February 13, 2014 - Industry News
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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