April 11, 2014 - Industry News
Ryder System announced that it has formed a partnership with Decisiv, a provider of Service Relationship Management solutions, to create an enhanced maintenance offering for large and for-hire truck fleets that own their vehicles and manage multiple maintenance providers.
Tags: Information Technology, Ryder System, Decisiv
Two professional truck drivers have been credited for delivering a baby in an unusual location and saving his life. For their quick thinking and willingness to help, the men have been added to the Truckload Carriers Association’s roster of Highway Angels, professional drivers who stop to help others.
Tags: TCA, TCA Highway Angel, Challenger Motor Freight, FTC Transport
UPDATED -- Prices at the wholesale level increased 0.5% in March, the biggest hike since June, according to a new U.S. Labor Department report
Tags: Economy, Wholesale Prices, Producer Prices, Consumer Sentiment
A bipartisan group of Senators has agreed on the outline of bill to reauthorize the federal highway program. The terms of the deal cover policy principles such as a long-term bill and maintaining existing programs but they do not cover the key question of how to pay for the program.
Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Highways, Congress
The Ambassador Bridge is implementing its non-stop tolling system, known as APASS, for all commercial traffic going into Canada, according to the Ontario Trucking Association.
Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, Ambassador Bridge
April 10, 2014 - Industry News
Sen. Dick Durban, D-Ill., asked the Transportation Department’s Inspector General to review the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s investigative practices. The agency dropped the ball on an investigation of a carrier that later was involved in a fatal crash, Durbin said in his April 9 letter to IG Calvin Scovel.
Tags: FMCSA, Safety, Safety & Compliance, Regulations
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association announced a new director of state legislative affairs. Mike Matousek will be responsible for tracking and analyzing state legislative initiatives and proactively fighting for the rights of all truckers within state legislatures.
Tags: OOIDA, People
The number of Americans filing first-time jobless claims in the U.S. for the week ending April 5 posted its largest weekly decline since December 2012 with the lowest level of claims hit since March 2007.
Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment, Federal Reserve
The board of directors for trucking and logistics provider USA Truck has unanimously voted to terminate the company's stockholders' rights plan, effective April 11.
The total amount of general cargo at the port’s public marine terminals reached 9.6 million tons, matching last year’s record.
Tags: Intermodal, Freight, Port Trucking, Port of Baltimore
April 9, 2014 - Industry News
2014 may be a very volatile year requiring increased shipper attention to market conditions. FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index for February, at a reading of -8.8, reflects an earlier than normal tightening of capacity created by the debilitating effects of winter storms in early 2014.
Tags: FTR, Capacity, Shipper Conditions Index
Mack Trucks named Brian Layman its new vice president of business development. In this newly created role, Layman will be responsible for product segmentation, development and management of sales programs, dealer measurements and new truck sales pricing and quoting activities for truck sales in North America.
Tags: Mack Trucks, People
A preliminary review by the Transportation Research Board indicates possible weaknesses in the Department of Transportation’s Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Study. Opponents of higher limits seized on the review as evidence for their cause.
Tags: U.S. DOT, FHWA, Size and Weight, Transportation Research Board, Congress, U.S. Department of Transportation, Teamsters, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
Spot market freight rates for flatbed loads continue soaring, despite a decline in the amount of overall freight, according to new figures released by the freight matching service provider DAT.
Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore
The amount of freight carried by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry rose 1.2% in February from January, rising after two consecutive monthly declines.
Tags: Economy, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. DOT, Freight, Freight Index
Public Private Partnerships will be part of the funding mix in the next highway program but the precise role they will play is not clear. Transportation legislators got a range of views from partnership experts in a Tuesday session before members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Tags: Public-private partnership, Infrastructure Funding, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Highway Funding, Congress
The new facility joins Ceva’s existing network of foreign trade zone operations in Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago.
Tags: CEVA Logistics, Fleets
April 8, 2014 - Industry News
March freight shipment volume in the U.S. increased 6.6% over the prior month, on top of the 7.3% rise seen in February, according to the just released Cass Freight Index.
Tags: Economy, Freight, Cass Freight Index
The less-than-truckload industry is watching to see what move Old Dominion Freight Lines makes in the annual spring tariff-hike season.
Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL, Freight Rates
Drivewyze announced that Florida has become the 21st state to offer the Drivewyze PreClear bypass service. Drivewyze PreClear uses electronic on-board devices, including Electronic Logging Devices, tablets and smartphones, to provide commercial vehicles with inspection site bypass opportunities.
Tags: Florida, Drivewyze, Drivewyze PreClear
Trucking company giant Swift Transportation is warning its first quarter earnings will be lower than it previously expected, between 11 cents and 13 cents per share.
Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Swift Transportation
April 7, 2014 - Industry News
The American Transportation Research Institute launched two separate online surveys targeting commercial driver input on critical operational issues – impacts from the new hours-of-service rules and detention time impacts on safety and productivity.
Tags: Hours of Service, ATRI
Fleets that haul food products should take a proactive approach with their food service clients to ensure a smooth implementation of rules governing the transport of foods under the Food Safety Modernization Act, signed into law in 2011.
Tags: Telematics, Regulations, FDA, Reefers, Truckload Carriers Association
Southeastern Freight Lines announced the opening of a service center in Orange, Texas. The new Orange service center, located at 12532 Farm-to-Market 1442, features 4,000 square feet of space and 49 dock doors.
Tags: Southeastern Freight Lines, Expansion
NationaLease, the North American organization of full service truck leasing companies, has named Joe Puff as vice president of truck technology and maintenance, reporting to Dean Vicha, president of NationaLease.
Tags: NationaLease, People
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