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Trucking industry says 2009 was safest year on record for heavy trucks

Posted 04/12 · 07:39 AM · LM Editorial
The trucking industry is giving itself a pat on the back after government figures show the rate of truck-involved fatalities on U.S. highways fell to 1.17 per 100 million miles in 2009—making it the trucking industry’s safest year since the federal government began keeping track in 1975.

DOT introduces proposed U.S.-Mexico cross border trucking deal with a safety focus

Posted 04/11 · 10:35 AM · LM Editorial
The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) recently unveiled the details relating to an agreement made in early March regarding the cross-border trucking program between the United States and Mexico.

Cass Freight Index is up for second straight month in March

Posted 04/06 · 10:08 AM · LM Editorial
March shipments at 1.108 were up 13.8 percent annually and 6.5 percent compared to February’s 1.036, with shipments above for the 1.0 mark for the tenth straight month going back to May 2010’s 1.014 breaking the 1.0 level for the first time since November 20008.

Truck buying activity on solid footing, says ACT Research

Posted 04/06 · 09:05 AM · LM Editorial
ACT reported that a preliminary reading of heavy-duty Class 8 commercial vehicle net orders for North American markets increased to 29,200 units in March, representing the largest monthly order intake since May 2006.

Diesel prices up 4.4 cents to $3.976 per gallon

Posted 04/05 · 05:04 AM · LM Editorial
This increase follows a 2.5 percent gain and a 0.1 percent decline, respectively, over the last two weeks, with diesel prices showing gains in 17 of the last 18 weeks. On an annual basis, diesel is up 96.1 cents.

White House unveils National Clean Fleets Initiative

Posted 04/04 · 10:52 AM · LM Editorial
Following a recent announcement which called for reducing United States oil imports by one-third in the next decade, President Barack Obama last week rolled out a new energy-focused initiative focusing on trucking in a speech at a UPS facility in Landover, Maryland.

Transportation Best Practices: Solving the transportation network puzzle

Posted 04/01 · 05:43 AM · LM Editorial
There’s a better way to configure complex transportation networks and fill them with the right sort of hauling capacity. The caveat, however, is that the sheer size and complexity of these networks means technology is required to perform the analytics that enable harvesting the value. Here’s how to get it done.

Top 50 trucking companies: Emerging from the shadows

Posted 04/01 · 03:05 AM · LM Editorial
Leading trucking company CEOs say it’s time to pay down debt and put profit to work to recapitalize their businesses - all at a time of tightening capacity. For shippers, the days of rock bottom rates could be long gone.

TransCore reports a near 40 percent gain in spot market van rates

Posted 03/31 · 11:56 AM · LM Editorial
TransCore reported that linehaul rates for vans on the spot market were up 38 percent in the 64 national lanes it tracks. But it also pointed out that rate declines in the remaining lanes left the national average up 0.8 percent.

Future surface transportation reauthorization is focus of House hearing

Posted 03/31 · 08:19 AM · LM Editorial
Various transportation interests met on Capitol Hill this week for a two-day hearing hosted by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, which focused on pending surface transportation reauthorization.

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