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November 2, 2017 - Industry News

TRALA Affirms Effort to Prevent Truck Attacks

Image: TRALA

In the wake of a terrorist aiming a rented pickup truck down a bike path in an attack that killed 8 persons and injured another 12 in Manhattan on Halloween, the Truck Rental and Leasing Association has stated that it continues to “stand with all law enforcement in doing everything we can to prevent the misuse of trucks to do harm.”

Tags: TRALA, Truck Rental, Terrorism, Security

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Alliance Adopts AAA Advanced Safety Tech Recommendations

Photo: Maverick Transportation

The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, commonly known as the Trucking Alliance, announced that its carrier members must use four truck-safety technologies that the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has concluded are critical to reducing large truck crashes and saving lives.

Tags: The Trucking Alliance, Safety, Air Disc Brakes, AAA, Hair Testing, In-Vehicle Video, Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Nominee Martinez Committed to ELD Rule

Martinez

President Trump’s nominee for Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said in Senate testimony that he will not delay implementation of the electronic logging device mandate that starts to kick in on Dec. 18, less than seven weeks from now.

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate, FMCSA, Donald Trump, Telematics

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

TCA Program to Teach Carriers About Insurance

The Truckload Carriers Association and the Motor Carrier Insurance Education Foundation launched a certification program dedicated to improving insurance performance, called the Motor Carrier Insurance Risk Management Program.

Tags: Training, Insurance, TCA

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Slip But Stay High

Graphic: DAT

The availability of spot truckload freight dipped 1.8% while the number of trucks posted fell 2.4% during the week ending Oct. 28, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Keeps Expanding but Construction Uneven

The nation’s manufacturing sector continued growing over an array of industries last month, though there is a bit of disagreement as to how fast it is expanding, following the release of two reports.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Gross Domestic Product

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Intermodal Surges in Third Quarter, Volume Hits Record High

Graphic: IANA

Total intermodal freight volumes climbed 6.3% year-over-year in the third quarter for the strongest growth rate in over three years, according to new figures from the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA).

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Freight

October 31, 2017 - Industry News

EPA Aiming to Yank Glider Kits from GHG/MPG Rule

New glider kit fitted with pre-2002 engine. Photo: Tom Berg

The Environmental Protection Agency has begun the formal process to launch a rulemaking that would eliminate provisions affecting glider kits within the Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards, which start to take effect in January.

Tags: Emissions, EPA, Glider Kits, GHG Phase 2

October 31, 2017 - Industry News

TechForce Creates Campaign to Increase Qualified Tech Pool

Photo: Steven Martinez

TechForce Foundation has launched the FutureTech Success campaign to provide an ongoing stream of qualified technicians to the North American vehicle repair business.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Recruiting, Technician Training, Technicians

October 31, 2017 - Industry News

Q&A: Kenco's Richard Scott on Amazon's Fleet and Trucking Technologies

Amazon's entry into last-mile delivery markets could be a game-changer for trucking. Photo: Amazon

New technology and new, big-name players are rapidly transforming trucking. Richard Scott, vice president of logistics solutions provider Kenco, gives his thoughts on the fast pace of change in trucking.

Tags: Logistics, Holiday Driving, Parcel Delivery Service, Last Mile Delivery, Amazon.com, Kenco, Autonomous Vehicles, Q&A

October 31, 2017 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Pricing Jump at Least 4%

Separate measures of truckload linehaul and intermodal rates moved higher in September, according to newly released reports, as the U.S. battered hurricanes and higher fuel prices.

Tags: Economy, Diesel Prices, Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

October 30, 2017 - Industry News

TRB Grants Contract to Research Cybersecurity Weakness in Transportation

The Transportation Research Board has awarded a $750,000 contract to the Southwest Research Institute to help state and local agencies assess cybersecurity risks on current and future transportation systems.

