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January 9, 2018 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Seeks Distinguished Woman in Logistics Nominations

Women In Trucking Association and Truckstop.com are seeking nominations for the 2018 Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award, recognizing the achievements and leadership of outstanding individuals in logistics in North America.

Tags: Awards, Women in Trucking, Logistics

January 9, 2018 - Industry News

Help Inc. Partners With Oregon DOT on PrePass Compatibility

Photo courtesy of Help Inc.

A deal reached reached between Oregon Department of Transportation and Help Inc., has enabled PrePass transponders to be be used at 21 weigh station facilities throughout the state.

Tags: Oregon, Weigh Stations, Help Inc., PrePass

January 9, 2018 - Industry News

Diesel, Gasoline Prices Expected to Jump Less This Year

U.S. crude oil production is projected to hit record highs, but that won't stop diesel prices from rising. Photo: ConocoPhillips

The outlook for national average on-highway diesel prices is for them to be higher this year and in 2019 than they were last year and in 2016, but they should at least be fairly stable during this time, according to the latest Short Term Energy Outlook from the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Economy, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, U.S. Department of Energy, Crude Oil Prices

January 9, 2018 - Industry News

Trump Signs Bills to Help Veterans Become Drivers, Curb Human Trafficking

A new law will make it easier for military vets to transition to civilian trucking jobs. Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

President Donald Trump signed into law two bills that affect the trucking industry – the Jobs for Our Heroes Act, which helps veterans attain commercial drivers licenses, and the No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act, which bans drivers who are involved in human trafficking from driving professionally for life.

Tags: Legislation, CDL, Veterans, Human Trafficking, Truckers Against Trafficking, Hiring Veterans, Medical Examiners, Donald Trump

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

CVSA’s Cordova Joins Zonar Compliance Team

Ron Cordova Photo: Zonar

Fleet management technology company Zonar has announced that Ron Cordova, former law enforcement officer and Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance president, would be joining its compliance team.

Tags: Leadership, Compliance, Zonar, People, CVSA, ELDs

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

OOIDA’s Jim Johnston Dies at 78

Jim Johnston Photo: OOIDA

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has announced that Jim Johnston, its long serving leader, has passed away at the age of 78 after more than a year-long battle with lung cancer.

Tags: Leadership, Obituary, OOIDA, People, Owner Operators, Associations

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

Los Angeles Sues 3 Port Companies for Driver Misclassification

Los Angeles City Hall Photo: City of Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles filed lawsuits against three port trucking companies, alleging that each avoided paying drivers proper wages and benefits by intentionally misclassifying hundreds of truckers as independent contractors.

Tags: Drivers, Ports, Driver Pay, Port Trucking, Employment, Independent Contractors, Wages

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Imports Show 7% Annual Growth

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports grew 7% during 2017 over 2016 as retail sales continued to increase and the industry wrapped up the year with a strong holiday season, according to new Global Port Tracker figures released by the National Retail Federation, a retail trade association, and Hackett Associates, an international maritime consulting, research and advisory firm.

Tags: Economy, Imports, Port Trucking

January 5, 2018 - Industry News

Vehicle Tracking Solutions, Bestpass Partner for Toll Management Platform

Photo: VXLA/Flickr

Within one platform, this partnership will offer companies full visibility nationwide into all fleet, driver, and toll management operations.

Tags: Fleet Management, Tolls, Bestpass, Vehicle Tracking Solutions, Toll Management

January 5, 2018 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Updates Vehicle Repair App

Express WriteUp now offers several new features to enhance the driver experience and improve efficiency. Photo: Daimler

Express WriteUp now offers several new features to enhance the driver experience and improve efficiency.

Tags: Drivers, Daimler Trucks North America, Mobile Apps, Repairs

January 5, 2018 - Industry News

ATA Applauds DOL Employment Insurance Proposal

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta Photo: Department of Labor

A Department of Labor proposed rule that would “expand the opportunity” to offer employment-based health insurance to small businesses through Small Business Health Plans, also known as Association Health Plans, is being lauded by the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: ATA, Department of Labor

January 5, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA Cuts UCR Fees for Motor Carriers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a final rule that reduces annual registration fees collected the Unified Carrier Registration Plan and Agreement for the 2018, 2019, and subsequent registration years.

