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October 23, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Rates Dip, Demand and Capacity Remain Elevated

The chart depicts national average spot market (“broker buy”) rates during the past four weeks. Rates are derived from DAT RateView and the DAT network of load boards.

While national average rates for vans and refrigerated rates dipped slightly, spot market capacity and demand on the DAT network of load boards remained seasonally elevated during the week ending Oct. 19.

Tags: Freight, Owner-Operators, DAT, Spot Freight

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

Broker Suit Against Bond Is Back in Motion

The suit by small property brokers against new bond requirements is back in motion after a federal magistrate lifted a stay, clearing the way for legal arguments over moving the matter to federal appeals court.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, Freight, Owner-Operators, Brokers, Litigation

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

SmartTruck Refutes Recent Test Results

SmartTruck said a recent third-party computational fluid dynamics study conducted by CD-adapco showed SmartTruck’s UT6 trailer aerodynamics system reduces drag by more than 10%, translating into highway fuel savings of approximately 7%

UPDATED -- Officials with SmartTruck fired back at testing results announced a month ago showing trailer undercarriage air deflectors result in fuel savings far less than some manufacturers are claiming, releasing its own third-party research at the American Trucking Associations' annual convention.

Tags: SmartTruck, PIT, Aerodynamics, MPG, Fuel Economy, Trailers

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Dips Overall and for Trucking

The nation’s unemployment rate continues moving lower inch-by-inch, hitting a five-year low, according to the U.S. Labor Department. It fell to 7.2% in September compared to 7.3% in August.

Tags: Drivers, Economy, Unemployment

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

ATA to Allow Non-Members in National Truck Driving Championships

The ATA National Truck Driving Championships trophy on display during the group's annual convention in Orlando, Fla. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO -- The American Trucking Associations’ board of directors on Tuesday voted to make the National Truck Driving Championships more inclusive by allowing non-ATA members of state trucking associations to compete in the annual safety competition. The decision was made during the group’s Management Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, National Truck Driving Championships, Events, ATA2013

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

Phil Byrd Elected 69th Chairman of American Trucking Associations

Phil Byrd, president of Bulldog Hiway Express, Charleston, S.C., is ATA's new chairman.

The board of directors of American Trucking Associations has elected Phil Byrd, president of Bulldog Hiway Express, Charleston, S.C., as the federation’s 69th chairman. It happened Tuesday in Orlando, Fla. during the ATA’s Management Conference and Exhibition.

Tags: ATA, ATA2013, Leadership

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

PeopleNet Going After Energy Business

Two announcements this week demonstrate how PeopleNet is going after the growing oil and natural gas business, with the Energy Services area combining PeopleNet fleet mobility solutions with technologies from other Trimble companies to create technology solutions for this sector.

Tags: Information Technology, PeopleNet, Fuel and Oil, ATA2013

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

September Class 8 Orders Modest, Class 5-7 Orders Up 18%

September is typically the second weakest order month of the year for Class 8, so modest activity was expected, reports ACT Research. Class 8 net orders were 19,018 units, and there also was a spike in cancellations.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Sales, ACT Research

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

Illiana Corridor Highway Closer to Reality

A long-sought east-west toll road south of Chicago is closer to reality following approval last week by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's MPO Policy Committee, which means the DOT can go after funding for the Illiana Corridor project.

Tags: Illinois, Indiana, Highways, Road Construction

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

RedStone Logistics Launches Logistics Resource Group Subsidiary

ORLANDO -- RedStone Logistics, a third-party logistics company specializing in logistics management services, announced the public launch of a wholly owned subsidiary, Logistics Resource Group.

Tags: 3PL, ATA2013

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

Kenworth of Pennsylvania Opens New Parts and Service Location Near Lancaster, Pa.

Kenworth of Pennsylvania has opened a new parts and service facility in an industrial area near Lancaster less than a mile south of Pennsylvania Routes 230 and 283.

Tags: Kenworth, Dealers, Expansion, Kenworth of Pennsylvania

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

NATSO Foundation Pledges to Fight Human Trafficking

The NATSO Foundation announced that the truckstop and travel plaza industry is engaging in nationwide efforts to combat human trafficking and in supporting the educational efforts of advocacy group Truckers Against Trafficking.

