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June 19, 2014 - Industry News

Builders Transportation Increases Pay, Offering Sign-On Bonus

It has increased pay to 50 cents per mile or 29% of the freight revenue, for those with at least two years experience, according to a release, along with offering a $3,000 sign-on bonus for experienced drivers.

Tags: Fleets, Owner-Operators, Driver Pay

June 18, 2014 - Industry News

Another Call for Raising Fuel Taxes

Amid warnings about a looming cutoff in highway funding, two Senators are proposing an old-fashioned fix: raise the federal fuel tax. Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., proposed raising gasoline and diesel taxes six cents a year for two years, then indexing them to the Consumer Price Index.

Tags: Legislation, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Senate, Congress

June 18, 2014 - Industry News

ProSight Insurance, SmartDrive form Risk-Management Alliance

An insurance company and a provider of video-based fleet management services have teamed up.

Tags: Telematics, Insurance, Information Technology

June 18, 2014 - Industry News

Canadian In-Transit Shipments Closer to Resuming in U.S.

The Canadian Trucking Alliance said an agreement between the Canada Border Services Agency and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service has been reached to restore carriers’ ability to conduct in-transit movements of Canadian domestic shipments through the United States.

Tags: Canada, Regulations, Cross-Border Trucking, CTA, Canadian Trucking Alliance

June 18, 2014 - Industry News

Court Rules Truckers are Employees, Not Independent Contractors

If a company can control the details of the work performed on its behalf, then workers are employees, not independent contractors, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said in a ruling this week involving a California case and truck drivers.

Tags: Drivers, California, Fleets, Independent Contractors

June 18, 2014 - Industry News

Connecticut Moves to Beef Up State Ports, Maritime Business

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has signed legislation creating the Connecticut Port Authority, which will act as a quasi-public agency to market and coordinate the development of the state’s ports and maritime economy.

Tags: Connecticut, Ports, Port Trucking

June 18, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker Named OOIDA Regulatory Affairs Director

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association said Tuesday that longtime trucker and owner-operator Scott Grenerth has joined OOIDA as Director of Regulatory Affairs.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, Truck Drivers, OOIDA, Owner-Operators

June 18, 2014 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Turnpike, Indiana Toll Road Fees Increasing

Photo: Ben Schumin via Wikimedia Commons

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has approved a 5% toll increase for both E-ZPass and cash customers that will take effect on Jan. 4, 2015.

Tags: Tolls, Pennsylvania, Indiana

June 18, 2014 - Industry News

Mack Upgrading Macungie Plant

Mack Trucks will spend $26 million to upgrade its Macungie Cab & Vehicle Assembly facility in Macungie, Penn.

Tags: Mack Trucks

June 18, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Moving More to Dimensional Pricing

Package delivery giant UPS on Tuesday said beginning December 29, in the United States, dimensional weight will be used to calculate the billable weight of a shipment on all UPS Ground services and UPS Standard to Canada packages.

Tags: UPS, Freight Rates

June 18, 2014 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Costs Higher Than a Year Ago

Compared to the same time last year, truckload linehaul costs in May averaged 5.8% higher, an increase that is consistent with those of 5.7% in April and 6% in March, according to the latest Cass Truckload Linehaul Index.

Tags: Economy, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

June 18, 2014 - Industry News

FedEx Increases Fiscal Quarterly and Yearly Profits

FedEx has reported its fiscal fourth quarter results showing net income increased to $730 million, or $2.46 per share, compared with $679 million, or $2.13 per share, from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, FedEx, FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground

June 18, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Van Rates Near Record High

They increased 1.1% during the second week in June compared to the first week, for an average of $2.07 per mile, with it made up of $1.59 per mile for the linehaul charge and 48 cents for the fuel surcharge.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

June 18, 2014 - Industry News

GM Claims Highest Power Ratings for Midsize Colorado/Canyon

Horsepower and torque ratings announced by General Motors will make its 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups the most powerful in the midsized truck segment, the company claims.

