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April 14, 2017 - Industry News

America’s 'Check Engine Light' is On, Says New Film About Failing Infrastructure

“Be Prepared To Stop” takes a hard look at the failing U.S. Interstate Highway System and paints a grim picture of a society unable to function if the trend isn’t corrected soon. Photo: Delaware Park Productions

America’s roads and bridges aren’t far from failing. And when that happens, the country will have about five days of normalcy before the trucks stop rolling and chaos ensues, says filmmaker Jennifer Clymer.

Tags: Infrastructure, Trucking's image, Image, In the Media

September 3, 2015 - Industry News

Governors Push for Long-Term Highway Bill

Image: Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG)

The Coalition of Northeastern Governors is urging transportation leaders on Capitol Hill “to act quickly to ensure continuity and stability of the nation's highway, transit, rail and safety programs and the Highway Trust Fund.”

Tags: New York, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Bill, New England

September 2, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Continue Slide

Rates on the spot freight market keep moving slowly downward as the amount of freight to haul edged just slightly higher by 0.1% overall over the past week.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

August 31, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Fleets Support Higher Fuel Efficiency Standards

Image courtesy of CALSTART.

A high percentage of fleet operators recently surveyed by the California clean transportation consortium CALSTART generally support higher national fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, reported Natural Gas Intelligence.

Tags: trucks, California, Fuel Efficiency, EPA, NHTSA

August 24, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Drop as Oil Hits 6-Year Lows

Amidst some of the lowest crude oil prices since 2009, the average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel continued its more than 2-month streak of price drops.

Tags: Oil Prices, Gas Prices, Diesel Prices

August 20, 2015 - Industry News

Workers Advocates Want Hair Testing Out of Transportation Bill

In a joint letter to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, 17 workers advocate organizations urged the committee to reject hair testing for federal drug tests.

Tags: Legislation, Drug Testing, Hair Testing

July 30, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Approves House’s 3-Month Highway Bill

The Senate passed its massive and contentious long-term highway bill and then approved the three-month extension of federal highway funding passed earlier by the House. The $8 billion patch, which runs out on October 29, has been sent to President Obama, who is expected to sign the bill.

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

July 30, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Jumps in Second Quarter, First Quarter Revised Upward

The first reading on how well the American economy performed in the second quarter of the year shows it accelerated well ahead of the first quarter pace, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, GDP

July 29, 2015 - Industry News

House Passes Short-Term Highway Extension

The House late Wednesday passed a short-term extension to keep federal highway funding going until October 29, right before members left on August recess, leaving the Senate to deal with before the looming Friday deadline.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Congress

July 29, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Disappointed in Proposed CSA Changes

The American Trucking Associations, in its comments on the FMCSA's proposed changes to the CSA, says the agency didn't go far enough.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, CSA

July 28, 2015 - Industry News

Consumer Confidence Drops, Service Sector Rebounding

UPDATED -- Economic Watch: Consumers are not feeling quite as rosy about the U.S. economy, while a separate report shows a rebound in economic conditions for the U.S. services sector.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Non-Manufacturing

July 24, 2015 - Industry News

OSHA Fines Trucking Firm over Driver Suspension

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Oak Harbor Freight Lines $20,000 for retaliating against truck drivers who refuse to drive when sick or fatigued.

Tags: Driver Safety, OSHA, Fatigue, Fines

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Moves Highway Bill Forward

Sen. McConnell contends that if the Senate can pass its highway bill quickly, the House may be persuaded to agree to a multi-year package. Photo: mcconnell.senate.gov

The Senate voted on Wednesday to move forward a bipartisan highway bill that had been blocked by a procedural vote just a day before.

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

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Seeing July Doldrums

The availability of truckload freight on the spot market hit a lull during the week ending July 18 compared to the previous week, leading to a decline in rates and load-to-truck ratios in all three equipment types, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

July 21, 2015 - Industry News

Senators’ Highway Deal: 6-Year Bill Funded for 3

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

Two top Senators reached agreement today to put forward a bipartisan, multi-year highway bill that would fund projects for the next three years — leaving it to the next Congress to determine how to fund its final three years.

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

July 20, 2015 - Industry News

NHTSA to Upgrade Truck Underride and Conspicuity Rules

Photo: Tom Berg

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 15, 2015 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul Rates Improve, Intermodal Slides

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

July 15, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates, Available Loads Drop

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

July 13, 2015 - Industry News

Gasoline Bucks Trend of Dropping Diesel, Oil Prices

Diesel fuel prices continue to drop as crude oil futures continue to reflect a worldwide glut. Gasoline prices, however, jumped nearly 30 cents a gallon in California.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices

July 10, 2015 - Industry News

House Bill Would Up Fuel Tax By Over 10 Cents

Photo: Jim Park

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

July 9, 2015 - Industry News

Fuel Price Forecast Calls for Small Increases

Photo via Freefoto.com.

The U.S. Energy Department this week revised its expectations for fuel prices this year, but they aren’t expected to go wildly higher.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, U.S. Department of Energy

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

House Narrowly Passes Spending Bill Keeping Restart Suspension

A major spending bill containing several provisions of importance to the trucking industry, including a continuation of the 34-hour restart suspension, narrowly passed the U.S. House late Tuesday night, but it still has to pass the Senate and faces a possible veto.

Tags: Legislation, Insurance, 34-Hour Restart

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Increase Across the Board

The number of available loads on the spot truckload market jumped 36% during the week ending June 6 as capacity increased 5.5%, helping push rates higher.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Safety Board Calls for Action on Collision Avoidance Systems

As this illustration for Meritor Wabco's Onguard system illustrates, forward collision avoidance technologies "see" obstacles ahead.

Collision avoidance systems reduce accidents and save lives and injuries, and should be standard on all new passenger and commercial vehicles, says the National Transportation Safety Board in recommendations announced Monday.

Tags: Driver Safety, NTSB, Collision Avoidance Technology, NHTSA

June 8, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Decrease Slightly for Second Week

The average cost of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel dropped again this week, moving lower for the second time in more than a month.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Fuel

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