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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

February 28, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Seeks Nominations for America's Road Team

American Trucking Associations announced it is seeking nominations for professional truck drivers to serve on the 2015-2016 America's Road Team.

Tags: ATA, American's Road Team

February 28, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Fourth Quarter Growth Revised Downward

The estimated level of U.S. economic growth in the fourth quarter of last year was revised sharply downward by the Commerce Department on Friday.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Spending

February 28, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking and Others Renew Fight Against Tolls

Photo: Somerset toll booth, Pennsylvania turnpike, by Doug Kerr, via Wikimedia Commons.

Businesses and organizations from numerous sectors of the U.S. economy, including in trucking, have renewed their efforts opposing tolls on existing federal interstates.

Tags: ATA, Congress, Tolls, Old Dominion Freight Line, Highway Funding, President Obama

February 27, 2014 - Industry News

New Public CNG Station Opens in Orlando, Fla.

A fleet mechanic from Frito-Lay (center) demonstrates the compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling process to Orange County Commissioner Samuel Ings (right) at the amp Trillium CNG, LLC CNG grand opening  in the Princeton Industrial Park, near the Frito Lay Orlando Plant.

A new fast-fill compressed natural gas station located at 2920 Silver Star Road in Orlando has recently opened its doors. The station is located at Lewis Petroleum’s Silver Star Fuelman in the Princeton Industrial Park, just two blocks from Frito-Lay North America’s Orlando plant.

Tags: Frito-Lay, Trillium CNG, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, ampCNG

February 27, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Increases Share of Total NAFTA Trade in December

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode, December 2013 compared to December 2012. Credit: U.S. DOT

Trucking increased its dominance over other transportation modes in December when it comes to hauling freight between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico.

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

February 27, 2014 - Industry News

Exaloy Announces New Company

Exaloy LLC announces that Tom Haughs, formerly with Tarpstop LLC, has a partnership in Exaloy as their vice president of sales and marketing/GM.

Tags: Leadership, Aftermarket, People, Exaloy

February 27, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Higher for Vans and Flatbeds on High Volume

The amount of freight on the spot market has increased along with rates in two out of the three major categories.

Tags: Freight, DAT, Spot Freight

February 27, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Shipments and Orders Fall

Shipments fell 0.4% in January from the month before, it’s third straight decline, after dropping 1.8% in December. Shipments of machinery led the decline, falling 2.6%.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Manufacturing

February 27, 2014 - Industry News

TransCore DAT Changes Name to DAT Solutions

TransCore DAT, a subsidiary of Roper Industries, announced that it has officially changed its name to DAT Solutions LLC. The new name reflects the business's expanding role as a provider of information solutions for the commercial transportation industry and distinguishes it from its sister company, TransCore.

Tags: name change, TransCore DAT

February 27, 2014 - Industry News

YRC Worldwide Cuts Yearly Losses, Names New President of YRC Freight

The parent to several trucking companies including YRC Freight managed to squeeze out a profit in the final quarter of last year, but still lost money for all of 2013.

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

February 26, 2014 - Industry News

MHC Kenworth – Kansas City Named Kenworth’s 2013 Paccar Engine Dealer of the Year

Kansas City was named Kenworth’s 2013 Paccar Engine Dealer of the Year for the United States and Canada during the Kenworth Dealer Meeting held recently in the Seattle area.

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

February 26, 2014 - Industry News

Obama, Camp Offer Highway Funding Solutions

President Obama and Rep. Dave Camp both suggested one-time infusions to the Highway Trust Fund that is expected to run out of money by September.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. House

February 26, 2014 - Industry News

January Heavy-Duty Used Truck Average Price Sets Record

The average selling price of total reported used Class 8 trucks set a record in January at just over $44,000, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

February 26, 2014 - Industry News

Don Lacy Retires After 25 Years at Prime Inc.

Don Lacy

Longtime Director of Safety Don Lacy is retiring on April 1 following a 25-year career at Prime Inc.

Tags: Safety, Driver Training, Leadership, People, Prime Inc.

February 26, 2014 - Industry News

Echo Global Logistics Purchases Comcar Logistics

Echo Global Logistics has announced its acquisition of Comcar Logistics, a non-asset-based truckload brokerage based in Jacksonville, Florida.

Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Echo Global Logistics

February 26, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Sales Best Since July 2008

Following several recent less than encouraging recent economic reports one was issued Wednesday showing things are high stepping in at least one segment.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales

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