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September 19, 2013 - Industry News

California’s Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Upheld

A three-judge federal panel on Wednesday upheld California’s controversial and first-in-the-nation law requiring fuel-makers to reduce carbon, that detractors say will lead to higher prices for diesel and gasoline.

Tags: CARB, ATA, California, Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Fuel and Oil

September 17, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Driver Appreciation Week Underway

Many trucking groups and industry suppliers this week are asking Americans to reflect and appreciate the 3.1 million professional truck drivers that deliver America’s freight safely and securely, every day, as part of the 25th annual National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Fleets

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

Bill Challenges FMCSA to Write Sleep Disorder Rule

Two congressmen have introduced bipartisan legislation that would require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to write a regulation covering sleep disorders, rather than issue a guidance as it is planning to do.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Legislation, Safety, ATA, Sleep Apnea, OOIDA

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

Walmart Transportation's Gary Harms is National Truck Driving Grand Champion

Gary Harms, a Walmart Transportation professional truck driver based in Olathe, Kan., was named the 2013 National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion.

Tags: ATA, NTDC, National Truck Driving Championships

August 23, 2013 - Industry News

Congressmen Press for Completion of 34-Hour Restart Study

A group of congressmen are pressing the Department of Transportation for a firm date to finish a field study on the newly revised 34-hour restart provision of the hours-of-service rule.

Tags: ATA, Congress, HOS

August 20, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Freight Tonnage Index Strong Despite Drop

July truck tonnage falls from June, but is up from the same time a year ago. Credit: ATA

The amount of freight moved last month fell for the first time since April, according to newly released figures.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

August 19, 2013 - Industry News

Nation’s Top Truck Drivers to Compete in Salt Lake City

This week, hundreds of the nation’s top professional truck drivers will head to Salt Lake City for the 76th National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships to compete for the Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion.

Tags: ATA, Bendix, NTDC, CVSA

August 12, 2013 - Industry News

Bill Would Expand States’ Ability to Regulate Ports

Two New York legislators are pushing a bill that would allow states to regulate port trucking in ways similar to the Port of Los Angeles program that was rejected by the Supreme Court.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Port of Los Angeles, Fleets, Ports, Owner-Operators, Port Trucking

August 5, 2013 - Industry News

ATRI Seeks Industry Input on Top Industry Issues

The American Transportation Research Institute, the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization, launched the 2013 Top Industry Issues Survey.

Tags: ATA, ATRI

August 1, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes to Drop Driver Inspection Reports if No Defects

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is officially proposing to drop the requirement that truck drivers file inspection reports even when there are no defects in the truck.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, ATA, CSA, White House, Foxx

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Index Increases for Second Straight Month

The amount of freight moved in June moved barely higher after surging in May, but it still managed to hit a record high, according to the American Trucking Associations. But that partly reflects a heavier freight mix.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Economy

July 11, 2013 - Industry News

Driver Turnover Rises in First Quarter

Large-fleet turnover is at its highest since the third quarter of 2012.

In the first quarter of 2013, the turnover rate at both large and small truckload carriers rose due to the improving economy and continued competition for well-trained professional drivers, reports the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, Driver Turnover

July 1, 2013 - Industry News

ATA to Host Executive Summit on Making Trucking Technology Pay Off

American Trucking Associations announced it will host the first ATA Executive Summit to explore strategies that maximize the payback for fleets that make investments in technological advances and data analysis.

Tags: ATA, ATRI, Events

June 30, 2013 - Industry News

Forecast Projects Trucking's Share of Tonnage Will Rise to 70.8% by 2024

ATA's U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast to 2024 calculates overall freight revenue will grow by 63.6% to $1.3 trillion annually in 2024 and trucking will see its share of those revenue rise to 81% from 80.7% in 2012.

Tags: ATA, Truck Tonnage

June 27, 2013 - Industry News

US-Canada Call For Review of Empty Trailer Repositioning Rules

A progress report on facilitating cross-border business travel released yesterday by Canadian immigration minister Jason Kenney, public safety minister Vic Toews and US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, signals a willingness to consider long overdue changes to the way the two countries deal with the repositioning moves of foreign empty trailers, according to the Canadian Trucking Alliance.

Tags: ATA, CTA, Cross-Border Trucking

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Forecast: Strong Trucking Growth

American Trucking Associations released the latest edition of U.S. Freight Forecast to 2024, which projects an overall increase in freight volumes for all modes of more than 20% and an increase in the amount of that freight moved by trucks.

Tags: ATA, Freight forecast

June 19, 2013 - Industry News

Court Rules NLRB Went Too Far with Poster Rule

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has affirmed a lower court decision that the National Labor Relations Board went too far when it required employers to post a notice of employee rights.

Tags: NLRB, ATA

June 18, 2013 - Industry News

"Somewhat Contentious" Hearing on Hours of Service, EOBRs Also Discussed

Trucking is a diverse industry, so "one size fits all" regulations are problematic, say critics.

The hearing by the House Highways Subcommittee offered the major contenders in the perpetual HOS wars a chance to air their complaints, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration the chance to defend itself.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Hours of Service, OOIDA, HOS

June 18, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Critical of New Hours-of-Service During Congressional Hearing

In testimony today before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s panel on highways and transit, Steve Williams, chairman and CEO of Maverick USA, said changes to federal hours-of-service rules, set to take effect July 1, are costly and unsupported by data or research.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Hours of Service, ATRI

June 17, 2013 - Industry News

New Research Claims Flaws in HOS Restart Benefit

The American Transportation Research Institute on Monday released the findings of its assessment of the regulatory impact analysis used by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to justify changes to the 34-hour restart provision, scheduled to take effect July 1.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Hours of Service, ATRI

June 10, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Opens Registration for Annual Management Conference & Exhibition

American Trucking Associations announced it has opened registration for the the annual Management Conference & Exhibition, scheduled for Oct. 19-22 in Orlando, Fla.

Tags: ATA, Events

June 6, 2013 - Industry News

New Study Puts Spotlight on FMCSA Insurance Requirement

Uninsured liabilities increasing for trucking companies, according to a new report. (Graphic: actuarial firm of Bickerstaff, Whatley, Ryan & Burkhalter)

A group of trucking companies released research indicating that the federal insurance requirement for the industry is too low, but others such as ATA and OOIDA disagree. The Trucking Alliance, a group of seven carriers that lobby for safety legislation on Capitol Hill, found that the dollar settlements in some cases were far above the $750,000 minimum federal insurance requirement.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Insurance, OOIDA, Litigation

May 29, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Continues as Dominant Freight Transportation Mode

A new report issued by the American Trucking Associations shows trucking continues to be the dominant mode of freight transportation in the United States as even more goods were delivered by truck.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Freight

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Outlines Survey Plans for Electronic Onboard Recorders

In 2011 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District Columbia Circuit vacated the FMCSA's plan to mandate electronic recorders for hours of service because it had not addressed harassment.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is preparing to survey drivers and carriers on the role of electronic onboard recorders in driver harassment. Harassment became a key issue in the pending EOBR rule when an appeals court, acting on a challenge by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, said the agency needed to pay more attention to this concern.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, OOIDA, EOBR

May 21, 2013 - Industry News

Tonnage Index Falls in April, Better Compared to a Year Earlier

The amount of freight moved by for-hire trucking operations fell in April, but the news was not surprising considering economic reports leading up to it.

Tags: ATA, Truck Tonnage Index

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