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April 10, 2015 - Industry News

Congestion Causes 6 Mile Lines at NY/NJ Ports

The terminals that make up the Ports of New York and New Jersey. Graphic via Ports of New York and New Jersey

The Port of New York and New Jersey is facing costly delays for truckers and cargo owners as record imports come through, according to a report on JOC.com.

Tags: New York, Traffic Congestion, Ports, Port Trucking

April 10, 2015 - Industry News

CTA Launches Labor Law Educational Program

The California Trucking Association has announced the Labor Law Consortium, an ongoing effort to provide the trucking industry with labor and employment law training resources.

Tags: State Laws, California Trucking Association, Labor Rates

April 9, 2015 - Industry News

OOIDA Bids to Join Cross-Border Suit Against DOT

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a petition with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to intervene in a cross-border trucking lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Transportation and the FMCSA.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexican Trucking, OOIDA, U.S. DOT, Teamsters

April 9, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Orders S.C. Trucking Company Shut Down

Image: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Association declared Darlington, S.C.-based trucking company Carnell Pompey to be an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered it to immediately shut down.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, Regulations, driver safety

April 8, 2015 - Industry News

Transportation Committee Stresses Long-Term Solution On Roadshow

Photo: House T&I Committee

A team of six members of Congress led by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster crossed the state of Pennsylvania this week emphasizing the importance of a long-term transportation bill.

Tags: Infrastructure, Pennsylvania, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Bill Shuster, Highway Bill

April 8, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Availability Increases, Flatbed Rates Higher

The spot truckload freight market followed seasonal patterns during the week ending April 4 as load availability increased and capacity tightened, according to load board operator DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 7, 2015 - Industry News

Freight Outlook Good Despite Some Weaknesses

Graphic: FTR

While some may complain that truck freight levels haven’t taken off like a rocket since the end of the Great Recession, the fact is they have posted solid improvements, according to Jonathan Starks of the freight forecasting firm FTR -- and could be headed for a new peak.

Tags: Economy, Freight, FTR, Spot Freight

April 7, 2015 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Truck and Bus Names President, CEO

Marc Llistosella, new head of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Company. Photo: Mitsubishi Fuso

Marc Llistosella has succeeded Albert Kirchmann as president and CEO of Mitsubishi Truck and Bus Corporation, the Japanese parent of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America.

Tags: Leadership, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, People, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, C-Suite

April 7, 2015 - Product News

MiX Telematics Terminal Gains GPS Nav

Photo: MiX Telematics

MiX Telematics has partnered with the GPS navigation software provider Sygic to integrate Sygic’s fleet navigation with MiX Telematic’s in-cab terminal, the MiX Rovi.

Tags: GPS, MiX Telematics, Navigation, Speed Limits, Sygic

April 7, 2015 - Global News

FedEx to Buy Dutch Parcel Carrier TNT Express

Photo: TNT Express

FedEx Corp. Tuesday announced it will buy European package company TNT Express for $4.8 billion, creating a strong third competitor in the European market.

Tags: Global, TNT Express, Mergers & Acquisitions, FedEx

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Mixer-Truck Drivers Exempted from HOS Break Rule

Photo:Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete

Drivers of ready-mix concrete trucks have been granted a limited exemption from the minimum 30-minute rest break provision of the hours-of-service regulations by the FMCSA.

Tags: Hours of Service, Ready Mix, 34-Hour Restart, FMCSA

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Cross-Border Truck Freight Rises in January

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode, January 2014 - January 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight moved between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement neighbors of Canada and Mexico totaled $89.3 billion in January, according to U.S. Transportation Department figures, down 1.2% from a year earlier,

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade, Freight

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Service Sector Continues Expanding

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

Two reports released Monday show the nation’s service sector continues increasing, albeit at different rates.

Tags: Economy, Non-Manufacturing

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Bendix Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Fleet Council

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is celebrating the 35th anniversary of its Fleet Council annual forum at this year’s event slated for April 12 – 14.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, Bendix, Anniversary, Events

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

DOT: Patch Highway Fund If It Leads to Real Fix

Secretary of Transportation Foxx (center) speaking with attendees at a DOT event. Photo: The White House

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has signaled that he does not oppose Congress applying a short-term fix to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent before it runs out entirely this summer.

Tags: Anthony Foxx, Highway Bill, DOT, Highway Funding

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

Feds Award $500M in Grants for Transportation Projects

Photo: DOT

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that $500 million will be made available for surface-transportation projects under the TIGER competitive-grant program this year.

Tags: DOT, Grant Funding, Highway Bill

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Loses 6,800 Jobs in March

Graph showing trucking employment from 2013 through 2015. Graph: Department of Labor

The trucking industry lost 6,800 jobs in March-- the first such drop since 2013, according to the latest employment numbers from the Department of Labor.

Tags: ATA, Department of Labor, Employment

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA to Hike Fines on June 2

Many FMSCA fines will go up on June 2.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration today published an adjusted schedule of civil penalties for violating federal safety rules. FMCSA said the changes will take effect on June 2.

Tags: FMCSA, driver safety, Fleet Safety, Out of Service Violations

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

Logistics Study Offers Insight into Trucking Issues

Photo: TMW Systems

TMW Systems’ 2014 Transportation and Logistics Study, with data and analysis on driver retention, rising rates, utilization, maintenance and other industry issues, is now available.

Tags: Survey, TMW Systems, Logistics, Truckload

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

House Bill Seeks to Halt Excise Tax Increase

A bipartisan group of U.S. House members have introduced a bill seeking to stop any increase of the excise tax on new heavy-duty trucks, an effort that has been applauded by truck dealers.

Tags: ATD, Federal Excise Tax, Proposed Legislation, U.S. Congress, Truck Dealers

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Sink in March

Class 8 truck orders slipped in March, per FTR.

Net orders for Class 8 Trucks hit a six-month low, recording 24,780 units, in March, according to preliminary data from FTR. This is the lowest level since September 2014 and the first time Class 8 orders have fallen year-over-year since January 2013.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Orders, FTR

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Names Image Team Members

The 2015 Image Team Left to right:  Ingrid Brown, Stephanie Klang, Ellen Voie (WIT President/CEO), Carol Nixon, Allyson Hay, Wyzeena Heeny. Photo via Women In Trucking

Five women have been chosen to be the members of Women In Trucking’s Image Team, the organization announced. The Image team will participate in public events for legislators, regulators and industry leaders to further the mission of WIT.

Tags: People, Image, Women in Trucking, Women Drivers

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Makers Seek Complete-Vehicle GHG Rule

The Phase 2 GHG/MPG proposed rule is due out in June.

A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Phase 2 of the federal GHG/MPG rules has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget for formal review. The

Tags: Environmental Regulations, Green Regulations, Fuel Economy, Emissions Reduction

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

Vans Surge as Spot Freight Availability Increases

Source: DAT

Flatbed markets remained strong and van markets surged as overall spot freight availability rose 12% and capacity stayed flat, according to the latest numbers from DAT Solutions.

Tags: Flatbeds, Reefers, DAT, Spot Freight, Van Trailers, Freight Rates

April 1, 2015 - Industry News

Turnover Still Over 90% at Truckload Fleets

ATA Chief Economist, Bob Costello. Image via ATA

Turnover at truckload fleets remained high in the fourth quarter of 2014, but the gap narrowed between small and large carriers.

Tags: ATA, Driver Turnover, Truckload

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