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June 5, 2015 - Industry News

Employment Numbers Improve, Including Trucking

The current trucking employment level is close to its pre-recession peak, while nationwide employers added more jobs during May.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

June 5, 2015 - Industry News

Big Data Generated $93 Million in Trucking Last Year

Big data analytics generated $93.9 million in revenue in the trucking industry in 2014, according to research firm Frost & Sullivan, which projected that amount would grow to $1.6 billion by 2022.

Tags: Frost & Sullivan, Big Data, OEMs, Market Research, Telematics, Information Technology

June 4, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Looking for Trucking Image Boosters

The ATA is seeking nominations for the ninth annual Mike Russell Trucking Industry Image Award, recognizing those who are creative in increasing positive awareness for the trucking industry.

Tags: ATA, Awards, Trucking Moves America Forward, Awareness Campaign, Image, American Trucking Associations

June 4, 2015 - Product News

Omnitracs Offers Free Trial of Recruiting Model

Retention predictors that Omnitracs takes into account on its Retention Model. Image via Omnitracs

Omnitracs is offering a six-month free trial of its custom Recruiting Model in celebration of the company’s 10-year anniversary.

Tags: Technology, Analytics, Driver Retention, Driver Recruitment, Omnitracs

June 4, 2015 - Industry News

Full Circle TMS Hires Sylectus Founder as President

Full Circle TMS announced that Sylectus founder Stuart Sutton will lead the transportation management software company as president and CEO.

Tags: Information Technology, Leadership, Sylectus, People, TMS

June 4, 2015 - Product News

NFI Chooses MacroPoint for Freight Tracking

Photo via MacroPoint

NFI has announced that it is using MacroPoint’s freight tracking software to enhance load tracking capabilities for its current customers.

Tags: Vehicle Tracking, Macropoint, NFI, Freight

June 3, 2015 - Industry News

NHTSA Issues Truck Electronic-Stability Rule

Outrigger-equipped for test-track safety, a rig demonstrates what happens when its electronic-stability control (ESC) system is not activated.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued its long-awaited final rule to require electronic stability control (ESC) systems on Class 7-8 trucks and large buses.

Tags: Highway Safety, Electronic Stability Control, NHTSA

June 3, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Steady, Roadcheck Could Push Them Higher

Freight rates on the spot truckload market held steady last week, as both capacity and the number of loads available to haul fell, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 3, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Job Growth Best Since January

Change in nonfarm private employment.

Two days before a government report on unemployment is set to be released, a report from a payroll processor shows 201,000 non-farm, private jobs were added in the U.S. during May, the biggest gain since January.

Tags: Economy, Non-Manufacturing, Employment

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

Rhode Island Scales Back Tolling Plans

UPDATED -- Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo announced last minute changes to a truck tolling proposal that upset several local and national trucking groups, but the state trucking association says the plan still unfairly targets truckers.

Tags: Tolls, Rhode Island, Infrastructure Funding

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Factory Orders Drop Again

New orders for factory-made goods continue to disappoint, falling 0.4% in April from the month before and marking the eighth decline in the last nine months.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Factory Orders, Factory Shipments

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

Help Inc. Expands Weigh Station Bypass Into N.C.

Help Inc., is expanding its PrePass weight station bypass service for commercial vehicles into North Carolina, the company has announced.

Tags: North Carolina, Weigh Stations, PrePass, Weigh-Station Bypass

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

White House Threatens to Veto Bill with Key Trucking Provisions

The Obama Administration has put Congress on notice that it will recommend that President Obama veto the T-HUD bill that contains provisions key to trucking interests. Photo: The White House<br />

Even before a major spending bill containing several provisions of importance to the trucking industry has made it out of the House, the White House has all but promised that President Obama will veto it.

Tags: Insurance, Hours of Service, Size and Weight, 34-Hour Restart, Restart Study

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

ODFL Seeing More Tonnage, Updates Expectations

The less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. on Monday reported a year-over-year increase in tons per day for May of 9.6%, following growth of 9.7% for April.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL, Tonnage, Fleets

June 1, 2015 - Industry News

President Obama Inks Highway Patch

Photo:The White House

The Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015 was signed into law on Friday by President Obama extending funding through July 31.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund

June 1, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Construction Improve; Consumer Spending Stalls

Business conditions in the nation’s manufacturing sector turned around in May from the month before, while construction spending hit a six-year high. A weak spot? Consumer spending.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Consumer Spending, Construction Spending

June 1, 2015 - Industry News

GE Capital, Wex Announce Fuel Card for OTR

Photo via GE Captial, Transportation Finance

GE Capital, Transportation Finance is launching a fuel card services program designed for over-the-road trucking companies. The program will be administered by Wex, a provider of corporate payment solutions.

Tags: GE Capital Transportation Finance, Fuel Card, WEX, WEX Fleet One

May 29, 2015 - Industry News

Man Given 2-Year Sentence in CDL Fraud Case

Another man connected with a widespread CDL test-taking fraud scheme was sentenced by New York District Court to 28 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

Tags: CDL, Driver Training, Crime & Fraud

May 29, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Shrinks, Consumer Sentiment Sinks

A new government reports shows the American economy contracted in the first quarter of the year for the second straight time.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Confidence

May 28, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Bill Would Require Non-CSA Carrier Hiring Standard

Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) and co-sponsor Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) have introduced a bill that aims to create a “national hiring standard” for motor carriers without using the controversial BASIC data produced by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration’s CSA safety-compliance program.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, TIA, Brokers

May 28, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Groups Slam Rhode Island Tolling Plan

A recent proposal in Rhode Island for a truck-only toll to pay for the state’s ailing road and bridge conditions has been met with blowback from several trucking industry groups.

Tags: ATA, Tolls, Rhode Island, OOIDA, Infrastructure Funding

May 28, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. Cross Border Freight Value Declines

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

Newly released figures show the value of freight moved between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement neighbors totaled $96.1 billion in March, a 5.3% decline from a year ago, but three out of five transportation modes carried more cross-border cargo.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico

May 27, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Platooning Report Shows Fuel Economy Gains

A report on the first phase of research into the possible benefits of truck platooning technologies showed that all trucks in a platoon gained fuel efficiencies, with the lead truck gaining as much as a 5 percent improvement while the trailing truck got up to 10 percent improvement.

Tags: Technology, Industry Research, Meritor Wabco, Peterbilt Motors Company, ATRI, Truck Platooning

May 27, 2015 - Industry News

April Trailer Orders Down Big From Year Ago Levels

Trailer orders saw a large decrease in April with just 17,700 units, dropping 19% compared to March and down 30% year-over-year, according to the latest numbers from FTR.

Tags: Trailers, FTR, Trailer Orders

May 27, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Flatbed, Reefer Rates Edge Higher

Rates in two out of the three major spot market freight sectors posted slight gains over the past week while remaining in a holding pattern for dry vans.

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