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March 12, 2015 - Industry News

Key Lobby Floats Political Solution to Fix Highway Trust Fund

Source: ARTBA

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association is floating a detailed “political solution” that it contends would “permanently resolve the issue of [using] short-term fixes” to fund future investments in highway/bridge and transit capital projects.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Construction, Capitol Hill

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Opens Nominations for Leadership Program

American Trucking Associations is seeking nominations for the third class of its LEAD ATA leadership development program designed to nurture the next generation of trucking industry leaders.

Tags: Legislation, ATA, Leadership

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

Intermodal Freight Market Facing Big Challenges

Intermodal traffic has been seeing a diversion to East Coast ports. Photo: Port of NY/NJ

Intermodal freight movements are finally recovering since a tentative agreement was worked out about three weeks ago between West Coast Port workers and shipping companies, but diversions of freight from this part of the country are expected to continue.

Tags: Intermodal, FTR, Ports, Research, Port Trucking, Stoughton, China, Railroads

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Drops 34%, Still High

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index for January dropped 34% month to month to a reading of 7.8. Despite the drop, the index is only slightly below the high average score from 2014.

Tags: FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Freight Capacity

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Fall for Third Straight Month

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

Retail sales in the U.S. fell for the third straight month in February as harsh weather in much of the country kept consumers and their wallets at home.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Rates for Vans, Reefers Gain Momentum on Spot Freight Market

The freight-matching service provider DAT Solutions reports the biggest increase on its network of load boards was in the van segment.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Six Carriers Agree to Settle Pilot Flying J CEO Fraud Suit

Six of the seven trucking companies suing Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam for fraud have agreed to settle, according to reports from a Cleveland-based ABC news affiliate.

Tags: Lawsuits, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J, Fraud, Settlement

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Building a Safety Culture from the Driver Up

Bob Peterson, presidnet and COO, Melton Truck Lines. Photo by Deborah Lockridge.

Every company has a culture, whether intentional or not. For three carriers represented at a panel discussion at the Truckload Carriers Association annual meeting in Kissimmee, Fla., this week, intentionally building a culture of safety pays big dividends.

Tags: Bison Transport, Truckload Carriers Association, Melton Truck Lines, Jetco Delivery

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Cargo Theft Declines in 2014, Average Value Increases

2014 U.S. cargo theft incident frequency. Graphic: CargoNet

Two separate reports show the number cargo thefts in the U.S. fell last year compared to 2013, but the average value of the heists increased.

Tags: Security, Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, CargoNet, Crime

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

National Fleet Safety Winners Named At TCA Convention

Photo courtesy of TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association named FTC Transportation of Oklahoma City and Bison Transport of Winnipeg, Manitoba as the two grand prize winners of its National Fleet Safety Award.

Tags: Driver Safety, TCA, National Fleet Safety Awards

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Moves Lower For Second Straight Month

Freight Transportation Services Index, January 2010 - January 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry fell slightly in January from the month before, but remains close to its record high level.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Technology Expo Full Website Launches

With a schedule-at-a-glance and additional details about the new show, interested attendees, exhibitors and sponsors can now access the full 2015 Fleet Technology Expo full website.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Green Fleet Conference, Events, Fleet Technology Expo

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Pride Transport Invests In Driver Retention

Pride Transport recently announced driver pay increases and performance bonuses in addition to implementing Omnitracs Analytics to improve driver retention.

Tags: Pride Transport, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Omnitracs

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

TCA Announces Best Fleets to Drive For Winners

The nominees wait to hear which were chosen as the overall winners. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

The Truckload Carriers Association and Carriers Edge announced the overall winners of the 2015 Best Fleets to Drive For survey and contest at the TCA Annual Convention in Kissimmee, Fla.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Awards, TCA, Best Fleets to Drive For, CarriersEdge

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Freight Shipments, Spending Increase in Latest Cass Index

North American shipment volume jumped up in February, while total freight expenditures reversed a four-month slump, according to the latest Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Cass Freight Index

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Economy Still Sending Mixed Signals as Capacity Crunch Looms

John Larkin speaking at TCA's annual convention. Photo by Deborah Lockridge

Some economic indicators have not bounced back as well as others in the recovery from the Great Recession, but trucking is doing well, and a capacity crunch leads economic expert John Larkin to project truckload rates will rise this year.

Tags: Economy, TCA, Freight Rates, Truckload Carriers Association

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

WIT Honors Rihm 2015 Influential Woman in Trucking

From left to right: Lisa Hartenberger of Navistar, Kari Rihm of Rihm Kenworth, and Ellen Voie of Women in Trucking. Photo: Navistar

Women In Trucking and Navistar presented the fifth annual Influential Woman in Trucking award to Kari Rihm, president and CEO of Rihm Kenworth. The award was given during a ceremony this week at the Truckload Carriers Association annual meeting.

Tags: People, Women in Trucking, Rihm Kenworth, Truck Dealers

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Teamsters Sue to Keep Mexican Carriers Out

Source: IBT

The Teamster union has filed suit to block the Department of Transportation from implementing its decision to open the U.S. border to Mexico-based motor carriers later this year.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Teamsters, Mexican carriers

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Oakley Transportation Names New Safety Director

Kelly McDowell, Director of Safety and Compliance at Oakley Transportation Group. Photo courtesy of Oakley

Oakley Transportation Group has named Kelly L. McDowell its new Director of Safety and Compliance. He will be charged with integrating safety programs within every section of the company.

Tags: Driver Safety, Leadership, Safety & Compliance, People

March 10, 2015 - Product News

PreClear Bypass Service Added for New York State

The Drivewyze PreClear bypass service was recently added to mobile-based weigh stations in the State of New York, the company has announced.

Tags: New York, Information Technology, Drivewyze PreClear, Weigh Stations, New York State, Weigh-Station Bypass

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Small Business Optimism Running High

Graphic: NFIB

The National Federation Independent Business says its Small Business Optimism Index for February rose 0.1 points to 98, registering a solid result despite some unfavorable conditions, according to a report released Tuesday morning.

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Forward Air Completes CLP Towne Purchase

Forward Air Corp. has formally completed is previously announced purchase CLP Towne Inc. combining two of the largest trucking companies moving freight to and from the nation’s airports.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Forward Air

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Carrier Ordered to Pay Nearly Half a Million Dollars to 12 Former Drivers

The trucking company PAM Transport Inc. has been ordered to pay 12 of its former truck drivers a total of $477,399 in a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Litigation, EEOC, PAM Transport

March 9, 2015 - Industry News

Passenger Train Collides with Truck in North Carolina

The scene of the crash in North Carolina. Screenshot from ABC News video

As many as 40 persons were injured when an AmTrak passenger train collided with a commercial truck that was on the tracks in North Carolina today, according to a report from ABC News.

Tags: Railroads, Collision, Accidents, North Carolina, Grade Crossing Accidents

March 9, 2015 - Industry News

February Freight Volume Falls 37% From Year Ago

Spot-market snapshot<br />Source: DAT

Freight volume fell 37% year-over-year in February and spot-market freight availability declined for the second consecutive month in February, according to DAT -- so why did rates rise compared to last year?

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, Freight Volume, DAT Solutions, Polar Vortex

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