A new U.S. Department of Transportation drug testing report shows that the overall 2016 lab-reported positive drug test rate for truck drivers and other DOT security-sensitive employees rose to its highest level since at least 2009, including year-over-year increases in three of five drug categories.
However, despite the rate increase, the actual number of people who tested positive for several drugs declined year-over-year, due to about 800,000 fewer tests administered in 2016.
FedEx Corp. reported profits grew year-over-year, increasing 65% over the last 12 months and easily beating the Bloomberg News consensus forecast on both an annual and quarterly basis.
WASHINGTON — Executives in the manufacturing sector should view reforms to the tax code in aspirational ways to help Congress advance such reforms this year, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said June 20.
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Former Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider was unanimously hired by the Will County board June 16 to implement the Community Friendly Freight Mobility Plan that she helped create after amending her proposed contract.
A debate also was sparked on whether to allow citizens in Eastern Will County another chance to comment on the mobility plan, since an open house slated in Crete was cancelled.
Schneider, who now has her own consulting firm, also previously served as chair of the National Freight Advisory Council and was assistant state comptroller.
SmartTruck announced truckload carrier U.S. Xpress will include its fuel-saving TopKit Aero System on all its trailer builds in 2017.
The specific number of trailers was not disclosed.
The aerodynamic feature weighs 63 pounds, according to Greenville, S.C.-based SmartTruck, and its components redirect high-energy airflow from roof and from around the back corners into a low-energy wake.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Strick Trailers will begin offering trailers that it has loaded with features that comply with Phase 2 greenhouse gas mandates intended to make trailers more fuel-efficient.
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WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s chief safety officer last week said the agency has formed three core working groups to develop prospective requirements for manufacturers and truckers seeking to participate in highly automated commercial vehicle, or HACV, pilot programs.
While it’s no secret that more and more people are shopping online, less obvious is understanding consumers’ buying habits and patterns — which has great relevance for the trucking industry.
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Shippers and carriers sometimes might disagree on fair rates, settlement schedules or detention charges. But there is one freight-hauling technique that wins kudos from both sides: drop and hook. It sounds easy — and it can be — if the timing is right, experts said.
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WASHINGTON — Rep. Peter DeFazio is never far from home. His small office at the Rayburn House Office Building is a bona fide southwest Oregon visitor center. Visitors are greeted by posters of college football matchups featuring Oregon schools, photos of the Pacific coast and majestic mountains and a cute little beaver reminiscent of a Gund stuffed animal by the front desk.
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CSX Corp. has officially agreed to pay $84 million as part of the process to bring Hunter Harrison on board as the CEO, executing an agreement on June 16 that shareholders approved earlier in the month.
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Tax reform and spurring economic growth are at the top of the agenda on Capitol Hill. But when it comes to a harmful tax in the commercial truck retail market, there is none greater than the federal excise tax. This year, with the political climate ripe for tax reform and an infrastructure bill, American Truck Dealers, a division of National Automobile Dealers Association, is aggressively pursuing a measure to repeal the FET that is advancing on Capitol Hill.
GlobalTranz Enterprises has completed its third acquisition this year, purchasing freight broker Worthington Logistics Solutions of Timonium, Md.
Automated vehicle technology is coming to trucking, but what will that mean for the truck driver?
SAN FRANCISCO — Uber Technologies Inc.'s drive to become a major player in the trucking business is off to a bumpy start, with analysts and industry executives questioning what exactly the company can bring to the sprawling $700-billion industry.
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Crete Carrier Corp. will allow drivers to travel up to 65 mph on cruise control, up from the 62 mph limit previously in place.
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Lineage Logistics has bought Partner Logistics of Europe, the first international acquisition for the temperature-controlled warehousing company based in Irvine, Calif.
Three straight months of declines in new-home construction show U.S. homebuilding may weigh on second-quarter growth, Commerce Department data showed June 16.
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Truck makers, technology developers and regulators are paving the way for self-driving commercial vehicles, but the future of the industry ultimately will be shaped by fleets and the extent to which they adopt automated driving capabilities.
A terminal at the Port of Charleston, S.C., will reopen and the safety zone has been lifted, the U.S. Coast Guard said June 15, after investigating a threat of a "dirty bomb" on a containership.
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