January 13, 2014 - Industry News
Driven by the lower cost of natural gas and the lower emissions from natural gas engines, compared to diesel fuel, operators of truck and bus fleets are increasingly shifting to natural gas vehicles and a new study quantifies by just how much.
Tags: Research, Truck Sales, Natural Gas Vehicles
Teamsters union members at the trucking operation, UPS Freight, have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new national five-year master agreement that increases wages, significantly strengthens pension benefits and takes on the issue of subcontracting.
Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Teamsters, UPS Freight
January 10, 2014 - Industry News
The fourth-quarter Transport Capital Partners survey finds a large majority of carriers expecting to grow capacity, and many moving to replace their aging vehicles.
Tags: HOS, TCP
The Missouri Department of Transportation will close all lanes of I-70 downtown between Pine Street and the Poplar Street Bridge starting at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, weather permitting.
Tags: Missouri, I-70, Highway Construction
Anyone associated with getting to market new light vehicles, (cars, light trucks and SUVs), not to mention sales and manufacturing of them, has reason to be hopeful about business prospects in the New Year.
Tags: Economy, Freight, Auto Sales, Auto Haulers
While new figures show the nation’s unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since October 2008, job growth in December was the slowest in nearly three years.
Tags: Economy, Unemployment
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is one step closer to proposing a rule that would prohibit coercion of drivers by carriers, shippers or receivers. The proposal is now at the White House Office of Management and Budget for review before publication.
Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Elog
January 9, 2014 - Industry News
Teamsters Union truck drivers and other workers at the parent of less-than-truckload carriers, YRC Worldwide, have rejected the company’s proposal that would have extended and modified the existing labor contract until 2019, putting the company in jeopardy of having to file for bankruptcy.
Tags: Fleets, Teamsters, YRC Worldwide
After settling an $85 million class action lawsuit in November over allegations it bilked trucking customers out money in the form of rebates from fuel purchases, truckstop chain Pilot Flying J has settled separate litigation brought by one trucking company.
Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Litigation
The amount of freight carried by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry rose 1.2% in November from October, rebounding from a one-month decline to reach its highest all-time level, according to a new U.S. Department of Transportation report.
Tags: Economy, U.S. DOT, Freight, Freight Index
UPDATED -- Drivers are going to have to keep a copy of their medical certificate on hand for another year, says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Tags: FMCSA, Med Card, Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Regulations
Announced job cuts fell to the lowest level of the year in December as U.S.-based employers reported plans to reduce payrolls by 30,623 during the month, representing a 32% decline from a November total of 45,314, according to a new report by the global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
The Alamo Group Inc. has announced the appointment of Matt Hood as VP of Sales and Marketing of its Leavenworth, Kansas-based Division, Henke Manufacturing.
Tags: Leadership, Alamo Group
January 8, 2014 - Industry News
With Congress returning to Washington this week, leaders of American Trucking Associations called on lawmakers and policymakers in Washington to take several steps to improve the nation’s economy and make our highways safer.
Tags: ATA, Congress, CSA, HOS
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold a public listening session on Jan. 13 in Nashville, Tenn., to solicit ideas and information from interested parties on possible knowledge testing requirements for New Entrant passenger and property carriers, freight forwarders, and brokers.
Tags: FMCSA, U.S. DOT, MAP-21, Safety & Compliance, Fleets
Steve O’Kane, president of A. Duie Pyle, will retire in January 2014. O’Kane’s retirement has been in the planning and execution for the last five years.
Tags: Leadership, A. Duie Pyle
North American freight activity followed virtually the same path in 2013 as it did in the previous two years, concluding with the typical December falloff, according to new issue of the Cass Freight Index Report.
Tags: Economy, Freight, Cass Freight Index
January 7, 2014 - Industry News
The financially troubled parent of several trucking companies, including YRC Freight, hopes to borrow $1.15 billion to refinance its debt, according to Bloomberg News.
Tags: Fleet Financing, Fleets, financials, Teamsters, YRC Worldwide
U.S. trade with its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico, amounted to $103.1 billion in October, up 4.5% from the same time a year earlier and exceeded $100 billion for the first month on record, according to new U.S. Department of Transportation figures.
Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade, Freight, Canada, Economy
Mary Phillips, senior vice president for legislative affairs at American Trucking Associations for the past three years, is stepping down from her post. The moves comes as Congress gears up for the next highway bill, a crucial test for trucking interests on Capitol Hill.
Tags: ATA, Highway Funding, Congress, People
Teamster local union leaders representing UPS Freight workers across the country have endorsed a new tentative national agreement.
Tags: Drivers, UPS, Fleets, Teamsters, UPS Freight
January 6, 2014 - Industry News
UPDATED, Jan. 9, 2013, 9:45 a.m., EST Extraordinarily cold weather in part of the U.S. has resulted in more states issuing emergency declarations, waiving mainly hours of service rules, when it comes to hauling various fuels.
Tags: Drivers, Minnesota, Regulations, Michigan, Hours of Service, New Jersey, Arkansas, Vermont, New Hampshire, Safety and Compliance, Weather, Massachusetts, Maine, Ohio, Missouri, Oklahoma
In Connecticut a new law that went into affect on Dec. 31 requiring commercial motor vehicles remove snow and ice from hoods, trunks and roofs or their operators will face fines ranging from $75 to $1,250.
Tags: New York, Snow Removal, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut
UPDATED -- An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that New Prime retaliated against a truck driver by blacklisting him in the commercial transport industry after he sought medical attention for a work-related injury.
Tags: Drivers, OSHA, Department of Labor, Fleets, Prime Inc.
Organizers of the 2014 Fleet Safety Conference are seeking ideas for educational sessions for this year’s event. Industry leaders who are interested in presenting at the conference, scheduled for July 22-23 in Schaumburg, Ill., have until Jan. 31 to submit their topic idea and abstract for consideration.
Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Events
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