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June 16, 2011 - Industry News

PTDI Revises Training Standards

The Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) has revised its standards for entry-level drivers and driver training courses. Revisions include ease of use, updated terminology, more flexible standards, and inclusion of advancements in technology

June 16, 2011 - Industry News

PressurePro Participating in FMCSA's Wireless Inspection Program

Advantage PressurePro announced its participation in the Wireless Roadside Inspection (WRI) Program with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Oak Ridge National Labs

June 16, 2011 - Industry News

Retail Container Traffic Close to Flat through July

Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to remain at about the same levels as last year through July before starting to resume increases later this summer, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates

Tags: Intermodal

June 15, 2011 - Industry News

Anderson Trucking Service's Lease Program to Pay $1 Million in Bonuses To Contractors

Anderson Trucking Service will pay out $1 million in bonuses to drivers who have successfully completed a one-year lease with the Minnesota-based trucking company

June 15, 2011 - Industry News

Networkfleet Connect Integrates Fleet Management with Garmin Navigation

Networkfleet, a wireless fleet management company, released Networkfleet Connect, a set of field management capabilities that integrate with compatible Garmin navigation devices

June 15, 2011 - Industry News

Some Trucks to be Temporarily Banned from U.S. 93 in Boulder City During Construction

After compromising with Arizona and federal government officials, the Nevada Department of Transportation announced plans to temporarily ban some trucks from U.S. 93 in Boulder City

Tags: Highways

June 15, 2011 - Industry News

CVSA Urges Congress to Lift Ban on Enroute Bus Inspections, Look at Bus Driver HOS Regs

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance urged Congress to lift the current restriction in the law that prohibits enroute bus inspections and pledged to immediately encourage all state members to take aggressive enforcement action when warranted

June 15, 2011 - Industry News

ATRI Updates Costs of Trucking Report: Drivers, Fuel Largest Expense

The American Transportation Research Institute released the findings of its 2011 update to An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking

June 15, 2011 - Industry News

Floods Close I-29 South of Iowa 2

Missouri River flooding prompted the Iowa and Missouri departments of transportation this afternoon to officially closed Interstate 29 from exit 10 (Iowa 2) in Iowa to the U.S. 136 interchange (exit 110) near Rock Port, Mo

Tags: Highways

June 14, 2011 - Industry News

FMCSA Wants to Extend Paper Medical Certificate Requirement

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wants extend the requirement that truck drivers keep a paper copy of their medical certificate with them when they're on the job. That requirement was supposed to end in 2012 when a new reporting system is scheduled to be in place, but in a proposed rule published yesterday, the agency said it wants the requirement to stay in place until January 30, 2014

June 14, 2011 - Industry News

Stage is Set for Long Run-Up in Class 8 Vehicle Demand

Despite some recent easing in freight growth and a softening in the path of the U.S. economy, demand for commercial vehicles continues to be strong

June 14, 2011 - Industry News

Carrier Survey Says Expectations Still Strong

More than 80 percent of responding carriers expect increasing volumes in the year ahead, the third highest level reported in the survey.

The recent Second Quarter Business Expectations Survey completed by Transport Capital Partners found more than 80 percent of the carriers responding were expecting volume increases within the next 12 months

Tags: Economy

June 14, 2011 - Industry News

ATA Seeks Withdrawal of Hazardous Materials Loading and Unloading Proposal

In comments filed with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, American Trucking Associations asked the agency to withdraw its proposal to regulate the loading and unloading of hazardous materials in order to conduct needed research

June 14, 2011 - Industry News

SSA Schedules 2011 Convention, Succession Planning Seminar

The Service Specialists Association's 2011 Convention to be held at the Sanibel Harbour Resort and Spa in Fort Myers, Fla., Oct. 13-15

June 14, 2011 - Industry News

Maryland Rehabilitates Two Bridges on I-270

The Maryland State Highway Administration is rehabilitating two bridges on northbound and southbound I-270 over MD 80 (Fingerboard Road) and Bennett Creek in Frederick County

Tags: Highways

June 14, 2011 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Index Sets Record

TransCore's North American Freight Index marked the fifth consecutive month with the highest same-month spot market freight availability in its 15-year history, up 10 percent compared to one year ago

June 13, 2011 - Industry News

Freight Shipping Volumes Flat, Economy 'Stalled,' Cass Says

Freight shipments declined slightly in May as the economy displayed more signs of slowdown, according to the Cass Freight Index for the month. Freight spending was almost unchanged as well, posting a meager 1.7 percent increase over the previous month

Tags: Economy

June 13, 2011 - Industry News

Marten Improves Driver Detention Pay

Marten announced an change in policy for detention pay for drivers

June 13, 2011 - Industry News

Slight Uptick in Diesel Prices; Crude Continues Decline

After several weeks of steady decline, on-highway diesel prices experienced a modest rise last week, the first in six weeks. The national average is up 1.4 cents to $3.954

Tags: Fuel and Oil

June 13, 2011 - Industry News

Iowa DOT closing I-29/680 interchange near Loveland at 6 p.m. Today; Additional Closures Soon Due to Flooding

The Iowa Department of Transportation will be closing the Interstate 29/680 interchange near Loveland at 6 p.m. today due to flooding

Tags: Highways

June 13, 2011 - Industry News

Economic Forecast from FTR: OK for the Near Term but Clouds on Horizon

History shows that neither political party can claim better management of U.S. debt. Source: FTR Associates

Economist Noel Perry is optimistic about the near-term economic outlook. The current pause in activity falls within normal margins for a recovery and probably is not a sign of a double-dip recession, he said last week. But underlying problems in the housing market and the difficulty of resolving the U.S. debt crisis are causes for concern several years out, Perry said in a webinar hosted by FTR Associates, a leading transportation analysis group

Tags: Economy

June 13, 2011 - Industry News

Descartes Acquires Telargo

Descartes Systems Group, a logistics technology company, has acquired privately held Telargo, a provider of telematics solutions

June 13, 2011 - Industry News

Hub Group Acquires Domestic Transport

Hub Group, an asset-light freight transportation management company, acquired assets of Domestic Transport, an intermodal drayage carrier headquartered in Pacific, Wash., through subsidiary Comtrak Logistics

June 13, 2011 - Industry News

Old Dominion Relocates, Expands San Jose Service Center

Old Dominion Freight Line relocated its San Jose (Calif.) Service Center to an expanded and upgraded facility due to sustained growth in the region

June 12, 2011 - Industry News

Inland Truck Parts New Inspection Service Helps Prevent Breakdowns

Pro-Guardian Breakdown Prevention is a 57-point inspection program recently implemented by independent parts and service provider Inland Truck Parts in 20 location

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