October 13, 2014 - Industry News
Concerned that compressed natural gas tanks in customers’ vehicles might not be sufficiently safe, Pacific Gas & Electric is requiring inspections as a condition of continued use of the company’s filling stations.
Tags: Vehicle Safety, PG&E, CNG, CNG Tanks
Drivers working out of FedEx Freight’s Cinnaminson, New Jersey, facility have rejected an organizing attempt by the Teamsters Union.
Tags: drivers, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Fleets, Labor Unions, FedEx Freight, Teamsters
October 10, 2014 - Industry News
Yokohama Tire is relocating its corporate headquarters to a new facility in November to accommodate business growth. The company will be moving from its old headquarters in Fullerton, Calif., to nearby Santa Ana.
Tags: Relocation, Yokohama, Automotive Executives
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has upheld an emergency restriction order placed on National Distribution Inc.'s cargo tanks by the FMCSA.
Tags: FMCSA, Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, Tankers, Enforcement, Safety & Compliance
Since its public launch at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March, the Trucking Moves America Forward program has made great strides toward its goal of showcasing the positive side of trucking for the public and law- and regulation-makers.
Tags: Image, Trucking Moves America Forward, ATA MC&E
September is the 20th consecutive month of year-over-year improvement in Class 8 truck orders, according to a report by FTR.
Tags: Class 8, Truck Orders, FTR
October 9, 2014 - Industry News
FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index increased to 9.10 in August, an upward trend that reflects a tight capacity situation for the freight market.
Tags: FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Spot Freight, Driver Pay, Trends, Economic Conditions
The amount of spot market freight has rebounded from last week, while rates in two out of three categories has also recovered. The freight-matching service provider DAT Solutions reports the number of loads available increased 1.5% Sept. 28 through Oct. 4 compared to the previous seven days, as spot market capacity fell by 4.3%.
Tags: DAT, Spot Freight
October 8, 2014 - Industry News
Clean Energy Fuels agreed to a multi-year deal with Dillon Transport to supply its fleet with about 2.5 million DGE of CNG annually over the course of the agreement.
Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG
The freight logistics sector was relatively flat in September, with a drop in North American shipment volume and a slight increase in total freight expenditures, or payments, according to the latest Cass Freight Index.
Tags: Economy, Cass Freight Index
The U.S. Transportation Department’s Freight Transportation Services Index, which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, rose 0.6% in August from July, rising for the second consecutive month.
Tags: Economy, U.S. DOT, Freight, Freight Index
The Truckload Carriers Association have named Jose Nunez of Homosassa, Fla., a Highway Angel for his actions in pulling a trapped passenger from a car wreck.
Tags: Florida, TCA, Highway Angel
SAN DIEGO -- The American Trucking Associations board of directors elected Duane Long as the federation’s 70th chairman. Long is the chairman of Longistics, a full-service provider of global logistics solutions based in Raleigh, N.C.
Tags: North Carolina, People, Logistics, ATA, Leadership, American Trucking Associations, ATA MC&E
Schneider increased compensation for van truckload company drivers, the company announced. The new pay rates are 8% - 13% higher per mile and drivers have the opportunity to earn bonus pay.
Tags: Schneider, Van Trailers, Truckload, Driver Pay
October 7, 2014 - Industry News
The Nevada Department of Transportation has fast-tracked repairs to Interstate-15, south of Mesquite, which was affected by a September 26 flash flood, washing away the roadway and temporarily closing the interstate.
Tags: Nevada, Road Construction, I-15, Interstate 15
Exposure to enforcement hot-spots can skew your CSA scores. There may not be much you can do to influence local enforcement priorities, but you can take steps to eliminate the violations at the source.
Tags: CSA, Vigillo, Enforcement, Safety & Compliance
Utility Trailers announced that Prime Inc. placed an order for 2,500 trailers, the largest single trailer order in the company’s history.
Tags: Trailers, Reefers, Prime Inc., Utility Trailer Manufacturing
SAN DIEGO -- American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello discussed the current freight levels, highlighting the fact that the ATA truck tonnage index hit a record high in August, before posing questions to this year's economic panel.
Tags: Economy, Bob Costello, Driver Retention, Driver Recruitment, ATA MC&E
October 6, 2014 - Industry News
The vans were assembled with head restraints that may exceed the allowable gap between an occupant’s head and the restraint.
Tags: Chrysler, Recalls, 2014-MY, Full-Size Vans, Ram ProMaster
SAN DIEGO -- Volvo is donating a VNL 780 truck to the ATA’s America’s Road Team and will continue as the sole sponsor of the trucking industry safety outreach program.
Tags: ATA, Volvo Trucks, America's Road Team, ATA MC&E, Image
SAN DIEGO – It looks like the trucking industry's efforts to educate the general public about the safety and vital nature of trucking may be working, based on results of a new national poll released Monday at the American Trucking Associations' Management Conference and Exhibition.
Tags: American Trucking Associations, Hours of Service, Survey, Image, Infrastructure Funding, ATA MC&E
Fleet Engineers hired Kenneth D. Griswold as the company’s vice president of sales and marketing, a veteran with decades in the transportation marketing industry.
Tags: Fuel Efficiency, People, Fleet Engineers
SAN DIEGO -- The American Transportation Research Institute on Monday unveiled its list of the top ten critical issues facing the North American trucking industry, during the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.
Tags: ATA, Research, CSA, Hours of Service, Driver Shortage, Electronic Logging Devices, ATRI, ELDs, ATA MC&E
October 6, 2014 - Product News
SAN DIEGO -- SmartDrive Systems announced the availability of its new SmartDrive Assurance product line, a video-based safety program which can be used to reduce risks on the road and improve overall fleet operating environments, according to the company.
Both the trucking industry and the overall economy added jobs in September, pushing the unemployment rate down below 6% for the first time since July 2008 and hitting its lowest level in six years.
Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Manufacturing, Non-Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Employment
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