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July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Los Angeles/Long Beach Port Truckers on Strike

Port truck drivers from three of Los Angeles’ leading drayage firms began indefinite strikes on Monday morning over claims of unfair labor practices at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, California, Port of Long Beach, Fleets, Teamsters, Port Trucking, Labor Unions, Ports

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Intermodal Rail Traffic Continues Setting Records

After hitting record high levels for two straight weeks, intermodal rail traffic set another new record during June.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Unveils Long-Term Plan for Autonomous-Driving Trucks

Daimler Trucks' Future Truck 2025, disguised in black and white adhesive foil, obscuring the exterior contours. (PHOTO: Daimler Trucks)

Daimler Trucks on Thursday shared its vision of the future of trucking trucks that can drive themselves, saying they could help solve the driver shortage problem -- but not by taking drivers out of trucks altogether. The autonomous truck project, called Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, was demonstrated on a section of the A14 Autobahn.

Tags: Drivers, Daimler Trucks, Global, Future Trucks, Automated Driving

July 3, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment Numbers Signal Strengthening Economy

Employers added 288,000 jobs in June, 17,000 of them in the transportation and warehousing arena, and the unemployment rate fell to 6.1%. That's well above the rate of hiring in the first five months of the year, a sign the economy continues to rebound.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment

July 2, 2014 - Industry News

NTB Inc. Offers Drivers 4-cent Raise

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based regional hauler is offering a 4-cent raise to all current and future drivers.

Tags: Driver Pay, NTB, Fleets

July 2, 2014 - Industry News

Independence Day Holiday Travel Expected to Jump Over Last Year

Expect the highways to be more crowded this Independence Day weekend that they were last year and compared to the recent Memorial Day holiday.

Tags: Economy, AAA, Highways, Holiday Travel

July 1, 2014 - Industry News

NACFE Releases Confidence Report on Idle Reduction Solutions

Idle-reduction technologies are not always one-size-fits-all. NACFE's Idle Reduction Solution report helps fleets make better technology choices.

A new report from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency helps fleets choose the right idle reduction solution for their operation. NACFE examines the pros and cons of 19 separate technologies, and provides a tool to help fleets compare different solutions.

Tags: Idle Reduction, NACFE

July 1, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Up for 13th Month in a Row

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in June for the 13th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 61st consecutive month, according to the Institute for Supply Management.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

On-Highway Diesel Prices Ease Upward by a Tenth of a Cent

Diesel prices see a gain of one-tenth of a cent while regular-grade gasoline holds at last week's level. Crude oil prices are at their lowest in the past two weeks.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

Westport, Clean Energy Fuels offer Natural Gas 201 Webinar

This free webinar is the second in a series designed to help fleets take full advantage of this inexpensive, abundant and clean-burning fuel.

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

GE Capital: 27% of Fleets Expect to Expand Within a Year

Average revenue of firms surveyed that operate vehicle fleets was $191.7 million. Those companies employed an average of 1,439 people.

About two-thirds of executives at middle market companies ($10 million - $1 billion in sales) with responsibility for their company’s vehicle fleets, surveyed by GE Capital saw improved overall performance and improved financial performance compared to the same period a year ago. Many are making plans to expand their fleets, hire more workers and grow revenue in the year ahead.

Tags: GE Capital Fleet Services

June 27, 2014 - Industry News

Rail Intermodal Traffic Posts Second Straight Weekly Record High

This was the highest week in history for total U.S. intermodal volume, topping the previous record set last week, reaching 272,553 units, up 7.8% compared with the same week last year.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal

June 27, 2014 - Industry News

Study Lays Out Consequences of West Coast Port Strike as Deadline Looms

As negotiations continue for a new contract agreement covering 13,600 dockworkers at 30 ports stretching from San Diego, Calif., to Bellingham, Wash., a new shows the U.S. economy could lose as much as $2.5 billion a day if a prolonged West Coast port shutdown occurs.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, Labor Unions, Research, Economy, Intermodal

June 27, 2014 - Industry News

80-mph Speed Limit Coming to Nearly 500 Miles of Wyoming Roadways

Truck drivers and car drivers, along with anyone in between, will soon be able to legally drive up to 80 mph on 488 miles of rural interstate highway in Wyoming.

Tags: Wyoming, Speed Limits, Safety, Safety & Compliance

June 26, 2014 - Industry News

Truckload Carriers Association President Steps Down

Chris Burruss resigned from his position as president of the Truckload Carriers Association on Thursday. In a brief statement from the organization, it said the decision was due to "personal reasons."

Tags: People, TCA, Truckload Carriers Association

June 26, 2014 - Industry News

Revised Trust Fund Proposal Drops Truck Tax Hike

Photo: Evan Lockridge

In an effort to prevent a shutdown of the federal transportation program, the Senate Finance Committee has drafted a proposal to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through the end of the year. The original version of the proposal included an increase in the heavy vehicle use tax, but that provision was dropped in deference to Republican concern about the proportion of revenue raisers to spending cuts in the proposal.

Tags: Legislation, Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund, Heavy Vehicle Use Tax

June 26, 2014 - Industry News

Court Upholds Racial Harassment Ruling Against Trucking Company

The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a earlier ruling in the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's favor in obtaining a jury verdict and more than $243,000, along with injunctive relief, for victims of racial harassment and retaliation perpetrated by A.C. Widenhouse, a Concord, N.C.-based trucking company.

Tags: North Carolina, Litigation, EEOC, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

June 26, 2014 - Industry News

Love's Opens Rebuilt Oklahoma Truckstop

Love’s Travel Stops has opened a new location in Erick, Okla. on I-40, Exit 7, replacing the facility that opened in 1989.

June 25, 2014 - Industry News

Coaching and Scoring Feature Debuts for SmartDrive

SmartDrive Systems announced Wednesday it added a custom coaching and scoring feature to its on-board video-based safety system.

Tags: SmartDrive Systems, Drivers, Information Technology

June 25, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Opens Registration for Annual Convention in October

The American Trucking Associations on Wednesday opened registration for this year's ATA Management Conference & Exhibition in San Diego. It will be held Oct. 4 through Oct. 7 at the San Diego Convention Center and Marriott Marquis & Marina.

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, Industry Event

June 25, 2014 - Industry News

Task Force Makes Recommendations to Improve Port of N.Y and N.J. Movements

A task force has released its report making nearly two-dozen recommendations that it said will improve truck congestions and air quality at the Port of New York and New Jersey.

Tags: Port Trucking, Port of New York and New Jersey

June 25, 2014 - Industry News

Supreme Court Declines to Review Case Involving Swift Truckers

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition by the trucking company Swift Transportation to review a lower court ruling against the company involving independent contractor driver leases.

Tags: Drivers, Owner-Operators, Litigation, Swift Transportation

June 25, 2014 - Industry News

ODFL Expands Maine Terminal

The renovated facility contains 43 doors, more than 60% more doors than the original service center. The company first established its presence in Maine in 2005.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Maine, Fleets

June 25, 2014 - Industry News

Wyden Offers Highway Trust Fund Patch

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is proposing a three-month patch to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through the end of the year. The patch would be paid for with general funds, balanced by adjustments including raising the heavy vehicle use tax.

Tags: ATA, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Legislation, Congress

June 25, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Posts Biggest Drop Since Great Recession

UPDATED -- The U.S. economy shrank at its steepest rate in the first quarter of the year since first quarter of 2009, amid the Great Recession, according to a new estimate from the Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Durable Goods

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