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March 10, 2014 - Industry News

Household Goods Mover Sentenced for 'Low-Ball' Estimate Scam

The former owner and president of a Florida-based household goods mover has been sentenced in a scheme to swindle customers out of money, after it booked moves, then referred most of those moves to another company that charged higher rates.

Tags: Office of Inspector General, Household Goods Movers, Crime, Fraud

March 10, 2014 - Industry News

ODFL February LTL Tonnage Jumps, Expectations Raised

Old Dominion Freight Line on Monday reported an increase in its less-than-truckload tons per day for February of 11.7% compared with February 2013, following growth of 10.1% for January 2014 compared to the year before.

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

March 10, 2014 - Industry News

uShip and eBay Announce Partnership for Shipments

The online logistics provider uShip has announced a partnership with the online auction business eBay, when it comes to arranging larger-than-parcel shipments.

Tags: eBay, eBay Motors, uShip, Fleets, Logistics

March 10, 2014 - Industry News

Investment Firm Purchases Majority of Dicom Transportation

The private equity investment firm Wind Point Partners has purchased a majority stake in Dicom Transportation Group, the Canadian parent to several trucking operations.

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions

March 10, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Sets Time for MATS Hearing on New Entrant Testing

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set the time for a listening session it announced earlier for this year’s Mid America Trucking Show, which is later this month.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 10, 2014 - Industry News

New York Law Takes Effect over Driver Misclassification

A new law takes effect Tuesday in New York state that some describe as the most stringent of any state when it comes to truck drivers and other transportation workers who have been wrongly classified as independent contractors rather than employees.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Independent Contractors

March 7, 2014 - Industry News

CSA Program Improving But More Changes Needed, Says DOT Inspector General

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is making progress on improving its CSA safety enforcement program, but it needs to step up the pace, says the Transportation Department Inspector General in a new report.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, DOT Inspector General, DataQ

March 7, 2014 - Industry News

February Intermodal Rail Traffic Increases

Intermodal rail traffic increased 1.1% in February compared to the same time a year ago, according to new figures released by the Association of American Railroads.

Tags: Intermodal, Freight, Association of American Railroads

March 7, 2014 - Industry News

CARB Unveils Proposed Changes to California’s Truck and Bus Regulation

The California Air Resources Board unveiled proposed amendments to its Truck and Bus Regulation. The amendments are designed to provide new flexibility to truckers working to clean up their aging diesel fleets while still protecting the important emission benefits the regulation provides. CARB members will consider the changes at the April 24 hearing.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, DEF, Truck and Bus Regulation

March 7, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: 175,000 Jobs Added in February, None for Trucking

Employers added 175,000 jobs in February, better than the previous two months, according to new U.S. Labor Department figures.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

National Coalition Launches “Hardhats for Highways” Campaign

With the federal Highway Trust Fund projected to be unable to support any new highway, bridge and public transportation improvements in fiscal year 2015, a national coalition of associations and labor unions announced that it is launching a campaign to help educate Congress about the connection between local jobs and federal highway and transit investment.

Tags: Congress, Highway Trust Fund, Hardhats for Highways

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

Tax Committees Debate Highway Funding as Money is Running Out

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Ideas for infusions into the Highway Trust Fund got conflicting receptions before congressional tax committees this week, as Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden said he's looking for solutions while Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp expressed concerns about the Obama administration's proposal.

Tags: Highway Trust Fund, FET, Taxes, Infrastructure Funding, Highways, Congress, legislation

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

Vitran Shareholders Approve Sale to TransForce

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Shareholders of the less-than-truckload carrier Vitran have approved an earlier announced sale to fellow Canadian trucking operation TransForce.

Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions, TransForce, Vitran

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Factory Shipments, Orders Fall

New orders fell 0.7% from the month before, following a December drop of 2%, larger than first reported. Excluding transportation, new orders in January increased 0.2%.

Tags: Productivity, Economy, Factory Orders, Factory Shipments

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

Intermodal Refrigerated Provider Announces Expansion

Credit: Cold Train

The new owner of a service that provides refrigerated intermodal shipping is planning an expansion.

Tags: Intermodal, Reefers, Cold Train, BNSF

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index in Very Positive Territory

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index reading of 8.82 for January reflects a very positive environment for truckers in early 2014. FTR expects the index to remain high as regulatory drag keeps capacity tight.

Tags: HOS, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

2013 Cargo Thefts Tie Record High, Average Loss Falls

Credit: FreightWatch International

The number of cargo thefts in the United States last year remained the same as it was in 2013, tying the highest level on record, according to a newly released report.

Tags: Freight, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Crime

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Job Creation, Non-Manufacturing Employment Lose Steam

UPDATED -- Private sector employment increased by 139,000 jobs from January to February, according to the National Employment Report released Wednesday by the payroll management services provider ADP.

Tags: Economy, Non-Manufacturing, Employment, Federal Reserve

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Gain from a Year Ago, Mixed Compared to Last Week

While the amount of freight that’s available on the spot market has increased over the past week rates are mixed, according to the freight matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

YRC Freight Restructures, Board Member Resigns from YRC Worldwide

New YRC Freight president Darren Hawkins is shaking up things with the less-than-truckload carrier by reorganizing its management.

Tags: Leadership, Fleets, People, YRC Worldwide, YRC Freight

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

ABF Increasing Rates Later This Month

Less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight System will increase general rates and charges effective March 24.

Tags: Fleets, ABF, Freight Rates, FedEx

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

Solid February Class 8 Order Activity Reported

ACT Research and FTR have released preliminary expected Class 8 orders that are solid for the month of February.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, FTR

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Budget Includes Freight, Infrastructure

President Obama’s budget for the Department of Transportation calls for new performance measures and a $10 billion freight program as well as his four-year, $302 billion infrastructure program.

Tags: Department of Transportation, Budget, Highway Funding, legislation, ATA, Infrastructure, Highways

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

MHC Kenworth – Kansas City Receives 2013 Paccar Engine Dealer of the Year Award

MHC Kenworth – Kansas City received the 2013 Paccar Engine Dealer of the Year award for the United States and Canada at the annual Kenworth Dealer Meeting, held recently in Bellevue, Wash.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Awards, MHC Kenworth – Kansas City

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Funding Difficult but Not Impossible

It won’t be easy, but there’s at least a glimmer of a way for Congress to come up with money to fund a longer-term highway bill. The Highway Trust Fund is going to run out of money possibly as soon as August, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, legislation, Highways, Infrastructure

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