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October 21, 2013 - Industry News

Survey Says: Hours of Service Top Trucking Industry Concern

ATRI President and COO Rebecca Brewster delivering the results of a survey of top trucking industry concerns. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO -- The changes to the federal commercial driver hours of service rules that went into effect July 1 caused the issue to top the American Transportation Research Institute's annual survey of more than 4,000 trucking industry executives, truck drivers, trucking industry suppliers and government.

Tags: Economy, ATA, CSA, Hours of Service, Driver Shortage, EOBR, ATRI, ATA2013

October 21, 2013 - Industry News

ATA's Graves Takes Aim at Republican Party as Part of the Challenges Faced by Trucking

ORLANDO -- American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves said the industry continues to play a central role in the U.S. economy, despite the myriad of challenges facing the industry, and took direct aim at the Republican Party.

Tags: ATA, ATA2013, Government

October 20, 2013 - Industry News

'Eyes on the Economy' Panel Examines 'OK' Economy

The &#39;Eyes on the Economy&#39; panel featured, from left, ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello, ACT Research&#39;s Kenny Vieth, and Mark Vitner from Wells Fargo. (Photo by Evan Lockridge)<br />

The economy and freight continues to chug along in an "OK" mode, while stagnant capacity and new and pending regulations put the industry "on the cusp of a capacity crunch" if the economy speeds up, according to a panel of economic and industry experts at the American Trucking Associations' annual convention Sunday.

Tags: Economy, ATA, ACT Research, Truck Tonnage, ATA2013

October 20, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Honors Year's Best in Trucking

American Trucking Associations recognized some of the industry’s finest performances Sunday during its annual Management Conference & Exhibition, before a large crowd assembled for the opening general session.

Tags: ATA, ATA2013

October 19, 2013 - Industry News

American Trucking Associations MC&E Wraps Up in Orlando

UPDATED Wed., Oct. 23 – The American Trucking Associations' annual Management Conference and Exhibition wrapped up Tuesday in Orlando, Fla. Click the headline for the latest news and product announcements from the show.

Tags: ATA, Events, ATA2013

October 10, 2013 - Industry News

ATA’s Safety Management Council Announces 2013 Award Recipients

American Trucking Associations’ Safety Management Council announced its 2013 award winners at its Safety & Human Resources National Conference & Exhibition in Sparks, Nev. last week.

Tags: ATA, Safety Management Council

October 7, 2013 - Industry News

Turnover Rose at Large Truckload Fleets in the Second Quarter

According to the latest edition of American Trucking Associations’ Trucking Activity Report, the annualized turnover rate at large truckload fleets rose two percentage points to 99% in the second quarter of 2013.

Tags: ATA, Driver Turnover

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes to Clarify ‘Tank Vehicle’ Definition

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing a new definition of a “tank vehicle” to clarify concerns about the impact of the definition on Commercial Drivers License requirements.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, CDL, Hazmat, Tankers

September 24, 2013 - Industry News

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

Overall freight revenue will grow by 63.6% to $1.3 trillion annually in 2024 and trucking will see its share of those revenues rise to 81% from 80.7% in 2012.

Tags: ATA, Economic forecast

September 24, 2013 - Industry News

6 Myths About the Economy

“I think it’s pretty astounding this economy continues to grow when you think about the shocks it’s taken," said Bob Costello, chief economist & vice president, American Trucking Associations, speaking at TMW Systems’ Transforum user conference in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday.

Tags: Economy, ATA, TMW

September 24, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Economist: Industry Faces Capacity Crunch

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello speaking at TMW Transforum this week.

ANAHEIM -- The trucking industry is looking at a severe capacity crunch in coming years with a variety of factors contributing to the situation, according to Bob Costello, chief economist of the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: Drivers, Economy, ATA, Freight, TMW

September 24, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Jumped 1.4% in August

The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1.4% in August after falling 0.6% in July. The latest gain was the largest since May.

Tags: ATA, Truck Tonnage, Freight

September 20, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Executives Named to Inaugural Lead ATA Class

American Trucking Associations announced the first 17 trucking industry executives who have been accepted into Lead ATA, the trucking group’s new program to educate and engage future leaders.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, Idle Reduction

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Will Address Sleep Apnea Through Rulemaking

Who says government is slow and unresponsive? A week ago two Representatives introduced a bill that that would compel the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to write a regulation covering sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, rather than issue a guidance. Now there has been some movement.

Tags: ATA, Congress, Sleep Apnea, OOIDA, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

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

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