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June 9, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Cargo Thefts Drop, Value of Heists Jumps

In this rolling quarter FreightWatch recorded a total of 178 thefts in the United States, with 48 thefts in February, 80 in March and 50 in April. The average loss value per incident during the period was $245,101. Compared with the previous quarter, thefts decreased by 25%, while the average loss value increased by 98%. Graphic: FreightWatch

The number of truck cargo thefts in the U.S. decreased by 25% February through April, but the average loss value increased 98%, according to a new report from the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

Navistar Losses Lower Than Year Ago, Increase from First Quarter

Truck and engine maker Navistar International has reported a fiscal second quarter net loss of $297 million, or $3.65 per diluted share, compared to a fiscal second quarter 2013 net loss of $374 million, or $4.65 per diluted share.

Tags: Navistar, Earnings

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

Police: Walmart Trucker Awake More Than 24 Hours Before Crash

UPDATED -- The truck driver for Walmart who faces multiple charges in the early Saturday morning crash that severely injured comedian and actor Tracy Morgan had not slept for more than 24 hours, according to court documents filed by police.

Tags: Accidents, drivers, New Jersey, Walmart, Fatigue

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index Increases, Shipment Volume Highest Since 2011

North American freight shipments and expenditures continued to buck the historic trend and increased again in May, according to the latest Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

Special Snowplow Set for Raffle to Support Military Veterans Group

Western designed a one-of-a-kind Wide-Out plow commemorating the five branches of the U.S. military and their veterans. PPG Industrial Coatings donated the paint for this project, and ICAFe Inc. donated the custom paint job.

Tags: Snow Removal, Snow Plow, Military Support, Western Products

June 7, 2014 - Industry News

David Abney to Take the Reins at UPS

Abney began his UPS career in 1974 as a part-time package loader. Over the course of his 40-year career, he held various operational positions including a five-year stint as president of UPS International.

Tags: UPS

June 7, 2014 - Industry News

SAE 2014 ComVec Features Aerodynamic Panel Discussion

Aerodynamics panel discussion brings industry experts and regulators together for a panel discussion and question and answer session.

Tags: SAE International, Aerodynamics

June 7, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Exempts Livestock Haulers from 30-Minute Break Rule

A previous 90-day waiver was completed successfully with no adverse effects to safety. This is the second exemption to be granted by the agency.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS

June 7, 2014 - Industry News

DRIC Bridge Gets Coast Guard Permit

The DRIC bridge Coast Guard permit is a key step in clearing the way for construction to begin. Ambassador Bridge owner, Matt Moroun, had sought an injunction to prevent construction of the new bridge, located several miles downstream of his bridge.

Tags: Ambassador Bridge

June 6, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: U.S. Employment Grows by 217,000, Trucking Adds 1,500 Jobs

Four consecutive +200k monthly non-farm payroll reports is impressive, but it will take more than headline improvement to thrust the economy above current trend growth. Employment gains thus far have not yet led to wage pressures. Without adequate income growth, the consumer remains limited in spending capacity, which is restraining near-term growth prospects.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Employment

June 6, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA to Allow Conviction-based DataQ Challenges

The updated policy will enable carriers and drivers to request the removal of violations that were previously uploaded into FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Management Information System.

Tags: FMCSA, DataQ

June 6, 2014 - Industry News

Funding Bill Sets Deadline for ELD Mandate: January 30, 2015

The bill that would suspend the new 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule also sets a deadline for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to publish its electronic logging device mandate: January 30, 2015.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, ELD, 34-Hour Restart

June 6, 2014 - Industry News

OOIDA Calls for Ferro's Resignation

FMCSA Administrator, Anne Ferrro. Photo by Jim Park

OOIDA says Administrator Ferro’s failure to perform her duties impartially, her failure to lead her agency to fulfill Congressional mandates, and her failure to responsibly prioritize the agency’s tasks left the OOIDA Board of Directors no choice but to call for her resignation.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, Anne Ferro

June 6, 2014 - Industry News

"Weeks to Months" before I-495 Bridge Reopens

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The closure of the I-495 bridge over the Christina River in Wilmington, Del. is creating chaos for commuters and driving up costs for truckers forced to divert to New Jersey's toll roads. Officials say the problems will not be fixed anytime soon.

