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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

May 12, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Facts: To The Moon and Beyond

If you connected all of the loads trucks delivered in 2013, the chain would stretch from the Earth to the Moon…more than 11 times.

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, Research

May 12, 2014 - Industry News

CARB 2013 Heavy-Duty Diesel Fines Totaled Nearly $2.2 Million

The California Air Resources Board announced it settled 256 cases last year involving air quality violations by heavy-duty diesel truck and bus fleets that failed to comply with its various air quality programs with fines totaling nearly $2.2 million.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, California, Fines, California Air Resources Board, Thermo King

May 9, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA: Test Shows Significant Safety Benefit from Electronic Logs

Trucks equipped with electronic driver logs have significantly lower crash rates than those without, according to a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration test.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, ELDs, Electronic Logging Devices, Research, CVSA, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

May 9, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stop Now Open in Fort Pierce, Fla.

Love’s Travel Stops opens its second travel stop in Fort Pierce, Florida, on I-95, at Exit 131. The additional location gives more drivers convenient access to services and amenities such as gourmet coffee, fresh fruit, gift merchandise and more. The new 24/7 travel stop features 126 truck parking spaces, five showers and a Hardee’s restaurant.

Tags: DEF, Love's Travel Stops, Expansion

May 9, 2014 - Industry News

Penske Introduces Natural Gas Trucks for Rent in Select Markets

Penske Truck Rental has 85 compressed natural gas Freightliner Cascadia semi-tractors available for commercial rental use in select markets. These days cab semi-tractors are equipped with Cummins Westport 12-liter engines.

Tags: Freightliner Cascadia, Penske Truck Rental, Cummins Westport, CNG

May 9, 2014 - Industry News

Superior Carriers Awarded NTTC Outstanding Safety Performance Trophy

National Tank Truck Carriers announced that Superior Carriers, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, won the coveted Outstanding Safety Performance Trophy in the 2013 calendar year safety competition.

Tags: Safety, Awards, NTTC, Superior Carriers

May 9, 2014 - Industry News

TMC Fall Meeting, TMCSuperTech 2014 Set for Sept. 22-25

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council will hold its 2014 Fall Meeting and 10th annual National Technician Skills Competition — TMCSuperTech 2014 — Sept. 22-25 at the Walt Disney Swan & Dolphin Resort, Orlando, Fla.

Tags: ATA, TMC, Events, TMCSuperTech

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