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May 20, 2016 - Industry News

Report: Trucking Can Play a Big Role in Energy Security

Image via SAFE

The non-profit, nonpartisan group Securing America’s Future Energy has released a report on how the U.S. can remain on the path to greater energy security that includes recommendations for the trucking industry.

Tags: Congress, Oil, Alternative Fuels, Truck Platooning

May 20, 2016 - Industry News

Senate Keeps Hours-of-Service Fix in Funding Bill

The Senate has passed a transportation funding bill that includes a fix of earlier legislative language that muddied what might happen to the Hour of Service rule’s restart provisions if a mandated study cannot show that the restart changes benefitted drivers.

Tags: Hours of Service, Speed Limiter, U.S. Senate

May 19, 2016 - Industry News

HOS Restart Reform Keeps Cranking on Capitol Hill

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

Updated on May 20: A House Appropriations subcommittee has advanced language to “fix” the Hour of Service rule’s 34-hour restart provisions that goes much further than a measure contained in a bill passed by the full Senate on May 19.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

May 19, 2016 - Industry News

Supreme Court Gives CRST Another Chance to Recoup Legal Fees

Photo: Jarek Tuszynski / CC-BY-SA-3.0 & GDFL

The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of CRST Van Expedited in a legal battle with the EEOC, allowing the carrier to try to recoup $4.5 million in legal fees stemming from a sexual harassment case.

Tags: Lawsuits, Supreme Court, CRST, EEOC

May 18, 2016 - Industry News

API Debuts Symbols for Identifying New Diesel Oils

The two donut symbols are designed to help identify the new FA-4 and CK-4 diesel engine oils. Image: API

The American Petroleum Institute is introducing a special Service Symbol Donut designed to help buyers differentiate between the new API FA-4 and CK-4 service categories for diesel-engine oils.

Tags: Oil, American Petroleum Institute, Diesel Engine Oil

May 18, 2016 - Industry News

Groups Offer Free Truck Parking App

The recently formed Truck Parking Leadership Initiative is developing a free app called Park My Truck to locate truck parking information and find available spaces for drivers.

Tags: ATA, ATRI, NATSO, CVSA, Truck Parking, Mobile Apps

May 18, 2016 - Industry News

Construction Sector Forecast: Positive

SOURCE: NTEA

According to a recent report from NTEA, the U.S. construction sector performed well in 2015 and is expected to keep growing this year, with housing starts projected to rise to 1.24 million in 2016.

Tags: NTEA, Housing Starts, Construction Fleets

May 17, 2016 - Industry News

Startup Says it's Developing Add-On Autonomous Truck Technology

Former employees from Google, Apple and Tesla have jumped into the “self-driving trucks” waters, saying they’ll develop a retrofittable autonomous-driving technology for on-highway commercial heavy trucks.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles

May 17, 2016 - Product News

J.J. Keller Announces Rollout Service for ELD Mandate

J.J. Keller has introduced the Driver DataSense Plus with ELD Rollout Service to help fleets meet the 2017 ELD mandate deadline.

Tags: Regulations, Compliance, ELDs, ELD Mandate

May 17, 2016 - Industry News

Old Dominion Opens Indiana Service Center

An Old Dominion Freight Line service center technician checks diagnostics on a tractor engine. Photo: ODFL

Old Dominion Freight has opened a new service center, located in Brownsburg, Ind., to increase the company’s presence in the Indianapolis Area.

Tags: New Facility, Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL

May 17, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Cargo Thefts on The Rise

In the first quarter of 2016, the FreightWatch International Supply Chain Intelligence Center recorded a total of 221 cargo thefts in the United States. During this time, 66 of these incidents occurred in January, 90 in February and 65 happened in March. Graphic: FWI

The number of truck cargo thefts in the U.S. increased in the first quarter of the year but the average value of each heist declined, according to a new report from the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International.

