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November 21, 2014 - Industry News

Drivers Increasingly Involved in Truck Cargo Thefts

A new white paper from the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International reports last year truck cargo theft activity spiked in the final quarter of the year, with a total of 242 reported incidents.

Tags: Security, Drivers, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

Kentucky Fuel Taxes to Move Lower

The decrease reflects a drop in the calculated average wholesale price of motor fuels, as provided under Kentucky law, according to the state transportation department.

Tags: Highway Funding, Kentucky, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Leading Indictors Show Improvement into 2015

A measure used to forecast where the U.S. economy is headed in the next three to six months rose sharply in October from the month before, according to the private research group The Conference Board.

Tags: Economy, Leading Economic Indicators

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

October Trailer Orders Hit Record High

Net trailer orders in the U.S. hit an all-time record high in October with 46,267 units according to a new report by FTR. The new mark shatters the old high number by 9%

Tags: Reefers, FTR, Flatbed Trailers, Dry Van, Trailer Orders, Research

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

USA Truck Expands Dedicated Freight Team

USA Truck expanded its Dedicated Freight team with the hiring of Greg B. Lutes as vice president and general manager.

Tags: Leadership, Hiring, People, USA Truck

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Warning Issued About Increase in ‘Red Zone’ Truck Cargo Thefts

Logistics security services provider FreightWatch International reports it has notice an unusually high rate of violations of best practices by carriers for in-transit cargo security this quarter.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Continue Advancing

Truckload linehaul and intermodal rates both posted big gains in October compared to a year earlier, according to newly released figures from the business intelligence service provider Cass Information Systems.

Tags: Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Truckers for Troops Raises Over $50,000

Photo via Truckers for Troops.

The Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association’s eighth annual Truckers for Troops care package campaign raised more than $52,000 to pack and send care packages to service members in combat areas.

Tags: Charity, OOIDA, Veterans Day, Military Support

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Teamsters Win Another FedEx Freight Vote, Cancels Other Elections

File photo by Evan Lockridge.

A group of 222 drivers at FedEx Freight's Charlotte, N.C., terminal have voted in favor of joining the Teamsters Union.

Tags: Drivers, Con-way Freight, Fleets, Teamsters, Labor Unions, FedEx, FedEx Freight

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Inflation Tame, Existing Home Sales Jump

Inflation in the U.S. was muted in October, according to a new Commerce Department Report, due in large part to falling fuel prices.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices, Home Sales

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Obama to Nominate NTSB Fatigue Expert to Head NHTSA

Rosekind in an official NTSB photo.

President Obama intends to nominate Mark Rosekind of the National Transportation Safety Board -- a noted fatigue scientist who has studied truck driver hours of service rules -- to the top job at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tags: NTSB, NHTSA, Sleep Apnea, Hours of Service, Fatigue, People

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

Mansfield Clean Energy Opens Ga. CNG Station

Photo: Clean Energy Fuels

The natural gas fueling station in Doraville, Ga., will fuel Mansfield’s fleet of 12 natural gas trucks, along with other area fleets.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Bulk Tank Trailers, Mansfield Energy Corp.

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

Business Pushes for Tax Action in Lame Duck

Business interests, including American Trucking Associations, American Truck Dealers and the Truck Renting and Leasing Association, are pressing Congress to extend certain tax provisions before the end of the year.

Tags: Taxes, Congress, Legislation

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

Upbeat Auto, Economic Forecast Promising for Auto Haulers

Auto haulers have a good reason to expect 2015 will be a good year for them, following a prediction that new car and light truck sales and leases will hit nearly hit the 17 million-level.

Tags: Economy, NADA, Auto Sales, Auto Haulers

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

CalArk Increasing Driver Pay in December

The Arkansas-based operation will increase it three cents per mile on Dec. 2 for all company drivers. All company drivers will also be eligible for a bonus.

Tags: Fleets, Driver Pay, CalArk

November 19, 2014 - Product News

Double Coin’s RT600 and RR202 Meet EPA Requirements

Double Coin and CMA recently met the requirements for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Technology Program for its RT600 and RR202 tires.

Tags: EPA SmartWay, Double Coin, Tires

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Give Back Recent Gains

After recovering somewhat the week before, new numbers show spot market freight rates have turned lower or remain unchanged, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

Higher Fees Coming to Illinois Tollway Authority Routes

The phased-in toll rate increase, approved in 2008, will be the first for commercial trucks and trailers since 2005, according to the authority.

Tags: Tolls, Illinois Tollway, Illinois

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

ELD Rule Planned for September

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates it will post the final electronic logging mandate next September.

Tags: Insurance, Drug Testing, Vehicle Inspection, Speed Limiter, ELDs, Driver Coercion, FMCSA, Regulations

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

FedEx Delivers Trees for Troops

For the 10th year in a row, FedEx Corp. and the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation are making the holidays a little brighter for America’s service members and their families with the Trees for Troops program.

Tags: Charity, Fleets, FedEx

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Home Starts Drop, Building Permits at Highest Level Since 2008

Housing starts in the U.S. fell in October, but an indicator of future building is at a more than six-year high, according to a new Commerce Department report.

Tags: Economy, Home Starts

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

OOIDA Encourages Truckers to Pledge for Positive Values

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is asking its members to “take the pledge” referring to the Trucking Moves America Forward campaign to promote positive values in trucking.

Tags: OOIDA, Owner-Operators, Trucking Moves America Forward

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Movers Seek Exemption from 14-Hour Limit

The International Association of Movers, a global trade association representing van lines and others, asked the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to let drivers work after the 14th hour in certain circumstances.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Household Goods Movers

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Oregon Seeks EPA Funding For Truck Replacement Program

Photo via Port of Portland

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is looking for local fleets and owner-operators to participate in a possible truck replacement program funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The program will pay for up to half the cost of a new truck, provided the old one is scrapped.

Tags: EPA, Oregon, Ports, Oregon Trucking Association, Clean Diesel, Emissions, DERA

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Norfolk Southern Railway Purchase Increases Northeastern Reach

Photo: Norfolk Southern

Norfolk Southern Corp. is purchasing a subsidiary of Canadian Pacific Railway, Delaware & Hudson Railway Co., to increase its reach in the Northeast.

Tags: Railroads, Norfolk Southern

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