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Electric Trucks Will Help ‘Kill Dirty Diesel,’ California Lawmakers Say

Parked east of the California Capitol steps was a long line of vehicles as clean as they were large, including a yellow school bus, a UPS delivery truck and an AC Transit bus — all with electric or hybrid motors

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Scarce Truck Parking Has Atlanta Looking for Solutions

Not nearly enough parking exists in metro Atlanta for truckers who must comply with federal rules that limit how many hours they can drive – a shortage that’s about to get worse, thanks to new enforcement procedures

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More than 600 Comment on EPA’s Proposed Renewable Fuel Standard

Comments on a plan by the Trump administration to halt the future growth of biomass-based diesel fuel and reduce the short-term requirements for all renewable fuels were largely split down the middle, pro and con.

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Equity Group Buys Majority Stake in Chemical Hauler Odyssey

A private equity group has reached a deal to become the majority owner of Odyssey Logistics & Technology, a third-party logistics company specializing in chemical transportation.

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Britain to Test Part-Driverless Platoons of Trucks

Britain is set to conduct road trials of self-driving trucks, involving a “platoon” of vehicles controlled by a driver in the front.

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Mississippi Transportation Commission Opposes Longer Combination Trucks

Legislation that would authorize the use of twin 33-foot trailers nationwide would decrease safety and damage freight infrastructure, the Mississippi Transportation Commission recently told a federal policymaker.

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Kansas DOT Grants Help Ease Freight-Route Congestion

Certain cities in Kansas are using state Department of Transportation funding to reshape roads near distribution centers that draw freight congestion.

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Trump’s Planned Infrastructure Boom Bumps Up Against Worker Shortage

President Donald Trump’s plan to boost the economy with millions of jobs rebuilding roads, bridges and ports has a snag, the construction industry says: There aren’t nearly enough skilled workers to fill them.

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Effort to Halt ELD Mandate Withdrawn From House Funding Bill

A proposal to deny funding for the enforcement of the December mandate on electronic logging devices was removed from a fiscal 2018 funding bill the House is scheduled to consider next month.

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Companies Add More Jobs Than Forecast, ADP Data Show

Companies added more workers than forecast in August, indicating the U.S. job market remains solid, according to data released Aug. 30 from the ADP Research Institute in Roseland, New Jersey.

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Second-Quarter Growth Revised to 3% in Momentum Boost

U.S. second-quarter growth was revised upward to the fastest pace in two years on stronger household spending and a bigger gain in business investment, putting the economy on a stronger track, Commerce Department data showed Aug. 30.

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Wabco, Nexteer Sign Long-Term Cooperation Agreement

Wabco Holdings Inc. signed a long-term cooperation agreement with Nexteer Automotive, a provider of intuitive motion control, as it prepares for the advent of self-driving commercial vehicles, according to the company.

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FHWA Gives $25 Million to Texas Relief

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced Aug. 29 that the Federal Highway Administration will make $25 million in emergency relief funds available to Texas in order to repair some of the damage wrought by Hurricane Harvey.

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Port of Corpus Christi Remains Closed After Drilling Ship Breaks From Dock, Sinks Tugboat

The Port of Corpus Christi remains closed after an oil drilling ship broke from its mooring Aug. 26, sank a tugboat and beached in the ship channel’s entrance to the Gulf of Mexico.

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New Low-Sulfur Rules for Maritime Fuels Force Fleets to Scramble

The International Maritime Organization announced that shippers and global refiners must reduce sulfur content in marine bunker fuels by January 2020, five years earlier than had been expected.

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Cummins Debuts All-Electric Demonstration Truck, the Aeos

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Cummins Inc. today unveiled its all-electric powertrain demonstration truck.

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About 114 Multiemployer Pensions in Deep Trouble

About 114 multiemployer pensions covering more than 1 million workers are due to run out of money within the next two decades, but the overall state of the system is healthy, according to reports from two actuarial consulting firms.

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Daimler Sets Up Silicon Valley ‘Shark Tank’ to Take Company into the Future

Facing a future in which private car ownership may fade, Daimler is ramping up efforts to create new products and services — even business models.

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ATA Milestone Lego Trucks

Celebrate the Arkansas Trucking Association's 85th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Arkansas Trucking Championship. Be a part of our long history with this custom Milestone LegoTM Truck. Order one assembled and display your pride for Arkansas trucking right out of the box. Or if you're ambitious, order unassembled and build it yourself.   $100 plus shipping & handling Order now! Save

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Arkansas Commercial Truck Safety and Education Program Applications Now Available

The Arkansas State Highway Commission is pleased to announce the next application cycle for the Arkansas Commercial Truck Safety and Education Program. Act 1176 of 2013 authorized the Arkansas Commercial Truck Safety and Education Program (ACTSEP). The purpose of this act is to advance State interests in roadway safety by proposing to improve the safety of the commercial truck industry through cooperative public private programs that focus on increased enforcement, regulatory compliance, indust...

