Recently, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that it plans to lead an Interstate Petroleum Transport Team that will bring fuel to the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy in the quickest and most efficient way possible.
The nation watched as President Obama called upon federal agencies to act swiftly in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and to extend all available resources as soon as possible. And, in the last several days, President Obama approved several disaster assistance efforts. Approving disaster declarations, for example, has enabled federal assistance, such as emergency relief funds, to be available to supplement the recovery and response efforts of the state and local governments in the disaster areas.
As one of the barometers of the nation’s economy, the truck tonnage tracked by the American Trucking Association (ATA) showed a slight increase of 0.4 percent in September. The increase, which is based on the ATA’s seasonally adjusted (SA) index of For-Hire Truck Tonnage, was an improvement over the August number which had recorded a decline of 0.9 percent.
The American Trucking Association reported a nationwide freight total of close to ten million tons hauled in 2011. New technology geared to reducing the significant wait time for truckers at roadside check stations is being previewed on Friday in Indiana. Officials for federal and state trucking safety measures want to help truckers idle less at weigh stations and get moving in the name of safety, commerce and efficiency. They also want to make sure more is done to curb the likelihood of illegal transports.
On Wednesday, the American Trucking Associations elected Michael S. Card to the position of chairman. ATA's chairman is appointed each year by the Board of Directors that met this week in Las Vegas for the Management Conference and Exhibition.
The CSA truck safety program, an initiative to improve large truck safety and decrease commercial motor vehicle collisions, is coming under fire this week. Congress has requested an audit and a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) advisory group is instigating a review of the program.
Bob Costello, chief economist of the American Trucking Associations, announced his 2013 forecast for the trucking industry on Wednesday at the ATA Management Conference Exhibition. In short, it doesn't look so great, but it also doesn't look too terrible.
Joining Costello in the three member panel discussion were IHS Global Insight’s senior economist Gregory Daco and the National Association of Realtors’ senior vice president of research and chief economist Lawrence Yun.
A new report provided by Taxpayers for Common Sense, a nonpartisan watchdog group, recommend federal transportation spending cuts that would help to reduce the federal deficit. The budget cuts are recommended as a way to avoid the automatic budget cuts and to keep the economy from going over the fiscal cliff. The group feels that by cutting $11.4 billion in 2013 from the federal transportation spending and cutting $187 billion over a ten year period, the fiscal calamity projected to happen could be avoided.
U.S. Xpress hosted the annual “Region Six Conference” between October 1 and 2, 2012 at its headquarters based in Chattanooga, Tenn. That National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools’ conference brought together representatives from several publicly-funded institutions from seven states and professionals in the trucking industry. The participants shared information about the techniques and lessons used at their respective truck driving schools and community colleges in addition to discussing breakthrough industry trends.
Schneider National has now opened two U.S. Intermodal Training Academies this year. The Chicago Training Academy that opened earlier in 2012 has now been joined by another Academy just outside of Los Angeles.