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December 10, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Move Higher in Early December

Spot market freight rates have improved across the board, according to new weekly figures from the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

34-Hour Restart Likely to Be Suspended, Studied

Trucking interests are close to victory in their fight to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. The appropriations bill negotiated by the Senate and House will cut off funding for enforcement of the restart while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studies its impact.

Tags: ATA, Congress, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, American Trucking Associations, Legislation

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

UTA Convention Pushes Membership Over 1,000

Former Washington Redskins quarterback, Joe Theismann, gives a dynamic and inspirational keynote address to the Used Truck Association members at their 2014 annual convention: Photo via UTA.

The Used Truck Association called its 15th annual convention a success with pushing paid membership in the association to 1,000 members from just over 900.

Tags: Industry Event, Used Truck Association, Awards

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Trucks Hauled Over 73 Percent of Shipments Nationwide

Graphic via U.S. Census Bureau.

Trucks accounted for 73.1% of the total value of commodities shipped in 2012 with a worth of more than $10 trillion, according to a U.S. Census Bureau survey.

Tags: Economy, Survey, Freight, Freight shipments

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker Receives Nearly 22 Years for Tractor-Trailer, Cargo Thefts

A Kansas City, Missouri truck driver was sentenced in federal court on Monday for his role in a 14-year-long conspiracy to steal more than $1 million worth of trucks and trailers and their cargo.

Tags: Drivers, Missouri, Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Posts Another Weekly Decline

The average cost of on-highway diesel continues falling as oil prices hit its lowest level in years, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

December 8, 2014 - Industry News

Penske Truck Rental Donates To Paralyzed Veterans

Penske presented the check to at the PVA's Washington D.C. offices: Photo via Penske Truck Rental

Penske Truck Rental donated $318,118 to the Paralyzed Veterans of America at the charity’s offices in Washington D.C. The funds were raised during Penkse’s #OneWay4PVA campaign for paralyzed veterans.

Tags: Veterans, Penske Truck Rental, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Donations

December 8, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. DOT: Freight Index Leading Economic Indicator

The U.S. Department of Transportation is calling its Transportation Services Indexes, especially the freight index, leading indicators of economic cycles.

Tags: Economy, U.S. Department of Transportation, Freight Index

December 8, 2014 - Industry News

Wreaths Across America Honors Veterans This Weekend

Carriers and drivers are gearing up to deliver wreaths wreaths to be placed on the graves of veterans across the country this Saturday, Dec. 13, as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Program.

Tags: ATA, Mack Trucks, Veterans, Share the Road, Wreaths Across America

December 8, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Employees Vote Down Teamsters at Texas Terminal

Employees at Con-way Freight's Harlingen, Texas, facility voted to reject representation by the Teamsters Union in Friday's election.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Teamsters, LTL

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Commits To Hiring 10,000 Vets By 2020

J.B. Hunt Transport announced a company-wide initiative to hire 10,000 U.S. military veterans by the year 2020. The company was recently recognized for the ninth straight year as a Top 100 Military Friendly Employer by G.I. Jobs, ranking as the third most military friendly employer in the transportation industry.

Tags: Veterans, J.B. Hunt, Military Friendly Employer, Careers

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

November Class 5-7 Orders Fall Sharply

Photo courtesy of Navistar.

Net orders for Class 5-7 trucks in November fell 4 percent compared to October net orders, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Sales, ACT Research, Truck Orders

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Job Gains Soar, Factory Activity Slows

The number of people who found jobs in November increased dramatically from the month before but the unemployment rate was unchanged, according to U.S. Labor Department numbers released Friday morning.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Factory Orders, Employment, Factory Shipments

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

Intermodal Rail Traffic Hits New Record High

Photo: Jim Park

The Association of American Railroads said Thursday for the week ending Nov. 29, U.S. railroad intermodal volume totaled 220,873 units, up 6.2% compared with the same week last year and the highest level on record.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Van, Reefer Rates Improve on Spot Freight Market

Graphic: DAT

Reefers posted the biggest gain, 1.1% for Nov. 23 through Nov. 29 compared to the previous seven days, for an average of $2.37 per mile, its best showing out of the last four weeks.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Teamsters Pull Nashville FedEx Freight Organizing Vote

For the fourth time in five weeks, the Teamsters Union has withdrawn an organizing election petition for drivers at one of FedEx Freight’s terminals.

Tags: Drivers, Tennessee, Teamsters, Labor Unions, FedEx, FedEx Freight

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Texas Trucking Group Pledges $50,000 to Industry Campaign

The Texas Trucking Association Foundation will make a $50,000 financial contribution to Trucking Moves America Forward over the next five years.

Tags: Image, Trucking Moves America Forward

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment Growth Slows

The first indication of job growth for November shows it staying past the 200,000 mark for the seventh out of the past eight months, according to the ADP National Employment Report.

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Industry Struggles to Replace Aging Workforce

The largest portion of the truck transportation workforce was in the 45-54 year age range in 2013. Graph via ATRI

The median driver age had risen significantly over the past two decades according to a new paper released by the American Transportation Research Institute that analyzed the demographics of driver age.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, ATRI, Recruiting, Research

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

House Pair Invoke Reagan to Promote Fuel Tax Hike

Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., (right) and Tom Petri, R-Wis., called for passage of a bill to raise the tax and quoted from Reagan’s call to do the same.

A bipartisan pair of House Representatives invoked the spirit of conservative champion Ronald Reagan to push for a fuel tax increase to revive the Highway Trust Fund. Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Tom Petri, R-Wisc., called for passage of a bill to raise the tax and quoted from Reagan’s 1982 call to do the same.

Tags: Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Congress, Legislation, Taxes, Infrastructure Funding

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

Michigan Senate Votes Down Plan to Cut State Truck Weight Limit

A plan in Michigan’s Senate to greatly reduce the maximum truck weight along state roadways was defeated Tuesday in a 22-15 vote.

Tags: Legislation, Michigan, Truck Weights

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Immigration Action Could Increase Pool of Truck Drivers

President Obama’s move to let some undocumented immigrants stay in the country clears the way for them to become professional truck drivers, but that path is neither simple nor quick.

Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, TCA, Immigration, Drivers, President Obama

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Commits to Hiring 100,000 Veterans

Photo: U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The American Trucking Associations announced on Tuesday it is committing on behalf of the trucking industry and its members to hire 100,000 veterans as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, Driver Shortage, Veterans, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

Ruan CEO Chapman Retiring, McLean Appointed to Position

Incoming Ruan CEO Ben McLean. Photo: Ruan

Ruan Transportation Management Systems CEO Steve Chapman is retiring from the company on Dec. 31 and will be replaced by current President and Chief Operating Officer Ben McLean.

Tags: Fleets, People, Ruan

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

ATRI Names Research Advisory Committee Members

Among other activities, the committee is responsible for annually identifying the top research priorities for the trucking industry.

Tags: ATA, Research, ATRI, People

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