
A recent proposal in Rhode Island for a truck-only toll to pay for the state’s ailing road and bridge conditions has been met with blowback from several trucking industry groups.
Tags: ATA, Tolls, Rhode Island, OOIDA, Infrastructure Funding
Newly released figures show the value of freight moved between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement neighbors totaled $96.1 billion in March, a 5.3% decline from a year ago, but three out of five transportation modes carried more cross-border cargo.
Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico
May 27, 2015 - Industry News
A report on the first phase of research into the possible benefits of truck platooning technologies showed that all trucks in a platoon gained fuel efficiencies, with the lead truck gaining as much as a 5 percent improvement while the trailing truck got up to 10 percent improvement.
Tags: Technology, Industry Research, Meritor Wabco, Peterbilt Motors Company, ATRI, Truck Platooning
Trailer orders saw a large decrease in April with just 17,700 units, dropping 19% compared to March and down 30% year-over-year, according to the latest numbers from FTR.
Tags: Trailers, FTR, Trailer Orders
Rates in two out of the three major spot market freight sectors posted slight gains over the past week while remaining in a holding pattern for dry vans.
May 26, 2015 - Product News
Webtech Wireless has signed a $4.7 million contract with a major U.S. fleet customer for an upgrade to its Webtech Driver Center software.
Tags: Webtech Wireless, eLogs, Telematics
May 26, 2015 - Industry News
PeopleNet has acquired the assets of Cadec Global Inc.,expanding the company’s mobility solutions in the foodservice and private fleet industries.
Tags: Information Technology, PeopleNet, Analytics, Cadec, Mergers & Acquisitions
A measure of consumer confidence has increased following a sharp downturn, while new home sales rebounded strongly, according to reports released on Tuesday.
Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Home Sales
With a voice vote on Saturday, the U.S. Senate approved the two-month extension of the highway bill that was passed by the House of Representatives last Tuesday. The legislation now awaits the expected signature of President Obama.
Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Bill, Legislation
The avian flu viruses that have affected more than 33 million turkeys, chickens and ducks in more than a dozen states since December are taking their toll on the trucking companies that serve the poultry industry.
Tags: Iowa, Minnesota, Livestock Hauling
An advance report shows both new orders and shipments for manufactured durable goods declined in April, but a key indicator increased for the second consecutive month.
Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Non-Manufacturing
May 22, 2015 - Industry News
Heniff Transportation Systems has acquired Horizon Tank Lines, expanding Heniff’s footprint into the Southeastern U.S.
Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Liquid Tank Trailers, Bulk Hauling
Two owners of a Brooklyn, NY, CDL driving school had to forfeit cash and assets totally more than $175,000 in a plea deal for charges stemming from a massive, 11-year long testing fraud scheme.
Tags: CDL, Fraud, Truck Driving Schools
Old Dominion Freight Line announced that Greg C. Gantt has been promoted to the president and chief operating officer of the company, replacing David S. Congdon as the company’s president.
Tags: Leadership, Old Dominion Freight Line, People, Promotions
Net orders for Class 8 trucks fell to just over 22,400 units in April, the lowest amount since November 2013, according to ACT Research.
Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Truck Orders
Consumer prices moved barely higher in April, but it was the third consecutive monthly increase, according to a new Commerce Department report.
Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices
May 21, 2015 - Industry News
The Harbor Truck Association has announced that it is supporting a new plan to reduce congestion at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Tags: Ports, Strikes, Port Trucking
Continental Tire the Americas has been named the tire sponsor of the ChampTruck truck racing series in 2015.
Tags: Tires, Continental Tire the Americas, ChampTruck, Racing
Truckload linehaul rates declined in April from the month before while intermodal rates moved higher, according to two separate reports released on Thursday.
Tags: Economy, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates
A first look at the nation’s manufacturing sector shows activity has declined for the second straight month. However, a measure of future economy activity is on the upswing.
Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators
May 20, 2015 - Industry News
Peter DeFazio and 19 Committee Democrats have introduced the Obama Administration’s GROW AMERICA Act as a long-term surface transportation funding measure.
Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Legislation
CarrierWeb has appointed James B. Gamache as president of its U.S. operations, taking over the role from R. Fenton-May.
Tags: Telematics, People, eLogs, CarrierWeb
An upturn in spot market truckload freight rates seen the previous week ran out of steam quickly, according to new numbers from the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.
Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions
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