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Amendment to suspend part of HOS regulations is approved by House and Senate

Posted 12/15 · 10:04 AM · LM Editorial
Trucking sector warmly endorses move to suspend two consecutive 1 a.m.-5 a.m.rest periods during 34-hour restart period.
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ATA makes its case for suspension of HOS 34-hour restart in appropriations bill

Posted 12/08 · 11:36 AM · LM Editorial
Late last week, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) said it has called on members of Congress in an effort to cast off what it described as “misinformation” over truck safety while asking Congress to sign off on an appropriations bill that would provide regulatory relief for the trucking sector, specifically focusing on truck driver hours-of-service (HOS) regulations.
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ATA’s Graves: “A few brave souls” in Congress wanted to step up on infrastructure spending

Posted 11/12 · 11:55 AM · LM Editorial
There is a short window for Congress to sufficiently increase investment in U.S. infrastructure investment before early 2016 presidential campaigns squash any hope of raising taxes to pay for the estimated additional $100 billion needed over the next five years. That’s the word from Bill Graves, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations. He spoke at the 28th annual meeting of the North American Transportation Employee Relations Association (NATERA).
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ATA’s Osiecki offers up organization’s view of trucking’s regulatory landscape

Posted 11/03 · 03:08 PM · LM Editorial
A conference call hosted by investment firm Stifel Nicolaus last week that featured Dave Osiecki, Executive Vice President & Head of Advocacy at the American Trucking Associations (ATA) provided a detailed insight into the overall outlook for the trucking industry in terms of regulations and politics that can impact the industry going forward.
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Less-than-truckload Update: Sunny forecast for carriers

Posted 11/01 · 04:00 PM · LM Editorial
As long as LTL carriers remain disciplined on capacity additions, and the U.S. industrial economy remains strong, the LTL sector is well positioned to continue expanding margins due to operating benefits from increased density and higher freight rates. Analysts agree: It’s time for shippers to pump up the freight budget.

Q&A: Bobby Harris, President and CEO BlueGrace Logistics

Posted 10/31 · 09:40 AM · LM Editorial
LM Group News Editor Jeff Berman recently conducted a wide-ranging interview with Bobby Harris, President and CEO of non asset-based 3PL BlueGrace Logistics about various aspects of the freight transportation market.

Knight Transportation acquires Barr-Nunn Transportation

Posted 10/02 · 10:19 AM · LM Editorial
Phoenix-based Knight Transportation, one of the top and most profitable truckload companies said this week it has acquired Barr-Nunn Transportation, a dry van truckload carrier based near Des Moines, Iowa.

15th Annual NASSTRAC Shipper of the Year: TriMas centralizes freight, boosts bottom line

Posted 10/01 · 09:00 PM · LM Editorial
Three years ago, Candace Holowicki, the company’s director of global transportation and logistics, joined its Global Services Organization and helped to level functional silos and bring together procurement, logistics, operations, and continuous improvement areas—a move that now saves millions annually.

Seasonally-adjusted truck tonnage volumes in August set a new record high, reports ATA

Posted 09/26 · 10:40 AM · LM Editorial
Seasonally-adjusted (SA) for-hire truck tonnage in August saw a 1.6 percent increase in August on the heels of a 1.5 percent increase in July. The August SA index––at 132.6 (2000=100)––stands as a new SA high, with November 2013’s 131.0 now the second best month recorded.
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Shipper’s get mixed forecast on intermodal service

Posted 09/25 · 08:28 AM · LM Editorial
Shippers attending the Intermodal Association of North America's (IANA) annual Intermodal Expo in Long Beach this week were given some good news/bad news regarding truck and rail capacity for the remaining year.
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