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December 9, 2013 - Industry News

Teamsters to Vote Soon on YRC Contract Extension

The parent to several trucking companies, YRC Worldwide, has announced that local union leaders of the Teamsters Union have approved sending the company's proposed changes to the current Memorandum of Understanding to its 26,000 YRCW members for a vote.

Tags: Drivers, Teamsters, YRC Worldwide

December 9, 2013 - Industry News

OOIDA Truckers for Troops to Send Care Packages

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association's seventh Truckers for Troops care package campaign is going on this week. The fundraising effort is an OOIDA tradition since 2007 and has a head start with a donation of $5,000 from Shell Rotella. Truckers for Troops raises money to pack and send care packages to service personnel stationed in combat zones.

Tags: Charity, OOIDA

December 8, 2013 - Industry News

Road Work Continues, Load Width Reduced on I-24 Ohio River Bridge

Photo by Daniel Schwen via Wikimedia Commons.

Work will continue on the I-24 Ohio River Bridge between Paducah, Ky., and Metropolis, Ill., into mid-January, and the maximum load width will be reduced.

Tags: Ohio, Illinois, Highways

December 6, 2013 - Industry News

OOIDA Files Lawsuit Over California Truck Regulations

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, against the California Air Resources Board on Friday, in connection with the Truck and Bus Regulation.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Trucks, California, OOIDA

December 6, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Revokes Around 2,000 Freight Broker Licenses

UPDATED -- Nearly 10% of the nation’s freight brokers no longer have their licenses following new federal regulations that took effect requiring a higher bonding amount, while another source says the number is even higher.

Tags: TIA, OOIDA, Freight, Brokers, AIPBA, FMCSA, ATA

December 6, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Hits Five-Year Low, Consumer Spending Up

Unemployment moved down in November to its lowest level in five years and with it trucking added the most jobs in several months.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Consumer Spending

December 5, 2013 - Industry News

Biodiesel Producers Air Concerns About Proposed Cutbacks

Biodiesel producers continue to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to cut the volume of renewable fuels next year. At a Thursday hearing, producers told the agency that the planned cutback threatens investments that already have been made and could lead to layoffs.

Tags: Biodiesel, National Biodiesel Board, EPA, Alternative Fuels, Fuel and Oil

December 5, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Industry Warns D.C. Diesel Registration Proposal Will Hurt City

A proposed ban on diesel-powered vehicles in the District of Columbia has drawn a strong response from a coalition of trucking industry groups. The coalition warned the D.C. Council that provisions in the recently introduced Sustainable D.C. Omnibus Act of 2013 would have “significantly harmful effects on the District’s economy and on the quality of life of District residents.”

Tags: Emissions, Legislation, ATA, Washington D.C.

December 5, 2013 - Industry News

Container Lines Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV Talking Merger

Two container shipping companies have acknowledged they are in talks about a possible merger that would create the world’s fourth largest such shipping fleet.

Tags: Intermodal, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking

December 5, 2013 - Industry News

Road Improvements for Trucks Coming to N.J. Ports

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has authorized a program to continue a multimillion-dollar upgrade of the road network at the agency’s New Jersey marine terminals.

Tags: Drivers, New Jersey, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Road Construction, Port Trucking

December 5, 2013 - Industry News

Senator Urges FMCSA to Act on Food Safety

A recent news report about broken truck reefer units in Ohio prompted Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, to press the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to act on food safety.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Congress

December 5, 2013 - Industry News

More Than 10.5 Million Truck Crossings Into the U.S. in 2012

Truck crossings from Canada totaled 5.6 million in 2012. Photo by Jim Park

Border crossings into the U.S. from Canada and Mexico in 2012 included 10.7 million truck crossings, along with with personal vehicles entering the U.S. nearly 96 million times (33.1 million from Canada, and 62.7 million from Mexico.) The stats also include 320,000 buses and 37,000 trains.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade, Freight

December 5, 2013 - Industry News

Loves’s Opens Dayton, Ohio, Location Off I-75

Love's new Dayton, Ohio location.