Tags: Chevrolet, Colorado, General Motors, GMC, Pickups, GM, Mid-Size Pickups, Canyon, Light-Duty Trucks, Engines

June 17, 2014 - Industry News

Kenworth's Refreshed Cabovers Now Available

Photo of K370 courtesy of Kenworth.

Kenworth has refreshed its K270 Class 6 and K360 Class 7 cabover trucks with an updated exterior, dash and gauge cluster, front air disc brakes, electronic braking module, Allison six-speed transmission, push-button control shifter, and Dana rear axles.

Tags: Kenworth, Medium-Duty Trucks, Cabovers, Class 6, Class 7

June 17, 2014 - Industry News

Sold15 to Focus On Efficient Shop Management

The Sold15 (Service Opportunities Learning Days) conference will open with a workshop led by an internationally recognized expert in shop maintenance and efficiency, conference organizers have announced.

Tags: Managing The Shop, Events

June 17, 2014 - Industry News

Isuzu Celebrating 30th Anniversary in U.S. Market With Restored First Truck

The first Isuzu to be sold in the U.S. was featured in the company's first issue of its magazine.

In honor of the 30th anniversary of Isuzu trucks in the U.S. market, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America this year is celebrating with a restoration of the very first Isuzu ever sold in this country.

Tags: Isuzu, Medium-Duty Trucks, Company Anniversaries, Low Cab Forward

June 17, 2014 - Industry News

Christenson Transportation Expands to Ohio

Christenson Transportation, Progressive Transportation's agent carrier, has expanded its arrangement with the Florida East Coast Railway to provide more reliable shipping between the Northeast and Florida, according to the company.

Tags: Intermodal, Fleets, Christenson Transportation

June 17, 2014 - Industry News

Inthinc Appoints President, Eyes Expansion

David Muse has joined inthinc Technology Solutions Inc. as president to oversee operations and strategic expansion. Muse, a leading operations technology executive, will help renew the company's focus on strategic growth.

Tags: Information Technology, inthinc, People

June 17, 2014 - Industry News

Union Pacific Railroad Adds Premium Intermodal Service

Union Pacific has increased the frequency of two intermodal services: Portland-Chicago and Northern California-Chicago. Both are part of Union Pacific's top-tier "premium" intermodal service, with four-day delivery in the morning.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Union Pacific

June 17, 2014 - Industry News

Early Bird Deadline This Week for Fleet Safety Conference

The early-bird registration deadline is this Friday for the Fleet Safety Conference, July 22-23 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill. Sessions aimed at heavy-duty truck fleets will include topics such as what you don't know about truck inspections and an update on hours of service and electronic logs.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Events

June 17, 2014 - Industry News

Brenner Tank Production Expands from Wisconsin to Indiana

Brenner DOT 407 Standard Crude Oil Aluminum Tank

Tank trailer products will be built in facilities operated by parent Wabash National in Lafayette, Ind., but Brenner's main plant will remain in Fond du Lac, Wis.

Tags: Wabash National, Tankers, Liquid Tank Trailers, Brenner Tank, Walker Group, Trailers

June 17, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Reflects Broad-Based Gains (With Video)

The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1% in May and saw its second largest year-over-year increase in 2014 thus far.

Tags: Economy, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Truck Tonnage Index

June 17, 2014 - Industry News

HOS Restart Fight Pending in Senate

The effort to suspend the hours of service restart provision will come to a head on the Senate floor this week, possibly this afternoon.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, HOS, CVSA, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, 34 Hour Restart, Legislation, Hours of Service

June 17, 2014 - Industry News

Logistics Report Predicts ‘Banner Year’

This is going to be a banner year for the logistics industry, says Rosalyn Wilson in the 25th Annual State of Logistics Report. The economy last year was not stellar and business inventories plummeted in the first period this year as a consequence of bad weather, but freight is gaining now, Wilson says in a Tuesday presentation at the National Press Club.

Tags: Economy, Forecast, Freight, Logistics, Penske

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