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October 8, 2014 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Index Hits Record High in August

Five Years: Freight Transportation Services Index, August 2009- August 2014. Credit: U.S. DOT

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Freight Transportation Services Index, which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, rose 0.6% in August from July, rising for the second consecutive month.

Tags: Economy, U.S. DOT, Freight, Freight Index

October 8, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Angel Pulls Passenger From Wreck

The Truckload Carriers Association have named Jose Nunez of Homosassa, Fla., a Highway Angel for his actions in pulling a trapped passenger from a car wreck.

Tags: Florida, TCA, Highway Angel

October 8, 2014 - Industry News

New ATA Chairman From N.C. Trucking Company

Duane Long speaks to the trucking press Tuesday following his being named ATA's new chairman. Photo by Evan Lockridge.

SAN DIEGO -- The American Trucking Associations board of directors elected Duane Long as the federation’s 70th chairman. Long is the chairman of Longistics, a full-service provider of global logistics solutions based in Raleigh, N.C.

Tags: North Carolina, People, Logistics, ATA, Leadership, American Trucking Associations, ATA MC&E

October 8, 2014 - Industry News

Schneider Raises Van Truckload Driver Pay

Photo via Schneider.

Schneider increased compensation for van truckload company drivers, the company announced. The new pay rates are 8% - 13% higher per mile and drivers have the opportunity to earn bonus pay.

Tags: Schneider, Van Trailers, Truckload, Driver Pay

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

Nevada Fast-Tracks I-15 Repairs

The Nevada Department of Transportation has fast-tracked repairs to Interstate-15, south of Mesquite, which was affected by a September 26 flash flood, washing away the roadway and temporarily closing the interstate.

Tags: Nevada, Road Construction, I-15, Interstate 15

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

Enforcement Hot Zones Affect National CSA Scores

Exposure to enforcement hot-spots can skew your CSA scores. There may not be much you can do to influence local enforcement priorities, but you can take steps to eliminate the violations at the source.

Tags: CSA, Vigillo, Enforcement, Safety & Compliance

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

Prime Inc. Orders 2,500 Reefer Trailers

Prime truck with a 3000R Reefer Trailer. Photo via Prime Inc.

Utility Trailers announced that Prime Inc. placed an order for 2,500 trailers, the largest single trailer order in the company’s history.

Tags: Trailers, Reefers, Prime Inc., Utility Trailer Manufacturing

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

ATA MC&E: Economy Improves, Driver Shortage Continues

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello, center, was joined by (left to right) John Felmy of the American Petroleum Institute, Jack Kleinhenz of the National Retail Federation and Chad Moutray of the National Association of Manufacturers, to discuss the current status of the economy and its effect on the industry. Photo by Evan Lockridge

SAN DIEGO -- American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello discussed the current freight levels, highlighting the fact that the ATA truck tonnage index hit a record high in August, before posing questions to this year's economic panel.

Tags: Economy, Bob Costello, Driver Retention, Driver Recruitment, ATA MC&E

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Chrysler Recalls Ram ProMaster Vans

Photo of Ram ProMaster courtesy of Chrysler Group.

The vans were assembled with head restraints that may exceed the allowable gap between an occupant’s head and the restraint.

Tags: Chrysler, Recalls, 2014-MY, Full-Size Vans, Ram ProMaster

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Donates Truck to ATA’s Safety Outreach Program

The Volvo VNL 780 being donated America's Road Team. Photo: Volvo Trucks

SAN DIEGO -- Volvo is donating a VNL 780 truck to the ATA’s America’s Road Team and will continue as the sole sponsor of the trucking industry safety outreach program.

Tags: ATA, Volvo Trucks, America's Road Team, ATA MC&E, Image

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Poll Gauges American Attitudes Toward Trucking Image, Infrastructure Funding

Pollster Neil Newhouse talks about survey results. Photo by Evan Lockridge.

SAN DIEGO – It looks like the trucking industry's efforts to educate the general public about the safety and vital nature of trucking may be working, based on results of a new national poll released Monday at the American Trucking Associations' Management Conference and Exhibition.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Hours of Service, Survey, Image, Infrastructure Funding, ATA MC&E

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Engineers Hires Marketing VP

Ken Griswold, VP of Sales and Marketing at Fleet Engineers. Photo via Fleet Engineers

Fleet Engineers hired Kenneth D. Griswold as the company’s vice president of sales and marketing, a veteran with decades in the transportation marketing industry.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, People, Fleet Engineers

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Shows Hours of Service Top Trucking Concern

ATRI President, COO Rebecca Brewster. Photo: Evan Lockridge

SAN DIEGO -- The American Transportation Research Institute on Monday unveiled its list of the top ten critical issues facing the North American trucking industry, during the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.