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Truckers Fight Trafficking in Arkansas

On April 18, Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed into law a bill that will require truck drivers to complete training on recognizing the signs of human trafficking before obtaining their commercial drivers license. Arkansas is the first state to pass this kind of legislation. With the support of the Arkansas Trucking Association, the bill was sponsored by Rep. Charlotte Douglas (R-75th) and co-sponsored by Sen. Linda Collins Smith (R-19th). Read More ...

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Even in trucking, punctuation matters

A recent court decision came down to a missing comma when a Maine court sided with a group of dairy truck drivers in a dispute on overtime pay. In May 2014, a group of dairy truck drivers sued Maine-based Oakhurst Dairy for $10 million in overtime pay. Oakhurst Dairy cited a Maine law that said that certain jobs are exempt from overtime pay. Oakhurst Dairy won that lawsuit. Read More ...

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Ark. Voters Won't Decide on Fuel Tax Increase or Other Highway Funding in 2018

  A proposal to put highway funding measures on the Arkansas ballot in 2018 failed to get a majority (51 votes) in the House when a group challenged the proposal’s inclusion of a fuel tax increase. The house bill, sponsored by Rep. Dan Douglas (R-91st District) proposed allowing voters to approve the state Highway Commission issuing bonds for 20 years and paying those bonds with a 6.5 percent sales tax increase on the wholesale price of gasoline and diesel. Read More ...

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JB Hunt Invests $2.7 Million in Innovation Center at UA

J.B. Hunt Transport Services announced a $2.75 million investment in the University of Arkansas to create the J.B. Hunt Innovation Center of Excellence. The center will be a collaborative effort between the company, the College of Engineering and the Sam M. Walton College of Business to advance supply chain management efficiency through technology. “This grant will have an incredible impact on the university and further solidify our stature as an innovative leader in supply chain manageme...

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Trump talked health care with truckers

Pres. Donald Trump met with members of the American Trucking Associations and America’s Road Team Captains, a group of professional drivers from across the industry at the White House to talk about health care and the industry the day before a vote on health care reform was cancelled. "Trucking is the backbone of the nation's economy. We employ 1 in 16 people in the U.S. Driving a truck is the top job in 29 states. Trucking moves 70% of the nation's freight and 56% of GDP. To grow our eco...

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Nikola Motor Co. Outlines Progress on Hydrogen-Electric Class 8

Nikola Motor Co. is considering several changes related to its planned hydrogen-electric Class 8 trucks, the company told those who have made reservations and placed refundable deposits. Those changes include chassis design and leasing options.

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Daseke Inc. Post Net Loss in First Quarter, Sees Market Improvement in 2017

Daseke Inc. reported a net loss in its first earnings report since going public in February. However, company executives said the results were consistent with expectations and that recent gains in pricing and demand should bolster revenue and profits later in the year.

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Pennsylvania Town Tables Proposed Werner Facility, Again

The need for a pavement study and intersection analysis kept a proposed trucking facility in Palmer Township, Pa., from gaining planning board approval.

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Missouri Officials Removed From Weigh Station Company Help Inc. Board After Conflict of Interest Concerns

Representatives from the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Missouri Department of Transportation will no longer serve as board members of a trucking company in light of concerns that their involvement in the weigh station bypass industry they help regulate is a conflict of interest.

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After Four-Year Slide, South Florida Trade Prospects Improving

The dollar volume of trade through the Miami Customs District slid for the fourth straight year in 2016, but there are indications that the long decline may be over.

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Petroleum, Motor Vehicles Boost US Import Prices

U.S. import prices increased more than expected in April amid rising costs for petroleum products and a range of other goods, which could help boost domestic inflation and keep the Federal Reserve on course for further interest rate hikes.

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XPO Completes LTL Rebranding

XPO Logistics said May 9 it has finished the rebranding of its North American less-than-truckload business a little more than 18 months after it was acquired from Con-way Inc.

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Flexi-Van, DCLI to Start Chassis Pool in Port of New York-New Jersey

Chassis providers Flexi-Van Leasing and Direct ChassisLink Inc. will launch a "pool of pools" beginning June 1, offering trucking companies shared chassis at the Port of New York and New Jersey.