Tags: Unified Carrier Registration; FMCSA

January 5, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment, Factory Activity, and a Possible Drag on GDP

The number of overall job additions in the U.S. slowed in December as the trucking industry shed some positions, while separate reports show a bit of softening in the factory sector, amid a new concern about the overall economic performance in the final part of 2017.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Unemployment, Factory Orders, Employment, Factory Shipments, Gross Domestic Product

January 4, 2018 - Industry News

Harbor Trucking Association Promotes LaBar to CEO

The Harbor Trucking Association has promoted Executive Director Weston LaBar to the position of Chief Executive Officer, which is a new position for the organization.

Tags: Leadership, People, Ports, Port Trucking, Drayage, HTA

January 4, 2018 - Industry News

Trucking Helps U.S.-NAFTA Freight Value Post 12th Straight Monthly Gain

U.S.-NAFTA freight value percent change from previous year, October 2017. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners posted its 12th consecutive year-over-year increase in October, according to newly released Transportation Department figures.

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

January 4, 2018 - Industry News

Storm Blasts East Coast with Blizzard Conditions

Winter Storm Grayson Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

A massive winter storm known as a Bomb Cyclone has slammed the East Coast from Florida to Maine, bringing with it snow, high winds, and frigid temperatures that are creating difficult traveling conditions across a wide swath of the Northeast.

Tags: Winter Driving, Winter, Weather, Snowstorm

January 3, 2018 - Industry News

Spot Van, Refrigerated Rates End 2017 at Highs for the Year

National average spot van and refrigerated truckload rates ended 2017 at their highest point of the year as capacity tightened during the week ending Dec. 30. That’s according to newly released figures from DAT Solutions, based on its network of load boards, as the freight matching service provider also released its list of the top 10 hottest spot freight markets last year.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

January 3, 2018 - Industry News

CVSA Still Accepting Nominations for International Driver Excellence Award

Image via CVSA

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is still accepting nominations for the International Driver Excellence Award, but nomination packets must be received by Jan. 12 to be eligible.

Tags: Driver Safety, Awards, CVSA

January 3, 2018 - Industry News

Covenant Offers Up to $40,000 in Team Driver Bonuses

Covenant Transport has announced a new Teaming Bonus program with incentives of up to $40,000 that is aimed at driving teams and single drivers willing to convert to teaming.

Tags: Recruiting, Employee Incentives, Driver Shortage, Covenant Transport, Driver Pay, Employment

January 3, 2018 - Industry News

Pickups Perform Well in Resale Market

Courtesy of Black Book

While the end of 2017 brought a record decline in weekly depreciation for cars, volume-weighted, overall truck segment (including pickups, SUVs, and vans) values declined by 0.54% the last week of 2017, according to Black Book. This is in line with the average weekly adjustment of 0.57% over the previous four weeks.

Tags: Depreciation, Black Book, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Used Trucks, Truck Values

January 3, 2018 - Industry News

TransForce Acquires Truckdrivingjobs.com Parent Firm

TransForce has acquired the assets of Trucking Unlimited, which operates Truckdrivingjobs.com, a job board that matches motor carriers with truck drivers.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Mergers & Acquisitions, TransForce, Employment

January 3, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Surges, Construction Scores Record High

Two readings of the nation’s manufacturing sector showed solid increases in December with one showing the strongest growth in nearly three years while another report showed construction spending hit a record high.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, GDP, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Federal Reserve, Gross Domestic Product

January 2, 2018 - Industry News

House Transpo Chair Shuster Not Running in 2018

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) Photo: Evan Lockridge

Rep. Bill Shuster, chairman of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has announced that he will not seek reelection this year.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Infrastructure, People, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

January 2, 2018 - Industry News

Daseke Company Adds Washington Glass Hauler

Belmont Enterprises has joined Smokey Point Distributing, a Daseke company. The Olympia, Wash.,-based Belmont Enterprises is a dedicated glass hauler. Photo: Daseke

Smokey Point Distributing, a Daseke company, has announced that Olympia, Wash.-based dedicated glass hauler Belmont Enterprises has joined the company.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Daseke Inc.

January 2, 2018 - Industry News

Online Retailers Averaged 1 Million Returns in December

Photo: UPS

UPS is expecting a record 1.4 million returns on Jan. 3 after averaging more than 1 million returns every day before Christmas in December.

Tags: UPS, Retail Sales, E-commerce, Amazon.com, Delivery Fleets

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