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April 22, 2014 - Industry News

March Truck Tonnage Gains, First Quarter Down From Previous One

Credit: ATA

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 0.6% in March, after jumping 1.9% the previous month, according to just released figures.

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

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

Hazmat Carriers Seek Improvements in Regulations

Hazardous materials carriers want Congress to change several regulations when it writes the next highway law. William Downey, executive vice president for Kenan Advantage Group, told legislators at a Wednesday hearing that Congress should tell the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration to withdraw its proposed wetlines rule.

Tags: Safety, Hazmat, Tankers, Congress, GAO, NHTSA, ATA

March 18, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index 'Moving in Right Direction Again'

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The American Trucking Associations' For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index performed better in February after plunging 4.5% in January, but weather was still a factor in the numbers.

Tags: ATA, Truck Tonnage, Freight, American Trucking Associations

March 13, 2014 - Industry News

TMC Names Winner of Leadership Award and Excellence in Maintenance Supervision Award

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council recognized Brent Hilton, director of maintenance for Maverick Transportation, Little Rock, Ark., with its Peggy Fisher Study Group Leadership Award during the Council’s 2014 Annual Meeting, Mar. 10-13, in Nashville, Tenn.

Tags: ATA, TMC, Awards, People

March 11, 2014 - Industry News

Byrd: Industry Must Pull Together Like a Family

ATA Chairman Phil Byrd speaks at TMC Tuesday.

TMC, NASHVILLE – Trucking. It's complex, highly technological, and essential to the nation's economy. That was the theme of Phil Byrd, chairman of American Trucking Associations and president and CEO of Bulldog Hiway Express, speaking Tuesday at ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council’s 2014 Annual Meeting.

Tags: ATA, TMC, Image

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Budget Includes Freight, Infrastructure

President Obama’s budget for the Department of Transportation calls for new performance measures and a $10 billion freight program as well as his four-year, $302 billion infrastructure program.

Tags: Department of Transportation, Budget, Highway Funding, Legislation, ATA, Infrastructure, Highways

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

TMC Introduces Certified VMRS Specialist Program

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council is introducing a Certified Specialist Program for users of the Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards, the industry standard coding convention for tracking equipment and maintenance information.

Tags: ATA, TMC, VMRS

February 28, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Seeks Nominations for America's Road Team

American Trucking Associations announced it is seeking nominations for professional truck drivers to serve on the 2015-2016 America's Road Team.

Tags: ATA, American's Road Team

February 28, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking and Others Renew Fight Against Tolls

Photo: Somerset toll booth, Pennsylvania turnpike, by Doug Kerr, via Wikimedia Commons.

Businesses and organizations from numerous sectors of the U.S. economy, including in trucking, have renewed their efforts opposing tolls on existing federal interstates.

Tags: ATA, Congress, Tolls, Old Dominion Freight Line, Highway Funding, President Obama

February 25, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Chairman Phil Byrd Featured Speaker for TMC’s 2014 Annual Meeting

Phil Byrd, chairman of American Trucking Associations and president and CEO of Bulldog Hiway Express, will be the featured speaker for ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council’s 2014 Annual Meeting, to be held March 10-13 in Nashville, Tenn.

Tags: ATA, TMC, ATRI, TCA

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

TMC Accepting Technician Scholarship Applications

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council is accepting applications for its 2014 scholarship programs available for diesel technician studies at WyoTech, the University of Northwestern Ohio, and Lincoln Technical Institute/Lincoln College of Technology/Nashville Auto Diesel College.

Tags: ATA, TMC, Technician Training

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

Cold Weather Freezes Out January Truck Tonnage

Credit: ATA

Like many other parts of the American economy, trucking felt negative effects in January due to extremely cold weather, snow and ice, according to just released figures.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker Group Criticizes Fuel Economy Rules, Others Positive to Cautious

The nation’s largest group of truckers is speaking out against President Obama’s Tuesday announcement ordering federal regulators to increase fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for trucks beyond the 2018 model year. Others say the plan will pay dividends in the trucking industry.

