March 13, 2014 - Industry News
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
Truckload carrier Schneider National has created 75 new jobs for professional truck drivers looking to transport some unique freight.
Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Schneider National
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
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, 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
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
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
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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