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Transplace rolls out a Preferred Shipper Checklist focused on best practices

Posted 02/05 · 12:13 PM · LM Editorial
In an effort to help buyers of freight transportation and logistics services to better understand the required best practices in order to be a shipper of choice for their carrier partners, non asset-based third-party logistics (3PL) services provider Transplace said this week it has rolled out a Preferred Shipper Checklist.

FTR Trucking Conditions Index sees nice rebound in December

Posted 01/18 · 11:09 AM · LM Editorial
In November 2015, the most recent month for which data is available, the TCI saw a sizable 3.58 percent jump to 8.64, following 3.4 percent drop off from September to October while halting a sequence of declines in recent months, too.
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Truckload and intermodal rates finish 2015 with declines, says Avondale and Cass data

Posted 01/12 · 12:05 PM · LM Editorial
Both truckload and intermodal pricing finished 2015 with lesser gains, according to the most recent edition of the Truckload and Intermodal Cost Indexes from Cass Information Systems and Avondale Partners, which was released last week.

Questions remain as driver coercion rule is set to take effect at end of January

Posted 01/05 · 10:30 AM · LM Editorial
Even through improvements in rule's language from its introduction are apparent, questions remain about how it will be specifically enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
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Truck tonnage volumes are down from October to November, reports ATA

Posted 12/22 · 02:19 PM · LM Editorial
Seasonally-adjusted (SA) for-hire truck tonnage in November at 134.3 (2000=100) was off 0.9 percent compared to October, and ATA’s not seasonally-adjusted (NSA) index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by fleets before any seasonal adjustment was 129.0 in November and 7.6 percent below October’s 139.6.
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November spot market activity sees traditional seasonal decline, reports DAT

Posted 12/16 · 10:08 AM · LM Editorial
Staying true to seasonal patterns, November spot market volumes saw a 15 percent decline, according to data recently issued by Portland, Oregon-based freight marketplace platform and information provider DAT, a subsidiary of Roper Industries, in its DAT North American Freight Index.
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ELD final rule is formally issued by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Posted 12/10 · 11:58 AM · LM Editorial
The objective of the rule, according to FMCSA, is to strengthen commercial truck and bus drivers’ compliance with hours-of-service (HOS) regulations that combat fatigue. The rule will take full effect on December 10, 2017, two years after the date of the final rule being issued.
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FAST Act language is driving changes for CSA

Posted 12/07 · 11:56 AM · LM Editorial
Upon the signing of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act into law late last week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced changes it made to its Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) program, as per the FAST Act that called for changes to improve transparency in the FMCSA’s oversight activity.
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Final ‘Driver Coercion’ rule is published in Federal Register, will take effect in January

Posted 11/30 · 02:47 PM · LM Editorial
The rule, which will take effect on January 29, 2016, adopts regulations that prohibit motor carriers, shippers, receivers, or transportation intermediaries from coercing drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in violation of certain provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
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October truck tonnage levels remain in familiar territory

Posted 11/24 · 12:52 PM · LM Editorial
Seasonally-adjusted (SA) for-hire truck tonnage in October at 135.7 (2000=100) was up 1.9 percent compared to September’s 133.1, and the ATA’s not seasonally-adjusted (NSA) index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by fleets before any seasonal adjustment was 139.8 in October, which was 0.9 percent ahead of September.
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