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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

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

Lawsuits Filed Against Two California Fleets Over Driver Classification

Two class action lawsuits were filed late last month against separate California port trucking companies over claims they wrongly classified drivers as independent contractors rather than employees.

Tags: Drivers, Port of Los Angeles, Ports, Port Trucking, Independent Contractors

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

House Bill Seeks to Increase U.S. Port Activity

Congressman Jim McDermott, D-Wash., has introduced The Maritime Goods Movement Act for the 21st Century, H.R. 4105. The legislation would replace the current Harbor Maintenance Tax, designed to fund the operation and maintenance of American ports.

Tags: legislation, U.S. House of Representatives, Freight, Ports, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Port Trucking

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

Traffic Congestion Climbed in 2013

A new report shows traffic congestion in the U.S. increased last year after two consecutive years of declines and is growing faster than the nation’s economy.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Highways, Inrix

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Emergency Hauling Declarations Extended Once Again

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regional offices have once again extended emergency declarations waiving certain federal regulations for those involved in the interstate hauling of emergency relief supplies as cold weather continues in the Midwest and Northeast.

Tags: FMCSA, Diesel, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Propane Autogas

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending and Other Indicators Rise

UPDATED -- Consumers opened their wallets a little more in January than they did in December, according to new figures from the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Spending, Auto Sales, Manufacturing, Construction Spending

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

FedEx Freight Hiking Rates

FedEx Freight will increase shipping rates by an average of 3.9%, effective March 31.

Tags: Fleets, Freight Rates, FedEx

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Federal Court Allows DataQ Challenge Lawsuit to Proceed

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled in favor of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association regarding which court will hear its case on the issue of DataQ challenges.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, Litigation, DataQ, CSA

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Three Convicted in $1 Million Truck, Trailer and Cargo Theft Conspiracy

Three Kansas City, Mo., area men have been convicted in federal court for their roles in a conspiracy to steal nearly $1 million worth of trucks and trailers and their cargo.

Tags: FMCSA, Investigation, Cargo Theft, Crime

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Former Trucking Comptroller Admits to Millions in Theft

A former comptroller for a Missouri trucking company pleaded guilty last week to stealing more than $4.9 million from his employer and could face up to 30 years in prison.

Tags: Theft, Fleets, Crime, Fraud

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