American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 0.2% in September after falling 4% in August. In September, the index equaled 117.6 (2015=100) compared with 117.3 in August. Read more

 

The American Transportation Research Institute released the findings of its 2019 update to “An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking.” Using detailed financial data provided directly by motor carriers of all sectors and fleet sizes, this “Ops Costs” research annually documents and analyzes trucking costs from 2008 through 2018. Read more

 

The U.S. economy slowed to a modest growth rate of 1.9% in the summer as consumer spending downshifted and businesses continued to trim their investments in response to trade war uncertainty and a weakening global economy. Read more

 

Over the past few months, the Iowa Department of Education has been working with the Iowa DOT, Iowa Motor Truck Association, APICS-Central Iowa, and Iowa Wholesale Beer Distributors Association to develop career awareness materials for the Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (TDL) industry in Iowa to support the Future Ready Iowa initiative. All IMTA members are asked to complete a survey regarding feedback on job duties, wages, education, etc. The survey is open through Friday, November 15. Read more

 

The early arrival of winter conditions in the Midwest has resulted in a shortage of heating fuel, including propane, for household use in a number of states, prompting federal authorities to suspend certain trucking regulations for drivers hauling heating fuels into the affected states. Read more

 

The United States House of Representatives passed a bill that would put America’s small business owners’ personally identifiable information at unprecedented risk and cost them billions of dollars and millions of hours in paperwork. Read more

 

The IMTA recently wrapped up membership outreach events in western Iowa that took place at Midwest Peterbilt Group in Sioux City and Tucker Hill Vineyards in Hinton. Read more

 

For the third year in a row, the driver shortage is the top-ranked issue for trucking fleets, as they struggle to recruit and retain qualified drivers. Read more

 

The opportunity for you to comment on the proposed changes to the current Hours of Service regulations ends on Monday, October 21, at 10:59 PM Central Standard Time. Read more

 

The Iowa DOT is strategically making the switch from construction maintenance activities to preparing equipment, materials, and staffing for the needs of the winter travel season. Read more

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