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May 16, 2014 - Industry News

OOIDA Refutes Recent Electronic Logging Device Study

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association responded with criticism on Friday to a recent study by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, which claims that electronic logging devices would lower truck crash rates.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Research, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, OOIDA, EOBR, Electronic Logging Devices, Safety & Compliance, ELDs

May 16, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Housing Starts Surge, Consumer Sentiment Dips

Housing starts in the U.S. jumped again in April, while the number of new building permits issued hit it best level since 2008, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Housing Starts, Consumer Sentiment

May 16, 2014 - Industry News

Schneider Logistics Settles Lawsuit for $21 Million

The logistics operation of trucking industry giant Schneider has agreed to pay $21 million to settle a class action lawsuit filed that includes as many 1,800 employees over alleged wage and hour violations.

Tags: Fleets, Litigation, Schneider National

May 15, 2014 - Industry News

An Extra Month for Electronic Logging Comments

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is allowing an extra month for comments on its proposed electronic logging rule. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, representing state police and other enforcement interests, had asked the agency for the one-month extension.

Tags: HOS, EOBR, FMCSA, ELD, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Electronic Logging Devices, Regulations, CVSA

May 15, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Shows Majority of Public Cares About “Green Shipping"

The American public cares more about how their products are delivered to them they you may have though, at least in one sector of the shipping business.

Tags: Research, Alternative Fuels

May 15, 2014 - Industry News

Senate EPW Committee Approves Highway Bill

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved its bill to reauthorize the federal highway program. The bill proposes a 6-year program that builds on reforms already in place and calls for continuation of current funding levels plus an adjustment for inflation.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund, Highways, Congress, Legislation

May 15, 2014 - Industry News

Nominees Named for DOT Second, Third Positions

Victor Mendez

President Obama will formally name two successors to posts within the U.S. Transportation Department, following departures late last year and earlier this year.

Tags: U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Senate, People, US DOT, President Obama

May 15, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Prices Rise, Industrial Production Down

UPDATED -- A new report shows consumer prices rising for the sixth straight month, with the Consumer Price Index increasing 0.3% in April from the month before, the biggest gain in 10 months.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices, Consumer Spending, Industrial Production

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Coercion Rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing rules to protect drivers from coercion by their employers, shippers, receivers or brokers. The rules are aimed in particular at preventing abuse concerning driver hours of service, the commercial drivers license, drug and alcohol rules and hazardous materials rules.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Driver Coercion, Regulations, Safety & Compliance

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

Carper Sees Hope for Federal Fuel Tax Hike

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del.

As Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., sees it, the idea of a fuel tax increase to restore the Highway Trust Fund is not out of the question. Carper’s message to his colleagues in the Senate is to look at a wide range of ideas to save the Fund, but among them consider restoring the purchasing power of the fuel tax.

Tags: ATA, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Congress, Diesel Tax, American Trucking Associations, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Senate

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Up for Second Straight Month, Near Record High

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

The amount of freight carried by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry rose 1.6% in March from February, rising for the second consecutive month, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Freight Transportation Services Index.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

Timken Announces Management and Board Changes

The Timken Company announced that the board of directors has named Richard G. Kyle as president and chief executive officer of the company, effective immediately.

Tags: People, Timken

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

Phillips Industries Hires Director of Engineering

Phillips Industries has hired Dave Lajeunesse as director of engineering. He will be responsible for all Phillips engineering protocol, research and development and customer relationships.

Tags: Phillips Industries, People

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Recover Some Over Past Week

Despite a 2.5% decline in the number of loads available and nearly a 1.4% increase in truck capacity on one of the nation’s biggest spot freight markets, rates have picked up.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

Echo Global Logistics Purchases One Stop Logistics

Third-party logistics and supply chain management services provider, Echo Global Logistics, has purchase One Stop Logistics, headquartered in Watsonville, Calif., and is now doing business under the Echo name.

Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Echo Global Logistics

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Producer Prices Post Biggest Jump in 18 Months

Prices at the wholesale level surged in April, with the Producer Price Index showing a 0.6% increase from the month before and the largest gain since September 2012, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

Tags: Economy, Wholesale Prices, Producer Prices

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

Task Force Developing Plan to Combat Delays at Port of New York & New Jersey

Having an appointment system for truckers serving the Port of New York and New Jersey is among one of many items being considered by a task force set up by the port to speed up truck movements at the facility.

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

May 13, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Platooning System Offers Fuel Savings Potential

These two tractor trailer combinations were used to demonstrate platooning technology by Peloton Technology during an event outside Reno May 8. Photo: Jim Beach

Peloton Technology, Menlo Park, Calif., demonstrated its two-truck platooning system May 8 along a stretch of I-80 just east of Reno. The technology makes use of a forward collision avoidance system and vehicle-to-vehicle communication to allow two trucks to travel closer together than would normally be safe.

Tags: Truck Platooning, Peloton Technology, Information Technology, Future Trucks

May 13, 2014 - Industry News

Talks Begin for West Coast Dockworker Contact, Deadline June 30

Port of Los Angeles. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

UPDATED -- The contract is between employers who operate port terminals and shipping lines, represented by the Pacific Maritime Association, and dockworkers represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

Tags: Freight, Port Trucking, Labor Unions

May 13, 2014 - Industry News

Senate Committee Unveils Six-Year Highway Funding Proposal

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s highway bill picks up on the reforms initiated by its predecessor, MAP-21, and proposes modest funding for a six-year program. The committee calls for current funding levels plus inflation, compared to the $302 billion, four-year program proposed by the Obama administration.

Tags: U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Bill, Congress, Highway Funding

May 13, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: April Retail Sales Barely Improve

Retail sales in the U.S. barely moved higher in April, increasing just 0.1% from the month before, according to new Commerce Department figures.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

May 13, 2014 - Industry News

Transplace and Celtic Expand Intermodal Services in Mexico

Transplace announced that Celtic International has expanded its cross-border and intra-Mexico intermodal capabilities.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Intermodal, Transplace, Celtic International

May 12, 2014 - Industry News

ATRI Seeks For-Hire Carriers to Participate in Operational Costs Data Collection

The American Transportation Research Institute launched a data collection initiative to update the 2013 Operational Costs of Trucking report. Through a brief online survey, ATRI seeks to capture basic cost information from for-hire carriers such as driver pay, fuel costs, insurance premiums and lease or purchase payments.

Tags: Operating Costs, ATRI, Research, American Transportation Research Institute

May 12, 2014 - Industry News

Rival Rail Service Launches for Refrigerated Freight

A new competitor to refrigerated trucking officially launched Monday with the start of TransCold Express, a hub-to-hub refrigerated boxcar service, running in both directions between Wilmington, Ill., and Selma, Calif.

Tags: Trailers, Refrigerated Truck, Railroads, Intermodal, Reefers

May 12, 2014 - Industry News

Carriers Air Concerns about Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse

There’s a big loophole in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposal to create a drug and alcohol clearinghouse, according to transportation and enforcement interests.

Tags: Drug Testing, FMCSA, Alcohol Testing, Drivers, Regulations, CVSA, National Private Truck Council, NPTC, NTTC, National Tank Truck Carriers, TCA, Truckload Carriers Association, J.B. Hunt, Schneider National, OOIDA, Safety & Compliance

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