December 6, 2013 - Industry News
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, against the California Air Resources Board on Friday, in connection with the Truck and Bus Regulation.
Tags: Emissions, CARB, Trucks, California, OOIDA
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.
Tags: FMCSA, ATA, TIA, OOIDA, Freight, Brokers, AIPBA
Unemployment moved down in November to its lowest level in five years and with it trucking added the most jobs in several months.
Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Consumer Spending
December 5, 2013 - Industry News
A proposed ban on diesel-powered vehicles in the District of Columbia has drawn a strong response from a coalition of trucking industry groups. The coalition warned the D.C. Council that provisions in the recently introduced Sustainable D.C. Omnibus Act of 2013 would have “significantly harmful effects on the District’s economy and on the quality of life of District residents.”
Tags: Emissions, Legislation, ATA, Washington D.C.
Two container shipping companies have acknowledged they are in talks about a possible merger that would create the world’s fourth largest such shipping fleet.
Tags: Intermodal, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has authorized a program to continue a multimillion-dollar upgrade of the road network at the agency’s New Jersey marine terminals.
Tags: Drivers, New Jersey, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Road Construction, Port Trucking
A recent news report about broken truck reefer units in Ohio prompted Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, to press the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to act on food safety.
Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Congress
Border crossings into the U.S. from Canada and Mexico in 2012 included 10.7 million truck crossings, along with with personal vehicles entering the U.S. nearly 96 million times (33.1 million from Canada, and 62.7 million from Mexico.) The stats also include 320,000 buses and 37,000 trains.
Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade, Freight
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
Less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight System is cutting its number of terminals from 277 to 247. In a “change of operations” filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, ABF parent company Arkansas Best said it had already eliminated eight facilities in the second half of this year, with the rest still yet to close.
Tags: Fleets, Arkansas Best, Teamsters, ABF, LTL
December 4, 2013 - Industry News
Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s bid to raise federal fuel taxes to pay for more investment in roads and bridges drew strong support from a wide range of interests, including American Trucking Associations.
Tags: Taxes, Congress, infrastructure, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax
Freight rates have posted their first across the board increases for the first time in several weeks on one of the nation’s largest spot markets.
Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore
Sales of new homes on the United States skyrocketed in October, recording the biggest monthly increase in more than 30 years, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report.
Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Employment
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration recently released a study on shipping patterns and industry costs that will help the United States prepare for the anticipated impact on its ports, waterways and intermodal freight systems from the Panama Canal expansion.
Tags: Intermodal, Freight, Panama Canal, Port Trucking
November North American Class 5 through 7 net truck orders are expected to total 18,000 while Class 8 orders are expected at 21,200 units, when actual data are released mid-month, according to commercial vehicle data analysts at ACT Research.
Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research, Truck Orders
Union Pacific Railroad recently introduced a new intermodal service offering between Chicago and Monterrey, Mexico, giving companies another option to move goods across the border six days a week.
Tags: Intermodal, Freight
The parent to liquid and dry bulk hauler, Florida Rock & Tank Lines, has reported a huge increase in income for its fiscal fourth quarter as well as for its fiscal year.
Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Patriot Transportation
December 3, 2013 - Industry News
A woman has pleaded guilty to charges in U.S. District Court in Macon, Ga., for her involvement in a double-brokering freight scam. On Nov. 20, Pauline Robinson-Kirkland, of Donalsonville, Ga., admitted to mail fraud. She was indicted in July 2012.
Tags: Freight, Brokers, Fraud
The financially troubled parent company to several fleets, YRC Worldwide, is looking to investors to help it pay off some debt, according to the Journal of Commerce.
Tags: Fleets, Teamsters, YRC Worldwide, LTL
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., will introduce bills to raise federal fuel taxes, index them to inflation and test a vehicle-mile tax. The proposals, which Blumenauer is scheduled to discuss on Capitol Hill Wednesday, come as Congress begins to consider ways to revive funding for U.S. roads and bridges.
Tags: Congress, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax, Taxes, Infrastructure Funding, infrastructure
Sales of new automobiles, light-trucks and SUV’s in the U.S. picked up their pace dramatically last month, hitting an annual rate of 16.4 million, far above the 15.3 million yearly rate in October and the best since early 2007.
Tags: Economy, Auto Sales
Freight haulers are embracing social media but still not a much as other business-to-business companies, according to a new study.
Tags: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Social Media, Promotion, Fleets
Less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line on Tuesday updated its expectations for growth in tons per day and revenue per hundredweight for the fourth quarter of this year, saying it now expects a larger increase in tons per day.
Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Fleets, Freight, Fleet Financials, LTL
December 2, 2013 - Industry News
Fueled by a growth rate of 665% over the past three years, LTL Freight Services, Milwaukee, is rebranding itself as Global Freight Source as it focuses on becoming a single-source provider of shipping logistics.
Tags: 3PL, Logistics, Fleets
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will consider additional applications for exemptions from the federal hearing standard prohibiting deaf truck drivers from interstate operations. The first 40 such individuals to receive these exemptions were approved in February.
Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Safety & Compliance
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