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Legislation looks to overturn HOS 34-hour restart provision

Posted 10/31 · 12:53 PM · LM Editorial
Bipartisan legislation introduced by a trio of Congressmen—Reps. Richard Hanna (D-NY), Tom Rice (R-SC) and Michael Michaud (D-Maine) aims to halt the 34-hour restart provision on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s motor carrier hours-of-service (HOS) rules that took effect in July.
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CSCMP panel focuses on industry regulations

Posted 10/29 · 12:32 PM · LM Editorial
The subject of regulations was front and center at last week’s Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Annual Conference in Denver during a session entitled “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles—Regulatory Challenges in Transportation.”
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Cass and Avondale report mixed truckload and intermodal rates for September

Posted 10/16 · 10:39 AM · LM Editorial
September truckload rates were up 1.7 percent compared to September 2012 and up 2.7 percent compared to August, and intermodal rates were down 0.5 percent annually in September and fell 1.2 percent from August.

Trucking merger and acquisition activity starts to heat up

Posted 10/15 · 11:15 AM · LM Editorial
In the first few days of the fourth quarter, there were several trucking M&A-related developments.

A watchful eye on capacity always needs to be open, say trucking industry stakeholders

Posted 10/09 · 11:05 AM · LM Editorial
At the recent FTR Transportation Conference in Indianapolis, there were widespread views regarding market factors germane to capacity expansion.

Knight Transportation “disappointed” in rebuff of $242 million offer for USA Truck

Posted 10/01 · 08:31 AM · LM Editorial
Phoenix-based Knight Transportation, one of the top and most profitable truckload companies, says it is “disappointed” that USA Truck has rejected Knight’s $9 per share, all cash offer to take over the financially ailing Van Buren, Ark.-based TL carrier.

Don’t Get Crushed By the Capacity Squeeze – Five Questions for Your Carriers

Posted 09/18 · 04:40 PM · LM Editorial
These short 5 questions address the business basics, or essential questions that a shipper should be able to answer for every carrier they use.
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Tighter capacity due to HOS regs could spur higher trucking rates, says FTR

Posted 09/13 · 10:02 AM · LM Editorial
Trucking market conditions may result in seasonal pricing power for carriers, according to the Trucking Conditions Index released by freight transportation consultancy FTR Associates this week.

House members call on DOT and FMCSA for clarity on HOS rules

Posted 09/04 · 01:26 PM · LM Editorial
In a letter addressed to Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx last week, 51 Republican members of the House of Representatives expressed their concern regarding the motor carrier Hours of Service (HOS) final rule, which took effect on July 1.
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July tonnage is up annually, reports ATA

Posted 08/20 · 01:52 PM · LM Editorial
Seasonally-adjusted (SA) truck tonnage in July fell 0.4 percent following a 0.1 percent gain in June, and not seasonally-adjusted (NSA) index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by fleets before any seasonal adjustment, increased 3 percent from 125.9 in June to 129.6 in July.

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