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December 14, 2017 - Industry News

SoCal Fires Having Minimal Impact on Freight

Source: FTR, Truckstop.com

Despite current fires in Southern California surpassing the size of October’s Sonoma County blaze, the impact on the freight market has been limited, according to a report by FTR.

Tags: California, Fire, FTR, Spot Freight, Freight Rates

December 13, 2017 - Industry News

Pam Transport Sends Custom Trucks to Deliver Wreaths

Photo via Pam Transport

Pam Transport has sent four military-themed custom wrapped Peterbilt trucks to deliver wreaths to the Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.

Tags: Veterans, Wreaths Across America, PAM Transport, Christmas

December 13, 2017 - Industry News

L.A. May Ban Port Companies that Misclassify Drivers

Photo: Port of Long Beach

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Dec. 12 to investigate a ban of trucking and warehousing companies that break local, state, and federal employment laws from operating on city property.

Tags: Driver Pay, Port Trucking, Employment, Los Angeles, Ports, California, Owner-Operators, Independent Contractors

December 13, 2017 - Industry News

Missouri Tech Named Grand Champion of Rush Rodeo

Euler on stage accepting his award for Grand Champion of the Rush Technician Rodeo. Photo: Rush Truck Centers

At Rush Truck Centers’ 12th annual Technician Rodeo in San Antonio, Justin Euler, from Rush Truck Center, St. Peters, Mo, was named this year’s Grand Champion. Euler has been a technician with Rush for six years.

Tags: Rush Truck Centers, Awards, Technicians, Rush Tech Skills Rodeo

December 13, 2017 - Industry News

Fed Boosts Interest Rates Again, More Hikes Planned

The U.S. Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee raised interest rates again Wednesday. It's a sign that the Fed believes the economy is in no danger of slowing down, including taking into consideration this week's latest economic reports.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Consumer Prices, Federal Reserve, Producer Prices

December 13, 2017 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Level Hits Third Record High in Past Four Months

Freight Transportation Services Index, October 2012 - October 2017. Graphic: U.S. DOT

A measure of the amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry rebounded to another record high in October, according to new Transportation Department figures, following a decline the month before.

Tags: Economy, Freight Index

December 13, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Van Rate Rises Again Despite Decline in Total Volume

The national average spot truckload van rate increased 1 cent to $2.10 per mile during the week ending Dec. 9, touching a three-year high, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 12, 2017 - Industry News

Proposed Bill Would Require Front and Side Impact Guards

Photo: IIHS

A have proposed a bill to require impact guards on the sides and front of a truck in order to product passenger vehicles from being crushed underneath a vehicle in a collision.

Tags: Legislation, Underride Guard, Underride, U.S. Congress, Side Guards

December 12, 2017 - Press Release

Omnitracs Honors Veterans with Wreaths

On Saturday, each truck will carry approximately 4,700 wreaths. It takes 52 trucks to deliver 246,000 wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery alone! (Photo courtesy of Omnitracs)

For the eighth consecutive year, Omnitracs has pledged $25,000 towards the purchase of 2,500 wreaths to be laid on the graves of our nation’s veterans.

Tags: happy holidays, Veterans, Wreaths Across America, Omnitracs

December 12, 2017 - Industry News

FTR Trucking Conditions Index Spikes in October

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index for October, jumped to a reading of 9.48, way up from the previous month's level of 3.5.

Tags: Economy, Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

December 12, 2017 - Industry News

TRALA Scores 90-Day ELD Waiver for Short-Term Truck Rentals

FMCSA has granted a TRALA request to provide a 90-day waiver of the ELD rule to trucks rented for 30 days or less.

A 90-day waiver from the electronic logging device mandate will soon be issued for carriers operating short-term rental trucks (defined as 30 days or less) by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, TRALA, Penske Truck Leasing, ELDs, ELD Mandate

December 11, 2017 - Industry News

ELD Face-off: Two Sides of the Looming Mandate

Photo: FMCSA

With just a week to go until the much-debated electronic logging device rule kicks in on Dec. 18, HDT asked top officials of two trucking associations that have been outspoken in their support or criticism of the far-reaching mandate to weigh in on several key aspects.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, The Trucking Alliance, ELD Mandate, ELDs

December 8, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Turnover up at Large Truckload Fleets

The driver turnover rate at large truckload fleets rose five percentage points in the third quarter to an annualized rate of 95%, according to American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello.

