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May 23, 2014 - Industry News

Increased Cargo Thefts, Traffic, Highway Deaths Come with Memorial Day Holiday

AAA projects 36.1 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 1.5% increase from last year, with more than eight in 10 driving to their destinations.

Tags: Security, AAA, Traffic Congestion, National Safety Council, Crash-Related Injuries, Highways, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

May 22, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Building Central Parts Distribution Center in Mississippi

The Volvo Group will build a 1-million-square-foot central parts distribution center in Byhalia, Miss., to support its Mack, Volvo and UD truck brands, as well as the Volvo Construction Equipment brand and Volvo Penta marine business.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Aftermarket Parts, UD Trucks, Mack Trucks, Parts, Volvo Group

May 22, 2014 - Industry News

Water Resources Bill Passes, Ports Getting Financial Boost

The Port of Baltimore.

Congress passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, providing support for port maintenance and other maritime improvements.

Tags: Congress, Ports, Port Trucking, Legislation, Barack Obama, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding, Intermodal

May 22, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Reefer Rates Continue Increasing; Vans, Flatbeds Unchanged

The freight matching service provider DAT reports the total number of loads available increased 7.5% May 11 through May 17 compared to the previous seven days, while truck capacity grew 1.5%.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

May 22, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Seeks Hours Exemption for Drivers Serving Oil, Gas Wells

American Trucking Associations is seeking an exemption from the hours-of-service rule for drivers serving natural gas or oil wells.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, HOS, Hours of Service, FMSCA, American Trucking Associations, Drivers, Regulations

May 22, 2014 - Industry News

Departures Continue at Pilot Flying J

Recent departures of key people from the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J continue following the loss of its president earlier this week, according to published reports. Meanwhile, a federal investigation lingers in the background.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Truckstops

May 22, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Existing Home Sales, Economic Indicators Improve

UPDATED -- Three newly released reports suggest the American economy may finally be shaking off the winter doldrums that brought business activity down in the first quarter, with expectations of improvements well into the year.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators

May 21, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Bid to Cut Funding for HOS Restart Draws Sharp Reaction

The American Trucking Associations is trying to get Congress to cut off funding for the restart provision of the hours of service rule -- a maneuver that has provoked a sharp response from Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and concern among some carriers and the enforcement community.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart, FMSCA, American Trucking Associations, Congress, Regulations, Anne Ferro, The Trucking Alliance, Fatigue, ELDs

May 21, 2014 - Industry News

Ray LaHood Declares U.S. Highways ‘One Big Pothole’ at ALK Summit

Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood opened the second day of the ALK Technology Summit in Princeton, N.J., on Wednesday by telling attendees that while the U.S. is "the greatest country in the world [our] transportation and infrastructure is a big mess."

Tags: Infrastructure, Ray LaHood, Highway Funding, Barack Obama, Congress, Highway Trust Fund

May 21, 2014 - Industry News

Stan Mikalonis Joins Mack Trucks as Vice President, National Accounts

Mack Trucks named Stan Mikalonis its new vice president of National Accounts succeeding Mike Reardon, who will serve as Mack’s vice president for the Western Region, replacing John Thomas, who is retiring.

Tags: Mack Trucks, People

May 21, 2014 - Industry News

Port of Miami Tunnel Completed, Easing Truck Movements Soon

After decades of planning and four years of construction, the PortMiami Tunnel will open in a few days for travel in an effort to speed up truck and other vehicle movements in and out of the South Florida facility, following a dedication ceremony on Monday.

Tags: Florida, Intermodal, Port Trucking

May 21, 2014 - Industry News

New Hampshire Diesel, Gasoline Taxes Heading Higher

N.H. Gov. Maggie Hassan signing new transportation legislation. Credit: N.H. Governor's Office Twitter feed.

New Hampshire Diesel, Gasoline Taxes Heading New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan this week signed legislation increasing infrastructure funding by raising diesel and gasoline taxes in the state for the first time since 1991.

