Trucking

By John D. Schulz · May 1, 2015
Well-run private fleets continue to set the gold standard for service, safety, and accountability. However, operating a highly efficient fleet takes work—and money. Increasingly, private fleet managers are operating a “blended” operation, alternating between their own trucks and for-hire options to help mitigate costs.
By Peter Moore · May 1, 2015
The announcement by “big brown” that they’re adding 1,400 more compressed natural gas (CNG) powered trucks to their fleet should be interpreted by others as a signal to start getting in gear on alternative fleet fuel system reviews.
By LM Staff · April 24, 2015
Seasonally-adjusted (SA) for-hire truck tonnage in March was up 1.1 percent on the heels of a revised 2.8 percent (from 3.1 percent) February decline, with the SA index at 133.5 (2000=100). This is off 0.3 percent from the all-time high for the SA of 135.8 from January 2015 and is up 5 percent annually.
By John D. Schulz · April 7, 2015
Trucking interests are asking Congress and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to make changes in the way the five-year-old Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program uses data collection involving truck accidents to rate fleets on their overall safety.
SPECIAL REPORT
By John D. Schulz · April 1, 2015
Analysts say our annual listing reflects the management teams that are willing to get their hands dirty in order to compete in the cutthroat world of deregulated trucking. Here are the carriers that are leverage rolling assets and technology to post the most impressive financial numbers.
By Patrick Burnson · March 25, 2015
FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) for January rose to a positive 2.6 reading, reflecting a one month reaction to fuel price reductions and adjustment for reversal of the 2013 Hours of Service changes.
By Jeff Berman · March 13, 2015
The most recent edition of the Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) from freight transportation forecasting firm FTR continued to reflect how current market conditions are translating into solid overall momentum for motor carriers.
By Patrick Burnson · January 20, 2015
American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index was unchanged in December, following a jump of 3.5% during the previous month. In December, the index equaled 136.8 (2000=100), which tied November as the all-time high.
By Jeff Berman · January 12, 2015
Aided by the rapid decline in fuel prices, the most recent edition of the Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) from freight transportation forecasting firm FTR continued to point to favorable market conditions for motor carriers.
By Patrick Burnson · January 1, 2015
The global economic recovery moves sluggishly forward, while the domestic picture has brightened considerably. Our leading market analysts explain how shippers should ready themselves for sustainable demand and plan for incremental rate hikes.
By Jeff Berman · December 15, 2014
Trucking sector warmly endorses move to suspend two consecutive 1 a.m.-5 a.m.rest periods during 34-hour restart period.
By Jeff Berman · December 8, 2014
Late last week, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) said it has called on members of Congress in an effort to cast off what it described as “misinformation” over truck safety while asking Congress to sign off on an appropriations bill that would provide regulatory relief for the trucking sector, specifically focusing on truck driver hours-of-service (HOS) regulations.
By John D. Schulz · November 12, 2014
There is a short window for Congress to sufficiently increase investment in U.S. infrastructure investment before early 2016 presidential campaigns squash any hope of raising taxes to pay for the estimated additional $100 billion needed over the next five years. That’s the word from Bill Graves, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations. He spoke at the 28th annual meeting of the North American Transportation Employee Relations Association (NATERA).
By Jeff Berman · November 3, 2014
A conference call hosted by investment firm Stifel Nicolaus last week that featured Dave Osiecki, Executive Vice President & Head of Advocacy at the American Trucking Associations (ATA) provided a detailed insight into the overall outlook for the trucking industry in terms of regulations and politics that can impact the industry going forward.
SPECIAL REPORT
By John D. Schulz · November 1, 2014
As long as LTL carriers remain disciplined on capacity additions, and the U.S. industrial economy remains strong, the LTL sector is well positioned to continue expanding margins due to operating benefits from increased density and higher freight rates. Analysts agree: It’s time for shippers to pump up the freight budget.

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