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May 2, 2014 - Industry News

Teamsters Target Swift CEO Jerry Moyes' Power

The Teamsters claim Jeffy Moyes has too much power at Swift Transportation, and a stockholders' group is backing them up. Photo by Evan Lockridge

A Teamsters Union proposal that it says addresses trucking company Swift Transportation’s “dual class stock structure” is getting a boost from the country’s largest proxy voting advisory firm.

Tags: Fleets, Teamsters, Swift Transportation, Central Refrigerated Transportation, Labor Unions

May 2, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Lowest in More Than Five Years; Factory Shipments, Auto Sales Up

UPDATED -- Numbers released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department show 288,000 jobs were added, the most since January 2012, with the unemployment rate falling to 6.3% from 6.7% in March.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment, Factory Shipments, Factory Orders, Auto Sales

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Group Pushing Alternative to Obama Highway Funding Plan

A national coalition of transportation companies formed three years ago to advance trucking fleet safety initiatives announced it supports major components within President Obama’s four-year $302 billion transportation plan released this week, however, there is one area in which it disagrees.

Tags: Congress, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Diesel Tax, President Obama, The Trucking Alliance

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Swift Transportation Profit Takes A Dive

The Arizona-based company reported net income of $12.3 million, or nine cents per diluted share, compared to first quarter 2013 profit of $30.3 million, or 21 cents per diluted share.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Swift Transportation

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Mullen Group President and Co-CEO Resigning

The Canadian owner of various trucking operations has announced one of its leaders will soon be leaving.

Tags: Fleets, People, Mullen Trucking

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Income Falls 7.9%

Trucking company parent Con-way Inc. has reported 2014 first quarter net income of $12.9 million, or 22 cents per diluted share, compared to first quarter 2013 net income of $14 million, or 25 cents per diluted share, a 7.9% decline.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Fleets, Earnings, Con-way Truckload, Con-way Inc.

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

First Quarter Losses Widen for YRC Worldwide

The parent company to the carrier YRC Freight and others moved to a bigger loss in the first quarter of the year.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Teamsters, YRC Worldwide, YRC Freight

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending, Construction, Manufacturing Post Gains

UPDATED -- A new report shows U.S. consumer spending in March took its biggest leap forward since August 2009.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Spending, Personal Income

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Moves America Forward and Love’s Travel Stops Partner

Trucking Moves America Forward gained momentum with its first major partnership, announcing an agreement with Love’s Travel Stops. This comes days after TMAF shared it had raised more than a half-a-million dollars since its March launch.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Trucking Moves America Forward

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Coercion Proposal Clears OMB

The White House Office of Management and Budget has cleared a proposal to prohibit coercion of drivers by carriers, shippers or receivers. OMB sent the proposal back to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, typically a signal that a Federal Register notice is pending.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Electronic Logging Devices, Safety & Compliance

April 30, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Administration Weighs In with Highway Bill

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Obama administration put down its marker for the next highway program with the GROW America Act, a $302 billion, four-year bill funded by a one-time infusion from a change in the corporate tax code. The House and Senate are working on their versions with no word yet on how they will pay for them, although the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing May 6: New Routes for Funding and Financing Highways and Transit.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Highways, President Obama, Highway Bill, Highway Trust Fund

April 30, 2014 - Industry News

Traffic Congestion Cost Trucking More Than $9 Billion Last Year

Congestion on the nation’s Interstate highways added over $9.2 billion in operational costs to the trucking industry in 2013, according to research released Wednesday by the American Transportation Research Institute.

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

April 30, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Angel Helps Incapacitated Motorist

Robert Tyler

The Truckload Carriers Association has named Robert Tyler, a resident of Marysville, Washington, as a Highway Angel. Tyler, who drives for Smokey Point Distributing of Arlington, Washington, is being recognized for his willingness to help not only an individual motorist, but also the general public.

