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March 13, 2014 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul Rate Increasing, Intermodal Forecast Higher

Truckload linehaul rates continue to rise, according to the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index. With demand increasing and capacity decreasing, along with the last two quarters showing an unusually high number of carriers exiting the business, capacity is tight,

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

March 13, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Electronic Logbook Regulations

Electronic logs are currently optional but have been adopted by many fleets.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration just unveiled its proposal for mandatory electronic logbooks, or "Electronic Logging Devices," for interstate commercial truck and bus drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Hours of Service, EOBR, Electronic Logging Devices, Safety & Compliance, ELD, Regulations, Fatigue

March 13, 2014 - Industry News

Mack's Twin Y Air Suspension Wins TWNA Technical Achievement Award

TMC, NASHVILLE -- The Truck Writers of North America have named Mack Trucks’ Twin Y air suspension as the top technical achievement of 2013. The announcement and presentation took place Wednesday at an awards luncheon during the Technology & Maintenance Council's annual meeting and exhibition.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Mack, Suspensions, TWNA Technical Achievement Award, TMC

March 13, 2014 - Industry News

Groups Advocate More Highway Funding for Repairs, Not New Roads

As Congress and the Obama administration wrestle over how to fund work on the nation’s roadways for the next several years, two groups have teamed up, issuing a report saying more focus needs to be put on road repairs rather than building new roads.

Tags: Congress, Research, Highway Funding, Highways

March 13, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Improve Following Two Monthly Drops

The 0.3% increase follows a downwardly revised 0.6% decline in January while the December drop was revised down to 0.3%.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Freight

March 12, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Funding Trajectory Worsening, DOT Warns

The Department of Transportation is worried that states will start slowing their highway and transit programs even before this summer when the Highway Trust Fund is slated to start running out of money.

Tags: HOS, Highway Funding, EOBR, FMCSA, Congress, Highways, Hours of Service

March 12, 2014 - Industry News

Michelin Launches Nationwide Truck Care Network

Michelin Americas Truck Tires announced Michelin Truck Care, a national network of mechanical service providers for trucks with dedicated fleet maintenance managers and technicians, along with standardized services that are audited by Michelin.

Tags: Maintenance, Michelin Americas Truck Tires, Aftermarket, Michelin Truck Care

March 12, 2014 - Industry News

EPA Adding Reefers, Test Methods to SmartWay Program

TMC, NASHVILLE – The Environmental Protection Agency is making changes in its voluntary SmartWay program, including adding refrigerated trailers and accepting more testing methods from suppliers who want to get their fuel-saving technologies verified by the agency.

Tags: EPA SmartWay, Trailers, TMC, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics

March 12, 2014 - Industry News

Jury Returns $12 Million Plus Verdict Against Frozen Food Express

A more than $12 million jury verdict was recently handed down in a case involving the trucking company Frozen Food Express in a personal injury lawsuit.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Litigation, Frozen Food Express, FFE

March 12, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Post Big Increases

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Rates on the spot market have spiked over the past week, according to new figures from the freight-matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

March 12, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Index Down From Month Before, Up Compared to Year Earlier

Freight Transportation Services Index, January 2009-January 2014. Credit: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 2.8% in January from December, declining for the second consecutive month, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Freight Transportation Services Index released Wednesday

Tags: U.S. DOT, Freight, Freight Index

March 12, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Price Outlook Revised Slightly Upward

Diesel fuel prices, which averaged $3.92 per gal in 2013, are projected to average $3.85 this year.

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

March 12, 2014 - Industry News

Proposed ELog Mandate Nears Publication

The long-awaited proposal to require electronic logging devices is close to publication. The White House Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday cleared the Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and sent it back to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for publication.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, EOBR, Regulations

March 11, 2014 - Industry News

Byrd: Industry Must Pull Together Like a Family

ATA Chairman Phil Byrd speaks at TMC Tuesday.

TMC, NASHVILLE – Trucking. It's complex, highly technological, and essential to the nation's economy. That was the theme of Phil Byrd, chairman of American Trucking Associations and president and CEO of Bulldog Hiway Express, speaking Tuesday at ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council’s 2014 Annual Meeting.

Tags: ATA, TMC, Image

March 11, 2014 - Industry News

Women in Transportation Summit Scheduled for April 9

"Women in Transportation: Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement," hosted by the University of Denver’s National Center for Intermodal Transportation, is set for Wednesday, April 9, at the Cable Center in Denver.

Tags: Event, Women In Transportation

March 11, 2014 - Industry News

PressurePro and TrackPoint Systems Announce Partnership

TMC, NASHVILLE - Advantage PressurePro and TrackPoint Systems announced their partnership at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s Annual Meeting. The alliance, formed to allow integration of the two technologies, sets the groundwork to launch the market’s first real-time TPMS solutions for untethered trailers.

Tags: TMC, Advantage PressurePro, TrackPoint

March 11, 2014 - Industry News

Hersman Leaving NTSB for National Safety Council

Deborah A.P. Hersman

Deborah A.P. Hersman is stepping down as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board to become president and CEO of the National Safety Council, the council announced.

Tags: National Safety Council, NTSB

March 11, 2014 - Industry News

Comtrak Logistics Renamed Hub Group Trucking

The Illinois-based company says the change formally recognizes the growing importance of trucking operations as an integral part of Hub Group's expanding portfolio of transportation service offerings.

Tags: Intermodal, Fleets, Hub Group

March 11, 2014 - Industry News

Schneider Adding 75 Drivers to Haul Harley-Davidson Freight

Truckload carrier Schneider National has created 75 new jobs for professional truck drivers looking to transport some unique freight.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Schneider National

March 11, 2014 - Industry News

Ferro Headlining MATS Fleet Forum

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration chief Anne Ferro will give an update on federal trucking legislation and regulations at the upcoming Fleet Forum, scheduled for this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

Tags: Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Anne Ferro, Events, Mid-America Trucking Show, Regulations, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, HDT

March 11, 2014 - Industry News

TMC Elects Umphress as Next General Chairman, Names Officers, Directors

TMC, NASHVILLE -- Dan Umphress, vice president of maintenance and fleet services for A&R Logistics, was elected 2014-2015 general chairman and treasurer of American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council during TMC’s 2014 Annual Meeting, now underway in Nashville, Tenn.

Tags: TMC, Technology & Maintenance Council, People, Associations

March 10, 2014 - Industry News

TMC's Silver Spark Plug Award Goes to 7 Active Members

TMC, NASHVILLE -- Years of service to the council and the industry earned seven industry leaders the group's highest award.

Tags: TMC, Technology & Maintenance Council, Silver Spark Plug Award

March 10, 2014 - Industry News

Decisiv Launches Maintenance Scorecard with TMC

TMC, NASHVILLE -- Need to know how your fleet stacks up against your peers and competitors? Vehicle maintenance and service analytics provider, Decisiv, has rolled out a new concept in benchmarking it calls a "Service Scorecard."

Tags: TMC, Decisiv, Maintenance, Benchmarking

March 10, 2014 - Industry News

Stemco Acquires Remaining Interest in Stemco Crewson Joint Venture

Stemco, an EnPro Industries company, announced the acquisition of the remaining interest of the Stemco Crewson joint venture from Tramec. The joint venture was formed in 2009 to expand Stemco’s brake products offering to include automatic brake adjusters.

Tags: Stemco, Mergers & Acquisitions, Tramec

March 10, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Highest in Nearly a Year

The average cost of diesel has resumed heading higher, after taking a one-week break, hitting its highest price in nearly a year, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Oil Prices

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