Relentless rise in trucking fleet costs adding pressure to rate increases in both TL, LTL arenas

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Shippers need to brace for sharply higher trucking rates because of steadily rising truck fleet costs that range from rolling stock to drivers to fuel while productivity levels are under threats from increased government regulation, top carrier officials are saying. Trucking fleets are facing at least 4 percent rise in overall costs this year, fleet…

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Local Freight Trucking in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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During the recession, sluggish manufacturing production and slow retail spending reduced demand for freight transportation. However, industry conditions will improve as the economy stabilizes and demand for freight services increases. Furthermore, recovering consumer confidence and increased spending will support growth in freight volumes, boosting industry demand. However, the industry will face rising competition from other…

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OSHA orders Tennessee fleet to reinstate whistleblower

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The Dept. of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered Brush Creek-based trucking company Mark Alvis Inc. to reinstate a former truck driver and pay him more than $180,000 in back pay, interest, and compensatory and punitive damages. OSHA determined the company illegally terminated him for refusal to drive while fatigued and ill…

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