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Groups veto hours changes

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the American Trucking Associations and a shippers’ group all opposed the proposals.

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Politicians support current hours rule

A bipartisan group of congressmen and senators has called on the Obama administration to retain the current safety rules.

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ATA tonnage index increases 3.8% in January

Compared with January 2010, adjusted tonnage climbed 8 percent, which was the largest year-over-year increase since April 2010.

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Groups split on cell phone proposal

ATA supports hands-free cell phone use, while OOIDA opposes federal proposal to ban handheld mobile phones.

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Ports authority over trucking operators examined

The American Trucking Associations has finished filing appeal briefs against the Port of Los Angeles.

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Speakers support hours status quo

In an FMCSA session, representatives from carriers and trucking groups and owner-operators said proposed changes wouldn’t lead to improvements

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ATA offers hours information

The American Trucking Associations is making information about proposed hours-of-service changes available to drivers at truck stops.

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Truck tonnage rises 4.2% in December year-over-year

ATA said the seasonally adjusted December index was the highest since September 2008.

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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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