CCJ Staff

Monthly freight index up 0.2% in April

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.2 percent in April.

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Prices on used sleepers rising

Retail pricing for Class 8 sleeper tractors continued to increase from January through April despite average mileage near-record highs.

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FMCSA: No need for no-defect intermodal DVIRs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Monday, June 11, issued its final rule that eliminates the requirement for drivers operating intermodal equipment to submit – and intermodal equipment providers to retain – driver-vehicle inspection reports when the driver has neither found nor been made aware of any defects in the IME. FMCSA’s action responds to a joint petition for rulemaking from the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association and the Institute of International Container Lessors concerning ...

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FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index improves in April

FTR Associates on Friday, June 8, announced that its Trucking Conditions Index for April moved significantly higher from the previous month, climbing 2.7 points to a favorable reading of 9.1. The index is a compilation of factors affecting trucking companies; any reading above zero indicates a positive environment for truckers, with readings above 10 a sign that volumes, prices and margin are in a solidly favorable range for trucking companies. “Volume growth is modest, but ...

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ATA to Congress: TSA efforts must be risk-based

Phil Byrd, vice chairman of the American Trucking Associations, told a congressional subcommittee on Thursday, May 31, that efforts to secure the nation’s transportation system should be deployed based on specific and credible intelligence. “ATA has followed with some interest TSA’s efforts to establish higher visibility operations in surface transportation,” Byrd said of the Transportation Security Administration’s Visible Intermodal Preparedness and Response program, which recently conducted security exercises in Georgia and Tennessee. “ATA supports such operations ...

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FMCSA clarifies oilfield hours exceptions

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Friday, June 1, announced its revision of regulatory guidance to clarify the applicability of the oilfield operations exceptions to the hours-of-service regulations, and the agency has requested comments on the revision. FMCSA said a significant increase in oil and gas drilling operations in many states has resulted in a major increase in commercial motor vehicle traffic to move the oilfield equipment, and to transport large quantities of supplies, such ...

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