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Sunday Dec 21, 2014 - Trucking industry should pay for wider roads

Thank you for your article ["Iowa faces $1B tab to widen congested interstates," Dec. 14] on the idea to spend 1 billion taxpayer dollars in Iowa to widen interstates. This ostensibly is for the primary benefit of trucking outfits. Why does the trucking industry always get


Sunday Dec 21, 2014 - Climbing freight coupled to tight capacity making shippers uneasy

Freight volume that continues to climb while trucking capacity shrinks is raising hackles among shippers, according to a range of analysts.

“The shippers we work with are extremely concerned about the macro-economic situation,” Mike Mulqueen, senior director of product management for Manhattan Associates, told FleetOwner<


Sunday Dec 21, 2014 - Truckers Forced to Pick Between Profits and Law

The suicide of a truck-driving couple in Minquan County, Shangqiu, Henan province is drawing attention to the dark side of China’s booming logistics industry.

After being driven to despair by a 30,000 yuan fine for exceeding the highway’s weight limit, Zhang Gaoxing and his wife Hou Yan attempted drank pesticide on November 24. Hou survived the suicide attempt but remains in a coma.

Their attempt is similar to that of Liu Wenli, a female trucker in Yongcheng, Henan p


Friday Dec 19, 2014 - Six days on fumes: A trucker’s search for sleep, Starbucks
By Jennifer Oldham, Bloomberg News

At 3:30 a.m. in a Kentucky truck stop on the sixth day of a five-state journey hauling auto parts, Tracy Livingston struggled to wake up.

Worry over how she would pay a $2,000 ticket for an improperly loaded trailer had meant a restless night. Now she had to get out of the bunk in her Freightliner Cascadia tractor, get diesel and hook up a trailer. All this in pouring rain without benefit of coffee.

“We should be home by now,&


Friday Dec 19, 2014 - You silly trucker! Chinese driver gets warning from police for precarious load

Friday Dec 19, 2014 - Trucker Killed , $1M in Cash Burns In Trailer Fire

A trucker has been killed and $1 million dollars in cash have been burnt up in a bizarre series of events that took place on I-20 near Waskom, TX at around 4:00a.m.

Atlas Van Lines driver Eric Royster of North Carolina’s vehicle caught fire when the friction from his trailer brakes catching got to be too much and flames broke out. Royster and his co-driver jumped out, detached the tractor from the trailer, and stood across the roadway.

Thursday Dec 18, 2014 - Senate Approves Bill That Would Save Trucking Industry Millions

A bill that provides millions of dollars in tax credits to the trucking industry in everything from truck buying to using natural gas has been approved by the Senate and sent to President Obama.

Under the measure, carriers who bought new trucks or other equipment this year will be able to take the full depreciation write-off for the purchase year.

Usually, the federal tax code requires that such investments be spread over three years.

The bill the president is expected to


Thursday Dec 18, 2014 - Mid-Missouri Energy makes use of rail track in December's export plan


Derek Byerly, process technician, readies one of the many rail tanks to be loaded with ethanol at Mid-Missouri Energy, in Malta Bend, Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Thursday Dec 18, 2014 - Tight capacity, increasing rates impact shippers in October

BLOOMINGTON, IN — While conditions have moved out of the danger zone, ongoing capacity concerns, and the corresponding rate increases, remain the biggest challenge for shippers, according to a new report by FTR

The Shippers Condition Index (SCI), with a reading of -5.5 at the end of October, suggests the trucking segment remains highly vulnerable to seasonal shortages.

FTR expects the SCI to deteriorate over the next several months especially in light of noticeable increas


Thursday Dec 18, 2014 - The Mosaic Company Completes Acquisition of Archer Daniels Midland's Fertilizer Distribution Business

PLYMOUTH, Minn., Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS) announced today that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Archer Daniels Midland's (NYSE: ADM) fertilizer distribution business in Brazil and Paraguay for $350 million. The assets purchased include$150 million