Industy Update

Industry Update – June 2017

Trumps Says He’s Willing To Increase The Gas Tax
President Donald Trump said he will explore the possibility of higher gasoline and diesel fuel taxes, suggesting an increase could pay for his ambitious infrastructure plan.
“It’s something that I would certainly consider,” Trump told Bloomberg News in an interview.
The president indicated that the additional money would […]

Industry Update – May 2017

Riverside Transportation’s New Refrigerated Division
Riverside Transportation is breaking into the west coast with its Refrigerated Division.  This fleet will operate up and down the I-5 corridor, with various trips to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver and Salt Lake City.
Those who join the fleet, and who live along the I-5 corridor, can enjoy flexible home time […]

Industry Update – April 2017

Preliminary February Class 8 Orders Strong; Backlogs Over 100K for First Time Since June 2016
Preliminary Class 8 net orders for February rose 28 percent from the same period last year to 22,900 units, analysts at FTR Intel reported today, adding that the total represented a 5 percent increase from January 2017. The steady order […]

Industry Update – March 2017

Maverick Transportation to Sponsor Smart Phone Truckers Million Dollar Giveaway
Arkansas-based Maverick Transportation LLC recently announced its sponsorship of the 2017 Smart Phone Truckers Million Dollar Giveaway. This year, 12 trucker finalists will have the opportunity to win $1 million.
“Maverick Transportation is so excited to be one of the sponsors of this great contest,” said […]

Industry Update – February 2017

Washington State Lawmakers Want To Toughen Distracted Driving Laws
Some state lawmakers are pushing to toughen Washington’s decade-old distracted-driving laws.
The Seattle Times reports that two lawmakers are drafting a bill that seeks to ban virtually all use of handheld devices by motorists.
It’s tentatively called the Driving Under the Influence of Electronics Act.
Washington law bars texting […]

Industry Update – January 2017

ATA Congratulates Elaine Chao on Nomination as Transportation Secretary
American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear praised President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao to be the next Secretary of Transportation.
“I had the privilege of serving with and working closely with Secretary Chao during my time at the Department of […]

Industry Update – December 2016

Court of Appeals Judges Uphold ELD Rule
After hearing oral arguments September 13, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals voted unanimously today to uphold the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s final rule mandating electronic logging devices or ELDs in commercial trucks. The rule will now go into effect on December 18, 2017.
The ELD mandate affects an […]

Industry Update – October 2016

FMCSA Denies CVSA Petition to Remove Break From HOS
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration quietly denied a petition from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) asking that the Hours of Service 30-minute rest break provision be removed from the regulation.
The CVSA petition, filed October 28, 2015, saying the rest break provision, which went into […]

Industry Update – September 2016

Summit Express Acquires Fischer Trucking
Ft. Wayne, IN June 23, 2016 – Summit Express Inc, a long-haul truckload carrier based in Ft. Wayne, IN has acquired Fischer Trucking.  Fischer, a Ft. Wayne, IN based dry van truckload carrier specializing in blanket wrap service will become a fully integrated part of Summit Express.
The Fischer name has […]

Industry Update – August 2016

Cass Reports Freight Index At 2016 High; Still Down 5.8% From May 2015

The May freight shipments index rose 1.3 percent from April to a high point for the year, but it was still 5.8 percent below May 2015 and 7.0 percent lower than May 2014, according to transportation analysts Cass Information Systems Inc.

“This year […]