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December 11, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Van Rates Jump First Week in December

Van rates on the spot market surged the first week of December, according to the freight-matching service provider DAT. Total spot market loads available increased 16% and spot market capacity increased 5.2%, while load-to-truck ratios increased across the board.

Tags: DAT, Spot Freight, Freight Rates

December 11, 2013 - Industry News

TCA Enlisting Trucking Volunteers for Wreaths Across America Project

More than 400,000 balsam fir wreaths made in Maine were distributed to cemeteries to decorate graves of military service members in 2012.

Trucking companies are helping with the annual effort to decorate more than 400,000 military graves with balsam fir laurels this Saturday.

Tags: Veterans, Wreaths Across America, Trucking's image, Truckload Carriers Association

December 10, 2013 - Industry News

Quaker Steak & Lube and Bosselman Sign Agreement

Quaker Steak & Lube announced it signed an area development agreement with Bosselman Food Services Inc. to open two locations in Nebraska and one in Iowa.

Tags: Expansion

December 10, 2013 - Industry News

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index Remains High in October

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index reading of 9.18 in October, while down marginally from the previous month, remains high due to capacity tightness from regulatory drag.

Tags: FTR, TCI

December 10, 2013 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stops Partners with Truckers Against Trafficking

Love’s Travel Stops announced a partnership with Truckers Against Trafficking, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness among professional truck drivers and travel stop employees to combat human trafficking in our country. Love’s also donated $10,000 to help TAT with the costs of producing materials to support its mission.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Truckers Against Trafficking

December 10, 2013 - Industry News

Ford's John Ruppert to Head Commercial Truck Division

John Ruppert (left) and Fritz Ahadi.

Ford Motor Co.has tapped John Ruppert, its top fleet executive, to head up its commercial truck division, a Ford spokesman told Automotive Fleet on Monday.

Tags: Leadership, Ford

December 10, 2013 - Industry News

Study: Trucks Moved More Than 70% of Manufactured Goods in 2012

American industries shipped almost 11.7 billion tons of goods valued at more than $13.6 trillion in 2012, according to preliminary numbers from a survey from the U.S. Department of Commerce, and trucks carried most of it.

Tags: Trucks, Railroads, Freight

December 10, 2013 - Industry News

Ports of L.A. and Long Beach to Test System to Speed Up Truck Movements

In an effort to streamline traffic at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the Freight Advanced Traveler Information Program Demonstration Project will go live on Wednesday.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Traffic Congestion, Port Trucking

December 10, 2013 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Begins Stock Sale

UPDATED -- The operator of TA and Petro truckstops, TravelCenters of America, has begun a public offering of 6.5 million shares of its common stock at $9.25 per share, as it seem likely that it wants to expand beyond its recent diversification.

Tags: TravelCenters of America LLC, Truckstops

December 10, 2013 - Industry News

Manitoulin Transport Purchasing Vitran

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Less-than-truckload carrier Vitran has announced it has entered into an agreement in which fellow LTL Canadian carrier Manitoulin Transport will acquire the company.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Vitran, Manitoulin, Canada, Cross-Border Trucking

December 10, 2013 - Industry News

Creation of Freight Network Not an Easy Task

In last year’s highway bill, Congress said it wants the Department of Transportation to set a place for freight at the transportation policy table. The first step in that process, defining a highway-based Primary Freight Network, is under way now. It turns out, though, that tracing a Primary Freight Network is not a simple thing.

Tags: Highways, FHWA, MAP-21, Congress

December 9, 2013 - Industry News

Fuel Costs Fall Slightly From Last Week, Oil Near One-Month High

No sooner than had the average cost of diesel fuel had started heading higher it has reversed course, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Oil Prices

December 9, 2013 - Industry News

CTA Names Shawn Yadon as New CEO

The California Trucking Association announced the selection of industry veteran Shawn Yadon as its new chief executive officer.

Tags: CARB, CTA

December 9, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Hires Don Ake and Enhances Truck & Trailer Outlook

FTR has hired Don Ake as vice president of commercial vehicles. In his new role with the company, Ake is directing the enhancement of FTR’s Truck & Trailer Outlook product.

Tags: Leadership, FTR

December 9, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: U.S. NAFTA Trade Up 5%, Trucking Sees Healthy Increase

Three of the five transportation modes carried more U.S.-NAFTA trade in September than in September 2012, as the value of overall U.S. trade with its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico, rose 5% from year to year, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico

December 9, 2013 - Industry News

Oregon Timber Haulers Seek Rest Break Exemption

The Oregon Trucking Association is asking for a limited exemption from the 30-minute break requirement for timber haulers in that state.

Tags: Oregon, HOS, Oregon Trucking Association

December 9, 2013 - Industry News

New ATA Paper Questions CSA Reliability Scores

The American Trucking Associations has just issued a white paper on the reliability of scores from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program in evaluating the safety of individual trucking companies.

December 9, 2013 - Industry News

Sysco and US Foods Merging, Creates Nation’s Second Largest Private Fleet

Two of the nation’s largest distributors of food to commercial kitchens are merging creating one of the nation’s largest private truck fleets.

Tags: Drivers, Private Fleets

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

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