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July 16, 2015 - Industry News

Freight Shipment, Expenditure Levels Mixed

The amount of freight moved and how much shippers paid recovered somewhat in June in the U.S., but both are below levels from a year ago, according to the latest Cass Freight Index report.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Cass Freight Index

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

Maverick Acquires Flanary and Sons Trucking

Photo via FAST Trucking

Maverick USA has acquired Church Hill, Tenn.- based glass carrier Flanary and Sons Trucking.

Tags: Maverick, Mergers & Acquisitions

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

House Passes Five-Month Highway Bill Patch

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) contends five-month patch will provide time to legislate a "fiscally responsible' long-term highway bill.

House Republican leaders on July 15 pushed through an $8-billion plus measure to fund highway and infrastructure expenditures through December 18.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund

July 15, 2015 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul Rates Improve, Intermodal Slides

A measure of base linehaul truckload rates show increases last month while intermodal rates fell for the sixth straight month, according to reports released Wednesday.

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

July 15, 2015 - Industry News

Walcott Truckers Jamboree Attracts Nearly 41,000

Photo via Iowa 80 Truckstop

Visitors came from 21 states and three Canadian provinces to display their trucks, and compete in a "truckers olympics" and truck beauty contest.

Tags: Walcott Trucker Jamboree, Iowa 80 Truckstop, Truckstops, Events

July 15, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates, Available Loads Drop

Rates declined across all three equipment types on the spot freight market as available truckload capacity increased while load availability fell, according to new figures released by DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Solutions

July 15, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Wholesale Prices, Industrial Production Rise

Wholesale prices advanced 0.4% in June, according to the U.S. Labor Department, more than many analysts were expecting.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Department of Labor, Producer Prices

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

Marten Transport Profit Up Slightly, Short of Expectations

Marten Transport Ltd. on Tuesday reported a 5.4% increase in net income to $8.4 million, or 25 cents per diluted share, for the second quarter of the year.

Tags: Earnings, Marten Transport, Fleet Earnings

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

Safety and Compliance Award Winner Announced

HDT Executive Editor David Cullen (right) presents Nussbaum Transportation’s Jeremy Stickling with the inaugural HDT Safety and Compliance Award.

Nussbaum Transportation's director of human resources and safety, Jeremy Stickling, was awarded Heavy Duty Trucking magazine’s 2015 Safety & Compliance Award at a ceremony at the Fleet Safety Conference.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Awards, Safety & Compliance, Nussbaum Transportation

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Turnover Falls 12 Percentage Points in First Quarter

Turnover rates at large and small truckload fleets fell by 12 percentage points in the first quarter of 2015, though it is uncertain if this trend will continue in the months ahead.

Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

Retail Sales Drop Surprises Analysts

Economic Watch: Retail sales in the U.S. eased up in June, according to a new Commerce Department report, while previous month's figures were revised lower.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

C.R. England Rewards Drivers With Western Star Trucks

C.R. England is adding nearly 200 Western Star 5700 XE tractors to it's fleet this year. Photo courtesy of C.R. England

C.R. England is adding nearly 200 Western Star 5700 XE tractors to its fleet over the next few months, with tenured solo and team drivers and million miler drivers receiving the trucks first.

Tags: Western Star, C.R. England, Automated Manual Transmissions, Detroit DT12, Driver Retention

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

Short-Term Highway Patch, Trucking Issues on The Hill

HDT file photo

The House of Representatives unveils a short-term funding patch to keep the highway program running for the next six months, as a Senate committee prepares to consider a comprehensive highway safety bill Wednesday that addresses trucking issues such as CSA reforms, younger drivers and hair testing.

Tags: Highway Funding, CSA, Hair Testing, Legislation

July 13, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Drops, Environment Still Positive

The index has fallen since January and except for April, has been lower than in 2014.

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index measure for May dropped to a three-year low of 4.91 due to softer capacity, pricing, and fuel prices. The index is expected to move into significantly more positive territory as the anticipated regulatory drag in 2016 and 2017 dramatically tightens capacity.

Tags: Trucking Conditions Index, Economy, FTR

July 13, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Bill Calls for Hourly Pay for Truck Drivers

Among other things, the bill calls for a look at the safety effect of long commutes before a driver even starts his day.

A new Senate bill calls for truck drivers to be paid by the hour and would increase minimum insurance levels, mandate collision avoidance systems and speed limiters, and study the effects on safety of truck drivers having to drive hours just to get to the start of their workday.

Tags: Legislation, Insurance, Collision Avoidance Technology, Speed Limiter, U.S. Senate, Driver Pay

July 13, 2015 - Industry News

TMW to Hold User Conference In September

TMW Systems president David Wangler speaking at last year's TransForum.  Photo: Jim Beach

TMW Systems will hold its annual TransForum User Conference and Exhibition Sept. 13-16 in Orlando, Fla.

Tags: Information Technology, TMW Systems, Events

July 10, 2015 - Industry News

House Bill Would Up Fuel Tax By Over 10 Cents

Photo: Jim Park

Aiming to address both the lack of funding for the Highway Trust Fund and the lack of trust in finding a long-term solution for that, Rep. Tim Rice (R-SC) has introduced a bill that would hike federal motor-fuel taxes by 10.1 cents per gallon and index the new rate to inflation.

Tags: Fuel Tax, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund

July 10, 2015 - Industry News

Dispatcher Charged with Holding Cargo Hostage

Kentucky dispatcher Bryan Napier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud for his part in a scheme to defraud shippers.

Tags: FMCSA, FBI, Crime & Fraud, Dispatch, Shippers

July 10, 2015 - Industry News

Bill Could Be First Step to Younger Truck Drivers

Bill would let states jointly study lowering the CDL age requirement for interstate truckers. Photo: Haldex

A Senate bill would instruct FMCSA to conduct a pilot study of lowering the age at which Class A CDL holders can drive trucks across state lines.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Driver Shortage, U.S. Senate

July 9, 2015 - Industry News

USA Truck CEO Resigns Due to Cancer

John Simone

John M. Simone has resigned from his position as chief executive officer and director to focus on treatment and recovery from lung cancer.

Tags: Leadership, People, USA Truck

July 9, 2015 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Shipments Rebound in May

Freight Transportation Services Index, May 2010 - May 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

A measure of for-hire freight movements in the U.S. increased in May following an April decline, according to a new U.S. Transportation Department report.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

July 8, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Van, Refrigerated Freight Rates Improve Slightly

Average spot truckload rates last week rose for van and refrigerated loads but dipped for flatbeds, reports DAT Solutions.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

July 8, 2015 - Industry News

Group Pushes Congress to Up Federal Truck Weight Limit

Image: Federal Highway Administration

The Coalition for Transportation Productivity is revving up its lobbying to increase the federal vehicle weight limit to 97,000 pounds for tractor-trailers equipped with a sixth axle.

Tags: DOT, Congress, Size and Weight

July 8, 2015 - Industry News

PA Turnpike Tolls to Increase in 2016

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has approved a 6% toll increase for all customers to pay for an overhaul of the highway.

Tags: Tolls, Pennsylvania, Highway Funding

July 8, 2015 - Industry News

Trucker Wins Carnegie Medal For Saving County Jailer

Photo: Carnegie Hero Fund Commission

The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission awarded trucker Clinton Blackburn a Carnegie Medal for his efforts to save a county jailer who was being assaulted in his vehicle.

Tags: Awards, Goodyear Highway Hero

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