July 15, 2015 - Industry News
Rates declined across all three equipment types on the spot freight market as available truckload capacity increased while load availability fell, according to new figures released by DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.
Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Solutions
Wholesale prices advanced 0.4% in June, according to the U.S. Labor Department, more than many analysts were expecting.
Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Department of Labor, Producer Prices
July 14, 2015 - Industry News
Marten Transport Ltd. on Tuesday reported a 5.4% increase in net income to $8.4 million, or 25 cents per diluted share, for the second quarter of the year.
Tags: Earnings, Marten Transport, Fleet Earnings
Nussbaum Transportation's director of human resources and safety, Jeremy Stickling, was awarded Heavy Duty Trucking magazine’s 2015 Safety & Compliance Award at a ceremony at the Fleet Safety Conference.
Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Awards, Safety & Compliance, Nussbaum Transportation
Turnover rates at large and small truckload fleets fell by 12 percentage points in the first quarter of 2015, though it is uncertain if this trend will continue in the months ahead.
Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover
Economic Watch: Retail sales in the U.S. eased up in June, according to a new Commerce Department report, while previous month's figures were revised lower.
Tags: Economy, Retail Sales
C.R. England is adding nearly 200 Western Star 5700 XE tractors to its fleet over the next few months, with tenured solo and team drivers and million miler drivers receiving the trucks first.
Tags: Western Star, C.R. England, Automated Manual Transmissions, Detroit DT12, Driver Retention
The House of Representatives unveils a short-term funding patch to keep the highway program running for the next six months, as a Senate committee prepares to consider a comprehensive highway safety bill Wednesday that addresses trucking issues such as CSA reforms, younger drivers and hair testing.
Tags: Highway Funding, CSA, Hair Testing, Legislation
July 13, 2015 - Industry News
FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index measure for May dropped to a three-year low of 4.91 due to softer capacity, pricing, and fuel prices. The index is expected to move into significantly more positive territory as the anticipated regulatory drag in 2016 and 2017 dramatically tightens capacity.
Tags: Trucking Conditions Index, Economy, FTR
A new Senate bill calls for truck drivers to be paid by the hour and would increase minimum insurance levels, mandate collision avoidance systems and speed limiters, and study the effects on safety of truck drivers having to drive hours just to get to the start of their workday.
Tags: Legislation, Insurance, Collision Avoidance Technology, Speed Limiter, U.S. Senate, Driver Pay
TMW Systems will hold its annual TransForum User Conference and Exhibition Sept. 13-16 in Orlando, Fla.
Tags: Information Technology, TMW Systems, Events
July 10, 2015 - Industry News
Aiming to address both the lack of funding for the Highway Trust Fund and the lack of trust in finding a long-term solution for that, Rep. Tim Rice (R-SC) has introduced a bill that would hike federal motor-fuel taxes by 10.1 cents per gallon and index the new rate to inflation.
Tags: Fuel Tax, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund
Kentucky dispatcher Bryan Napier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud for his part in a scheme to defraud shippers.
Tags: FMCSA, FBI, Crime & Fraud, Dispatch, Shippers
A Senate bill would instruct FMCSA to conduct a pilot study of lowering the age at which Class A CDL holders can drive trucks across state lines.
Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Driver Shortage, U.S. Senate
July 9, 2015 - Industry News
John M. Simone has resigned from his position as chief executive officer and director to focus on treatment and recovery from lung cancer.
Tags: Leadership, People, USA Truck
A measure of for-hire freight movements in the U.S. increased in May following an April decline, according to a new U.S. Transportation Department report.
Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index
July 8, 2015 - Industry News
Average spot truckload rates last week rose for van and refrigerated loads but dipped for flatbeds, reports DAT Solutions.
Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions
The Coalition for Transportation Productivity is revving up its lobbying to increase the federal vehicle weight limit to 97,000 pounds for tractor-trailers equipped with a sixth axle.
Tags: DOT, Congress, Size and Weight
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has approved a 6% toll increase for all customers to pay for an overhaul of the highway.
Tags: Tolls, Pennsylvania, Highway Funding
The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission awarded trucker Clinton Blackburn a Carnegie Medal for his efforts to save a county jailer who was being assaulted in his vehicle.
Tags: Awards, Goodyear Highway Hero
July 7, 2015 - Industry News
International Truck has begun offering a hardware and service credit to fleet buyers who add an approved telematics system to their truck, the company has announced.
Tags: International Trucks
Three Florida residents have been charged with unlawfully obtaining commercial driver licenses for unqualified individuals.
Tags: Florida, CDL, FBI, Crime & Fraud
July 6, 2015 - Industry News
Anderson Trucking Service says its new Dual Lane Trailer, designed for loads ranging from 200,000 to 360,000 pounds, will help it expand in the energy business.
Tags: Trailers, ATS, Heavy Haul, Oversize Loads, Trail King
Economic activity in the nation’s service sector inched higher in June after hitting a 13-month low in May, according to a survey of the nation’s supply executives. Another report shows non-manufacturing growth slowed last month.
Tags: Economy, Non-Manufacturing
Great Dane has announced plans for the company’s first Supplier Summit & Innovation Challenge taking place Sept. 28 to 30, 2015 in Savannah, Ga.
Tags: Trailers, Events, Great Dane, Suppliers
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