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February 8, 2018 - Industry News

ELD Mandate: Exemptions, Uneven Enforcement Obscure Impact

Citations have increased for violations related to AOBRDs during ELD transition. Graph courtesy FTR.

It’s impossible to gauge the full impact of the electronic logging device mandate yet, between temporary exemptions and a phased-in enforcement period, and in fact we may not know the true effect on the industry until rates soften significantly, according to FTR analysts.

Tags: Regulations, FTR, Capacity, Freight Rates, ELD Mandate

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

C.R. England Launches Charitable Effort to Fight Childhood Hunger

The One initiative, is a charitable effort to provide 1 million meals annually to hungry children. Photo via One initiative

C.R. England and England Logistics have announced the launch of the One initiative, a charitable effort to provide 1 million meals annually to hungry children.

Tags: Charity, C.R. England, Donations

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retailers Expect 2018 to be Another Banner Year

One of the biggest drivers of the U.S. economy is expected to grow between 3.8% and 4.4% this year over 2017, according to a new economic forecast from the trade group the National Retail Federation.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, GDP, Unemployment, Employment, Gross Domestic Product

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

Record Year for Intermodal Containers at Nation's Largest Ports

Post-Panamax cranes unload intermodal containers at the Port of Savannah's Garden City Terminal. Photo: Georgia Port Authority

Intermodal cargo is booming at the nation’s ports. The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach both reported record levels of cargo. Georgia's Port of Savannah hit its highest annual volume ever, and the Port of New York and New Jersey also shattered its previous annual cargo volume record, set in 2015.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Georgia, Intermodal, Ports, Port of New York and New Jersey, Drayage

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA Clarifies How to Request a Non-Preventable Crash Data Review

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has clarified how carriers may go about requesting a data review of certain non-preventable crashes. Photo: FMCSA

Although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration launched a demonstration program last August last summer that invited motor carriers to request a data review of certain non-preventable crashes, only now is the agency releasing “additional information to help submitters and other interested parties understand the demonstration program.”

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Crash Accountability

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Better Profits for XPO, Forward Air, Echo Global Logistics

Most trucking companies so far this earnings reporting season are reporting big gains in profits in both the fourth quarter of last year as well as for all of 2017. This is due in large part to tax reform legislation, and numbers released Wednesday were no exception.

Tags: Forward Air, XPO Logistics, Echo Global Logistics, Fleet Earnings

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Continue Dip Amid Greater Trucker Capacity

National average spot truckload rates continued their decline into February but remain unseasonably high, according to new figures based on the DAT Solutions network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

5 U.S. Cities Rank Among World’s Most Traffic-Congested Areas

Photo via Haljackey/Wikimedia.

For the sixth consecutive year, Los Angeles topped the list of the world’s most gridlocked cities, with drivers spending 102 hours in congestion in 2017 during peak time periods, according to the annual INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard.

Tags: Inrix, Traffic Congestion, Los Angeles

February 6, 2018 - Industry News

NATSO Report Finds Rest Areas Reduce Overall Truck Parking Capacity

A NATSO study shows a relationship between public commercial parking and a reduced overall truck parking capacity along a highway. Photo: DanTD

Interstate highways with private sector investment have 69% more commercial truck parking spaces per mile than those with public rest areas, according to a report issued by NATSO, an association representing truckstops and travel plazas.

Tags: Truckstops, NATSO, Truck Parking, Rest Areas

February 5, 2018 - Industry News

DOT Digs into Data on Driver Detention

DOT has taken issue with how FMSCA plans to collect data on driver detention. Photo: Dept.of Transportation

An audit slams the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s plan to collect data on driver detention, noting that the data collected “may not accurately describe how the diverse trucking industry experiences driver detention, which would limit any further analysis of [detention’s] impacts.”

Tags: HOS, Driver Detention, FMCSA, U.S. DOT, Driver Fatigue

February 5, 2018 - Industry News

Uber: Self-Driving Trucks Could Help Alleviate Driver Shortage

Uber stated in a blog post that it expects self-driving trucks to help the industry deal with higher demand. Photo via Uber

Mixed fleets with self-driving long-haul trucks and traditional human-driven regional routes could help the trucking industry address the problem of an aging driver workforce, said Uber in a recent company blog post.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Uber for Trucking, Regional Haul, Drivers, Truck Drivers

February 5, 2018 - Industry News

Women in Trucking Designs Plush Trucking Doll

Clare is a female trucker doll designed by the Women in Trucking association. Photo: WIT

When Women in Trucking's Ellen Voie ran into the president of a toy maker in an airport lounge, it was the genesis for a new plush doll depicting a female truck driver.

Tags: Women in Trucking Association, Image, Women in Trucking, Trucking's image

February 2, 2018 - Industry News

UPS to Spend $7B to Upgrade Delivery Network

Photo courtesy of UPS.

