Business, Logistics, Breaking News

Truck Tonnage Surges in December to First Year-Over-Year Gain Since March

Truck on snowy road On a month-to-month basis, truck tonnage in December jumped 7.4% compared to November. (THEPALMER/Getty Images)

Trucking closed the tumultuous year of 2020 on an upswing, as truck tonnage in December rose a seasonally adjusted 2.3% year-over-year and jumped 7.4% compared with November in the strongest month-over-month gain since summer, American Trucking Associations reported.

Dan Ronan and Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporters
January 19, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics, Breaking News

Court Upholds FMCSA Exemption of Trucking From California Rest Break Rules

California highway traffic Traffic on Interstate 80 in Fairfield, Calif. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s determination that motor carriers are exempt from California’s stringent meal-and-rest-break rules.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 15, 2021
Business, Equipment, Breaking News

December Class 8 Sales Reach High Mark for 2020, Down 7.4% Compared With 2019

Kenworth trucks on a sales lot Kenworth trucks on a sales lot. Year-to-date sales were 191,900, down 30.6% compared with 276,348 a year earlier. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

U.S. Class 8 retail sales in December cleared 21,000 to reach the high mark for the year, but were off 7.4% from a year earlier, WardsAuto .com reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
January 13, 2021
Government, Breaking News

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Resigns

Elaine Chao Elaine Chao oversaw an active four years at DOT. Recently, the agency has been involved in ensuring the safe and rapid transport of the COVID-19 vaccine through regulatory measures. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced her resignation Jan. 7 on her Twitter account, one day after a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol Building.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 7, 2021
Government, Business, Breaking News

Department of Labor Issues Final Rule on Independent Contractor Status

Trucks on highway John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The U.S. Department of Labor on Jan. 6 issued a final rule revising its interpretation of independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act that it said will “promote certainty for stakeholders, reduce litigation and encourage innovation in the economy.”

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 6, 2021
Business, Logistics, Breaking News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Slides 3.8% in November

Trucks on the road in autumn When measured month-to-month, tonnage increased 3.7%. ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said the rise was fueled by a rush in e-commerce sales. (Willowpix/Getty Images)

Truck tonnage in November declined a seasonally adjusted 3.8%, marking the eighth consecutive month of year-over-year declines, American Trucking Associations said Dec. 22. However, the ATA For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 3.7% in November after falling 5% in October when measured month-to-month.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 22, 2020
Government, Breaking News

Biden Introduces Buttigieg as Transportation Choice

Pete Buttigieg after being introduced by Joe Biden as his Transportation Secretary pick Pete Buttigieg speaks after being introduced as President-elect Joe Biden's choice as secretary of transportation. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool via Associated Press)

Pete Buttigieg, the former Democratic presidential candidate and onetime mayor of South Bend, Ind., was tapped to lead the U.S. Department of Transportation under the Biden administration, according to the Biden-Harris transition team.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
December 15, 2020
Business, Equipment, Breaking News

Class 8 Sales in November Slip

Western Star trucks Western Star trucks on a sales lot. Year-to-date, 170,498 Class 8 trucks have been sold, 32.7% below the 253,266 through November 2019 of last year. (Peach State Freightliner)

Class 8 U.S. retail sales in November reached 17,803, down 4% compared with 18,545 a year earlier, reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
December 10, 2020
Business, Logistics, Breaking News, Top 50, Top 100

XPO Logistics Plans to Split Into Two Companies

An XPO Logistics truck XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics Inc. plans to split into two by spinning off its logistics business in a tax-free transaction that will create a separate publicly traded company.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
December 2, 2020
Business, Logistics, Breaking News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Declines 8.7% in October

Trucks on highway by John Sommers II Trucks in traffic on Interstate 65 in Kentucky. Sequentially, tonnage in October decreased 6.3% after increasing 5.7% in September. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Truck tonnage in October declined a seasonally adjusted 8.7% when compared with year-ago levels, American Trucking Associations said Nov. 24.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
November 24, 2020