Tags: Security, Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft, Crime

May 17, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Inflation, Industrial Production Rebound

Retail prices in the U.S. posted their biggest gain in three years during April, while industrial production increased the most in more than a year, as e-commerce and housing starts remain healthy.

Tags: Economy, E-commerce, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Home Starts, Consumer Prices, Home Building

May 16, 2016 - Industry News

Customer Service, Technology Top Factors in Truck Rental Survey

Record360’s first truck rental customer survey found that most respondents look for a truck rental company with strong customer service and enhanced vehicle condition reporting.

Tags: Customer Service, Vehicle Damage, Truck Rental, Record360

May 16, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Radiant Logistics Moves Into the Red

The third party logistics and multi-modal transportation services company Radiant Logistics Inc. reported on Monday afternoon it swung from a profit to a loss in the first quarter of the year despite a 54.2% increase in net revenue.

Tags: Economy, Earnings, Radiant Logistics, Fleet Earnings

May 16, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Falter in Weaker Economic Environment

Source: FTR

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index fell by nearly 50% in March as a weak economy during the first quarter of 2016 negatively impacted the freight market.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity, Freight Rates

May 16, 2016 - Industry News

Freight Shipments, Rates Well Below Year Earlier Levels

The amount of North America freight shipments and freight spending remain below levels from a year ago despite monthly gains, according to the latest Cass Freight Index report, and there is a concern conditions could get worse.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

May 13, 2016 - Industry News

ODFL Adds Terminal in North Carolina

Photo: ODFL

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. has opened its newest service center, a 61-door facility located just off I-85 in Kings Mountain, N.C.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line

May 13, 2016 - Industry News

PIT Group Expands Energotest Road-Test Program

Photo: PIT Group

PIT Group has expanded its spring 2016 Energotest event with an invitation-only VIP Day for select Canadian and U.S. trucking operations and a Fleet Forum for invited participants and PIT Group fleet members.

Tags: Fuel Economy, PIT Group

May 13, 2016 - Industry News

ATRI Taps UPS Freight’s McArdle for Board Seat

Rich McArdle Photo: ATRI

The American Transportation Research Institute has appointed UPS Freight President Rich McArdle to the board of the nonprofit research organization.

Tags: ATRI, People, UPS

May 13, 2016 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Launching Revamped Wi-Fi

Photo: Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J has announced it is rolling out a new and “completely revamped” Wi-Fi network at its travel center locations this month.

Tags: Drivers, Pilot Flying J, Truckstops

May 13, 2016 - Industry News

ACT: Class 8 Supply Still Running High

Chart: ACT Research Co. LLC

The supply of Class 8 trucks continues to rise faster than demand for those trucks, according to the latest ACT For-Hire Trucking Index released by ACT Research Co. LLC.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research

May 13, 2016 - Industry News

Truckload, Intermodal Rates Post Drops

A measure of per-mile truckload linehaul rates declined again in April along with a separate gauge of intermodal shipping costs. And there is little to no indication conditions will soon improve.

Tags: Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

May 13, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales, Consumer Sentiment Improve; Wholesale Inflation Returns

One of the biggest drivers of the American economy is showing renewed signs of life as consumers seem to be more upbeat following a sluggish first quarter. However, an economic drag on trucking remains stubbornly high as prices at the wholesale level turned slightly higher.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Wholesale Prices, Business Inventories, Producer Prices, Consumer Sentiment

May 13, 2016 - Industry News

Kentucky Road Removed from National Truck Network

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has been authorized by the Federal Highway Administration to delete KY 151 (Graefenburg Road) in Anderson and Franklin counties from the National Truck Network on an emergency basis due to “safety considerations.”

Tags: Kentucky, FHWA, STAA

May 12, 2016 - Industry News

Trade Coalition CAGTC Elects New Chairman

Tim Lovain Photo via Capitol Strategies

The Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors has elected Tim Lovain, who represents the State of Washington to the Coalition, as its third Chairman.

Tags: Infrastructure, Leadership, People

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