Tags: Bridges

June 6, 2014 - Industry News

Senate Panel Votes to Suspend Hours of Service Restart Pending Study

The suspension would start after the bill is passed and FMCSA posts public notice, and last until September 30, 2015, or when FMCSA finishes the study. Photo by Jim Park

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted by a wide margin to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studies the impact of the rule.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, U.S. Senate, 34-Hour Restart

June 5, 2014 - Industry News

Law Firm's "Serial Killer" Ad Provokes Strong Response from Trucking

An ad placed in Maxim magazine by a Texas-based law firm specializing in truck crash litigation characterized truckers as serial killers. Response from trucking was swift and furious.

Tags: Trucking's image

June 5, 2014 - Industry News

Consumers Buying 'Clean Diesels' for Fuel Economy, Long Range, Diesel Forum Says

Pickups still account for the majority of diesel vehicles, but cars and other passenger vehicles are increasingly powered by the compression-ignition engines.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Diesel Technology Forum, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Clean Diesel Vehicles

June 5, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Centers Expands Dealer Network

Truck Centers, which operates a chain of Freightliner/Western Star dealerships in Illinois and Missouri, has added Freightliner of Evansville to its network

June 5, 2014 - Industry News

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index Slips 2 Points, Conditions Still Positive

The TCI took a modest hit during April but is still solidly positive and should stay higher for most of 2014. Much of the reason for the April's dip is the abnormal conditions seen during the winter are leveling off, and having less of an impact on capacity and pricing.

Tags: FTR Trucking Index

June 5, 2014 - Industry News

Jeff Rogers Tapped to Succeed Scott Wolfe as CEO of Universal Truckload Services

Scott Wolfe will remain the CEO of Universal for seven months to help Jeff Rogers transition into that position. Scott’s appointment to Universal's Board of Directors ensures that his experience and counsel will continue to benefit Jeff and the company both now and after Scott’s retirement as Universal’s CEO.

Tags: Universal Truckload

June 5, 2014 - Industry News

Dart Takes OTR Owner-Operator Rate to $1.00/Mile

The increase brings the loaded mileage rate up 4¢ per mile to $1.00 per mile, and the deadhead rate up 1¢ per mile to $0.91 per mile, effective July 1.

Tags: Owner-Operators, Dart

June 4, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Fed's June Beige Book Report says Economy Expanded In All Districts

Manufacturing activity expanded throughout the nation with a notable improvement along the East Coast. Growth was particularly strong for several Distracts related to motor vehicles, aerospace, and metals. Both non-residential construction activity and commercial real estate markets were generally steady to stronger since the last report.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing

June 4, 2014 - Industry News

Social Media Designed Western Star Hits the Road with OOIDA's ‘Spirit of the American Trucker" Trailer

The Western Star 'Design Our Star' truck hits the road pulling OOIDA's Spirit of the American Trucker tour trailer. It will make appearances at truck shows, conferences and truck stops.

June 4, 2014 - Industry News

May Orders Cool for Classes 5-7, Class 8 Still Strong

May's preliminary net order figures for Class 8 are the strongest since February, while Class 5-7 net orders slumped 27% compared to a very strong month in April.

Tags: Class 6, Class 7, Class 8, ACT Research, Class 5

June 4, 2014 - Industry News

HOS Restart in Spotlight on Capitol Hill

The companies say they are going to have to drive more during the day as a consequence of the two-night, 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. sleep requirement in the new restart provision

Truck driver hours of service took center stage Tuesday as Senators grilled Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, on the new 34-hour restart provision. The exchanges during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the federal highway program were a prelude to a showdown Thursday on the restart.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, HOS, U.S. Senate, ELDs, The Trucking Alliance

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