May 22, 2014 - Industry News
Recent departures of key people from the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J continue following the loss of its president earlier this week, according to published reports. Meanwhile, a federal investigation lingers in the background.
Tags: Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Truckstops
UPDATED -- Three newly released reports suggest the American economy may finally be shaking off the winter doldrums that brought business activity down in the first quarter, with expectations of improvements well into the year.
Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators
May 21, 2014 - Industry News
Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood opened the second day of the ALK Technology Summit in Princeton, N.J., on Wednesday by telling attendees that while the U.S. is "the greatest country in the world [our] transportation and infrastructure is a big mess."
Tags: Infrastructure, Ray LaHood, ALK Transportation Technology Summit, Highway Funding, President Obama, Congress, Highway Trust Fund
The American Trucking Associations is trying to get Congress to cut off funding for the restart provision of the hours of service rule -- a maneuver that has provoked a sharp response from Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and concern among some carriers and the enforcement community.
Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Hours of Service, 34 Hour Restart, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, American Trucking Associations, Congress, Regulations, Anne Ferro, The Trucking Alliance, Fatigue, ELDs
After decades of planning and four years of construction, the PortMiami Tunnel will open in a few days for travel in an effort to speed up truck and other vehicle movements in and out of the South Florida facility, following a dedication ceremony on Monday.
Tags: Florida, Intermodal, Port Trucking
New Hampshire Diesel, Gasoline Taxes Heading New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan this week signed legislation increasing infrastructure funding by raising diesel and gasoline taxes in the state for the first time since 1991.
Tags: Highway Funding, New Hampshire, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax
Sandberg, the CEO of TransSafe Consulting, previously served as administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in the George W. Bush administration.
Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, American Transportation Research Institute, ATRI, People
American Trucking Associations has reconsidered its policy on highway funding and added seven alternatives to its bedrock commitment to the federal fuel tax.
Tags: ATA, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, American Trucking Associations, Fuel Tax, Diesel Tax
May 20, 2014 - Industry News
Former U.S. Transportation Department Secretary Ray LaHood has joined the infrastructure investment firm Meridiam North America as a senior advisor.
Tags: Ray LaHood, People
The American Trucking Associations’ For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1.5% in April, after rising 0.6% the previous month, according to newly released figures. In April, the index equaled 129.1 versus 127.2 in March. The all-time high was in November 2013 at 131.
Tags: Economy, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Freight, Truck Tonnage, Truck Tonnage Index
The family of a Los Angeles student killed last month when the charter bus he was in was hit by a FedEx Freight truck in Orland, Calif., is filing a wrongful death lawsuit, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Tags: Accidents, California, Federal Fleet, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, Litigation, FedEx
Crime-prevention companies CargoNet and LoJack/SC-integrity have formed an alliance to provide supply chain security risk and performance analysis services through a data collection and analytics platform.
Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, LoJack, Cargo Theft, CargoNet
The owner of a Colorado-based moving company was sentenced earlier this month to nearly three years home confinement following him pleading guilty last year to charges of defrauding customers.
Tags: FMCSA, Colorado, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud, Fraud, Household Goods Movers, Crime, DOT Inspector General
May 19, 2014 - Industry News
Indiana and Alabama have added the Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass service to 10 new locations while 12 more sites have been added in Texas, bringing the total number there to 18.
Tags: Texas, Alabama, Drivewyze, Indiana, Drivewyze PreClear, Weigh Stations
Truckload linehaul rates rose 5.7% in April compared to the same time in 2013 and are up 4.6% since February, according to new readings from the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index.
Tags: Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates
It will link California, Nevada and Arizona with Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and New York.
Tags: LTL, Fleets
One of its existing independent affiliates, Linmoore Investments, has opened in the Chicago suburb of Channahon, Ill.
Tags: Fleets, Quality Carriers
A measure of business conditions for shippers remained deep in negative territory in March, meaning the climate favored trucking companies, according to a newly released report.
Tags: Research, FTR Associates, Fleets, Freight Rates
May 16, 2014 - Industry News
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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