Current news, information and trends in the commercial motor freight industry covering trucking, freight lines and carriers, logistics and classification.

Finally, relief for multiemployer pension plans seen coming in 2014

Posted 12/19 · 12:50 AM · LM Editorial
Help is on the way to ease the financial burden of unionized trucking companies that belong to multiemployer pension plans and possibly assist those companies in their attempt to continue to belong to those plans under modernized rules.

Price of Diesel Continues to Fall

Posted 12/18 · 07:51 AM · SCMR Editorial
Diesel prices dropped for the second straight week, with the average price per gallon falling 0.8 cents to $3.71, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration.

Union-free carriers trying hard to stay that way

Posted 12/18 · 12:15 AM · LM Editorial
Unionized jobs in the trucking industry today are as scarce as four-leaf clovers in the desert, and the growing nonunion trucking sector says that is no accident. They work hard at it every day.

Transport Capital Partners survey shows confidence among carriers for future volume and rate gains

Posted 12/17 · 03:37 AM · LM Editorial
Spurred by signs of future positive growth, recent data released by Transport Capital Partners (TCP) points to increased optimism for motor carriers in the form of increased volumes and rates.

October truck tonnage levels show decent annual gains, reports ATA

Posted 11/20 · 11:26 AM · LM Editorial
Amid a still topsy-turvy economic outlook truck tonnage volumes appear to holding up pretty well, according to data released by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) earlier this week.

New era coming in trucking human relations, experts say

Posted 11/12 · 01:55 PM · LM Editorial
It’s a new era in trucking employee relations as the virtually union-free industry—except for UPS, YRC and ABF and a handful of other Teamster-related companies—copes with a pending labor shortage that is bad and threatens to be even worse.

HOS 34-hour restart provision is far from popular

Posted 11/04 · 11:00 AM · LM Editorial
There has been no shortage of feedback from shippers and carriers regarding the new changes to the motor carrier hours-of-service regulations that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued in July.

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.

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.”

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.

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