July 20, 2015 - Industry News
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the rear-underride crash protection and visibility of single-unit trucks.
Tags: Underride, NHTSA, Straight Trucks, Regulations
July 19, 2015 - Industry News
Conditions for the U.S. housing market look better than they have in years, according to two reports released late last week.
Tags: Economy, Home Starts, Home Building
J.B. Hunt Friday announced an increase in its second quarter 2015 net earnings to $103.4 million, or diluted earnings per share of 88 cents.
Tags: Intermodal, J.B. Hunt, Fleet Earnings, Economy
Consumer prices increased in June from the month before, in positive territory for the first time this year, according to the U.S. Labor Department. A separate report shows consumers' feeling about the economy a just a little less hot than earlier.
Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Consumer Prices, Inflation, Consumer Sentiment
July 16, 2015 - Industry News
The satellite TV package will be available for as many as 150 company and lease-purchase drivers and owner-operators as a pass-along benefit for $60 per month.
Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, Driver Recruiting
Meritor announced that it is extending emergency and unit-down ordering hours at the Florence, Ky., and Brampton, Ontario, Canada distribution centers.
Tags: Parts, Meritor, Distribution Centers
The amount of freight moved and how much shippers paid recovered somewhat in June in the U.S., but both are below levels from a year ago, according to the latest Cass Freight Index report.
Tags: Economy, Freight, Cass Freight Index
Maverick USA has acquired Church Hill, Tenn.- based glass carrier Flanary and Sons Trucking.
Tags: Maverick, Mergers & Acquisitions
House Republican leaders on July 15 pushed through an $8-billion plus measure to fund highway and infrastructure expenditures through December 18.
Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund
July 15, 2015 - Industry News
A measure of base linehaul truckload rates show increases last month while intermodal rates fell for the sixth straight month, according to reports released Wednesday.
Tags: Economy, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates
Visitors came from 21 states and three Canadian provinces to display their trucks, and compete in a "truckers olympics" and truck beauty contest.
Tags: Walcott Trucker Jamboree, Iowa 80 Truckstop, Truckstops, Events
Rates declined across all three equipment types on the spot freight market as available truckload capacity increased while load availability fell, according to new figures released by DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.
Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Solutions
Wholesale prices advanced 0.4% in June, according to the U.S. Labor Department, more than many analysts were expecting.
Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Department of Labor, Producer Prices
July 14, 2015 - Industry News
Marten Transport Ltd. on Tuesday reported a 5.4% increase in net income to $8.4 million, or 25 cents per diluted share, for the second quarter of the year.
Tags: Earnings, Marten Transport, Fleet Earnings
Nussbaum Transportation's director of human resources and safety, Jeremy Stickling, was awarded Heavy Duty Trucking magazine’s 2015 Safety & Compliance Award at a ceremony at the Fleet Safety Conference.
Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Awards, Safety & Compliance, Nussbaum Transportation
Turnover rates at large and small truckload fleets fell by 12 percentage points in the first quarter of 2015, though it is uncertain if this trend will continue in the months ahead.
Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover
Economic Watch: Retail sales in the U.S. eased up in June, according to a new Commerce Department report, while previous month's figures were revised lower.
Tags: Economy, Retail Sales
C.R. England is adding nearly 200 Western Star 5700 XE tractors to its fleet over the next few months, with tenured solo and team drivers and million miler drivers receiving the trucks first.
Tags: Western Star, C.R. England, Automated Manual Transmissions, Detroit DT12, Driver Retention
The House of Representatives unveils a short-term funding patch to keep the highway program running for the next six months, as a Senate committee prepares to consider a comprehensive highway safety bill Wednesday that addresses trucking issues such as CSA reforms, younger drivers and hair testing.
Tags: Highway Funding, CSA, Hair Testing, Legislation
July 13, 2015 - Industry News
FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index measure for May dropped to a three-year low of 4.91 due to softer capacity, pricing, and fuel prices. The index is expected to move into significantly more positive territory as the anticipated regulatory drag in 2016 and 2017 dramatically tightens capacity.
Tags: Trucking Conditions Index, Economy, FTR
A new Senate bill calls for truck drivers to be paid by the hour and would increase minimum insurance levels, mandate collision avoidance systems and speed limiters, and study the effects on safety of truck drivers having to drive hours just to get to the start of their workday.
Tags: Legislation, Insurance, Collision Avoidance Technology, Speed Limiter, U.S. Senate, Driver Pay
TMW Systems will hold its annual TransForum User Conference and Exhibition Sept. 13-16 in Orlando, Fla.
Tags: Information Technology, TMW Systems, Events
July 10, 2015 - Industry News
Aiming to address both the lack of funding for the Highway Trust Fund and the lack of trust in finding a long-term solution for that, Rep. Tim Rice (R-SC) has introduced a bill that would hike federal motor-fuel taxes by 10.1 cents per gallon and index the new rate to inflation.
Tags: Fuel Tax, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund
Kentucky dispatcher Bryan Napier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud for his part in a scheme to defraud shippers.
Tags: FMCSA, FBI, Crime & Fraud, Dispatch, Shippers
A Senate bill would instruct FMCSA to conduct a pilot study of lowering the age at which Class A CDL holders can drive trucks across state lines.
Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Driver Shortage, U.S. Senate
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