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June 5, 2014 - Industry News

Senate Panel Votes to Suspend Hours of Service Restart Pending Study

The suspension would start after the bill is passed and FMCSA posts public notice, and last until September 30, 2015, or when FMCSA finishes the study. Photo by Jim Park

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted by a wide margin to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studies the impact of the rule.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, U.S. Senate, 34 Hour Restart

June 4, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Fed's June Beige Book Report says Economy Expanded In All Districts

Manufacturing activity expanded throughout the nation with a notable improvement along the East Coast. Growth was particularly strong for several Distracts related to motor vehicles, aerospace, and metals. Both non-residential construction activity and commercial real estate markets were generally steady to stronger since the last report.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing

June 4, 2014 - Industry News

HOS Restart in Spotlight on Capitol Hill

The companies say they are going to have to drive more during the day as a consequence of the two-night, 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. sleep requirement in the new restart provision

Truck driver hours of service took center stage Tuesday as Senators grilled Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, on the new 34-hour restart provision. The exchanges during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the federal highway program were a prelude to a showdown Thursday on the restart.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, HOS, U.S. Senate, ELDs, The Trucking Alliance

June 4, 2014 - Industry News

Telogis Brings Insight 2.0 to Hino

Hino Motor Sales U.S.A., and Telogis announce a partnership to provide the next generation telematics platform for Hino commercial trucks.

Tags: Telematics, Fleet Management, Telogis, Hino Trucks

June 3, 2014 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Partners with Hiring Our Heroes to Hire Career-transitioning Veterans

This partnership with Fastport and Hire Our Heroes enables veterans and military spouses to gain a better understanding of the tremendous employment opportunities available in the transportation industry.

Tags: Hiring Veterans, JB Hunt

June 3, 2014 - Industry News

M2 106 Hybrid Approved for New York State’s Voucher Program, Daimler Says

The diesel-electric truck becomes eligible for a program that can pay up to half the incremental cost of acquisition. The program, called NYT-VIP, provides $19 million in incentives for clean vehicle technologies, and is backed by several New York agencies

Tags: New York, Freightliner, Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

June 3, 2014 - Industry News

Ontario Truckers Bullish on Industry's Future

The Ontario Trucking Association’s second-quarter 2014 survey of business conditions finds carriers are seeing across-the-board improvements and also said that rates are keeping pace with volume increases. In other words, it's good to be in trucking again in Ontario.

Tags: Ontario Trucking Association

June 2, 2014 - Industry News

Love's Offers Tire Care Tips for Tire Safety Week

More tread separation incidents result from running inadequate tire pressure for the load.

Tires are among the highest expenses for fleets and owner-operators, and tires and wheels accounted for 10% of out-of-service violations. Love's Truck Tire Care centers can help keep your tire expenses down while helping to prevent tire-related roadside breakdowns.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Roadcheck

June 2, 2014 - Industry News

TransForce to Acquire Transport America

TransForce says the transaction will provide the Quebec-based carrier with critical mass in the U.S. truckload sector.

Tags: TransForce, Transport America

May 30, 2014 - Industry News

ArcBest Relocating Company Headquarters

ArcBest is under contract to purchase 40 acres of land at Chaffee Crossing in Fort Smith, Ark., for construction of a new corporate headquarters. The company said it has exceeded the capacity at its current Fort Smith general office.

Tags: Fleets, ABF, ArcBest Corp.

May 30, 2014 - Industry News

New Member Appointed to USA Truck Board

The trucking company USA Truck announced the appointment of Alexander D. Greene to its board of directors. With the addition of Greene, the USA Truck Board expands to 10 members.

