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Housing still lags rest of the economy

The Census Bureau reported this week that new housing starts declined in December by 4.3 percent, notes the weekly economic recap from the American Trucking Associations. 2010 was the second worst year on record for housing starts, bested only by 2009, when the credit and housing collapse was at its worst.

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Revisiting the oil bubble, as diesel continues up, up, up

In the July 2008 issue of Truckers News, I reported on huge and speculative, long-only investment positions in commodities markets then contributing to the dramatic rise in crude oil and other commodities prices. Oil topped off at an historic high of near $150 a barrel that month, and if you were around trucking then I don't need to tell you what that did to diesel prices. Well, it seems that investor speculation in commodities indices, driving ...

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ATA challenges port concession plan

Aspects of the concession agreement imposed on carriers operating at the Port of Los Angeles are preempted by federal law, the association claimed.

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Driver hours changes: Bummer of a proposal?

Expectation among many haulers leading into FMCSA's Dec. 23 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to change drivers' hours of service regulations was that at least some larger degree of sleeper berth flexibility would be reintroduced in order that, as so many have put it to me over the past year's worth of debating the issue, "truck drivers can sleep when they're tired." It doesn't appear that we've gotten that at all, in spite of all the hope ...

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Tonnage index dips

Index dropped in November from October and compared with November 2009, adjusted tonnage climbed 3.9 percent.

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ATA wants to keep hours rules

American Trucking Associations has issued a white paper and launched a website highlighting successes of the current HOS regulations.

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ATA seeks more CSA changes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said it won’t implement the new system until at least Dec. 12.

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Road Team finalists named

Thirty-four truckers are finalists in the American Trucking Associations’ selection process to become 2011-2012 America's Road Team Captains.

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Freight 6.1 percent ahead of 2009

Year-to-date through October, seasonally adjusted tonnage is up 6.1 percent compared with the same period in 2009.

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Court rules against ATA to speed up port case

A federal court has denied the American Trucking Associations’ request to expedite its appeal in its lawsuit against the Port of Los Angeles.

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