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Shippers need to step up on rates to help solve driver shortage, top trucking official predicts

Posted 09/28 · 09:24 AM · LM Editorial
The long-running truck driver shortage is getting worse and is limiting carriers’ expansion plans at a time when economic growth is beginning to constrain surface transportation capacity. Finding and retaining enough complaint truck drivers “is the biggest single challenge for us as an industry,” a top trucking industry executive says.

New Armstrong report addresses carrier/freight broker mix

Posted 09/22 · 01:57 PM · LM Editorial
Ever-evolving logistics management business models have driven significant change in the Domestic Transportation Management (DTM)/Freight Brokerage landscape

Port of Oakland works on dredging and drayage upgrades

Posted 09/21 · 01:32 PM · LM Editorial
The Port of Oakland said today it’s nearly a third of the way through its annual maintenance dredging program for 2015.

Final rule for electronic logging devices is pushed back to end of October

Posted 09/17 · 10:38 AM · LM Editorial
The much anticipated final rule for electronic logging devices (ELD) has been pushed back one month from September 30 to October 30, according to the most recent Report on DOT Significant Rulemakings issued by the United States Department of Transportation.

Wisconsin Rep. Ribble makes case for heavier trucks with The Safe Trucking Act

Posted 09/15 · 12:46 PM · LM Editorial
For more than a long time, there has been heavy debate and discussion over truck size and weight-related issues. One argument that has been consistently made over time in an effort to allow heavier and longer trucks on the road, with the objective of increasing highway productivity, has been to reform Interstate vehicle weight limits for six-axle trucks. This topic again came to light last week, with Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis..) introducing the Safe, Flexible, and Efficient (SAFE) Trucking Act.

Truckload failures take a welcome step back in Q2, according to Avondale data

Posted 09/02 · 10:33 AM · LM Editorial
Putting the renewed strength in the truckload market into a very positive perspective is a report issued by Avondale Partners analyst Donald Broughton, which was released yesterday. Entitled, “Q2’15 Trucking Capacity; Goldilocks Era Continues,” Broughton explained that in the second quarter only 70 truckload fleets failed, or exited the business. That number may seem high to some, but it is not, especially when you consider that the second quarter of 2014 saw more than five times as many truckload carriers,…

Cass, Avondale report points to mixed truckload and intermodal rates for July

Posted 08/19 · 11:12 AM · LM Editorial
The most recent edition of the Truckload and Intermodal Cost Indexes from Cass Information Systems and Avondale Partners showed that truckload and intermodal rates for the month of July were mixed.

2015 Quest for Quality: Truckload carries the economy

Posted 08/01 · 09:56 PM · LM Editorial
According to the reporting of our veteran trucking correspondent John Schulz, the truckload sector now accounts for about 37 percent of total freight transportation spending in the U.S.—and is by far the largest single piece of the trucking market.

2015 State of Trucking: Carriers gain the upper hand

Posted 08/01 · 05:00 PM · LM Editorial
While there’s adequate capacity in what’s viewed as a less chaotic market than last year, carriers have regained a position of strength as the supply/demand equation rests comfortably in their favor. As a result, truckers are seeking “shippers of choice” as looming capacity worries continue to mount.
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ATA says FMCSA “living in Spin City” in analysis of latest GAO report on drivers’ hours

Posted 07/31 · 10:43 AM · LM Editorial
A new Government Accountability Office report on the effects of changes to truck driver hours of service rules has sparked a war of words between the American Trucking Associations and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the arm of the Transportation Department that is in charge of making those rules.

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