UPS will invest $7 billion over the next three years to upgrade its delivery network, including acquiring fleet vehicles and aircraft, to better manage heavier holiday activity.

Tags: UPS, Procurement, Delivery Fleets

February 2, 2018 - Industry News

Fleet Survey Shows Business is Great, Drivers are Scarce

Business is good, so fleets are planning to buy equipment – but many would buy more if they had the truck drivers to put in them. Courtesy CKCVR

How’s business? Better than ever, according to CK Commercial Vehicle Research’s first-quarter Fleet Sentiment Report survey of trucking fleets.

Tags: CKCVR, Fleet Purchasing Outlook

February 2, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Schneider, Saia, USA Truck, YRC Worldwide

While Schneider National Inc. and Saia Corp. reported better numbers, USA Truck Inc. returned to only partial profitability and YRC Worldwide Inc. reported losses in both time frames.

Tags: Economy, Earnings, USA Truck, YRC Worldwide, Saia

February 2, 2018 - Industry News

Intermodal Freight Numbers Finish the Year Strong

Intermodal freight volumes saw a growth rate of 5.8% year over year. Source: IANA

Intermodal freight volumes posted a strong fourth quarter that saw a growth rate of 5.8% year over year, according to an Intermodal Association of North America report.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, Freight, IANA, Freight Volume

February 2, 2018 - Industry News

PeopleNet Explains Need for AOBRD Waiver for ELD Rule

PeopleNet has issued an advisory on the need for an AOBRD waiver of the ELD rule for its customers. Photo: PeopleNet

With the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration having granted a waiver that gives PeopleNet customers that integrate existing AOBRDs with fleet management and safety systems until March 18 to continue installing ELD-compatible devices running AOBRD software, the supplier has put together material to help address the need for the waiver.

Tags: FMCSA, PeopleNet, ELD Mandate, AOBRD

February 2, 2018 - Industry News

Old Dominion Teams with MLB for 2018 Moving Day

Old Dominion is partnering with three MLB teams for annual Moving Day events celebrating the beginning of baseball season. Photo: Old Dominion Freight Line

Working with the New York Mets, Los Angeles Angels, and Kansas City Royals, Old Dominion will celebrate the beginning of a new Major League Baseball season during the traditional Spring Training Moving Days.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Marketing

February 2, 2018 - Product News

Descartes Buys Aljex Software for $32.4 Million

Descartes Systems Group has acquired Aljex Software, a transportation management solutions provider for freight brokers and carriers.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Aljex Software, Mergers & Acquisitions, Descartes

February 2, 2018 - Industry News

Dozens of Congressmen Go to Bat for OOIDA ELD Exemption Request

Twenty-five Congressmen have wriiten to FMCSA in support of OOIDA's request for a five-year ELD exemption for certain motor carriers.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has garnered the support of over two dozen Congressmen in the form of a letter from them to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that encourages the agency to grant OOIDA’s pending application for a 5-year exemption from the ELD rule.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, OOIDA, ELD Mandate

February 2, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment, Factory Orders Continue Growing

A sizeable gain in trucking employment helped the total number of job additions move higher in January, according to a new Labor Department report.

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

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

5-Year Exemption Would 'Gut’ ELD Rule, Truck Safety Groups Say

The Trucking Alliance, which consists of motor carrier members, contends that granting a 5-year exemption to smaller carriers would 'gut' the ELD rule. Photo: Knight Transportation

Is there such a thing as too big an exemption to the electronic logging rule? That’s the gist of joint comments submitted to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration by a safety advocacy group composed of motor carriers and a highway-safety lobby.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, The Trucking Alliance, ELD Mandate

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA: Carriers Stymied by PeopleNet AOBRD Issue May Seek Exemption

Old Dominion Freight Line is seeking a one-year exemption from the ELD mandate. Photo: ODFL

The FMCSA is considering a request by one motor carrier for a one-year exemption from electronic logging rules so that its AOBRD/ELD provider can provide a specific type of software as having been made “on behalf of all motor carriers in similar situations concerning the integration of PeopleNet’s ELD software into fleet management systems.”

Tags: FMCSA, Old Dominion Freight Line, ELDs, ELD Mandate

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Fraud Trial Winds Down

In 2012, the FBI alleged that Pilot Flying J defrauded as many as 5,500 customers of more than $56 million in rebates which were owned but never paid. Photo: Jim Park

The trial of four former Pilot Flying J sales executives accused of defrauding trucking companies in a fuel rebate scam is coming to a close, with final arguments and deliberations scheduled for next week

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J, Rebates, Trial

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Reports Show 2018 Started Near Last Year's Higher Pace

A measure of the U.S. manufacturing sector released Thursday is just one in a raft of new economic reports that showed 2018 began with a similar pace to that seen when 2017 wrapped up.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Unemployment, Consumer Confidence, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Employment, Federal Reserve

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