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April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Mixer-Truck Drivers Exempted from HOS Break Rule

Photo:Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete

Drivers of ready-mix concrete trucks have been granted a limited exemption from the minimum 30-minute rest break provision of the hours-of-service regulations by the FMCSA.

Tags: Hours of Service, Ready Mix, 34-Hour Restart, FMCSA

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Cross-Border Truck Freight Rises in January

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode, January 2014 - January 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight moved between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement neighbors of Canada and Mexico totaled $89.3 billion in January, according to U.S. Transportation Department figures, down 1.2% from a year earlier,

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade, Freight

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Service Sector Continues Expanding

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

Two reports released Monday show the nation’s service sector continues increasing, albeit at different rates.

Tags: Economy, Non-Manufacturing

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Bendix Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Fleet Council

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is celebrating the 35th anniversary of its Fleet Council annual forum at this year’s event slated for April 12 – 14.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, Bendix, Anniversary, Events

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

DOT: Patch Highway Fund If It Leads to Real Fix

Secretary of Transportation Foxx (center) speaking with attendees at a DOT event. Photo: The White House

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has signaled that he does not oppose Congress applying a short-term fix to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent before it runs out entirely this summer.

Tags: Anthony Foxx, Highway Bill, DOT, Highway Funding

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

Feds Award $500M in Grants for Transportation Projects

Photo: DOT

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that $500 million will be made available for surface-transportation projects under the TIGER competitive-grant program this year.

Tags: DOT, Grant Funding, Highway Bill

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Loses 6,800 Jobs in March

Graph showing trucking employment from 2013 through 2015. Graph: Department of Labor

The trucking industry lost 6,800 jobs in March-- the first such drop since 2013, according to the latest employment numbers from the Department of Labor.

Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, Department of Labor, Employment

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA to Hike Fines on June 2

Many FMSCA fines will go up on June 2.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration today published an adjusted schedule of civil penalties for violating federal safety rules. FMCSA said the changes will take effect on June 2.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Fleet Safety, Out of Service Violations

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

Logistics Study Offers Insight into Trucking Issues

Photo: TMW Systems

TMW Systems’ 2014 Transportation and Logistics Study, with data and analysis on driver retention, rising rates, utilization, maintenance and other industry issues, is now available.

Tags: Survey, TMW Systems, Logistics, Truckload

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

House Bill Seeks to Halt Excise Tax Increase

A bipartisan group of U.S. House members have introduced a bill seeking to stop any increase of the excise tax on new heavy-duty trucks, an effort that has been applauded by truck dealers.

Tags: ATD, Federal Excise Tax, Proposed Legislation, U.S. Congress, Truck Dealers

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Sink in March

Class 8 truck orders slipped in March, per FTR.

Net orders for Class 8 Trucks hit a six-month low, recording 24,780 units, in March, according to preliminary data from FTR. This is the lowest level since September 2014 and the first time Class 8 orders have fallen year-over-year since January 2013.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Orders, FTR

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Names Image Team Members

The 2015 Image Team Left to right:  Ingrid Brown, Stephanie Klang, Ellen Voie (WIT President/CEO), Carol Nixon, Allyson Hay, Wyzeena Heeny. Photo via Women In Trucking

Five women have been chosen to be the members of Women In Trucking’s Image Team, the organization announced. The Image team will participate in public events for legislators, regulators and industry leaders to further the mission of WIT.

Tags: People, Image, Women in Trucking, Women Drivers

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Makers Seek Complete-Vehicle GHG Rule

The Phase 2 GHG/MPG proposed rule is due out in June.

A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Phase 2 of the federal GHG/MPG rules has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget for formal review. The

Tags: Environmental Regulations, Green Regulations, Fuel Economy, Emissions Reduction

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

Vans Surge as Spot Freight Availability Increases

Source: DAT

Flatbed markets remained strong and van markets surged as overall spot freight availability rose 12% and capacity stayed flat, according to the latest numbers from DAT Solutions.

Tags: Flatbeds, Reefers, DAT, Spot Freight, Van Trailers, Freight Rates

April 1, 2015 - Industry News

Turnover Still Over 90 Percent at Truckload Fleets

ATA Chief Economist, Bob Costello. Image via ATA

Turnover at truckload fleets remained high in the fourth quarter of 2014, but the gap narrowed between small and large carriers.

Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover, Truckload

April 1, 2015 - Industry News

WIT Names Finalists for Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award

Photo: WIT

Women In Trucking has announced the finalists for its inaugural Distinguished Woman in Logistics award, which aims to promote the achievements of women in the transportation industry.

Tags: Awards, People, Women in Trucking, Logistics

March 31, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA’s Darling Gets Title Upgrade

Photo: FMCSA

Acting Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Administration T.F. Scott Darling will continue in that role but will no longer be titled Acting Administrator.

Tags: FMCSA, People, Promotions

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Highway Bill Would Bolster NHTSA Funding, Authority

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind

The Obama administration's transportation bill, delivered to the U.S. Congress March 30, would triple funding for the federal safety agency's auto defect investigation office.

Tags: Legislation, Recalls, U.S. DOT, NHTSA, President Obama, U.S. Congress

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

DOT Unveils Its Long-Term Transpo Funding Bill

The Department of Transportation today officially announced its $478-billion, six-year transportation reauthorization proposal with just two months left until the current surface-transportation legislation expires.

Tags: DOT, Highway Funding, Highway Bill, Capitol Hill, Repatriation

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

OEMs Partner with PeopleNet and Omnitracs

PeopleNet and Omnitracs recently announced exclusive deals with original equipment manufacturers Peterbilt, Kenworth and Cummins to provide telematics and diagnostic tools for the companies.

Tags: Kenworth, Cummins, Technology, Paccar, Peterbilt, PeopleNet, Omnitracs, Remote Diagnostics, Telematics, Connected Vehicle Technology

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Begins Drug and Alcohol Testing Survey

Photo: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration has begun notifying select truck and bus companies to submit drug and alcohol testing program results for its annual survey.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Survey, Alcohol Testing

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Manac Considering Ways to Increase Shareholder Value

Strategic alternatives may include, but are not limited to, a sale of the company, a merger with another company, or another business combination, the company said.

Tags: Trailers, Manac Inc., Shareholders

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Internet Truckstop is Now Truckstop.com

Freight-matching load board company Internet Truckstop has rebranded as Truckstop.com, the company's CEO announced.

Tags: Internet Truckstop, Load Board, Freight Market, Rebranding

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

BestPass Says it Can Cut Number of Transponders Needed for Tolls

A company that got its start as a way for New York State Motor Truck members to more easily manage their tolls says with a new transponder it will cover nearly all toll facilities nationwide by the end of the year and eliminate the need to have half a dozen transponders in a truck.

Tags: Tolls, Bestpass, Mid-America Trucking Show, MATS

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Technology's Promise Paying Off, Says Volvo Group CEO

Volvo CEO Olof Persson keynoting HDMA Briefing at MATS. Photo by Paul Hartley courtesy HDMA

In his keynote address at the annual HDMA Briefing Breakfast at the Mid-America Trucking Show Friday morning, Persson sketched out the top trends in transportation regarding highway safety, environmental sustainability, and technology.

Tags: Highway Safety, Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, GHG Emissions, Connected Vehicle Technology, Mid-America Trucking Show, Powertrain Integration

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