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June 12, 2014 - Industry News

C.R. England Opens New 48,000-Square-Foot Terminal in California

Photo by Joanne Tucker

C.R. England, one of the nation’s largest refrigerated carriers, celebrated the opening of a new terminal in Colton, Calif., Wednesday, and announced the addition of 10 new liquified natural gas powered trucks to the company’s Southern California fleets.

Tags: Natural Gas, California, C.R. England, Fleets, LNG

June 12, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Increase for Fourth Straight Month

Retail sales in the U.S. increased for the fourth consecutive month during May increasing 0.3% from the month before and 4.3% from the level the same time a year earlier.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

Former Eaton Chief Economist Joins ACT Research

Americas Commercial Transportation Research announced Jim Meil has joined the firm in the position of principal, industry analysis.

Tags: ACT Research, People

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

No Restart Suspension in House Appropriations Bill

The trucking industry effort to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule missed a gear Tuesday when the House passed an appropriations bill that does not contain such a provision.

Tags: HOS, U.S. Congress, U.S. House, 34 Hour Restart, FMCSA, Legislation, Hours of Service

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

California Sets Dates for Freight Mobility Plan Workshops

California’s Department of Transportation, known as Caltrans, will host eight public workshops between June 17 and July 24 to solicit input on the draft California Freight Mobility Plan, which lays out a vision for all the ways freight is moved, including seaports, air cargo, railroads, and trucking.

Tags: Infrastructure, Caltrans, California, Freight, Highway Construction

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Near All-Time High

Freight Transportation Services Index, April 2009 - April 2014. Credit: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.4% in April from March, increasing for the third consecutive month, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Freight Transportation Services Index released Wednesday.

Tags: Economy, Department of Transportation, U.S. DOT, Freight, Freight Index, Transportation Services Index, U.S

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

Teamsters Push Back Against 34-Hour Restart Change Following Morgan Crash

In a letter to U.S. House of Representatives members sent this week, Teamsters Union President James Hoffa denounced two potential amendments to legislation saying they will weaken highway safety standards by putting fatigued drivers on the road in bigger, heavier trucks.

Tags: Legislation, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance, Teamsters, 34 Hour Restart

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

Delaware I-495 Bridge Set to Reopen by Labor Day

The Delaware Department of Transportation reports the southbound lanes of the I-495 bridge spanning the Christina River in Wilmington, could be open as soon as Labor Day this year, and the northbound lanes will be opened several weeks after that.

Tags: Delaware, Road Construction

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Continue Surging

Rates for spot market freight moved significantly higher over the past week following big gains over the past month, according to the freight matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

Fleets to Share Experiences with Safety/Productivity Technology in Webinar

A free webinar June 26 will feature trucking industry experts discussing real-world experiences with several different types of cutting-edge truck technologies.

Tags: Information Technology, Tires, Collision Avoidance Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation, Roll Stability, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

June 10, 2014 - Industry News

Bolt Express Parent Purchases Truckload Carrier DSE Services

The parent company to Bolt Express and Strike Logistics, Bolt Holdings, has purchased the truckload operation DSE Services, based in Daleville, Ind.

Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Bolt Holdings, Bolt Express, DSE Services

June 10, 2014 - Industry News

uShip, ShipWorks Team Up for Shipping Oversized and Palletized Items

The services uShip and ShipWorks have teamed up to address what they say is the problem many sellers face when using e-commerce sites when shipping goods that are too large to easily and affordably ship through conventional methods.

Tags: Information Technology, LTL, uShip, Shipping Service, ShipWorks

June 10, 2014 - Industry News

New Century Transportation Files for Bankruptcy

In 2006, New Century Transportation's founder, Harry Muhlschlegel, was named an HDT Truck Fleet Innovator.

The trucking company New Century Transportation is shutting down and filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation.

Tags: Drivers, New Jersey, Fleets, New Century Transportation, Bankruptcy

June 10, 2014 - Industry News

EEOC Wins Lawsuit Against Carrier on Behalf of Female Trucker

Winebrenner Transfer, a Hagerstown, Md.-based trucking company, will pay $42,000 to a female truck driver to resolve a lawsuit for retaliation filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Litigation, Driver Pay, EEOC

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

OOIDA and C.R. England Reach Settlement Over Leases

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the trucking company C.R. England have reached a settlement in a case regarding compliance with federal regulations governing the leasing relationship between motor carriers and truck owner-operators.

Tags: C.R. England, OOIDA, Fleets, Owner-Operators, Litigation

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

Carrier Agrees to Settlement Involving Driver Applicants

The trucking company New England Motor Freight has agreed to pay $870,500 to settle a federal class action lawsuit that it failed to get proper authorization from truck drivers before checking their credit reports and then later denying them employment.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Litigation, New England Motor Freight

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Cargo Thefts Drop, Value of Heists Jumps

In this rolling quarter FreightWatch recorded a total of 178 thefts in the United States, with 48 thefts in February, 80 in March and 50 in April. The average loss value per incident during the period was $245,101. Compared with the previous quarter, thefts decreased by 25%, while the average loss value increased by 98%. Graphic: FreightWatch

The number of truck cargo thefts in the U.S. decreased by 25% February through April, but the average loss value increased 98%, according to a new report from the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index Increases, Shipment Volume Highest Since 2011

North American freight shipments and expenditures continued to buck the historic trend and increased again in May, according to the latest Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

June 7, 2014 - Industry News

David Abney to Take the Reins at UPS

Abney began his UPS career in 1974 as a part-time package loader. Over the course of his 40-year career, he held various operational positions including a five-year stint as president of UPS International.

Tags: UPS

June 7, 2014 - Industry News

SAE 2014 ComVec Features Aerodynamic Panel Discussion

Aerodynamics panel discussion brings industry experts and regulators together for a panel discussion and question and answer session.

Tags: SAE International, Aerodynamics

June 7, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Exempts Livestock Haulers from 30-Minute Break Rule

A previous 90-day waiver was completed successfully with no adverse effects to safety. This is the second exemption to be granted by the agency.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS

June 6, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: U.S. Employment Grows by 217,000, Trucking Adds 1,500 Jobs

Four consecutive +200k monthly non-farm payroll reports is impressive, but it will take more than headline improvement to thrust the economy above current trend growth. Employment gains thus far have not yet led to wage pressures. Without adequate income growth, the consumer remains limited in spending capacity, which is restraining near-term growth prospects.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Employment

June 6, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA to Allow Conviction-based DataQ Challenges

The updated policy will enable carriers and drivers to request the removal of violations that were previously uploaded into FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Management Information System.

Tags: FMCSA, DataQ

June 6, 2014 - Industry News

OOIDA Calls for Ferro's Resignation

FMCSA Administrator, Anne Ferrro. Photo by Jim Park

OOIDA says Administrator Ferro’s failure to perform her duties impartially, her failure to lead her agency to fulfill Congressional mandates, and her failure to responsibly prioritize the agency’s tasks left the OOIDA Board of Directors no choice but to call for her resignation.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, Anne Ferro

June 6, 2014 - Industry News

"Weeks to Months" before I-495 Bridge Reopens

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The closure of the I-495 bridge over the Christina River in Wilmington, Del. is creating chaos for commuters and driving up costs for truckers forced to divert to New Jersey's toll roads. Officials say the problems will not be fixed anytime soon.

Tags: Bridges

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