Love’s Travel Stops opened a new location in Dayton, Ohio, off I-75, expanding its presence in the Buckeye State. The new Love’s is open 24 hours a day and features 98 truck parking spaces.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Truckstops, Drivers, Diesel Fuel, DEF, I-75, Ohio

December 5, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Third Quarter GDP Grows 3.6%

The broadest measure of health of the nation’s economy shows it expanded at an annual rate of 3.6% in the third quarter of the year, more than originally reported, according to the U.S. Commerce Department on Thursday.

Tags: Economy, ATA, GDP

December 5, 2013 - Industry News

Study: New Diesel Truck and Bus Engines Emissions Dramatically Cleaner Than Expected

A new study says the reduction in emissions in the newest clean-diesel engines has exceeded the amount required by law. The study by the Coordinating Research Council in cooperation with the Health Effects Institute highlights the low-emissions performance of the new generation of clean diesel technology manufactured starting in 2010.

Tags: Emissions, Diesel Engines, Diesel Emissions, EPA, Diesel Technology Forum, NHTSA

December 5, 2013 - Industry News

Christmas Comes Early to the U.S. Capitol on a Mack Truck

The U.S. Marine Corps Band plays during the lighting ceremony.

After completing a journey of more than 5,000 miles on the back of a Mack Pinnacle model, the 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree was lit in an official ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 3.

Tags: Mack, Capitol Christmas Tree, Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks

December 5, 2013 - Industry News

ABF Closing 30 Terminals

Less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight System is cutting its number of terminals from 277 to 247. In a “change of operations” filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, ABF parent company Arkansas Best said it had already eliminated eight facilities in the second half of this year, with the rest still yet to close.

Tags: Arkansas Best, Teamsters, ABF, LTL

December 4, 2013 - Industry News

Fuel Tax Hike Proposal Draws Broad Support

Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s bid to raise federal fuel taxes to pay for more investment in roads and bridges drew strong support from a wide range of interests, including American Trucking Associations.

Tags: taxes, Congress, Infrastructure, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax

December 4, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Rates Increase Across the Board Due to Better Load-to-Truck Ratios

Freight rates have posted their first across the board increases for the first time in several weeks on one of the nation’s largest spot markets.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

December 4, 2013 - Industry News

NY Thruway Installs Wrong Way Warning System

The New York Thruway has installed the first-in-the-nation Doppler-radar-enhanced LED signs to alert wrong way drivers before they enter the Niagara Expressway, also known as I-190, at the southbound exit 9 off-ramp in Buffalo.

Tags: New York, Safety & Compliance, New York Thruway

December 4, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Sales and Employment Jump

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Sales of new homes on the United States skyrocketed in October, recording the biggest monthly increase in more than 30 years, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Employment

December 4, 2013 - Industry News

Study Finds Panama Canal Expansion Will Affect U.S. Trucking

Photo: U.S. DOT

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration recently released a study on shipping patterns and industry costs that will help the United States prepare for the anticipated impact on its ports, waterways and intermodal freight systems from the Panama Canal expansion.

Tags: Intermodal, Freight, Panama Canal, Port Trucking

December 4, 2013 - Industry News

Kids' Art Contest to Promote Safety Belts for Truckers

Second grader Caleb Zhao from Gaithersburg, Md., was the grand prize winner of last year’s "Be Ready. Be Buckled." art contest for the kindergarten through second grade age group.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is now taking entries for its annual “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” student art contest organized by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership.

December 4, 2013 - Industry News

ACT Research: November Preliminary Truck Order Numbers Up

November North American Class 5 through 7 net truck orders are expected to total 18,000 while Class 8 orders are expected at 21,200 units, when actual data are released mid-month, according to commercial vehicle data analysts at ACT Research.

Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research, Truck Orders

December 4, 2013 - Industry News

Union Pacific Rolls Out New Intermodal Offering with Mexico

Union Pacific Railroad recently introduced a new intermodal service offering between Chicago and Monterrey, Mexico, giving companies another option to move goods across the border six days a week.

Tags: Intermodal, Freight

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