Tags: Highway Funding, New Hampshire, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax

May 21, 2014 - Industry News

Drivers Physicals Must Now Be Performed by Certified Medical Examiners

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is reminding the trucking industry Wednesday marks the start of new regulations requiring that all U.S. DOT physicals must be performed by a qualified health professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, FMSCA, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, Safety & Compliance, ATA, American Trucking Associations, OOIDA

May 21, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Says: Truckers, Motorists Want Smooth Roads

A new survey from the nation’s asphalt producers and contractors finds U.S. truck drivers and motorists are increasingly frustrated with the state of U.S. roads, preferring well-maintained, safe, and smooth roadways.

Tags: Drivers, Congress, Research, Survey, Highway Funding, Highways

May 21, 2014 - Industry News

Former FMCSA Administrator Sandberg Appointed to ATRI Board

Sandberg, the CEO of TransSafe Consulting, previously served as administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in the George W. Bush administration.

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, American Transportation Research Institute, ATRI, People

May 21, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Expands Highway Funding Options

American Trucking Associations has reconsidered its policy on highway funding and added seven alternatives to its bedrock commitment to the federal fuel tax.

Tags: ATA, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, American Trucking Associations, Fuel Tax, Diesel Tax

May 20, 2014 - Industry News

Verizon, J.J. Keller Developing New Electronic Compliance System

Verizon Networkfleet and J.J. Keller & Associates have reached an agreement to develop the trucking industry’s first integrated, GPS fleet management solution, which will provide complete performance and compliance management.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Verizon Networkfleet, Information Technology, Safety & Compliance, Hours of Service, Electronic Logging Devices, ELD, CSA

May 20, 2014 - Industry News

ALK Conference Keynote Addresses Driver Retention

Richie Henderson, J.B. Hunt Transport's senior vice president of administration and technology, gives the May 20 keynote.

During his opening keynote during the ALK Technology Conference, J.B. Hunt's Richie Henderson outlined the causes of the ongoing driver shortage, how to resolve it, and how technology can help.

Tags: CSA, Driver Shortage, HOS, J.B. Hunt, ALK Technologies

May 20, 2014 - Industry News

Former DOT Secretary Ray LaHood Joins Infrastructure Investment Firm

Former U.S. Transportation Department Secretary Ray LaHood has joined the infrastructure investment firm Meridiam North America as a senior advisor.

Tags: Ray LaHood, People

May 20, 2014 - Industry News

BNSF Railway Offering New Mexican Intermodal Service

BNSF Railway and the Mexican railroad Ferromex have announced new intermodal service between Chicago and Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico. Trains carrying intermodal containers will interchange at El Paso, Texas to and from FXE, Mexico’s largest railroad, which will operate the trains between the border crossing and Silao five days a week.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Railroads, Intermodal, BNSF

May 20, 2014 - Industry News

April Truck Tonnage Up from March, Remains Near All-Time High

Credit: ATA

The American Trucking Associations’ For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1.5% in April, after rising 0.6% the previous month, according to newly released figures. In April, the index equaled 129.1 versus 127.2 in March. The all-time high was in November 2013 at 131.

Tags: Economy, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Freight, Truck Tonnage, Truck Tonnage Index

May 20, 2014 - Industry News

Third Lawsuit Filed Over FedEx Freight-Bus Crash

The family of a Los Angeles student killed last month when the charter bus he was in was hit by a FedEx Freight truck in Orland, Calif., is filing a wrongful death lawsuit, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Tags: Accidents, California, Federal Fleet, Safety & Compliance, Litigation, FedEx

May 20, 2014 - Industry News

Alliance Formed to Reduce Cargo Theft, Improve Supply Chain Security

Crime-prevention companies CargoNet and LoJack/SC-integrity have formed an alliance to provide supply chain security risk and performance analysis services through a data collection and analytics platform.

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, LoJack, Cargo Theft, CargoNet

May 20, 2014 - Industry News

Colorado Household Mover Sentenced for Fraud

The owner of a Colorado-based moving company was sentenced earlier this month to nearly three years home confinement following him pleading guilty last year to charges of defrauding customers.

Tags: FMCSA, Colorado, Compliance, Office of Inspector General, FMSCA, Crime & Fraud, Fraud, Household Goods Movers, Crime

May 19, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J President Reportedly Out

A high-ranking official with the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J is reportedly no longer with the company, some 13 months after it was raided by federal agents.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Truckstops

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