Tags: TCA Highway Angel, Smokey Point Distributing

April 30, 2014 - Industry News

Celadon First Quarter Net Income Falls 20.5%

The trucking and logistics provider, Celadon Group, reports revenue for the quarter ending March 31 increased 29.1% to $193.2 million from $149.6 million in the March 2013 quarter.

Tags: Celadon Group, Fleets, Celadon, Earnings

April 30, 2014 - Industry News

USA Truck, Covenant Transportation Narrow Losses

Arkansas-based truckload carrier and logistics provider, USA Truck, cut its net loss from $2.5 million in the first quarter of last year to $1.6 million in the first quarter of this year. This resulted in a diluted loss per share of 15 cents compared to 24 cents during the same time frame.

Tags: Covenant Transport, Fleets, Earnings, USA Truck

April 30, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Stabilize

Rates on one of the nation’s largest spot freight markets are fairly stable amid lower freight levels.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

April 30, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: First Quarter Growth Flat, April Employment Jumps

Change in Total Nonfarm Private Employment.

UPDATED -- The American economy picked up very little steam in the first quarter of the year, recording its weakest reading since the fourth quarter of 2012, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report released Wednesday.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Employment, ADP

April 29, 2014 - Industry News

Drivewyze Weigh Station Bypass Rolls Out to Six Busiest Texas Locations

Drivewyze and the Texas Department of Public Safety announced that Texas has added Drivewyze PreClear bypass service to the state’s six busiest commercial vehicle weigh stations.

Tags: Drivewyze, Drivewyze PreClear, Information Technology, Texas, Weigh Stations, Safety & Compliance

April 29, 2014 - Industry News

Foxx Sends Highway Funding Proposal to Capitol Hill

DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx in Birmingham, Ala, earlier this month on his bus tour. Photo: Evan Lockridge

UPDATED -- U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Tuesday unveiled a long-term transportation bill he is sending to Congress for consideration as the House and Senate face looming deadlines to avoid the Highway Trust Fund running out of money this summer, but at least one part of it will likely draw controversy.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Anthony Foxx, President Obama, Congress, Tolls

April 29, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Presses Obama on Surface Transportation Funding

Photo: Evan Lockridge

UPDATED -- The American Trucking Associations is calling on the Obama administration to focus on what it says are “the real challenges, and real solutions, to the nation’s infrastructure funding woes.”

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, Infrastructure, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding, President Obama

April 29, 2014 - Industry News

Questar Fueling Starts Construction on CNG-Fueling Station in DeSoto, Texas

Questar Fueling Co., a subsidiary of Questar Corp., is building a compressed natural gas fueling station in DeSoto, Texas. The public-access station will provide fast-fill CNG fueling for fleet operators with medium- and heavy-duty trucks as well as motorists who drive light-duty natural gas vehicles. The station will open in July.

Tags: CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Questar Fueling

April 29, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: April Consumer Confidence Dips After Hitting Six-Year High

The index now stands at 82.3, down from 83.9 in March. The Present Situation Index decreased to 78.3 from 82.5, while the Expectations Index was virtually unchanged at 84.9.

April 29, 2014 - Industry News

BestPass Expands State Highway Network

BestPass, providers of bulk purchasing and streamlined toll management services to commercial fleets, announced the ongoing expansion of its partnerships with state highway authorities.

Tags: Information Technology, BestPass

April 29, 2014 - Industry News

SKF Appoints George Garner as VP Automotive Sales

SKF has announced the appointment of George Garner as vice president of automotive sales for the SKF Vehicle Service Market, North America Business Unit, effective immediately.

Tags: People, SKF

April 28, 2014 - Industry News

PeopleNet Announces Integration with Tank Monitoring Technology

Improved efficiencies in tanker fleet operations is one of the benefits of PeopleNet’s new integration with the Titan Logix Corp.’s TD80 mobile liquid-level gauging system.

Tags: Titan, PeopleNet, National Tank Truck Carriers, Information Technology, Tankers

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