Trucking adds another 2,600 jobs in February as U.S. economy sees big employment gains

For-hire trucking employment now totals 1.4462 million on a seasonally adjusted basis — a 3.6 percent increase (50,900 jobs) from February 2014.

No word on who will head FMCSA when Scott Darling’s term ends this month

The acting administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, T.F. Scott Darling, told lawmakers this week he has just 19 days left in his interim term as head of the DOT’s trucking industry regulatory agency.

Dismissal of lawsuit against Calif. emissions regs upheld by appeals court

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a prior dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the California Construction Trucking Association against the California Air Resources Board's diesel engine emissions regulations.

Truck drivers under investigation following armed cargo theft of $5M in gold

Following an odd cargo theft earlier this week — in which roughly $5 million in gold bars were stolen from the back of a tractor-trailer heading from Miami to Massachusetts — authorities have begun to question whether the two truckers piloting the rig were involved.

Cargo backlog at West Coast ports could take months to clear, analysts say

Port congestion ramped up during the final months of negotiations between port workers and port managers, and some experts say the backlog could take six months to clear.

Work Truck Show roundup: News and announcements from NTEA’s annual medium-duty show

CCJ is covering the Work Truck Show this week in Indianapolis, Ind., where truck, engine and components makers are announcing new products and services. Below are links to all of CCJ's coverage of the Work Truck Show news. They're in chronological order, and new links will ...

Goodyear unveils roadside service smartphone app, new fuel-efficient steer tire

The Fuel Max LHS complements the Fuel Max LHD G505D, Goodyear's fuel-efficient long-haul drive tire, introduced in October. The new Smart Tech app is designed to add efficiency to its roadside service programs and to provide the driver, the fleet and dealer personnel immediate access ...

International announces electronic upgrades for medium-duty DuraStar, WorkStar

International Trucks announced that it is taking its onboard computing capabilities to the next level in its vocational truck line.

Mercedes unveils the Metris, the company’s latest commercial van

Metris will arrive at U.S. dealers in October, and is the U.S. and Canadian sibling to Mercedes’ Vito, which will remain the mid-size commercial van for all other global markets.

Carriers mostly against FMCSA’s insurance increase rule, while some favor raising liability minimums

More than 2,000 comments were submitted on FMCSA’s solicitation for input from trucking industry stakeholders and the public at large on a potential rule to up the minimum about of liability insurance trucking companies must legally carry. Here's a sample.

CSA bill aims to remove ‘dark cloud’ over carrier hiring

Broker group TIA says the bill could remove the stigma among shippers and brokers, the general public and the courts that CSA is a proper tool to use when hiring carriers. It instead would direct shippers and brokers to other hiring criteria.

Final Rule to mandate electronic logging devices again slated for Sept. 30, DOT announces

In a departure from a report issued in mid-February, the Department of Transportation has changed its expected publication date for a Final Rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices, according to a supplemental report issued by the DOT last week.

Navistar reports $42M first quarter net loss in big year-over-year gain

Navistar International Corporation reported March 3 a $42 million net loss for the first quarter of the 2015 fiscal year — big gains from the company’s $248 million loss in 2014’s first quarter and its $619 million net loss for the 2014 fiscal year.