June 9, 2014 - Industry News
The trucking company New England Motor Freight has agreed to pay $870,500 to settle a federal class action lawsuit that it failed to get proper authorization from truck drivers before checking their credit reports and then later denying them employment.
Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Litigation, New England Motor Freight
The number of truck cargo thefts in the U.S. decreased by 25% February through April, but the average loss value increased 98%, according to a new report from the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International.
Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch
North American freight shipments and expenditures continued to buck the historic trend and increased again in May, according to the latest Cass Freight Index.
Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index
June 7, 2014 - Industry News
Abney began his UPS career in 1974 as a part-time package loader. Over the course of his 40-year career, he held various operational positions including a five-year stint as president of UPS International.
Aerodynamics panel discussion brings industry experts and regulators together for a panel discussion and question and answer session.
Tags: SAE International, Aerodynamics
A previous 90-day waiver was completed successfully with no adverse effects to safety. This is the second exemption to be granted by the agency.
Tags: FMCSA, HOS
June 6, 2014 - Industry News
Four consecutive +200k monthly non-farm payroll reports is impressive, but it will take more than headline improvement to thrust the economy above current trend growth. Employment gains thus far have not yet led to wage pressures. Without adequate income growth, the consumer remains limited in spending capacity, which is restraining near-term growth prospects.
Tags: Economy, GDP, Employment
The updated policy will enable carriers and drivers to request the removal of violations that were previously uploaded into FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Management Information System.
Tags: FMCSA, DataQ
OOIDA says Administrator Ferro’s failure to perform her duties impartially, her failure to lead her agency to fulfill Congressional mandates, and her failure to responsibly prioritize the agency’s tasks left the OOIDA Board of Directors no choice but to call for her resignation.
Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, Anne Ferro
The closure of the I-495 bridge over the Christina River in Wilmington, Del. is creating chaos for commuters and driving up costs for truckers forced to divert to New Jersey's toll roads. Officials say the problems will not be fixed anytime soon.
June 5, 2014 - Industry News
The Senate Appropriations Committee voted by a wide margin to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studies the impact of the rule.
Tags: FMCSA, HOS, U.S. Senate, 34 Hour Restart
June 4, 2014 - Industry News
Manufacturing activity expanded throughout the nation with a notable improvement along the East Coast. Growth was particularly strong for several Distracts related to motor vehicles, aerospace, and metals. Both non-residential construction activity and commercial real estate markets were generally steady to stronger since the last report.
Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing
Truck driver hours of service took center stage Tuesday as Senators grilled Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, on the new 34-hour restart provision. The exchanges during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the federal highway program were a prelude to a showdown Thursday on the restart.
Tags: FMCSA, ATA, HOS, U.S. Senate, ELDs, The Trucking Alliance
Hino Motor Sales U.S.A., and Telogis announce a partnership to provide the next generation telematics platform for Hino commercial trucks.
Tags: Telematics, Fleet Management, Telogis, Hino Trucks
June 3, 2014 - Industry News
This partnership with Fastport and Hire Our Heroes enables veterans and military spouses to gain a better understanding of the tremendous employment opportunities available in the transportation industry.
Tags: Hiring Veterans, JB Hunt
The diesel-electric truck becomes eligible for a program that can pay up to half the incremental cost of acquisition. The program, called NYT-VIP, provides $19 million in incentives for clean vehicle technologies, and is backed by several New York agencies
Tags: New York, Freightliner, Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids
The Ontario Trucking Association’s second-quarter 2014 survey of business conditions finds carriers are seeing across-the-board improvements and also said that rates are keeping pace with volume increases. In other words, it's good to be in trucking again in Ontario.
Tags: Ontario Trucking Association
June 2, 2014 - Industry News
Tires are among the highest expenses for fleets and owner-operators, and tires and wheels accounted for 10% of out-of-service violations. Love's Truck Tire Care centers can help keep your tire expenses down while helping to prevent tire-related roadside breakdowns.
Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Roadcheck
TransForce says the transaction will provide the Quebec-based carrier with critical mass in the U.S. truckload sector.
Tags: TransForce, Transport America
May 30, 2014 - Industry News
ArcBest is under contract to purchase 40 acres of land at Chaffee Crossing in Fort Smith, Ark., for construction of a new corporate headquarters. The company said it has exceeded the capacity at its current Fort Smith general office.
Tags: Fleets, ABF, ArcBest Corp.
The trucking company USA Truck announced the appointment of Alexander D. Greene to its board of directors. With the addition of Greene, the USA Truck Board expands to 10 members.
Tags: Fleets, People, USA Truck
The 0.1% drop in personal consumption expenditures follows an upwardly revised 1% increase during March, which was the largest gain since August 2009 and is the first decline in a year.
Tags: Economy, Consumer Spending, Consumer Sentiment
May 29, 2014 - Industry News
U.S. trade with its next-door neighbors totaled $101.5 billion in March 2014, the second highest amount on record, as four of five transportation modes carried more freight than the same time a year ago, according to new U.S. Transportation Department report.
Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade
Several House Republicans are proposing a national standard to protect buyers of trucking services from claims that they were negligent when selecting the carrier. The bill by Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn., says that shippers and brokers would not be liable for negligence claims at the state level if they made sure that the carrier is registered at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, has the required insurance and does not have an unsatisfactory safety rating.
Tags: FMCSA, Liability, TIA, Highway Bill, Safety, Congress, Legislation, Shippers, Brokers
The 2,200 acre site in Santa Teresa, N.M., which officially opened to truck traffic in April, is along the company’s critical Sunset Route, the rail line running 760 miles from El Paso, Texas, to Los Angeles.
Tags: Railroads, New Mexico, Intermodal
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