Tags: Southwest Research Institute, Cybersecurity, TRB, Cyberattacks, Connectivity

October 30, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeks Comment on Flexible Sleeper Berth Pilot

Photo: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is now seeking public comment on its proposed pilot program to make more flexible the sleeper-berth provision within its hours-of-service rule for truck drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, OMB, Split Sleeper Berth

October 30, 2017 - Industry News

Technician Shortage Worse Than Previously Thought

Photo: Steven Martinez

In a new report, the TechForce Foundation is predicting that demand for new vehicle technicians over the next ten years will be three times higher than was previously expected.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Department of Labor, Technicians

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

2018 Heavy Duty Trucking Exchange Applications Now Open

Applications are now open for a spot at next year’s Heavy Duty Trucking Exchange networking and education event, being held May 9-11, 2018, at the Scottsdale resort at McCormick Ranch outside Phoenix.

Tags: Fleet Management, Events, Fleet Innovators, Suppliers, HDTX

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: ODFL Earnings Increase Almost 20%, UPS Profit Remains Strong

The mainly less-than-truckload fleet Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. has reported its profit rose nearly 20% in the third quarter of the year, due in part to a better overall economy and freight rates.

Tags: UPS, Old Dominion Freight Line, UPS Freight, Fleet Earnings

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Administration Moves to Establish Drone Policy

A new drone policy proposed by the Trump Administration allows drone operations up to 200 feet above ground or even 400 feet where appropriate. Photo: UPS

The Trump administration issued a memorandum on Oct. 25 directing the Department of Transportation to establish a program in conjunction with state and local governments to regulate drone operation in delivery applications.

Tags: Technology, Regulations, U.S. DOT, Drones, Donald Trump

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

Is White House Considering Fuel Tax Increase for Infrastructure?

Photo: Jim Park

Published reports indicate that the Trump administration may be willing to push for a hike in the fuel tax to help pay for the president's promised $1 trillion in infrastructure investments.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

October 25, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Groups Urge NAFTA Negotiators to Support Trade

Although much of the discussion has revolved around Mexico, a great deal of goods travel by truck between the U.S. and Canada, as well. Photo: Jim Park

ORLANDO – Three of North America’s largest trucking associations – American Trucking Associations, the Canadian Trucking Alliance, and Mexico’s CANACAR – have come to the defense of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which they see as a business driver.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Mexico, NAFTA, ATA MC&E

October 25, 2017 - Industry News

U.S.-NAFTA Freight Rises for 10th Straight Month

U.S.-NAFTA freight value percent change from previous year. Graphic: U.S DOT

The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement Partners totaled $97.4 billion during August as all five major transportation modes carried more cargo by value, according to the U.S. Transportation Department.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA, Railroads

October 24, 2017 - Industry News

ATA's Workforce Development Subcommittee to Tackle Worker Shortages

ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. Photo: Evan Lockridge

American Trucking Associations announced the creation of its Workforce Development Subcommittee to address the issue of recruiting, training, and retaining personnel to work in the trucking industry.

Tags: Technician Shortage, ATA, Training, Recruiting, Employee Retention, Driver Shortage, ATA MC&E

October 24, 2017 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Joins American Trucking Associations

J.B. Hunt Transport Services has joined American Trucking Associations as the federation's newest member.

Tags: ATA, J.B. Hunt, Large Fleets

October 24, 2017 - Industry News

2017 Trucking Image Award Winners Honored at ATA Conference

Winners of the 2017 Mike Russell Trucking Image Award, honoring individuals and organizations that have worked on behalf of the industry, were announced by American Trucking Associations at the Management Conference & Exhibition in Orlando.

Tags: ATA, Awards, Image, ATA MC&E

October 24, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Elects Dave Manning as 73rd Chairman

New ATA Chairman Dave Manning (c) and outgoing chairman Kevin Burch (l) listen as ATA President & CEO Chris Spear introduces Manning to the media at the closing press conference of the ATA Management Conference & Exhibition in Orlando. Photo: David Cullen

American Trucking Associations’ board of directors has elected Dave Manning, president of TCW from Nashville, Tenn., as the federation’s 73rd Chairman.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, People

October 24, 2017 - Product News

PeopleNet Launches Four Products at MC&E

PeopleNet announced the debut of four products designed to improve fleet security, safety, and efficiency at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference and Exhibition in Orlando.

Tags: Telematics, Vehicle Diagnostics, PeopleNet, Scanning, ATA MC&E, Backup Cameras

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