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June 8, 2015 - Industry News

So Cal Port Truckers: Inspection Program Causing Congestion

The California Trucking Association recently came out against a new chassis equipment inspection process at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, saying they are causing congestion problems for truckers.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports, CTA, Congestion, Intermodal, Intermodal Chassis

June 5, 2015 - Industry News

MHC Expands Dealership Footprint in the Midwest

Photo via MHC

The Murphy-Hoffman Company truck dealership group has acquired five Kenworth dealerships formerly operated by R.L French Corporation in three Midwest states.

Tags: Kenworth, Dealership, MHC, Truck Dealers

June 5, 2015 - Industry News

Bill Would Authorize Governors to Intervene in Port Strikes

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

A bill introduced on June 5 would expand the powers granted by the Taft-Hartley Act regarding labor disputes at U.S. ports allowing state governors the intervention powers currently reserved for the President.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, U.S. Senate, Port Trucking

June 5, 2015 - Industry News

Rhode Island Truck Tolls Stalled for Now

UPDATED -- A recently amended proposal to charge tolls for trucks crossing bridges in Rhode Island may not be included in the state budget, according to local reports -- but it could be addressed by the legislature in a special session.

Tags: Tolls, Rhode Island, Infrastructure Funding

June 5, 2015 - Industry News

Employment Numbers Improve, Including Trucking

The current trucking employment level is close to its pre-recession peak, while nationwide employers added more jobs during May.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

June 5, 2015 - Industry News

Big Data Generated $93 Million in Trucking Last Year

Big data analytics generated $93.9 million in revenue in the trucking industry in 2014, according to research firm Frost & Sullivan, which projected that amount would grow to $1.6 billion by 2022.

Tags: Frost & Sullivan, Big Data, OEMs, Market Research, Telematics, Information Technology

June 4, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Looking for Trucking Image Boosters

The ATA is seeking nominations for the ninth annual Mike Russell Trucking Industry Image Award, recognizing those who are creative in increasing positive awareness for the trucking industry.

Tags: ATA, Awards, Trucking Moves America Forward, Awareness Campaign, Image, American Trucking Associations

June 4, 2015 - Product News

Omnitracs Offers Free Trial of Recruiting Model

Retention predictors that Omnitracs takes into account on its Retention Model. Image via Omnitracs

Omnitracs is offering a six-month free trial of its custom Recruiting Model in celebration of the company’s 10-year anniversary.

Tags: Technology, Analytics, Driver Retention, Driver Recruitment, Omnitracs

June 4, 2015 - Industry News

Full Circle TMS Hires Sylectus Founder as President

Full Circle TMS announced that Sylectus founder Stuart Sutton will lead the transportation management software company as president and CEO.

Tags: Information Technology, Leadership, Sylectus, People, TMS

June 4, 2015 - Product News

NFI Chooses MacroPoint for Freight Tracking

Photo via MacroPoint

NFI has announced that it is using MacroPoint’s freight tracking software to enhance load tracking capabilities for its current customers.

Tags: Vehicle Tracking, Macropoint, NFI, Freight

June 3, 2015 - Industry News

NHTSA Issues Truck Electronic-Stability Rule

Outrigger-equipped for test-track safety, a rig demonstrates what happens when its electronic-stability control (ESC) system is not activated.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued its long-awaited final rule to require electronic stability control (ESC) systems on Class 7-8 trucks and large buses.

Tags: Highway Safety, Electronic Stability Control, NHTSA

June 3, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Steady, Roadcheck Could Push Them Higher

Freight rates on the spot truckload market held steady last week, as both capacity and the number of loads available to haul fell, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 3, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Job Growth Best Since January

Change in nonfarm private employment.

Two days before a government report on unemployment is set to be released, a report from a payroll processor shows 201,000 non-farm, private jobs were added in the U.S. during May, the biggest gain since January.

Tags: Economy, Non-Manufacturing, Employment

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

Rhode Island Scales Back Tolling Plans

UPDATED -- Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo announced last minute changes to a truck tolling proposal that upset several local and national trucking groups, but the state trucking association says the plan still unfairly targets truckers.

Tags: Tolls, Rhode Island, Infrastructure Funding

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Factory Orders Drop Again

New orders for factory-made goods continue to disappoint, falling 0.4% in April from the month before and marking the eighth decline in the last nine months.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Factory Orders, Factory Shipments

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

Help Inc. Expands Weigh Station Bypass Into N.C.

Help Inc., is expanding its PrePass weight station bypass service for commercial vehicles into North Carolina, the company has announced.

Tags: North Carolina, Weigh Stations, PrePass, Weigh-Station Bypass

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

White House Threatens to Veto Bill with Key Trucking Provisions

The Obama Administration has put Congress on notice that it will recommend that President Obama veto the T-HUD bill that contains provisions key to trucking interests. Photo: The White House<br />

Even before a major spending bill containing several provisions of importance to the trucking industry has made it out of the House, the White House has all but promised that President Obama will veto it.

Tags: Insurance, Hours of Service, Size and Weight, 34-Hour Restart, Restart Study

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

ODFL Seeing More Tonnage, Updates Expectations

The less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. on Monday reported a year-over-year increase in tons per day for May of 9.6%, following growth of 9.7% for April.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL, Tonnage, Fleets

June 1, 2015 - Industry News

President Obama Inks Highway Patch

Photo:The White House

The Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015 was signed into law on Friday by President Obama extending funding through July 31.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund

June 1, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Construction Improve; Consumer Spending Stalls

Business conditions in the nation’s manufacturing sector turned around in May from the month before, while construction spending hit a six-year high. A weak spot? Consumer spending.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Consumer Spending, Construction Spending

June 1, 2015 - Industry News

GE Capital, Wex Announce Fuel Card for OTR

Photo via GE Captial, Transportation Finance

GE Capital, Transportation Finance is launching a fuel card services program designed for over-the-road trucking companies. The program will be administered by Wex, a provider of corporate payment solutions.

Tags: GE Capital Transportation Finance, Fuel Card, WEX, WEX Fleet One

May 29, 2015 - Industry News

Man Given 2-Year Sentence in CDL Fraud Case

Another man connected with a widespread CDL test-taking fraud scheme was sentenced by New York District Court to 28 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

Tags: CDL, Driver Training, Crime & Fraud

May 29, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Shrinks, Consumer Sentiment Sinks

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

Senate Bill Would Require Non-CSA Carrier Hiring Standard

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

May 28, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Groups Slam Rhode Island Tolling Plan

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

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