August 28, 2014 - Industry News
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is implementing a system for monitoring parking availability at truck stops along a section of Interstate 94.
Tags: Hours of Service, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Truck Parking, Rest Areas, Minnesota, Truckstops
U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $103 billion in June as all five major transportation modes carried more cargo by value than during June 2013, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures.
Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade
The California Air Resources Board has issued a reminder there are just a few days left before the Aug. 31 deadline for ordering new transport refrigeration units, known commonly as reefers, and engines, if you want to qualify for an extension.
Tags: CARB, Regulations, California, Reefers, Emissions, Trailers
UPDATED -- The U.S. gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 4.2% in the second quarter of the year, according to a second estimate released Thursday by the U.S. Commerce Department -- its best pace since the third quarter of last year.
Tags: Economy, GDP, Auto Sales
Nearly 35 million million Americans are expected to journey 50 miles or more from home Thursday through Monday, a 1.3% percent increase over 2013.
Tags: Security, Safety, Traffic Congestion, Highway Fatalities, Cargo Theft, Holiday Travel
A new survey asked thousands of truck drivers nationwide what makes them choose one job over another, and pay came out as the top reason, followed by the amount of time they get at home and then benefits.
Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Recruiting, Retention, National Retail Systems
August 27, 2014 - Industry News
Trailer orders fell month-over-month in July, but were up 37% compared to a year ago, according to fictures from ACT Research.
Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer orders
The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled two classes of individuals working for FedEx Ground in California and Oregon were misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees.
Tags: Litigation, Independent Contractors, FedEx
Ruan Transportation Management Systems has announced changes to key leadership positions within the company.
Tags: Ruan, People, Fleets
Supply chain management company, CEVA Logistics, said Tuesday it will expand its presence in the San Diego market with a new freight management and logistics facility totaling 125,000 square feet and 23 dock doors.
Tags: California, CEVA Logistics, Fleets, Logistics
Daimler Trucks North America marked the production of its 3 millionth vehicle in North America.
Tags: Freightliner, Truck Sales, Schneider, Daimler Trucks North America, 6X2, Detroit Diesel
Carriers and drivers can now get a violation removed from their CSA scores if a court has dismissed it. Under a system that went live August 23, carriers and drivers can submit proof of dismissal or a not-guilty finding through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s DataQs portal.
Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Drivers, Safety & Compliance
Talks between representatives for longshoreman at West Coast ports and shipping companies have resulted in an agreement on at least one topic as they continue to try and hammer out a new labor contract.
Tags: Intermodal, Ports, Port Trucking, Labor Unions
The summer doldrums appear to have kicked in on the spot freight market, with rates barely moving for the second straight week, according to the freight matching service provider DAT.
Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates
August 26, 2014 - Industry News
Sales of used Class 8 trucks sold in July were 2% better than the month before, as selling prices remained high.
Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Vehicle Sales, Used Trucks
UPDATED -- A coalition of industry groups is putting pressure on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to remove CSA safety scores from public view. In an August 22 letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, American Trucking Associations and 10 other groups said the scores are not likely to provide an accurate assessment of a carrier’s safety.
Tags: FMCSA, Safety, ATA, CSA, OOIDA
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced that the Annual Brake Safety Week will run Sept. 7-13.
Tags: Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Brake Safety Week, Operation Airbrake, Brakes
The Alabama State Port Authority finalized its purchase this week of two industrial properties including a 35-acre tract fronting the seaport’s channel and a 63-acre industrial tract within one mile of the harbor for expansion.
Tags: Alabama, Intermodal, Ports, Port Trucking
If you have been enjoying the recent drop in fuel prices, expect it to continue into next year, according to the U.S. Energy Department’s latest Short Term Energy Outlook.
Tags: Oil Prices, Research, Department of Energy, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices
One of USA Truck’s minority investors and its manager are calling for changes within the trucking company, including selling off all or part of to ousting its current leader.
Tags: USA Truck, Mergers & Acquisitions, Fleets
The parent company of bulk tanker carrier Florida Rock and Tank Lines filed papers a few days ago to spin off the trucking business into a new holding company that is separate from its real estate ventures.
Tags: Fleets, Patriot Transportation, Florida Rock & Tank Lines
Former Roadrunner executive Donald R. Foust has been named as the new president of YRC Worldwide’s regional less-than truckload operation New Penn, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Tags: Fleets, People, YRC Worldwide, New Penn
UPDATED -- Shipments and new orders for manufactured durable goods continue moving higher, with both hitting record levels -- but the numbers may not be as bright as they seem.
Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Consumer Confidence
August 25, 2014 - Industry News
The Healthy Trucking Association of America, in conjunction with OraSure Technologies and AbbVie, has launched the Truckers Rolling Against Hepatitis C nationwide initiative.
Tags: Driver Health, Driver Wellness, Healthy Trucking Association
There seems to be no letting up when it comes to recent declines in the average price of on-highway diesel, with it hitting its lowest level since July 2013.
Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices
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