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ITS Logistics Appoints Sanders CEO to Replace Founder Lynch

ITS Logistics has promoted Greg Sanders to take over as CEO, replacing Jeff Lynch, who started the business with two college buddies in 1999 and who will remain a part-owner and member of the board of directors.

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Plan to Ease South Florida Cargo Congestion Back on the Table

A project aimed at helping to solve congestion at South Florida's ports by utilizing the U.S. 27 corridor from Miami to western Palm Beach County is being revived

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USA Truck Wins 'Most Valuable Employers for Military' Award

USA Truck in Van Buren, Ark., is a winner for the 2017 Most Valuable Employers for Military. Awarded by RecruitMilitary, the recognition serves to help military-experienced job seekers identify top employers to target for civilian careers.

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Wayne Smith Trucking Founder Passes Away

Wayne Smith, founder of Wayne Smith Trucking in Morrillton, Ark., passed away Friday after a long battle with cancer. Smith served on the board of directors for over two decades and was a founding trustee of ATA's Self-Insurers' Fund, which provides workers compensation to dozens of small trucking companies across the state.  "The world has lost a great man, and many of us have lost a good friend," said Arkansas Trucking Association President Shannon Newton. "Wayne has had a reputation for...

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Saia Profits Up 7.7% With Help From Lower Tax Rate

Less-than-truckload earnings season began on a positive note with growth in shipments and revenue growth compared with the lackluster year-over-year results in the truckload sector.

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Senate Funding Leaders Ask Fed Watchdog to Review Effects of Autonomous Tech on Truckers

Rapid advancements in autonomous vehicle technology present the potential for machines to replace people in the workplace.

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Economy Expands at Slowest Pace in Three Years

The U.S. economy expanded at the slowest pace in three years as weak auto sales and lower home-heating bills dragged down consumer spending, offsetting a pickup in investment led by housing and oil drilling.

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CEOs Salivate Over Trump's Tax-Cut Plans, Vague as They May Be

CEOs are keeping their fingers crossed that the skeletal details offered up by President Donald Trump's administration April 26 will turn into a concrete proposal to slash the corporate tax rate to 15% from the current 35%. That would free them up to invest and fuel economic expansion, they said in interviews and conference calls this week.

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Striking N.Y. Drivers Get Support from Teamsters President Jim Hoffa

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which represents 1.4 million members, issued its support April 27 for Teamsters Local 812 in its strike against East Yaphank, N.Y., beer distributor Clare Rose.

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Consumer Sentiment Little Changed in April

Household sentiment was little changed in April from the previous month, holding at an elevated level on optimism about personal finances, University of Michigan survey data showed.

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Western Star Showcases Highway, Vocational Trucks to Mark 50th Anniversary

PHOENIX - Western Star Trucks held a 50th anniversary event here on April 27, showcasing its custom trucks for highway and vocational applications and saluting its history rooted in Canada.

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Universal Logistics Profits Fall in First Quarter Despite Higher Revenue

Profits at Universal Logistics Holdings Inc. fell 42% year-over-year despite 9.2% growth in revenue during the same period, which the company acknowledged was due to problems with a few of its large value-added programs.

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Mack Trucks Turning the Corner? Company to Hire 50 for Pennsylvania Plant

Less than three months ago, Mack Trucks reported its weakest year of truck deliveries in six years. Now, it appears, the heavy-duty truck manufacturer with a massive assembly plant in Lower Macungie Township, Pa., is turning the corner.

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Did Daimler Test an 'Automated' Truck in Oregon? Not Exactly

Did Daimler take a self-driving truck for a spin in Oregon late last year? Not really.

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UPS First-Quarter Profits, Revenue Rise

UPS Inc. struggled with currency exchange rates but benefited from a new treatment in taxes and wound up with a 2.4% gain in first-quarter net income and a 6.2% surge in global revenue.

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Dear Diary, There's Nowhere to Park: ATRI Studies Drivers' Parking Dilemma

The American Transportation Research Institute, the trucking industry's not-for-profit research organization, released the results of its Truck Parking Diary research, where commercial drivers provided detailed documentation of their challenges in looking for safe, available truck parking.  Participating drivers recorded their parking experiences and issues over 14 days of driving, representing over 4,700 unique parking stops documented in the diaries. Read More ...

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ATA Names New Business Development Coordinator and ATA Suport Program

Arkansas Trucking Association is celebrating its 85th anniversary in 2017. In the new year, the association announced its bi-monthly magazine, Arkansas Trucking Report, would be transitioning publishing operations in-house and naming Amanda Lamb to the business development role to take over the advertising and publishing of the trade periodical. Lamb will also be educating members about ATA's newest opportunity to support the association and its goals. Lamb comes to ATA with over 10 years...

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