Freight is Still Growing Modestly

According to Fleet Owner, despite all the negative economic signals freight is still growing modestly, supporting carriers’ rate increases: Up-or-down? The rates also reflect tight fleet capacity, since carriers have been reluctant to add equipment and have only been replacing ageing equipment. The equipment industry will see a real multiplier effect once the overall economy begins to support expansion.

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Driver Buy-in and Fuel Economy

Interesting point by Royal Jones, CEO of Mesilla Valley Tranportation, in recent Transport Topics article.  Driver buy-in is the key to improving fuel mileage through investments in equipment. “I like to say I’m green and the customers love it, but we’re money driven,” said Royal Jones, chief executive officer of Mesilla Valley Transportation, Las Cruces, N.M. Jones said his company focuses on driver behavior to improve fuel efficiency. While Mesilla Valley does invest in equipment to improve fuel mileage — including...

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Asian Carp Study Mandated In New Transportation Law

I never thought I would see an Asian carp study mandated in a transportation law! It’s not a highway bill anymore; it’s a law. President Obama signed Congress’ two-year, $101 billion transportation bill into law on Friday, July 6, bringing closure to a long debate and setting a path for the future. While the law is not perfect, and does contain a provision to mandate EOBRs, it does offer many positives for trucking and transportation. The law, formerly bill HR4348, is also known as MAP-21, or Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st...

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