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Hurricane Harvey Disrupts Freight Flow Nationwide

Hurricane Harvey and the damage it is inflicting in southeast Texas will crimp trucking industry capacity, alter the country’s freight flow and likely push rates upward in the coming weeks and months, said pricing and supply chain experts Mark Montague and Eileen Hart of load-board and data firm DAT Solutions (overdriveonline.com – 8/29/17) Houston is one Read More…

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Capital Goods Orders Spike

An indicator of business spending surged in July despite a big drop in total factory orders, according to final numbers released Tuesday, September 5 by the Commerce Department (truckinginfo.com – 9/5/17). Orders for non-defense capital goods minus aircraft increased 1% from the month before, better than the originally reported 0.4% increase, and June’s 0.1% hike. Read More…

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House to Consider Delaying ELD Mandate

The U.S. House is slated to consider this week an amendment to halt enforcement of the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate at least through September 2018 (overdriveonline.com – 9/6/17). The amendment, filed by a bipartisan group of five representatives, would be attached to a larger 2018 appropriations package. It would prevent the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from Read More…

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Fuel Prices Skyrocket Nationwide in Wake of Harvey

In the first full week after Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast, diesel fuel prices skyrocketed in most regions of the U.S., especially in some major metro areas around the country (overdriveonline.com —9/5/17). Diesel prices increased by an average of 15.3 cents across the nation during the week to an average of Read More…

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Helping Out After Hurricane Harvey: How to Donate

If you want to help but aren’t sure where to start, tax-exempt charities that have indicated they are accepting Harvey-specific donations include: American Red Cross. To make a financial donation, visit the their website, call 1.800.RED CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation for those in need. Catholic Charities of USA. To Read More…

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Unprecedented Rainfall, Flooding Shuts Down Major Interstates, Highways in Southeast Texas

With Topical Storm Harvey (downgraded from a hurricane) expected to continue to dump unprecedented amounts of rain over southeast Texas the rest of the week, transportation officials in the state are discouraging travel in the region due to historic flooding on highways and road, according to overdriveonline.com (8/28/17). The Texas Department of Transportation is reporting Read More…

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Shifting Into Neutral on Steep Inclines

A post in an August 14, 2017 Reddit feed reveals [edited]: I was driving on the I-15 into Scipio, UT down a long and steep highway. I shift my Jetta into neutral and coast down the hill at 85 mph (speed limit is 80). I noticed a tractor trailer behind keeping up with me. So Read More…

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Talks to Revamp NAFTA Slated to Begin This Week

According to truckinginfo.com (8/14/17) trucking and logistics interests are keeping a close eye on talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement begin this week -particularly those involved in the automotive industry. Talks are scheduled to start Wednesday and expected to last six or seven months. President Trump, who on the campaign trail called Read More…

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FMCSA to Let Carriers Dispute Crash Fault

On August 1, following up on a two-year-old proposal, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration launched a demonstration program that will enable motor carriers to dispute the determination of certain truck crashes as “preventable,” according to truckerinfo.com (7/27/17). The program could lead to improved Compliance, Safety, Accountability scores for carriers if the agency reclassifies the Read More…

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ATA Predicts Steady Trucking Growth through 2028

The trucking industry is set to be a trillion dollar industry by 2024, according to the American Trucking Association (posted 7/20/17 on overdriveonline.com). Industry revenue is expected to keep growing annually by 5.4 percent between 2018 and 2023, according to the American Trucking Association’s 2017-2028 Freight Transportation Forecast report, then top $1 trillion by 2024. Growth is then Read More…