February 21, 2014 - Industry News
Existing-home sales fell in January to the lowest level in a year-and-a-half, but ongoing inventory shortages continue to lift prices in much of the U.S., according to a report released on Friday by the National Association of Realtors.
Tags: Economy, Home Sales
The Idaho Supreme Court has overturned an earlier decision classifying trucking company owner-operators as employees.
Tags: Idaho, Fleets, Owner-Operators, Litigation, Independent Contractors
Starting May 21 all driver medical exams have to be done by an examiner who is certified to the new National Registry standards. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration believes that by May 21 there will be enough examiners certified to handle the work, but trucking interests are not so sure.
Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, Regulations, Driver Health
February 20, 2014 - Industry News
Navistar International Corp. announced the consolidation of mid-range engine manufacturing, the next step in its turnaround efforts. As a result, the company will move mid-range engine production at its Huntsville, Ala., plant to Melrose Park, Ill.
Tags: Navistar, Consolidation
Asset-light freight transportation provider Universal Truckload Services saw improvements in both its yearly and final quarter profit, according to newly released numbers.
Tags: Earnings, Universal Truckload
Sandeep Kar has been recently promoted to the role of global director of research for Frost & Sullivan’s Automotive and Transportation industry research group.
Tags: Leadership, Frost & Sullivan, People
Continental Tire the Americas has appointed new management to its Commercial Vehicle Tire group, which encompasses medium radial truck tires and commercial specialty tires.
Tags: Continental, Leadership, Tires, Wheels, People
A group representing the nation’s retailers is urging officials with the Port of New York and New Jersey to do something about increasing delays at its terminals.
Tags: Drivers, New York, New Jersey, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Port Trucking
UPDATED -- U.S. manufacturing has hit is highest level in nearly four years, according to a report released Thursday
Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Consumer Prices, Leading Economic Indicators
The Port of Virginia has announced the formation of the Motor Carrier Task Force to focus on issues at the state-controlled marine terminals that are affecting the ability of truck drivers to efficiently move cargo in and out of the terminals.
Tags: Drivers, Virginia, Fleets, Port Trucking
February 19, 2014 - Industry News
FPInnovations’ Performance Innovation Transport (PIT) group now offers a technology certification program that allows consumers to identify the fuel efficiency value of almost any fuel-saving technology.
A new report claims to reveal the “enormous scale and shocking costs of an illegal business practice used by employers in the U.S. port trucking industry”
Tags: Drivers, Teamsters, Port Trucking, Independent Contractors, Ports, Intermodal, Owner-Operators
Despite almost being hit by a motorist who lost control of his vehicle, Thomas L. Colston was willing to stop and help as an accident unfolded into a fiery situation. For his selfless actions, the Truckload Carriers Association has named him a Highway Angel.
Tags: Frito-Lay, TCA Highway Angel
Class 8 net orders started 2014 with a high-side surprise, up 9% month-over-month and 51% year-over-year. Classes 5-7 also got off to a good start with orders up 14% month-over-month and 33% year-over-year.
Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Class 8 Orders
Newly released figures from the freight-matching service provider DAT show rates on the spot market are down slightly over the past week in two the three major categories and while it unchanged in another.
Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore
Like many other parts of the American economy, trucking felt negative effects in January due to extremely cold weather, snow and ice, according to just released figures.
Tags: Economy, ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage
Housing starts in the U.S. fell 16% last month while the number of permits issued for new construction declined for the third straight month, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.
Tags: Economy, Wholesale Prices, Housing Starts
The Canada Border Services Agency has proposed regulations to mandate eManifest requirements for carriers hauling into the country.
Tags: Canada, Regulations, Cross-Border Trucking, Freight
February 18, 2014 - Industry News
The Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Network continues to expand with the addition of a new Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Center in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Tags: Goodyear, Tires, Aftermarket, Wheels, Expansion
Transportation unions are pushing back against what they claim is a torrent of "wrongheaded policies and business models that threaten the quality and safety of the nation’s transportation system and middle-class jobs."
Tags: Regulations, Department of Transportation, Labor Unions
February 17, 2014 - Industry News
One of the biggest drivers of the U.S. economy as well as trucking freight is expected to outperform last year’s activity.
Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Freight
Drivewyze and the Utah Department of Transportation Motor Carriers Division announced that Utah has become the 20th state to offer the Drivewyze PreClear bypass service.
Tags: Utah, Expansion, Drivewyze PreClear
Daimler Truck Financial announced that 2014 marks a company milestone, 40 years in the U.S. trucking industry. Since its inception, Daimler Truck Financial has grown its portfolio to more than $8.7 billion with a customer base of more than 500 dealers and more than 24,000 customers.
Tags: Anniversary, Daimler Truck Financial
The Intermodal Association of North American has submitted several recommendations to the Federal Highway Administration to increase its focus on the intermodal movement of freight, following the agency recently releasing a draft designating the nation’s Primary Freight Network.
Tags: DOT, Intermodal, U.S. DOT, FHWA, Freight, MAP-21
February 16, 2014 - Industry News
Industrial production in the U.S. decreased 0.3% in January after having risen 0.3% in December, according to numbers from the U.S. Federal Reserve released on Friday. This decline in the total output from the nation’s factories, mines and utilities is the largest drop since May 2009.
Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Consumer Sentiment
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