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January 9, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Rises to Best Level on Record

Five Years: Freight Transportation Services Index, November 2008-November 2013. Credit: U.S. DOT

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

January 9, 2014 - Industry News

Drivers Must Hold Copy of Medical Certification for Another Year

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

January 9, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: 2013 Job Cuts Lowest Since 1997

2013 planned jobs cuts versus those in 2012. Graphic: Challenger, Gray & Christmas

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.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment

January 9, 2014 - Industry News

Henke Manufacturing Names Matt Hood VP of Sales and Marketing

Matt Hood

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

ATA Calls on Washington to Have a Productive 2014

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

January 8, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA to Hold Listening Sessions on New Entrant Carriers, MATS Date Added

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

January 8, 2014 - Industry News

President of A. Duie Pyle Retires

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

January 8, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Shipments Fall in December, 2014 Projected to be Better Than Last Year

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

YRC Worldwide Looking to Borrow More Than $1 Billion to Stay Afloat

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

January 7, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: NAFTA Surface Trade Hits Record High

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode: October 2013 compared to October 2012.

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

January 7, 2014 - Industry News

Mary Phillips Steps Down from ATA Legislative Post

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

January 7, 2014 - Industry News

Teamsters Leaders Endorse New UPS Freight Contract

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

Several States Waiving Trucking Rules for Fuel Shipments

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

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

Connecticut Requires Snow and Ice Removal on All Vehicles

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

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

New Prime Fined by OSHA for Retaliating Against Trucker

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.

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

Call for Session Ideas for 2014 Fleet Safety Conference

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

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

Iowa 80 Truckstop Celebrates 50 Years

The Iowa 80 Truckstop began serving truckers out of a small white enamel building in 1964 before Interstate 80 was completely built. Bill Moon, Iowa 80 Truckstop founder, located the spot, at what is now Exit 284, for Standard Oil.

Tags: Anniversary, Iowa 80 Truckstop

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

A Challenging Year Ahead on Capitol Hill

Trucking’s overriding challenge on Capitol Hill this year is passage of a new highway program. The current program expires at the end of October. It launched a number of substantive reforms and policy initiatives but was funded for just two years with money taken from here and there in the federal budget.

Tags: legislation, Drug Testing, Fuel Tax, HOS, Highway Funding

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Opens New Full-Service TA Location in Georgia

TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the grand reopening of its location at I-95, Exit 29 in Brunswick, Ga., as a TA- branded full-service truck stop/travel center.

Tags: Fueling Station, TravelCenters of America, Expansion

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

Union Pacific Offering New Intermodal Service Between Laredo and Memphis

Union Pacific Railroad recently initiated a new intermodal service between Laredo, Texas and Memphis, Tenn., supporting growing transportation needs for the automotive manufacturing and intermodal marketplaces.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Intermodal, Freight

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Factory Shipments and Orders Hit Record High

Shipments and new orders for manufactured goods in the United States both hit their highest levels on record in November, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report released on Monday.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Manufacturing, Factory Orders

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Traffic Down at Ambassador Bridge

The busiest border crossing between the United States and Canada saw fewer trucks during most of last year, amid indications there is less freight flowing south.

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, Freight, Manufacturing, Ambassador Bridge

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

December Class 8 Preliminary Orders Up 50% M/M and Y/Y

December North American Classes 5-7 net orders are expected at 14,200 units and Class 8 net orders are expected at 31,800 units, when actual data are released mid-month.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

XPO Logistics Purchasing Intermodal Provider Pacer International

Trucking and related services provider, XPO Logistics, has entered into an agreement to acquire Pacer Internation, the third largest provider of intermodal transportation services in North America.

Tags: Drivers, Cross-Border Trucking, Intermodal, Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions, XPO Logistics, Pacer International

January 3, 2014 - Industry News

OSHA Orders Trucking Company to Stop Retaliating Against Drivers

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration ordered Oak Harbor Freight Lines Inc. to compensate a worker who refused to drive in violation of safety regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, OSHA, whistleblower, Oak Harbor Freight Lines Inc., Drivers

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