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Uproar over proposed HOS regulations not abating anytime soon

Posted 02/23 · 02:49 PM · LM Editorial
As you probably already know, not too long ago the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) floated the idea of reducing available daily driving time for truck drivers by one hour from 11 to ten hours per day. Needless to say, this was not well received, and not surprisingly, it seems to have become even less popular than it was when first introduced.

Diesel prices move up 3.9 cents to $3.573 per gallon, says EIA

Posted 02/23 · 10:11 AM · LM Editorial
Diesel prices continued to surge, with the price per gallon up 3.9 cents this week to $3.573, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA). On an annual basis, diesel prices are up 74.1 cents.

Averitt continues to expand flatbed operations

Posted 02/22 · 12:46 PM · LM Editorial
Freight transportation and logistics services provider Averitt Express said today it is making further inroads into expanding its flatbed operation, which launched at the beginning of 2009, when it rolled out flatbed service in eight markets.

UPS adds to its alternative fuel vehicle fleet with purchase of 48 LNG-powered tractors

Posted 02/22 · 11:31 AM · LM Editorial
In a continued commitment to sustainability with a primary focus on fuel efficiency and energy security, UPS announced it has bought 48 heavy tractor trucks manufactured by Kenworth that are equipped to run on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
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Vitran completes acquisition of Milan’s LTL operations

Posted 02/22 · 10:34 AM · LM Editorial
Milan provides regional LTL services in the central and southern regions of the United States. By bringing Milan into the fold, Vitran gains 16 terminals in new markets, including Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Legislation for heavier trucks re-introduced in the House

Posted 02/21 · 01:19 PM · LM Editorial
Legislation focused on increasing truck size and weights was reintroduced to Congress last week by Representatives Mike Michaud (D-Maine) and Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio).

Funding questions are front and center in proposed surface transportation bill

Posted 02/18 · 01:52 AM · LM Editorial
On the heels of President Obama’s recently released proposed fiscal year 2012 budget request, there have been no shortages of opinions regarding the transportation components of the budget, most notably the proposed six-year, $556 billion surface transportation reauthorization proposal.

January retail sales numbers show continued gains, according to Commerce and NRF

Posted 02/15 · 09:58 AM · LM Editorial
Retail sales began 2011 on a relatively promising note, according to data released by the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation (NRF). January retail sales, which include non-general merchandise like automobiles, gasoline, and restaurants, were $381.6 billion for a 0.3 percent increase from December and a 7.8 percent increase over January 2010, according to Commerce.

Diesel prices move up another 2.1 cents per gallon

Posted 02/15 · 07:45 AM · LM Editorial
Another week brought another increase in the price per gallon of diesel, with prices rising 2.1 cents this week to $3.534 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA). On an annual basis, diesel prices are up 77.8 cents.

Proposed fiscal year 2012 budget represents increases for transportation funding

Posted 02/14 · 01:15 PM · LM Editorial
From a supply chain and logistics perspective, the most interesting part of this budget is the proposed six-year, $556 billion surface transportation and reauthorization proposal.

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