Tags: ATA, Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover, Driver Retention

December 8, 2017 - Industry News

California Fires: Impact on Freight Movement Remains Uncertain

Map of wildfires burning in Los Angeles and Ventura counties Source: CalFire

Despite several wildfires breaking out across Southern California in recent days, the impact on trucking spot rates is not expected to exceed levels seen during the October wildfires in Northern California.

Tags: California, Fire, Natural Disaster, FTR, Spot Freight, Spot Rates

December 8, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Trucking Helps With Most Recent Job Gains, Consumer Sentiment Cools

The U.S. economy added another 228,000 non-farm jobs in November, aided by job gains in the trucking industry, according to a Labor Department report released Friday.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Consumer Sentiment, Employment

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

House Committee Hears Testimony on Autonomous Truck Tech

House members listen to Greer Woodruff, senior vice president of safety, security and driver personnel at J.B. Hunt. Photo via ATA Twitter feed.

During a House subcommittee hearing on emerging transportation technology Thursday, representatives found themselves pondering the societal impact autonomous vehicles may have on American workers.

Tags: Truck Drivers, U.S. House of Representatives, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Autonomous Vehicles, Drivers

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

OOIDA: States Should Review Pitfalls of ELD Rule

Photo: JJ Keller<br />

Inspired perhaps by a recent action taken by the Attorney General of Indiana, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has requested that “top officials from each state seriously review potential problems anticipated with enforcement” of the electronic logging device mandate.

Tags: Truck Drivers, OOIDA, Indiana, ELDs, ELD Mandate

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Challenges Rhode Island Truck Toll Environmental Report

The American Trucking Associations and its state affiliate, the Rhode Island Trucking Association, have called on the Federal Highway Administration to reject the Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s environmental impact assessment of the proposed RhodeWorks truck-only toll plan.

Tags: Environment, ATA, Federal Highway Administration, Tolls, Rhode Island, Truck Tolls

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

Defense: Code Words Prove that Fraud Was Secret at Pilot Flying J

The defense in the Pilot Flying J fuel rebate fraud trial has attacked the notion that wrongdoing was an open secret at the company, pointing to the frequent use of code words between members of the sales staff, according to a report in the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Trial

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

Anheuser-Busch Orders 40 Tesla Semi Tractors

Anhesuer-Busch has ordered 40 Tesla Semi trucks as part of its ongoing sustainable transportion strategy. Photo: Jack Roberts

Anheuser-Busch said 40 new Tesla Semi tractors will help the company meet its sustainable transportation goal to reduce its carbon footprint by 30% by 2025.

Tags: Emissions Reduction, Tesla, Fleet Sustainability, Suspensions, Electric Vehicles, Anheuser-Busch, Tesla Semi

December 6, 2017 - Industry News

Survey: Three Quarters of Small Fleets Now ELD-Compliant

California and Texas remain in the bottom third of states when it comes to ELD compliance, despite representing a large portion of all trucking companies. Graphics and analytics sourced from CarrierLists and Kenco Group

With less than two weeks left until the electronic logging device rule kicks in, CarrierLists has published its latest survey of small fleets, finding that compliance has increased to 75%.

Tags: FMCSA, Survey, ELDs, ELD Mandate

December 5, 2017 - Industry News

Daseke Adds Three More Flatbed and Specialized Carriers

TSH &amp;amp; Co. is one of three companies that recently joined Daske. It is a large flatbed hauler, primarily moving steel and industrial materials. Photo:Daseke

Tennessee Steel Haulers & Co., The Roadmaster Group, and Moore Freight Service have all joined flatbed and specialized transportation company Daseke, the company announced.

Tags: Flatbeds, Mergers & Acquisitions, Daseke Inc.

December 5, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Volumes Surge, Rates Remain Strong

Spot truckload freight volumes surged after Thanksgiving, as the number of loads posted on the DAT network of load boards jumped 64% for the week ending Dec. 2, according to newly release figures.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 5, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Upgrades Super Duty for 2018

The 2018 Super Duty F-450 4x2 dual-rear-wheel pickup will be available this winter in XL, XLT, Lariat, and Platinum series offerings. (Photo courtesy of Ford.)

Ford has made upgrades across the board for its 2018 Super Duty, and now claims best-in-class horsepower, torque, towing, and payload.

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, Ford F-450, Ford, Ford Super Duty

December 5, 2017 - Industry News

FCCC Head Carson Named to Lead Western Star Trucks

David Carson Photo: Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler Trucks North America has announced that David Carson, current president of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, has been appointed president of Western Star Trucks and chief diversity officer of DTNA.

Tags: China, Leadership, Western Star, People, Daimler Trucks North America, Freightliner Custom Chassis

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