Tags: Fleets, People, USA Truck

May 30, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending, Sentiment Decline

The 0.1% drop in personal consumption expenditures follows an upwardly revised 1% increase during March, which was the largest gain since August 2009 and is the first decline in a year.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Spending, Consumer Sentiment

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Increases Share with U.S.-NAFTA Trade Hike

Percent Change in Value of U.S.-NAFTA Freight Flows by Mode: March 2013 through March 2014. Credit: U.S. DOT

U.S. trade with its next-door neighbors totaled $101.5 billion in March 2014, the second highest amount on record, as four of five transportation modes carried more freight than the same time a year ago, according to new U.S. Transportation Department report.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

Bill Would Set National Liability Standard for Shippers, Brokers

Several House Republicans are proposing a national standard to protect buyers of trucking services from claims that they were negligent when selecting the carrier. The bill by Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn., says that shippers and brokers would not be liable for negligence claims at the state level if they made sure that the carrier is registered at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, has the required insurance and does not have an unsatisfactory safety rating.

Tags: FMCSA, Liability, TIA, Highway Bill, Safety, Congress, Legislation, Shippers, Brokers

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

New Union Pacific Intermodal Facility in N.M. Up and Running

The 2,200 acre site in Santa Teresa, N.M., which officially opened to truck traffic in April, is along the company’s critical Sunset Route, the rail line running 760 miles from El Paso, Texas, to Los Angeles.

Tags: Railroads, New Mexico, Intermodal

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

Pegasus TransTech Purchases TripPak, ACS Advertising

A provider of electronic revenue cycle, document management and invoicing services to the transportation industry, Pegasus TransTech, has acquired TripPak Services and ACS Advertising from Xerox.

Tags: Information Technology, Xerox, Mergers & Acquisitions, Pegasus TransTech, TripPak, ACS Advertising

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

Woman Indicted in $42 Million Freight Payment Scheme

The owner of a group of freight auditing and payment businesses surrendered Wednesday to authorities to face charges she operated them as a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme..

Tags: New Jersey, Crime & Fraud

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: First Quarter GDP Falls 1%, Jobless Claims Hit 2007 Level

UPDATED -- The broadest measure of American economic health shows it throttled back in the first quarter of the year, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Unemployment, Employment

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Conference to Feature Heavy-Duty Truck Sessions

This year's Fleet Safety Conference, July 22-23 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill., will feature sessions aimed at heavy-duty truck fleets, such as what you don't know about truck inspections and an update on hours of service and electronic logs.

Tags: Safety, inspections, HOS, Events, ELDs

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

American Central Transport Raising Driver Pay

Effective June 1, company drivers at the Missouri-based ACT will receive a 1 cent per mile pay increase for all miles. Independent contractors will receive 3 cents per mile more for all miles, moving it up to $1.03 per mile.

Tags: Fleets, Driver Pay, American Central Transport

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates at Highest Levels in Last Four Weeks

A hike in the average rate for refrigerated cargo leads increases in all three categories for spot freight, according to new figures released by the freight matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

N.Y. Man Sentenced in $1.7 Million Trucking Skimming Scheme

A New York man was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday and ordered to pay more than $1.5 million in restitution for his role in a conspiracy that skimmed more than $1.7 million from trucking companies.

Tags: New York, Crime & Fraud

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

Maine Speed Limits Moving Higher, Minnesota Studying Higher Limits

Click to enlarge. Credit: Maine DOT.

Speed limits along some Interstate routes in Maine as well as one non-Interstate route are increasing, some immediately. The move by the state transportation department follows a study of crash numbers and speeds it claims most people are already driving.

Tags: Minnesota, Maine, Speed Limits

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

Connecticut Diesel Tax to Edge Downward

After moving more than 12 cents higher per gallon over the past three years, Connecticut’s diesel tax is set to drop slightly on July 1.

Tags: Connecticut, Diesel Tax

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

Senate Commerce Schedules Highway Hearing

Work on the highway bill continues next week with a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on safety policy. The Subcommittee on Surface Transportation will convene Tuesday, June 3 to take testimony on “The Safety and Effectiveness of our Transportation Systems.” Witnesses have not yet been named.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, Senate, Highway Bill, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Congress, Legislation

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