December 20, 2013 - Industry News
The American economy expanded more in the third quarter of the year than earlier projections, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.
Tags: Economy, GDP
New Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hours-of-service regulations for truckers could mean increased costs for consumers, according to a new study from the University of Tennessee’s Global Supply Chain Institute.
Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Hours of Service, HOS, Fleets
December 19, 2013 - Industry News
The Federal Highway Administration has chosen the types of vehicles it will compare in its comprehensive study of truck sizes and weights, and is gathering reams of data on how these configurations would affect safety, infrastructure, enforcement and competition among the modes.
Tags: FHWA, Size and Weight
After a high-side surprise in October, Class 8 orders provided some low-side disappointment in November. For the month, new and net orders were 22,231 and 21,255 units, respectively.
Tags: ACT Research, Class 8 Orders
J. B. Hunt Transport Services Inc., announced the following leadership changes in its Truck business unit.
Tags: Leadership, J.B. Hunt
To keep pace with the evolving advanced truck technologies and alternative fuels vehicle market, the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive at The Work Truck Show 2014 will include a closed-access driving area in addition to the traditional open road test drive course.
Tags: NTEA, Work Truck Show, Events
Andrews Logistics, an asset-based transportation and logistics company specializing in bulk liquid and hazardous materials transport, has acquired Andrews Transport LP, a bulk liquid petroleum and chemical products transportation provider based in Fort Worth, Texas.
Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Andrews Transport, Andrews Logistics
Cummins Westport Inc. announced that Gordon Exel, Westport vice president, sales and marketing, has been appointed as president of CWI effective Jan. 1, 2014, for the final year of Westport's three-year term to nominate the president.
Tags: Leadership, Cummins Westport
Truckload linehaul rates in November were 1.8% above the same month last year, according to the latest Cass Truckload Linehaul index.
Tags: Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Truckload, Freight Rates
Trucking companies accused by California of intentionally misclassifying truck drivers a independent contractors, rather than employee drivers, say there is nothing the state can do about it.
Tags: California, Fleets, Port Trucking, Owner Operators, Independent Contractors
UPDATED -- Existing home sales in the United States have fallen for the third straight month, according to the National Association of Realtors, but it’s not due to lack of interest from prospective buyers.
Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Federal Reserve
December 18, 2013 - Industry News
The Federal Highway Administration will look at eight types of tractor-trailer combinations in its comprehensive study of truck sizes and weights.
Tags: FMCSA, FHWA, Size and Weight
Truckload and logistics services provider, Transport America, has filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering of shares of its common stock.
Tags: IPO, Fleets, Transport America
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing to ease its standards for granting exemptions to driver vision requirements.
Tags: DOT, FMCSA, Driver Safety
Short-haul drivers who find that they unexpectedly exceed their daily limits can get relief from enforcement of the 30-minute break requirement.
Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Hours of Service, Driver Safety
Trucking and parcel delivery provider FedEx has released second quarter fiscal earnings showing gains in both revenue and profit. FedEx is increasing its forecast of full-year earnings per share growth to 8% to 14% above last year's adjusted results.
Tags: Fleets, Earnings, FedEx, Fleet Financials, LTL
New housing starts in the United States during November surged 22.7% higher than the October rate, hitting its best level in five-years, according to new figures released by the U.S. Commerce Department.
Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices, Housing Starts
One of the world’s largest private investment firms says it plans to sell its $2 billion stake in the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J.
Tags: Truckstops, Pilot Flying J
Spot market freight activity continued picking up steam the second week of December, following some improvements the week before as well as in November.
Tags: DAT Transcore, Spot Freight, Freight, Freight Rates
The Teamsters Union is saying Sysco's acquisition of US Foods announced last week raises serious concerns for workers, stakeholders and customers as the combined company becomes the country's largest institutional/restaurant food service provider and one of the nation’s largest private truck fleets.
Tags: Fleets, Teamsters, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Fleets, Sysco, US Foods
December 17, 2013 - Industry News
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has added a new Commercial Tire & Service Center to its network in Tulsa, Okla., expanding its offerings in the state.
Tags: Goodyear, Tires, Wheels, Expansion
Truckload carriers are raising their rates to cover increased costs from the new hours-of service rule, but not enough to keep up with the estimated loss of productivity, says Mark Montague of DAT, the load matching and analytic services company.
Tags: FMCSA, HOS
Jacobs Vehicle Systems has announced the retirement of Bob Perkins after nearly 29 years of service. Perkins began his career at Jacobs in 1985 as a Product Manager.
Tags: Leadership, Jacobs Vehicle Systems
Winter does not officially begin until Saturday, however state transportation departments have been working hard to remove snow and ice from the nation's roadways for weeks.
Tags: Winter Driving, Information Technology
A team driver based in Washington state has asked for an exemption to the hours-of-service rule for himself and his co-driver.
Tags: HOS, Federal Register
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