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Hours rule proposal advanced

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sent its proposed hours-of-service rule to the Secretary of Transportation.

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Boston hazmat route recommended

The Massachusetts Motor Transportation Association is strongly encouraging use of a Boston hazmat route city officials recommended.

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Lonnie Davis named TCA Highway Angel

The driver reported suspicious activity that led to the capture of two alleged criminals.

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Today: The emerging driver shortage webinar

Freight’s coming back. At the same time, new and proposed regulations threaten to drive thousands of drivers from the industry. As the recession winds down, many carriers could be hamstrung by a serious shortage of drivers able to withstand the scrutiny of Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010, enhanced pre-employment screening and possibly tighter health regulations. To address these trends, analyst Noel Perry and fleet executive Tom Kretsinger Jr. will present “The emerging driver shortage” at 3 p.m. ...

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Bill would strengthen freight broker oversight

The bill increases bond to $100,000 and applies the bonding requirement to freight forwarders.

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Hourly driver pay remains rare

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill recommended researching hourly pay’s effect on trucker safety at a recent Senate hearing.

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Hours rules exemption extended in Gulf states

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced the second extension of its temporary lifting of hours-of-service rules for haulers of some emergency supplies to four southeast coastal states because of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Haulers of certain loads are exempt from HOS until June 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET if transporting to or from the states, both within the affected region and outside it. FMCSA originally had declared a regional emergency affecting Louisiana, ...

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ACT report: Class 8 truck orders surge in April

Net orders for heavy-duty Class 8 commercial vehicles increased 91 percent in April compared with the same month last year, according to ACT Research Co.   In the latest release of the State of the Industry: Classes 5-8 Vehicles, ACT wrote that net orders for heavy-duty vehicles continued to strengthen month-to-month. New orders are spread over the next three quarters, suggesting companies are beginning to place orders for new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2010 emissions compliant equipment. April ...

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Spot freight jumps in April

Spot market freight availability increased by 291 percent in April compared to the same month in 2009, according to TransCore’s North American Freight Index. Load volume was nearly 25 percent higher than in March, more than double the average month-over-month increase for this season. April’s spot freight volume was the highest in any single month since November 2005, which was a record year for spot market freight. Brokers, 3PLs, carriers and owner-operators in North America are on ...

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Intermodal hits record high

Intermodal transport’s share of U.S. long-haul truck traffic reached record highs in the first quarter of 2010, a recent analysis by FTR Associates shows. Both total intermodal movements and movements of domestic intermodal equipment reached new market share highs. Intermodal’s share of U.S. long-haul (550-plus miles) movements of international and domestic containerized freight in the first quarter of 2010 was about 13.5 percent. “This marks the fourth consecutive share increase for intermodal,” said Lawrence Gross, FTR senior ...

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