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February 13, 2014 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul and Intermodal Prices Head Higher in January

Truckload linehaul rates paid in January increased 2.9% from the same time a year earlier, resulting in the largest year-over-year increase in linehaul rates since last February.

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

February 13, 2014 - Industry News

Old Dominion Expands in Albany, N.Y.

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. recently relocated its Albany Service Center to a larger facility. The newly constructed service center contains 72 doors – a 45% increase from the previous facility. Old Dominion employs 50 people at this location.

Tags: Expansion, Old Dominion

February 13, 2014 - Industry News

Call for Speakers for Green Fleet Conference & Expo

The Green Fleet Conference & Expo planning committee is working on the 2014 schedule and is looking for input and ideas. The 2014 event will be in Schaumburg, Ill. on Oct. 29-30 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference

February 13, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Availability Second Best on Record, Rates Up from 2013

Spot market freight availability rose 24% in January, exceeding December levels for only the second time since 1996, according to new figures from the the freight-matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

February 13, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Drop on Cold Weather, Weak Income Growth

Retail sales in the U.S. have fallen for a second straight month according to new U.S. Commerce Department figures.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

Washington to Get 11 Public Propane Refueling Stations

The state of Washington will soon be home to one of the nation’s largest privately funded propane autogas public refueling networks, and the single largest installation of alternative fuel infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest.

Tags: Washington, Propane Autogas, Blue Star Gas

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Counters GAO Critique of Safety Program

The back-and-forth over the Compliance Safety and Accountability enforcement program continues, this time with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration countering recent criticisms by the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, CSA, MCSAC

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

Allstate Peterbilt Group South Saint Paul Location is Peterbilt Medium-Duty Dealer of the Year

Allstate Peterbilt Group’s South Saint Paul location has received the 2013 Peterbilt Medium-Duty Dealer of the Year award. CEO Don Larson and President Jeff Vanthournout accepted the award at the annual Peterbilt Dealer Meeting held in Frisco, Texas.

Tags: Dealers, Allstate Peterbilt

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Index Hits Second Highest Level on Record

Freight Transportation Services Index, December 2008- December 2013. Credit: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 1% in December from November, declining after a one-month rise, according to new U.S. Department of Transportation figures, but activity is still very healthy.

Tags: Economy, For-hire Truck Tonnage, Freight

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

New Study Shows Limited Impact of Simulator Training for Truckers

New research examining the safety impact of simulator training for truck drivers concludes it provides benefits for only up to a year.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Training, Recruiting, Fleets, Safety and Compliance

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes National Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse for Drivers

UPDATED -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a proposed rule to establish a drug and alcohol clearinghouse for all national commercial driver’s license holders.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Drug Testing, Fleets, Safety and Compliance, Alcohol Testing

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates and Load Availability Jump

Freight rates and the number of load available on the spot market posted impressive gains over the past week, according to just released numbers from the freight-matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

Expected Union "Persuader Rule" Angers Business Interests

Business groups are up in arms over a second Obama administration proposal when it comes to union organizing elections.

Tags: Regulations, Department of Labor, NLRB, Labor Unions

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker Ordered Off the Road by FMCSA Following Fatal Crash

Following a Jan. 27 crash killing an Illinois Tollway worker and seriously injuring an Illinois State Police trooper, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared Illinois-licensed truck driver Renato V. Velasquez to be an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Safety and Compliance, Enforcement

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

Safety Advisors Post Wish List for Highway Bill

An advisory panel is encouraging federal regulators to push for several dozen safety reforms in the upcoming highway bill, ranging from changing how drivers are paid to establishing an entirely new approach to hours of service.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, MCSAC, Highway Bill

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

Northstar Services and J&E Transportation Services Announce Merger

Northstar Services and J&E Transportation Services announce the merger of their two companies, effective Jan. 31.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, J&E Transportation Services, Northstar Services

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

Virginia's Route 15 Will Get New Traffic Pattern Feb. 21

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

On Feb. 21 the Virginia Department of Transportation will conduct an overnight traffic switch on the Zion Crossroads diverging diamond interchange project on Route 15 in Louisa County.

Tags: Virginia, Road Construction

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

Forward Air Profit Up for 2013, Dips Slightly in Fourth Quarter

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Trucking company Forward Air has reported financial results showing a small increase in net income and revenue for all of last year while profit during the final three months of 2013 was close to that from a year earlier.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Forward Air

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Pulls Authority of Carrier in Long-Haul Mexico Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has revoked the authority of one of 14 Mexico-based trucking companies it approved earlier to run in its long-haul cross-border program.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Safety and Compliance

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

Goodyear To Announce 31st Highway Hero At MATS

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will announce the winner of the 31st Goodyear North America Highway Hero Award on Thursday, March 27, during the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

Tags: Goodyear, Mid-America Trucking Show, Goodyear Highway Hero

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

Fourth Quarter Losses Widen at USA Truck

Trucking and logistics provider USA Truck saw its fourth quarter losses widen compared to a year ago but reduced it 2013 compared to the year before.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, USA Truck

February 10, 2014 - Industry News

Joseph M. Dagnese Named President of Con-way Truckload

Con-way Inc. has announced that Joseph M. Dagnese has been named president of Con-way Truckload, the company's full truckload subsidiary, succeeding Saul Gonzalez.

Tags: Leadership, Fleets, People, Con-Way, Con-way Truckload

February 10, 2014 - Industry News

Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge Opens to Traffic

This past weekend marked the official opening of the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge. The monumental $695 million bridge provides a different way for millions of drivers to cross the Mississippi River between Illinois and Missouri.

Tags: Missouri, Illinois, I-70, I-55, Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge

February 10, 2014 - Industry News

Man Pleads Guilty to Helping to Violate Out-of-Service Order

A Georgia man has pleaded guilty to federal charges filed last year charging he helped violate an out-of-service order, according to the U.S. Transportation Department’s Inspector General.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, U.S. DOT, Safety and Compliance, Crime

February 10, 2014 - Industry News

IRS Going After Late HVUT Payments

A break the IRS gave to trucking over the filing of the heavy vehicle use tax more than two years ago is coming back to haunt some people.

Tags: IRS, Taxes, Fleets, Owner-Operators

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