Tags: ATA, Research, CSA, Hours of Service, Driver Shortage, Electronic Logging Devices, ATRI, ELDs, ATA MC&E

October 6, 2014 - Product News

SmartDrive Introduces 360-Degree Camera View

Illustration courtesy of SmartDrive.

SAN DIEGO -- SmartDrive Systems announced the availability of its new SmartDrive Assurance product line, a video-based safety program which can be used to reduce risks on the road and improve overall fleet operating environments, according to the company.

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Falls; Manufacturing, Construction Slows

Both the trucking industry and the overall economy added jobs in September, pushing the unemployment rate down below 6% for the first time since July 2008 and hitting its lowest level in six years.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Manufacturing, Non-Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Employment

October 5, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Honors Mike Russell Trucking Industry Image Award Winners

SAN DIEGO – American Trucking Associations Sunday honored two individuals, a state trucking association and an allied company with the eighth annual Mike Russell Trucking Industry Image Award.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Image, ATA MC&E

October 5, 2014 - Industry News

Blunt: Regs Could Keep U.S. From Taking Advantage of Opportunity

Roy Blunt, R-Mo., talks regulations at ATA MC&E. Photo by Evan Lockridge.

SAN DIEGO -- The United States has exciting opportunities it can take advantage of, if the government shows a little common sense and doesn't allow over-regulation to stand in the way. That was the message of Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., speaking Sunday at the American Trucking Associations' Management Conference and Exhibition.

Tags: Regulations, U.S. Senate, ATA MC&E

October 5, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Chief Safety Officer Lays Out 2015 Priorities at ATA

FMCSA Chief Safety Officer Jack Van Steenberg talks about the agency's 2015 priorities. Photo by Evan Lockridge

SAN DIEGO – Even though next year is still about three months away, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set some priorities for 2015, including electronic logs and "inspection modernization."

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, ATA, CSA, ATA MC&E

October 5, 2014 - Product News

Spireon, Premier Trailer Leasing Present ROI Business Case

Spireon and Premier Trailer Leasing presented a case study showing return on investment for trailer and asset tracking and intelligence on the second day of this year’s ATA Management Conference and Exhibition.

Tags: Trailers, Spireon, Driver Retention, Asset Tracking

October 4, 2014 - Industry News

Acuity Insurance Hires Industry Veteran as Trucking Specialist

Cliff Johnson, Acuity trucking specialist. Photo: Evan Lockridge

SAN DIEGO -- The insurance company Acuity announced on Saturday, prior to the start of the American Trucking Associations Management Conference and Exhibition in San Diego, that it has hired a trucking industry veteran as a dedicated trucking specialist.

Tags: Insurance, People, ATA MC&E

October 4, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Leaders, Professional Drivers Take Healthy Trucker Challenge

SAN DIEGO -- Who's healthier? A group of trucking fleet executives or members of America's Road Team? The Health Trucker Challenge aims to find out during this week's American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Driver Health, ATA MC&E

October 3, 2014 - Industry News

Rudy Giuliani Speaking At Vipar Conference

Former N.Y. City mayor, Rudy Giuliani.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be the keynote speaker at Vipar Heavy Duty’s Annual Business Conference in Marco Island, Fla.

Tags: Florida, Mayor, Keynote Speech, Vipar Heavy Duty, Annual Conference

October 3, 2014 - Industry News

Healthy Demand Overall for Trucks in September

Demand for commercial vehicle sales in September was up 21% from a year ago according to the latest report from ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

October 3, 2014 - Industry News

House Ethics Committee Will Review Petri Allegations

Rep. Tom Petri

Following a finding by investigators that Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wisc., may have violated House rules, the Committee on Ethics decided to continue its review of charges that Petri improperly acted on behalf of companies in which he had a financial interest.

Tags: Congress, Rep. Tom Petri

October 2, 2014 - Industry News

ATA's MC&E Conference Kicks Off

The American Trucking Associations' Management Conference & Exposition will include a visit from the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, presentations covering the state of the industry, and educational sessions to help trucking executives better manage their fleets.

Tags: ATA, Social Media, Trucking Executives, HDT Magazine, ATA MC&E

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