Tags: NATSO, Truckers Against Trafficking, Truckstops

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Jumps Again in September

The American Trucking Associations just released For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1.4% in September from the month before, matching the August gain.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

ATA: Trucking Short of Nearly 100,000 Drivers Annually

On Tuesday American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello said fleets are adjusting to continued tightness in the driver market by increasing pay and hiring newer drivers.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, Driver Shortage, ATA2013

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Stable as Oil Falls Below $100

After falling for five straight weeks the average cost of diesel remains the same this week from the week before, according to the U.S. Energy Department, the lowest price since mid-June.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

October 21, 2013 - Industry News

ATA, DAT Partner to Supplement Economic Reports

American Trucking Associations has partnered with DAT, the operator of an industry spot marketplace, to include data about the spot market for trucking services in ATA's monthly Trucking Activity Report, ATA American Trucking Trends, and other information services ATA provides to its members and the public.

Tags: ATA, DAT, Spot Freight, ATA2013

October 21, 2013 - Industry News

GE Capital, Clean Energy Form Alliance to Accelerate Adoption of Natural Gas

GE Capital's Transportation Finance business and Clean Energy Fuels Corp. have entered into a strategic alliance to accelerate the conversion of heavy-duty trucking fleets from diesel to cleaner-burning, less-expensive natural gas.

Tags: GE Capital, Natural Gas Vehicles, Clean Energy, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas Fueling Station

October 21, 2013 - Industry News

Survey Finds Third-Party Logistics CEOs Project Growth Amidst Slow Economy

The 20th Annual Survey of Third-Party Logistics Provider CEOs, sponsored by Penske Logistics, revealed that despite a slow economy, North American CEOs have their sights set on growth, expecting their companies to increase revenues by an average of 14.6% over the next three years.

Tags: Leadership, 3PL

October 21, 2013 - Industry News

Volvo, Mack Continue Support of ATA Efforts

Mack Trucks will continue to sponsor the Share the Road highway safety education program in 2014.

Volvo Trucks will remain the sole sponsor in 2014 of the America’s Road Team, the company announced at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Fla.

Tags: Volvo, ATA, Mack, Share the Road, America's Road Team, ATA2013

October 21, 2013 - Industry News

Wisconsin Hosts Workshops on Idle Reduction Technologies

The Wisconsin State Energy Office is partnering with Wisconsin Clean Cities to host a “Driving the Green Highway” workshop and expo for trucking fleets Friday, Nov. 1 in Pewaukee, Wis. It will focus on idle reduction technologies and funding opportunities.

Tags: Wisconsin, Idle Reduction

October 21, 2013 - Industry News

Tidewater Transit and MCO Transport Named 2013 Volvo Trucks Safety Award Winners

Tidewater Transit Co. of Kinston, N.C., won the Volvo Trucks Safety Award in the over 20 million miles category

Volvo Trucks once again honored two of its safest customers with the 2013 Volvo Trucks Safety Award during the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition. Each fleet was presented $25,000 to be used toward safety-related activities.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, ATA2013

October 21, 2013 - Industry News

CARB Fines KS Industries $230,000 for Diesel Fleet Violations

The California Air Resources Board has fined Bakersfield-based KS Industries, an engineering and construction firm, $230,250 for failing to update its diesel trucks to clean up harmful emissions as required by state anti-pollution laws.

Tags: CARB, Fines

October 21, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Honors Mike Russell 'Good Stuff' Image Award Winners

ORLANDO -- American Trucking Associations announced the winners of the seventh annual Mike Russell "Good Stuff" Trucking Image Awards, honoring four organizations for their efforts to generate positive awareness of the trucking industry's essential role in the economy and dedication to safety.

Tags: ATA, Trucking's image

October 21, 2013 - Industry News

Survey Says: Hours of Service Top Trucking Industry Concern

ATRI President and COO Rebecca Brewster delivering the results of a survey of top trucking industry concerns. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO -- The changes to the federal commercial driver hours of service rules that went into effect July 1 caused the issue to top the American Transportation Research Institute's annual survey of more than 4,000 trucking industry executives, truck drivers, trucking industry suppliers and government.

Tags: Economy, ATA, CSA, Hours of Service, Driver Shortage, EOBR, ATRI, ATA2013

October 21, 2013 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Execs Share Successes, Peek into Future

From left, Martin Daum, Wolfgang Bernhard, and new Daimler global communications director for commercial vehicles, Florian Martens. (Photo by Evan Lockridge)

Although truck sales are not where they thought they would be a year ago, Daimler Trucks executives say they've achieved a list of goals and are solidly on top in U.S. market share – but they'd like to see the U.S. government take some steps to provide a more stable economic environment and incentivize the purchase of new, cleaner-burning trucks.

Tags: Daimler Trucks, Daimler Trucks North America, ATA2013

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