Tags: Regulations, ATA, Frost & Sullivan, Heavy-Duty Trucks, EPA, Fuel Economy, OOIDA, Diesel Technology Forum, NHTSA, President Obama

February 18, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Starts Next Truck Fuel Economy Rule

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on improving the fuel efficiency of American trucks, at the Safeway Distribution Center in Upper Marlboro, Md., Feb. 18, 2014. (Official White House photo by Amanda Lucidon)

UPDATED -- President Obama pushed the start button on the next phase of medium- and heavy-duty fuel economy standards.

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, EPA, Fuel Economy, NHTSA, President Obama, Regulations, ATA

February 5, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Says Separate Study Confirms CSA Effectiveness, ATA Balks

UPDATED -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration claims a new study confirms its Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement program is more effective at identifying commercial bus and truck companies of all sizes for targeted enforcement than the system it replaced.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Safety, ATA, Research, CSA, GAO, SMS

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

Field Study Proving Benefit of Restart Rule Draws Criticism

ATA and others are critical of results of a study on the new hours of service rules. (Photo by Jim Park)

A field test of the 34-hour restart provision of the new hours of service rule shows that the restrictions improve safety. The test found that the provision, which requires drivers to take two successive periods off between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. during their once-a-week restart, is more effective at combating fatigue than the earlier rule, said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, HOS, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Safety

January 29, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Repeats Call for Tax Reform to Fund Highways

President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Feb. 12, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night President Obama repeated his call to use corporate tax reform to fund a large, one-time infusion of money into infrastructure.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, President Obama, Natural Gas, ATA

January 28, 2014 - Industry News

TMC Introduces New Certified VMRS Specialist Program

ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council is introducing a Certified Specialist Program for users of the Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards. VMRS is the industry standard coding convention for tracking equipment and maintenance information.

Tags: ATA, TMC, VMRS

January 28, 2014 - Industry News

Dealer-Fleet Cooperation, Driver Shortage are Vital Issues, ATA Chairman Says

Truck dealers and fleet managers need to work together to smooth maintenance on complex trucks so the industry can continue to grow, Philip Byrd, 2014 chairman of the American Trucking Associations, told an audience at the American Truck Dealers’ annual convention in New Orleans on Sunday.

Tags: American Truck Dealers, American Trucking Associations, Drivers, Maintenance, Dealers, Fleets, ATA

January 24, 2014 - Industry News

American Trucking Associations Reorganizes

The American Trucking Associations announced on Friday it was reorganizing and streamlining a number of the association’s core functions.

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, Associations, People

January 22, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Indicators Hit or Near Record Highs

Two measures about the health of the U.S. trucking industry turned in either their best or near-record numbers for December.

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, Freight, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Truck Tonnage Index, Economy

January 21, 2014 - Industry News

New FMCSA Rule Targets Willful Violators

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s newest enforcement tool is a shutdown order for carriers that flagrantly disregard the safety rules. Under a final rule to be posted this week, the agency can suspend or revoke the authority of willful repeat violators, and impose civil or criminal penalties.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, OOIDA, MAP-21, Regulations, Fleets, Drivers, GAO, Werner Enterprises, FedEx, Congress

January 15, 2014 - Industry News

Ferro Responds to Critics of Zero Truck Fatality Goal During TRB

FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro. (File photo by Jim Park)

Is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s goal of zero truck-related fatalities an ideology or an appropriate aspiration?

Tags: ATA, HOS, Accidents, FMCSA, Anne Ferro, Regulations, Safety and Compliance, TRB

January 14, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Names Curtis J. Shewchuk Chairman of Homeland Security Policy Committee

Curtis J. Shewchuk, Con-way's Chief Security Officer, has been appointed chairman of the American Trucking Associations' Homeland Security Policy Committee.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, Con-way Inc.

January 10, 2014 - Industry News

Dave Osiecki to Lead ATA’s Legislative Affairs Office

UPDATED -- Dave Osiecki, senior vice president of policy and regulatory affairs at American Trucking Associations, will take charge of the association’s lobbying shop.

Tags: Regulations, ATA, Congress, Highway Funding, People

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