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September 24, 2013

ATA Economist: Industry Faces Capacity Crunch

ANAHEIM -- The trucking industry is looking at a severe capacity crunch in coming years with a variety of factors contributing to the situation, according to Bob Costello, chief economist of the American Trucking Associations.

September 19, 2013

Truckers Supposedly Aware of Biodiesel Scheme, Six Indicted

Truck drivers supposedly knew of an alleged fuel scheme involving fraud in biofuels was going on but may not have said a word.

September 18, 2013

Bankruptcy Court Approves Sale of Vehicle Hauler Allied to Jack Cooper Transport

A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in Delaware has given vehicle hauler Allied Systems Holdings the go-ahead to sell most of its assets to a rival auto transporter for $135 million.

September 18, 2013

JOC: Teamsters Takes New Tack on Drayage Carriers

The game plan by the Teamsters Union when it comes to organizing truck drivers serving the nation’s ports is more diverse that it was just a few years ago, according to a new story from the Journal of Commerce.

September 17, 2013

Truck Driver Appreciation Week Underway

Many trucking groups and industry suppliers this week are asking Americans to reflect and appreciate the 3.1 million professional truck drivers that deliver America’s freight safely and securely, every day, as part of the 25th annual National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

September 16, 2013

Auto Hauler Allied Selects Jack Cooper Transport Bid

At an auction that concluded on Thursday, auto transporter Allied System Holdings selected fellow auto hauler Jack Cooper Transport as the entity with the best and highest bid.

September 12, 2013

Bill Challenges FMCSA to Write Sleep Disorder Rule

Two congressmen have introduced bipartisan legislation that would require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to write a regulation covering sleep disorders, rather than issue a guidance as it is planning to do.

September 11, 2013

New Rules for Trip Permits in Oregon

The Oregon Department of Transportation recently began limiting the number of temporary passes/trip permits a motor carrier can purchase in a 12-month period – a move that one association representative calls “a money grab” that will affect small-business motor carriers located outside the state.

September 10, 2013

Brake Safety Week Is On: Here are Some Tips

Today's Trucking---30,000 brakes will be inspected on trucks across North America this week, and not all will pass. The annual Brake Safety Week held by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will see inspectors taking a closer look at brake systems on your trucks.

September 10, 2013

Anthony Spero Awarded July Trucker Buddy of the Month

ABF Freight Systems driver and America’s Road Team Captain Anthony Spero has been named July Trucker Buddy of the Month following his nomination by Sara Dixon and Emily Schimelman, teachers at Hamden Hal County Day School, in Hamden, Conn.

September 9, 2013

Sleep Apnea CPAP Battery Test Now Underway at Major Fleet, TMC Says

PITTSBURGH -- A field test of battery-powered CPAP devices to combat sleep apnea among drivers is now underway with the help of three suppliers and a major truckload fleet, according to a report at a task force meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations.

September 9, 2013

Driver Input Sought for Hours-of-Service Study

The American Transportation Research Institute has started its second phase of research on the effects of recent changes to the hours-of-service rules, which went into effect on July 1.

September 9, 2013

N.J. Governor Vetoes Driver Misclassification Bill

UPDATED--New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie has rejected legislation regarding the “misclassification” of some truck drivers in the state as independent contractors rather than employees..

September 5, 2013

Stifel: Soft Economy Makes Rate Hikes Tough, Despite Driver Shortage

Although a "cavalcade of regulations" is expected to make it harder than ever to find drivers, an economy that continues to grow at a sub-potential rate means fleets don't have a lot of leverage when it comes to raising rates, according to John Larkin and fellow transportation analysts at the Stifel Nicolaus investment firm.

September 3, 2013

When Your Research Lab is a Truck Cab

Despite an increasing amount of research about trucking from the ivory towers of academia, few researchers ever experience what life is like on the road. However, one spent three years riding in trucks and interviewing long-haul drivers as part of his look into how truck drivers are affected by increasing demands for speed and flexibility.

August 30, 2013

This Week's Trucking in the Media

Our new weekly roundup of how trucking's being covered in the mainstream media, from the new certified medical examiner program to highway funding commentary.

August 29, 2013

Teamsters Approve Five of Seven ABF Supplement Agreements

Teamsters Union members at the trucking company ABF have approved five of the seven remaining supplements, while two did not pass.

August 28, 2013

Study: Highly Successful Trucking Companies Use Different HR Practices with Drivers

Highly successful companies use distinct practices in building their workforces and offer more benefits to recruit and retain drivers when compared to all other trucking companies, according to new research in the 2013 Texas Trucking Industry Study.

August 28, 2013

CDC: Older Truckers and Other Workers Suffer More Highway Deaths

Highway transportation incidents are the leading cause of occupational fatalities in the United States, with the highest fatality rates occurring among workers age 65 or older, according to a new Centers for Disease Control report.

August 27, 2013

When Can Driving Time be Considered Off-Duty Time?

This question has to do with what has been termed “personal conveyance.” This is a situation where a driver is using his/her commercial vehicle as a personal vehicle to commute to and from a personal destination.

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