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May 28, 2013

FMCSA Outlines Survey Plans for Electronic Onboard Recorders

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is preparing to survey drivers and carriers on the role of electronic onboard recorders in driver harassment. Harassment became a key issue in the pending EOBR rule when an appeals court, acting on a challenge by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, said the agency needed to pay more attention to this concern.

May 21, 2013

Tonnage Index Falls in April, Better Compared to a Year Earlier

The amount of freight moved by for-hire trucking operations fell in April, but the news was not surprising considering economic reports leading up to it.

May 21, 2013

ATA Member Advice to DOT Nominee Anthony Foxx

Several ATA members took time out recently to provide some advice or to question President Obama’s nominee for DOT Secretary Mayor Anthony Foxx before his confirmation hearing on May 22. Here’s what they had to say. (Video courtesy of ATA.)

May 20, 2013

Registration Open for ITLC/NAFC 2013 Annual Conference

Registration is open now for American Trucking Associations’ Information Technology and Logistics Council and National Accounting and Finance Council Annual Conference.

May 17, 2013

7 Tips for Teaching New Log Rules

New hours of service rules go into effect July 1. Are you ready? The American Trucking Associations has published an easy-to-use, free tipsheet to help you help your drivers understand the new HOS rules.

May 16, 2013

Regulatory Climate Explored at Zonar Conference

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a number of proposed rules scheduled for this summer, including establishing a drug and alcohol database, mandatory speed limiters and prohibiting driver coercion. However, proposals on electronic logs, entry-level driver training and safety fitness probably won't be unveiled as scheduled, according to a panel discussion May 15 during Zonar's inaugural user's conference.

May 13, 2013

Veterans in the Driver's Seat

In the past two years, 34 states have adopted laws that allow motor vehicle departments to waive the CDL skills test for qualified military veterans, the Obama administration says in a new report. Nine more states plus the District of Columbia are considering legislation to do the same thing.

May 6, 2013

ATA Launches Lead ATA Program for Young Trucking Executives

The American Trucking Associations announced it has launched LEAD ATA, a new program created to engage young trucking executives and groom them to be the industry's next generation of leaders.

May 2, 2013

Oil & Gas Producers Join Truckers for Improved Road Safety

Oil and gas companies have joined forces with the trucking industry to promote improved road safety and traffic management in heavily traveled producing areas like the Eagle Ford in south central Texas, the Marcellus region in the Northeast and the Bakken in the upper Midwest.

May 2, 2013

ATA Debuts Revamped trucking.org Website

American Trucking Associations rolled out an entirely redesigned and updated trucking.org website as part of its ongoing effort to bolster its communications and image efforts. The overhaul is the result of more than a year of work with Manassas, Va.-based designers Saforian to reimagine and reorganize the wealth of information ATA has to share into a more readily accessed package.

April 25, 2013

Freight Needs Money and Federal Planning, House Panel Told

A couple of themes emerged from the first hearing of a new House panel on freight transportation. One: The United States needs to reinvest in freight infrastructure across all modes, and for highways that means raising money by raising fuel taxes.

April 24, 2013

CVSA Takes Issue with ATA Call for More Traffic Enforcement

A trucking leader’s call for police to put more emphasis on traffic enforcement rather than roadside inspections yielded a polite “thank you” from the enforcement community – and disagreement with some of his message.

April 24, 2013

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Increased 0.9% in March

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index gained 0.9% in March after decreasing 0.7% in February. Tonnage has now increased in four of the last five months.

April 23, 2013

Taxpayer Group Pushing for Higher Truck Weights

The latest group to endorse higher truck weights has no direct connection with the trucking industry, but rather is a self-described as an “independent non-partisan advocate for overburdened tax payers.”

April 16, 2013

Justices Pose Close Questions in LA Port Case

The long and tumultuous matter of the Port of Los Angeles’ Clean Truck Program came to a head in the Supreme Court Tuesday, with Justices conducting a spirited discussion with opposing attorneys.

April 16, 2013

Supreme Court to Hear LA Port Case Today

The Supreme Court today will hear arguments in American Trucking Associations’ case against aspects of the Port of Los Angeles’ Clean Trucks Program. The oral argument will be the culminating moment in a case that has been working its way through the courts for more than four years.

April 15, 2013

ATA Names Mason New Senior VP, Image and Communications

American Trucking Associations named Jeffery Mason to the newly created position of senior vice president of image and communications.

April 10, 2013

ATA: Trucking is Prepared for Panama Canal Expansion, but Challenges Exist

Trucking is prepared for the projected increases in freight to come from the expansion of the Panama Canal, but the country still faces challenges related to congestion and the condition of our infrastructure, an American Trucking Associations representative said on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

April 10, 2013

ATA, Diesel Forum Slam Obama Budget Proposal

President Obama’s proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year that starts Oct. 1 drew harsh criticism from the American Trucking Associations and the Diesel Technology Forum. ATA took issue with the budget's infrastructure funding, while the Forum took aim at a cut in funding for emissions-reduction programs.

April 3, 2013

ATA Launches New eNewsletter Centered in Business Issues in Trucking

American Trucking Associations announced it is launching a new quarterly newsletter, ATA Business of Trucking, which will feature critical information from industry leaders on the most pressing issues in trucking.

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