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September 11, 2013 - Industry News

GAO Report Balks at Tanker Wetline Regulations

In 2011 PHMSA proposed new rules over requiring that these loading and unloading lines on tankers be absent of any flammable liquids. Photo: Evan Lockridge

A new Government Accountability Office report throws cold water on Congressionally mandated plans to further regulate tanker wetlines, to the delight of the nation’s tanker carriers.

Tags: Government Accountability Office, U.S. DOT, Safety & Compliance, Tankers, Fleets

September 11, 2013 - Industry News

New Rules for Trip Permits in Oregon

An Oregon DOT motor carrier enforcement officer weighs a truck as a it passes through a Port of Entry.

The Oregon Department of Transportation recently began limiting the number of temporary passes/trip permits a motor carrier can purchase in a 12-month period – a move that one association representative calls “a money grab” that will affect small-business motor carriers located outside the state.

Tags: Drivers, Oregon, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, Owner-Operators

September 10, 2013 - Industry News

Brake Safety Week Is On: Here are Some Tips

Today's Trucking---30,000 brakes will be inspected on trucks across North America this week, and not all will pass. The annual Brake Safety Week held by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will see inspectors taking a closer look at brake systems on your trucks.

Tags: Drivers, Brakes, Brake Safety Week, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, CVSA, Enforcement

September 9, 2013 - Industry News

Teamsters Ready for UPS Supplemental Revote

Balloting is set to begin soon for Teamsters Union members at UPS to revote on seven supplemental agreements that were turned back when a national master agreement was approved earlier this summer.

Tags: UPS, Fleets, Teamsters

September 9, 2013 - Industry News

Driver Input Sought for Hours-of-Service Study

Photo: Jim Park

The American Transportation Research Institute has started its second phase of research on the effects of recent changes to the hours-of-service rules, which went into effect on July 1.

Tags: Drivers, Hours of Service, ATRI, Fleets

September 9, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking CFO Gets 30 Months in Prison For Check-Kiting Scheme

The chief financial officer of a trucking company has received a sentence of two and half years in prison in relation to a $3.6 million check kiting scheme.

Tags: Ohio, Fleets, Fraud

September 9, 2013 - Industry News

N.J. Governor Vetoes Driver Misclassification Bill

A New Jersey bill attacking the independent contractor model at the ports has been vetoed.

UPDATED--New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie has rejected legislation regarding the “misclassification” of some truck drivers in the state as independent contractors rather than employees..

Tags: Drivers, New Jersey, Fleets, Port Trucking, Owner-Operators, Ports, Intermodal

September 5, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Revenues Increase in First Half of 2013

Photo: Evan Lockridge

A new government report shows revenue in the trucking business increased 1.5% in the first six months of the year in the United States compared to the same time in 2012.

Tags: Economy, Fleets

September 4, 2013 - Industry News

Former USA Dry Van Execs Charged in Alleged Scheme

Former trucking company executives Sergio Lagos, Aurelio “Jim” Aleman, and Oscar Barbosa were arrested following the return of a six-count federal indictment charging wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Tags: Fleets, Fraud, GE Capital

September 4, 2013 - Industry News

ATRI Releases Updated Operation Costs of Trucking Report

The average marginal cost per mile in 2012 was $1.63, a slight decrease from the $1.71 found in 2011, according to the American Transportation Research Institute's latest update to An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking.

Tags: ATRI, Costs per mile, Fleets

September 3, 2013 - Industry News

C.R. England Thins Non-Driver Ranks

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Trucking company C.R. England says it is responding to “a stagnant economy, increasing federal regulations and a tightening market for drivers” in making a decision to cut 81 non-driving positions from its workforce.

Tags: C.R. England, Fleets

September 3, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Tops List of Toll Road Scofflaws

The Illinois Tollway has posting a list of toll scofflaws on its website following Gov. Pat Quinn signing legislation allowing the tollway authority to publish the names of toll violators owing $1,000 or more.

Tags: Tolls, Illinois Tollway, Illinois, Fleets

August 29, 2013 - Industry News

Teamsters Approve Five of Seven ABF Supplement Agreements

New Teamsters contract with ABF won't take effect until all supplemental agreements are approved. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Teamsters Union members at the trucking company ABF have approved five of the seven remaining supplements, while two did not pass.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Teamsters, ABF

August 28, 2013 - Industry News

Study: Highly Successful Trucking Companies Use Different HR Practices with Drivers

Highly successful companies use distinct practices in building their workforces and offer more benefits to recruit and retain drivers when compared to all other trucking companies, according to new research in the 2013 Texas Trucking Industry Study.

Tags: Drivers, Texas, Recruiting, Fleets, Retention

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

CARB Will Hold Carriers Responsible for Dispatching Non-Compliant Owner Operators

Businesses that dispatch vehicles or owner operators in California must verify that each contracted vehicle is in compliance with the California Truck & Bus regulation or has reported compliance to the California Air Resources Board.

Tags: CARB, California, Fleets, Owner-Operators, Clean Air Retrofit

August 23, 2013 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Changing Bridge Weight Limits Starting August 29

Pennsylvania DOT Secretary Barry Schoch has authorized his department to add or increase weight restrictions to about 1,000 structurally deficient bridges.

Tags: Drivers, Pennsylvania, Highway Funding, Fleets, Road Construction, Bridges

August 22, 2013 - Industry News

HDT Looking for Greenest Fleets

Heavy Duty Trucking is looking for fleets that have made a commitment to sustainability, alternative fuels and greenhouse gas emissions for its November issue on Top Green Fleets.

Tags: Fleets, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, MPG, Emissions

August 21, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Driver Was Distracted Before Bridge Crash, NTSB Says

A truck driver reported that he was distracted just before he ran into the car in front of him, pushing it off of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge into the water 27 feet below.

Tags: Accidents, Drivers, NTSB, Maryland, Fleets

August 21, 2013 - Industry News

Lawsuit Against Swift Transportation Certified as Class Action

Swift potentially faces claims from drivers over how they were paid. Photo: Evan Lockridge

More than nine years after a suit was first filed against the carrier Swift Transportation, over claims it cheated drivers out of compensation, it has been certified as a class action.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Litigation, Swift Transportation

August 21, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Remain Strong Despite Weekly Drop

Spot market freight rates are remaining stronger than usual for this time of year says DAT. Credit: DAT

Freight rates on one leading spot market have declined over the past week, but they remain stronger than usual for this time a year, especially in two sectors.

Tags: Fleets, Freight, Owner-Operators, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

August 20, 2013 - Industry News

PeopleNet Recognizes Four Fleet Innovators

Four fleets were honored as “exceptional” innovators at PeopleNet’s annual Customer Appreciation Dinner during the company’s users conference Tuesday in San Antonio.

Tags: Information Technology, PeopleNet, Fleets

August 19, 2013 - Industry News

Paradigm Oil and Gas Closes Purchase of Cam Trucking and Well Services

Texas-based Paradigm Oil and Gas closed on the purchase of Cam Trucking and Well Services on Friday.

Tags: Fleets

August 16, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Housing Starts Increase While Consumer Confidence Drops

Overall home starts in July increased despite a drop in single-family units.

U.S. housing starts in July jumped 5.9% in July from the month before due to strength in volatile multifamily construction.

Tags: Economy, Fleets

August 15, 2013 - Industry News

Roadrunner Transportation Prices Stock Offering

Asset-light and logistics provider, Roadrunner Transportation, has priced a public offering of 4.3 million shares of common stock, an increase over its previously announced public offering of 3.5 million shares, at a price of $27 per share to the public.

Tags: Fleets, Roadrunner Transportation

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

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